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’d like to welcome new readers to The American, along with our regulars. We have a few new writers this month too (along with our regulars!): Jim Mower is an American student studying and helping underprivileged kids in troubled Belfast, David Hawkins is a British educationalist who is also a specialist in the US system and John Casson writes about a little-known tragedy suffered by American troops in the run up to D-Day. We also have a couple of temporary farewells this month. Virginia E Schultz, our inestimable and indefatigable food and wine writer is spending more time back in the States. She’ll still be contributing to the magazine, but mainly from the sunnier climes of Georgia. And Sir Robert Worcester, the boy from Kansas turned Knight, complete with English castle; over the last year-and-some Bob has made the Presidential election race understandable and exciting with his brilliant analysis of the polls. He’ll be back with more political coverage when the next race starts (any time now!). Huge thanks, and au revoir rather than goodbye, to both of them. Enjoy your magazine,

Michael Burland, Publisher

Among this month’s contributors

David Hawkins is Head of Careers at Taunton School and a member of OACAC. In this issue he advises students at ‘British’ schools to keep an eye on Stateside university options.

Sir Robert Worcester is one of the most knowledgeable and influential psephologists in the world. The KC native is founder of the MORI polling and research organisation.

Jarlath O’Connell is an Olivier Award judge and our theater reviewer. His pithy and witty reviews each month tell you what’s hot – and, just as importantly, what’s not.

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In This Issue... Regular Sections 4 News 14 Education 21 Wining & Dining 25 Coffee Break 26 Music 30 Arts Choice

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Theater Reviews DriveTime Sports Diary Dates American Organizations The A-List

18 London Wetlands PHOTO: BERKELEY HOMES

8 Exercise Tiger American Armed Forces’ World War Two tragedy on Devon’s South Coast, and the raising of a lost tank

10 Laura Keene: The Woman Who Cradled Lincoln The story of the British actress and theater producer who kneeled beside Abraham Lincoln on that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre

12 Leigh Zimmerman Anglo-American actress Leigh Zimmerman, now in A Chorus Line in the West End, on Mel Brooks, United 93 and having dual nationality

“ ‘I am mad doing this,’ I said to myself. I prefer fur to feathers anyway – or so I thought” 14 Hogwarts and All Enjoy British education, says David Hawkins, Head of Careers at Taunton School, but keep the US university option open

20 Living in Belfast Lafayette College graduate Jim Mower, now studying at the University of Ulster, tells of life in riot-struck Northern Ireland

Mary Bailey visits a haven for wildlife and wildfowl in the midst of London

40 Book Reviews Reader Discount Offer: 50% off a new book on the Ambassadors of Grosvenor Square

41 US Election 2012: The Real Final Numbers Sir Robert Worcester takes a last look at which pollsters had it right - and who didn’t

46 There Is No Number One! Natimi Black-Heaven picks some teams to watch in the quest for the Final Four

48 The Next Big Thing? Sloane Stephens beat Serena Williams in Australia ...and the world took note

49 Eagle Eyed Darren Kilfara ponders Golf’s shrinking Upper Class

50 Sideline Meet and greet: new NFL coaches, new GMs, and the results of National Signing Day

14 Education: Hogwarts and All

52 Formula 1 Season Preview Can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel?

53 Diary Dates 33 Theater Reviews

Gangsters and Gunslingers, The Good, The Bad and The Memorabilia


46 March Madness


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30 Arts Choice

– Leigh Zimmerman


“We love Regent’s Park, we only go there for a minute and we feel at home again”

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Rare US Coin sells for over $350,000 at UK auction A rare US coin has drawn international attention at a UK auction. Carrying a perhaps conservative estimate of £25,000£30,000, the 1796 United States Half Cent quickly reached a hammer value of £185,000 (approximately $290,000, over $350,000 with auctioneer’s premium) at Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The rarity of the coin arises from the die used to create them splitting after only 1,400 had been produced. Due to a trend amongst later British numismatists to collect copper coinage, many of the best examples have turned up in British collections (so keep an eye out, folks!) The recently auctioned coin was part of the schoolboy collection of Mark Hillary, an oustanding classical scholar who died aged only 20 in a climbing accident in Greece almost half a century ago. The main part of his collection was auctioned by Woolley and Wallis a few years ago and it was only when his home made cardboard ‘cabinet’ of matchboxes was being cleared out that the 1796 Half Cent was discovered.


