Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont – BOOK REVIEW

“Mrs. Palfrey” might be seen as a pastiche of gracious widowhood, or it might be recognized as having cut pretty close to the bone back when the British economy was still lagging behind, and the English people stuck in their ways.

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Empire of the Mind – BOOK REVIEW

EMPIRE OF THE MIND A Journey Through Great Britain Iqbal Ahmed

Constable (London), 2006


American anglophiles would do well to read this mostly non-judgmental report from an anglo-Kashmiri on his explorations outside London to check on the status of other immigrants.   Ahmed’s travels by train and his bicycle to nine cities, starting with

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You’re in for a shock

The unsustainable high cost of long-term care is the subject of a column in The Guardian. The Prime Minister seems to have promised to address the problem, as the earlier projected amount needed to live ten years after retirement falls short. The £72,000 cap proposed for each person’s spending before the state kicks in to

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From Rudyard Kipling’s Club to Westminster Abbey for Animals


Our outing last Saturday did suggest that we owe a debt to “The Georgians,” subject of a special exhibit at the British Library. They invented the Middle Class.  It was the prosperous 25 percent of the population in London that gave birth to cultural events as well

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Museum Crowds Top Exhibits

I just folded my raincoat over my arm and carried it for the three hours, moving in a circle and back again on the main floor, enjoying the historical sculptures, some created for piety (altars) and some for vanity (gardens).

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