On Sun, 26 Jan 2003 01:06:26 -0000, "Gerry <waluk@...>"
<waluk@...> wrote:

>Yes, England is part of Great Britain
>but I had no idea that the United Kingdom was a state and likely
>given the same hierarchial position as is Great Britain. Is there
>any difference between the two

Yes: Great Britain is an island, consisting of England, Wales and
Scotland. The United Kingdom is a state, consisting of the island of
Great Britain with a number of smaller neighbouring islands, (included
within England (e.g. Wight), Wales (e.g. Anglesey) or Scotland
(lots)), a portion of the island of Ireland ("Northern Ireland"), and
the islands of Jersey, Guernsey (the Channel Islands) and the Isle of

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal