I love this thread!
England Britain, but I must say that it took 2 months travelling around the U.S to make me proud of the place I was raised in. Prior to that, I hated it. Lol. My pride lies more in what as a nation we once were, rather than what we are now. I.e. an empire that spanned the globe and introduced the world to cricket, golf, beer, tea cups, etc.,. Nowadays we have football hooligans, chavs and stupid politics. BRING BACK IMPERIALISM I SAY! (And national service, while I'm at it!)
Since I am half-French, I have never identified myself as "English", but would say that I am British. I'm gonna give the European viewpoint here too (as Estella has already started to do) and point out that generally speaking, we are the bad neighbours of Western Europe. I think as a nation we like to think we are identified by our manners and traditions (I think this is probably true in the U.S - especially where actors such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Hugh Laurie have a lot of success, thus leading the westernised worlds to perhaps think we are all like that!), but by the rest of Europe we are identified by our rudeness and loudness. For example, in France it is generally believed that if a tourist is talking loudly on a train, they are probably British (if they are being polite and holding the door open for people they are probably German). It's an interesting juxtaposition of contrasting opinions.
I shall now add a note saying can the Brits not start a Let's mock the French rant.... Yes, we are all aware that France and Britain like to argue with each other. Yes, it does get a bit irritating after a while. I am just presenting a different view point.