Background: Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy; it currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe. A member of the EU, it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union for the time being. Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999, but the latter is suspended due to bickering over the peace process.
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- September 28th 2013 Beautiful visit with old friends in Oundle
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- July 9th 2012 The Wedding
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- May 18th 2011 photos
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- November 7th 2010 Guy Fawkes/ Peterborough
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- January 13th 2009 From here...
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- October 6th 2008 Home for the Weekend
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- August 26th 2008 Bags packed,
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- August 4th 2008 Another update
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- July 28th 2008 First injections+consultation
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- July 23rd 2008 Vaccinations....
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- July 22nd 2008 Just to fill you in
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- July 21st 2008 Im off to Australia on the 27th!
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- June 30th 2008 My time in Oxford and Peterborough
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- April 26th 2008 I've got my ship & I'll soon be on my way!!!
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- September 13th 2007 2 days to go!!!
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- February 14th 2007 India Itinerary Confirmed
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- February 9th 2007 Immunised against every disease known to man
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- December 18th 2006 One more sleep!
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- December 10th 2006 2) still ere guys
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- November 16th 2006 1) Countdown!!!!!
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