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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  • How the scone discovered Britain 6 days ago Like so many of the things I write about here, the history of the scone is murky. But first a definition. And if you already know what a scone is, stay with me for the pleasure of watching me fall … Continue reading →
  • More news from Britain-and (as a bonus) New Zealand 1 week ago This wasn’t supposed to post until next week, but what the hell, here it is: bonus. It’s happening again: Ordinary people are weighing in on the great symbols of British culture in a struggle to reshape them to suit the … Continue reading →
  • The Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest 1 week ago A man was arrested in October for trying to steal a copy of the Magna Carta. Or–depending on what news source you like–on suspicion of trying to steal it. It happened in Salisbury, where it was on display in the … Continue reading →
  • News from Britain. And elsewhere 2 weeks ago When Boris Johnson became Britain’s foreign secretary, he had to give up his–well, I don’t know if I should call this his day job or his night job, so let’s say his newspaper job. He was a columnist for the … Continue reading →
  • Cold off the press: News from Britain 3 weeks ago Let’s start with news from Britain, since that’s what we allegedly talk about here. Then we’ll wander off topic, as we usually manage to. In June, scientists took water samples from Loch Ness to see if they could find a … Continue reading →

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