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.
Blogs from Clapham
Latest Blogs from Clapham
- March 4th 2013 The Road Beckons......
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- September 22nd 2012 London
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- September 11th 2012 One Time In Her Life
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- May 29th 2012 clapham
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- January 9th 2011 A traditional English Sunday roast!
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- September 13th 2010 The First Leg
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- August 7th 2010 Finished the game of Monopoly
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- December 30th 2009 Ending 2009 back in London
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- December 19th 2009 the night before..
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- December 15th 2009 Why travel?
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- December 15th 2009 One Day
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- December 11th 2009 The vocabulary in non movement - London Dance
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- October 17th 2009 Last Hurrah in Amsterdam then back to the Motherland
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- August 3rd 2009 My Flight, and My First Night In London!
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- May 4th 2009 ......a few minor adjustments to the schedule
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- May 4th 2009 our new home (Vince's move number 20!)..... MR JONES
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- April 28th 2009 the countdown is on! only days remaining now.
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- March 24th 2009 Living it up London baby ;-)
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- March 3rd 2009 London
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- February 3rd 2009 10 inches of snow and London shuts down...
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