| Dec 30, 2014
| 1:43 PM
The pews will be packed as dignitaries — a knight and a lord included — and ordinary folks honor Winston Churchill, the prime minister who led Britain during World War II, on the 50th anniversary of his death.
The Jan. 24 memorial service...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
There is nothing like a little heat from a third political party to get the attention of career politicians who wish to stay in office.
Nigel Farage, leader of the upstart UK Independent Party (UKIP), has been turning up the heat on British Prime...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 7:55 AM
Now that folks can get gay-married in Wisconsin and Indiana, it's safe to say a genial, fact-based British heart-warmer such as "Pride" can enter the U.S. marketplace without threatening the stability of the republic.
Like "Billy Elliot," "Kinky Boots,"...
| Oct 3, 2014
If fans of the British royals had their way, celebrated British novelist Hilary Mantel would have been boiled in oil last year when she said in a speech that the Duchess of Cambridge — half of the couple best known as Will and Kate — was a...
| 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...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When Bill Nighy was a young actor at the National Theatre in London, older gay cast members would talk to him about the country's harsh policies, which forced them to stay in the closet.
Being gay, recalled the rangy 64-year-old British actor, "just...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Meryl Streep won an Oscar for playing a steely yet faltering Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 British film “The Iron Lady.”
The role also warrants another distinction, according to a team of researchers at USC: Streep was the rare female to...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Scots will be worse off if they vote for independence. It's not good economics, and not much else is at stake.
Unlike the now dormant — but never dead — separatist movement in Quebec and rising tide for independence in Catalonia, the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:34 PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron pushed hard against Scottish independence Monday, three days before Scots vote on whether to secede from Britain.
“I want to speak very directly to the people of this country today about what is at stake,&...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 11:52 AM
This week's referendum in Scotland could result in the U.K. losing almost one-third of its land mass, and 8 percent of its population, and, very likely, its present prime minister. In a summer rich with shocks, the breakup of a United Nations Security...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: "The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part,...