The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

10 09 2012

“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” consists of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. The three top flags were combined to make the one that most people know (In the middle). Wales got left out. 😦

The first lectures of our pre-sessional class (British Culture and Politics since 1945) began today, so I thought I’d pass a few fun facts along for the history buffs:

  • If you line up the coins (shown in the picture), they create a shield emblem which is also shown in its entirety on the pound. I took the picture of the coins above because I wanted to see for myself that it actually worked. 🙂
  • Stamps from the UK are the only ones that do not list their country name–only a picture of the Queen. This is partly due to the fact that the official name of the country is “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” . . .
  • The UK has no written constitution and has been unconquered since 1066.
  • The film industry in the UK almost died entirely in the 1980s and 1990s. Britain tried to help it out by taxing American films, but this legislation was quickly repealed when America threatened to remove funding they had been providing since the war.
  • In Wales, aluminum is pronounced “AL-oo-MINI-um.”

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” ~Romans 8:31

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3 responses

27 09 2012
Ellen Laird

I was trying to collect all the coins so I could make the coat of arms!! I never found the 10 p and 50 p, I’m convinced they don’t actually make them.

27 09 2012
jlavision

Really? I’ll bring you back some–they have them all the time. The ones in the picture were ones that people around me had. Also, the US 10 cents looks just like the 5p here, which super confuses me. Haha.

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