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  • Authentic portrayal of wartime Britain has power all its own

    Authentic portrayal of wartime Britain has power all its own
    When playwright Terence Rattigan's beautiful and long-neglected "Flare Path" was first performed in London in 1942, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" was all the rage. To many Americans, Coward and his snippy pals still represent the English stiff upper lip...
  • Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob

    Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob
    "We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington." Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
  • Make like Middleton -- embrace nude hosiery

    Make like Middleton -- embrace nude hosiery
    Need a leg up? Answer Angel is here to help. Dear Answer Angel: I know the fashion is to not wear hosiery in the warm weather so I'm wondering what you think about leg makeup. Would that be a good alternative? I've got spider vein issues so I feel...
  • 'Mr. Selfridge': The man who invented retail therapy

    'Mr. Selfridge': The man who invented retail therapy
    Until recently, the Vera Wang bridal shop in Singapore imposed a non-refundable $482 fee to try on dresses. And last month a health food retailer in Australia posted this notice on its door: “As of the first of February, this store will be...
  • Putting Chicago's violence on the table

    Putting Chicago's violence on the table
    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...
  • Salman Rushdie, freedom writer

    Salman Rushdie, freedom writer
    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...
  • Video/Q&A: Paloma Faith

    Video/Q&A: Paloma Faith
    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...
  • Jim fixed nothing: Growing up in 1970s England with Jimmy Savile

    Jim fixed nothing: Growing up in 1970s England with Jimmy Savile
    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...
  • Vision of what speech foretold

    Vision of what speech foretold
    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,...
  • Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare?

    Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare?
    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...
  • Goldberg: What 'the Iron Lady' forged

    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...