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Marc | 10:25 UK time, Wednesday, 20 August 2008

We're looking into why the team of athletes in Beijing representing the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is called Team GB


Castizo left a comment on the blog, while David Woodgates emailed: "Just who exactly coined the phrase 'Team GB', which you continue to employ incorrectly in your broadcasting? Was it our revered government, or was it the tabloid media who thought it up and printed the T-shirts before you could put them right? Our Olympic squad includes atheletes from Northern Ireland, which is a member of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but not of Great Britain. I hope they can get things right by 2012"

A number of blogs have picked this issue up.

Archbishop Cranmer says that Team GB is an "affront to the loyal British people of Northern Ireland, of which there are very many indeed". You can read the blog entry in full here.

One of the highest profile blogs on matters relating to Northern Ireland, Slugger O'Toole also weighs in with an entry entitled "What does Team GB, not UK, say to you?".

And you can read a thoughtful post about national identity, touching on the Team GB v Team UK debate, on Britologywatch.


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