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United Kingdom
Project Britain
British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. Our British Life and Culture website will tell you some of the fascinating facts and information about our beautiful country, in a way that is easy to read and to understand. When people think of Britain they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips and wearing bowler hats, but there is more to Britain than just those things.

British Empire
American Colonial Life
This article provides an overview of American Colonial Life providing facts and information at a glance.

British Overseas Territories
Ascension Island
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications – Ascension Island
At the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899 the only way to get a telegraph message from the UK to Cape Town was either via the west coast or the east coast of Africa, a slow and tedious journey. A quicker and more direct route was urgently required. The Eastern Telegraph Company contracted the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company to manufacture and lay the necessary cables, which were to link Cape Town – St. Helena – Ascension – St. Vincent, Cape Verde Islands.

British Indian Ocean Territory
The British Indian Ocean Territory
The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), an archipelago of 58 islands covering some 640,000 sq km of ocean, is a British Overseas Territory. It is administered from London and is located approximately halfway between East Africa and Indonesia.
Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel.
Chagos: Injustice towards the islands by Morgan Fache
Insecurity has increased everywhere on the island. Consequently, so have the inequalities. The rich districts have become fortresses. The poor districts have become powder kegs. “In Chagos, we were simply living; there were not as many problems”, a phrase that could be attributed to any Chagossian.
Chagossians/Ilois – Minority Rights Group
As a condition of Mauritian independence, the British government in 1965 persuaded nationalist politicians to relinquish claims to the Chagos Archipelago, a group of islands including the coral atoll Diego Garcia (land area: 60 sq km), some 2,400 kilometres to the north-east of Mauritius.
Chagossians-the original inhabitants of Diego Garcia face U.S. government in the court (Cultural Survival)
Chagossians (often referred to as Ilois) were the indigenous people of Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean. From 1965 to 1973 the U.S. government put them on the overcrowded boats and shipped them off to Mauritius.
UK Chagos Support Association
The UK Chagos Support Association was formed to support the Chagossians in their fight for justice.

Gough Island
Gough Island Restoration Project
The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha Government have developed an ambitious programme of conservation action. In 2020 rodenticide bait will be spread across Gough Island, eradicating the mice and restoring Gough to its natural state. This action will prevent the deaths of defenceless chicks year after year, halting the decline and allowing populations to bounce back.
SANAP Gough Island
South Africa has been operating a weather station on Gough Island since 1956. Initially, it was housed in the station at The Glen but moved to the South Western lowlands of the island in 1963 where weather observations are more accurate.

Pitcairn Islands
Alone on Ducie Island
A desert island like Ducie, far away from everything, is always fascinating – catching sight of its shores after several days at sea, dropping anchor and smelling the fragrance of land. But to fully appreciate the character of an island, there’s nothing like setting foot on land and spending a night there.
Alluring World Oeno Island
Oeno Island, or known as Holiday Island as well, is a coral atoll in the South Pacific Ocean, part of the British overseas territory of the Pitcairn Islands.
Birding The Pitcairns
Information on birdlife in the Pitcairn Islands.
Government of the Pitcairn Islands
The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas Territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno.
Henderson Island: Castaway Scientists
In May 2015, I joined a team of scientists to go to one of the most remote islands on earth. We were sent by global conservation organisation the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to investigate a failed rat eradication and study some of the unique creatures that call this place home.
Moby Duck & Ducie Island
The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them,’ this is a great book.
Oeno Photo Tour
Oeno Photo Tour – Pitcairners spending holidays on the island
Pitcairn Islands Tourism
Secluded from mainstream tourism the Pitcairn Islands are a must-see for adventurous travellers seeking truly remote horizons.
The Unfinished Story of Radio Broadcasting on Pitcairn Island – Shortwave Central
In our program last week, you heard two aspects of information about Pitcairn Island; the introductory story of the island and its people, and the early wireless years on the island. In that program, you heard about the early usage of wireless for communication with nearby shipping, and also the story of the radio station with the double callsign, VR6AY-PITC, which was in use for amateur communication and also for occasional relay broadcasts to the United States. Today, we continue with additional information in this interesting saga as we present the story of radio broadcasting on Pitcairn Island.

Brexit
BrexitCentral
BrexitCentral is here to provide an online home for all wanting to follow the twists and turns of our departure from the EU and hold the government to carrying out the instructions of the British public.
Brexit Lies
Brexit promised a lot of things: sovereignty, preserved -free- access to the single market, more prosperity and £350 million extra to the NHS every week. We now know these were all lies, there is no prosperity ahead, no money for the NHS, no more EU moeny for farmers and no more freedom to go work, live and love in 27 other countries.

