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  • Winston Churchill

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  • Princess Diana

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  • William Shakespeare

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  • Charles Darwin

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  • Sir Isaac Newton

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  • Queen Elizabeth I of England

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  • King Henry V of England

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  • Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom

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  • Sean Connery

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  • Captain James Cook

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  • J.K. Rowling

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  • King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart)

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien

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  • King Arthur, semi-mythical Celtic monarch

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  • Margaret Thatcher

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  • Queen Victoria

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  • Thomas Paine

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  • Charles Dickens

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  • T. E. Lawrence

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  • Florence Nightingale

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    In your opinion, who are the greatest Britons?



    Here are the names plucked from the Greatest Britons List on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Greatest_Britons

    Winston Churchill (1874–1965), Prime Minister during World War II
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859), engineer, creator of Great Western Railway and other significant works
    Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997), first wife of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales (1981–1996) and mother of Princes William & Harry of Wales.
    Charles Darwin (1809–1882), naturalist, originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection and author of The Origin of Species.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and playwright, thought of by many as the greatest of all writers in the English language.
    Sir Isaac Newton, physicist
    Queen Elizabeth I of England, monarch
    John Lennon (1940–1980), of The Beatles, musician
    Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, naval commander
    Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector
    Sir Ernest Shackleton, polar explorer
    Captain James Cook, explorer
    Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts
    Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, military commander and statesman
    Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister
    Michael Crawford, actor
    Queen Victoria, monarch
    Sir Paul McCartney, of The Beatles, musician
    Sir Alexander Fleming, pharmaceutical innovator
    Alan Turing, pioneer of computing
    Michael Faraday, scientist
    Owain Glyndŵr, Prince of Wales
    Queen Elizabeth II, monarch
    Professor Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist
    William Tyndale, English translator of the Bible
    Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette
    William Wilberforce, humanitarian
    David Bowie, musician
    Guy Fawkes, English revolutionary
    Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, aviator and charity organiser
    Eric Morecambe, comedian
    David Beckham, footballer
    Thomas Paine, political philosopher
    Boudica, leader of Celtic resistance to the Roman Empire
    Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympic rower
    Sir Thomas More, English lawyer and politician
    William Blake, author and printer
    John Harrison, clock designer
    King Henry VIII of England, monarch
    Charles Dickens, author
    Sir Frank Whittle, jet engine inventor
    John Peel, broadcaster
    John Logie Baird, television pioneer
    Aneurin Bevan, politician
    Boy George, musician
    Sir Douglas Bader, aviator and charity campaigner
    Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland
    Sir Francis Drake, English naval commander
    John Wesley, Methodist leader
    King Arthur, semi-mythical Celtic monarch
    Florence Nightingale, nurse and charity campaigner
    T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Arabist and soldier
    Sir Robert Falcon Scott, polar explorer
    Enoch Powell, politician
    Sir Cliff Richard, musician
    Alexander Graham Bell, telephone pioneer
    Freddie Mercury, of Queen, musician
    Dame Julie Andrews, actress and singer
    Sir Edward Elgar, composer
    Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Queen consort
    George Harrison, of The Beatles musician
    Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster
    James Connolly, Irish revolutionary
    George Stephenson, railway pioneer
    Sir Charlie Chaplin, comic actor
    Tony Blair, Prime Minister
    William Caxton, English printer
    Bobby Moore, footballer
    Jane Austen, author
    William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army
    King Henry V of England, monarch
    Aleister Crowley, mystic
    Robert I, King of Scots
    Bob Geldof, Irish musician
    The Unknown Warrior, soldier of the Great War
    Robbie Williams, musician and former member of Take That
    Edward Jenner, pioneer of vaccination
    David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd George, prime minister
    Charles Babbage, mathematician and pioneer of computing
    Geoffrey Chaucer, English author
    King Richard III of England, monarch
    J.K. Rowling, author
    James Watt, developer of the steam engine
    Sir Richard Branson, businessman and adventurer
    Bono, Irish musician
    John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), musician
    Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, military commander
    Donald Campbell, water speed world record challenger
    King Henry II of England, monarch
    James Clerk Maxwell, physicist
    J.R.R. Tolkien, author and linguistics professor
    Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer
    King Edward I of England, monarch
    Sir Barnes Wallis, aviation technology pioneer
    Richard Burton, actor
    Tony Benn, politician
    David Livingstone, missionary and explorer
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, internet pioneer
    Marie Stopes, promoter of birth control

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    Dammit. I forgot to make it a multiple choice poll.

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    Sorry, there is no way to make a poll multiple choice once it's posted. Maybe it is better this way, so we don't choose half of them.

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    But you can edit polls, right? And by the way who, in your opinion is the greatest briton?

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    It was a difficult choice, but I voted for Churchill. I hesitated with Darwin and Shakeaspare, but Churchill probably had the biggest consequence on British society.

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    I agree for me churchill is top 1 as well... not only england but europe as well...and JK rowling i see not how she could be great...or even tolkien for tha matter...furthemore sean connery is scotish

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    I agree Churchill is great but I would go for Shakespeare.


