literary england

this is a thing i’m noticing more and more online and it’s kinda irritating as a british person

‘england’ is not the same thing as ‘uk’. the uk is one country that is made up of four nations - england, scotland, wales, and northern ireland. (we have British islands that are sort of uk, the channel islands, but that’s getting complicated cos they technically have separate sovereignty and stuff)

there’s a historical habit of ‘england’ being used synonymously with ‘uk/britain’, and it’s intensely intensely frustrating. we all share similar heritage and histories, and we are all one country, but the culture and ideals of the english, scottish, welsh, and northern irish are different and distinct. so if you’re referring to the uk, and your point isn’t specifically about england, then for the love of god say you’re referring to the uk

and can we please please stop this thing of non-brits showing off in pictures and videos “Look I now have a pillow/poster/various-object-thing which is the English flag!!!” 

it’s not the english flag, it’s the uk flag, they are different things god dammit, and to not understand that england =/= uk is to not understand the diversity of culture we have in this country made of four nations. england is the most populated nation of the uk, but that’s no excuse for non-brits to not comprehend how important the other three nations are to our country. and that’s my little rant for tonight

“Behind everything in London is something else, and, behind that, is something else still; and so on through the centuries, so that London as we see her is only the latest manifestation of other Londons, and to love her is to plunge into ancestor-worship.” —H. V. Morton, In Search of London (1951)

“The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?” —Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room (1922)