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SG Explains #2 . For the next couple of weeks the worldís eyes will be on London. I mean England. I mean Britain? . The name of the British nation can be confusing to Brits and non-Britons alike. So in this instalment of SG Explains I will explain to you the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom and make sure you never make that mistake again! Tony: So guys, Iím going on holiday to the island of England this yearÖ SG: Arrghhh!!! Get it right!!! Tony: Noooooo! NaÔve Young Girl: Mr Gypsy, why did you kill big bwother? SG: Oh, child. He didnít know the difference between England and Great Britain. Itís a common misconception that can annoy many Brits. NaÔve Young Girl: Will you teach me the difference, Mr Gypsy? I donít want to be killed. SG: Of course child. Hahaha. Iíll teach you in a simple way. SG: Welcome to the British Isles! The British Isles is a small archipelago in northwestern Europe containing two main islands and many smaller ones. One of these islands is called Great Britain and three people live on it. The other is called Ireland and two people live on it. SG: The people who live on Great Britain represent the countries on Great Britain. Scotland, Wales and England. SG: The guys on Ireland represent countries, The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. SG: Each one of the countries on these islands have a different degree of independence. Only one of them is recognised as a nation in the United Nations. In fact, youíve probably only heard of three of the five nations in the British Isles. SG: However, at one point in time they were all united together in one country. SG: But thatís a long story. SG: Now, these five guys can be organised into groups. SG: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland go together to make the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Or more simply, the UK. The UK is the country that some may know as Britain or Great Britain. Sometimes it is just referred to as England. But this is wrong and offensive to the other nations (constituent countries) of the UK. The UK is officially a country as it has itís own Head of State, Embassies, and is recognised in the UN. SG: The Republic of Ireland remains out of the UK and is itís own nation. Also recognised by the UN. SG: I have taken the liberty of making a diagram to summarise this MOC. SG: If youíre American an easy way of remembering the difference is this. SG: But it is important not to consider the political structure of the UK and USA to be the same. Because itís not. So be careful when using this method of remembering the difference. SG: So, there you have it, the difference between Great Britain, England and the UK. A complicated thing to get your head around the first time. But once you know it you will be sure to avoid embarrassing mistakes and causing offence to some Brits. NaÔve Young Girl: So now I know! Thank you Mr Gypsy! SG: No problem, child. But remember, if you need something explained, just come to Space Gypsy and heíll tell you! Yeah, I know the builds were a bit slack, but thatís because this MOC was more about getting a message across and less focussed on the builds. Thank you for viewing! And if you want something explained, just ask!


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