BTW Kohran, I didn't know you were British.
I guess this is a bit off-topic, but it seems that the subject of the United Kingdom and Britain has confused Nev a bit, which is understandable, as it's kind of complicated.
A History of Britain:
In the beginning, there were four 'kingdoms' of the British Isles. The Kingdom of England, the Kingdom of Wales, the Kingdom of Scotland, and the Kingdom(s) of Ireland. During the Middle Ages, after much fighting with the Welsh, Edward I, King of England, made Wales a joint part of England, becoming the Kingdom of England and Wales. Several hundred years later, after some pretty savage fighting between the English/Welsh and the Scottish, the Kingdom of England and Wales was merged with the Kingdom of Scotland, becoming the United Kingdom. The country of the United Kingdom was given a new name - Britain. To symbolize this, the flag of England and Wales
was merged with the flag of Scotland
, creating the Union Flag
, which became the flag of Britain overall, although the English and Scottish flags were still used for their respective countries. Many years later, Ireland joined the United Kingdom of Britain, adding the flag of Ireland
to the Union Flag of Britain, creating the flag of Britain
as we know it today. Though most of Ireland split from Britain in the last century, Northern Ireland remained a part of the United Kingdom of Britain, so the Union Flag (flag of Britain) still carries the Irish flag on it.
Phew...that took longer than I thought it would. I'll post something on topic in a little while.