Germany – Third Reich
A tour through Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery
A pictural tour through the New Reich Chancellery.
Amazing Photos Of The Fuhrerbunker in Berlin – Have You Seen Them All?
The bunkers used by Adolf Hitler and his entourage in Berlin. There were two bunkers connected to each other, Fuhrerbunker and the Reichskanzleibunker (Reich Chancellery bunker).
Bunker Neue Reichskanzlei Berlin (Führerbunker, Hitlerbunker)
Die Fotos entstanden in den Jahren 1987 und 1988 während der Flächenabrissarbeiten entlang der damaligen Otto-Grotewohl-Straße (Wilhelmstraße) zwischen Pariser Platz und Voßstraße.
Der Fahrerbunker in Berlin & die Wandmalerein Fotos von 1988 (PDF)
The Drivers Bunker in Berlin & the Wallpaintings, photos from 1988.
Deutsche Schutzgebiete (German Protected Areas)
States, cities, colonies and the Imperial Navy of the German Empire (1871-1918), Crown lands and cities of Austria-Hungary, the cantons of Switzerland, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the unification wars in 1864, 1866 and 1870-71 in word and image.
Führerbunker (The Last Days of Hitler)
It is located in the backyard of the residential apartment building. You are unlikely to find it on your own because very little or nothing at all is written about it in conventional travel guides. And if you find it, you’ll probably be the only one there, with no other tourists in sight. There are no signs leading to it. There is no sign of plaque or any information whatsoever to tell you that you are next to it, looking at it, standing on it. What is it? It is Hitler’s bunker. There is now a sign showing the location of the Führerbunker.
Heimlich im Hitlerbunker (Spiegel Online)
Für diese Bilder riskierte Robert Conrad seine Freiheit: Als 1987 bei Abrissarbeiten in Ost-Berlin die NS-Bunkerruinen wieder zugänglich wurden, stieg er als Bauarbeiter verkleidet hinab. 30-mal zog er illegal in die Unterwelt – auf einestages zeigt er erstmals die Aufnahmen, die damals entstanden.
Hitlers Büros in Berlin: Reichskanzlei und Neue Reichskanzlei
Die Büros oder Arbeitszimmer Adolf Hitlers in Berlin spiegeln sinnbildlich Aufstieg und Fall des Politikers Hitler wider.
Mystery of Hitler’s missing horse statues solved
Thorak’s “Walking Horses” — standing 16 feet high and 33 feet long — once guarded Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, planted on either side of the stairs to the building. During World War II, they were relocated and, in the 1950s, popped up on a Red Army barracks’ sports grounds.
Neue Reichskanzlei (von Albert Speer)
Anfang 1936 endet das heimliche, vor der Öffentlichkeit versteckte Bauen im Garten der Reichskanzlei. Albert Speer (1905–1981) bekommt den Auftrag, eine neue Reichskanzlei zu bauen. Sie soll den Herrschaftsanspruch des nun nationalsozialistischen Deutschlands klar erkenntlich machen.
New Reich Chancellery
In 1938, Hitler assigned his favourite architect Albert Speer to build the new Reich Chancellery, requesting that the building be completed within a year. Near the complex was the underground Führerbunker, where Hitler committed suicide at the end of World War II in 1945.
Porta Polonica – Palais Radziwiłł
For almost twenty years the Palais Radziwiłł (Reichskanzlei) played hosts to regular visits from well-known personalities, artists and academics. These included such famous people as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Frederic Chopin, Wilhelm, and Alexander von Humboldt, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Karl Friedrich Schinke
Secret Shots of Hitler’s Bunker (Spiegel Online)
Starting in 1987, Robert Conrad risked his freedom to secretly photograph Adolf Hitler’s decaying bunker in what was then East Berlin. Disguised as a construction worker, he snuck inside some 30 times and has now finally revealed his work.
The Execution of Christoph Probst & Hans & Sophie Scholl
Christoph Probst, Hans and Sophie Scholl were members of the German resistance movement “White Rose”.The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich.
The New Reich Chancellery, a look in Hitlers center of Power
Photos of the New Reich Chancellery.
The Third Reich in Ruins
This page presents photos of historical sites associated with Germany’s Third Reich (1933-1945), both as they appeared while in use, and as the remains appear today.
The White Rose Project
The White Rose Project is a research and outreach initiative led by Dr Alexandra Lloyd at the University of Oxford. It aims to raise awareness in the UK of the White Rose resistance.
Weiße Rose Stiftung (White Rose Foundation)
The objective of the White Rose Foundation membership association is to uphold the memory and legacy of the resistance group The White Rose against National Socialism. With that, we aim to contribute to civic courage and individual responsibility and to promote democratic consciousness.
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