Archive for the ‘UK’ tag

#  Countries and Hobbies →

September 8th, 2012 at 14:57 // In Worth Considering 

Wondering why the presenter’s of the British version of Top Gear so often express anger at “caravans” (in America they’re more typically known as Recreational Vehicles or RVs), while they’re not viewed so hostily in Australia, Dan Rutter reaches an interesting conclusion:

I think caravanning in the UK is like metal-detector-ing in Australia.

If you don’t get that, I’ll leave it to the link to explain.

#  Britain From Above →

August 4th, 2008 at 20:26 // In Worth Seeing 

A very cool short video from “the Beeb.” My favorite is probably the view of London taxis during a day, but they’re all pretty good visualizations.

(via Gems Sty)

#  British Law

July 12th, 2008 at 18:44 // In Worth Knowing 

This list of lists of of “The Cases that Changed Britain” is rather interesting. I’d be even more interested in seeing a similar thing compiled for the US.

(via Lone Gunman)

#  The Size of Britain →

July 10th, 2008 at 11:42 // In Worth Seeing 

Far more variable than you might think. The comparison of various renderings is well worth a look.

(via kottke)

#  Pringles Aren’t Crisps (Chips) →

July 7th, 2008 at 15:27 // In Worth Considering 

Perhaps the most absurd part of the High Court’s ruling that Pringles are exempted from the VAT on crisps is that Proctor & Gamble happily pointed out how completely unnatural and unfoodlike their product is.

“It has a shape not found in nature, being designed and manufactured for stacking, and giving a pleasing and regular undulating appearance which permits comfortable eating.

“In this respect, it is unlike a potato crisp and, I would add, a potato stick or puff.”

He added: “A Pringle does not taste like a crisp or otherwise behave like one. Crisps give a sharply crunchy sensation under the tooth and have to be broken down into jagged pieces when chewed.

(via Slashfood)

#  Understanding Stonehenge →

June 15th, 2008 at 9:40 // In Worth Considering 

Ronald Hutton’s summary of some recent book on the monument is rather good. I was rather struck by his beginning:

Why is Stonehenge the most famous prehistoric monument in the world? A large part of the answer lies in the domination of modernity by Western nations, and the supremacy of Britain among them, both in military and economic terms, as that modernity was being developed. In that sense Stonehenge was simply the top antiquity of the top nation at a critical moment in history.

#  Giving Away £5 →

June 6th, 2008 at 18:05 // In Worth Knowing 

Calling to mind this story, a British website paid people to stand on the street with “If you ask me for a £5 note you can have it” sandwich boards. They report surprisingly low acceptance of the offer.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Stonehenge Today →

June 4th, 2008 at 14:45 // In Worth Distraction 

Yoni Brenner offers a playful imagining of a meeting at which Stonehenge, now thought to have been a memorial to the dead, was discussed.

Now, me well aware of controversy surrounding new Og Memorial Complex, also known as Massive-Rocks-Arranged-in-Mysterious-Circle. Some say it eyesore. Some say it waste of massive rocks. Some like concept of mysterious circle but find execution pedestrian. On behalf of Memorial Committee for Remembering of Og, me want to take opportunity to address concerns directly, and unpack some of artistic decisions involved in approving project like Massive-Rocks-Arranged-in-Mysterious-Circle.

#  British Words Not Used in the US →

May 28th, 2008 at 16:52 // In Worth Knowing 

Another reason to love Wikipedia.

#  The Risks of Libel Tourism →

May 12th, 2008 at 17:39 // In Worth Considering 

The Economist is sounding the alarm about the troubling ease with which the extremely wealthy are stifling free speech worldwide by pressing cases in the most friendly countries. A few cases that have taken of Britian’s libel laws:

That followed a similar judgment last year against Rachel Ehrenfeld, a New York-based American author who has written about the support of some Saudis for Islamist terrorism. She was successfully sued in London by a Saudi for a book she had published in America that had sold only a handful of copies in Britain.

Obozrevatel (Observer), an internet news site that does not even publish in English. Like Ms Ehrenfeld, the defendants did not appear in court and judgment was entered against them in default. Damages will be set in a compensation hearing later this year. Schillings declined to comment, but a statement on its website reads: “By seeking redress in the courts of England, Mr Akhmetov will ensure that there will be a fair legal process.”