Coun­try Mouse

A na­tion to be proud of

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

SCOT­LAND was at its pret­ti­est last week, with the hills painted purple by the heather un­der cloud­less skies. We were in the midst of a heat­wave, which was dis­as­trous for the pur­pose of lur­ing a sal­mon to come to my fly, but un­for­get­table for the beauty. With­out fail, each morn­ing, a golden orb rose in the east, an apt re­minder of the golden days and nights our ath­letes were hav­ing in Rio at the Olympics, where we won a stag­ger­ing 67 medals to fin­ish sec­ond in the medal ta­ble, beat­ing China into third.

In these dif­fi­cult times, sport has the abil­ity to unite a na­tion. The raw emo­tions of suc­cess and failure were en­thralling and there was so much to be proud of. It was a joy to see our suc­cess on a world stage.

Great Bri­tain is good at so many things, but we have a ten­dency to look at our­selves in glass half-empty mode. Our coun­try is the envy of the world for its de­cency and multi cul­tur­al­ism. We in­vent, make and sell many of the world’s great­est prod­ucts. We can add sport to that list. We should top up that glass and cel­e­brate. MH

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