England the country is land and water. Some parts of it are beautiful and some are not. Some people live in poor areas and still have pride in where they live, keeping their little part of the world clean and tidy and others who live in areas of beauty just can't be arsed. It's the people
what make any place. I can't say that I am proud to live in a country which has a record of football violence (dating back to the 1880s). English crime stats from just under 2 years ago.
. Stats from 2009
. 1 in 3 teens carry knives
. Homophobic bullying is on the rise
. There is one theft per minute
. 20,000 teenagers tagged
. 1,000 children sexually exploited
. One child is killed as a result of abuse every week
. 30'000 criminals are members of organised criminal gangs
. 3'700 people were caught carrying knives
. 1 in 5 people think that domestic violence is justified!!!!!! (
I would love to meet these people and see just how the hell they think that it is ok to kick the shit out of your wife/husband/partner) :twisted:
This is happening in the country in which I live.
There is an opposite to all this hate, crime and violence and it is what stops me from giving up on human beings. It's the people who go out of their way to help others, those who give instead of take, It's the "spirit" of many people, the same spirit which saw us through WW2, those who will go that extra mile in order to help someone else whether it's the little boy drawing pictures to raise money to help his sick brother to get better or the man who used to stand in a shopping center every single day with a tin to raise money for Breast Cancer Research because he had lost his wife to the cancer. I do have pride in these people.
I have waved my flag out of the window during football (because we tend to suck at any sport which doesn't involve sitting down on something so I get excited if we do well) but after the shambles of the last world cup (performance and behaviour) I won't be bothering again.
I feel proud of some English people and ashamed of others...but it has little to do with a country and more to do with them being human beings.
Have I bullshitted enough?
Time for a brew and to rescue a grotty little toddler who has smeared his toast all over his face!