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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- May 1st 2012 Preparations
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- March 4th 2011 Cuppa tea, love?!
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- August 3rd 2010 The Final Chapter
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- August 12th 2009 Tut tut - it looks like rain ............
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- August 9th 2009 One week to go social at Andrew and Jill's
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- August 8th 2009 One Week to go !
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- October 15th 2008 What a day :(
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- November 11th 2006 THE FINAL ENTRY !
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- September 11th 2006 Some Last Thoughts
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- August 21st 2006 Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope
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- August 21st 2006 Nether Alderley Mill
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- August 21st 2006 Anderton Boat Lift
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- June 1st 2006 A Review of the Completed Journey
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- April 26th 2006 Nat and Lennie!!!!
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- November 2nd 2005 Introduction
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