July 2, 2001 |
In the grittier corners of east and south London, British hip-hop heads bounce to the same beat that pounds in American clubs. But instead of sending shout-outs to Long Beach or Brooklyn, these days the MCs here send them to Lewisham and Brixton. After 15 years of mimicking the American accents and gangsta bravado of U.S.-born rap, British hip-hoppers are making the art form their own. They're rapping in their own accents, talking about their own streets, telling of life in their own country.
May 27, 2001 |
In the best of times, the Chelsea Flower Show is a rite of spring heralding the end of winter and the birth of a summer of garden parties for the well-heeled and gardening for the, well, everyone else. After this worst of winters, however, the floral extravaganza was more than a marker in the British cycle of life. It was salvation to the sensory-deprived.
December 22, 2000 |
Ho, ho, ho, Henry Higgins, the queen's English ain't wot it used to be. At least, that's what three Australian researchers have discovered after listening to tapes of decades of Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas broadcasts. Her majesty's vowels are gradually slipping under the influence of younger and--dare say--lower-class Britons.
December 1, 2000 |
To Britons already feeling besieged by the Yank spellcheck on their computers, government guidelines to Americanize the spelling of some scientific words in schools are making them see the colour red. After all, sulfur and fetus aren't part of the queen's English they learnt. "As if Microsoft, the Internet, Disney, rap, McDonald's and chads were not enough to contend with, we now find an American fifth column in our own midst," huffed the Independent newspaper in an editorial last week.
November 8, 2000 |
Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, three times the bridesmaid and finally the bride, Tuesday won Britain's coveted Booker Prize on the fourth try with her sweeping 1930s saga, "The Blind Assassin." "It is a very great honor and deeply gratifying," said Atwood, now virtually assured a place on bestseller lists around the world.
September 1, 2000 |
British students are proud of the gap in their education--the gap year, that is. Concerned that the classroom has left them book smart but street unwise, growing numbers of high school graduates here are opting to take a year off from their formal studies to learn to make their way in the world. Or around the world.