reply to post by pikestaff
Actually, the Scots were a clan from Ireland that raided the west of Scotland and formed a kingdom called Dál Riata (Dalriada/Dal Riada?/Dalriata),
forcing the Picts out eastwards and was in place until the Viking invasions.
I could talk about this stuff for days. I've read most of this thread and some people who post "info" or "facts" are wrong with regards to
history, the meanings of UK, Great Britain etc and when to use them, spelling and using the word "Scotch" to refer to Scottish people when in fact
Scotch is to refer to all things Scottish...we're Scots or Scottish.
With regards to staying on topic...
Geographically, the British Isles are all the islands and isles around and including mainland Britain and Ireland...from the Shetlands to the Scilly
Isles and the Channel Islands. The island of Ireland is Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The British Islands are the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These are the states within the British Isles that have the
British monarch as head of state.
Politically, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales are constituent countries within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
or the UK.
Scotland, England and Wales are Great Britain...funnily enough.
Perhaps this image will make it easier.....
When we venture into the world of sports it becomes quite complicated. Have a look at
The one thing that annoys me about Americans when referring to the UK (or Great Britain
) is when they call it England or that Scotland is now part
of England. It is not the case. I have spent time with Americans on my travels and correct them every time when they make this common error.
But bare in mind that I also learned a lot about America too. In fact, I can name all 50 states of America. Sad I know
but many Americans can't
even do that. I'm not bashing Americans but many don't know much about anything outside their borders. Of course I don't refer to American ATSers
because they are enlightened and know better
but the topic started with Americans but our Canadian, Aussie and NZer cousins also make the same
mistakes at times.
I've been searching for a video by Alex Jones (I know
) where he asks the general American public some questions about Iran, Iraq and
Afghanistan and he has a map where Australia is Iraq and New Zealand is Iran and the people said things like "I didn't realise that they were so far
away". I believe that we could do the exact same with British, Australian, NZers and Canadians too, especially the French Canadians.
If anyone can find it or knows where it is please U2U me and I'll edit this post. Thanks.
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