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Four Nations

Four Nations
Nick: This is London and behind me are the Houses of Parliament. Parts of these buildings are more than nine hundred years old. This is where the laws of the UK are debated and created. The United Kingdom is actually made up of four different countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each nation has its own culture and heritage. The population of England is around fifty million people. But what are we really like? Priest: The English are a tolerant people. Woman 1 : They’re just enchanting. Woman 2 : The English people are very nice. Woman 3 : They’re so polite and so friendly. Nick: Scotland is in the north of Britain. It’s been part of the UK since 1707. Scotland has some unique customs: wearing tartan kilts … playing the bagpipes … and tossing the caber, a very large post. For over sixty years, the Edinburgh Festival has celebrated art, theatre and culture. Wales is on the western edge of Britain. Nearly three million people live in Wales.

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