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AndMac

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Who are your National Treasures?
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:18:31 PM »
The phrase 'National Treasure' has sneaked into the vocabulary in the last five years, referring not to objects or buildings, but to people.
There are lots of generally agreed treasures but who are yours?
I offer this up as an antidote to the 'Can't Stand on TV' thread...  having ranted, let's do feelgood!
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 10:32:12 PM »
Stephen Tompkinson

Helen Mirren

Amanda Redman

Sheila Hancock

Will think of some more tomorrow.

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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 11:05:34 PM »
In some other countries the 'national treasures' are people who have perfected various skills to a high degree.  Folk dancers, classical and traditional musicians, poets, writers and so on are deemed to be nationally important figures who keep the culture of the country to pass it on to future generations.  They are not people who happen to have become famous due to good publicity.


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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 02:53:07 AM »
How about some national treasures who are / were also disabled :

Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan

Eddie Izard

Tanni-Grey Thompson

The entire paralympic squad from 2012

Benjamin Zephaniah

It's late, sorry I cannot think of some more women

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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 07:19:27 AM »
What about whats er name you know thingamabob I mean Glenda Jackson
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 02:16:27 PM »
Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters
 
Edit - Evelyn Glennie

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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013, 02:45:42 PM »
The usual.

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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013, 03:00:47 PM »
Terry Pratchett
Ethel Fisher
The Stag’s Head in South Shields

I know the last one is a what not a who but still deserves a mention.
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 03:14:40 PM »
Brilliant . Many of mine have been mentioned, I'll pop in a few past treasures as well.

Eric Morecambe
Victoria Wood
Lord John Oaksey (founded Injured Jockeys' Fund)
Sir David Attenborough
David Jacobs
Sir Tom Jones
Paul O'Grady
Miranda Hart
Clare Balding
Phil Tufnell (love Tuffers)
John Francome (ex jockey and broadcaster, now IJF chief)

Treasures in training: jockey and media personality Mattie Batchelor, James Corden, Adele, Alex Brooker (The Last Leg).

For Wales as I am Welsh: Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Max Boyce, Frank Hennessy (folkie, broadcaster and Cardiff legend), Lynne Bowles, Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, the late Gwyn Thomas (wonderful writer and broadcaster).
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 09:30:57 PM »
And Mac , Another Welshy . Yipppeee.
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013, 10:45:46 PM »
Well I'm not actually welsh but I do have Welsh ancestry being a direct descendant  of Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd and Gruffudd ap Rhys  >biggrin<
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2013, 03:25:49 PM »
Being a technophile, my National Treasures would have to be technologists, although one is because of a nepotistic bias.

Alexander Graham Bell,  although thought of as American, he was actually Scottish.

John Logie Baird, although his ideas were refined by an Italian who was assisted by my third choice.

George Stephen Kemp, a man who assisted Marconi for 37 years, without whom we wouldn't have so many wireless devices.

Michael Faraday

George Stephenson

And of course, the biggest small man in the world...

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2013, 11:25:42 PM »
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And of course, the biggest small man in the world...

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Don't forget his dad who gave the British army properly fitting boots for the first time.
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2013, 09:37:13 AM »
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Alexander Graham Bell,  although thought of as American, he was actually Scottish.

If you want to hear his voice go here

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/audio/204505151.html
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Re: Who are your National Treasures?
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 08:11:24 PM »
Oops, forgot to say, the odd one out in my list was George Stephen Kemp, his brother's daughter's son's son is me!  Basically he's my Great-Great Uncle.   >whistle< I did warn you there was some nepotism in there!
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