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What part of your heritage would you protect?

11:03 UK time, Wednesday, 17 November 2010

French food, Spanish flamenco dancing and chants from the Pacific coast of Colombia have all been added to UNESCO's world heritage list. Should we all be doing more to protect our cultural heritage?

UNESCO the UN's culture and education agency considered 51 new candidates for its heritage list, which started in 2003 and aims to preserve the world's traditions considered under threat from globalisation.

The committee said the "gastronomic meal of the French" with its rites and its presentation, fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the list. Its inclusion will also please leading French chefs who had feared their cuisine was under threat from modern life and the global food industry.

Should more be done to protect food, music and dance? Or is enough of our cultural heritage already protected? Can protecting too much of the past prevent future growth and development? What cultural item from your country would you chose to protect and why?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    The British people.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'd protect our music. Particularly our bands. Despite going through a minor slump at the moment with few real stars out there, Britain has always produced some of the best music & bands in the world.
    From The Beatles & Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, & The Sex pistols through The Jam & The Undertones to the great indie scene of the 90's (I'm talking Stone Roses & The Charlatans here NOT Oasis) To bands like Radiohead & Muse, Britain have always been world leaders in GOOD rock n roll bands.

    I'd also like to see good fish n chips on the list.

  • Comment number 3.

    Another organisation thats spends money on utter garbage.

    No wonder the Americans never pay there bill to the UN.

  • Comment number 4.

    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!

    And all for the sake of multiculturalism, an experiment with our lives that has never worked in the past and will never work in the future.

  • Comment number 5.

    What part of your heritage would you protect?

    Stone Henge, Sutton Hoo,Morris Dancing and the Birmingham Rotunda.

    Maybe not Morris dancing.

    I'd like to get rid of British traditions such as sitting in judgement on our fellow man, believing everything we reead in the newspapers, self righteous outrage/indignation and blaming immigrants for anything and everything.

  • Comment number 6.

    How about unemployed chavs in grubby shell suits and hoods, hanging around concreted vandalised kids play areas, drinking strong lager from a can and being obnoxious and physically and verbally abusive to anyone that passes.

    That is the reality of a huge part of urban Britain in the 2000s and the shame of that should be preserved and documented along with those that are responsible. And as a warning to future politicians.

  • Comment number 7.

    I would to protect Great Britain, but the politicians have already destroyed it. They have destroyed the economy and have flooded the country with immigrants.

  • Comment number 8.

    English traditional dances, especially swords.
    Most UK people who see these ask if they are Scandinavian or German but are centuries old 100% English.
    Abbots Bromley dance ? At least 1000 years old.

    The Scots - Irish- Welsh actively preserve their traditions but the English almost seem ashamed of theirs.

  • Comment number 9.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 10.

    4. At 11:55am on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!


    ---

    If you honestly think thats true then you know absolutely nothing about the ritish Heritage you claim to love.

    You can't drive through a village, town, city or countryside without seeing reminders of our cultural past.

    From the agricultural enclosure of our fields, to village churches, to castles to city walls, the UK is absolutely bursting with reminders of our proud history.

  • Comment number 11.

    Culture is over-hyped and, if it's important enough, it will look after itself without anyone's help.

    What's really worrying me is the extinction of tens of creatures (mammals, birds, reptiles, insects etc) every day. They can't speak for themselves, and yet the vast majority of a rising world population choose to ignore them, failing entirely to appreciate their value to the environment in which we all live.

  • Comment number 12.

    I think our more "quirky" pastimes should be included such as Morris Dancing, Cheese Rolling, Conkers. These are the only things we are re-known for as a nation. We have lost our reputation for fabulous design, Concorde as an example. We have such a mix of food preferences now that I think there is little that we can say "That is British". Only thing I can say about French Cuisine is it is not one of my favourites. Sorry state really, we certainly can't hold our heads up and say our political leadership is worth mentioning.

  • Comment number 13.

    I'd protect Morris Dancing.
    Not much good at it myself though, I kept falling off the bonnet.

  • Comment number 14.

    We are a mongrel nation, have been since William the conquerer. We take any new culture from abroad, adapt it to our needs and then call it heritage.

    We have nothing that is indigenous to this nation. Except possibly our aristocracy, which through thievery, brutal oppression, rampant self-interest remains our main link to the past.

    Our main strength as a nation is to take the ideas of others and build upon them. We have no culture of our own and that in it's self should be celebrated.

    Every world 'cultural heritage' that you hear of is just a quaint throwback that has no further use in the modern world than as the subject for tourist photographs, and that is it.

    We should have nothing to do with this initiative and be thankful for it.



  • Comment number 15.

