May
12
2013
1

What are some links to free golf participation reports for the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia?

Golf (photo by chispita_666– CC-BY) United States From the National Golf Foundation: Golf Participation in America, 2010-2020 From GOLF 20/20: Participation Reports Canada From the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA): Golf Participation – “SNG estimates that approximately 70 million rounds of golf were played in 2008, a level of play that was as much as 10% lower than the average [&hel[more...]

Apr
06
2012
3

What Victorian trades and professions had the weirdest names?

Velocipede, Victorian fashion, zebra clothAnyone who’s looked in a 19th century street directory while researching their family history will have seen job descriptions and business names that are frankly puzzling. A twister? A japanner? What kind of work did these people do? What were those manufacturers making? Recently I was asked to help figure out the facts behind this [&hel[more...]

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May
05
2010
2

How do they count the votes on an Election Day?

polling station entrance signWhen the polls close at 10 pm on General Election Day in the UK, the votes must then be counted. In charge of an election is the Electoral Commission and their representative in a Parliamentary Constituency is the Acting Returning Officer (ARO). The ARO decides when and where the count should take place. However, by [&hel[more...]

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Feb
07
2010
0

How did the Dutch royal family escape the Nazis in World War II?

Beatrix, now queen of the Netherlands, aged nearly 7, with sisters Irene and Margriet.Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was a two-year-old princess when German paratroops landed in the Hague on May 10, 1940 with orders to take the entire Dutch royal family to Berlin. Her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, wanted the younger generations to flee to safety as soon as possible.  Apart from any personal feelings she wished to [&hel[more...]

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Dec
14
2009
0

When will Hadrian’s Wall be lit from end to end?

Signal Station on Hadrian’s Wall (photo by Darren Copley CC-BYHadrian’s Wall, the famous wall built by the Roman emperor Hadrian in the north of England as a border marker and customs post, is to be lit up by a line of flaming beacons along its entire 84 mile length from the coast of eastern England across to the western coast. The event is planned [&hel[more...]

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Apr
22
2009
1

What traditions are there on Budget Day?

Downing Street. Seems hard to believe now that members of the public could stroll through here. (photo by dAVIDb1 CC-BY)Once a year is Budget Day in the UK when the Chancellor of the Exchequer of behalf of the government attends the House of Commons and makes a speech to the Members of Parliament outlining a summary of the current economic situation and a more detailed account of how the government intends to raise money [&hel[more...]

Apr
19
2009
0

What insurance do I need when starting a business?

Will I need fire insurance for my new business? (photo by Ed CC-BY)If you are starting up a business in the UK, one of most important things you must consider is insurance. There are many types of insurance. Some are required by law, while others you should consider to ensure that you and your business are protected. As to what types of insurance, it depends on the [&hel[more...]

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Apr
18
2009
1

Is it legal to use a mobile phone jammer?

Taking a call (photo by Ernie CC-BY)Imagine you are sitting in a restaurant with your partner. You are having a most pleasant evening: good food, fine wine, prompt service, and, of course, wonderful company. Then the people on the next table decide to use their mobile phones, talking loudly about inconsequential things of no importance to anyone but themselves. Wouldn’t it [&hel[more...]

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Apr
16
2009
0

Where can I comment on the proposed sites for nuclear power stations in the UK?

Dungeness Nature Reserve and possible site for another nuclear power station (photo by John Wigham CC-BY)The UK Government’s Nuclear White Paper has outlined how nuclear power will form part of the UK’s future energy supplies. As part of the process to implement that plan, the Government are undertaking a Strategic Siting Assessment to identify potential sites for the building of the new nuclear power stations. Part of the process includes [&hel[more...]

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Apr
08
2009
1

Is there a problem with £1 coins?

pound coinsThere are 1,452 million One Pound coins currently in circulation [1], but there is an increasing number of counterfeit One Pound coins also in circulation. According to the Royal Mint website, the most recent survey reveals that 1 in 50 coins are fake, but they have admitted recently in news reports that it is probably [&hel[more...]

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Mar
28
2009
0

How large is the UK insurance industry?

