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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #1
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The United Kingdom

Ok, well i've created this thread to show that the UK is not some dreary rainy dump, it is far the opposite with sandy beaches, palm trees, stunning mountain ranges, beautifull civic buildings and ancient history. Over the past 15 to 20 years Britain has seen a renaisance in construction in our cities that has and is transforming them into wonderfull exciting places to live and work. The summers are normally hot, and the amount of rain (which varies considerably across the country) makes the countryside green and lush. I was also fed up of threads that want to portray an image of urban wastelands and industrial decay in the UK, which isnt true for most of us.

Far too many British people have been to Sydney or New York, but havent wandered around the Lake district or Snowdonia.

While the pictures are loading here's a lesson on what makes up the United Kingdom:

Well the UK has many names - Britain, Great Britain, UK, England - so here is why it is called them

This is Great Britain - consisting of two island off Europe, 'Great' means big as 'little' Britain is Brittany in France



The United Kingdom consists of 4 seperate countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (it doesnt include most of Ireland which is seperate) with each having a capital city - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast respectivley. So calling the country England is not correct as you are insulting the 3 other countries by ignoring their existance (hence why you might get an annoyed response that they are Scottish etc.)



So my country is the United Kingdom, but i come from the islands of Great Britain

Ok on to some pretty pictures

CITY HALLS

Birmingham - second largest city in the UK








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Cardiff - capital city of Wales








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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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Glasgow (this is its equivalent of city hall) - largest city in Scotland








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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #4
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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #5
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Old February 28th, 2007, 01:00 PM   #6
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Portsmouth - (largest naval base in Europe and home to the Royal Navy)







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Old February 28th, 2007, 01:01 PM   #7
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Old February 28th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #8
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some of the coastline near Cardiff





Here is the largest sandune system in Europe, and the largest sandune



the sand is so soft



you can see the extent of it (yes grass grows in it)





the beach



near by is Ogmore castle ruins with stepping stones across the river (i remember as a kid falling off the stepping stones and into the water lol)

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Old February 28th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #9
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I agree, the scenary in Britain is far more diverse than most realize. To celebrate that fact, here are a few photos of various beaches to be found in Britain. So many people from around the world imagine British beaches to be all like Brighton, which doesn't have sand, but there are so many near perfect sandy beaches as well.











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Old February 28th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #10
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wheres liverpool?
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Old February 28th, 2007, 08:37 PM   #11
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why dont you add it st georges hall isnt it?
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Old February 28th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #12
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only messing, its not st georges hall though

LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL











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Old February 28th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #13
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One of my favourite countries!
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Old February 28th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #14
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The UK is indeed a beatiful country.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #15
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Many British people seem to be leaving Britain for sunnier climes -- well, that is all fair and good, but they are leaving one great country. Its a sad state of affairs that... I've just read some surveys showing that young British people want the sun and are migrating to the USA, Australia, NZ, Spain, and are fed up with the UK. How sad, however, its true that the sun brings out the vibrant lifestyle and relaxed fun. Don't despair, I'm sure many people will come to fill the gap. I also bet that these sun-seekers will grow disillusioned with their new home and eventually return home. Sun/Sand isn't everything without culture, history and verdent green countryside. I'm sure Sydneysiders wouldn't agree though, i doubt they would leave their suburban paradise on the beach for the damp and wet UK. However, to each his own.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 09:23 PM   #16
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Well i personally wouldnt want to live in perpetual sunshine - when i visited Sydney i got the 25 days of rain they have every year though! - i love the snow and atmospheric conditions you get in the winter, also spring and autumn are unmissable, watching all the little flowers coming to life - i think i couldnt live without blubells and daffodils in the spring, or bright orange and yellow trees in autumn.

I think the average time a Britain spends living abroad is 10 years before they want to return
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Old February 28th, 2007, 11:21 PM   #17
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Many British people seem to be leaving Britain for sunnier climes -- well, that is all fair and good, but they are leaving one great country. Its a sad state of affairs that... I've just read some surveys showing that young British people want the sun and are migrating to the USA, Australia, NZ, Spain, and are fed up with the UK. How sad, however, its true that the sun brings out the vibrant lifestyle and relaxed fun. Don't despair, I'm sure many people will come to fill the gap. I also bet that these sun-seekers will grow disillusioned with their new home and eventually return home. Sun/Sand isn't everything without culture, history and verdent green countryside. I'm sure Sydneysiders wouldn't agree though, i doubt they would leave their suburban paradise on the beach for the damp and wet UK. However, to each his own.

guess u're right. one can want to go abroad and away from his country, but he'll always miss it. same goes for Israel.

UK is indeed a great country and I'd love to explore other parts of it apart from London, which I need to visit again btw!

Many thanks for the beautiful pics of this one of a kind country
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Some of my pics from around the UK

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This is Great Britain - consisting of two island off Europe, 'Great' means big as 'little' Britain is Brittany in France

I should just point out that Great Britain is a single island, the largest of an archipelago of 5,000 islands and islets that make up the British Isles.
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Welsh assembly debating chamber (devolved government), the whole building is ecologically friendly and designed so that the public can see what is going on









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