We owe One Direction
But all this happened before One Direction. In the last year they have done more for British brand recognition in central Bosnia than anything or anyone else. Forget the Queen. Forget London 2012. What the girls we know will remember about this year is the day they met a woman whose daughter had kissed a member of One Direction at a party in his pre-fame days. Yes, tears were shed over this discovery. I don't know if they know that the Union Jack is, in fact, the British flag and not something One Directions design team dreamed up. Either way, it too elicits the same kind of clutching, gasping, beating-heart response that a picture of those five beautiful boys would. It's like Cool Britannia all over again.
And so we owe them a debt of thanks. Thank you One Direction for making Great Britain exist for the young people of Bosnia and Herzegovina.