Great Britain

Seconds Out, Round One Review

Simon Fairweather | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

Round one has concluded. Dirty tricks displayed by the career politicians versus counterpunch tactics by the team wanting to maintain the moral high ground. A brief half time review:

Could the UK Ever Have a British Indian Prime Minister?

Varun Bhanot | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Varun Bhanot

British Indians have never felt more established than at this moment, and it is a great celebration of our vibrant democracy that should one aspire to the highest office in the land, the broader society would be in full support. What was an impossible pipe-dream to the displaced migrants in the 1960s, could perhaps be a near-distant reality.

Look Beyond the Racism on That CV in 21st Century Britain

Tami Mir | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Tami Mir

They call me Tam, Tami, Tamsin, Tamara and even Tanveer, is it really so difficult to pronounce a simply three syllable name Tamina in "21 Century Bri...

Where Would We Be Without Maps?

Steve Backshall | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Backshall

I find maps intoxicating. My house is full of dusty sheet maps, sailing almanacs (and I don't even sail), atlases, tourist maps and diagrams that have been sketched on napkins and I dare not discard. Maps are to me the constant, bewitching possibility of exploration. They are the places I have never been, the wild spaces I have never seen, the intoxicating promise of adventures untold.

Why Athletics Transcends Ethnic Differences to Bring a Nation Together

David Ready | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Sport
David Ready

With Britain's recent success at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, achieving 4 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes, you cannot help but feel proud of the team's achievements, transcending ethnic differences for a cultural identity of inclusiveness and support for one another.

Patriotic, Proud, Identifiable...

Mark Foster | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying if all Team GB athletes just walk around in a Union Flag we will win everything. I'm not stupid. But if they feel right, proud and confident, they will walk taller and others will notice.

29 Great British Innuendos From The Great British Bake Off

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Comedy

We all love a good innuendo, don't we? It's one of the main reasons we watch Great British Bake Off, along with the drool-worthy cakes and the odd ...

Davis Cup Success at Last... But Where Next for British Tennis?

David Ready | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Sport
David Ready

As Andy Murray helps to steer Great Britain to a Davis Cup win against France at Queen's, we have to ask the question: Where would British tennis be without Andy? The answer is: Nowhere.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage - Boosting Britain's Tourism Regions

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Sport
Christopher Rodrigues

With less than 100 days to go the countdown is finally upon us, as the Rugby World Cup trophy makes its away around Britain. But what about a host nation legacy plan? Who is set-up to deliver the longer term economic boost for Britain's nations and regions? Over the years VisitBritain, and, the wider tourism industry, has proven it can deliver.

The Historians Are Revolting

Peter Frankopan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Frankopan

It's been a week where books have been put back on the shelves and the gloves have come off: historians have gone into overdrive following an article ...

Let's Drill This Green and Pleasant Land

David Saddington | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
David Saddington

The announcement has been heralded as a fantastic boost for the British economy and industry, but hearing the news that we're delighted to have struck oil really feels outdated in an age where the coupling between carbon emissions and economy is breaking, sustainability is getting traction and green innovations are re-defining business practices around the world.

A GREAT Time in Shanghai

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!

Major Warns Of Labour Coalition With SNP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has urged Ed Miliband to rule out governing with the SNP in order to protect the United Kingdom. The ex-Tory lead...

Britain's Place in the World Is Under Threat

Jack Curtis | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

This May brings a General Election more unpredictable than any in recent memory. With both major parties remaining neck and neck in the polls and the continuing strength of the fringe parties, the likelihood of an outright majority for either seems remote.

History is Now at Hayward Gallery Searches for British Identity

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Seven artists were invited to curate their own section of this exhibition, choosing particular periods and subjects from post-war British cultural history. Over 250 objects are included in this vast exhibition, with every media possible included - from paintings to photographs, from sculpture to scientific surveys, and everything in-between.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

Black Friday Sales - A Fine Example of Unadulterated Capitalism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Everyone loves sales. Whether it's the latest Xbox game, kitchen appliance or electronic gadget, people are always looking for bargains, especially during the run up to Christmas. But there's a stark difference between lining up for Boxing Day sales and the animalistic behaviour witnessed last week during the "Black Friday" sales...

When Did Patriotism Become Synonymous With Persecution?

Jake Warren | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jake Warren

Nationalism, patriotism and conservatism (with a small c) are principles that have been influential throughout British History. They have helped shape our sense of identity and define our culture, despite the argument as to what that exactly constitutes.

The Future of Food: Urban Farming

Gareth Barlow | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

I am hugely frustrated. Frustrated by a species slow to grasp new concepts, content to doggedly hold on to the status quo, with a terrifyingly strong grasp.

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

When the Home Secretary said "British values will prevail in the end" against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.

We Are Better Together, But Extreme Groups Are Not Welcome

Craig Todd | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The trouble in George Square and Buchanan Street displayed how we are Better Together. Why? Because, an overwhelming majority of Glasweigans and Scots, no matter how we voted, are disgusted by this. I have seen others claim that this is what No voted for - this is the opposite of what we wanted.

Scottish Independence: Does the World Need Another Border?

Will Porter | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Will Porter

There is something visually disappointing about an island with borders. When the people of an island feel the need to draw lines between themselves, it seems like a failure of human nature. In light of the impending referendum I find myself asking does the world need another border? Is this not a backward step in the progressive advancement of humanity?

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Scotland, Please Don't Leave

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Blumenthal

Either way the vote goes it won't mean disaster, but there is so much to lose rather than gain from independence. Please stay Scotland. We have so much to offer each other. We've always been there for each other. Let's hope it stays this way.

A Chief Rabbi-Type Figure in Muslim Communities May Well Be Part of the Solution

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

As long as Muslim communities do not have the equivalent to a Chief Rabbi, sadly, there will be a space in the social sphere which will be filled by those who are less interested in the welfare of Muslim communities, and more interested in making a name for themselves. Now is the time to grab this challenge with both hands.