Great Britain

Admiral Nelson - Hero or a Mere Mortal?

Endeavour Press | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

An article by historian and journalist Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian has stirred up a critical storm about whether Nelson was one of Britain's greatest heroes - or a petulant blowhard.

What Is It You Really Want?

Ricky Ross | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ricky Ross

There is an amazing political discourse running across Scotland that brings in so many people who, like me, have no interest in being part of politics and who have nothing personal to gain from the outcome on September 18th. But for the first time in a very long time we all go to the polls knowing each one of our votes really counts.

The British Origins of America's Political Divide

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

According to the theory, the origins of the Red and Blue state divide go back to the English Civil War of the 1640s, when champions of Parliament fled to Massachusetts and supporters of the King found safe haven in Virginia.

The Rise of the New British Swimming Team... in the Fast Lane to Rio

Mark Foster | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

By the time Rio comes around our squad will be peaking and close to its very best. In my 23 years of being on the UK swimming team, I have never seen such strength and depth in the squad, so these are very exciting times. This all demonstrates that for the last couple of years, British Swimming has been doing its ground work and is clearly getting something right.

Tantrums and Hurt Feelings: The Reality of Becoming British

Pavla Kopecna | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK
Pavla Kopecna

In truth I was grateful for all the things that eventually made Britain my home. But I was also angry. Angry for all the hoops I had to jump through to get the same rights as others who were born here, as if begging entry to some exclusive club I wasn't allowed to join even though it was located at my house.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

Galloway Has Got It Right: Just Say Naw

Craig Todd | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

I, for one, cannot wait for this debate to be over in September. Once, we finally get over this issue, we can finally focus on the real issues - housing, social security, schooling, the NHS, pensions etc. Only when the referendum has concluded we will turn back to these issues and deal with them as a united nation.

National Theatre Takes on Murdoch and Phone Hacking in New Play

Victoria Sadler | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Conceived and rehearsed in secret, Great Britain, a play about phone hacking at a British tabloid, was suddenly announced last week and then on Monday, just days after the hacking trial verdicts were passed down, the show opened.

Lucy Sherriff

They're Headed To The Olympics Of Softball. So Why Don't They Get ANY Funding?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Sport

Great Britain's women's fastpitch softball squad is off to the elite World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands, this summer - and for those of you u...

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Strategic Myopia in the Fight for Scotland and the UK

Tim Oliver | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

On 18 September the inhabitants of Scotland go to the polls to decide whether to end their 300 year union with the United Kingdom and instead become an independent state. Whatever the result of this historic vote, a lack of strategic thinking means the vote looks set to raise more questions than it will settle.

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

British Ghost Towns

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Anthony Jones

It's tempting to think of ghost towns as nothing more than a cliché of horror films or a stereotypical image of the American Wild West, but in fact abandoned towns and villages that have simply dropped off the map can be found much closer to home than that.

Could The Changing Music Industry Help International Diplomacy?

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

The music industry is changing fast. Artists need to tour because nobody buys records today and markets such as the US and UK produce a disproportionate number of popular artists appreciated all over the world.

Meeting the Queen

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

If the queen chooses to make conservation with you, your must never ask her anything personal about herself or her family, though you may say "How do you do?" and that you are pleased to meet her.

Roaring On Into The Quarters: Murray Leads GB To Davis Cup Last Eight

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Sport

Great Britain can look forward to their biggest Davis Cup match for more than a quarter of a century after Andy Murray clinched a memorable victory ov...

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?

Brand it Like Britain

Nick Liddell | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Nick Liddell

2014 is already shaping up to be an interesting year for brands and their concept of Britishness. Barely a day after most of us had lugged our Christmas decorations back into the loft, a new visual identity for "Made in Britain" was revealed to great fanfare...

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

It's Christmas, Not a 'Season': Britain Must Defeat Political Correctness and Amateurish Cultural Homogenisation

Abhaey Singh | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

The reality of human existence has always been one of diversity, particularity and dissimilarity. The most heroic contributors to human civilisation - and to the story of nations - have been individuals and cultures with distinct perspectives and propensities to those of the prevailing norm.

Our London: The Capital Beyond 2015

Sadiq Khan | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

London is a city facing big challenges. Population growth is putting huge strain on our housing, transport and infrastructure. The increasingly globalised economy means that our businesses are no longer compete just with those in Birmingham or Manchester, but with firms in Shanghai, New York and Berlin. And most worryingly, rather that sharing in our city's successes, rising numbers of Londoners are being left behind, as inequality widens and poverty grows.

Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

John Jackson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Jackson

We are in great need of the other story of Britain. The one where millions of us get on with our lives and get on with each other. That everyday local experience provides the building blocks of our national experience. It should no longer remain invisible. The story of new neighbors who have become true friends has never been told, now is the time to start telling it.

Syria: Say Hello to Evil

James Snell | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

I am increasingly confronted with the notion that the outside world just isn't the concern of the United Kingdom, and this represents a great isolationism, which I believe to be irreconcilable to a generally internationalist - and truly libertarian - foreign policy.

The Week That Was: A Small but Proud Island

Carla Buzasi | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

There is absolutely nothing like someone criticising the British to bring the British together. Remember just before the Olympics last year, when we were all still convinced it was going to be a total flop, and then US presidential candidate Mitt Romney came over, essentially said the same thing, and, well, we all went a little nuts? Fast forward a year and a bit, and with Cameron licking his wounds over his Syria Commons defeat, one of Vladimir Putin's senior aides steps in with a nicely timed insult, and we're lining up behind the PM to defend our glorious nation.

Britain's Golden Era

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK
Ben Gwalchmai

"China's power is on the rise." "India's capability worries the west." Sound familiar? If I ask 'What's Britain's golden age?' What's your first res...