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Timely Tuesdays: Austen’s Addisons and Irrepressible Boris in the News

December 1, 2009

A weekly AngloFiles round-up of U.K. news – sober, stylish, sentimental, sporty, or outright silly.

  • Self-governance looked better in 2003.

    “Nae” to Scottish Independence Only a fifth of Scots (“Scots,” not Scotch) favor an independent Scotland, a new poll shows; 46% prefer that Scotland remain in the United Kingdom but handle more of its own affairs.

  • Jane Austen Dead (Since 1817) — Cause Disputed Did Jane Austen die of tuberculosis, rather than the hormonal condition, Addison’s disease? Was the TB contracted, swine flu-like, from local livestock (cattle)? Would she have absolutely abhorred this speculation? This was a woman so shy that she kept a creaky floorboard near the front door so no surprise visitor should ever catch her at her writing table.
  • No Snapper Left Behind? British state-run schools wrestle with the same reality as U.S. public schools: Schools teaching kids from richer, better educated families show better scores. And the Pope is Catholic, and the Queen’s name is Elizabeth. Do we really need studies for this?
  • We three queens?

    No Aloha Shirt, No Foul: Praise for Royal Tropic Wear Speaking of Elizabeth, batiks and textured fabrics earned her some fashion kudos during a visit to Trinidad and Tobago. (Note the gloves: Will definitely keep that in mind the next time I’m pressing the flesh in 90-degree weather.)

  • BoJo Called Out on Hotel Contract Or, as the London mayor would have it: Labour legislators make political hay by demanding more bureaucracy. I find Johnson funnier on TV:

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