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Separated by a Common LanguageSeparated by a Common Language

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

 
Old VarietiesOld Varieties

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

 
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I can recognise and love every one of William Hogarth's (1697-1764) works of art. What I did NOT realise that one of his dogs, Trump (c1730–1745), appeared in a number of his engavings and paintings. Apart from looking ugly, it has been suggested b...

The origins of the boy scout movement have been well documented and well read. Col. Robert Baden-Powell (1857–1941) had long been very familiar with the organis­ation called The Boys' Brigade, founded by his Scottish friend William Alexander...

The Tartan Weaving Mill on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh covers 5 storeys inside, with an exhibition that shows the whole process involved in tartan production: shearing sheep, working looms, making a kilt and being photographed kitted out.So I already...

Let us start with whist. The history of Whist can be traced at least to the early C16th in England (as mentioned in a pub­lish­ed sermon by Bishop Latimer in 1529) and through succeeding centuries under different names. Whist maintained its po...

Harry Relph (1867-1928) was the 16th child of a very elderly Kent pub­lican. Harry stood only 4’6” high, with dwarfish legs, and was born with six digits on each hand and foot. His deformities were emphasised for public­ity, although he never w...

I had good reasons for seeing the 2017 film On Chesil Beach. Firstly Ian McEwan is one of the most intriguing modern novelists I have read, espec­ial­ly his 2007 novella of the same name! Secondly the brilliant film Atone­ment was based on Ia...

Filed under: Etc. We really hope the garbage was inside the car temporarily.Continue reading Police pull over erratic driver to find car packed with junk Police pull over erratic driver to find car packed with junk originally...