    All heritage (with perhaps exception of the English heritage, so as not to embarrase or upset incoming minority cultures) is worth preservation.
    What heritage will actually see preservation? History tends to show it those which can make money. The rest can take their chances and crumble to dust.

  • Comment number 16.

    The English gentleman

  • Comment number 17.

    They'll have an uphill struggle protecting French gastronomy.
    The gap left by the rapid disappearance of so many of the small traditional French cafes is being eagerly filled by junk food outlets.

  • Comment number 18.


    The timelessness of the village green (with or without cricket),
    the ancientness of the coaching inn (with or without transformation to b&b/restaurant),
    the uniqueness of the London double-decker omnibus.

  • Comment number 19.

    Banglashields thinks that:
    "No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!

    And all for the sake of multiculturalism, an experiment with our lives that has never worked in the past and will never work in the future."

    There is a shortage of skilled staff in this country - not least GPs and hospital doctors - and without the 'or otherwise' element of your imaginary immigrant group, the likes of you probably wouldn't be able to access medical treatment. If you have a vote then I hope for the rest of our sakes that you can't.

  • Comment number 20.

    The freedom to fly the flags of the union without fear of "upsetting someone who is not from this country" and being made to feel guilty for not being more "sensitive to their feelings"

  • Comment number 21.

    Some of the finest soldiers in the world. Strong and brave people able to protect this country while being few in number.

  • Comment number 22.

    The English are culturally being removed from history (notice that I say the English ... the Scots, Welsh and Irish are allowed by the PC brigade to defend their culture), because the PC brigade want us to embrace a 'multicultural' history and culture .... in this case we abandon our culture and accept everyone else's.

    We don't even teach full English history anymore .... just selected slices for an audience, who no longer can make any sense of it .... there are school kids in England who think Winston Churchill was the first man on the moon ...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582254/Winston-Churchill-walked-on-moon-say-pupils.html

    Until we stop being 'multicultural' and say 'this is England, and this is the history / culture of this land', then we will continue to disappear in small slices from the world.

  • Comment number 23.

    We need to protect our long standing contributions to world culture such as toad in the hole, morris dancing, pigeon fancying & gurning.

  • Comment number 24.

    Yorkshire Puddings.
    Toad in the Hole
    Traditional English cheese like Red Leicester,Cheddar and Lancashire cheese.
    Sunday Roast
    Crumbles - apple,rhubarb
    Watercress soup
    Yorkshire tea

    The list goes on.

    I know probably not all of them are solely UK culture but still....

    Good old traditional English food. Yes it still exists surprisingly.

    Yes we should protect our heritage and culture before it is all destroyed.

  • Comment number 25.

    Too late. We lost it.

  • Comment number 26.

    There is only one thing worth of preservation in our heritage and that is represented by the enlightenment! All else is just trivial!

  • Comment number 27.

    20. At 12:22pm on 17 Nov 2010, Paul wrote:

    The freedom to fly the flags of the union without fear of "upsetting someone who is not from this country" and being made to feel guilty for not being more "sensitive to their feelings"

    ---------------------------------

    Near to where I worked there was an ordinary nice looking house but it had a flag pole and the union jack flying. One of my workmates saw this and stated "Thats racist isnt it".

    While I wish your statement was true I unfortunately witnessed how it can be seen as racist to be proud of your country.

  • Comment number 28.

    Since it is practically impossible to throw a stone anywhere in England without hitting something of cultural interest and importance, I doubt if there's enough money in the world to protect it all. It may be wondered why it doesn't always register in the minds of people. Outsiders, ie foreigners, seem well able to see it, and appreciate it too. Agreed, there are some things that the country could well do without, but there is plenty well worth preserving. Be proud. There is much to be proud of.

  • Comment number 29.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 30.

    English Breakfast

  • Comment number 31.

    It is time the UK got serious before eveything dissapears. here in France they take their past seriously. They have special 'Patrimone' weekends where many of the historic monuments, museums etc are open either free or special low prices. Also many historic houses etc that are private are open. I have just been watching a programme about an association of special 'metiers' where by you undertake a 5 year apprenticiship in a particular trade, usually an old manual trade, and travel all over France learning in different regeions and styles. Incredible.

  • Comment number 32.

