Matthew Barzun is a kind of ambassador of rock as well, bringing indie bands, his turntable and his rapidly swelling record collection to parties he hosts. The events mix diplomatic affairs and the best of Belle and Sebastian, the National or Dire Straits.
The Soviet Union sacrificed a lot during World War II. Millions of Russians died, more than from any other country. And for them, the D-Day invasions were an answer to their appeals to the West to relieve pressure on the Soviet forces who were battling the Nazis.
Cartoonist Steve Bell has been skewering British politicians since his career took off in the late 1970s. Because his obsession is politics, a good number of American presidents have come in for in his particular brand of satire. Steve Bell's leftist politics inform how he characterizes US presidents. George W. Bush was easy. Barack Obama: not so much.
China's love with copies is well-known. There are the fake Apple stores, the fake landmarks and, it turns out, fake whole towns. In China, though, imitation is really more a sign of appreciation, than a lack of creativity.
Christopher Hitchens, a man who wasn't afraid to take on anyone, died on Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was famous for his biting criticism of, well, everyone, from Henry Kissinger, "a war criminal," to Mother Theresa, "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud,"
On Christmas Eve, 1941, President Roosevelt gives a public address at the White House, in which he introduces his British counterpart to the nation. Churchill tells Americans that despite all the anxiety, we should all pause to enjoy Christmas.
Winston Churchill coined the phrase 'The Special Relationship' to describe the relations between the U.S. and the U.K. A British parliamentary committee is now trying to move away from the phrase, stating that the U.K. needs to stand up to Washington.