British Life and Culture
by Mandy Barrow
Why is England or the UK sometimes called Britain?
'When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain, sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles - but never England.'
'How to be an Alien' by George Mikes
"England" is sometimes, wrongly, used in reference to the whole United Kingdom, the entire island of Great Britain (or simply Britain), or indeed the British Isles. This is not only incorrect but can cause offence to people from other parts of
the UK. ( Nationality of the British people).
The diverse history of England, Scotland and Wales has led to very different cultural traditions; The Scots and Welsh have right to feel aggrieved whenever the term 'English' is used wrongly, to mean all three.
Great Britain, the United Kingdom and
the British Isles do not mean the same thing!
During the next few pages we will explain the differences and answer the following questions:
Questions about Great Britain
What is Great Britain?
Is Britain the same as Great Britain?
Which countries are in Great Britain?
Find out about Great Britain
Questions about the United Kingdom
Where is the UK?
What countries make up the UK?
What is the official title (name) of the UK?
Why is the whole of Ireland not part of the UK?
How and why was the UK formed?
Find out about the UK
Questions about the British Isles
What are the British Isles?
Find out about the British Isles
© Copyright Mandy Barrow 2014
Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website.
The two websites projectbritain.com and primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.
Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consultant.
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.
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