The bar at the Basketweavers Arms in Brighton. There's something almost magical about a really good pub. When I say "really good", I don't mean the ones with fancy cuisine (top rated in the latest pub food guides) or a vast range of beer, wine and spirits. "Crap pubs" my younger sister Nancy calls many … Continue reading Wonder and Mystery in a Great English Pub
A headline in The New York Times "The suicide of Britain," proclaims an apocalyptic and, (as the Brits would say) bloody silly headline on Ross Douthat's op-ed column. Arriving back in New York after a very pleasant and refreshing visit to England, I'm surprised by the response to last week's U.K. election in my … Continue reading Going Grumpy: Why The New York Times Is Wrong About the British Election, and Maybe U.S. Politics As Well.
Flags flutter over British government buildings in Whitehall two days before the election London - Britain's election this Thursday is coming down to the wire, and nobody has a clue what the final result will be. The excitement of electioneering brought me back to London this week. British campaigns are noisy, breathless affairs with … Continue reading The Scary Thing About Britain’s Election: No one Has a Clue What Will Happen.
London - OK this is it. Final thoughts on my trip to England. The blue rooster on the old grey rectangular plinth once reserved for a statue of a long-dead member of Britain's ruling class near Nelson's Column, is an example of how many here would like to think of themselves. Fun, a little bit … Continue reading Basil Fawlty Lives!
Mells, England - Today is the deadline for British investors to apply to buy shares in the Royal Mail, the world's oldest postal service. What a contrast to the sorry state of the US Postal Service, which is losing billions of dollars a year, and has been repeatedly bailed out by taxpayers. The IPO here … Continue reading Britain Sets a Royal Mail Example