Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Off-Topic > Off-Topic > General off-topic  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:12
Mikeybroomers's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Zug
Posts: 982
Groaned at 16 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 980 Times in 444 Posts
Mikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond repute
Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Just found this on Yahoo news, seems stupid people are in the news a lot at the mo!!

Quote:
Britons are losing a grip on fact and fiction - with nearly one in four believing Winston Churchill and Florence Nightingale are myths and more than half thinking Sherlock Holmes actually existed.


In a new survey, 47% of people thought that Richard the Lionheart, the 12th-century English king, was a myth.
They were also under the impression that Charles Dickens, one of the most famous writers in English literature, was a fictional character himself.
Indian political leader Gandhi; Cleopatra, ruler of ancient Egypt; adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh; British military leader Bernard Montgomery; and Boudica, famous for leading a major uprising against occupying Roman forces, were all thought to be characters dreamt up for films and books.
Britons thought fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes and pilot Biggles were real, according to the survey of 3,000 people commissioned to celebrate UKTV Gold's forthcoming Robin Hood season.
Over half of those questioned (58%) believe that the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his novels of the late 1880s actually lived in Baker Street, with sidekick Watson.
:: Historical figures and the percentage of Britons who believe they are myths:1. Richard the Lionheart (47%)2. Winston Churchill (23%)3. Florence Nightingale (23%)4. Bernard Montgomery (6%)5. Boudica (5%)6. Sir Walter Raleigh (4%)7. Duke of Wellington (4%)8. Cleopatra (4%)9. Gandhi (3%)10. Charles Dickens (3%)
:: Fictional figures and the percentage of Britons who believe they are real:Sherlock Holmes (58%)Biggles (33%)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:16
Colonelboris's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southampton, UK
Posts: 1,137
Groaned at 23 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 1,273 Times in 671 Posts
Colonelboris has a reputation beyond reputeColonelboris has a reputation beyond reputeColonelboris has a reputation beyond reputeColonelboris has a reputation beyond reputeColonelboris has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

I'm starting to wonder if we shouldn't just glass over the place and start again...
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:21
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Too many "How to be British" and "How not to become a teenage mum" lessons in British schools and not enough proper subjects taught.

As far as fictional characters go, I think Gordon Brown ticks all the boxes.

God, what an embarrassing news item!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:21
Dodger's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lörrach/DE
Posts: 648
Groaned at 6 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 568 Times in 294 Posts
Dodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputation
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Didn't Sir Frances Drake circumcise the world with a 120ft cutter?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:23
Polorise's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: about there
Posts: 2,738
Groaned at 26 Times in 26 Posts
Thanked 2,325 Times in 1,259 Posts
Polorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
Didn't Sir Frances Drake circumcise the world with a 120ft cutter?
cue the "grappling poop deck" jokes .....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:28
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
Didn't Sir Frances Drake circumcise the world with a 120ft cutter?
Wasn't it her brother, Francis...?

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:33
Dodger's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lörrach/DE
Posts: 648
Groaned at 6 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 568 Times in 294 Posts
Dodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputation
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
cue the "grappling poop deck" jokes .....
Seaman Staines reporting for duty!

Quote:
Wasn't it her brother, Francis...?
Arrgh. I is stoopid.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04.02.2008, 13:35
Mikeybroomers's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Zug
Posts: 982
Groaned at 16 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 980 Times in 444 Posts
Mikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond reputeMikeybroomers has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Roger the cabin boy reporting in!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04.02.2008, 14:00
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albisrieden
Posts: 4,774
Groaned at 105 Times in 74 Posts
Thanked 7,074 Times in 2,617 Posts
nickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
Wasn't it her brother, Francis...?

Yes, until the Mohel made a mistake.....

