How and why Britain’s greatest inventions of royal ritual and pageantry came about

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2022


Historian David Cannadine begins his chapter in ‘The Invention of Tradition’, the 1983 …

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America’s record on Haiti and Biden’s right to be at the Queen’s funeral – II

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2022


US president Joe Biden is key to our discussion of the rightness or wrongness of …

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America’s record on Haiti: Should Biden be on that good-to-go list for Queen’s funeral?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2022


Shouldn’t Joe Biden be on the lengthening list of leaders that human rights champions want …

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In Britain, emotion runs high and pound falls to 37-year low

by Rashmee

Posted on September 16, 2022


Much of the British media is at the races, metaphorically speaking, as it excitedly, if …

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‘Off with their heads’: The queenly Liz Truss

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2022


In the days after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, the woman with aspirations to a steely …

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‘Royal Family’, the 1969 documentary you aren’t meant to see, has some real gems

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2022


Royalist or not, you might want to watch ‘Royal Family’, a 53-year-old documentary …

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‘There is no escape from history’ for Britain, its new king and the rest of us

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2022


Despite the BBC’s obsequious abandonment of sense and sensibility as it bows low, curtseys deeply …

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What stiff upper lip? Queen’s death had London black cab drivers weeping

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2022


Television-watchers in distant parts of the world were probably not particularly surprised to see women …

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Queen Elizabeth had a Merchant Ivory-standard, Raj-era Britishness

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2022


The morning after the Queen’s death, I woke to find a WhatsApp message from a …

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Pritchett and ‘brassy’ London summers from Victoria to Elizabeth II

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2022


Speaking of the “brassiness” of a London summer, to use the words of …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK