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Definition of the U.K.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Obsessed, Dec 2, 2020.

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  1. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I'm embarrassed to say, I have spent my entire adult life not understanding "the British Isles". I had a good education. I worked on two projects in Ireland (ahem, the Republic of Ireland). I have been to London. I know a heck of a lot of history, but this has always eluded me ... until I came across a YouTube video explaining it graphically. So, I hope I have not upset or offended anyone across the pond by using different titles that I thought, wrongly, were interchangeable. Apparently, I am not the only one that has been confused, so here is the video. It is short, fast and concise. I hope it helps others:

     
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    Maserati is a country? (Flag at 2:35)
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Easy...

    Most brits were surprised to find that the Falkland islands were not near the Shetlands in 1982
     
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    Was it over when the Germans bombed the Maserati Quattroporte? Forget it, he's rolling.
     
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  5. Obsessed

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    Well, that makes me feel good. Near the end of the video, it names off all of the islands in the "domain". I had no idea that there were so many.
     
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    But at what time does the sun set on all this? :confused:
     
  7. Obsessed

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    Isn't there some sort of Greenwich Mean Time somewhere in the pond? I heard reference on BBC shortwave long ago.
     
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    Yes there is.
    (sigh...) But I was referring to something else...of historical note.
     
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    It was about 1919.
     
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    If you think that's confusing, here is how we explain cricket to foreigners-
    • You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
    • Each man that’s in the side that’s in the field goes out and when he’s out comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
    • When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
    • When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
    • Sometimes there are men still in and not out.
    • There are men called umpires who stay out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out.
    • Depending on the weather and the light, the umpires can also send everybody in, no matter whether they’re in or out.
    • When both sides have been in and all the men are out (including those who are not out), then the game is finished.
    Hope that clears it up. :cool:
     
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  11. PeterUK

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    You are so right. Most Brits woke up to the news and questioned why the Argentinians had invaded an island off the North of Scotland.

    This was pre-internet so everyone was reaching for the family atlas and scouring the islands off the Scottish coast to understand why a South American country had travelled all that way! :lol:

    Me? I knew exactly where the Falklands were. :oops:
     
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    "here is how we explain cricket to foreigners-"

    So...baseball. With a silly-looking bat.
     
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    Blimey!
    I didn’t know that.
     
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    So...baseball. Rounders played by grown men, not schoolgirls :)
     
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    Thank you. It's something that comes to mind whenever I hear Brits accusing the U.S. of "imperialism".
     
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    Is exactly what you describe.

    My cricket story:

    I was 4-years old and the family had driven to Chesterfield (has a landmark known as the Crooked Spire; Google it) to watch Derbyshire play Nottinghamshire (our county).

    The family set up the picnic close to the boundary rope and we were having a lovely afternoon.

    Peace was disturbed by the sound of excitement as the hard leather ball had been robustly hit towards us.

    In my excitement, I stood fascinated as the ball hurtled towards me along the grass, hit the rope, bounced up and hit me straight between the eyes knocking me out!

    Two fours: four on the scoreboard and a poleaxed four year old.

    I've hated cricket ever since! Baseball, indeed, with a silly-looking bat.

    Ironically I live 7-miles from the Test Match venue - Trent Bridge - but it's not somewhere I frequent! ;)
     
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    You want to try living in the midst of it, where small sections of the community manage to add a further political dimension to it. This is evident in Scotland/Wales/N Ireland where some wish to be British, some desire their own national identity, but very few have any wish to be English!
     
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    Oh we are a funny old lot over here, going way, way back. All you need to know is we were a war like lot who knocked the crap out of each other for hundreds of years until we finally decided to let different folk have different bits of the land and it all calmed down a bit.
    Not content with that we went out and fought anyone we could fight, especially the French, and made a big empire.
    Then things calmed down again and we started giving it all back.
    Then we invented the Beatles, Clapton and some other bands and all was well.

    Welcome to Britain, home of empires, good music and the occasional punch up.....:p
     
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    On the contrary, the vast majority of English folk are proud of their nationality. They are just the silent majority. I believe the Scots, Irish and Welsh think the same.
     
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    This thread is inherently political.
     
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