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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  • English public schools and the old boys' network 1 day ago English public schools–now known as bastions of privilege–started out as philanthropic schools to educate the poor. Some of them date back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. By “the poor,” of course, the schools and their founders meant poor … Continue reading →
  • British news you almost missed 1 week ago In a form of protest that brings the Colyton laundryline rebellion to mind, someone recently decorated the office door of Christopher Chope, MP—that’s short for Member of Parliament—with a string of women’s underpants that the papers describe as lacy. I’d … Continue reading →
  • More news from Britain 2 weeks ago What’s happening in Britain? Let’s start in Colyton, Devon, where a woman hung out her wash. Because people do that here. Dryers aren’t as common as they are in the U.S. If people get any sunny weather, out go the … Continue reading →
  • What the world really wants to know about Britain, part 10ish 3 weeks ago What do the wide-eyed innocents of the internet want to know about Britain? Or, to change that to a more accurate form of the same question, what do they ask that leads them here? All sorts of strange stuff. Sometimes … Continue reading →
  • Chasing the gray lady 4 weeks ago Blogging has its hazards. In a comment on one of my posts, Cat 9984 wrote, “Britain is a very mysterious place sometimes. I asked a woman what the difference was between a grey lady and a ghost. She said there isn’t … Continue reading →

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