December 23, 2013

How Babycham Changed British Drinking Habits

Ben Milne, BBC News

It's 60 years since the national launch of Babycham. The sparkling perry was one of the first alcoholic drinks marketed directly to women, and heralded a change in British drinking culture.

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December 21, 2013
Why We Loved Lawrence of Arabia
Jack Schwartz, The Daily Beast
As the British Empire receded after World War II, Lawrence’s stature has only grown. He can be adopted by those who long for England’s faded glory as an avatar of the colonial past, and by those who condemn it as a... more ››
December 19, 2013
Cameron Will Ram Through EU Referendum
Daniel Hannan, Telegraph
Ed Miliband had hoped that the EU issue would go away. He doesn’t trust us with a referendum, but he knows it’s unpopular to say so. Hence the degrading sight of Labour MPs seeking to talk out the In/Out... more ››
December 21, 2013
How UK Spies on Germany, Israel & EU
Poitras, Rosenbach & Stark, Spiegel
Documents from the archive of whistleblower and former NSA worker Edward Snowden show that Britain's GCHQ signals intelligence agency has targeted European, German and Israeli politicians for surveillance. more ››
Democracy's real responses to state surveillance begin on the streets where we live, where we wake up, calculate the risks, and insist on having our say. more ››
December 23, 2013
Is A United Northern Ireland a Pipe Dream?
Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
The inability to agree on flags and parades – fear-mongering emblems of a militarist past – highlights the impossibility of the US negotiator's task more ››