| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:00 PM
You might recall the Elvis Costello lyric in "Tramp the Dirt Down," referencing Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died Monday: "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down."
Then there is the Morrissey lyric: "The kind people...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:37 PM
With the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Fla., on Monday, that once-every-four-years feast of political stagecraft is upon us. These conventions (the Democratic Party meets in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 3-6) have their nominative...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 1:46 PM
One morning on a trip to Las Vegas, I was swimming in the pool. I looked up from the water and was startled to see that almost every woman in every lounger was reading exactly the same book: "Fifty Shades of Grey," the 2011 erotic novel by the British...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:18 PM
CLAVERING, England — In this rural Essex village stands The Cricketers, the once-quiet pub that launched the career of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who first cooked in his parents' kitchen. Trevor and Sally Oliver's place has grown with...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 2:16 PM
Not only do they have to put up with unknowing and uncaring Muggles at every turn, but hard-core Harry Potter fans are now, alas, out of new books to anticipate. So in the absence of a costly trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:06 PM
If you use U.S. dollars to pay the U.S. subsidiary of an overseas company for a product stored in the U.S., is that a foreign transaction?
That question arose after Jay Berman, 74, of Manhattan Beach was slapped with a 3% foreign transaction fee by Bank...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:30 AM
All men are created equal. All chattel are insured.
I saw the movie "Belle" the other day and a piece of it got stuck in my head. The costume drama, set in England in the 1780s, hinged on a real historical event: the monstrous voyage of the slave ship...
| Jun 15, 2014
When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, he suggested: "At last!" Which is how many Europeans feel about the rapidly growing disgust with the...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
RIMINI, Italy — You think we have it bad, caught between a stagnant economy and gridlocked politics? Then take a trip to Europe, where the economy is going not sideways but backward — and the politics are too.
Europe's numbers should be...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Last weekend when British Prime Minister David Cameron was insisting, once again, this time to FranÃ§ois Hollande, that the European Union will have to consent to remake itself before 2017 if it expects to keep Britain from quitting the Union,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The supposed decline of the United States. The impending crisis of the European Union this year when it becomes 30 states, while Britain contemplates leaving and making it 29. It confronts promised referenda on continuing EU membership and Scottish...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television -- and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile...