What Is the United Kingdom?

We’re moving on to our fourth country, the last one to have more than 1,000 views from.  That is the United Kingdom.  With 1,088 views from the home of the English language, it comprises 5.7% of the total views in 2014.  So, if you’re British, have lived or visited the UK, then I need your help. Please give your opinion below.

320px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svgThe United Kingdom

The UK is a pretty compact country that consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  It’s only 243,610 square kilometres, making it the 80th largest country in the world.  Its population is 64,100,000, which makes it the 22nd largest population in the world.  The capital city and largest city is London with a population of 8,615,246 (13,614,409 metro).  English is the official language with other regional languages.  The union was established on May 1, 1707. The leader of the country is the Prime Minister (currently David Cameron) and the government type is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.  The monarch is Queen Elizabeth II.

The United Kingdom may not be a big country, but it has a huge amount of history and a lot to see.  There’s a wide variety of cultures to explore.  If you are British, live or have lived in the UK, or have visited the UK, then please answer the following questions.

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly British food?
  3. What is a truly British activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) British author?

Thank you very much! Please share, so we can get many answers.

Flash Fiction #11 – Roman Therapy (Flash! Friday)

This year, Flash! Friday is following a slightly different format with different themes each week.  This week, it’s a character theme.  Include the character provided and a photo prompt to base the story on.  They’ve also increased the limit to 200 words give or take 10.  So, for this week’s Flash! Friday, I have written this little story. The character is a janitor, while the photo prompt is the Colosseum in Rome. I think it’s a bit rough and could be improved, but there’s no time for that.  Read and let me know what you think in the comments below.

“Please come in and sit down,” said the therapist.

The elderly man sat on the couch and gazed into the therapist’s eyes. “Thank you, doctor,” he wheezed.

“May I have your name?”

“Yes. I’m Marcus Janitorus.”

“And what do you do, Mr. Janitorus?” he asked, positioning his stylus above the wax tablet.

“I clean at the Flavian Amphitheatre. You know, garbage, blood, things like that.” Marcus cast his eyes down, uncomfortable with eye contact.

The therapist scribbled down some notes and nodded. “I see, I see. What brings you here today?”

“I can’t do it anymore. I just can’t do it! Day in and day out, I see the fights, I see the lions tear apart the slaves. When the spectacle is finished, it’s my job to clean up the severed body parts. The gore is tremendous!” Marcus put his face into his hands, his body jerking with each sob.

“Do you have nightmares and flashbacks?”

Marcus nodded, unable to speak.

“I see. You may have posttraumatic stress disorder,” said the therapist, writing on the tablet.

“I can’t work for Domitian anymore!” Marcus shouted.

“Please go home and rest, Mr. Janitorus.” Marcus shuffled out of the room. The therapist looked at his notes. Treatment: Animal therapy with the lions.