United Kingdom

Why the UK?

May is Liam’s birthday month, and he has chosen England because he likes the English Lions’ theme song.

But despite what many Brits want to think, England is not a standalone country. It is united with the (former) kingdoms of Wales and Scotland. And, um, Northern Ireland.

Was Northern Ireland ever a kingdom, I wonder? I suspect not – I’m sure there is a long and bloody history behind Northern Ireland’s union with England.

My experience of the UK

I lived and worked in the UK for two years in 2008 and 2009, and absolutely loved it. I would have spiraled into depression if I thought I would have to spend the rest of my life there, but those two years there were magnificent.

It is impossible for Australians to understand how easy it is to fly to Paris or Berlin or Barcelona for the weekend. I wonder if Europeans realise how lucky they are to be so close to so much history and diversity.

But the absolute best thing about the UK for me is that Karma and her family live there. How I wish London wasn’t so far away.