Cheers,
nick
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04.02.2008, 14:04
xynth's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 823
Groaned at 35 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 1,956 Times in 565 Posts
xynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond reputexynth has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

I think Lob Rockster is just a prank created by GBN

Ninja edit: Hopefully he doesn't mind that this fact was made public.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04.02.2008, 14:51
krlock3's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Zürich
Posts: 2,976
Groaned at 46 Times in 33 Posts
Thanked 2,202 Times in 1,061 Posts
krlock3 has a reputation beyond reputekrlock3 has a reputation beyond reputekrlock3 has a reputation beyond reputekrlock3 has a reputation beyond reputekrlock3 has a reputation beyond reputekrlock3 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Winston was real?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04.02.2008, 15:12
smackerjack's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: U.K/VAUD
Posts: 2,160
Groaned at 14 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 2,426 Times in 1,042 Posts
smackerjack has a reputation beyond reputesmackerjack has a reputation beyond reputesmackerjack has a reputation beyond reputesmackerjack has a reputation beyond reputesmackerjack has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
Winston was real?


Isn't Winston a Bulldog?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04.02.2008, 15:29
vwild1
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
Isn't Winston a Bulldog?
No silly.. Winston is a brand of cigarettes.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04.02.2008, 16:12
Castro's Avatar
à la mod
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Basel-Land of Smiles
Posts: 5,284
Groaned at 106 Times in 84 Posts
Thanked 15,514 Times in 4,978 Posts
Castro has a reputation beyond reputeCastro has a reputation beyond reputeCastro has a reputation beyond reputeCastro has a reputation beyond reputeCastro has a reputation beyond reputeCastro has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but the general dumbing down of society is no accident. One of the major pillars of a democracy is an informed population and that is exactly what the government, media and large corporates do not want. Just the other day I tuned into 'News at Ten' and the lead story concerned Britney Spears being put under psychiatric observation??? As a kid I used to beg my father to let me stay up to watch the News at Ten, at least the lead story which would usually be grievous enough to make you sit up and take note. Now it just makes me cringe with embarassment.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05.02.2008, 11:29
PlantHead's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Nowhere
Posts: 1,693
Groaned at 65 Times in 49 Posts
Thanked 2,702 Times in 1,015 Posts
PlantHead has a reputation beyond reputePlantHead has a reputation beyond reputePlantHead has a reputation beyond reputePlantHead has a reputation beyond reputePlantHead has a reputation beyond reputePlantHead has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Didn't he also have 6 wives and pull a sword from a stone?
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 05.02.2008, 11:41
Dodger's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lörrach/DE
Posts: 648
Groaned at 6 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 568 Times in 294 Posts
Dodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputationDodger has an excellent reputation
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
Didn't he also have 6 wives and pull a sword from a stone?
No no, that was Sherlock Holmes - I saw in a documentary somewhere.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 05.02.2008, 12:04
vwild1
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

Quote:
View Post
No no, that was Sherlock Holmes - I saw in a documentary somewhere.
No No No..!!!

Sherlock Holmes was that famous porn star from the 70's..!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08.02.2008, 11:30
Zug bound's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Meisenberg Zug
Posts: 863
Groaned at 19 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 284 Times in 182 Posts
Zug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeable
Re: Winston Churchill was a fictional character

It is extremely frightening how stupid Britain has become. As someone else said, I used to stay up and watch the 9 o'clock news as a child, a habit that continues. IMHO, the youth of today are more interested in Britney Spears or Amy Winehouse than what is happening in the Middle East. I don't know if it is because of the dumbed down teaching that they suffer or just evolution into unthinking beings - can't even call them individuals. I would hate to think that our daughter becomes one. Possibly it is inevitable, I hope not.
__________________
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
Educate a woman, educate a nation
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whats your Holy Grail Character Polorise General off-topic 11 27.09.2007 11:31
Create your very own Simpsons character grumpygrapefruit General off-topic 5 05.08.2007 19:55
Phone Upgrade (to support Asia character sets) jamesWtc TV/internet/telephone 0 13.06.2007 15:39


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 11:02.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0