    By the way, Duo, Scots are British, too. You don't understand the distinction between England and Britain. Britain isn't only England. Britain is composed of England, Wales, and Scotland. If you don't believe me, read the Britain article on the Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britain EDIT: Also, the British explorer David Livingstone who is on the 100 greatest Britons list is from Scotland, too.
    Last edited by Zauriel; 01-06-06 at 21:12.

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    You forgot Northern Ireland. The full title of the UK is The United Kingdon of Great Britain and Northern Island. Great Britain is the name of the Island on which England, Scotland and Wales are found. Incidently the first mention of a King of Great Britain was by James I in the title of the King James Bible, where he also styles himself as the King of France, a claim made by all monarchs of Britain until Victoria. Although the idea of King of Great Britain didn't really catch on until the 19th century after the act of union with Ireland.

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    I'd go for Shakespeare. I don't know about David Beckham, I just find him extremly attractive.

    Sean Connery is a good actor but he hasn't done any good films lately.

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    I don't see wht we couldn't add Southern Irish who were born and lived most of their lives before the independence of the Republic of Ireland. They were British too. As we are at it, why not people born in former colonies before their independence ? Thomas Paine is regarded as British, isn't he, so why wouldn't Gandhi ? If it weren't for the British Empire, he wouldn't have lived both in South Africa and India...

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    Maciamo, I don't think Gandhi considered himself British. He would have preferred to be called Indian. I recall Thomas Paine was born and grew in England.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ma Cherie
    Sean Connery is a good actor but he hasn't done any good films lately.
    But Sean Connery is the definitive James Bond actor. His portrayal of James Bond is legendary.

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    Actually you could call anyone born in Ireland, British, after all the Islands are called the British Isles not the country. A bit like calling anyone from the Americas, American being Canadian, Mexican, Brazilian etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    Actually you could call anyone born in Ireland, British, after all the Islands are called the British Isles not the country. A bit like calling anyone from the Americas, American being Canadian, Mexican, Brazilian etc.
    I thought that the British Isles were Britain with the small islands around (Hebrides, Scilly...) and Ireland was not part of that. I often hear that the Irish (even northern) do not call themselves British and dislike being called this way.

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    The Irish have a long history of hate with English so they even confused British with English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    It was a difficult choice, but I voted for Churchill. I hesitated with Darwin and Shakeaspare, but Churchill probably had the biggest consequence on British society.
    I had a similiar problem between Churchill and Sir Isaac Newton.

    Perhaps Newton actually was the best choice offered but not such a charismatic character in more recent history.

    The list could have been longer.

    But just think - old Isaac invented gravity!

    If it weren't for him ... we'd all have floated away years ago ..... !
    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    I don't see wht we couldn't add Southern Irish who were born and lived most of their lives before the independence of the Republic of Ireland. They were British too. As we are at it, why not people born in former colonies before their independence ? Thomas Paine is regarded as British, isn't he, so why wouldn't Gandhi ? If it weren't for the British Empire, he wouldn't have lived both in South Africa and India...
    I quite agree. Why not bring in folks like Shaw, Wilde, Brendan Behan et al? In truth - and I'm not being facetious here - one could most certainly include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and pretty well all of the founding fathers of the United States - who were all British colonial subjects at the time.


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    How the he11 did Boy George get on that list?

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    Isaac Newton also invented integral calculas...

    I don't think you should include as British anyone who would not have considered him or herself British.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabro
    Isaac Newton also invented integral calculas...
    I don't think you should include as British anyone who would not have considered him or herself British.
    Well then we are limited to the last 200 or 300 years, as the concept of nationality didn't really exist in people's minds before that.

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    ...or perhaps I should state in the negative: We shou exclude as British anyone who would have reasonably be expected to reject the label as British.

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    Given one of the options is King Arthur (in terms of defining Briton), I'd choose King Alfred the Great. At one time his kingdom was limited to a few square miles of the Somerset marshes, as the Danes advanced across what was left of his kingdom of Wessex. He prevailed, and ultimately pushed the Danes back, settling for the division of England between Wessex and Danish territory called "Danelaw".

    Had he not succeeded, English history would have turned out significantly different.

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    It was a tough choice, but i decided to go with J.R.R Tolkien purely because i've grown up with his incredible work to some degree. Although he was part German i believe, still a Briton though.
    I would otherwise have voted for Winston Churchill or (had he been included) King Alfred the Great as Chris above mentions - both are iconic figures that played a pivotal role in defending their nation (or notion of nation, in regard to King Alfred). In both cases, i think history would have been very different if either had failed as Chris rightly points out.
    All have done a service, but i think without many of those in the political sphere, the artists and others we know and love may not have had a chance.

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    There have been a lot of outstanding Britons through the years. However I go for James Simpson and John Snow for their pioneering work with anaesthetic. After all who wants to go for an operation without that? Also Sir David Henderson for the Royal Air Force.

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    Not sure I understand the logic behind equating Britons - that is, Insular Celts - with Englishmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensuikan San View Post
    How the he11 did Boy George get on that list?

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    that is what I would like to know too. He isnt great at all.... In fact, I dont know WTF he is!!! (LOL)



    anyway, I wanted to choose King Henry the VIII, but he wasn't listed in the voting poll.

    and one poster mentioned Alfred the Great.......also very good choice, IMO.

    I vote for Johnny Rotten!

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