Blimey! Most people in the US & UK know you? I didn't know you were famous. Are you Putin???
Wrong wording. "Most of people I came to contact with".
Of course you're not - that would just be silly. It's like saying "I hope I'm excused to call all people Trevor".
I hope I'm excused to call all ethnicities in Britain "English"
Wrong wording: "I hope
to be excused for
I really couldn't give a toss what you call us except that if you're asking a question you need to use accurate language so that people understand what it is that you want to know.
I did get right answers though. So the words I choose in my naivetey were good enough for most respondents.
It does seem strange to me that you say you want to learn more about the English, but when you do learn something about us you insist on ignoring it.
No, no, I'm not ignoring it. I noted it. You don't seem to accept that distance makes difference.
One has to maintain a scale. I'll be much more careful while traveling in the UK, but back home "I've visited England".
There are times, like the WWII, when all the grumps are put aside, and all act as one. And no matter how we want it, people around the Globe usually address the Nation by it's main ethnicity.
So the UK is England, and USSR is Russia, what can you do? France and Germany are too, not as monolitic as they appear from the outside.
On a funny note.
Once I had a book of chinese stories. The stories were assembled by Soo Lin Poh from around the entire China.
In the tytle page there were names of authors, and I made a chinese sounding song with words, consisting of the names of these authors. It was successfully sang to Chinese delegation, and they thought it's a real song, only in unknown dialect.
Another song was from Russo-Japanese military phrase book. That too, was taken for real thing at first by some Japanese animators at a festival. But then the trick was explained and the song was sang again. This time the Japanese were loughing so hard, a few of them fell off their chairs. The melody is of real song, telling about Russo-Japanese conflict around the lake Hasan in 1938, so there's lots of pun there.