Well. Much to my surprise, the Brits turn out to not know much more about Britain than Americans do about America. Three quarters of the British polled during Geography Awareness week could not name the three countries that make up Great Britain.
"Explorer" was the top preferred career, though.
I was confused by this, since I thought there weren't so very many places to explore these days.
But then I saw that most of the people in the same poll didn't know where Leeds was, so I figure that "explorer" could mean "the sort of person who can manage to get out of London on the train, and end up somewhere there's a Sainsbury's."
As I say, though, Americans also have trouble with their own geography. Half of us can't find the state of New York on a map; two thirds of us can't find Louisiana.
We can't find Great Britain, either, which means we'll be no help at all trying to find Leeds.
But, damn, I thought the English could find it.