Category Archives: England

A Journal of the Plague Year

I just read Daniel Dafoe’s A JOURNAL FROM A YEAR OF PLAGUE. The epidemic ravaged London, but ended for good in 1666 and spring came with flowers. Same as this year. First Paragraph: “It was about the beginning of September, 1664, that I, among the rest of my neighbours, heard in ordinary discourse that the […]

Up The Monarchy

THree years ago Britain voted on whether to exit or remain in the European Union. The Exiters won the referendum by 5% on the strength of Old England’s disdain for Europe, for as the well-worn adage says, “Asia begins at the Channel.” The Royals have stayed out of the fray. Queen Elizabeth has said nothing […]

The Dusk of Britain

The English completely dominated the British Islands and Ireland by 1745 with the defeat of Scotland at the Battle Of Culloden. The Crown sent out merchants and armies across the globe to traffick in slaves, opium, and raw materials, thereby creating a commercial network touching ever continent on Earth on which the sun never set. […]

The Long Reign Of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Great Britain since 1952. 68 Years. A long long time. Her Highness is now 94 years old. There have been highs and lows. We all know those moments of victory and tragedy. I’ll be gracious enough to not mention them.

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I entered the Gard Du Nord. We walked down the platform to our train. Our breath hung in the frosty winter air. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. The singer loved her Gaulloises. “So tell me again why we are going le Ile […]