This is something I keep getting reminded of every day; this year is a great year for the UK. There’s the Olympics (of course) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so what better year to celebrate everything British? Last year’s Royal Wedding really seemed to promote national pride and everyone was making cucumber sandwiches and Union Jack cupcakes and scones to share around at street parties across the country and, even though I’m not actually British, I felt proud to live in the UK.
Everyone is trying to promote the same feelings this year and all the ads I see on TV seem to be geared to celebrating Britain. There’s the Marks and Spencer ad, which I love. Then there’s the Holidays at Home ad, encouraging people to stay in the country this year and experience things they might have overlooked. It’s a great ad; if you haven’t seen it yet, catch it here:
I’m excited for the Queen’s Jubilee, although I’ll be right in the middle of preparing for my end of year exams; if I didn’t have exams, I’d be celebrating with a street party and lots of food with friends and Pimm’s, of course (the drink of choice for a British picnic). The Olympics I’m not so keen on and I’ll be steering clear of London for those two weeks. Rush hour on the tube is bad enough, I can’t imagine how it will cope with all the crowds. But I do have great respect for the people who work at the London Underground, it’s amazing what they have to put up with (did anyone else watch the documentary, ‘The Tube’ on BBC?).
I think a bit of national pride is good for us and with all the special offers going on in honour of 2012, it looks set to be a great year.