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 9th 2012 My last 2 days and the journey home
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- May 5th 2012 1 week to go
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- October 3rd 2010 month to go!
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- November 11th 2009 7 days and counting ...
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- October 7th 2009 Almost goodbyes
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- September 25th 2009 Only two weeks to go!
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- August 31st 2009 Hello, hello, hello
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- July 24th 2009 Leicestershire Market
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- July 18th 2009 Landed in Birmingham
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- May 2nd 2009 Day 1
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- April 18th 2009 Fun Times Around and About Leicester
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- April 17th 2009 Football?...wha? Oh...Leicester Sports!
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- January 22nd 2009 My life in Leicester
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- January 18th 2009 London
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- July 28th 2008 Welcome
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- July 17th 2008 Family Reunion
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- May 6th 2008 next stop saigon....
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- April 27th 2008 We're off again ......
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- March 19th 2008 Getting ready to go...
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- June 18th 2007 Ready to GO
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