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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- May 23rd 2009 There She Goes..
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- May 5th 2009 Almost Ready To Leave!
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- December 11th 2008 Goodbye Hugo
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- December 4th 2008 Christmas Spirits in London
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- December 2nd 2008 Back in England
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- July 21st 2008 Campervan pics
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- July 18th 2008 The train to Dungeness
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- July 17th 2008 Bought the Campervan
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- October 2nd 2006 Rubbish Game, but still 3 points!
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- September 19th 2006 Lateness and greatness becomes me!
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- September 14th 2006 Sorry its so late....... but worth it!!
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- September 1st 2006 I'm starting to get the hump now!
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- August 19th 2006 Was that really the same team??
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- August 6th 2006 New season, new players!
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- May 9th 2006 Nearly there!!
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- April 21st 2006 Happy Travelling
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- April 18th 2006 Surley we can't win six in a row?
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- April 12th 2006 My Big Adventure
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- April 9th 2006 How cute are these boys!!!
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- April 8th 2006 One stays at home, one goes to home game!
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