Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 03:49:06 GMT
From: Johannes <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 900 'ep'

Paul Halliday wrote: > > in article db8qb2$rb8$, MH at wrote on > 15/07/2005 17:57: > > >> Holland is an accepted term for the whole of the Netherlands. > > > > Everywhere but the Netherlands. > > It's like saying 'England' when you mean GB/UK > > ... but Great Britain is different from the United Kingdom! > > Okay, I had to look up the exact dates, but here goes: > > Great Britain is the official name given to the the two kingdoms of England > and Scotland, and the principality of Wales, whereas the United Kingdom > (correctly known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern > Ireland) today consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. > > The 1707 Act of Union combined England and Scotland together under a single > monarch with a single Parliament; Scotland, having had its own Parliament > but came under the monarchy of England during James I reign. The 1801 Act of > Union joined Ireland to the 'United Kingdom' and from 1921, only Northern > Ireland submitted to the monarchy of England, hence the full title the > United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland has again > established its own Parliament and the principality of Wales its own > Assembly. > > The British Isles, of course, are another matter, consisting of Great > Britain, the whole of Ireland and a number of offshore islands including, > but not exclusively, the Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles, Scilly Isles, Channel > Islands, Lundy Island, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and the Inner & Outer > Hebrides. > > It's of minor importance to me, although not especially so, since I am > half-Manx. Although the Isle of Man does submit to the monarchy of Great > Britain, presumably merely to 'benefit' from the Royal Mail historically :), > it is a self-governing democracy and not part of the United Kingdom, or the > EU. As such, my mother (the Manx half) must still pass through the non-EU > customs when re-entering Great Britain! > > Paul An important consequence of their 'submission to the monarchy' is that they are under military protection by the UK. I don't claim to understand the whole setup, but I've once visited Channel Islands; they like to give the impression that you're entering a foreign country. But I found this a bit of an exaggeration, mainly to keep the tourists happy.

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