Did you know that you can see all the way across the English channel? I don't know why I was surprised by this - I mean, people swim across it every once and a while, so it can't be over the horizon or anything. But for some reason I just figured that (Northern) Ireland and the UK, or Britain, or the Commonwealth, or whatever crazy name they call the big island, were farther apart.
Speaking of naming ambiguity, I think it goes like this, but don't quote me on it: Ireland is it's own country. Northern Ireland is sorta like its own country, though its modicum of self rule was recently taken back due to the big Sinn Fein spying scandal (though why this is a scandal when all countries spy on all others is anybody's guess). Scottland and Wales are supposedly their own countries, but they pay allegiance to the Queen of England, use the English pound, have no independent government (ok, I think Wales does). England, Scotland, and Wales are the UK. The UK and Ireland are the British Isles, o... [more]