Category Archives: UK Society

Tradition

Op-Ed Contributor – In Britain, Change You Can Bereave In – NYTimes.com. Good, snarky piece on British politics.

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Ha!

… stranded pink English-persons willing to take any chance to get home, their paradise island retreats mysteriously, after the allotted two weeks, having turned from haven to prison. via Edge 317. Issue 317 of Edge, on the Icelandic volcano, is … Continue reading

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The British and Sports

The Olympic flame, for now, burns bright in Britain – International Herald Tribune Britain, it seems, is desperately short of heroes, and the minute any sporting figure reaches even modest altitude in the foothills of the champions, they are feted … Continue reading

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That’s not your only problem

BBC NEWS | UK | ‘Bring on the property crash’ I understand that it’s hard to buy a house in the UK when you’re young and making a basic salary. But what’s unsaid in this article is that you have … Continue reading

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A Quick Thought

What if we thought of stag tourism as actually a subtle form of currency arbitrage? It’s not like any of the things purchased are significantly different – they’re just cheaper, and specifically in a less-valued currency.

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UK’s fastest train on track for 2009 start

UK’s fastest train on track for 2009 start: “Since Japan launched the first modern high-speed Shinkansen train in the Sixties, when Britain still had steam trains…” That says a lot right there, doesn’t it?

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Oh Mr Pop!

The BBC is now apologising after three people complained when Iggy Pop, “while impersonating a imaginary English person reacting [to?] his attire”, used the words ‘paki shop’. Good thing they didn’t play “You Better Run”: “On the way home I … Continue reading

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Incredible

The Observer looks at the News of the World’s editor in light of the bugging accusations, and what’s really amazing is that tabloids bugging people’s phones is so widespread and accepted.

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Covent Garden Bought

It turns out that the Covent Garden piazza is owned by one company, which just sold it for £421 million. Impressive but not surprisingly when you learn: Covent Garden attracts one million visitors a week, and is made more valuable … Continue reading

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British Journalsim

The head of the BBC World Service recently said that British journalism operates in a ‘moral vacuum’ and publishes stories that are simply false or great stretches of the truth. That strikes me as true, but what is interesting is … Continue reading

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