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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- July 7th 2008 Today's weather is miserable ...
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- May 11th 2008 Day 2 Cockermouth to Langwathby
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- May 11th 2008 Day 15 - Day of rest in the highest market town in England, Alston.
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- May 10th 2008 Day 14 - Dufton to Alston (20 miles) - Long Hard Day! Lots and lots of ascending...up 'four' mountains to the highest point on the Pennine Way, Cross Fell (2,930ft)
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- June 2nd 2007 A walk in the woods..-Allen Banks and Staward Gorge
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- June 1st 2006 Off Across the Tops and "Home"
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