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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- November 6th 2012 The Luxury Gap
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- October 20th 2012 Back in Sheffield
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- September 27th 2012 The great adventure awaits
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- August 14th 2012 Yorkshire 1 - A wedding and hillsides of heather
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- July 14th 2012 Planning has commenced!
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- April 3rd 2012 Four months until the new country, new city and new job!
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- March 5th 2012 Days 2 & 3: Tea time and Free time!
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- March 3rd 2012 Day 1: Peanut Butter
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- January 14th 2012 A beautiful Cycle - Sheffield - England - anywhere
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- October 23rd 2011 Sheffield - Oh I have been wondering....
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- June 26th 2011 Duane Eddy - Made in Sheffield
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- May 28th 2011 home - sheffield and china
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- May 24th 2011 Getting ready to go!
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- May 20th 2011 How to make a dream become reality
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- March 13th 2011 Sheffield - Wish you were here
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- January 17th 2011 The much awaited Spring Roll Recipe!
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- November 18th 2010 Last day
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- September 28th 2010 Abbeydale, more Peaks and a wet drive to Wales
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- September 25th 2010 Chatsworth House & a Birthday Tea
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- September 23rd 2010 Welcome to the High Peakssszzzzzzzzz........
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