A posh accent signifies more than class to the American ear. It also resonates the excellence of intellect, manifest in prose and poetry; it conjures a vision of Oxbridge in the days when gentlemen scholars wore cap and gown while pondering the mysteries, and Virginia Woolf was consigned to the gravel path.

Russell Brand’s advice to not vote appears to have paid off for the Conservative Party.

Centuries from now, the Shroud of Messi will be put on display by the Vatican.

Re Biker gangland in Waco: like other post-colonial societies, the US has a problem with civil violence.

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