    Our football hooligans, who have long flown the flag for English pride in all corners of the World!
    Our teenagers holidaying on the Balearic Islands, bringing drunken sophistication and carnage to foreign lands!
    Our teenage mothers, the youngest and most prolific in the Western World!
    Our literacy levels on leaving school, which are by far and away the most woeful in Europe!
    Our corrupt Politicians, thriving on unlimited and unauditable expense accounts!
    Our knife-wielding primary school children, happy-slapping their way through life, untouchable by the rule of law and derelict of any form of discipline and moral standards!
    Our Police Force, rendered impotent by bureaucracy and the European Court of Human Rights, making the criminal the focus of compassion rather than the victim!
    Our capitulation in the face of terrorism, rewarding Guantanamo Bay guests with multi-million pound payouts!
    Our bizarre and ridiculous approach to multi-culturalism by allowing everyone who wants to come to this country entry without question!
    Our dereliction of duty to our pensioners, preferring to reward unentitled migrants with access to our taxes!
    Our cultural heritage is looking good and I'm sure that the current Government will ensure that these traits are protected.

  • Comment number 33.

    I think our culture does need protecting, not from multiculturalism or immigration but from ourselves.
    Our traditional music and dance is rarely seen, and when it is seen it is usually being ridiculed. The same goes for food, my local high street has a huge choice restaurants offering mediocre pizza, but where can I get a decent stew or Lancashire hotpot? The only people doing good fish and chips in my town are Greek!
    Finally I would save our tradition of innovation in engineering, we can't compete on price with China for manufacturing but we can still be world leaders in creating new technology.

  • Comment number 34.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 35.

    10. At 12:08pm on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    4. At 11:55am on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!


    ---

    If you honestly think thats true then you know absolutely nothing about the ritish Heritage you claim to love.

    You can't drive through a village, town, city or countryside without seeing reminders of our cultural past.

    From the agricultural enclosure of our fields, to village churches, to castles to city walls, the UK is absolutely bursting with reminders of our proud history.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    What is ritish Heritage?

    Drive? Sorry cant afford a car and even if I could I couldnt afford the petrol!

    Not in Govanhill Glasgow!

  • Comment number 36.

    The English are not allowed to have any cultural hertitage. That luxury is reserved for the people who come to live here from abroad.

  • Comment number 37.

    What to preserve? What about politeness, kindness to strangers, flexibility, sense of humour, the ability to smile, none of which costs anything, but is much appreciated by any foreigner I've ever met, and that's been more than a few. These, and much more, are seen as intrinsically cultural outside of the UK.

  • Comment number 38.

    The Isle of Man TT

    The greatest motorcycle race the world has ever seen !

  • Comment number 39.

    I would like to protect Indian cultural dances like Kuchpudi and Bharathanatyam and kondapali clay toys. Now a days no body learns these traditional and cultural daances in India most of them had fallen prey to the western dances. Kondapalli toys are clay toys which are very famous in Andhra Pradesh and the toys with which every child can play and they are very safe as they are made of clay and natural colours. After Globalisation now a days parents buy all soft toys and plastic toys from China which are proved to be dangerous as they use chemical colours which causes health problems to kids in later stages of their life. So I strongly recommand to protect Kuchpudi and Bharathanatyam dances and Kondapali clay toys.

    Cheers..

  • Comment number 40.

    19. At 12:22pm on 17 Nov 2010, lancshiker2308 wrote:
    Banglashields thinks that:
    "No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!

    And all for the sake of multiculturalism, an experiment with our lives that has never worked in the past and will never work in the future."

    There is a shortage of skilled staff in this country - not least GPs and hospital doctors - and without the 'or otherwise' element of your imaginary immigrant group, the likes of you probably wouldn't be able to access medical treatment. If you have a vote then I hope for the rest of our sakes that you can't.
    .........................................................................

    Amazing, all those unemployed people wandering the streets - soon to be joined by millions more and we cant train any of them, our universities are too busy offering courses in media studies in lieu of relevant subjects and all you care about is my entitlement to vote!

  • Comment number 41.

    me id protect steam railways should never have got rid of them .
    If you want a public transport system that works for the people bring back steam trains.
    its not coincedence that has kept them going in preservation 45 years after they were scrapped its just common sense but if its not computer driven its rubbish ask any modern day technophobe
    Like they said when "Tornado" was on her maiden run "What we need is a fleet of these" and that by a Railtrack engineer

  • Comment number 42.

    In general I think there is a lot of exaggeration and hysteria about man made greenhouse gases but I'm sure that without the worlds rainforests we would be in a climatic mess.

    So, the world's rainforests.

  • Comment number 43.

    I think enough of our cultural heritage is protected.

    Popular culture will always change - I'd rather embrace the future than be stuck in some nostalgic dream.

  • Comment number 44.

    If protecting a cultural asset is the most pressing issue the UN has on its agenda then I'm glad that as a taxpaying US citizen we stopped giving funds to that ridiculous feel good organization.

  • Comment number 45.

    The Eisteddfod.
    Folk music.
    Village cricket.
    Real ale.
    Castles - especially Harlech, Caernarfon, Stirling, Leeds... and some of the magnificent 'follies' like Castell Coch and Peckforton!
    The Livery Societies of the City of London.
    The College of Arms.

