On This Day

19th May 1499 – Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was just 13 and Arthur 12. 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest. 1568 – Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary […]

British vs American English

Attributed to John Cleese: NOTICE OF REVOCATION OF INDEPENDENCE Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. (Except Utah, which she does not fancy.) Your new prime minister will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be […]

The Devoted Friend – English story of the month


One morning the old water-rat put his head out of his hole. He had bright beady eyes and stiff grey whiskers and his tail was like a long bit of black india-rubber. The little ducks were swimming about in the pond, looking just like a lot of yellow canaries, and their mother, who was pure white with real red legs, was trying to teach them how to stand on their heads in the water.

“You will never be in the best society unless you can stand on your heads,” she kept saying to them; and every now and then she showed them how it was done, but the little ducks paid no attention to her. They were so young that they did not know what an advantage it is to be in society at all.

A Good Woman – Film of the Month

A Good Woman Based on Oscar Wilde’s waspish morality play, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’; ‘A Good Woman’ is a light and fluffy period romantic comedy in a fresh 1930s setting.  Mrs. Erlynne, who describes herself as poor and infamous, having been driven from New York society by jealous wives, sees a news photo of wealthy Lord […]