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Separated by a Common LanguageSeparated by a Common Language

Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living...

 
The Martyn FilesThe Martyn Files

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Art and Architecture, mainlyArt and Architecture, mainly

The fine arts, decorative arts and architecture of Europe, North America an...

 
Old VarietiesOld Varieties

This site has been set up to celebrate and feature the heritage of Britain&...

 


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I am not a royalist so it may have seemed strange watching Channel 4’s documentary Princess Diana’s Wick­ed Step-mother. This film, about Raine Spencer (1929-2016) and her relationship with the Princess of Wales, featured an in-depth i...

Born in Birmingham, Barbara Cartland (1901–2000) was the oldest child of British Army Major James Cartland (died 1918); her moth­er's family were Gloucestershire minor landed gentry. Barbara had two brothers: Major Ronald Cartland, Member of Parli...

I have selected my best recommendations from Reading's Summer Reading List and one from History Today.LOVE IS BLIND by Scottish author William Boyd. The book has finely wrought characters and wonderful evocations of place; the action, which centres a...

Wilfrid Voynich (1865–1930) was born into an aristocratic Polish-Lithuanian family and became an anti-Czarist activist and biblio­phile. After being arrested, he was sent to Siberia and event­ual­ly moved to Brit­ain, opening an Soho Square Lon...

President Woodrow Wilson helped create the League of Nations post-WW1 at the Versailles Conference June 1919. But the US Sen­ate rej­ect­ed membership and the U.S with­drew into isolation. As Europe moved to WW2 in the 1930s, the League was un­a...

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) was born in Moscow, and spent his childhood in Odessa, fostered by a relative. In high school he learned to play the piano and cello. Then he enrolled at the Moscow University, studying law and economics, succeeding in...

At the University of Cambridge in the 1930s, Guy Burgess (1911-63) was in a group of upper middle-class students who believed that capitalism could never be democratic and that Germany, USA and UK were rapidly moving to the right. His friends, all e...