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2,912 hits 3.0 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by glennh70

Do you think England is an island?


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11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 3:51:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
England is a country which is part of the United Kingdom and constitutes *part* of the island of Great Britain, sharing it with Scotland and Wales.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 3:54:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 3:51:26 PM HarryNJ wrote:
England is a country which is part of the United Kingdom and constitutes *part* of the island of Great Britain, sharing it with Scotland and Wales.

And Northern Ireland
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 3:57:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Northern Ireland is part of the UK but not on the island of Great Britain.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 3:59:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
UK and Great britain are one and the same though
But yeah there were too many parts of this which is a country in this in your post I get confused - I shall just sit here rocking but it's nice to see someone from the other side of the pond not answer Yes to this question
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 4:14:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Aw, nothing to sit and rock over. Actually I get a little confused myself... England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are countries in their own right, correct? So what is the precise classification of the United Kingdom?

Yes, many Americans are notoriously bad at geography. I knew a couple people in college who seriously thought Canada was a state of the US.

11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 4:17:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 4:14:54 PM HarryNJ wrote:
Aw, nothing to sit and rock over. Actually I get a little confused myself... England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are countries in their own right, correct? So what is the precise classification of the United Kingdom? Yes, many Americans are notoriously bad at geography. I knew a couple people in college who seriously thought Canada was a state of the US.


i guess it depends on the definition of country- - technically England and Scotland are kingdoms, Wales is a principality and NI is a province, together they are a union. I suppose 'country' is informal, I feel that my country is both England and the UK
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 4:29:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Glenn put it a lot better than I ever could but so everyone is clear, Wales is not part of England
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 5:30:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's part of an island, does that count?
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:24:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's on an island, but is not an island itself
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:26:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's surrounded by water, which makes it an island
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:50:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:26:17 PM Megatron34 wrote:
It's surrounded by water, which makes it an island

no, it has Scotland to the north, Wales to the west, and Cornwall to the southwest
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:52:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Cornwall isn't a seperate country though, it's just a part of England
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:53:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's culturally completely different, kinda like Northern Virginia and Virginia
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:55:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't mean it's not still part of England.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 8:29:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 6:53:14 PM anthraxrocks wrote:
it's culturally completely different, kinda like Northern Virginia and Virginia

i totaly get that !!!!!!!!!!
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 8:30:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
i live in Northern Virginia
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 8:46:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 8:30:55 PM 8193 wrote:
i live in Northern Virginia

Reston is the greatest part of it that exists
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 8/27/09 - 9:08:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ok, so it's not an island?
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 6:48:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Defo not an island because it would have to be surrounded by water on all sides. But Wales and Scotland are kinda stuck to it
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 6:50:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/27/09 - 5:30:25 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
I think it's part of an island, does that count?

everywhere's part of an island, in the grand scheme of things, right?
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 9:39:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
England is a country.

Scotland is a country.

Wales is a principality (of England*).

England & Wales together with Scotland, form Great Britain.

Great Britain is not a single Island as there are many small islands off the coast.

The United Kingdom is Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

* I only point this bit out to rile the Welsh Republican Army and their political arm, Plaid.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 9:42:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:39:05 AM DaveW wrote:
Great Britain is not a single Island as there are many small islands off the coast.


doesn't that stop them being part of Great Britain? I would argue there are slightly different geographical, political and cultural interpretations. Geographically a little island is not part of a larger island.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 9:48:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:39:05 AM DaveW wrote:
Great Britain is not a single Island as there are many small islands off the coast.
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:42:22 AM glennh70 wrote:
doesn't that stop them being part of Great Britain? I would argue there are slightly different geographical, political and cultural interpretations. Geographically a little island is not part of a larger island.

I think you've misunderstood my point.

GB is one big island and many little ones.

The Isle of Wight for example is an island, but still part of GB.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 10:02:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:39:05 AM DaveW wrote:
Great Britain is not a single Island as there are many small islands off the coast.
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:42:22 AM glennh70 wrote:
doesn't that stop them being part of Great Britain? I would argue there are slightly different geographical, political and cultural interpretations. Geographically a little island is not part of a larger island.
On Friday 8/28/09 - 9:48:56 AM DaveW wrote:
I think you've misunderstood my point. GB is one big island and many little ones. The Isle of Wight for example is an island, but still part of GB.


politically but not (always) geographically, i think Great Britain is technically the name of this actual island in some contexts
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/28/09 - 10:22:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think you are right that the main land-mass is technically known as GB. I suppose that GB and the numerous islands would be the British Isles, although the terms could be used interchangably without offending too many folk!

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