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Scotland took long road to independence vote

| Sep 18, 2014

Scotland took long road to independence vote

On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland’s National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it is grand and inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago. The monument is ...

Humble haggis a potent symbol as Scotland decides future

| Aug 5, 2014

Humble haggis a potent symbol as Scotland decides future

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Jo Macsween has haggis in her blood. The business founded by her butcher grandfather is a leading purveyor of Scotland’s national dish: a blend of offal, oats and spices, traditionally served in a sheep’s stomach. ...

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

Jul 26, 2014

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

It’s an iconic scene of Britain at war: Thousands of Londoners huddled in Underground stations as German bombs rained down. But this is not the 1940s Blitz — it’s World War I, more than 20 years earlier. For most people, the Great War evokes ...

New tests may settle debate over disputed Vermeer

Jun 14, 2014

New tests may settle debate over disputed Vermeer

Verily, it’s a Vermeer. Christie’s auction house says science has confirmed that a disputed painting is the work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. The painting could fetch $13 million when it is sold next month. “Saint Praxedis” is believed to be the earliest surviving ...

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

Feb 4, 2014

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons are watching them and wondering how much and for how long ...

Jan 9, 2014

After 100 years, Britain still at war over legacy of World War I

For the people of Britain, for whom the trenches of Flanders are still an ideological battlefield, the centenary of the start of World War I has sparked an argument about patriotism, historical responsibility and the place of humor in teaching history. Only in Britain, ...