Cyril Haearn wrote:Englandshire
Seen a couple of references to this queer place, couldnae find it on the map
Does it actually consist of several counties, like the lower 48 or the 26 counties of Ireland?
It might be the latest version of this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_counties
I always wondered what the other counties of England were? The homeless counties?
But these days Englandshire is more a metaphysical place than a real one. It's composed of a sticky mix of artificial nostalgia (not made of real past events but plastic ones) with a large dollop of rabid jingoism, some patriotism that's gone-orf, all mixed up into a soggy pudding topped with vitriolic-intolerance icing. The recipe has been popular amongst victims of The Daily Hate Mail, The Torygraph and The Daily Frightener.
Cugel, beyond Offa's Dyke, which should now be reinforced.