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VIDEO: Questions put to our New Patriotism panel

VIDEO: Questions put to our New Patriotism panel Date: 3 December 2012

How does class affect British identity? What do the Conservatives have to say about immigration now? And how can ethnic minorities feel like real citizens when their parliament and judiciary aren’t representative? These were some of the questions put to the panel at British Future and Bright Blue event The New Patriotism: Beyond the Spirit of 2012.

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A new patriotism or running from the Empire? Britain in 2012

A new patriotism or running from the Empire? Britain in 2012 Date: 3 December 2012

Where have the events of 2012 left British patriotism? British Future and thinktank Bright Blue held an event talking about whether the Olympics, Paralympics and the Jubilee have left us with a strong new sense of national pride, or whether the hype of 2012 was just that, and we’re still just a country unable to deal with its history.

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To Hull and Back Again: Poles connecting

To Hull and Back Again: Poles connecting Date: 28 November 2012

University of Hull Professor Martin Goodman describes how Polish migrants have become integrated into the Hull community, and how the university is even home now to a Polish consulate.

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“I’m English, but not British”

“I’m English, but not British” Date: 23 November 2012

I can’t really pinpoint an exact moment when I stopped feeling British; it was more of a process than a single event. There was a time just a few years ago when I remember feeling very proud to be both English and British, though always in that order, writes Ben Alltimes.

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REVIEW: Giving our Past a Future

REVIEW: Giving our Past a Future Date: 20 November 2012

Bringing the crucial work of the World Monuments Fund alive away from the actual buildings being restored is a difficult task. The Giving our Past a Future exhibition doesn’t quite manage it. Instead the hidden passages and untouched bookshelves of the Sir John Soane Museum were far more captivating, and well worth a look, writes Georgia Hussey.

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Stadium v synagogue: The hidden history of Jewish football in Britain

Stadium v synagogue: The hidden history of Jewish football in Britain Date: 20 November 2012

“Football is not for a Yiddisher boy,” Anthony Clavane is told at school and so has a football confiscated, followed in turn by a tennis ball, an apple core and an orange peel. This Pythonesque anecdote suggests English Jews were hostile to “footbollick”; that they considered the sport unfitting for the people of the book.

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VIDEO: Marching through Northampton’s shoe history

VIDEO: Marching through Northampton’s shoe history Date: 13 November 2012

It’s the town where Dr Marten’s first made their mark, and Oliver Cromwell got his marching boots; British Future’s Rachael Jolley returns to Britain’s shoe town Northampton.

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“British sport must commemorate Great War”

“British sport must commemorate Great War” Date: 10 November 2012

British sport has a “special responsibility” to commemorate the centenary of the war because sport was “the most effective recruiting sergeant in sending men to the trenches,” say British Future’s Matthew Rhodes and Sunder Katwala in an essay published this Remembrance weekend.

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Who was greatest sporting hero who died in the Great War?

Who was greatest sporting hero who died in the Great War? Date: 10 November 2012

The largest collective acts of commemoration this remembrance weekend will take place at sporting events. The Millennium Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park, Murrayfield and Twickenham will fall silent ahead of the rugby internationals, and more than half a million supporters will pay their respects at club grounds, large and small, around Britain, with red poppies embroidered into football shirts in the English and Scottish premier leagues, writes Matthew Rhodes.

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