The National anthem

having a chat with my punters in the bar last night and the conversation came up about how boring our anthem is compared to say the italian or french, which we all agreed where much more inspiring, so the questions are.

1. should we change it?
2. if yes what to??



  • Land of Hope and Glory, judging by the Last Night of the Proms.

    I've always thought our anthem is terribly slow and ponderous.
  • 1. yes
    2. the French natinal anthem (that'll wind them up)
  • OK this one winds me up. Are you talking about the British or the English, Welsh or Scottish anthems?

  • Gumps - whatever winds you up the most!

  • yes, i'd like to see it changed
    to something that doesn't refer to god
    and preferable leaves the royals out too.

    hum, what to? i'm not sure how about the music from 'the great escape'
  • is there an english national anthem? i'm probably showing my ignorance here
  • Ironwolf and mellifera - Land of Hope and Glory is the Englash anthem.

    Quite why God Save the Queen is normally used I don't know. In fact if I was playing Rugby for Wales I'd join in as it applies equally to me.
  • I saw We Happy Few (truly excellent play!) on the weekend and they made up a national anthem in that because they didn't like GSTQ. Maybe we can buy theirs off them? I do remember liking it.
  • WaboWabo ✭✭✭
    Schools don't seem to teach it so what's the point having one anyway???
    Off soap box wabo...
    possunt quia posse videntur - we can because we know we can 
  • during the euro's 1/2 my punters didnt know the words to sing it before the game.... I was amazed
  • well what anthem belongs to whom?
  • See above.
  • Gumps alas, there is a general presumption that UK, GB and England are synonyms.

    Land of Hope and Glory eh? That just reminds me of 'It aint half hot mum'
  • Change it. It'll need changing soon anyway once the parasites have been done away with and this becomes the Republic of Great Britain.
  • we definitely should get rid of 'god save the queen' in any case. I quite like 'land of hope of glory' - it always reminds me of dangermouse (or am I thinking of something else?).
  • If we're going to have God save the Queen, let's at least have the Sex Pistol's version of it!
  • Ditch it completely.

    Or replace it with John Cage's 4'33".
  • The GB anthem is one I won't stand up for.
    The waster bitch wouldn't stand up for me so I'm buggered if I'll stand for her!
  • Brunswick, I believe that 'waster bitch' is actually the queen's forum name...
  • Very appropriate!
  • yep, though she gets someone else to do the actual running for her.
  • I go with Billie Connoly's suggestion of replacing the National Anthem with the Theme to the Archers.

    It's a much more upbeat and positive tune!

    Not sure what words would fit with "Rum ti tum ti tum ti tum, rum ti tum ti daa daa" though !

    In fact, they ARE the words. So much easier to remember :o)
  • that Vindaloo footy song?

    nah nah nah
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