    World heritage is celebrated in my kitchen. Tonight it's traditional Greek stifado with a 'village salad' :)

  • Comment number 46.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 47.

    . At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    10. At 12:08pm on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    4. At 11:55am on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!


    ---

    If you honestly think thats true then you know absolutely nothing about the ritish Heritage you claim to love.

    You can't drive through a village, town, city or countryside without seeing reminders of our cultural past.

    From the agricultural enclosure of our fields, to village churches, to castles to city walls, the UK is absolutely bursting with reminders of our proud history.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    What is ritish Heritage?

    Drive? Sorry cant afford a car and even if I could I couldnt afford the petrol!

    Not in Govanhill Glasgow!

    ------

    Sorry about my spelling,

    I'll leave you to your self imposed victimhood, you can enjoy feeling hard done by, while I get on with enjoying all the fabulous British Culture I see pretty much every where i go.


  • Comment number 48.

    Not sure what I'd save, but I'd get rid of the Human Rights Act straight away

  • Comment number 49.

    What part of my heritage would I protect?
    Compassion, kindness, those parts that bespeak: "Do onto others as you would have done onto you."
    People will maintain what is important to them, and discard what is no longer important to them, and putting items on a list will not make a difference
    Should the world be doing more to protect our cultural heritage?
    I'd rather that the world do more to protect all sentient, living creatures. Stop politing their environments. Stop the bombing. Stop the cruelty. But most of all: stop the lying and thr cover-up.
    The leading French chefs feared their cuisine was under threat from modern life and the global food industry. Is it their cuisine that feeds the hungry, that keeps the bellies of innocent children from swelling, that stops the endless tears?
    Protecting too much of the past prevents looking at NOW, deciding NOW that if you and your country are not part of the solution, you and your country are part of the problem, and we ALL - collectively - responsible for the FUTURE WELFARE of this planet.

  • Comment number 50.

    I have to agree with beshocked at number 24 regarding food. There exists a grave, albeit good humoured suspicion about English cooking, but much of it is actually very good. I have introduced the traditional Christmas cake, as well as Yorkshire Pudding to the part of Finland I live in, and both have been well received by a good many people. Incidentally, there have been no reports of my destroying Finnish culture as a result, a point worth considering in the light of so many negative comments in this discussion.

  • Comment number 51.

    The answer is so obvious. The martial art of Ecky Thump.

  • Comment number 52.

    The Welsh language. Not concerned about the buildings such as the Norman castles used as safe havens to subjugate the Welsh and the stately homes built by those who exploited the resources and people of Wales.

  • Comment number 53.

    . At 11:56am on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    What part of your heritage would you protect?

    Stone Henge, Sutton Hoo,Morris Dancing and the Birmingham Rotunda.

    Maybe not Morris dancing.

    I'd like to get rid of British traditions such as sitting in judgement on our fellow man, believing everything we reead in the newspapers, self righteous outrage/indignation and blaming immigrants for anything and everything.



    I would say hear hear to this although i would keep Morris dancing!

    British traditions include kindness and tolerance and these are very much endangered these days.

  • Comment number 54.

    Agree with Rubbishgirl, British music is amongst the best in the world (if you ignore certain god awful TV "talent" shows), I would dearly like to preserve our rich musical heritage.

    Also, a good pint of ale, in every county I've ever visited you cannot seem to get a good pint of ale for love nor money.

  • Comment number 55.

    48. At 1:07pm on 17 Nov 2010, derwaldmann - are you Kim-Jong-Il in disguise wrote:
    Not sure what I'd save, but I'd get rid of the Human Rights Act straight away


    Really? Are you saying respect for human rights is not part of the British tradition? Are you saying that British heritage includes such practises as torture, a controlled press, detention without judicial process, invasion of privacy, cruel and inhumane punishments (Morris Dancing notwithstanding) and many other practises outlawed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the constitution sof other democratic societies?

  • Comment number 56.

    47. At 1:07pm on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    . At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    10. At 12:08pm on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    4. At 11:55am on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!


    ---

    If you honestly think thats true then you know absolutely nothing about the ritish Heritage you claim to love.

    You can't drive through a village, town, city or countryside without seeing reminders of our cultural past.

    From the agricultural enclosure of our fields, to village churches, to castles to city walls, the UK is absolutely bursting with reminders of our proud history.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    What is ritish Heritage?

    Drive? Sorry cant afford a car and even if I could I couldnt afford the petrol!

    Not in Govanhill Glasgow!

