From a Perfect County

I live in Hertfordshire and it seems just perfect to me. 

It is very easy to get North or South, it is handy for the M25, M1, A1.

I can get into London on the train in 35 minutes.

I am surrounded by farms yet can drive 10 minutes and be in a big City.

And, it's not near the sea so I don't get freezing wind for 9 months of the year.
Ant Ant
31-35, M
10 Responses Nov 11, 2006

Nowhere in Britain is more than 72 miles from the sea, and I reckon that makes us stoical about freezing wind. I live in London (suburbs) and that is perfect too. The furthest inland I've ever visited is Indiana. It was snowing, yet to me felt so warm the only need for wearing a coat was so that the natives didn't think I was a dangerous lunatic.

But I concede to the Canadians.

I doubt the coat deceived them.

Fortunately, I am about 3 hours away from London by train and probably 6 hours by car, always assuming that the choked road system `dahn souf`is navigable. The M25? you think its a good thing to be near Britains biggest car park? I don`t have to go to the south of the country and I count myself fortunate. Hertfordshire sounds like a nice you have let the cat out of the bag who knows what will happen there!

youre too close to London, sayin that im too close to scousers and yorkshire so nowheres perfect

We are all earthlings....

I consider myself British as opposed to English. I was born in England with English parents, and I understand the identity of England is just as important as the identity of Britain. But, a few factor make me feel more British. <br />
First, it is British armed forces, and secondly when those forces were in Northern Ireland a decade or two ago, they fought to defend the people of Britain. Not England, but Britain. There are other reasons, but I don't want to turn this into an essay.<br />
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National identity is a personal matter, of course; I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing with me, but I personally, feel more connected to the acomplisments of Britain.

To answer 'katysboy', They are and they're not.<br />
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England, Scotland & Wales are countries sharing the same island. <br />
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Going back in history, England,(English), and Wales, (Welsh), joined together and were known as the Kingdom of England. <br />
Many years later, the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, (Scottish), joined together in a treaty and became known as the Kingdom of Great Britain.<br />
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Later still,Great Britain and Ireland, (Irish). became united, and became known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.<br />
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Not so many years later, Ireland broke away from Great Britain, and in the 1920s, the Irish Free State was born.<br />
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Very shortly after that, six of the Northern Irish counties were reinstated into the kingdom to become known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That is its official title at present.<br />
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The Union flag, also known as the Union Jack. is made up from the Cross of St. George, (England), the Cross of St. Andrew, (Scotland), and the Cross of St. Patrick, (Ireland). Wales had no representation, as a separate country, in the flag, because at that time Wales was part of the Kingdom of England.<br />
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The Union Flag is not symmetrical. This causes the flag to be flown upside down, at times, by the uninformed.<br />
As a quick guide, The broad white stripe should face uppermost at the mast.<br />
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This is a very brief resume' of the makeup of our United Kingdom. I trust this will be of some use to you in understanding the English/British situation. So, English or British is correct. It is just us English who do not like to lose our country's identification. But we are still British. <br />
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Not confusing is it?

Strictly speaking though, Wales sn't a country, it's a Principality of England

I thought english and british were the same thing?

To put it in simpler terms than, unlimited, Britian or the UK, is made up of, Scotland, Wales, Irelnd and England. England is infact a country of its own.

oh dear, katysboy! LOL

British is what American's call us because to them English is a language. I consider myself English first, British second and earthling third. Not sure I like the idea of being European - it sounds a bit garlicky to me.

I live in Middlesex, so I am not too far from you Ant, and I agree with all of your comments. I do not class myself as British, because I am English, born and bred in London.

Hertfordshire is where my family originated from before they moved to America in the early 1900s. I still have some there and in Hornsey. I've never been over there but I'm fairly certain I'm going to move to that area when I get out of college.