| Sep 9, 2014
My fondest memories of travels in Scotland are in the pubs with folk bands stomping the paint off the floor as locals came together with the same twinkles in their eyes. This is an example of a time when I really feel I'm in Scotland instead of Britain....
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:31 AM
For travelers, Great Britain is a work in progress, richly rewarding those who visit with up-to-date information. Here are a few important changes to be aware of for 2014.
London continues to grow and thrive post-Olympics. Free Wi-Fi is everywhere, bus...
| Jul 29, 2014
Grand, centuries-old cathedrals distinguish Great Britain's cities and towns, providing spiritual nourishment to those who visit. These places of worship seem ancient almost beyond imagination. But long before Gothic cathedrals, long before recorded...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Riccardo Muti is wrapping up his fall residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this weekend with a program that begins and ends with pieces of Polish musical inspiration.
If you imagine that has something to do with the fact that the music director...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 4:03 PM
"Lilting," starring Cheng Pei-pei and Ben Whishaw, is a lyrical little chamber piece on language, playing with what words mean, what the body says, what is understood and what is not.
Writer-director Hong Khaou, in his feature directing debut, was...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:00 PM
If you think unions are the scourge of the working world, you will not be happy at "Pride," which begins with the unmistakable sound of Pete Seeger singing "Solidarity Forever" and goes on from there.
But "Pride" has other things on its mind besides...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The rage for secession continues to sputter -- from Scotland to Catalonia -- and to threaten long-established political systems that have preserved peace and stability by keeping nations unified.
It was a damned close-run thing, as Wellington said of...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
News Bulletin: "Scotland has voted No to independence, after millions of voters took to the polls to decide the future of the United Kingdom."
My immediate reaction and considered editorial opinion:
Some stories still have a happy ending, and...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 6:50 PM
On the warmest, sunniest day you can imagine, in a place where those are few and far between, gloom prevailed Wednesday. Great Britain was Mudville, and mighty Casey had struck out.
When Andy Murray's final ground stroke settled into the bottom of the...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Sunday was a day of rest and reflection at Wimbledon. So we reflected.
Eyes squinting, brow furrowed, chin resting in palm of hand, we pondered the issue: How good are our tennis players from the United States?
It was a short reflection....
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:48 PM
HOYLAKE, England — From a little hill directly behind the 14th green at this year's British Open, we sit in the gorse and wait for the greats.
First would come the Aging King. Two groups later, the Apparent Heir. The excitement builds along the...