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Note the influence of British royal names in England and Wales of 2020. George was very popular, after the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge chose it for their first son. Archie, the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their son...

Since he turned 13 two years ago, a black schoolboy living in south London has been stopped and searched by cops 30 times. He has never been charged with a crime and his mother is tired of the harassment he receives from the Metropolitan police. R...

Arrest of Guy Fawkes at the Houses of Parliament 5th Nov 1605, GettyWhy was Guy Fawkes Night so popular? The first reason was the spect­ac­ular nature of the event that it comm­emorated. Had the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 succeeded, it would have...

Clacton PierJohn Hannavy's book coverTaking the waters, fresh air and exercise were so popular for the Georgian moneyed classes that Jane Austen featured spa towns in her novels. These trips were an excuse for high soc­iety to mingle, since they cou...

The protest was organized by a UK-based climate justice alliance and set forth a list of demands for global leaders attending COP26 in Glasgow.

James Cook (1728-79) lived in a thatched cottage in Marton Yorkshire during his youngest years. Shortly after, Cook Snr left Aireyholme to become a stonemason and in 1736, they all moved to Ayton. Until young James left Ayton to enter his apprent­ic...

Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725) ruled alone from 1694. Although Rus­sia was huge, its navy was weak at a time when European powers like Britain and the Dutch were exploring and colonising the globe, and ex­p­and­ing their bor­­ders. So to lear...