#Britain

History | History

8 Amazing Things Discovered During the Expansion of the London Underground

Europe’s largest engineering project uncovered countless historic treasures, ranging from bones to Tudor bowling balls.

History | History

The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

London's housing developments often feature a unique form of fencing: stretchers reused after World War II.

History | History

"Darkest Hour' - Churchill’s powerful ‘fight on the beaches’ speech: The words few people actually heard

As the 'Darkest Hour' debuts in movie theaters, the strange story of how people finally got to listen to Churchill deliver one of history's most stirring speeches.

Politics | Malfeasance

British soldiers should have 'cups of tea' with Islamic State terrorists, says Jeremy Corbyn ally

Christine Shawcroft - who sits on Labour's National Executive Committee - claims soldiers should 'get teabags out' rather than resorting to air strikes

History | History

Here's How British and American Spelling Parted Ways | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The Time a Cat Terrified Parliament | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

News | The News

British man who launched Isil suicide attack was Guantanamo Bay detainee awarded £1m compensation

A British Islamic State fighter who carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq this week is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was paid £1 million compensation by the government.

Music | Vinyl Records!

People Are Using Britain's New Plastic Money to Play Vinyl Records

The new plastic polymer £5 notes are bonkers. They can’t be crumpled, are extremely hard (though not impossible) to burn, and some wonky stuff happens if you shine a laser through the queen’s face. By far the strangest revelation about this Money Of

Travel | Travel

13 Impossibly Beautiful Train Rides You Can Only Take In Britain

See Britain's stunning landscapes by rail! Visit Britain and prepare to be awed.

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

The police and public gasped at the audacity of the Great Hatton Garden heist of 2015, where millions in cash and jewels were taken from an underground vault in London’s diamond district. Mark Seal investigates the unorthodox daring of the perpetrators�

News | The News

Britain's election: rise of Scottish and English nationalists threatens old order | Politics | The Guardian

On 7 May, Britain goes to the polls. Voters are deserting Labour and the Tories in favour of resurgent Scottish nationalists and an English version of the Tea Party. The result could spell the end for the system as we know it

History | History

Was the skeleton found in the Leicester car park really King Richard III? Experts raise doubts | History Extra

The discovery of the king’s remains in Leicester in 2012 made worldwide headlines, but now experts have raised doubts about whether we can truly say the bones are his. Emma McFarnon reports. This article was originally published in May 2014

History | History

New genetic map of the UK shows which invasions created Britain's DNA

Britain has a long history of invasions: over the past two millennia, various armies from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons conquered the bulk of the British Isles. A new genetic analysis of the...

History | History

'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth : NPR

In the 1800s, the Thames River was thick with human sewage and the streets were covered with horse dung, the removal of which, according to Lee Jackson, presented an "impossible challenge."

Politics | BDS

Hundreds of British artists announce cultural boycott of Israel - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

Latest initiative is a reaction to what they termed “the Palestinian catastrophe” in Gaza.

News | Anti-Israel=Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in Britain hits record high

The most common single type of incident in 2014 involved verbal abuse directed at random Jewish people in public, according to the Community Security Trust.

News | Anti-Israel=Anti-Semitism

Britain: 'Internet asbos' could be given to trolls who spread anti-Semitism

'Internet asbos' could be given to people who spread racial hatred on sites like Twitter and Facebook under news measures outlined for the UK.

News | News

UK Chief Rabbi Told: Israel Fuels Anti-Semitism - Arutz Sheva

British media has long been accused of a strong anti-Israel bias, and even generating anti-Semitism. Those claims have surfaced once again when during an interview with UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for International Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday, a TV anchor with Sky News went as far as to suggest that Israel "fuels anti-Semitism."

News | News

British MP panned for saying Netanyahu in Paris made him sick | The Times of Israel

Israeli ambassador calls for 'forceful and immediate action' against parliamentarian David Ward after critical tweet

History | History

That Debt From 1720? Britain’s Payment Is Coming - NYTimes.com

Prompted by record low interest rates, the British government is planning to pay off debts it racked up over hundreds of years.

News | Fun With Islam

Britain's Unrequited Love For Islam

Willing to be endlessly open and hospitable, Britain finds itself at a loss when that hospitality is neither respected nor returned. It is worth asking why British Muslims should have their scripture represented in the coronation of the new monarch, when

History | History

Does Richard III's DNA question the Queen's right to the throne? Relative of monarch may have been conceived out of wedlock

Genetic analysis of a battle-scarred skeleton discovered under a council car park in Leicester three years ago has confirmed that it did indeed belong to the last Plantagenet king (pictured).

History | History

The Final Days of King Charles II - Neatorama

The following article is republished from Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader.Next time you feel yourself coming down with a cold, thank your lucky stars for 21st-century medicine.MONDAYOn the morning of February 2, 1685, King Charles II of England

Politics | Op-Ed

Memo to the BBC: The 'Far Right' Did Not Decapitate David Haines nor Rape 1400 Girls in Rotherham

Here is the news: in Australia, a plot by Islamic State sympathisers to capture random members of the public and chop their heads off has been foiled by security services; in Syria, two Americans and a British hostage have been beheaded by an Islamist nic

News | News

Simon Schama tells UK Jewry to stop living in a bubble | The Times of Israel

United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner raises £3.8 million for Birthright and programs in Israel's poorest areas

News | Anti-Israel=Anti-Semitism

British sports store turns away Jews, later apologizes | The Times of Israel

Security guard at a branch of Sports Direct fired after telling identifiably Jewish students: 'No Jews, no Jews'

News | In The News

Scots Independence Genie Fires Separatist Dreams of EU Statehood - Bloomberg

A short walk from Edinburgh Castle, past tourist stores hawking kilts and tartan scarves, a church hall is about to become a patch of Barcelona for the day.

News | In The News

Cameron to head to Scotland as independence campaign gathers steam - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: By Angus MacSwan and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron implored Scots on Tuesday not to vote for independence in next week's referendum after an opinion poll showed a surge in support for a break

History | History

200 Years Ago Today: The Burning of Washington, D.C.

(Mural by Allyn Cox, U.S. Department of State)Two hundred years ago, the United States was locked in a bitter struggle against the British Empire known as the War of 1812. For the new republic, the stakes were profoundly high. This became especially clear

News | News

Why, as a British Jew, I’m terrified by anti-Semitism in my country

Once a country that Jews felt safe in HILARY FREEMAN is worried for the first time in her 43 years that Britain is not the safe haven she thought it was.

Politics | BDS

Are Britain's students allowed to be Jewish any more? | Sam Gross | The Blogs |

Today, the National Union of Students in Britain voted to adopt a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Perhaps when universities re-start in the autumn, we should return with yellow stars sewn onto our clothes.

News | Fun With Islam

UK Islamist Teachers Said Boston Bombings Were a Hoax

Teachers at the centre of an Islamist plot to take over British schools exchanged messages saying that the Boston Marathon bombings and the murder of soldier Lee Rigby were hoaxes.

Miscellaneous | Stuff

What British People Say, Versus What They Mean

A handy visual guide. By Today I Learned Something New .