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Help for Heroes’ Josh Campbell laughs with Dr Jill Biden PHOTO: US EMBASSY PHOTOGRAPHER JP EVANS

VP Biden: Victory? Nothing to it!


ice President Joe Biden ended a working trip to Europe in London February 5, after visiting Germany and France. The Vice President discussed foreign policy issues and the prospect of a free trade agreement between Europe and the US with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Mr Clegg, a supporter of the concept, said it still remained an elusive project, but that he believed it will create a significant boost to prosperity and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr Biden said the relationship between the US and UK was the “most open relationship we have with any nation in the world”. The Vice President then met with Prime Minister David Cameron and attended a meeting of the UK National Security Council, a new development in Britain. Mr Cameron joked, “So you signed up for another four years?” referring to the Obama campaign’s election victory. “It was easy, nothing

to it,” Biden replied. He added he was “delighted” to take part in the British meeting since he spends “half my life” at US security meetings. Dr Jill Biden met injured British servicepeople at a Wounded Warriors Reception held at the Ambassador’s residence. She told them she had also “visited with Wounded Warriors and medical staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center ... and spent the day with soldiers and their families at a US Army base in Germany. With each visit, I am reminded that our service members and their families have done so much for us ... and we can all do something in return ... The bonds that British and American troops share are unbreakable. You have served alongside one another every step of the way. Over 250,000 British troops have served alongside Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. You are brothers and sisters in combat, but also in healing.”

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Battle over Richard III


The University of Leicester has unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains now confirmed as belonging to Richard III after DNA comparison with a distant living relative. Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, but the whereabouts of his body has remained a mystery until recently, when he turned up in a car park in Leicester (or more precisely, under it). A battle now rages between residents of Leicester and York as to his new resting place. Leicester, of course, isn’t keen to give him up, while descendants of the House of York (of which Richard was the last king) are supporting a petition to bring him to York Minster (cathedral) – even though the Minster itself ”commends Richard to Leicester’s care”.

British Government update Citizenship Test


f you want to take up British citizenship, but don’t know Field Marshall ‘Monty’ Montgomery from Monty Python, you may need to do some homework. The British Government has released a new ‘Life in the UK’ handbook and citizenship test, which you’ll need to pass if you desire a British passport, with an even greater emphasis on history and culture, including music, humor and sports, and less on daily living, such as the use of credit cards or public transport. So, be ready for questions on The Beatles, Mr Bean, and who won the World Cup in 1966. Well, maybe there’s a little more to it than that; here are ten sample questions offered by the Home Office: 1. Which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire? A. Stonehenge B. Hadrian’s Wall C. Offa’s Dyke D. Fountains Abbey

On March 2, The Richard III Society Conference will look at aspects of the 500 year old debate over his reputation and look at them afresh in the light of new evidence from the dig. Leicester University: Greyfriars Dig – A New Richard III

2. What is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square, London? A. Cook B. Drake C. Nelson D. Raleigh 3. In 1801, a new version of the official flag of the United Kingdom was created. What is it often called? A. British standard B. Royal banner C. St George cross D. Union jack PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

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Recognize this landmark? Maybe you’re British!

4. Who is the patron saint of Scotland? A. St Andrew B. St David C. St George D. St Patrick 5. What flower is traditionally worn by people on Remembrance Day? A. Poppy B. Lily C. Daffodil D. Iris

6. Which of these sporting events was hosted in London in 2012? A. Commonwealth Games B. Cricket World Cup C. European Football Championship D. Paralympic Games 7. At her jubilee in 2012, how many years as queen did Queen Elizabeth II celebrate? A. 25 B. 40 C. 50 D. 60 8. The second largest party in the House of Commons is usually known by what name? A. Senate B. Opposition C. Lords D. The other side 9. From what age can you be asked to serve on a jury? A. 16 B. 18 C. 21 D. 25 10. What is the title given to the person who chairs the debates in the House of Commons? A. Chairman B. Speaker C. Leader of the House D. Prime Minister Answers upon qualification!

