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    Tricky Trivia

    Probably more suited to the Brits than anybody else; and the pedantic ones at that <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>...

    1. In what year did the Britain Empire cease to be at war with Russia, in relation to the Crimean War?
    2. In what year did Great Britain cease to be at war with Germany, in relation to the World War II?

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    Probably trick questions but
    1.<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>27 April 1856 with the ratification of the Treaty of Paris </font color=yellow></span hi>
    2.<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> August 1948 </font color=yellow></span hi>

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    Correct - that they're "trick" questions, that is. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    But the trickiness is not meant to be in the wording, but in the actual facts of the matters.

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    Well - There never was a 'Britain Empire' - British maybe but never Britain.
    I don't think there was a peace treaty, or an official end-of-war between GB and DE. The founding of the Federal Republic in 1948 ended the war, but was it official?

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    I wasn't sure of the correct "terminology" to use in each instance, so took a guess there - and yes, "Britain Empire" was a typo. So that was not the intended trickery, even though my description of "Britain" at the time(s) might not be the appropriate one(s). <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>The crux of the "puzzle" rests with what you might call oversights in the implementation of the peace processes.</font color=yellow></span hi>

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    Looks like this one was either too tricky or too trivial. The answers are:
    1. <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>1966</font color=yellow></span hi>
    2. <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>1987</font color=yellow></span hi>

    The details as to why can be found by doing a Google search on <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed</font color=yellow></span hi>.

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    Re: Tricky Trivia

    For completeness, the story goes something like this:

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>The border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed changed hands between England and Scotland 13 times, until it finally became part of England in 1482. But because of its historically volatile status, it was still referred to as a separate entity in State documents. At the outbreak of the Crimean War, England declared war on Czarist Russia in the name of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, Ireland, Berwick-upon-Tweed and all British Dominions. The war "ended" in 1856 but, by an oversight, the Paris Peace Treaty made no mention of Berwick.

    So the town of 27,000 people remained at war with Russia for a further 110 years - until, in 1966, a Soviet official made a special goodwill visit to Berwick to declare peace. In classic British style, the mayor of the town replied: "Please tell the Russian people that at last they can sleep peacefully in their beds."

    A similar oversight was noticed with the declaration of war on Hitler

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