Category Archives: England

NOT ALL CRASHES ARE ACCIDENTS by Peter Nolan Smith

I never met Princess Diana, although a friend of a friend married her brother. Diana would have been at the wedding. I never received an invitation. No great loss, because the Princess of Wales wasn’t my type, however I viewed her death as a blow against the empire of goodness. I arrived in London the […]

In Vino Veritas or Oblivio

From 1847 to her death in 1901 Queen Victoria had ruled the British Empire from Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. Prince Albert, her consort, had designed the royal residence with the aid of Thomas Cubitt, the London architect. Once finished the Italian Renaissance palazzo on the Solent Osbourne House served as a refuge […]

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. […]