    ------

    Sorry about my spelling,

    I'll leave you to your self imposed victimhood, you can enjoy feeling hard done by, while I get on with enjoying all the fabulous British Culture I see pretty much every where i go.
    .........................................................................

    Jack, come walk the streets of Govanhill with me - try Alison Street or Cathcart Road in Google maps or even Pollokshields and see what trace of British or Scottish culture you can find.....

  • Comment number 57.

    Our Christian heritage, the thing that put the Great into Great Britain.

  • Comment number 58.

    Drinking and fighting...two of our top skills... for reference see Winston Churchill, the Celts, Vikings, Angles, Saxons and Normans ) Oh I guess maybe they should go alongside French food)!

  • Comment number 59.

    The British way of life
    The welfare state
    The right of free speech on ANY subject
    The right to protest in front of parliament
    The right to defend our shores and sovereignty
    The right to blow up parliment if we so wish to on the 5 th November.
    The right to visit the national trust
    The right to roam
    The right to have legal representation
    The right to change the voting system when the people want it to happen.

  • Comment number 60.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 61.

    Our right to whine, moan, whinge and generally hate anyone who attempts to be happy (Royal Wedding - your reaction). It's now wonder the Australians recognise us as the whinging poms, if there was a gold medal for it at the olympics we'd win it hands down every time.

  • Comment number 62.

    Our history, so readily consigned to the dustbin or altered because it might upset someone, well, tough. As a country our history is rich, varied and yes brutal, but oh what a history.

  • Comment number 63.

    34. At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, you wrote:
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.


    It would appear that the moderators have totally lost that long standing British tradition: a sense of humour and self deprecation!

  • Comment number 64.

    Buggerlugs,
    'In very county you have visited you cannot seem to get a good pint of ale...'

    May I be so bold as to suggest you haven't been trying very hard....

  • Comment number 65.

    What can be done to stop the practice of the British singing with American accents - the Beatles & Vera Lynn never did.
    What happened to fair play in sport? For example, why do 99% of footballers hold on tightly to each other in the penalty area?
    Protect the victims of crime & not the criminals. Protect the handicapped.
    An Englishman's home is his castle he should be able to protect it without fear.
    The law & respect the culture of the country is paramount & must not changed either by violence or blackmail.

  • Comment number 66.

    57. At 1:20pm on 17 Nov 2010, Northernvoice wrote:

    Our Christian heritage, the thing that put the Great into Great Britain.

    ---------------------

    Sectarian heritage, the thing that lifted christian oppression and is working on freeing everyone else. Not to remove beliefs, but to remove the oppression involved.

  • Comment number 67.

    Fox hunting? oh, no wait, that's gone to appease the do gooders. Traditional pubs? Nope, on their way out so that little Johnny can have somewhere to go with mummy and daddy for fish fingers a couple of time a year.

    Actualy, we're quite good at quietly looking after a lot of our cultural heritage, probably best to keep it all very quiet or someone will sell it all to an overseas investment corporation for a quick profit.

  • Comment number 68.

    "64. At 1:31pm on 17 Nov 2010, solomondogs wrote:
    Buggerlugs,
    'In very county you have visited you cannot seem to get a good pint of ale...'

    May I be so bold as to suggest you haven't been trying very hard...."

    Heh, maybe not.

    Please bear in mind I did say a GOOD pint of ale :)

  • Comment number 69.

    '63. At 1:30pm on 17 Nov 2010, Total Mass Retain wrote:
    34. At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, you wrote:
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    It would appear that the moderators have totally lost that long standing British tradition: a sense of humour and self deprecation!

    NO. It was removed because it was a puerile piece of racist filth.

  • Comment number 70.

    What would I protect? Have Your Say. It serves as a microcosm of the narrow-minded prejudice and class hatred that now permeates through so much of what is left of British society.

  • Comment number 71.

    I'd like to preserve the royal family. In an air-tight display cabinet.

  • Comment number 72.

    The British Weather. Or at least our obsession with it.

  • Comment number 73.

    20. At 12:22pm on 17 Nov 2010, Paul wrote:
    The freedom to fly the flags of the union without fear of "upsetting someone who is not from this country" and being made to feel guilty for not being more "sensitive to their feelings"

    21. At 12:25pm on 17 Nov 2010, in_the_uk wrote:
    Some of the finest soldiers in the world. Strong and brave people able to protect this country while being few in number.

    22. At 12:25pm on 17 Nov 2010, Desiderius Erasmus wrote:
    The English are culturally being removed from history (notice that I say the English ... the Scots, Welsh and Irish are allowed by the PC brigade to defend their culture), because the PC brigade want us to embrace a 'multicultural' history and culture .... in this case we abandon our culture and accept everyone else's.

