Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

What Should We Call the Royal Baby?

Today, that portion of the English-speaking world that has a fondness for Britain is abuzz with the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child.

Michael Palin Lends His Voice to ‘The Clangers’

If you catch a British person of a certain age and mention The Clangers, chances are the eyes will glaze over slightly, a smile with play across their face and almost without realizing it, they’ll start making friendly bird ...

‘Doctor Who’ Recap: ‘Robot of Sherwood’

After last week’s shrunken unpleasantness, it is time to take a trip to somewhere less Daleky.

Belle & Sebastian: 10 Essential Songs

Today is the release date of God Help The Girl, the charming musical movie written by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian fame, and as this trailer so vividly illustrates, riddled with a particular kind of aesthetic that fans of the ...

London Transport Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers

As upsetting as the passing of a comedy legend like Joan Rivers undoubtedly is, it’s hard to escape the thought that she would want there to be something funny to come out of it.

CLIP: The Doctor Battles Robin Hood

We present this delightful tidbit from tomorrow night’s Doctor Who merely as an appetizer for the main course that is to follow.

Was Robin Hood Real?

This week’s Doctor Who story “Robot of Sherwood” seeks to answer one of the greatest mysteries in popular English history: was there really a Robin Hood? Did he do the things he is reputed to have done and if so, when ...

10 Old Slang Terms for Crimes No Longer Around

It must be annoying to be one of the criminal fraternity and have to keep making up slang terms for your day’s work. Especially when some of the jobs you’ve been involved in stop being lucrative and eventually become ...

The Question That Made Dan Stevens Crack Up

When it comes to the flow of language between Britain and America, some phrases travel better than others, and the ones that have a sexual double meaning often travel the least well of all.

Welsh Rarebit Day: What Exactly is a ‘Rarebit’?

By rights, every day should be Welsh rarebit day. Hot bread plus hot cheese is an eternally winning combination: a conclusion that is apparently shared by every short order chef in every diner everywhere (providing they can throw a bit ...