The sun never sets on the British Empire

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  1. kp41

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    Great Britain success sports' success this summer
    (62 Million strong population, 22nd)

    Uefa Champions League: Chelsea FC (Winner)
    Wimbledon: Andy Murray (Runner-up)
    Tour de France: Bradley Wiggins (Winner)
    Olympics: Third overall (29 Gold medals)
    Paralympics: Third overall (120 Medals)
    Boxing: Carl Froch (Super middleweight title)
    Formula 1: back-to-back-to-back races (Hun GP, Bel GP, Ita GP)
    US Open: Andy Murray (Winner)
    Football Undefeated Euro Run, 3rd in Fifa Ranking (C'mon haters:innocent_smile_1:)

    Next:
    World Cup 2014

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    and God Save the Queen
     
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    Are all Australians like this? Didn't you guys get some form of independence?
     
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    We voted "NO" to complete independence.
     
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    Haha, paralympics. Sorry, I'm not PC enough to pretend like I give any kind of **** about that.
     
  5. Sir Calumn

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    Haha this is my favourite thread for years....... might need to be a sticky..... (H)

    Yeah, we're pretty fantastic.

    And don't forget staging a fantastic olympic summer in diamond jubilee year!
     
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    and Prince Harry innovative photos
     
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    If you made this thread purely to get positive reps from me.......





    ..... you succeeded :(
     
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    Hahaha, British were successful in lots of sports and they broke so many records, I'm very impressed with them, hopefully it's just the beginning.
     
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    About time GB got reasonable at all of these sports they invented. Especially with the ££££ invested in to sport in GB over the past 15 years
     
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    Britain Cavendish in gold after stage win

    Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take the fourth stage of Tour of Britain in Blackpool and claim the leader's gold jersey.
     
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    We gonna brush over the Ukraine result last night then? (H)
     
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    I absolutely love cycling, but this is an absolute nothing result. No one in cycling cares about the Tour of Britain.
    Leigh Howard beat Cavendish in one of the stages. That should embarrass Cav more than anything. Howard is a young up and coming Australian, he shouldn't be out sprinting the World Champion.

    Most other big name sprinters aren't there, unless they're British. No Greipel, Goss, Bos, Freire, Ciolek, Renshaw etc
     
  13. Sir Calumn

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    I agree with that, Britian doesnt have the terrain to even entertain the possibility of ever hosting a world class tour, it is just an attempt to cash in on the new found popularity of british cycling.

    Alex arent you coming to Britain soon? I will be curious to know if you notice any change in atmosphere from your past visits after our big summer.....
     
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    Here at the moment.

    I actually think from when I was living here, the place seems much happier and friendlier. Also I've noticed bikes EVERYWHERE. Oh and also a much bigger Asian population, as in what poms would call east Asian, or "Chinese" (sic), than when I lived here.

    As for the tour of Britain, regardless of the terrain, a race is as good as it's competitors, and it's classification. Tour of Britain lacks in both. It started quite a while back now, and is slowly gaining in popularity, but will never be much outside of the UK. At least not for a long time. It's taken long enough for the Tour Down Under to get any real foothold on the world scene, and it still struggles. Australia is a much more traditional cycling powerhouse than Britain too. Cycling has been reasonably popular in the UK for a while though, it was one of the big winners from the lottery money being invested into sport. Wiggins winning the tour has sort of capped it off.
     
  15. Sir Calumn

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    Ha I thought you were in Eastern Europe first?

    But yeah, and also considering the fact that last time you were here was boomtime and now is recession, it makes the positive shift in attitude all the more remarkable. Thought of course we Brits like a bit of hardship and austerity and "carry on regardless".
     
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    Leave London tomorrow, Europe for most of a month, then back here for a handful of days.

    I've noticed how many pubs have closed their upstairs lounge bars, etc. Also all the pubs I knew that had pool tables, no longer do. I put both of those two things down to the recession.
     
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    Well regardless of the recession the smoking ban, tax rises on pub drinks combined with cheap supermarket booze and the general decline of the sense of community in this country have resulted in the British pub being in terminal decline for years and years now........ actually I have noticed a few tiny positive steps recently - the resurgence in real ales is one thing which seems to at least be getting a handful of people back to the pub.
     
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    Supermarket booze as a replacement for going out? The hell? Maybe it's just because I live in a VERY pub/bar centric area, but that seems crazy to me. We don't usually do all the eating and communing that you all do in pubs though, so perhaps you're merely coming down to Wisconsin levels, which is still ridiculous compared to the rest of the world.
     
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    England also deserves an award for producing this:

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