News in Europe: Royal Correspondence

Here’s something we tend to forget: There are still a lot of kings, queens and princes in Europe. Most of their citizens don’t actually give a toss about them, but countries who don’t have a monarchy have about 37 glossy weekly magazines dedicated to other nation’s monarchs. It’s been a busy week for them. Read More News in Europe: Royal Correspondence

My Favorite Internet Name Generators

I don’t know who the first person was who realized that people would love to type their name into a website and generate a new theme name for themselves, but I’d like to shake his or her hand. I freaking love these things! We’ve moved way beyond just figuring out your stripper name based on your first pet and the street you grew up on; now pretty much every fandom has their own version or you can be a unicorn, a sexting politician, or even Benedict Cumberbatch’s alter ego. Read More My Favorite Internet Name Generators

Expat Ramblings: I Make Lists

I love lists. They keep things in order, they’re neat, and they make me more efficient (sense a theme there?). But most of them merely serve to illustrate the state of my mind at any given time. Read More Expat Ramblings: I Make Lists

The Princess Who Became a Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for sixty years. She holds no political power, and isn’t even allowed to publicly reveal what her political preferences are. But Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is one of the most famous and iconic women of our era. She was a beautiful, elegant princess who charmed the world and at only twenty-five, found herself Queen, not only of the United Kingdom, but of Commonwealth realms made up of far-flung nations that were once part of the British Empire.

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The King Is Dead: A Morbid Tale of Murder and Monarchy

In January 1936, King George V died. Everyone thought it was natural causes, and they continued to believe that for fifty years. Here’s what really happened, and how the royal family kept it quiet.

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Historical Continuums, Menus, and How I Suspect Heart and Liver will not be Served Tonight

Why Does Kate Middleton (And Her Famous Hair) Appeal to Americans?

Whether Americans care about Prince William’s impending nuptials is an ever-changing story, at least as reported by the press. One day, we uncouth commoners just can’t get enough of Ms. Kate Middleton aka the future Princess of Wales aka the long-term future Queen Catherine VI. The next day we’re being our cheeky, revolutionary selves, not giving a damn about such an “outdated” and “silly” tradition as, pfft, monarchy. Read More Why Does Kate Middleton (And Her Famous Hair) Appeal to Americans?