George Arnett gives a rundown of the top viral videos of this year.
A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.
When asked to define what Britishness is (for an article in The Guardian), the artist Tracey Emin described it as “looking out of a bus window, seeing sexy, stylish people laughing.”
The meeting and handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness is the most important act of healing and reconciliation achieved so far in Northern Ireland. McGuinness was one of the leaders of the Provisional IRA, which killed more than 2,000 people during the conflict. That one of those victims was the Queen’s cousin, Lord Mountbatten, gives the handshake particular poignancy.
I really thought I could handle this. I thought I’d be able to do a barbecue on the Saturday followed by a street party on the Monday. As I write this, it’s Sunday and I’ve had enough.
In my eyes, partaking in the Diamond Jubilee is not just a celebration of Elizabeth’s 60 year reign, but a celebration of something far more sinister – to me, it’s a celebration of the ingrained inequality and class segregation within our country.
Thanks to Her Majesty’s 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth, we’ve got a rare long weekend to make the most of.
It’s a republican nightmare, but Britain’s fortunes are inexplicably linked with our Queen’s. Whether it’s Elizabethan New World exploration or Victorian industrialisation, Britain’s might requires reginae tactus. Yet never has the realm’s cultural wealth coincided with the Monarch, than with our Lizzie and pop music.
My love of Queen’s Greatest Hits has taken a bit of a battering. even though my last post (http://tiny.cc/552vy) did not really invite dialogue on fox hunting, the comment-leavers couldn’t resist and now, at the risk of getting as boring as they are, I feel it worth pointing out that journalists are not the only people who are guilty of never letting the ugly truth get in the way of the beautiful story…
Over breakfast I listened to our respective US-UK ambassadors bantering on the radio about the upcoming England-US World Cup match. Sir Nigel Sheinwald, our man in DC, has bet Louis Susman, America’s ambassador to the Court of St James, a pub lunch that the English team won’t lose. In yet another sign that the special [...]
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