While looking for a good book about General Gordon - a true British Hero, in my opinion - I came across this link to a BBC Online article about "British Heroes".
This lists the, supposedly, 100 greatest British heroes of all time alphabetically. Great, I thought, I'll have a look through this. My enthusiasm barely lasted into the A's as, after Alfred the Great, came Julie Andrews. Julie Andrews!? A great British Hero!?!?!
Now Julie Andrews is a fine singer and actress, and I've no doubt she may well be a heroine to many, but one of the top 100 British Heroes ever? Not a chance.
Anyway, I carried on regardless and moved onto the B's. David Beckham!! Oh, come on! As I scanned the list I became more and more depressed at what passed for supposedly great British Heroes. Nevertheless, I carried on to the G's expecting to see Gordon Pasha prominently displayed. Nope. We have Bob Geldof (groan) and Owain Glyndwr (I'm sure he's a true hero for the Welsh, but I'm not so convinced that a man who was so fervently anti-British deserves to be a British Hero) - and that's it for the G's. General Gordon not good enough, eh?
The rest of the list just made me madder and madder. Under O we have George O'Dowd - alias Boy George. How on earth can this cross-dressing, drug abusing, fading has-been pop "star" be considered a British Hero?
So, that was it. I've decided to create my own list of British Heroes - and I've started a list on the Sidebar. First up is General Gordon. Currently it's just a link to a Wikipedia article, but I may add my own post on Gordon later. I'll add others as the blog develops. They will be true British Heroes - not the darlings of the establishment. They will be Britons who have truly acted heroically - not people who are feted for their fashionable opinion.
If you have any suggestions for real British Heroes, I'd love to hear them so by all means forward them on to me - perhaps with a justification, perhaps just a name. I'll consider all of them, but I'll only add to the Sidebar the ones that I think fit the bill.