| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:18 PM
CLAVERING, England — In this rural Essex village stands The Cricketers, the once-quiet pub that launched the career of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who first cooked in his parents' kitchen. Trevor and Sally Oliver's place has grown with...
| Oct 3, 2012
In the 1990s, he was the world-famous novelist few people officially laid eyes on. Of Salman Rushdie's dozen-plus novels, it was "The Satanic Verses" (1988) that raised a hue and cry and sent him undercover: Its supposedly sacrilegious portrayal of the...
| Oct 17, 2012
In her native England where her new album “Fall to Grace” debuted at number two, Paloma Faith performs to an average of 5,000 people. She recently played for a crowd of 40,000 as part of a BBC radio event, also featuring Emeli Sande and Jessie...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 11:32 AM
In 1971, when I was 8 years old and growing up in Rochdale in the North of England, I'd occasionally get to ride in the front seat of my parent's Hillman Imp. “Clunk Click,” my dad would say, “Every Trip.” I'd laugh at that. And...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The supposed decline of the United States. The impending crisis of the European Union this year when it becomes 30 states, while Britain contemplates leaving and making it 29. It confronts promised referenda on continuing EU membership and Scottish...
| Sep 16, 2013
On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. The speech, now known popularly as "I've Been to the Mountaintop," dealt specifically with a strike involving Memphis sanitation workers and, more broadly,...
| Apr 2, 2013
The government in Britain recently did something interesting.
It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" — a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms — to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too...
| Apr 9, 2013
In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:00 PM
You might recall the Elvis Costello lyric in "Tramp the Dirt Down," referencing Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died Monday: "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down."
Then there is the Morrissey lyric: "The kind people...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As guitar heroes go, Johnny Marr is a fairly unassuming one. His riffs, fills and solos – usually exceedingly terse and to the point – have helped shape countless indelible songs over the last 30 years for the Smiths, The The, Electronic (with...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 3:40 PM
WIMBLEDON, England — In many ways, Andy Murray's career was encapsulated in the last game he played before he became a first-time Wimbledon singles champion and the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry's 1936 triumph.