    We don't even teach full English history anymore .... just selected slices for an audience, who no longer can make any sense of it .... there are school kids in England who think Winston Churchill was the first man on the moon ...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582254/Winston-Churchill-walked-on-moon-say-pupils.html

    Until we stop being 'multicultural' and say 'this is England, and this is the history / culture of this land', then we will continue to disappear in small slices from the world.

    ------------------------

    Could not agree more with these comments but Desiderius Erasmus please change English to British. There are a lot of Scots and Northern Irish that want nothing to do with Haggis, Kilts, Little People and English hating. What has happened to our country, Great Britain, is that all the vanquished nationalists have got power through PC doo-gooders and disinterest from the general population.

    Flying a union flag in Scotland is considered "jingoistic" and anyone who does so is described as a "knuckledragger" whilst singing praises of the IRA and berating the poppy is considered to be politically sophisticated!

    The normal lowland Scots, and NI culture, is basically the same as the English and our education system has been poisoned by the PC brigade and politically motivated nationalist traitors. Our history is not known - only the bad bits, where we "viscious imperialists" have done something wrong, are brought up by the left-wing media - mostly the BBC.

  • Comment number 74.

    Guy Fawkes!!!!! The only person in British history with a decent plan to sort out that useless establishment called Parliament. Make November the fifth a bank holiday! this chap was a hero, curse damp gunpowder!!!!

  • Comment number 75.

    None.

    If it was worth keeping it would be kept anyway.

    "British culture" has been changing since the Romans invaded & before that.

    I see no particular reason to preserve any one period in time, it's stupid, pointless nostalgia.

    Get this into you're head -

    The good old days were not good.

    Women had no real rights.
    Women could not vote.
    Low wages were equal to slavery.
    Black people were second class citizens.
    Anybody who was not a white English male was considered "inferior".
    Children died due to now preventable illnesses.
    The average life expectancy was much lower.

    Grow up.

    If we could have also less RACISTS talking about "people coming over to England & ruining our culture" & realise that the entire population of the UK are immigrants pending on how far back you go, being "British" does not have some time label associated with it - British people are those who live in Britain.

    Be it Vikings, Romans or French - all the way back to our common ancestors in South Africa - that is our heritage.

    Again, grow up.

  • Comment number 76.

    To be honest I am struggling to think what heritage we have left. I don't know about 'cultural heritage' strictly speaking, but i would protect our natural heritage. Oops! Too late, it's all gone!

  • Comment number 77.

    18. At 12:20pm on 17 Nov 2010, GeoffWard wrote:

    The timelessness of the village green (with or without cricket),
    the ancientness of the coaching inn (with or without transformation to b&b/restaurant),
    the uniqueness of the London double-decker omnibus.

    #############################

    You must do an awful lot of jig-saw puzzles or eat lots of tins of biscuits.

    The one true thing I really dislike about my country is it's overwhelming desire to live in the past.

    Remember Constable's paintings were dismissed as 'green slime' when first viewed and Turner was accused of painting 'soap-suds'.

    Without the images as portrayed on the lids of countless buscuit tins we wouldn't have any 'heritage' to speak of.

    'Culture' is what each generation imagins the past to be, not what it actually was.











  • Comment number 78.

    "57. At 1:20pm on 17 Nov 2010, Northernvoice wrote:

    Our Christian heritage, the thing that put the Great into Great Britain."

    I hope you are joking.

    Christianity has been one the biggest sources of pain & misery in the UK since this particular brand of psychotic delusion arose.

    I can't wait until we finally shake the religous rat (the COE) from our neck.

  • Comment number 79.

    69. At 1:39pm on 17 Nov 2010, James Daly wrote:
    '63. At 1:30pm on 17 Nov 2010, Total Mass Retain wrote:
    34. At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, you wrote:
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    It would appear that the moderators have totally lost that long standing British tradition: a sense of humour and self deprecation!

    NO. It was removed because it was a puerile piece of racist filth.


    In what way? There was definitely no reference to race, nor could it be inferred.

  • Comment number 80.

    All joking aside, the canal network is one of the undiscovered joys of England. Intimately linked with the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a trip along any stretch of our extensive network of inland waterways reveals a treasure trove of industrial archeology that is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

    There, you see, I can be positive sometimes.

  • Comment number 81.

    National pride
    The Welsh, English and Gaelic languages
    Sunday Roasts
    Queueing
    Good Manners
    Respect for my elders
    Page 3
    Supporting the underdog
    Stonehenge
    Tower of London
    A pint of real ale

  • Comment number 82.

    The McDonalds chain in general and the double whopper in particular. This wonderful fast food has become an iconic symbol for 24/7 Britain.

  • Comment number 83.

