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Equal Marriage Comes to Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Davies

Britain has had civil partnerships since 2005, but a clear majority felt that we needed full marriage equality. As of last Saturday, that's what we have. Our view is clear: Marriage is one of our society's most important institutions.

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Doing Business in the United Kingdom: Cross-Cultural Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Lisa Mirza Grotts

When traveling abroad, it's important to learn about the people and culture you are doing business with, so as not to be misunderstood or appear rude. Here are some tips for businesspeople and other visitors traveling in the UK.

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

"Princely Postcard"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.30.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima It would not be classic British understatement to say that Prince Charles and I have a lot in common. For one thing, as my wife, Sue...

Interview With the Youngest Artist to Have Ever Officially Painted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Lisa Chau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Chau

Furr's grandmother introduced him to oil paints when he was 12 years old. He would set up a still life with fruit and paint it. He was obsessed -- he loved and still loves oil paint and the distinct smell of pure turpentine. "I was lucky. I found my dharma at age 12 years," he says.

Bastille Storm the British Embassy

Patrick Davies | Posted 12.01.2013 | Entertainment
Patrick Davies

We did something unusual at the Embassy on Saturday: we hosted a rock concert. Bastille, one of Britain's hottest new bands, dropped by during their U.S. tour and played a short acoustic set.

Congress' Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than discussing the pros and cons of striking Syria today, we have to point out something which should be glaringly obvious -- that Congress will be continuing their fifth week of vacation rather than returning to Washington to vote on whether America should go to war.

UK YouTube Stars To Launch Comedy Show at Avalon Sept. 13

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

UK YouTube Stars are 'like The Beatles all over again'

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

How to Bother a Brit

Rosa Lia June | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy
Rosa Lia June

So... you want us to be bemused not just because we drank too much but because you really didn't mind your manners? Well, here's how.

Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar's Own Good

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.

Is the Gezira Club Still the "In" Place in Cairo?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

With all the political, security, religious, and social turmoil in Egypt today it's easy to forget former stomping grounds with a special historical f...

An Unfinished Song Which Completes a Life

Sophia Stuart | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Sophia Stuart

Unfinished Song is set in England. But this is not a pastoral view of England set in rolling hills or a period piece in frilly bloomers. This is the other England that one rarely sees on the silver screen.

Egypt and Morsi Don't Mix

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Egypt and Morsi don't mix. The message was loud and clear in the visuals, on TV, online. The picture of a banner erected on a Cairo street ahead of m...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Glory Years

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Naked Neo Lladro figurines draped in mini bikinis comply with local mores in Sharjah where authorities have asked shopkeepers to "behead" mannequins a...

Grant Morrison's Breakthrough Classic Zenith to Be Reprinted for the First Time

Dave Scheidt | Posted 07.30.2013 | Chicago
Dave Scheidt

So there's this guy, Grant Morrison. You may have heard of him. In August of 1987, British Science fiction anthology 2000 AD printed the first of...

A Conversation With Fashion Designer Sir Paul Smith

Blue Carreon | Posted 07.12.2013 | Style
Blue Carreon

Sir Paul Smith talks about running a business from the heart, the importance of good posture and why you should keep it simple.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

An Oscars Menu Celebrating 50 Years Of James Bond

Food52 | Posted 04.21.2013 | Taste
Food52

We've done all the recon, but the field work is up to you! Put your counter-intellegence to work, and throw a swinging bash!

A Downton Abbey-Inspired Menu

Food52 | Posted 03.05.2013 | Taste
Food52

It's in honor of Daisy and Mrs. Patmore that we bring you a Downton Abbey-inspired menu for the third season's premiere on Sunday.

Canadian Claims To Have Cracked 'Unbreakable' WWII Pigeon Code

Posted 12.17.2012 | World

Last November, a 74-year-old Brit cleaning his chimney came across an encrypted World War II message strapped to the remains of a dead pigeon. After w...

Downton Fever Hits the British Embassy

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.14.2013 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Downton has clearly struck a nostalgic nerve on both sides of the Pond. Episodes of its third season have attracted British audiences of between 10 and 12 million -- about one in every six Brits.