Hong Kong’s last British governor accuses Beijing of ‘vengefully’ targeting city freedoms

By Raziye Akkoc On June 30, 1997, Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten left Government House for the final time, struggling to contain his emotions as the “Last Post” played and the Union flag was lowered. The 25th anniversary is approaching of that rainy day and the midnight handover to China on July … Read more

Gov’t-funded research into 2019 protests kept from public, as new textbooks deny Hong Kong was British colony – reports

Hong Kong’s Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office spent HK $ 31 million funding 79 studies into the 2019 protests but decided not to disclose their findings for fear of legal risks, the Hong Kong Economic Journal (HKEJ) has reported. Meanwhile, the government approved textbooks for the revamped liberal studies saying there were “violent terrorist acts” … Read more

No One Ate This Ration Pack On D-Day. It Survives Today As A Testament To British Cuisine.

A D-Day “Assault Ration Pack” believed to be the only one currently in existence was recently discovered in Dorset, England – complete with biscuits as well as oatmeal, raisin chocolate and all ingredients needed to brew tea. What more could a hungry British soldier in World War II ask for? First discovered in 2006, the … Read more

British Soldier Who Marched at Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 Coronation Reflects on the Platinum Jubilee

Amid the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year-reign as British monarch, retired Capt. Andrew Clark of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment recalled the day it all began – and the role he played himself. When the queen was crowned on June 2, 1953, he marched in the procession. Clark, born in Coventry in 1934, … Read more

This British Military Cap Was So Ugly It Drove One Man to Suicide

Throughout the course of military history, soldiers have accustomed themselves, at times with grim humor, to wearing impractical and sometimes unattractive kit and articles of clothing. But is it possible for a uniform item to be so ugly that it is totally unbearable? That is what happened in the case of the Brodrick cap, a … Read more

Atmospheric photos show a lost world of British industry

If you were the sort of person to read trade magazines about heavy industry in the 1950s-80s, the chances are that the photos inside were taken by one man, Maurice Broomfield. Broomfield broke the mould on how photographs of modern industry should be composed, away from bland photos of empty factories and close-ups of machines, … Read more

The Great British Beer Festival returns in August

The Great British Beer Festival will be returning to Olympia London from 2-6 August 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The Great British Beer Festival, now in its 45th year, will once again feature beerd from across the British Isles. Craft brewers will join stalwarts of the brewing industry in a collaborative … Read more

Review: The Objects Speak For Themselves At British Museum’s Feminine Power

This work by Judy Chicago depicts a female God. Tr The Trustees of the British Museum The British Museum is rampant with statues, but this is the first time I’ve seen one slithering down the wall towards me like something out of a horror movie. The sculpture, by contemporary artist Kiki Smith, is of Lilith, … Read more