50 Greatest Britons

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So depressing this, fuckers like the Queen, Diana Spencer and Mo fucking Farah are ahead of someone like Nelson. :ffs:

No room then for James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Burns. Admirals Cochrane and Duncan, Thomas Telford (though Brunel made the list), Robert Stephenson, Alan Turing and hundreds others I could list. I know its only in the tabloids and I'm not sure where they say the source of this is from, but it is so disheartening that idiots will choose c*** like David bleedin' Beckham ahead of so many other more valid names. Not even Andy Murray makes the list yet Jessica Ennis makes it! :mad:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/50-greatest-britons-revealed-wills-6495706
 

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As you say it's from a red top. Mo Farah ahead of Darwin and Shakespeare? It makes you despair. Churchill?

In 1937, he told the Palestine Royal Commission: "I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."
Churchill certainly believed in racial hierarchies and eugenics, says John Charmley, author of Churchill: The End of Glory. In Churchill's view, white protestant Christians were at the top, above white Catholics, while Indians were higher than Africans, he adds. "Churchill saw himself and Britain as being the winners in a social Darwinian hierarchy."

What a man.
 
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A case can be made for many for and against...not going to ever have people agree in unity.

I suspect vast swathes would have Thatcher higher up and vast swathes would list her as the worst Britain ever. Whatever...im hardly gonna go to The Mirror when I'm writing an essay on extraordinary Britains.
 

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Does anyone remember the programme a few years ago where celebs picked their favourite Briton and campaigned for them to win? I believe Churchill won that with Anne Widdecombe* his campaigner. It was quite an interesting programme.

Anyway, Churchill is overrated I think. People felt so much for him he was kicked out at the first opportunity after the war.

For me, Newton is by far and away number one. Think of all that he did; calculus, laws of motion, law of gravity, his work with prisms and light, he even helped limit the number of counterfeit coins in circulation as Governor of the Royal Mint.

As others have said though, this is from the Mirror...

EDIT: I Googled it and it was Mo Mowlam
 
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Does anyone remember the programme a few years ago where celebs picked their favourite Briton and campaigned for them to win? I believe Churchill won that with Anne Widdecombe* his campaigner. It was quite an interesting programme.

Anyway, Churchill is overrated I think. People felt so much for him he was kicked out at the first opportunity after the war.

For me, Newton is by far and away number one. Think of all that he did; calculus, laws of motion, law of gravity, his work with prisms and light, he even helped limit the number of counterfeit coins in circulation as Governor of the Royal Mint.

As others have said though, this is from the Mirror...

EDIT: I Googled it and it was Mo Mowlam
Churchill had his (many) faults but he's exactlly what we needed in that war, I think that's why he's fondly remembered
 

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No King Alfred The great? A shocking omission considering without him we'd all be talking Norse.He never knew when he was beaten even when his army was defeated and he lived in the boggy waste of Somerset before raising another army to beat the Danes.
 

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So depressing this, fuckers like the Queen, Diana Spencer and Mo fucking Farah are ahead of someone like Nelson. :ffs:

No room then for James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Burns. Admirals Cochrane and Duncan, Thomas Telford (though Brunel made the list), Robert Stephenson, Alan Turing and hundreds others I could list. I know its only in the tabloids and I'm not sure where they say the source of this is from, but it is so disheartening that idiots will choose c*** like David bleedin' Beckham ahead of so many other more valid names. Not even Andy Murray makes the list yet Jessica Ennis makes it! :mad:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/50-greatest-britons-revealed-wills-6495706
There seems to be a prevailing theme running amonst the people you suggest there Salty my man, you are just as bad as the Mirror!

And you left out Rab C Fucking Nesbitt.
 
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11 Elizabeth David
12 Bridget Riley
13 Eric Gill
14 Ian Stannard
15 Lindsay Anderson
16 Genesis P-Orridge
17 Joey Dunlop
18 DJ Brisk
19 Peter Blake
20 Jonathan Meades

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Alan Turing
William Shakespeare
Boudicea
Sir Alexander Fleming
Elizabeth I
JRR Tolkein
Charles Darwin
Stephen Hawking
Marie Stopes
Winston Churchill

Churchill is in despite many loathsome aspects.
Embarrassed that there are so few women in the list for me.
Others that closely missed out Brunel, the Stephensons, Telford, Pankhurst, Queen Victoria, Paine, Whittle, Berners-Lee, George Eliot, Dickens, Steve Bull, Gary Breen, Elgar, Betjeman.
 
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Alan Turing
William Shakespeare
Boudicea
Sir Alexander Fleming
Elizabeth I
JRR Tolkein
Charles Darwin
Stephen Hawking
Marie Stopes
Winston Churchill

Churchill is in despite many loathsome aspects.
Embarrassed that there are so few women in the list for me.
Others that closely missed out Brunel, the Stephensons, Telford, Pankhurst, Queen Victoria, Paine, Whittle, Berners-Lee, George Eliot, Dickens, Steve Bull, Gary Breen, Elgar, Betjeman.
Florence Nightingale? She can take the yanks place....although I am willing to forgive Tolkein his American birth as LOTR is so good
 

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Florence Nightingale? She can take the yanks place....although I am willing to forgive Tolkein his American birth as LOTR is so good
Paine or Tolkein?
Tolkein may have been born in South Africa (errr......not America), but his English family returned to England when he was three. He was brought up British and remained British until his death.
Paine was also brought up British and lived much of his adult life in the UK. His support (promotion even) of American independence doesn't preclude him from being a great Briton.
 
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Wouldn't it be easier to list the 50 Greatest Belgians?
1 Tom Boonen
2 Rene Magritte
3 Chantel Akerman
4 Georges Simenon
5 Peter Paul Rubens
6 Anna Boch
7 Rik Van Looy
8 Johan Museew
9 Brueghel The Elder
10 Peter van Petegem
11 CJ Bolland
12 Paul Delvaux
13 Jean-Pierre Dardennes
14 Luc Dardennes
15 Joris de Laet
16 Eddie Merckx
17 Claude Lévi-Strauss
18 Luce Irigaray
19 Eugene Boch
20 Herge
21 Jacques Brel
22 Nicaise de Keyser
23 Harry Kümel
24 Olivier Smolders
25 Victor Horta
26 Helene Cattet
27 Bruno Forzani
28 Jolien D'Hoore
29 Roger de Vlaeminck
30 Praga Khan
31 Albert Huybrechts
32 Jacky Ickx
33 Darío de Regoyos
34 Jef Lambeaux
35 Wim Mertens
36 Guillaume Vogels
37 Jean-Luc De Meyer
38 Fernand Khnopff
39 Andre Delvaux
40 Théo van Rysselberghe
41 Jacqueline Fontyn
42 Ann Demeulemeester
43 Jaco Van Dormael
44 Marc Moulin
45 Thierry Zéno
46 James Ensor
47 Lara Fabian
48 Vick De Cooremeter
49 Patrick De Meyer
50 André Franquin

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