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PBS Tracing Your Roots

Aa new sign has replaced the broken clocks on the Beck Row village sign outside RAF Mildenhall. Funded by the British-American Committee, it symbolizes the partnership between the base and the local community. The local Parish Council, British-American Committee, and RAF Mildenhall personnel worked together on the design. Pictured above at the unveiling ceremony are (left to right): Ken Thompson, Parish Council Chairman; Kay Sallis, chairman of Beck Row, Holywell Row & Kenny Hill Parish Council; Col. Christopher Kulas, 100th Air Refueling Wing Commander and Gary Rogers, 100th ARW Public Affairs Graphic Artist.

Mary Rose Fundraising: Jump Aboard! he charity behind the conservation of Henry VIII’s beloved warship the Mary Rose has launched the final phase in their public fundraising appeal to reunite the 16th century hull with the ship’s 19,000 other artefacts. The final £35,000 of a £35 million appeal is being sought by the Mary Rose Trust. Much of the money so far has been raised through donations by the Heritage Lottery Fund, corporate and private sponsors, and other charitable trusts. Now the public has been invited to join the final push, inviting donations from as little as £1 to be part of history, via a dedicated website: The new Mary Rose Museum planned for the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will open in late spring this year, 30 years since the hull

was raised from the Solent seabed, where she had lain since leading an attack on a French invasion fleet in July 1545. The Mary Rose was constructed from 600 large oaks, and was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside.

DAUK Celebrate Inauguration

Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) held their own Inauguration Ball at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London, January 21. Co-chairs Anne Lieberman and Karen Gold MacLean introduced MOBO nominated singer Lloyd Wade, who sang the national anthem, and Rob Carolina, Chair of DAUK spoke of the efforts of Democrats living abroad to get Barack Obama re-elected. Attendees were also treated to a vocal performance by the band Cornucopia. For more information about DAUK, please visit:



Those interested in investigating their family history following our article Exploring Your British and Irish Family History (Issue 715) may be interested in PBS America’s new 10-part series Finding Your Roots, showing Sundays from February 24. The series uses both traditional genealogy and DNA research to explore issues of race, culture and identity with 25 guests including Samuel L Jackson, Harry Connick Jr, Cory Booker, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Martha Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, and John Legend.

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NEWS EXTRA D-Day ‘First Lander’ Dies Staff Sergeant James H Wallwork, DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) has died in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada aged 93. Jim Wallwork was reputedly the first Allied serviceman to touch French soil on D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that saw the beginning of the end of World War II. He was the pilot of a Horsa glider delivering troops in an attack on the lifting bridge over Second World War Tragedy off the the Caen canal. Upon landing, South Coast theDevon force of the impact threw Wallwork and his co-pilot, John by John Casson Ainsworth, through the windscreen, making them the first Allied troops to land in France on D-Day. Although suffering serious head wounds Wallwork carried on, delivering ammunition boxes to the troops fighting at the bridge, which was later named Pegasus Bridge in honor of the 6th Airborne Division. Wallwork also took part in landings at Sicily, Arnhem and the Rhine. After the War, Wallwark moved to Canada, He is survived by his wife, Genevieve, two daughters, three grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. H James H Wallwork, DFM in a relaxed moment PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE PETERS

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WW2 Tragedy

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t is 1943 and the Allies are planning for D-Day. American forces need to practise for this big event in surroundings that are as realistic as possible. Looking at the coast around the United Kingdom the beach at Slapton Sands on the South Devon coast has characteristics very similar to Utah beach in Normandy where US forces are going to land. To facilitate this, and at very short notice, 30,000 acres of prime agricultural land, villages and hamlets – with 3,000 local residents – are evacuated, to create an exclusion zone. Under live fire conditions the practise landings commence. In the early hours of the 28th April 1944, only weeks away from

