Let’s be honest with ourselves, we won the nationality lottery when growing up British. Americans tend to be shouting the loudest about their freedoms and lives, but did they have SM:TV Live? No. Jog on, America. Any other countries want to make their case for the best childhood, feel free. But there’s stuff competition.
Here are 16 of the best things about Growing up British.
1. This thing we all still do and will never be able to stop
Not being able to leave a room without slapping your thighs and saying "right".
— Northerner Logic (@NorthernerLogic) July 3, 2016
2. This oddly springy contraption
You sure didn’t feel like royalty if you were sat on the ends…
3. This remarkable advancement in writing technology
4. The ultimate mark of respectability
#GrowingUpBritish we HAD to buy sumat from JD so a could use a JD bag for school
— CB (@ItsBriggzy) July 4, 2016
5. These Dons
— عامر (@AamzZz_) July 4, 2016
6. This PhD level science
Being a master botanist growing these in primary school pic.twitter.com/NPXodLwfTB
— British Reactions (@BritishReaction) July 3, 2016
— aѕн (@AshKaneSkittles) July 3, 2016
Be honest, you didn’t know how to make these and were convinced anyone that did personally knew Harry Potter.
8. The greatest pen ever created
— A Level Problems (@ALevelProblems) July 3, 2016
These and fine-liners were the best form of validation you could ever get in school.
9. The finest television show ever broadcast
— JoannasCorner (@JoannasCorner) July 3, 2016
“Jungle skill: Dance”
10. The other greatest television show ever to broadcast
#GrowingUpBritish when horrible histories taught you more than actual history lessons in school
— tiberius (@leohoratio) July 3, 2016
11. The hardest surface known to man
Doing a forward roll in P.E on one of these 'safety' mats which felt like sheer concrete pic.twitter.com/LzjGZoLRFJ
— Primary School Probs (@PrimarySklProbs) July 3, 2016
They should seriously make roads out of these
12. What we all wished sports day would be like
— Øne Hell Øf A Butler (@nerdyasgardian) July 3, 2016
How were all the kids so bad at Way of the Warrior? IS POLYSTYRENE THAT HARD TO GET PAST?
13. This battle of schools which had much more st stake than the Oxbridge boat race
— Effi Mai (@EffiMai) July 3, 2016
I’m about to graduate and can confirm this statement is true.
14. Your complete shopping list
#GrowingUpBritish The pure joy you had as a kid flicking through the Argos catalogue writing your Christmas list
— I Feel Like (@lfeelIike) July 3, 2016
“I’ve circled everything I want mum. Try and find them”
15. Something which is severely lacking on the NHS
Bump on the head?
Wet paper towel.
Cut on the knee?
Wet paper towel.
Arm severed at the elbow?
Wet paper towel.#GrowingUpBritish
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) July 3, 2016
16. Classroom hierarchies
— UCAS NOT (@UCAS_Not) July 3, 2016
Apologies to anyone now looking back on their childhood and remembering nothing but filthy whiteboards