In her new series of posts RJ Scott looks at the UK, Great Britain and all manner of other things British.
Hi. I came up with this idea that someone should write a series of posts about the island we live on. History, geography, arts, authors… a bit of everything. Turns out Sue read that as me doing the posts. ROFL. (there are certain things you don’t say around me which include “what about” and “do you think” – Sue)
What the hell do you call us?
So anyway, I thought I would start with what this island of mine is actually called. What do you call us? Great Britain? The British Isles? The UK?
I can be English and British at the same time… but I tend to call myself English most of the time, but British on special occasions… confused yet? Let me explain.
It’s all very confusing.
There, I said it. Even as a Brit I get confused about what is the UK and what is Great Britain. As a child born in the later sixties I wasn’t taught geography the same way as my parents were before me. In their time (1940/50s) they learned about the British Empire, places, populations, and they were very aware of what went where and what was sovereign state.
Well, let me try to explain. Great Britain is the island itself, which is then part of the United Kingdom (which also includes Northern Ireland), which is then part of the British Isles which includes the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey… see… told you it was confusing.
Unfortunately my generation is the one that is largely apologetic for everything that went before. ROFL. We do like to apologise, us Brits. We have pride, hell you only had to see the 2012 Olympics to see what kind of people we are, but we don’t tend to wave the flags much – I think that we’re not unfailingly polite as a nation as much as reserved.
We should be proud. We are a small island but people know a lot about us. Be it because of Sherlock and Doctor Who, or the Queen and her family, our little island attracts tourists like woaaahhh. We have the obvious city destinations, London, Oxford, Bath, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester… I could go on with a huge list. Then we have Cathedral cities like Canterbury, ancient monuments like Stonehenge, and so many castles you wouldn’t believe. We have the home of Formula 1, Henry VIII, Shakespeare, Alan Turing… and our history goes back thousands of years.
So you can call me English, British, tell me I come from the UK, or Britain. I even answer to Brit.
Let’s not get me started that I am a quarter Welsh and hubby is half Scottish, but both of us are wholly British from the UK.
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What questions do you want answered about these islands?
RJ Scott lives just outside London. She has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She loves reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
She is published with Total E-Bound, eXtasy Books, and self publishes through her own publishing company, Love Lane Books.
Love Lane Books: https://www.lovelanebooks.co.uk/