Notes from the UK

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Notes from the UK
Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore. (by Ellen Hawley)
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  • Cheddar Man and British prehistory 2 days ago Back in 1903, some people digging a drainage trench in Gough’s Cave, in the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, found a skeleton. In case Cheddar Gorge and Somerset don’t help you locate the cave on the map of your mind, it’s … Continue reading →
  • Mugs: two links 6 days ago A couple of people asked where they can find the smart-ass, English-spelling-is-bizarre mugs that I posted pictures of in recent weeks (photos below). The answer is, they’re for sale in any number of places, but here are two: the “English … Continue reading →
  • Ethnicity in Britain and the U.S. 1 week ago I had an appointment at a clinic recently, and since it was my first time there, the receptionist asked my ethnicity. Maybe they always ask. Maybe they were taking a survey for a few sample days. I have no idea, … Continue reading →
  • More news from Britain 2 weeks ago Plato takes over the Home Office, or else it’s the other way around Britain’s Home Office–those charming folks in charge of (among other things) finding reasons to throw people out of the country–has outstripped my ability to absurdify the world. … Continue reading →
  • British values and chicken tikka masala 3 weeks ago Britain has a long-standing identity crisis. Or maybe that’s a recent one. I suppose it depends on how long you consider long. But never mind the numbers. Ever since I moved here, politicians have been fretting over British values—what they … Continue reading →

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