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Brexit: Reading the Tea Leaves

June 22, 2016

Brexit: Reading the Tea Leaves

With Thursday’s referendum looming, it looks like even money that the UK may leave the European Union. Even the tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a pro-Brexit assassin hasn’t changed that. There’s much at stake, but British nationalism and xenophobia are running high, and it can be hard for those not directly involved in finance or trade to discern the benefits of EU membership and the high costs of Brexit.

And your normal British bloke just doesn’t feel very European. He might like bit of pastry and a cuppa for brekkie, but he can’t even butter a crescent-shaped croissant. The UK’s Tesco supermarkets finally gave up and stopped baking traditional curved croissants and straightened them out for the native-born. Can those even be called “croissants,” “cornettos”, or “cuernos”? Shudder. Could this be a sign of impending Brexit?


“British Retailer’s Straight Croissants Leave Some Bent Out of Shape,” Dan Bilefsky, New York Times

“In a twist: Tesco’s decision to stop selling curved croissants sparks debate,” Damien Gayle, The Guardian

Straightened-Out Croissants and the Decline of Civilization,” Adam Gopniok, The New Yorker

“French mock Tesco over decision to only sell straight croissants because customers cannot spread jam properly,” Caroline Mortimer, The Independent


‘Guiding Light’ Snuffed Out

August 14, 2009

'Guiding Light' Snuffed Out

CBS daytime drama “The Guiding Light” wrapped up its last day of shooting on location in Peapack, NJ on Tuesday. Cast and crew held a memorial for the venerable “soap opera,” the longest running American broadcast drama, at Peapack Reformed Church, site of weddings and funerals in the TV serial’s fictional town of Springfield.

The program started as a daily afternoon radio broadcast on NBC in 1937, moving to CBS radio from 1947 to 1956. CBS television began broadcasting the program on June 30, 1952, and the final telecast is scheduled for September 18, 2009.

Cast members of  ‘The Guiding Light’ have included Kevin Bacon, Calista Flockhart, Allison Janney, James Earl Jones, Melina Kanakaredes, Hayden Panettiere, and Cicely Tyson. The program is said to have been the first daytime drama with leading characters played by African American cast members.

The 72-year-old drama series will be replaced by a new version of  the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.

On the bright side, it will be easier to get pizza at Dominick’s in Gladstone, NJ, now that GL isn’t using it as a location anymore.


Image (Midday Melancholy, after Constance Charpentier) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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