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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  • Birds, bills, booze, and the virus: It's the (old) news from Britain 3 days ago In early March, with northern Italy beset by the corona virus, a winery in Castelvetro had a problem with one of its valves and ended up sending lambrusco into the kitchen sinks and showers (and, presumably, bathtubs) of twenty neighboring … Continue reading →
  • The pandemic news from Britain 5 days ago So you think you’re bored? An astrophysicist in Australia dealt with coronavirus isolation by trying to build a gizmo that would warn people when they started to touch their faces. He used four powerful neodymium magnets–and no, I never heard … Continue reading →
  • The British census: What a country wants to know about itself 1 week ago Until I found out why so many people claimed to be Jedis on the 2001 census (and I’ll tell you the tale eventually), I thought censuses were inherently boring. They’re not. So let’s find out how the British census came … Continue reading →
  • Protective gear and flaming vicars: It's the pandemic news from Britain 1 week ago What’s happening with the coronavirus in Britain? Funny you should ask, because I was just about to answer that. Let’s start with the Church of England, which had a hiccup when it went over to virtual services: A vicar set … Continue reading →
  • Hope, despair, passwords, and racism: It's the news from Britain 2 weeks ago You know all those passwords that The People Who Know These Things tell you never to write down but that you write down anyway because those same people also tell you to use a different one for every damn thing … Continue reading →

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