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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- August 18th 2012 London!
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- February 4th 2011 no juz juz niedlugo
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- January 26th 2011 24 hours til departure
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- January 18th 2011 Getting ready to go travelling!
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- July 19th 2009 Tales From The Sole......The Finish Line
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- June 8th 2009 alarm call
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- February 12th 2009 Tales from the Sole.....anyone got a spare sat nav?
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- February 7th 2009 Waiting for Alice
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- September 6th 2008 England 2008- It is illegal to say: DADDY LOVES YOU!
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- August 9th 2008 training routine
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- March 25th 2008 The Journey Begins!
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- April 25th 2007 Gathering all the chunks
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- April 10th 2007 Hello, and welcome to the plan!
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- February 24th 2007 Where's The Sun Gone ?
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- February 7th 2007 Baby Steps
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