Who are your National Treasures?

  • 26 Replies
  • 2858 Views

AndMac

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 767

Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 24 Apr 2013 10:18PM
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!
"I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things".

Dorothy Parker

Yvette

  • *
  • Guest

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 24 Apr 2013 10:32PM
Stephen Tompkinson

Helen Mirren

Amanda Redman

Sheila Hancock

Will think of some more tomorrow.

auntieCtheM

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5653

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 24 Apr 2013 11:05PM
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.


devine63

  • *
  • Guest

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 02:53AM
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

regards, Deb

Dic Penderyn

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5228

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 07:19AM
What about whats er name you know thingamabob I mean Glenda Jackson
Be careful in what you wish for, God has a sense of humour

Hurtyback

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5800

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 02:16PM
Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters
 
Edit - Evelyn Glennie

Jockice

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2806

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 02:45PM
The usual.

Dic Penderyn

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5228

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 03:00PM
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.
Be careful in what you wish for, God has a sense of humour

AndMac

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 767

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 03:14PM
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).
"I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things".

Dorothy Parker

Frances

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 818

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 09:30PM
And Mac , Another Welshy . Yipppeee.
You need to give love to receive it.

Dic Penderyn

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5228

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 25 Apr 2013 10:45PM
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<
Be careful in what you wish for, God has a sense of humour

ATurtle

  • *
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1501
    • The Awesome Turtle Blog

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 26 Apr 2013 03:25PM
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
Tony.

"I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability." - Robert M. Hensel

Dic Penderyn

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5228

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 27 Apr 2013 11:25PM
Quote
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.
Be careful in what you wish for, God has a sense of humour

Dic Penderyn

  • *
  • Charter Member
  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 5228

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 28 Apr 2013 09:37AM
Quote
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
Be careful in what you wish for, God has a sense of humour

ATurtle

  • *
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1501
    • The Awesome Turtle Blog

Re: Who are your National Treasures?

  • on: 28 Apr 2013 08:11PM
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!
Tony.

"I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability." - Robert M. Hensel