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Filed Under:Local Interest / England
Posts on Regator:6565
Posts / Week:21.3
Archived Since:August 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Musicians pay tribute to the Passing of Rik Mayall

Honestly, I’m not going to lie. The recent death of Rik Mayall’s hit me pretty hard. When I was about eight, my parents got a new cable television package, and one of the channels they got was BBC America. When I got home one afternoon, I watched Blackadder II episode “Bells. Show More Summary

You’ve got a Bloody (But Limited) Right to Say – A Look at Freedom of Expression in the United Kingdom

The United States is a unique being in that it was one of the first countries to set out all the rights of its citizens in one document. As has been covered in another article, while the United States has a single document for its Constitution,...Show More Summary

Brit DVD Reviews: Doc Martin, Series 6 DVD Set by Acorn Media

It occurred to me that the easiest way to write this review would be to just type the words “Utterly Brilliant” over and over again until I filled the page, because that’s what this series is—Utterly Brilliant.   It was also utterlyShow More Summary

Dispatches from England: Answering a Few Reader Questions and Comments About This Column

My most recent post about things to memorize when you move to the UK had a few comments and questions on the Anglotopia Facebook page that inspired me to work on a post where I simply answer some of the questions or comments you’ve left...Show More Summary

Video: The Mythbusters Test 4 Way Intersections Vs. Roundabouts – Which One Wins?

TV’s MythBusters wanted to know whether the traditional American four-way stop is better than the UK roundabout when it comes to the flow of traffic. The answer may surprise some drivers if they’ve never tried both. I’m a huge fan of roundabouts and love navigating them when we’re in Britain. Show More Summary

Brit Music: The Kinks officially back; working on new material

Well, it looks like Phil Collins isn’t the only British rock legend who’s back in the saddle again. You see, The Kinks are one of the greatest British Invasion bands ever, marred by the fact that Ray and Dave Davies have historically...Show More Summary

Jimmy Page to come out with his autobiography in October

Jimmy Page is a man of few words. When he and Robert Plant write songs, he always focused on the music while Robert sprawled out the words. Between 1963 and 1965, he apparently played guitar on somewhere between 50 and 90 percent of all the rock songs to chart in the UK. Show More Summary

Weekend Viewing: PQ17 An Arctic World War II Convoy Disaster Presented by Jeremy Clarkson Full video

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson tells the dramatic story of the Arctic convoys of the Second World War, from Russia to the freezing Arctic Ocean. Accompanied by moving first hand testimony from the men who served on these convoys,...Show More Summary

Sunday Photo: A Lovely Photo of Arlington Row in the Cotswold Stone Village of Bibury in Gloucestershire for your Desktop Wallpaper

  Check out this lovely photo of the quaint stone cottages called Arlington Row in the Cotswold village of Bibury in Gloucestershire, England. The village is known for its honey-coloured seventeenth century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs, which once housed weavers who supplied cloth for fulling at nearby Arlington Mill. Show More Summary

Weekend Viewing: A Very British Airline – Behind the Scenes Look at British Airways – Episode 1

As fans of British Airways, we’re in love with this new documentary series airing in the UK about the airline. British Airways is one of the UK’s most visible brands, selling Britishness as a mark of quality. But in the last decade,Show More Summary

Great British Art: Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington by J. M. W. Turner

  This is one of Turner’s most successful “house portraits.” Before he painted Romantic subjects drawn from classical, biblical, literary, and contemporary sources, Turner specialized in topographical views. This work, commissioned by...Show More Summary

89 Year Old British D-Day Veteran Escapes from Nursing Home and Turns Up in France at Normandy Remembrance Ceremonies

This story is making the rounds so we thought we’d share it too. Bernard Jordan, an 89 year old D-Day veteran, has been living in a nursing home. He wanted to go to Normandy to attend the 70th anniversary ceremonies. There are conflicting...Show More Summary

D-Day Anniversary: There Was Only One Head of State Today at the Ceremonies Who Was Actually a World War II Veteran

If there was a star of the show at today’s ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings at D-Day – other than the surviving veterans who were able to attend, it was Her Majesty the Queen. When she arrived for the main show, she arrived last but to rapturous applause. Show More Summary

D-Day Anniversary: Listen to Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Stewart and Toby Jones Read D-Day Bulletins

You probably have noticed that everyone is marking the 70th anniversary today of the D-Day Landings in Normandy that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. There’s coverage across most of the news networks and tons of interesting stories to see and hear. Show More Summary

Phil Collins comes out of retirement to perform two songs

It’s official; Phil Collins is back. In 2010, after releasing an album of Motown covers, and after dislodging a few vertebrae, making it difficult to drum or play piano, he retired from music, electing to focus his time on raising his...Show More Summary

Anglotees Alert: Reprint Sale is On – London Calling, God Save the Tea and Vintage Union Flag Return For a Limited Time!

  Anglotees Alert – The Reprint Sale is ON! We asked and you voted and we’ve brought back the designs you wanted us to bring back. Available for a limited reprint run are: London Calling, God Save the Tea and Vintage Union Flag. AllShow More Summary

How About a Cuppa? A Brief History of Tea in the United Kingdom

Today, it is the quintessential British drink. An entire culture is based around it and it is hard to think what life in the United Kingdom would be like without it. Not so bad for a few leaves in water, isn’t it? Of course, with such...Show More Summary

Brit Music: Wilko Johnson doing well after his surgery

Last we heard from Wilko Johnson, he had outlived his death sentence by more than six months and was still thriving, even if he did have an apparently inoperable tumor. However, it looked like he had a new chance at life when a doctor...Show More Summary

Anglotees Alert: LAST CALL – Just 24 Hours Left to buy Our Love London T-shirt

Just 24 Hours Left to Buy!  Anglotees Alert – LAST CALL – Just 24 Hours left to buy Love London. It’s no secret around here that we love London. Our latest shirt simply says that. A lovely text design of ‘Love London’ made up of a heart that...Show More Summary

British and American English Differences: 25 American English Words That Have a Completely Different Meaning in Britain

Every American traveler in Britain has been there – you say something that is completely innocuous back home to a British person and you see wide eyes of shock or worse – you hear a snigger. Did you just say something rude and not realize...Show More Summary

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