I’ve been the problem all along This is really awkward for me, what with being a country and all. I don’t usually speak, and I certainly never imagined I’d speak from a […]
Trashing libraries just a bit more
Critic Boyd Tonkin had a piece in last week’s Independent recounting the sad fate of his local library, Friern Barnet Library, in the hands of the enlightened council of the London Borough […]
John Terry vs. Paul Canoville: an eight year-old boy learns a lesson about racism in sports
by Bret Higgins I wrote a piece last week at the Rocky Mountain Blues blog on the John Terry case. The Chelsea FC captain had to answer to allegations of racial abuse […]
John Terry racial abuse trial under way: what does Chelsea do if he's convicted?
The long-anticipated (or long-dreaded, depending on your perspective) racial abuse trial of Chelsea center back John Terry commenced in London this morning, and already my ambivalence is mounting. For those unfamiliar with […]
Castro and Miami's Cuban community and what the hell was Ozzie Guillen thinking?
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen recently lost his freakin’ mind. He told Time that I love Fidel Castro…I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel […]
Tony Blair sits quietly as Liberian president defends law criminalizing homosexuality
Former English Prime Minister Tony Blair has taken his share of beatings here at S&R, and I’m grateful to my colleague Wufnik for periodically reminding us all what an invertebrate git Wee […]
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the official beginning of the reign of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth II—the day she ascended to the throne of The United […]
Will Scotland leave the UK?
There has been much discussion of this very question this past week, since suddenly it looks as if there will be a referendum on the issue of Scottish independence in Scotland in […]
The Painted Kipper: Reith, the BBC, Facing Modernity – full download now available
Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, S&R ran a five-part series on Lord John Reith, the iconic architect of modern broadcasting in the UK. The series, authored by the University of Colorado’s Dr. Michael […]
Nota Bene #120: Crazy Ivan
“If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s earth.” Who said it?