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  • Scotland's future hangs in balance [Commentary]

    Scotland's future hangs in balance [Commentary]
    "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry." -- Scottish poet Robert Burns, "To a Mouse" (1786) CAIRNRYAN, Scotland -- For Americans whose knowledge of this beautiful land is limited to kilts, whiskey, bagpipes and the film "Braveheart," the...
  • Here's how it's done-6

    Picky, Wordville's British honorary consul, recommends consideration of the peroration of A.J.P. Taylor's English History 1914-1945. "The rhythm is particularly effective, I think," he says. Let's have a look:   In the second World War the British...
  • Maryland's road to independence [Editorial]

    Maryland's road to independence  [Editorial]
    Within months of the first shots of what was to become America's Revolutionary War, Maryland mustered troops to join the Continental Army and help newly appointed general George Washington drive the British from Boston. But the willingness to support...
  • You say Grenada, I say Granada: Maryland man sues British Airways over flight mix-up

    You say Grenada, I say Granada: Maryland man sues British Airways over flight mix-up
    A Maryland man is suing British Airways over an intended flight to Spain that ended up taking him to the West Indies. In court documents, Edward Gamson said he booked a first-class flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Granada, Spain,...
  • Before you tweet your outrage about grammar ...

    First there was a brouhaha about the Oxford comma, prompted by a post at FiveThirtyEight in which I was quoted. (Click here for my post on the subject and its link to the original article.) Then screams of outrage on Twitter  followed an article by Roy...
  • Pfizer's interest in AstraZeneca worries Maryland

    Pfizer's interest in AstraZeneca worries Maryland
    Research labs closed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer dot the country: Illinois. Michigan. New Jersey. New York. North Carolina. Maryland officials don't want this state to join that list. After Pfizer declared its desire to buy AstraZeneca — which...
  • British specialties and more at Corner Pantry in Lake Falls Village

    British specialties and more at Corner Pantry in Lake Falls Village
    In recent years, British cooking has gotten experimental and interesting, escaping from its role as the punch line of every culinary joke. Still, the chef who embraces traditional British foods outside of the United Kingdom is taking a risk. The Brits...
  • The tea party lives -- in Europe

    The tea party lives -- in Europe
    While tea party candidates underperformed against establishment Republican incumbents in recent U.S. primary elections, in Europe their conservative cousins have just scored some spectacular victories. Commentators are calling elections for seats in the...
  • Senseless waste of human life

    If you had seen the announcement of the Idler Academy's Bad Grammar Awards in Britain, you could have predicted what would turn up: the less/fewer distinction, it's/its, homonym confusions, errant apostrophes. The same trivial items that crop up regularly...
  • Syria: Where is the outrage?

    Syria: Where is the outrage?
    More than 1,400 people dead, 400 of them children, from rocket attacks spreading a chemical agent, most likely sarin, on civilians living outside Damascus. Those gruesome deaths ought to be the focus of U.S. and world attention — people suffering,...
  • British imperialism made a mess in Syria; now they want us to clean up after them

    British imperialism made a mess in Syria; now they want us to clean up after them
    Most people have apparently made up their minds about what we should do about Syria, but I find myself dithering ("The decisive moment," Sept. 9). Doing nothing seems like a terrible idea, and military action seems also seems a terrible idea. It comes...
  • Fort McHenry captures the glory of Defenders' Day

    Fort McHenry captures the glory of Defenders' Day
    Baltimore went a little War-of-1812-crazy last year, when some 1.5 million people crowded into the Inner Harbor to celebrate the bicentennial of the last time Great Britain invaded the U.S. And things should get even crazier next year, when Charm City...