It’s officially July 4th, but as I’m only just now heading to bed, for me it’s still July 3rd. Why does that matter? Well, 9 years ago today, July 3rd 2012, I stood in the Immigration building in Portland, recited The Pledge of Allegiance and became a naturalized citizen of The United States Of America.I'll never not be English. I was born there, I lived there for 33 years and it's in my DNA, but from my very first memories I knew one day, I'd end up here. In America. I LOVE this country and the people that call this place home.What I cannot stand, is the way that we are being pulled apart by the media, the constant division that we are supposed to "feel" and the simple fact that displaying a Stars and Strips flag has been made to be political in some way.I say…"BOLLOCKS". The American flag reprisets all that is good about this amazing country – the wonderful and diverse people, the ever changing geography and the always bonkers weather. The rest of the world probably thinks that most Americans are fat and lazy, and sure, there are plenty of those, just like any other country, but most of the wonderful people I've met here are harder working, more health conscious and polite than any other place I've ever been.So…As you celebrate America parting ways with my country of birth tomorrow, and beginning a new chapter in world history, raise a glass, a can or a bottle to past, to the present, and to our future. Stop all the bickering, and let's just get on with it. America the Beautiful.

It’s officially July 4th, but as I’m only just now heading to bed, for me it’s still July 3rd. Why does that matter? Well, 9 years ago today, July 3rd 2012, I stood in the Immigration building in Portland, recited The Pledge of Allegiance and became a naturalized citizen of The United States Of America.I'll never not be English. I was born there, I lived there for 33 years and it's in my DNA, but from my very first memories I knew one day, I'd end up here. In America. I LOVE this country and the people that call this place home.What I cannot stand, is the way that we are being pulled apart by the media, the constant division that we are supposed to "feel" and the simple fact that displaying a Stars and Strips flag has been made to be political in some way.I say..."BOLLOCKS". The American flag reprisets all that is good about this amazing country - the wonderful and diverse people, the ever changing geography and the always bonkers weather. The rest of the world probably thinks that most Americans are fat and lazy, and sure, there are plenty of those, just like any other country, but most of the wonderful people I've met here are harder working, more health conscious and polite than any other place I've ever been.So...As you celebrate America parting ways with my country of birth tomorrow, and beginning a new chapter in world history, raise a glass, a can or a bottle to past, to the present, and to our future. Stop all the bickering, and let's just get on with it. America the Beautiful.

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