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D-Day, eight LST’s (landing ship tanks) full of American servicemen and their equipment are in Lyme Bay, approaching Slapton Sands. The code name for this: Exercise Tiger. By pure coincidence and bad luck, a patrol of nine German E-boats is in the area. They attack the poorly defended convoy. As a result, two LSTs are sunk, one badly damaged and 749 young American servicemen are killed. This number, added to other tragedies occuring at other practise landings around the same time, will bring the total number of young Americans killed to around 1,000. The majority will be buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery (England).

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Secrecy and discovery

Among those who were killed during Exercise Tiger were American intelligence officers. Had their bodies – and the plans they were carrying – been recovered by the Germans (who would have inevitably worked out that Normandy was the objective), D-Day may have had to be cancelled, and the outcome could have been very different. A blanket of secrecy was imposed on everyone involved in Exercise Tiger; the Germans were not to know what happened. After the Second World War, those involved with Exercise Tiger believed that the tragedy was still a secret, when in fact they could have talked about it. In the mid-1970s Ken Small became aware, from local people around Slapton Sands, that there had been a tragedy there during the time of the mass evacuation. His metal detection on the beach uncovered US Navy ID tags, tunic buttons and shrapnel, confirming the stories. Also, fishermen told him that they were snagging their nets on a

Top left: A Duplex Drive Sherman tank. Above: A model of the tank with its skirt raised (photo by Precision Panzers). Below: Veterans and family members visit the tank at Slapton Sands

32 ton Sherman tank way out on the seabed. This tank, known as a Duplex Drive tank, could be launched at sea, as it had a waterproof skirt around it. Not always reliable, this one sank, with no loss of life, during one of the other practise landings. After a long campaign, Ken convinced the US Department of Defense to sell the tank to him. It was raised from the seabed in 1984 and now stands as a war memorial in the car park at the end of Slapton Sands. Sadly, Ken died in 2004 just weeks before the 60th anniversary of Exercise Tiger,

in which he was so looking forward to taking part. There are still a few veterans of Exercise Tiger alive. They wish to make one last visit to Slapton Sands from the USA. Rather than risk waiting until the actual 70th anniversary in 2014, a very special memorial service will be held to commemorate the Exercise Tiger on Sunday afternoon, April 28 at 2013. Attending will be the acting United States Ambassador to London, the Chief Military Attaché, a US Navy band, and the famous (British) Military Wives Choir, together with a group of visiting Americans, including six veterans and their families, all of whom are connected to Exercise Tiger. This is going to be a very special and emotional event. If you would like to attend, or know more about Exercise Tiger, or can offer a donation or sponsorship to help us with the anniversary event, please visit the website below. H

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The Woman who Cradled Lincoln As the excellent biopic Lincoln does the rounds, we delve into a feisty female British connection with Lincoln’s shooting



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aura Keene was said to possess the coolest head in the theater industry. When Edwin Booth’s brother, actor John Wilkes Booth, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln, Keene purportedly calmly “moved to the front of the stage [and] asked for a doctor.” While Mrs Lincoln was hysterical, Keene supposedly “cradled the President’s head as the physicians diagnosed the wound”. A blood-stained sleeve cuff belonging to Keene is on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Laura was one of the main witnesses to identify John Wilkes Booth as the man who jumped from the presidential box after the fatal shot was fired. Laura Keene was a remarkable woman. She was born in Winchester, England, in 1826 as Mary Francis Moss, the fourth and last child of Thomas and Jane Moss. Since Thomas was considered a gentleman, Mary was fairly well educated, had access to a fine library, and spent time in JMW Turner’s studio during her childhood. After her father died, she worked in an art gallery as a ‘retoucher of old masters’. At the age of 18, Mary married 27-year-old Henry Wellington Taylor, supposedly a nephew and godson of the Duke of Wellington, but seemingly a ne’er do well. A year later, she gave birth to a daughter, Emma, and almost four years later, Clara. When Emma was six and Clara two, Henry

