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A Marriage of Inconvenience

I read this book and saw the associated television documentary when they were released in the 90s.  I had not previously heard the story of Ruth and Seretse Khama until I saw the two part television documentary.   353 more words


Travelling to the UK? 6 useful (and strange) facts before your trip

Planning on travelling to the United Kingdom in the near future? Then it’s best you learnt now that our country is an odd one. Here are 6 strange and useful facts to have in mind before you travel. 526 more words

Ben's British English Blog

Day 39, No. 39. Clement Attlee

HAIRCUT 100: Day 39, No. 39. The Right Honourable Clement Attlee MP (1883-1967), leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955, Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951, father of the modern Welfare State. 388 more words

Stephen Carver

Nabobs, gold mohrs, and palanquins: Colonel Brandon and Warren Hastings

Colonel Brandon is hardly the kind of man a teenager would fall for. He’s ‘on the wrong side of five and thirty’ and talks of flannel waistcoats, which ‘is invariably connected with aches, cramps, rheumatisms, and every species of ailment that can afflict the old and the feeble.’ His gravity and reserve, the result of ‘some oppression of spirits,’ wouldn’t help. 2,424 more words

Jane Austen

The Shots heard round the World

No, not that one, the (three) ones that came years before, which killed Major-General James Wolfe on this day at the decisive Seven Years’ War… 362 more words


Bhupen Khakhar

I hadn’t been to Tate Modern for a while so it was good to be back.  This time I was here to see the Bhupen Khakhar exhibition.   241 more words