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Has the Scottish Referendum rendered ‘Britishness’ a Busted Flush?

Beyond the triumphalism of the British mainstream media, beneath the jubilation of the London politicians, the last rites of “Britishness” maybe gathering pace. The percentage margin of victory for the pro-British Union in the Scottish independence referendum belies any notion of a comfortably united British, so-called “United Kingdom.” 773 more words

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A passage to India

This is as good as a guest post, since absolutely all the research for it has been done by my brother. It’s a short one, too, to make a change, and none too cheery. 644 more words


The Scottish Vote was Rigged

I was highly doubtful of the legitimacy of the Scottish vote, but following the post-vote media and videos my suspicion has been vindicated. It’s a loss to Scots everywhere, myself included. 112 more words


The Lonely British Cemeteries of Pakistan

The car scrunched down the gravel track, bumping from rut to rut before lurching to a halt in front of a battered old gate.  Children turned to look as we got out of the old Toyota.  459 more words


"A dull, decent people, cherishing and fortifying their dullness behind a quarter of a million bayonets"*...

On the heels of the Scottish Referendum, a meditation on the scope of the U.K…

Mitch Fraas, curator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections, recently sent me this image and GIF of a moveable toy distributed by the Children’s Encyclopedia in Britain in the early twentieth century.

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