disappeared to Australia (possibly as a convict), leaving her to provide for her children and her mother. Mary sought the advice of her aunt, successful actress Elizabeth Yates, part of the Brunton family of theatrical actors and managers in London, who arranged for her to apprentice at a theater company, which is when she changed her name to ‘Miss Laura Keene’. Laura’s widowed mother took charge of the children, who now called their mother ‘aunt’. Laura debuted at the Theatre Royal, Richmond, in Fall 1851, and soon progressed to the London theaters. A striking and talented beauty, she starred in both Shakespeare and contemporary comedies. In 1852 she was hired by James William Wallack, a successful Anglo American actor and manager, to be the leading lady at his new New York theater. The theater did well, Laura’s grace, charm and comic ability endearing her to New York audiences. Soon she was under contract for $45 a week plus one half the proceeds of two benefit performances, enabling her to send for her mother and the two girls. At the end of 1853, she left to start her own theater company in Baltimore. The productions were well received and the next year she went by mule to the Gold Rush city of San Francisco, where she found the audiences unappreciative, so she set off to tour Australia

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and the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) with the actor Edwin Booth, whilst searching for Henry in pursuit of a divorce. She returned to New York in 1855 and opened Laura Keene’s Varieties, becoming the first female theater entrepreneur in New York. At that time, stage entertainment turned over quickly, with few productions of more than a dozen performances. Laura was determined to manage theaters in the manner of the English stage, running plays for weeks and possibly months. She was successful: an 1857 show called The Elves ran for a record 50 performances, despite the criticisms of other American playhouse managers; and in November 1860, Keene premiered the musical The Seven Sisters, which featured extravagant sets and ran for 253 performances, an astonishing total for the time. She adapted scripts, trained her actors – many of whom won lasting fame – and encouraged American playwrights who went on to great success. Keene’s productions were famous for the completeness of scenic detail and for their sumptuous costumes, which she designed and stitched herself. Edwin Booth joined her on his return from Australia. She was given notice on her theater lease, so built Laura Keene’s New Theatre, which opened in November 1856. Keene exercised complete control, managing, directing, and starring at this theater. It was here in 1858 she debuted Our American Cousin as producer and star, which was a terrific success. Theater historians claim that the success of Keene’s productions helped established New York City as the leading theatrical center of the United States.


The Civil War sapped people’s theatrical appetite, so sadly in May 1863, she was the last New York theater to close, becoming actor/manager of a touring company for most of the next ten years. On April 14, 1865 when the War was drawing to a close, her production company was performing the comedy Our American Cousin* at Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC. She was not only the star that night, but John T Ford had arranged for the proceeds to go to her as this was a benefit performance. It was Laura’s fortune that the President decided to attend that specific performance – a fact that would ensure a full house and a good profit for her last night’s work in Washington. After the assassination, all the personnel at Ford’s Theatre – actors, stage hands, musicians, etc – were detained and questioned, the belief * the 2008 American opera Our American Cousin presents a fictionalized version of the night of Lincoln’s assassination from the point of view of the actors in the cast

being the actors were complicit in the murder. There were even threats to burn down the theater, which was under heavy military guard. The assassin’s brothers Edwin Booth and Junius Booth Jr, were arrested in Boston and Cincinnati respectively. Laura Keene had been on the same playbill in the past with John Wilkes Booth and was thought to have been intimately involved with Edwin during the Australian tour. She was arrested with two fellow actors on a train the next day, en route to her next engagement in Cincinnati, but released after 5 days, only to find her engagement cancelled due to national mourning. Tainted with the untimely death of a beloved president, Laura’s career declined after this. Forever entwined, it would seem, with the Booth family, she then had to defend in the courts her legal rights to Our American Cousin in a long and complicated battle with Edwin Booth’s brotherin-law, who even tried to plead that, as a woman couldn’t own property, it would belong to her husband, and as a non-American she had no rights to property in America. She was represented by her longtime personal lawyer and adviser, William Booth, Edwin’s cousin. United States copyright laws were largely founded on these legal battles. As her popularity declined, so did her strength and health. She died in 1873, only a few years later, of tuberculosis, aged only 47, and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn. In those few years, she traveled all over America with her company, by mule, wagon and train, was part of the Goldrush, witnessing the flowering of America as an entrepreneur, and truly was a female pioneer. H

