Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales.  The United Kingdom (UK) includes these areas as well as Northern Ireland.  Britain refers to only England and Wales, though some will shorten Great Britain with this term.

Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales. The United Kingdom (UK) includes these areas as well as Northern Ireland. Britain refers to only England and Wales, though some will shorten Great Britain with this term.

The (UNITED KINGDOM) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The UK's form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and its capital city is London. The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The (UNITED KINGDOM) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The UK's form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and its capital city is London. The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This picture links to the Great Potato Famine in Ireland that occurred in the late 1840s.  The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive.  Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.

This picture links to the Great Potato Famine in Ireland that occurred in the late 1840s. The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.

SONS OF IRELAND IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAROriginal Green Kepi belonging to the 35th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment (aka 1st Irish Regiment). The 35th wore the distinctive gold shamrock...

SONS OF IRELAND IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAROriginal Green Kepi belonging to the 35th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment (aka 1st Irish Regiment). The 35th wore the distinctive gold shamrock...

Some people have ther perception that all bold or dark value color is bad because they believe it will make a room close in on you.  Not true.  There are several factors to account for when making the determination as to whether to go dark or not to go dark.

Some people have ther perception that all bold or dark value color is bad because they believe it will make a room close in on you. Not true. There are several factors to account for when making the determination as to whether to go dark or not to go dark.

The Union engraving on this example is of the highest order. Scottish thistles, English roses and the Shamrocks of Ireland were engraved on glasses to celebrate the Union with Ireland in in 1801.The thistle flowers exemplify the attention to detail and overall quality, they have been cut, polished and over-scored. http://www.scottishantiquesinc.co.uk/georgian-glass/tankard-tumbler

The Union engraving on this example is of the highest order. Scottish thistles, English roses and the Shamrocks of Ireland were engraved on glasses to celebrate the Union with Ireland in in 1801.The thistle flowers exemplify the attention to detail and overall quality, they have been cut, polished and over-scored. http://www.scottishantiquesinc.co.uk/georgian-glass/tankard-tumbler

The Union engraving on this example is of the highest order. Scottish thistles, English roses and the Shamrocks of Ireland were engraved on glasses to celebrate the Union with Ireland in in 1801.The thistle flowers exemplify the attention to detail and overall quality, they have been cut, polished and over-scored.   http://scottishantiques.com/regency-glass/rummer/Unionengravedbeaker1830#.VjN8tdLhBeh

The Union engraving on this example is of the highest order. Scottish thistles, English roses and the Shamrocks of Ireland were engraved on glasses to celebrate the Union with Ireland in in 1801.The thistle flowers exemplify the attention to detail and overall quality, they have been cut, polished and over-scored. http://scottishantiques.com/regency-glass/rummer/Unionengravedbeaker1830#.VjN8tdLhBeh

Big Ben, City Of London, One of the most famous clocks in  the world...taking the train to London while we are on our trip back home...see some friends/family and so Jon can do some site-seeing. :)

Big Ben, City Of London, One of the most famous clocks in the world...taking the train to London while we are on our trip back home...see some friends/family and so Jon can do some site-seeing. :)

Floral Badge of Great Britain The Tudor rose (England) and the Scottish Thistle coming out of the same stem, a heraldic badge used by Queen Anne after the Act of Union in 1707.

Floral Badge of Great Britain The Tudor rose (England) and the Scottish Thistle coming out of the same stem, a heraldic badge used by Queen Anne after the Act of Union in 1707.

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