Barbara Pym’s books
focused on women who rarely make it into any spotlight, literary or otherwise: quiet, sensible, independent women of a certain age. Like the spinsters who populate her novels, her genius has been too often overlooked, but she does have her devotees. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n
on Dec 27, 2007 -
In late March the body of Lindsay Ann Hawker
in a bathtub on the balcony of a Chiba apartment. This week, with the help
of UK officers, the Hawker family has returned
to Tokyo, to seek help to find the main suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi, who has been missing since the discovery of the body.
posted by gomichild
on Jun 28, 2007 -
: shattering the myth that "all churches are locked". With the aim of visiting every church in England and recording whether it is kept locked or unlocked, this ten-year-old 'side project' now has statistics by county and diocese, county maps, and a map of the country
showing their progress.
posted by chrismear
on May 16, 2007 -
Pinning down the elusive Banksy.
"The art world is the biggest joke going," he has said. "It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak." Yet the stencilist/graffiti writer's pieces regularly sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds at places like Sotheby's--not bad for a man who still remains cloaked in complete anonymity. The New Yorker
gets a rare e-mail interview. [Previously: 1
posted by dead_
on May 15, 2007 -
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
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Mar 21, 2007 -
Victorian Turkish Baths
- "Can the active, fox-hunting, cricketing, boating Englishman bear the same kind of treatment that benefits and gratifies the indolent, languid, luxurious Turk?"
posted by tellurian
on Jan 17, 2007 -
The United Celtic Kingdom.
A new study shows that most British are decended from the Celtic tribes that crossed over from Spain 7,000 years ago. Only 20% of the English are decended from Viking stock, even fewer are Anglo-Saxons.
posted by empath
on Sep 21, 2006 -
I sometimes look up at the bit of blue sky
High over my head, with a tear in my eye.
Surrounded by walls that are too high to climb,
Confined like a felon without any crime...
posted by Miko
on Sep 18, 2006 -
I know who brought Leonardo's greatest drawings to Britain.
I may not be a Harvard professor of religious symbology or know much about the bloodline of the Magdalene, but I do enjoy a mystery and so I set out to solve this one. And I succeeded. Final proof is elusive, always, but in this case the circumstantial evidence is so overwhelming, I think I've got my man."
posted by Len
on Aug 30, 2006 -
The Domesday Book
is online. This book is "a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources being owned in England at the time, and the extent of the taxes he could raise. The information collected was recorded by hand in two huge books, in the space of around a year." You can browse it here
. The site also has some background info both on England at the time
and the book itself
posted by marxchivist
on Aug 17, 2006 -
Secret agent Huub Lauwers was parachuted into occupied Holland
in 1941 to relay intelligence back to London. His capture by the Germans marked the beginning of the Englandspiel
, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse intelligence that cost the lives of over fifty agents. Lauwers frantically tried to inform the SOE
that he had been caught, but the Baker Street Irregulars
just didn't get it. Or did they? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Aug 6, 2006 -
"If you really thought about where you were going and what you were doing you'd either be shit scared or you wouldn't go there. We're shit shovellers. Some of the jobs I do a high percentage of the country would turn around and say: 'Poke that up yer arse mate as far as you can put it.'" The history of London's sewers
. The craptacular sewerhistory.org
. More entries in the Night Haunts series
posted by OmieWise
on Jul 13, 2006 -
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.
posted by greycap
on Jun 28, 2006 -
Pickles - The dog who won the World Cup.
There were two amazing events that happened in London in 1966 that focused on the Jules Rimet Trophy (aka The World Cup): 1: England won
; 2. the 15 inch, solid gold trophy tall was stolen, held to ransom
, and then discovered in a bush by a dog called Pickles
The English FA had commisioned a base metal replica
, which - after the Queen awarded the trophy to Bobby Moore
- was substituted for the priceless trophy in the England dressing room, when a copper swapped it
with legendary Manchester United & England fullback Nobby Stiles
. That was the one which toured the country over the next few years - not the the real one.
The replica was sold £254,000 by Sothebys in 1997... to FIFA
, whereas the original was stolen again in Brazil
, and has never been seen since. The replica is on long term loan to the National Football Museum
in Preston, Lancashire - though they don't always tell you
: it's a fake
posted by dash_slot-
on Jun 5, 2006 -