The royal brothers are the first of Philip’s grandchildren to publicly honor his memory. The Duke of Edinburgh’s service to Queen, country, and his family has been praised by his grandsons who spoke warmly of Philip’s humor and kindness to others. The Duke of Cambridge described the duke as an “extraordinary man” while the Duke of Sussex said he was “a rock for Her Majesty … [Read more...] about Duke of Edinburgh: William and Harry pay tribute to Philip’s service, warmth and wit
The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen's beloved husband and father of her four children, has died at the age of 99. From the official statement from Buckingham Palace: It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at … [Read more...] about The Duke of Edinburgh Has Died at the age of 99 – 1921-2021
I’ve now lost count of how many months and years it has been since I was able to walk through my favorite garden at Stourhead in Wiltshire. Spring is the best time to visit Stourhead; it’s when you can see the place in full glory as an English Arcadian ideal of the perfect garden landscape. Everything is in bloom. The place is buzzing with visitors. The house is usually opening … [Read more...] about Let’s Go For a Spring Walk Around Stourhead House and Gardens
The end is in sight. The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out and with the US government promising that there will be enough doses for every American by this May, it’s finally time that we can all start to think about travel to Britain again. To be clear, you cannot travel there right now, and should not. Britain is still technically in a lock-down situation right now. Tourism is … [Read more...] about Getting Britain Ready for Post-Covid Travel to the United Kingdom
Over a decade ago, we published a guidebook called 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips, and it was a good seller for us. But at that time, we knew a lot less about publishing book and in the years after, the book became woefully out of date. So, we withdrew it from sale last year with the intention of rewriting it. Life got in the way, but I finally rewrote the thing over the last … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: Introducing the Shiny New 2nd Edition of 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips!
It’s now one week since we launched the Save Anglotopia Appeal to pre-sell our next three books in order to raise the funds needed for a legal settlement. Anglotopia fans answered in droves, and I’m happy to report that as of today, we have raised enough to cover the settlement and the lawyer costs in dealing with the case. Anglotopia is now safe and not going anywhere. We will … [Read more...] about Save Anglotopia Appeal Update – Now Accepting PayPal – THANK YOU ALL! Plus Update on the Books!
Wow! We don’t know what to say! Earlier this week, we issued a call out for help and Anglotopia readers answered it. Thank you is not a big enough word to convey our gratitude! Anglotopia truly does have the most supportive and dedicated fans, and we are so grateful for each and every one of you. As of today we 96% of the way to reaching our goal to pay our legal settlement … [Read more...] about Save Anglotopia Appeal Update!
Anglotopia needs your help with an important legal matter. I’ll be as transparent as I can here in sharing this important business update, Anglotopia barely survived the pandemic year. It’s been a challenging year for everyone but especially for businesses in the travel vertical like us. We tightened our belts, cut costs where we could, and kept things going on a shoestring, … [Read more...] about IMPORTANT SITE NEWS: Please Help Save Anglotopia from Closure – Anglotopia Needs You!
Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from my book Adventures in Anglotopia, recently released in paperback. Details on where to buy at the bottom. This is one of my favorite chapters! The small town in Indiana where I live, LaPorte, was founded in 1832. Where I come from, that qualifies as old. My favorite town in England, Shaftesbury, doesn’t have a firm founding date. It’s … [Read more...] about Adventures in Anglotopia: Book Excerpt – The Age of Things (in Britain)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we released my first ‘proper’ book Adventures in Anglotopia. It has been a success by the metrics I set (once COVID-19 is ‘over’ we’ll be able to return to Britain for a visit). Tons of people have written to tell me how much they enjoyed the book and that it meant a lot of them to have someone to identify with. And now … [Read more...] about The Paperback Edition of Adventures in Anglotopia is Now Available Everywhere!
