While many decry partisan politics and point to moderates as the ideal political philosophy, Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) thought otherwise. The former prime minister of the United Kingdom was famously known as “The […]
What’s the Difference Between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
Have you ever wondered how you are supposed to refer to that nation that is home to Queen Elizabeth II? Are you supposed to call it England? Great Britain? The United Kingdom? […]
How the BBC Show “Today” Ensures There Will Be a Tomorrow
If you are a fan of the BBC, the thought of your favorite program going off the air might seem like a sign of the end of the world. If that favorite […]
The True Story of Chicken-Powered Nuclear Landmines
The history of the Cold War is replete with technological marvels that were the fruit of the arms race. There are also some stunning examples of inventions that really make you stop […]
British Brake for Dogs, But Not Cats
Drivers in the United Kingdom whose cars collide with a dog are required to file a report with the police. If they hit a cat, no one seems to care. The law […]
Hail Britannia — Ruling the Waves with Windows XP
While the British military may lead the world in terms of equipping its tanks with tea brewing capabilities, its computer technology is lagging a couple of decades behind the rest of the […]
Whoops! What Happens When a Country Misplaces its Declaration of Independence?
Fiji achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970, but don’t ask the government to prove it. The actual legal document proclaiming their independence seems to have been misplaced.
Milton’s Writing Can Really Get Under Your Skin
A good writer knows how to grip the imagination of the reader in such a way that the words leap from the page and burn themselves in the reader’s mind. Reading the […]
An Uncommonly Unwelcome Place
Elizabeth II may be the undoubted sovereign of the United Kingdom, but there is one place where even she is not in charge. In fact, she may not even set foot in […]
Watching Paint Dry — It’s as Exciting as … well .. Watching Paint Dry
Watching paint dry. It’s the quintessential description of the most boring thing imaginable. That concept is being challenged, however, and some of the top scientists in the United Kingdom are spearheading this […]
What Starts with ‘T’ and Makes Tea?
For Great Britain, the importance of tea time ranks nearly as high as the monarchy. It is so ingrained in their culture that not even a fierce armored battle should get in […]
Keeping Up on the Rent, Even When the Property is Lost
For 800 years the city of London has been careful to make sure it pays its annual rent for two pieces of land it leases from the Crown. In its determination not […]
Using Pennies to Keep Big Ben Accurate Makes Good Cents
Aside from the monarchy, one would be hard-pressed to think of anything more iconically British than the clock in the Elizabeth Tower of Westminster Palace. Its massive bell, Big Ben, has been […]
Something’s Fishy About Royal Rights
Under the law of the United Kingdom, the monarch owns all sturgeon and whales as part of the royal prerogative.
The Gift That Didn’t Please His Wife
Cecil Chubb (1876-1934) was in the market for the perfect gift for his wife and thought he found just the thing. Apparently thinking that her love for “big stones” meant something other […]