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The actress who’s starring in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium is proud to be both American and British


eigh, this is the first time you’ve worked in the UK for quite a while. Are you looking forward to playing at the Palladium? Yes, I’m back! I’ve played Drury Lane before, which was at the top of my ‘must do’ list, and right up there is the Palladium. You’ll be on the same stage as Judy Garland. Yes, and my husband [musician and singer Domenick Allen, scion of the Scottish entertainment clan, the Logans], he was on that stage in the early 1980s when he was the featured entertainer with Liberace. I may even be in his dressing room. Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila in A Chorus Line PHOTO: PEROU


Over the years you’ve done so many musicals on Broadway and the West End: The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You, and you were the original Go-to-Hell Kitty in Chicago. How was it working with Nathan Lane? I’ve worked with Nathan several times. The first time was in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Broadway, and he came across here in 2004 to star in our production of The Producers. I love Nathan, I’ve learned a lot from him about comedy and timing, audience response, how much to ad lib – and not to ad lib! He’s an exceptional

man to work with and he’s always been very generous to me. Working on The Producers with Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman, our Director and Choreographer, was amazing: the two of them together are just magic, Stroman is a very smart dancer-turned-director-turned... everything, she really knows how to make a hit. And then there’s Mel. You have to learn to live in Mel’s heightened world of reality. I remember I perfected a Swedish accent to play Ulla. Mel pulled me aside after the first reading and said, ‘That’s really good... but it’s not funny. I need the Swedish Chef from The Muppets.’ Talking of accents, you did a perfect Scottish one in Feel the Force [a British cop comedy, 2006]. We loved making that series, even though we were freezing our butts off in Edinburgh. Domenick is a Scot, so I had my own personal dialect coach – I learned the difference between Edinburgh and Glasgow accents. Domenick’s aunt is Annie Ross, the singer and actress, and his uncle was the great entertainer Jimmy Logan. He performed with his parents, and they moved to the States when he was 11. Our daughter can do accents too – she’s very American, but when she was at school here she was very, very English for a while! And you were in a Spanish movie, La Luna en Botella.

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Yes, that was a challenge – I didn’t speak Spanish! My mom speaks it fluently so I called her to learn the audition scene phonetically. The producers were so impressed they started speaking to me in Spanish. I ended up acting opposite Dominique Pinon, a wellknown French actor, and he didn’t speak Spanish either. In London you’ve played in smaller venues too, like Three on A Couch at the King’s Head [in 2004 Leigh acted in that controversial play by Nobel Prize winning scientist Carl Djerassi]. Are they more challenging? I like to turn my hand to everything. I did that because Carl wrote this play about the human element of the power women have, not just as a reproductive animal. Again, he’s a really interesting man to work with. And that was the place to do it – they give you the freedom to figure it out. I also got to work with two of my friends, Rolf Saxon and Michael Praed who are both brilliant actors. It was very successful, and great fun. Working in intimate venues like that is completely different. It’s almost like doing television – the audience are right there with you. It’s like exercising a different muscle for an actor. You’d better know your character, and what you’re doing, or people will see right through you. Although people might know you from musicals, you’ve also done a lot of films, with actors from Harvey Keitel to Dolph Lundgren, and movies from comedies to the 9/11 drama United 93. I know, it’s crazy! The thing about United 93 was trying to put our minds back to the pre-9/11 state of mind, which we’d all moved on from. 9/11 was five years earlier and we had all

forgotten what it was like - the way we used to be able to whiz through an airport, the lack of security. We made the film in partnership with the majority of the families [of the victims]. We were given personal things – my character Christine Snyder was recently married and I was given her wedding tape. We can never know 100% what those people did, except for the phone calls, so we had to piece together the things that happened in-between based on how humans respond in a pretty stressful and frightening situation like that. We came out with the animalistic side of things, the big men go forward and the weak and the old stay back. Every family wanted to think that their loved one was the one leading the pack, which was hard to satisfy, but I think for the most part Paul Greengrass made a brilliant documentary of the day, what it would have been like. His preparation was phenomenal. I was doing that at Pinewood during the day and a Mel Brooks broad comedy at night – I came out of that two months with serious stomach problems [laughs].

