As you may know, the people of Scotland are holding a referendum today to decide whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom (UK) or to become fully independent and "go it alone." Actually, before we continue, it might be worth our while to pause for a moment and explain the difference between terms like England, Britain, and Great Britain, which can be confusing to people who don’t live there (and even to people who do). Here's what I say in Wroting Inglish -- my ongoing hobby book project I'm currently in the process of writing:
Let’s start with the fact that England and Scotland are kingdoms, while Wales is a principality. Britain refers to the combination of England and Wales. This name was made popular by the Romans when they invaded the British Islands around 2,000 years ago. By comparison, Great Britain refers to the combination of Britain (England and Wales) and Scotland, while the United Kingdom refers to the combination of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Also, while we’re on this topic, there’s a difference between the terms “British Islands” and “British Isles.” The British Islands consist of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands (the principals of which are Guernsey and Jersey), and the Isle of Man. Meanwhile, the British Isles is an archipelago consisting of the two large islands of Great Britain and Ireland, along with over 6,000 smaller surrounding islands.
There, you see, it's all quite simple really. (Well, it would be a lot simpler if you could see the illustrations in my book, but we'll save that for another day.) Anyway, the reason I mention this here is that a friend sent me a link to this video showing two Scotsmen in an elevator (lift) that doesn’t have any buttons. Instead, it boasts speech recognition technology.
In turn, this reminded me of some other user interface parodies I've seen over the years -- some that are old chestnuts, some that deserve to be called classics, and some that have only recently appeared on the scene. Take a look at the following and tell me which you like the best.
The Scottish accent is one of the sexiest accents. :)
To add to the lesson in Geography let's have some history about the same. :D
Thousands of moons ago, when Queen Elizabeth I was reigning in Britain (England and Wales), King James I (son of Mary Stuart, sister of Elizabeth) was King of Scotland. When Elizabeth died, James became King of England as well.
To make it easier for him, he united the kingdoms of England and Scotland so they became the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
It was James I as well who added the red cross of the English flag to the blue and white Scotish flag, and the new flag of the United Kingdom was created. :)
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