- Jul 16, 2010
L'arriviste said:Crikey, this thread is bonkers!
I am a British national born in England, which is a part the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
And that's "Great" as in "Wider" not as in "Brilliant".
To call His Bigness Sir Ship A Hoy "British" is correct but quite general as it goes to his nationality. To call him a "Scot" is also correct and more specific as it goes to his domicile.
Today I live in Bruxelles/Brussel/Brüssel, an administrative region, an administrative city, originally a Flemish city and now the capital of Belgium (which consists of the Flemish and Walloon and German administrative regions a plethora of original kingdoms and duchies) and unofficially of the European Union of which there are 27 Member States each with its own capital and 23 official and 3 unofficial languages spoken. All of which is much harder to deal with.
Flanders of the middle ages and early modern times is not the same as the Flanders of now. Brussels was never part of the county of Flanders, but of the Duchy of Brabant. After Belgium declared its independence Brussels was made the capital of Belgium. Brussels was a city were most people spoke Dutch(this is what you meant), and the Walloons migrated to it during the 19th century and now most people speak French in it.