Wednesday, 6 August 2014

british commonwealth ... british empire

The Commonwealth Games have just finished:
Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games 2014 - news and scores from Glasgow 2014 - Telegraph
Commonwealth Games 2014: Glasgow can be proud of 'best and friendliest' competition ever - Telegraph
Video: Kylie Minogue and Lulu help Glasgow 2014 go out with a bang - Telegraph

But what exactly is the Commonwealth?
CBBC Newsround | COMMONWEALTH | What it is

It all started with the Empire:
The British empire is still going strong in the world of sports - Quartz
British children's understanding of the Commonwealth tarred by Empire view | Herald Scotland

And the British have been almost everywhere:
British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg - Telegraph

This is from a rather critical blog:

british empire | Tumblr

Here's a less critical blog:
The British Empire

The British press has very different opinions, depending on its politics:
How Britain Denies its Holocausts | George Monbiot
Deny the British empire's crimes? No, we ignore them | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

A very critical documentary:

The British Empire In Colour - part 1/3 - YouTube

But you can always rely on the BBC for being 'fair'...
BBC - History: Empire and Seapower
BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The British Empire

Monarchy and Empire are still very much alive - in the form of the highest award in the UK:
The Monarchy Today > Queen and public > Honours > Order of the British Empire

But some have said No:
Declining a British honour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Honours refusenik Danny Boyle joins illustrious roll call of rebels... - Home News - UK - The Independent

"I get angry when I hear the word 'empire'; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds me of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised."[61]

OBE me? Stick it - News - London Evening Standard

See also:
Jay Doubleyou: how to honour your citizens
Jay Doubleyou: every town and city in britain profited from the slave trade

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