    Maybe preserve the post war culture or those aspects when the UK seemed to be embracing a multi racial society. Thanks to the PC bullies and BBC participation in the multicultural experiment we have lost everything worth having. And multiculturalism has produced hostility to immigrants. If we suggest something worth keeping it will create great offence to the religion of peace: try Enid Blyton books, farm animal toysets that do not have the piglets removed for cultural reasons, Christmas carols, childrens songs --- all prohibted.

  • Comment number 84.

    4. At 11:55am on 17 Nov 2010, BanglaShields wrote:
    No part of my ethnic heritage worth saving exists any more, as the previous government deemed it unacceptable and potentially offensive to the hordes of immigrants (illegal or otherwise) asylum seekers and other ne'er do wells that they welcomed to this country with open arms!

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    10. At 12:08pm on 17 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:
    If you honestly think thats true then you know absolutely nothing about the ritish Heritage you claim to love.

    You can't drive through a village, town, city or countryside without seeing reminders of our cultural past.

    From the agricultural enclosure of our fields, to village churches, to castles to city walls, the UK is absolutely bursting with reminders of our proud history.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Well said Jack, i'll second that...our past culture is as evident today and celebrated as much as the current cultural changes. If you don't believe it then your must have your eyes closed and ears plugged.


  • Comment number 85.

    'What part of your heritage would you protect?'

    Scientific and industrial heritage.....sorry, too late.

  • Comment number 86.

    79. At 1:50pm on 17 Nov 2010, Total Mass Retain wrote:
    69. At 1:39pm on 17 Nov 2010, James Daly wrote:
    '63. At 1:30pm on 17 Nov 2010, Total Mass Retain wrote:
    34. At 12:54pm on 17 Nov 2010, you wrote:
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    It would appear that the moderators have totally lost that long standing British tradition: a sense of humour and self deprecation!

    NO. It was removed because it was a puerile piece of racist filth.

    In what way? There was definitely no reference to race, nor could it be inferred.

    -----------

    It was a very old anti-semitic 'joke'. It was blatantly racist, and that is obviously why it was removed. This is typical HYS behaviour: trying to slip a racist post past the moderators by thinly disguising it. Pathetic.

  • Comment number 87.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 88.

    I think retaining specific aspects of heritage are irrelevant as anyone interested enough will discover more, the deeper they study the subject.

    The biggest problem I see is encouraging future generations to be interested in the topic of heritage as they seem to prefer adopting the USA lifestyle and language thanks to the media.

    My daughter has a young family and she takes them on trips to museums and heritage centres which keeps the children's interest alive, I'm very proud of her.
    She has 3 strands of heritage in her family - English, Scottish and Jamaican in which she gives equal emphasis, resulting in a well rounded education for her children to pass on to future generations.

  • Comment number 89.

    ..."gastronomic meal of the French"

    Like most other things French, this is largely a myth. At least 25% of 'French' champagne is made with grapes from the Veneto area in Italy. If you don't believe that, divide the number of certified bottles produced by yield per hectare; any year will do, it doesn't make any difference +/-1%.

  • Comment number 90.

    Typical BBC crap.

    You people, along with the rest of the pc fascist brigade, have spent years telling us we (the British) don't exist.

    Ethnics are no less British than real British people. We're all a mixed bag, with no paticular culture having any great claim to be 'British'.

    That's the BBC/Guardian reader view of it all, anyway.

    Either way, the best way to protect our culture is an immediate immigration ban. Stop treating ethnic minority cultures as though they're just another facet of British life, rather than the unwelcome intrusion that they are.

  • Comment number 91.

    27. At 12:39pm on 17 Nov 2010, in_the_uk wrote:
    20. At 12:22pm on 17 Nov 2010, Paul wrote:

    The freedom to fly the flags of the union without fear of "upsetting someone who is not from this country" and being made to feel guilty for not being more "sensitive to their feelings"

    ---------------------------------

    Near to where I worked there was an ordinary nice looking house but it had a flag pole and the union jack flying. One of my workmates saw this and stated "Thats racist isnt it".

    While I wish your statement was true I unfortunately witnessed how it can be seen as racist to be proud of your country.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Typical of HYS now unfortunately - take one small example of a narrow-minded individual and paint a picture that this somehow means it happens across the whole country.

    in_the_uk - Where were you during the recent Football World Cup when nearly every other house on most streets in the country hung an English flag from their house? Maybe one or two narrow-minded individuals did take offence and kick-up a bit of a fuss...BUT the vaste majority flew their flags with pride without interference.

    Ever thought of a career as journalist with the Daily Mail...you're right up their street.

  • Comment number 92.