..The insurance industry makes important contributions to the UK’s economy, is a major employer, and source of overseas income. It is the second largest insurance industry in the world with its premium income at 11% of the world’s total. It is still some way behind the United States insurance industry which has 30 % of the [&hel[more...]

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Feb
19
2009
0

Any ideas for a day trip to Glasgow?

Glasgow - looking across the River Clyde to the Science Centre  -  photo by Francois Schnell - CC-BYIf you’re in Glasgow with children, you could spend most of the day in the titanium-walled Science Centre pictured above. As well as spacious halls full of try-it-yourself exhibits appealing to different ages, there are cleverly-staged demonstrations, a café, an Imax cinema, and fine views from the impressive rotating tower. Staying near the river, visit [&hel[more...]

Feb
09
2009
0

Who designed barristers’ wigs?

Roayal Court of Justice, London (photo by Redvers CC-BY)In the English legal system, judges and barristers adopted the wearing of wigs in court in the 1680s following the trend of everyday life when wigs were worn. They soon became recognised as required court dress. By the early 19th century, wigs had gone out of fashion in society, but the legal profession continue to [&hel[more...]

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Feb
09
2009
1

Any ideas for days out in Kent?

Leeds Castle (photo by jimbowen0306 CC-BY)Kent, often called the garden of England, has many attractions for a day out. Explore the countryside of the High Weald, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty with its rolling hills and large ancient woodlands, and dotted with Wealden villages, great houses and the site of the Battle of Hastings. Or try its varied [&hel[more...]

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Feb
07
2009
0

What can visitors do in the Scottish Borders?

Paxton House in Scotland looks towards the River Tweed, and the English border.  Photo by kristeenb - CC-BYIf you’re travelling between England and central Scotland, why not leave time to explore the Borders region as you pass through? There’s plenty of choice for tourists and for anyone planning a day out from Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Amongst the wonderful scenery, there are great opportunities for hiking, biking and hill-walking. The River Tweed [&hel[more...]

Feb
04
2009
2

Any ideas for days out in Suffolk?

Beach hut at Southwold (photo by by Martin Pettitt CC-BY)Suffolk has a wonderful mixture of historic villages and towns, pastoral countryside, long shingle beaches, and the unique areas of outstanding natural beauty found in the wetlands and ancient heaths known as the Sandlings. Why not start with a walk on part of the Suffolk Coast Path from Walberswick to Dunwich? Starting at Walberswick walk through [&hel[more...]

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Feb
02
2009
1

Is there gold in the UK?

Is there gold in this Scottish burn? (photo by crabchick CC-BY)There is certainly gold in the United Kingdom, but not in all of the UK. Gold is to be found in Cornwall and Devon, North and Mid-Wales, and Scotland. It can be mined or found in streams. For an individual who would like to try panning, the amounts will not pay off your mortgage, but [&hel[more...]

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Feb
02
2009
0

Any ideas for days out in Norfolk?

Sunset over the Norfolk Broads (photo by by rasmithuk CC-BY)Norfolk has a wealth of things to see and do. Miles of unspoilt sandy beaches; the Norfolk Broads with its boating and wild life; sleepy villages, market towns, and the historic city of Norwich, all steeped in thousands of years of history. Norfolk is famous for its miles of sandy beaches which are definitely far [&hel[more...]

Jan
29
2009
0

Is the law different in England and Scotland?

Court room in Edinburgh, Scotland - photo by www.theedinburghblog.co.uk - CC-BYYes, there are many differences between Scots law and English law. It’s not just a question of small details for lawyers to worry about, but of two separate legal systems. Anyone moving from one side of the border to the other should bear this in mind. Common legal issues that lead many people to consult [&hel[more...]

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Jan
22
2009
0

What is the best fish and chip shop in Britain?

The queue starts to build up outside the winners' shop(photo by www.theedinburghblog.co.uk CC-BY)The Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant in Anstruther, Fife, are the winners of the 2008 Fish and Chip Shop of the Year competition, organised by Seafish. The owners, Alison and Robert Smith, have been in the industry for 25 years and they met the judges’ approval for having close contacts in the nearby fishing ports [&hel[more...]

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