It was a big stretch, but it enriched my career. A Chorus Line is being directed by Bob Avian, who created the original production alongside Michael Bennett. What’s new in this production? Bob and Baayork Lee have such enthusiasm and love for the piece, no matter how many times they’ve staged it. And they allow the people they hire to be what they are. That freedom brings a new spark to each production. When you return to Britain, do you slot easily back into the community? Yes – we’ve moved back into the Marylebone area, where we lived before, and we have lots of friends here. We love Regent’s Park, we only go there for a minute and we feel at home again. My daughter and I hold dual nationality. I got it for work reasons as I was losing some roles over here because I didn’t have a British passport. I’m very proud of being British as well as American because we’ve spent a big part of our life here. I’m both, through and through! H

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Hogwarts and all EDUCATION


aving travelled widely in the United States on behalf of my students at Taunton School, I’ve become used to the perception of British private schooling being some sort of educational mix of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. I have sat with university admissions counsellors who have some strange and wonderful ideas about the lives of my students here in Somerset, and when they visit the school with its Victorian Gothic architecture, the resemblance to Hogwarts is made even starker. However, while the truth can sometimes be scarily close to the fiction, for Americans considering a British private education for their children, there is more to consider than simply the nice buildings and cultural baggage of the British independent sector. As an increasing number of my students look to the United States and increasing numbers of American students choose to

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Enjoy British education, says David Hawkins, Head of Careers at Taunton School, but keep the US university option open study at Taunton, I have become acutely aware of the differences between the American and British educational systems. Going through the process of becoming a test center for the SAT, helping students navigate the waters of NCAA compliance, and hosting our own College Day in April of each year has provided a fascinating insight into two worlds separated by a common language. This year Taunton School partnered with an organisation in Los Angeles to sponsor a student from South LA through our A Level program. Juan Luquin, whose grandparents were brought across the Mexican-US border as children, was selected from applicants across a range of charter schools in some of LA’s most disadvantaged areas. A natural-born leader, Juan is destined for great things, and as the member of staff responsible for dealing with all things American I was asked

to be his personal tutor. Juan is currently working towards five A Levels, representing the school at soccer, and competes in debating competitions. I regularly have the task of explaining to his sponsors and parents the difference between A Level predicted grades and GPA, why we don’t calculate class rank and, crucially, his chances of getting into some of the United States’ most selective universities.

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Though a number of British private schools have jumped on the American universities bandwagon, it concerns me how little some know about the complexities of the system. For Juan, and his friends and predecessors who want to study in the United States, my role as a bridge between the UK and the US is crucial. Recently I was asked by a student at a rival school to help with her application to the United States

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and I had the great displeasure to inform her that her options of success at the colleges she was interested in were now very limited: she hadn’t taken either of the two main standardised tests which universities expect to see - the SAT or ACT – and had missed the deadlines to register for them. My opening question – ‘Have you filled in your Common App?’ – was met with a blank stare; she hadn’t heard of the widely used system for applying to colleges. When British colleagues can’t even get these basics right it worries me hugely when they are faced with issues such as weighted GPA (the relative merit of different courses), Binding Early

Decision (a commitment to attend one university if they make you an offer) and Financial Aid applications. The Fulbright Commission, through their excellent website, are able to spell out all of these details, and I would recommend anyone pursuing this path to make it a regular port of call, but it is important to make a judgement about whether the culture of a school is sympathetic to students looking to study overseas. That is not to say that the entire sector is getting it wrong. With the rise of consultants working in British schools, as well as those like myself who understand the American university landscape, students who wish to study in the UK and then head ‘across the pond’ for a degree can get the best of both worlds. American students, like Juan, can follow a world-renowned college preparatory curriculum of either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate and gain from the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities which British private schools are famed for, and be prepared properly for entry to university in the United States.

