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Stone Age Britons traded with European farmers 8,000 years ago

Researchers have found domesticated wheat DNA at an underwater site in the British Isles dating back 2,000 years before there was farming there, suggesting contact between Middle Stone Age Britons and New Stone Age Europeans. The finding may cause scholars to rethink how people of various stages of cultural development interacted and how agriculture was introduced to what is now Britain.

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A tour of the British Isles in accents: for those who would be tempted to mention “A British accent” and leave it at that.

…Smart to remember, too, that all these regions will have microregional variants. The Dublin accent referenced here, for example, is only one of at least five or six that I can identify, and I bet there are a lot more I’ve never heard or can’t tell from one another. Ditto for other regions in Ireland. The “Irish accent” as normally heard in US TV and film until quite recently has never been much more than an overstated, artficial “Dublin Stage” accent.

Equally, what most people in the US think of as “the British accent” beloved of movie villains everywhere is usually the so-called Received Pronunciation or RP, a kind of by-blow of the BBC’s refusal for a long time to allow its announcers to use anything but an approved version of the Home Counties “posh” accent. (This dialectic “glass wall” has finally started cracking in the last decade.)

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St Kilda (United Kingdom)

The most remote part of the British Isles, St Kilda, itself an archipelago, is 60km west of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, and 160km away from mainland Scotland. It’s been uninhabited since it was abandoned by 36 islanders in 1930 after struggles with illness and food shortages, leaving behind eerie empty cottages and streets. (Source)

the british isles - by nasa

NASA image acquired March 26, 2012

Nearly cloud free view of Great Britain and Ireland on March 26, 2012.

This natural-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA’s Terra satellite at 11:45 UTC

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