Tag Archive: England

A City Burning with Chaos

Nottingham wakes up this morning: a city in fear following a night of mob rule. As all law-abiding citizens vacated the city yesterday afternoon and stayed at home, yesterday’s night sky was a… Continue reading

I Predict a Capitalist Riot

The riots in London have been shocking. We still don’t really know exactly what happened to turn a peaceful protest about a man’s death into  full-scale riot, but the violence, arson and looting… Continue reading

The Red Post Box: A Royal British Icon

There is nothing more British than guards’ red: Beefeaters, telephone boxes, the London bus, the Yeomen of the Guard, and post boxes. In bright, vibrant red the post box is a highly visible… Continue reading

Obliterating a Discipline: Fiscal Gain at the Price of Impoverished Minds

The news hit the web this week that the Classics Dept at Royal Holloway is seriously under threat from closure, due to financial concerns. This is terrible news, and the way it is… Continue reading

H. M. The Queen and Eternal Style

Two new photos emerged in the Sunday newspapers this morning: one of Princess Elizabeth (now H.M. The Queen) on honeymoon with the Duke of Edinburgh, and the other of Queen Elizabeth (later The… Continue reading

Red Kites: You Can’t Keep a Good Raptor Down

Red Kite After a lazy start to the day, I was having breakfast in a rather noncommittal manner late one Saturday morning. Just as I thought that the most dramatic moment of the morning would… Continue reading

H.M. The Queen’s Visit to Ireland: How Style Set the Diplomatic Tone

The Queen has just returned from her historic state trip to the Republic of Ireland, with her grace, dignity and diplomacy catching headlines. With so many public events scheduled, we all had high… Continue reading

Style Reigns at the Royal Wedding

The day of the royal wedding was a high day for fashion. Or so many journalists are telling us. I would like to suggest that all the stunning outfits of the day were… Continue reading

Little Moreton Hall: A Quirky Kind of Paradise

In rural Cheshire there is a wonderful, albeit slightly psychedelic, slice of heaven. The quirky and topsy-turvy 15th century timber manor house of the de Moreton family is as fascinating as it is… Continue reading