In a message dated 07/07/2006 17:38:19 GMT Standard Time,
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wonder how many 'English' people today are not at least partly Irish, Welsh,
Scottish, German, Jewish, Indian, African ... etc.
I think it is Dorothy Sayer's Peter Wimsey who says words to the effect of
"You can always distinguish the Englishman from other nationalities. They say
"I am 100% ...." The Englishman says "Well, I'm not really English, I'm
half Scottish/Welsh/ Irish ; oh and I have a French grandmother!"
(part Scottish, Welsh, Huguenot, Argentine and Spanish. Oh and my mum's
legally Burmese -she was so insulted at being asked to naturalise that she