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We taught you how to insult like the British but now we’re invading new territory: how to insult like the Elizabethan British! And who does that better than famed Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare?
As regular readers of Anglophenia, you no doubt have your own carefully nurtured and well-informed opinions about the United Kingdom and its people. But what do the general public worldwide think of the Brits?
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 24th, 2014
Last night, the BBC’s current affairs show Newsnight interviewed Dame Helen Mirren for her thoughts about the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare (which, as we discussed yesterday, is around about now).
April 23rd is generally considered to be a good day to celebrate the birth of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. This is partly because there are no records of his birth—although he was baptized on ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 7th, 2014
There’s a danger of things becoming silly now.
Two weeks ago, the big news was that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Hamlet in the West End, in 2015. This clearly needed a year’s advance warning, so fans can prepare travel budgets and buy ticket-handling gauntlets.
By rights, this should be an open and shut case. If you’re surprised by something, if a thing happens that causes shock and befuddlement, and you exclaim “what the dickens?
We all have our dark moments, and sometimes it’s as though all you can do is raise your eyes heavenwards and ask the stormy skies above what plan fate has in store for you.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 20th, 2014
Today (March 20) is World Storytelling Day, a perfect chance to celebrate the traditional tales and oral myths that give a nation a sense of itself.
Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is named after Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh. Check out what’s going on with 10 British things in Raleigh below:
By Leah Rozen | Posted on October 14th, 2013
Liz and Dick. That’s what they were known as back in the day, long before conflated monikers, such as Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) or Julena (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), became de rigueur for celebrity ...