Things I Really Wish People in The UK Would Explain To Me
Things I Really Wish People In (from?) The UK Would Explain To Me, a list, by jo
1. If I say "I'm in the United Kingdom", what am I saying? If I say "I'm in Britain", what am I saying? Are they two different things?
2. Are the traffic laws the same in England, Scotland, and Wales, and if so, can someone tell me when I'm allowed to cross the street? Other than when the little flashing man is green, I mean.
3. Speaking of which, why does Scotland have its own Parilment, and Wales doesn't?
4. I'm not touching the whole issue of Ireland/Northern Ireland, because I sincerely have no understanding of it at all... but if someone would point me to a nice explanatory website, that would be cool.
5. I don't really understand how doctors work here. There are no walk-in clinics, you have to register at doctors? I'm confused, what do you do in something that isn't quite an emergency? They sent me to the hospital because I was some weird foreign chick without a doctor, and I wanted to scream because "Hey, emergency wards are for emergencies!" (Before anyone frets, this was back in July.)
6. Can you tell me why you celebrate Guy Fawkes day? Is it yay, he failed at killing the King, or yay, he tried to kill the King, and you can to?
7. Why can I not buy a bag of flour bigger than 2 kilos in any regular store?
8. Are Scotland and Wales their own countries, or not? I'm confused by this, as Scotland is the "best little country in the world", but I thought it was part of the UK.
9. Would you say Mary was the last direct ruler of Scotland, or James? For that matter, who was the last ruler of Wales?
10. So... how come there is only either really really cheap ice cream, or really really expensive ice cream?
In unrelated news:
There's snow! It's so cute!
Also, I'm baking some cupcakes for a bakesale on Saturday (don't ask, it's easier that way), and was searching online, and am I alone in thinking that if the recipe calls for 'buying cake mix and making it entirely following the package directions, except in cupcake tins instead of a cake pan', it's not really much of a recipe?