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 1st 2012 Croydon tram lines to the nazca lines
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- February 13th 2012 A Guide to Travelling: The aims of The Lad Traveller
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- September 30th 2009 Longing For More
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- September 25th 2009 Londres
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- December 25th 2008 Heyyy!
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- September 29th 2008 A Long Goodbye
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- August 18th 2008 Todays menu
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- August 13th 2008 Day 1: London
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- August 13th 2008 London Day 2
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- August 1st 2008 Frenching it up
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- July 24th 2008 Madrid to San Seb
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- July 14th 2008 The solution to knife crime & the death of the family-from a travellers perspective
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- May 26th 2008 I left too many jerseys at home...
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- May 25th 2008 Hold tight, red light!
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- May 22nd 2008 Cute little cottage on Little Roke Ave...owight?
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- January 27th 2008 All the sights!!!
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- January 24th 2008 1st day 1 st night.... oh god this is going to be hard!!
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- January 23rd 2008 Off to London to visit the Queen...
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- January 14th 2008 Nearly gone
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- January 13th 2008 Welcome
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