The soft release of air as a coach door opens seems such a perfect representation of the deflated sigh of a person returning home after a holiday abroad. Hit with a cold gust of British wind, you enter immigration, where signs on the wall remind you of exactly what you’ve just walked back into. “Welcome to Great Britain” – you can feel the pride puff out of the bold black font high on the wall.

The ‘greatness’ of Britain of course harks back to the former glory of the Empire, and it is always there, Empire, whenever the name Great Britain is evoked. The great conquest of which 44% of British ...


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