    82. At 1:55pm on 17 Nov 2010, SPEEDTHRILLS wrote:
    The McDonalds chain in general and the double whopper in particular. This wonderful fast food has become an iconic symbol for 24/7 Britain.

    ---------------------------------------------------
    Sorry for being a fast food pedant but the whopper isn't Maccy D's

    Burger King Fail! :)

  • Comment number 93.

    I grew up in a working class town and we were poor. We lived in a street where everyone was poor but also everyone had more or less the same values. Our front step was scrubbed and 'whitened' every day and the door knocker was polished. The women washed in a dolly tub and a wood boiler and their laundry was spotless and glowing white. Every man in the street had a job and although they may not have been well paid everything was done in cash as it was considered shameful to deal in credit. When we went outside there were kids from 3-14yrs playing together and if anyone swore we wouldn't play with them.
    This is the heritage I would love to have preserved. One in which children were happy with the security of knowing where they stood. The adults in our neighbourhood behaved respectfully to one another and had known each other for many years.
    Money didn't have anything to do with it. It would have been the same if we were all wealthy. There was a stability and a comradery that we've lost nowadays.

  • Comment number 94.

    As UNESCO is a UN funded body - can we have information on who funds both?

  • Comment number 95.

    The village idiot. They seem to be out in force on here today.

  • Comment number 96.

    In comparison with the majority of Europe the UK has little "heritage" to be proud of.

    A nation where the biggest selling newspaper is the Sun, and the most popular TV show is X Factor sums up the intellect of the populus. However maybe a good real ale and ships plug tobacco.

  • Comment number 97.

    76. At 1:46pm on 17 Nov 2010, TruthBot wrote:
    "To be honest I am struggling to think what heritage we have left. I don't know about 'cultural heritage' strictly speaking, but i would protect our natural heritage. Oops! Too late, it's all gone!"

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    TruthBot - try driving through most towns and villages in the UK and you will see an abundance of culture and heritage that many countries (believe or not) envy. Yes, you also get some new grotty horrible estates that most of us try to avoid...the same as you do in ANY country. We have many great historical buildings, museums, art and music accessible to everyone. Also, been to a small village country fete recently or a large county show that runs year after year? I promise you that there are hundreds up and down the country that celebrate 'British' culture and heritage.

  • Comment number 98.

    You asked the question and I've posted an honest answer. By not publishing this first time round, you are being racist and you have breached my fundamental right - FREEDOM OF SPEACH.
    I will repeat my posting as a completely honest answer to your question -
    Question - What part of your heritage would you protect?

    As I am white and of Anglo Saxon stock and christian, my answer is

    Answer - That we are a WHITE anglo saxon nation and predominantly christian in our beliefs.

    That is what I would protect.
    If any of your moderators find this offensive, then I suggest you question their ability to hold down a position of moderator. The above comment could only be construed racist by someone who is themselves racist.

  • Comment number 99.

    " 32. At 12:50pm on 17 Nov 2010, Chris wrote:

    Our football hooligans, who have long flown the flag for English pride in all corners of the World!
    Our teenagers holidaying on the Balearic Islands, bringing drunken sophistication and carnage to foreign lands!
    Our teenage mothers, the youngest and most prolific in the Western World!
    Our literacy levels on leaving school, which are by far and away the most woeful in Europe!
    Our corrupt Politicians, thriving on unlimited and unauditable expense accounts!
    Our knife-wielding primary school children, happy-slapping their way through life, untouchable by the rule of law and derelict of any form of discipline and moral standards!
    Our Police Force, rendered impotent by bureaucracy and the European Court of Human Rights, making the criminal the focus of compassion rather than the victim!
    Our capitulation in the face of terrorism, rewarding Guantanamo Bay guests with multi-million pound payouts!
    Our bizarre and ridiculous approach to multi-culturalism by allowing everyone who wants to come to this country entry without question!
    Our dereliction of duty to our pensioners, preferring to reward unentitled migrants with access to our taxes!
    Our cultural heritage is looking good and I'm sure that the current Government will ensure that these traits are protected.
    "
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    It's good to see our great British tradition of being a bunch of whining, pessimistic, complainers with a penchant for exaggeration is still alive and well though eh? This coupled with the HYS tradition of being utterly incapable of actually answering the HYS question is what makes us truly great!

    All the above comments aside though, it might also be worth remembering (and feeling happy and proud of) our excellent history of language, literature, music and general creativity in the arts. But then that's untypically positive isn't it...?

  • Comment number 100.

    Everything lives or dies on its worth as perceived by those who encounter it. Nothing needs "protecting". The "need" for protection just suggests something is dying out as people have lost interest in it - if so let it die.
    Otherwise we shall all end up living in a theme park trying hard to live in the past.

 

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