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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- February 22nd 2013 The Wine Route
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- January 28th 2013 In The Beginning
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- April 19th 2012 Packing conundrum
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- August 24th 2011 Made it to England!
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- April 11th 2011 test 2
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- April 11th 2011 where we're going
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- October 12th 2010 Almost gone
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- April 5th 2010 British Weather British Easter Weekend.
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- March 29th 2010 Monica said i should blog more so I am : )
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- February 24th 2010 Finally get home!
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- January 5th 2010 Please snow damn it!
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- August 6th 2009 Hello!
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- September 26th 2008 Visiting the Roker's
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- August 10th 2008 Selamat detang!
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- June 29th 2008 Jules Holland
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- May 15th 2008 Home sweet Home
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- December 22nd 2007 Back to the UK!!
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- October 5th 2007 Clock Ticking
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- September 29th 2007 The grand introduction...
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- September 15th 2007 My party
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