Category Archives: England

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I boarded a train at Gard Du Nord. I could see my breath in the cold. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. She liked her Gaulloises. Lord Ventnor had invited us to spend the Christmas Holiday on the Isle of Wight. The train […]

10 Years After

On June 15, 2003 The Observer quoted “a British scientist and biological weapons expert, who has examined the trailers in Iraq.” “They are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were – facilities […]

Posh 16ish Parties

My friend stood on the balcony of his toney London house and looked down on the scrum of teenagers in his garden. The shouting horde smiled with red faces lost to the future in the haze of now. KS’s wife sat in the kitchen with the other moms. Her eyes said to KS, “Your problem.” […]

Redcoat Boston Suspect

AP and I were sitting in the garden of the Fort Greene Observatory, discussing the lack of a video declaration from the Boston Marathon bomber(s). I had bought us big cans of ‘Gansett beer. It came from New England. “It was only one person,” I voiced my hunch. “He carried the two bombs in bags […]

The Iron Lady Restem In Infernum

This morning the funeral cortege of Margaret Thatcher was taken from Westminster to a funeral service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Millions lined the streets of London to pay homage to the Old Lady, who was Britain’s longest serving prime minister of modern times. The funeral service was simple in accordance with the deceased’ wishes. Members […]