100% what exactly?

A few days ago Channel Four had a programme that looked at what being 100% British might actually mean. The results made me think about where I am from. I am half Irish through my Dad, but there things aren’t straight forward as it seems a few hundred years ago that side of the family came over from England when a civil servant was posted to Ireland (at the time this must have been the posting most dreaded, I mean there was no Guinness and bugger all craic). Basically when my Dad came over to England in the 50s he completed the circle.

I want to know more, where do I start? Where do you come from, do you care? I guess not, but it’s fun as long as you have an open mind.



2 Comments so far

  1. Eileen (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    7/8ths of my great grandparents were Irish and moved to Scotland to start families. From my grandparents onwards, all of my family have been born in Scotland and most of them have stayed there. Some have moved to England (myself included) and a small part have moved to further flung locations, but I pretty much consider myself British through and through. The Irish descent is so far back, that I don’t really think it counts anymore. Well, I mean, of course it counts, but I don’t think I could call myself “part Irish”.

  2. Mik (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Due to the number of ginners in my family, I know there has to be some Irish or Scottish in there somewhere. Supposedly English through and through on my mother’s side and there’s some Irish-American and Italian-American on my father’s side. I was actually born in the states, but from six months on spent the rest of my days in Northamptonshire, until I moved stateside ten years ago. Many of my mannerisms are inherently British. I just don’t get this American humour.

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