The Roader’s Digest
is ‘the most complete archive of information on the British and Irish road networks on the web.’ from the A1
to the R999
; from the B3306
to the B855
, they probably have a description of it. [more inside]
The Spectator Archive
today, with searchable, browsable
content of the weekly U.K. (conservative-leaning) magazine, from 1828 through 2008. [more inside]
MI6 intends to use the 1994 Intelligence Services Act to deny all application of UK law to extraordinary rendition.
The case in question revolves around the forcible extradition of several Libyan dissidents back to Gaddafi's Libya and entirely predictable torture, including a pregnant woman. s.7 of the Act states that any intelligence agency action authorised on foreign soil by a Secretary of State is automatically exempt from legal action in any UK court. This could be said to conflict in some ways with the Human Rights Act 1998 and international law, especially since the HRA may be held to have implicitly repealed s.7 of the 1994 Act. [more inside]
(NSFW) So Much For the Stiff Upper Lip.
Slate writer gets jiggy wit the history of Georgian Britain's aristocratic sex clubs.
This entrancing 17-minute film
compiled from footage of British folk celebrations was put together in honor of a new project created by set designer Simon Costin
. Finding much of his artistic inspiration in the folklore of Great Britain, Costin wondered why there was no national center or museum
dedicated to studying and collecting these traditional customs
. So he's decided to start one, The Museum of British Folklore
, and is launching the project this summer by outfitting
a 1976 caravan
and traveling to folk festivals around the country. The expedition is intended to build interest in the museum project, and to collect and document some of the surprising variety
of more than 700
, often pre-Christian festival celebrations that continue to this day. [more inside]
The British documentary Britain's Youngest Brides
follows five teen girls on their paths to the altar. My personal favorite is Catrina
and her 308 pound wedding dress.
BBC News: "Gee, I just love your accent."
The American nation may be more wary of crossing borders, but their love affair with the British accent continues unabated. Despite the fact that there are multiple variants therein, and what may be considered a "low-class" accent in the UK is still considered a "high-class" posh accent in the US.
Naturally, the Brits will play this up to the hilt - and it may help in getting them jobs, credibility, Oscars and Emmys, by no less an authority than Stephen Fry
30 years of thrillpower!
British weekly comic 2000ad
celebrates it's 30th aniversary. Previously discussed here
, current Tharg Matt Smith interviewed
, special birthday Prog
. Splundig vur thrigg!
90 years ago today, whistles blew around the river Somme in France as British troops prepared for an attack on German trenches. By the end of the day they had suffered 57,470 casualties. By the battle's end in November, there were over 600,000 Allied casualties, with perhaps the same number of German casualties. The Imperial War Museum
has launched an online exhibition, where you can find out more about how the battle was planned, personal stories
of those involved, and myths
about the attack. Elsewhere you can find copies of Army reports on the first day
, look at film
of the attack, diaries and letters
home from the troops, go on tours
of the trenches
, listen to contemporary songs and music
inspired by the battle, and see some more modern responses
Ever wondered what old amounts of money would be worth today?
Or what you could buy with your current salary if you went back 200, 400, or 600 years? Now you can find out with a tool that converts English currency from 1270 onwards into today's prices. Based on Treasury records, it tells you that Mr Darcy's £10,000 a year would now be worth nearly £350,000, or that your house would only have to be worth the equivalent of £500 now to qualify for the vote after 1832.
BBC News: British unconvinced on evolution
"More than half the British population does not accept the theory of evolution, according to a survey.
Furthermore, more than 40% of those questioned believe that creationism or intelligent design should be taught in school science lessons."
Nice to know that the maxim for the UK being five years behind the US still holds true, more or less.
The worst jobs in history.
Channel 4 takes you on a journey through 2,000 years of British history and the worst jobs of each era for minions like you and me. If you are curious whether you are best suited to be an Anglo-Saxon guillemot egg collector or a Georgian loblolly boy, take the career guide quiz
. (via Malbec.
'presents 90,000 images and sounds from the British Library, chosen to evoke places in the UK and beyond.' Dialects
, and all kinds of stuff.
This is how they treat a man
This man has been arrested yet again for his ongoing attempt to walk the length of Britain naked. Is he right to be arrested, or should he be allowed to continue?
Apparently genuine reply to a letter sent to the Inland Revenue.
"I must take issue with your description of our last as a "begging letter". It might perhaps more properly be referred to as a "tax demand". This is how we, at the Inland Revenue have always, for reasons of accuracy, traditionally referred to such documents." [via Orbyn
, via Cal
Britain's Small Wars
since 1945. India, Palestine, Malaya, Korea, Suez Canal Zone, Kenya, Cyprus, Suez 1956, Borneo, Vietnam, Aden, Radfan, Oman, Dhofar, etc. Iraq and East Timor
not featured, as yet.
MOD Selects The Carlyle Group as Preferred Bidder for QinetiQ
. In a move that seems to be going ahead with very little coverage, Britain's military research agency is being sold off to a foreign company. Given the important role Qinetiq
plays in Britain's Defense, and the type of business The Carlyle Group
is, this is perhaps surprising...
seem to be the only place we can find out what goes on in the US these days. Probably has to do with the liberal media, wouldn't you say?
oh glorious rapture, vertu has launched.
(flash) the phones (called "instruments" in vertu-speak) are okay, but the real meat seems to be the one-touch vertu concierge: allows one to find theatre tickets, make reservations, or (assumably) order KFC. and, as promised, they are indeed clutch-the-pearls expensive: €6000 to €24000. golly.
This is not what the travel agent told me Kabul looked like!
Report in London times of British Muslim who went over to join the Taliban war effort and found out they were nothing but "lunatics and liars." Question: Should he be allowed back into Britain and if so, should he be tried for treason?
to be built in Britain. God, that feels to good to read. Am I xenophobic, nationalistic or proud of the Euoropean Community on my doorstep? I'm not sure, but how can you hold a grudge against a country with this
A Million British children
all jumped at the same time. They actually caused a little bit of recordable seismic activity.
My God! Brits actually have rights!
Of course, it's not part of their constitution
since they don't have one, but they actually have a codification of things the government can't do to them.