While I'm ranting about the screen format in another thread I feel I must also write to the editor about the world map.
Can I point to deficiencies in respect of our closest neighbouring country on your so called World Map.
Number one; the population of the republic of Ireland is about 4.5 million, the 6.5 Million figure would be for the whole island of Ireland.
Number two; the countries name is the Republic of Ireland or Rep. of Ireland for short, not Eire, as is used on the stamps and coins, We call Hungary, Hungary not Magyar!
Number three; having a box around the islands of Ireland and Britain and calling them both "the British Isles" would be the same for an Welsh person as referring to David Cameron as the English Prime Minister. (actually this one is true!)
Mr G. Adams.
You betray your ignorance I fear. the islands are indeed the British Isles as so named by the romans. Great Britain refers to the bigger island and the other is lesser or minor Britain. However, this is unpalatable to our irish cousins!
However England, Scotland and Wales are countries in the island of
This is why our country is called The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
So now the island of Ireland and the island of Great Britain are indeed the British Isles. It's a geographic fact. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is still the Prime Minister of Great Britain and northern Island.
When you refer to the population of land masses you add countries together. The population of Africa is all countries added together. So the population of Ireland is indeed the population of the republic of Ireland together with Northern Ireland. The population of Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales. The sort of thing you learn in school - well, used to.
Wow Baywatcher that would be a good defence of my case!! but no I believe zach is quite correct that the ireland I refer to on the map ie the republic of, has a population of 4.5million - Which I've corrected. Correcting the name will take me longer so it's gonna have to wait. OK all well with the world for now? great stuff, enjoy the sun one and all!!
Geographically speaking, the island of Ireland is in the British isles.
Just like Norway is in scandinavia or Portugal is in iberia.
The republic of Ireland is not politically part of the uk but it can't change its location because they find the name unpalatable.
Surely everyone knows, or at least should know, that the term "Great Britain" refers to the largest island in "The British Isles" which is a geographical term and not a political one, and thus includes the Island of Ireland.
chill. you misunderstand my point. The nationalist comment was aimed at the Irish who can't bring themselves to say their little green island is in the British Isles. Jeremy has already answred the question about grand bretange (Great Britain) and bretagne (Brittany), the island of Ireland has never been known as little Britain, lesser Britain or anything with the term Britain at all. It was Hibernia.
Whilst the term British Isles is correct, i doubt few if any use it in vernacular.
Q where are you from
Q where is Cardiff
A the British Isles
really? I don't think so.
Thanks to everyone for correcting me! It's a pleasure to find out things I didn't know - shows the value of reading this forum.
And I apologise to Zack - I'm the one portraying my ignorance!
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