I origionally planned on making this thread a single question topic but then i remembered having a thread on other forums where we could ask other nations questions weve always wondered about...so ask your question making sure you say what country the question is directed to, if any...so keep it above the belt, and ask away...
there has been a question i have always wanted to ask forign nations...im from America...as im sure most of you have figured out already...the only sporting event i attend anymore is MMA fights...
when they play the National Anthem we stand up, remove our hats, and some of us place our hands over our hearts...
my questions are:
what do you do when your National Anthem is played?
if you see someone who dont do that same thing...what goes through your mind?
that second question i can explain...nearly everyone stands up, but some people refuse to remove their hats...my thoughts on that is they might as well spit on the flag...and i get angry with that person...i have seen people hospitalized for not removing their hat for the National Anthem so i know im not the only American that feels that way.
so those are 2 questions ive always wanted to ask english, australian, im curious about all countries
I'm from america to start this off. Not to offend you or america, but to tell you the truth some people don't really care about our anthem, and or they have some indifferent religious beliefs. To be honest you just need to learn to accept everyone no matter how different they are compared to you.
I'm English and personally couldn't care less about our current national anthem (God Save the Queen). First off, I'm not religious so that covers the initial part of the title. Secondly, I'm not a big fan of our royalty. Their purpose is to represent our nation. In my eyes this couldn't be further from reality. They are in no way anything like the general public and I view them as being a bit snobby. However, not everyone in the UK feels the same, some are patriotic and some aren't. Some like our Royals, some don't.
I don't sing or do anything different when our national anthem is played. I'm all for national anthems but I think ours isn't fitting or respected for that matter, by everyone who lives here. I believe it should be changed to something else (possibly 'Jerusalem').
On a side note, in my experience, I've found Americans to be far more patriotic than Britains (apparantly 'Brits' is politically incorrect ).
I refer you to the following (just about on-topic) video:[url:316nkk7o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tFyYdIbc9Y[/url:316nkk7o]
I've been to a few international rugby union tests. It's disrespectful and rude not to stand for each other's anthem if you're physically able; hats, doesn't worry me. I just wish we had a better song for ours, maybe The Saints Know Your Product.
Of course there was that time I went to watch Ireland play England at a local Irish expats pub with an Irish mate of mine and refused to stand for either anthem. Nothing came of it but it did make me think it was a rude thing to do.
However I probably wouldn't stand for my anthem if it was played at Australian only matches or super14 , unless it was an Anzac day thing, but I don't follow or enjoy Aussie Rules anyway. Just seems like it becomes a marketing exercise in a domestic situation.
To me it cheapens days of remembrance if you play the anthem and fly the flag every time someone opens a cake stall. And it feels like an insult to be expected to act like pavlov's dog.
One of the funniest things I've seen at a sporting event was the Aus anthem being sung by a Kiwi kid at a netball test, I think, she forgot the words, or didn't know them, and just started singing la,la,la,la along with the tune.
In fact I wish her version was our national anthem. That'd be f***ing awesome.