This is probably one of those posts that I formerly would have used bullet points on. But bullet points don't work with this template and putting several topics into a single post makes it difficult to label. As we all know, the fate of Western Europe* rests on my putting blog posts into categories.
I spotted Saturday that I am no longer too old to join the British military. I haven't really looked into it, but I think joining up would put me on the fast track to UK citizenship. Take a bullet for the Queen and you get to be one of her subjects.
If I remember correctly, the process of naturalisation in the UK is easier for people whose grandparents were British citizens, which means my dad could apply. We only found this out recently. My dad found the naturalisation papers of my great-grandfather, John Finley Cope, stating that he became a United States citizen in 1923, formerly having been a citizen of Great Britain.
This is odd for two reasons:
1) JF was born in Texas.
2) He had never been to Great Britain.
He had, however, been to Canada. He went there to help build the Canadian National Railway, but discovered that only Canadian citizens were being hired on. So, he became a Canadian citizen, which, at the time, meant becoming a citizen of Great Britain.
There is a picture somewhere of JF holding a baby version of me, but I don't remember ever having met him. Nonetheless, he managed to pass on an economic appreciation of Britain.