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 Hackney Central
Latest Blogs from Hackney Central
- August 24th 2013 Day 23 & 24 - Camden Market and Home in Hackney
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- August 18th 2013 Day 17 & 18 - London markets
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- August 16th 2013 Day 15 & 16 in London
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- August 12th 2013 Day 12 - London
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- February 20th 2013 Stalking the Treasures of the East
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- January 20th 2013 Sunday in Shoreditch
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- October 28th 2012 Street Art & Fairey Stories
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- May 27th 2012 In my Life, I love them all
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- April 28th 2012 One Week Till Take-off and I'm feeling 'The Fear'
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- April 21st 2012 Two Weeks To Go...
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- April 15th 2012 Less Than 3 Weeks To Go...
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- April 9th 2012 Less Than 4 Weeks Left!
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- March 31st 2012 5 weeks till take off!!
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- March 19th 2012 Mission Accomplished
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- March 11th 2012 Still Searching...
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- January 29th 2012 Back To Square Uno
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- January 16th 2012 Job Search Update
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- January 9th 2012 TEFL Course Completed!!
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- January 1st 2012 New Year, New Start, New Country!!
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- October 8th 2011 Como ir de Londres a Ciudad del Cabo, parte primera.
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