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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Difference Between the UK, GB, England Explained. (Video)

It's amazing what you can learn in 5 minuites.



By CGP Grey. http://blog.cgpgrey.com/the-united-kingdom-great-britain-england-venn-diagram/

14 comments:

Tempo said...

I'm having no luck lately...I left a comment on your last post which didn't show up and this one wont let me look at the pretty moving pictures....Shuks!

Mags118 said...

Hi Tempo,
Did you try cleaning out your cookies etc. Log out clean your cookies, temp internet files, then log back in, this works wonders for me, other than that I just can't explain it.

I can see the video fine, without any problems, anyway do the cookie dance and see how you go, and kindly repost your comment that you said didn't show up.

Let me know how you go with the video.

malcfifty said...

Thanks Mags. I count myself as Australian of Scottish Ancestry, but the border moved from time to time and the southern part of Scotland where my family came from was sometimes Northern England. We were on Edward I's side against William Wallace, but on Robert the Bruce's side against Edward II. I am disappointed that we didn't support Mel Gibson (Braveheart), but am pleased we were on the winning side each time.

Mags118 said...

Hi Mal,
It's unreal isn't it, it does get confusing at times for someone that isn't familiar with it all.

Very interesting family history Mel, being on the winning side is the icing on the cake. :)

malcfifty said...

Yes Mags, being on the winning side was very important. If you were on the losing side, your family could be wiped out to the last man and your lands confiscated by whichever crown won. For many Scottish families/clans, the family/clan was more important than whoever wore the crown. It was not uncommon for some clan chiefs to send a couple of sons off to fight for one side and a couple of others to fight for the other side. Whoever won, the family or clan would survive, hopefully with their lands intact.

Mags118 said...

Hi Mal,
How smart were those families that sent sons to fight for both sides, it would be interesting to know how many families did this. I assume if they had more than 1 son most would of thought this way.

I wonder if 1 brother ever come across another brother in battle, it would of been an awful situation to be in.

Windsmoke. said...

A lot of useful information but on the other hand a lot of confusing grey areas. Say NO to a republic for Australia :-).

Mags118 said...

Hi Windsmoke,
I was amazed at how much he managed to fit in, in 5 minutes. Talk about complex.

As far as OZ becoming a republic, I feel this would cost a hell of a lot of money for nothing.

malcfifty said...

I agree with Julia Gillard - keep the status quo while Elizabeth II is on the throne, but let's become a Republic rather than kowtow to "King Charles III".

Mags118 said...

Hi Mal,
Actually it will be interesting to see who does get the throne when the Queen is gone.

malcfifty said...

Hi again Mags. On the subject of brother fighting brother:

"Carmichaels were on both sides during Wars of the Three Kingdoms and English Civil War. Lord Carmichael stood on the side of King Charles I but two of his sons fought for the parliamentarians while the other two were Royalists. The brothers were reunited tragically at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, where one of the royalist sons, John Carmichael was killed fighting against his own elder brothers, one of whom commanded the Clydesdale Regiment."

Also "in 1745 two Murray regiments, called 'Murrays 46th Regiment' and 'Murray's 42nd Regiment' fought for the British government. However at the same battle there was another Murray regiment on the Jacobites' side led by Lord George Murray who was the son of John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl who was the chief of Clan Murray."

Mags118 said...

Hi Mal,
Thanks for that.
I find it terribly sad how things were in those days, I just couldn't imagine what this must of been like for the brothers involved.

Maybe they thought differently than we do today I don't know, but even so you would think that the situation of coming face to face with your brother in battle would play on your mind for the rest of your life.

Tempo said...

I watched the video but now my head hurts...who knew it was so damn complicated? No wonder my forefathers sold up and jumped on a boat to come here to OZ

Mags118 said...

Hi Tempo,
The video is really full of informmation, isn't it, as I said it's amazing what you can learn in only 5 minuits.

And you thought your forefathers got here because of what, the usual, the pinching of a loaf of bread, the forefathers were the smart ones don't you think.