Editor's Note: This took place in 2018. It was my last full day in England. I’d just returned from exploring and I was a bit tired. I was at the end of a trip of a lifetime, I’d just spend the last week covering a Royal Wedding. Everything had been a success. Now it was time to wrap things up and return home. My flat in Windsor had been a perfect little place (read my review … [Read more...] about Anglophile Vignettes: Plane Spotting in Windsor
Editor's Note: This was in 2017. I have been to Stourhead House and Gardens more times than I can count. But until recently, I never visited King Alfred’s Tower. So, one time during a wind storm, I decided to pay a visit. I don’t remember the name of the storm, only that it was one of the worst windstorms in recent memory in Britain. Many attractions - liked Stourhead - were … [Read more...] about Anglophile Vignettes: King Alfred’s Tower
The first time I saw a snowdrop, I thought it was a miracle. A flower, blooming in deepest, darkest winter. What a remarkable thing. I’d never seen such a thing before. Hailing from mid-western America, we don’t have any vegetation in the winter. Everything dies or goes into hibernation. Everything is brown and dull and seemingly dead. As we’ve written about before, England … [Read more...] about Anglophile Vignettes: Snowdrops – A Harbinger of Spring in Winter
Editor's Note: This post is starting a new ongoing series of Anglophile Vignettes. Not sure how many I'll write, but if I do end up writing enough, I may compile them into a sequel to the Anglophile Vignettes book we released last year. If you liked this, please leave a comment! I know what a campfire smells like. I know what a fire in a fireplace smells like. It’s easy to … [Read more...] about New Anglophile Vignettes: English Oak in the Air in Shaftesbury Dorset
This popped into our inbox and I just had to share it. Britain got a bit of snow this past weekend, which has been relatively rare in recent years (at least in southern England - Scotland gets snow a lot more often!). The PR team as Blenheim Palace sent us these pictures and said we could share them with Anglotopia readers. They show off the house and the surrounding estate … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland: Rare Photos of Blenheim Palace Covered in Fresh Snow
At one point the world’s largest sugar refiners, Tate & Lyle was formed in 1921 by the merger of two family businesses. One was founded by Henry Tate, who began as a grocer in 1839, and the other by Abram Lyle, who created Golden Syrup, an iconic British product still sold today in British grocery stores, in a tin with the original 1885 design. These businesses both ended … [Read more...] about Great British Icons: Tate & Lyle Sugar
The following is an excerpt from my recent book Adventures in Anglotopia. It's my favorite chapter of the book and gives you a good idea of what to expect in the book. It's available from booksellers everywhere - go to this page to get the links to all the bookstores to buy a copy. Your journey to the Stately Home starts with a long driveway that takes you far away from the … [Read more...] about An Anglophile Meditation: An Essay On The English Stately Home – Book Excerpt
When Americans first try to read up on British Christmas traditions, they’re often confused by Boxing Day, which always falls the day after Christmas. It’s not a religious holiday and there’s nothing to actually celebrate. So, what exactly is it and what is it for? Well, fear not, we will try to lift the shroud of mystery and show you what it’s all about. It’s Basically An … [Read more...] about Boxing Day 101: What is it and how do you celebrate?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL9JR0A4yCU As is tradition, we're posting the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast, just released on YouTube (it normally airs at 3 pm UK time on Christmas Day). In her 2020 broadcast, The Queen reflects on acts of kindness and heroism during this extraordinary year that has challenged all of us. Happy Christmas from Anglotopia! Stay safe, stay … [Read more...] about Happy Christmas: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2020
A special treat from the Royal Family today as Prince Charles, Camilla and a host of British stars read the classic story 'Twas the Night before Christmas.' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKYqu2q5aig 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Charles and Camilla in Star-Studded Christmas Reading' The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were joined by some of the UK’s most famous … [Read more...] about Prince Charles and Other British Stars Read Twas the Night Before Christmas
Frank Hornby had no training as an engineer, but he had a natural talent for working with his hands, and an enthusiasm for trains and models. He created a system for his son of sheet-metal parts that could be bolted together to make different models of cranes and trucks. Giving up his job as a bookkeeper, he started a factory to sell these kits, and he built an industrial … [Read more...] about Great British Icons: Meccano – A British Christmas Gift Staple For Generations
Just a short update to let everyone know that today is the official publication day of Anglophile Vignettes. It’s now available to buy from booksellers everywhere. We’ll put all the links below. For those just hearing about the book now - what’s it about? Covid-19 has paused the travel plans of Anglophiles all over the world. We find ourselves cut off from the place we love … [Read more...] about The Anglophile Vignettes: Fifty Little Stories About Britain Hardcover Book Is Officially Published Today!
THE COUPON HAS EXPIRED Just a quick post to let Anglotopia readers know that our Black Friday sale has started! You can save 20% off Everything in the Anglotopia Store Using Coupon Code blackfriday2020 at checkout. Save on British books, Cornish tea, Spitfire and London Street metal signs, British face masks, and more! Everything is on sale! Coupon expires Cyber Monday! Stock … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: The Anglotopia Store Black Friday Sale is ON – Save 20% Off Of Everything!
Beginning in 1792 as a single shop in London selling newspapers, the firm begun by William Henry Smith has grown today into a corporation embracing a host of businesses in travel, DIY, music, cafés, and on-line retail, both in Britain and overseas. With 615 shops, and 713 travel agencies operating under the W.H. Smith name, the firm has revenues of over a billion pounds and … [Read more...] about Great British Icons: WHSmith – The Revolutionary British Bookstore Chain
The British government, sensing much doom & gloom right now have attempted lighten the mood by announcing initial details of the Queen’s pending Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 Now, when we covered the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the concept of a Platinum Jubilee seemed so far away. Even HM The Queen herself joked that she hoped she wasn’t still around for the 'next … [Read more...] about Something For Us To Look Forward To: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Is Officially On the Calendar for 2022