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Last week, I talked about how Americans mess up British protocol, as exemplifed by Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. Sim shared the trailer for a new bio-pic about Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince, out now in theaters in the UK and coming to the US on October 5. Sim also wants to know if anyone watched the new mini-series adaptation of Howards End on Starz. The trailer looks good. Brona’s book club read Ian McEwan’s Child in Time and watched, together, the recent adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald.
I had two cool British stories fall in my lap in two days, so I thought I’d see what happened if I tried to find the most intriguing story that I could every day for the week.
Friday: Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Paul McCarthy around Liverpool. I assume everyone saw this but, just in case, don’t miss it. I laughed and cried.
Saturday: From my librarian friend, Yesha, in Brooklyn because she knows that I love all things British and library — found poems on library receipts from Stratford-Upon-Avon and other Warwickshire libraries.
Sunday: Brits marched and argued on the second anniversary of the Brexit vote.
Monday: The winner of the first French Grand Prix in a decade was British Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton. My favorite story on Sunday’s race, though, was about the Saudi Arabian woman, Aseel Al-Hamad, who drove a race car in a parade lap to celebrate women’s right to drive in her country.
Tuesday: a discussion of the letter H, in a way that only the Brits would think about it, but led to an interesting conclusion about an improvement to how we pronounce the name of the letter that would speed learning in all children who speak English.
Wednesday: There’s a massive fire on a moor near Manchester. A moor fire is not entirely unprecedented, but from the quotes in the article, this one is much larger than any in living memory. Compared to the forest fires that we get in the western US, a 4-mile moor fire, sounds a little less impressive, but probably not if you live near it.
Thursday: Queen Elizabeth chose not to attend a scheduled event due to feeling “under the weather.” The Telegraph article gave a full run-down of cancelled or altered events in recent years, remarkably few considering that she is 92 years old.
What British stories touched you this week?