The question was: 'Why is the British Olympic team called Team GB and not Team UK?'
And there was very good reason why I couldn't answer the question immediately; it's because I got an 'U' (stands for unclassified, which is worse than a Fail) in my geography and history exams at school. I couldn't see the point in learning about 'old stuff', and 'where places were'.
As you can imagine, I was subsequently very relieved when Sat Navs were invented. But I still remain resolutely disinterested in 'old stuff', and I never watch 'Time Team' much to the chagrin of one of my best chums who is a History teacher.
Anyway, I digress. I had to do a bit of research, but what I found was quite interesting. But if you already know the answer, I have included this picture of Jessica Ennis for you to splodge over instead of reading on.
Pic.No.1. She's got a 4-pack. I look like that with just my skids on too
Strap yourself in ........ basically, the full name of our nation is 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'.
The 'United Kingdom' bit refers to the political union of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
The 'Great Britain' bit, is a geographical term that refers to the largest island within a group comprising the 'British Isles'.
Pic.No.2 The British Isles. As you can see it is made up of many individual islands where it rains a lot
So as you can see from looking at the picture above, Great Britain being the biggest island in the British Isles, comprises three separate (but united) countries: England, Wales and Scotland.
But now we reach the crux of the matter. After seeing the above, you would be forgiven for assuming that Team GB only included England, Scotland and Wales. But it doesn't. It also includes Irish athletes.
Conclusion: Our Olympic athletes should be called Team UK. Quite simply because being called Team GB implies that the Irish are not involved.
If I was Irish, I would be well pissed off and probably run amok with a catapult and conkers.
When I looked into it, I found out that Team GB was the name assigned by the International Olympic Committee in 1908 ......... Blooper. They were probably named by someone who got a 'U' in history and geography.
Anyway, I hope that clears things up.
Other things in the news today. Naughty George has been his usual self since summer started. Whenever the rain stops, he spends his days in the garden woofing blankly at every passer-by. The git.
Pic.No.3 Naughty George with a comedy tongue configuration
Pic.No.4 Naughty George with a comedy ear configuration
Pic.No.5 Naughty George with a comedy 'other ear' configuration
So dahlink ..... what did you get up to last weekend?
P.S. Did you know the difference between the UK and GB ...... fess up now!