Posts Tagged ‘UK’

London’s Phone Booth Coffee Shop

June 5, 2019

It may be London’s smallest java stop: a coffeehouse in an antique red telephone booth.

Related:

“The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback,” Palko Karasz, New York Times

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New Year

January 1, 2019

“New Year,” written and recorded by Sugarbabes (Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan) in 2000. Video director: Alex Hamming.

New Year lyrics.

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The Magna Carta Caper

October 29, 2018

The Magna Carta Caper

In Wiltshire last week, a man was arrested for attempting to steal the 800-year-old Magna Carta on display at Salisbury Cathedral. The ancient document was unharmed, but its display case was heavily damaged. The criminal caper was foiled by Matt Delcambre, an American tourist from Louisiana, who tackled the hammer-wielding miscreant. “Back home he would have been hog-tied on the ground,” explained Mrs. Delcambre.

The alleged offender, free on bail, awaits his day in court, a right established by the Magna Carta.

More:

“Man Tried To Steal Magna Carta, 800-Year-Old Symbol Of The Law, Police Say,” Bill Chappell, NPR

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Getting Dressed

March 6, 2018

How wealthy women were dressed — by others — in the 18th century: Shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes. That’s right, no knickers.

From the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. More here.

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Minister of Loneliness

January 18, 2018

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a”Minister for Loneliness,” Tracy Crouch. Ms. Crouch is a Conservative MP and FA-qualified football coach whose cabinet portfolio also includes sports gambling, the National Lottery, and horse racing.

A Loneliness Minister might sound odd to American ears, but it’s just a British way of saying Ms. Crouch is responsible for helping UK residents who feel excluded from society.

More:

“U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness,”  Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times

Related:

“Loneliness is a ‘giant evil’ of our time, says Jo Cox commission,” Anushka Asthana, The Guardian

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Mistletoe and Wine

December 28, 2017

Mistletoe and Wine,” written by Jeremy PaulLeslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, performed by British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard, who had a big UK hit with it 1988. The song was originally written for a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and emphasized harsh British class inequality. A re-write turned it into a more conventional holiday song, heard ad nauseum in the UK each yuletide.

More:

“Mistletoe and Wine’s political beginnings,” John McKie, BBC News

“Why Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine is really a socialist Christmas song,” The Guardian

“The Little Match Girl,” 1986 HTV

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Richard III’s Parking Lot

December 26, 2017

Richard III's Parking Lot

In 2013, Richard Plantagenet of the House of York, better-known as King Richard III, was discovered under a parking lot in Leicester, England, where he had been since 1485. He was quite dead, so authorities made no attempt to collect 500-years-worth of parking fees.

The scruffy lot, site of Greyfriar’s monastery when Richard III entered long-term parking, was recently declared a national historic site. It’s convenient to the King Richard III Visitor Centre, which notes: “Despite King Richard III being known as the car park king, there is no parking available at the Visitor Centre.” Park at ye olde Holiday Inn or the Highcross Shopping Centre.

More:

“Leicester car park where Richard III was buried given protected status,” Maev Kennedy, The Guardian

“English Car Park Where Remains Of Richard III Were Found Declared A Monument,” Scott Neuman, NPR

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What’cha Gonna Do About It

August 20, 2017

“What’cha Gonna Do About It,” by The Remo Four, on Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1966.

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“Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud”

June 18, 2017

“Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud,” by The Remo Four, on Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1967.

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Manchester’s Rainbow

June 5, 2017

One Love Manchester benefit concert, June 4, 2017.

More:

“Why ‘Over the Rainbow’ was the perfect closer for Ariana Grande’s Manchester tribute,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

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