Yes we are disliked by some nations (like the Irish and what seems to be the Americans after reading other posts) but we still rock. We invented half of the sports the average person plays, eg. football (or soccer if you must), cricket, golf, ruby and boxing,we are arguably one of Europe's centres of culture, had the biggest empire known to man plus about 1000 other things.
A word to some of the Anglophobes around here, namingly the Americans...
1) You think our accents are strange? Try yours
2) If you hate all of us so much then why speak our language? Why do you use our measurement system? Huh?
3) So what if we drink tea and eat crumpets? So what if we have bad weather? So what if we have a royal family? Nice to have a bit of culture unlike you lot.
Englishman: Yes...you are?
American: We have tons more nukes than you guys do...
Englishman: I don't doubt that.
American: You're confusing me.
Englishman: I am not surprised.
American: You have funny accents.
Irishman: You bastards! You took our land! You bastards! Gimme my land back.
Englishman: That was 80 years ago. You have your own country now. Doesn't that feel good after 750years? Be happy.
Irishman: An English soldier killed my great grandfather who I never fooking met! I hate England for fooking ever.
Englishman: I'll be going now.
Irishman: Fooking English bastard...We won the war in 1916!
Englishman: If you are referring to your 'war' in Easter 1916 which was merely a crushed rebellion, no,I'm afraid you didn't.
Together with Scotish enlghtenment (mainly based in Edinburgh) Welsh raw materials, Irish manpower. The English played a huge part in turning Great Britain into the first truly industrialised nation.
It also (again with the aid of the other home nations) formed the largest empire the world had yet seen. Strangely the English attempts at Empire had been successful but not greatly so, while the Scots had failed in panama. When the two combined however things really took off (strange)
The English also proved themselves to be a strong fighting nation both on sea and land and contrary to popular myth were equal to the other home nation regiments. For some reason many seem to believe that a race of people that sailed across the North sea and took over much of the fertile land of Great Britain and then fought virtualy non stop with Europe, should be considered pansies.
The English are now a hugely mixed group, however as they consider and take pride in their mixed basterdised background (creating a better stronger gene pool) this has had no real negative consequences unless a group is clearly segregating themselves (hence the dislike of the muslim veil)
The English relationship with the rest of the U.K. has been tense for many years in the past due mainly to the constant wars between themselves with no clear outcome other than pointless arguements over things that happened in the middle ages.
The main cause for dislike now is not so much cultural differences (as there are none to speak of other than accents)it is more of a dislike based on news reports wanting to create hatred. Football and Rugby matches that are treated like wars (its only a sodding game)and a sense of calling yoursef different for the sake of wanting to be different. This has been fueled by a largely pointless and over nostalgic view of the past in many celtic countries which now believe they can improve themselves by dressing stupidly and speaking languages that are basically defunct. rather like the Italians reverting to Latin on a whim or the English learning Anglo Saxon.
In short, England is the artistic and cultural heart of the world.
WE MAY HAVE A CRAP FOOTBALL TEAM, BUT WE INVENTED FOOTBALL, SO HOW BOUT THAT! in conclusion, England is a phenominal country, and has achieved so much!