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Apology

Due to issues with a key plugin, some content on ABAB has been taken down – including the two most recent posts and the new ABAB’s Places page.  I am not a happy bunny.  Hopefully, the problems will be resolved shortly and the material will be republished.  It is VERY frustrating.

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Britain’s places

A Bit About Britain's Places

A new type of content has been added to A Bit About Britain.  It is a page called ABAB’s Places and is currently located as a sub-item under Places to Visit in the main menu.  Places to Visit is being replaced by ABAB’s Places. ABAB’s Places presents you with a grid of places or items

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Village open gardens

Open gardens, local events, Great Britain

The British like to see themselves as keen gardeners. Indeed, some consider gardening to be a national pastime and would be mildly surprised to discover that people in other countries do it too. Of course, as an island race, we often prefer well-ordered borders; for some, it is a perennial fixation. According to the Horticultural

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Great Britain, Britain, or the United Kingdom?

Venn diagram showing the geographical and political relationships between the British Isles (including Ireland) United Kingdom, Great Britain and Crown Dependencies.

The page on A Bit About Britain entitled What does ‘Britain’ mean has been getting quite a few views lately.  Whether that’s because there are people who foolishly want to try and understand our muddled foreign policy, or Britain’s relationships with our friends and allies; I couldn’t possibly say.  I’m hoping it’s mostly because people

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Britain’s National Parks

Lake District National Park

We all know what a national park is.  Although definitions vary, they are usually rural areas of natural (or naturalised) beauty designated as ‘special’ in some way by their national governments.  Normally, the environment within a national park, including its flora and fauna, are protected and there are particular rules about what you can, and

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A bit about South West England

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Including Bristol and Bath, the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the Isles of Scilly. I keep returning to the West Country.  Somerset’s worth visiting for the place names alone – where else would you find such choice tongue pleasers as Wyke Champflower, Huish Episcopi, Shepton Beauchamp, Great Shitting (I made that

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A bit about South East England

Sissinghurst, oast houses

Including the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The South East is the most heavily populated region in England.  It has more businesses, including international HQs, than anywhere else in the UK and is the most prosperous and cosmopolitan region outside London.  It owes

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A bit about the East of England

Norfolk Broads, sailing

Including the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. A radio disc jockey once did a dedication for someone living in Bury Street, Edmunds.  Without wishing to offend the delightful town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, perhaps this illustrates the fact that England’s eastern extremity is a little cut-off; you don’t go

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A bit about the East Midlands

Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Including the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. What can you say about the East Midlands, an area that spawned Tennyson, DH Lawrence, Margaret Thatcher and the legend of Robin Hood?  Sherwood Forest is still there, though it’s a little smaller now; and did you know they’re building a brand-new forest, the

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A bit about the West Midlands

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.

Including the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. Just to confuse the unwary, the English West Midlands is a region that also includes a county called the West Midlands.  The West Midlands (county) is largely urban and includes Britain’s second city, Birmingham – so it’s in the West Midlands twice.  Don’t

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