Notes from the UK

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Notes from the UK
Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore. (by Ellen Hawley)
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  • Coronavirus, British quarantine, and the Eyam plague village 5 days ago As we watch the spread of coronavirus, it’s sobering to remember that when the bubonic plague swept through Europe–this was in the middle ages and later–people (understandably) fled, and some number of them (inevitably) carried it with them to new … Continue reading →
  • Apologies 1 week ago To those of you who got an email linking you to a post that you can’t find, apologies. I blame technical difficulties: In other words, I screwed up and hit publish instead of schedule.
  • The Anarchy, or what happens when everyone's named Matilda 1 week ago The Empress Matilda–or Maud, if you like; she’s called both–was born in 1102. She was the granddaughter of William the Conqueror and formed one half of Henry I’s small clutch of legitimate children. That matters, so keep track of it. … Continue reading →
  • Happiness, depression, drunks, and codpieces. It's the news from Britain. 2 weeks ago Let’s start with Brexit, since January 31–the day this post goes live, in case you’re getting here late–is the last day that Britain is still a member of the European Union. To mark the occasion, Boris Johnson announced a fundraising … Continue reading →
  • The search for Robin Hood 3 weeks ago Almost everyone in the English-speaking world (she asserted on the basis of no evidence whatsoever) grew up on stories about Robin Hood, that dashing outlaw of Sherwood Forest who fought the Sheriff of Nottingham and assorted other medieval baddies, who … Continue reading →

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