July 25, 2010
Scottish characters Rosemary McClure's Travel story on Scotland and Scotch ["A Toast to High Spirits," July 11] brought back fond memories of my association with the late Rob Walker, heir to the Johnnie Walker Scotch fortune. The owner of a Formula 1 racing team whose drivers included Stirling Moss and Jo Siffert, Rob was the quintessential country gentleman who served as Road & Track magazine's Formula 1 correspondent. Seldom seen at the track sans his blue blazer and ascot, Rob also loved American racing.
May 4, 2007 |
Britain's Labor Party was facing one of its toughest election challenges in a decade today, after voters delivered what is widely seen as a last referendum on Prime Minister Tony Blair's government. Early returns from Thursday's vote offered few hints of a decisive outcome in a contest likely to determine the future of the Scottish independence movement and provide a window on Britain's political future after Blair.
May 6, 2010
Kerry Washington, 33, is probably best known for playing the wives of Ray Charles (in "Ray") and Idi Amin (in "The Last King of Scotland"). Other prominent appearances include the two "Fantastic Four" movies, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "Lakeview Terrace" with Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson, "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins, "I Think I Love My Wife" with Chris Rock, "Bad Company" with Hopkins and Rock, and Spike Lee's "She Hate Me." Of 2006's "The Dead Girl," she says, "I watched it again just recently when Brittany [Murphy]
June 15, 1996 |
England and Scotland, the rose and the thistle, are neighbors in the same kingdom. But when it comes to soccer, forget brotherhood. Think instead of flashing swords and screaming blue-painted faces. Scots and English celebrate their first soccer encounter in seven years at London's Wembley Stadium this afternoon as the dramatic--and potentially violent--centerpiece of Euro 96, a 16-nation soccer extravaganza to crown a continental champion.
July 6, 2007 |
Police on Thursday searched a house in Scotland that may have been where the bombs were produced for attempted terrorist attacks in London and at Glasgow Airport, officials and news reports said. Community leaders in Scotland appealed for calm after Glasgow police said there had been dozens of racially motivated incidents since the attack on the airport Saturday in which two men crashed a gasoline-laden Jeep Cherokee into an entrance to the main terminal.
October 22, 2012
'Braveheart" will have his revenge. That's how some fervent Scottish nationalists will portray the announcement last week that the British government has approved a referendum on whether Scotland will end its 300-year-old formal union with England. Meeting in Edinburgh, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Alex Salmond, Scotland's pro-independence first minister, agreed that residents of Scotland -- including 16- and 17-year olds -- would decide the issue in a 2014 plebiscite. For Americans, schooled by the outcome of our Civil War to consider secession unthinkable, the willingness of the British government to see itself potentially dismembered is remarkable.
May 2, 2007 |
It was on the low cliffs looming over the white-capped Firth of Forth here that Alexander III, the last of Scotland's Celtic kings, plunged from his horse to his death one inky night 721 years ago. England backed a successor, and ultimately invaded, touching off the wars of Scottish independence that inspired medieval verses about refusing to submit to "the bonds of slavery entwined" and opulently tragic films such as "Braveheart."
August 6, 2001 |
John Muir, the father of nature conservation in the United States, has become the focus of a battle over heritage preservation in the coastal town that inspired his love of the wilderness. Fortunately, the "wild places and wild creatures" of Muir's native Dunbar aren't under threat, because a good stretch of the rich coastal land he roamed as a child has been safeguarded in the national John Muir Trust.
February 10, 2013 |
LONDON - For David Cameron, the worst-case scenario for Britain's future looks something like this: It's 2018, and he's in his second term as prime minister. Against his advice, his country has just ripped up its membership card in the European Union, alienating its biggest trading partner and closest neighbors. That prompts Washington to seek a new ally to advocate U.S. interests across the Atlantic; suddenly, the Anglo-American "special relationship" is a little less special. Great Britain is also a little less great.
August 10, 1986 |
Nine hundred forty-six years ago come Thursday, Macbeth, thane of Glamis and Cawdor, slew Duncan, king of Scotland, not in his bed, as Shakespeare tells it, but as he fled the field of battle. Shakespeare's Macbeth is a courageous yet irresolute, ambitious yet gullible, violent yet not unremorseful man; his Duncan, a venerable monarch.