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When did they take the “Great” out of Britain?

"It has been some 30 years since I flew off to warmer climes clutching my passport and the intention to return home one day. But now that I've had my fill of wadi-bashing, dune driving, and tax-free living, I find that home has turned into a cross between a yob's paradise, a banana republic and a police state. What the heck has happened to Britain during my absence?" Linda Heard ain't planning on returning to the UK any time soon...

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Why you should be glad you don’t live in Britain

"OK, so you can't buy Baked Beans the way you like them and Marmite's a no-no. OK, so export Guinness is a treacly mess. OK, so you get The Times three days late. I know living abroad isn't all hay and sunshine, but it has one major advantage - you are all about as far away from British Bus Stops as I would wish to be." Dave Stock indulges in a rant at one of his pet peeves...

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Robert the Bruce

"In February 1306 two cousins embraced as they entered the Church of the Minorite Friars in Dumfries. Within minutes the veneer of friendship had slipped. As they stood deep in earnest conversation their voices began to rise. Rage boiled over. A dagger was drawn..." The story of how seven individuals got together to set up a visitor centre commemorating Scotland's Hero King.

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Where did we lose the plot?

"The Independent newspaper reported this morning that 20,000 people die each year in NHS hospitals from bacterial infections caused by super bugs that are almost immune to all known antibiotics. Well, that might be the cause of death as a coroner sees it, but every housewife and retired old-fashioned Matron knows better." Liz Butterfield laments the primacy of cost-cutting over excellence.

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The 1901 census

"The complete 1901 census for England and Wales published on the Internet on 2 January has to be one of the most ambitious projects of its kind undertaken by the Public Records Office [PRO]." David Stockton writes about the 1901 Census and its publication on the World Wide Web.

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