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 6th 2010 Concluding the SP Discovery Team Experience
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- July 30th 2010 ready for off!
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- July 5th 2010 A little update!
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- June 17th 2010 Preparation underway!
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- August 9th 2009 Leaving In 2 days
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- March 3rd 2009 Bon voyage!
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- January 16th 2009 Ready To Go
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- March 4th 2008 Last day before take off....
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- January 4th 2008 India here we come
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- September 15th 2007 Open your f%*king eyes umpire
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- August 22nd 2007 Exam results, university and plane tickets
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- July 27th 2007 Catching the travel bug...a complex process
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- June 11th 2007 Home-not so sweet-home
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- January 27th 2007 Last night out boohoo!
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