Meeting Counselors

As an example, Juan has already had the opportunity to meet with a range of American admissions counselors who visited Taunton as part of their Fall travel season. He has listened to presentations from NYU, Northeastern University, Wagner College and Florida Institute of Technology and attended a mock-admissions seminar run by Middlebury College. He has registered for the May sitting of the SAT to be taken here, and is considering a preparation Juan Luquin with Dr John Newton, Headmaster of Taunton School

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course hosted at the school in a holiday. On April 24 he will be one of over 600 students and parents from across the South West attending our College Day, with the opportunity to meet counselors from Notre Dame, the University of MichiganFlint and Syracuse (amongst others) and alumni representing universities including Harvard, Stanford and Vanderbilt. He has also been introduced to a network of Old Tauntonians including the current British Ambassador to the United States and the former President of the University of Hartford. Though Juan’s background marks him out as unique, the pathway he is following while at a British independent school is not. While one of my Seniors flies out to meet with Cross Country coaches at Wagner College, the University of Hartford and others to decide which offer to accept, another has been offered a place at Penn State. My Junior Class are starting the process, with students contemplating applications to MIT and Stanford alongside Cambridge and Imperial. For Americans considering a ‘British’ education for their sons and daughters, the message is clear: if you choose wisely, it is possible to have the best of both worlds. Your children can have the full ‘Hogwarts’ experience while at school, and then head to the US for what many Brits often similarly misunderstand as a world of fraternities, cheerleaders and endless marching bands. H David Hawkins is the only member of OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling – the NACAC affiliate for international counselors) who works in a ‘British’ school in the UK. He travels regularly to the US to tour colleges.

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Above: London Wetland Centre from the air. Below: A Bufflehead (photo by Graham Maples)

Below: Marsh Marigold (photo by Ross Paxton) Bottom: A Hooded Merganser (photo by Graham Maples)

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WWT London Wetland Centre Mary Bailey finds a wetland oasis in the heart of London


he Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust which glided around almost saying is a conservation organisa‘if you want good looks, here I am’. tion saving wetlands for wildlife Of course when most of us see throughout the world. The Trust birds, it is in the garden or on the was founded by the late Sir Peter beach, either in flight or ready Scott in 1946. There are nine wetfor take off. These unmolested land sanctuaries throughout the specimens can be really looked at UK, great fun to visit and and they are beautiful. I very well presented. am now converted I visited the to enjoying our one in Barnes, feathered South West friends. London (a The ‘city oasis’) London on a bleak Wetlands – December voted the morning. UK’s favour‘I am mad ite nature doing this,’ reserve – is I said to 53 hectares myself. I prefer in size, and fur to feathers was built on the Carolina Duck anyway – or so I site of old reserthought. I was wrong, I voirs. It is divided into loved the place. My first stop the areas mentioned above was the otter enclosure – which was according to geographical position cheating really, as they have fur, but and climate. South America, North who could resist them? America and China were some of There are many separate exhibthose we paused at. Of course, its and enclosures representing some birds are seasonal visitors. tropical islands, temperate zones, Sir Peter Scott was a close friend sea shores and so on. For example, of Sir David Attenborough, who has from Hawaii we have the Nene done so much for conservation and Goose, threatened with extinction a exploration, starting his work at a short time ago and saved by a captime when people were perhaps tive breeding programme. North less interested in or conscious of America is not forgotten; I became the disappearance of many of the very fond of some amazing ducks creatures on our globe. There is a

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splendid statue of Sir Peter in the entrance to this Wetland where you will also find the cafe (the food is good and reasonable) and the shop alongside is full of useful little things. Toys too – stuffed otters are a change and I was glad to see there are still items for small boys, such as tarantula spiders to assemble …and put in a bunch of bananas to scare people (well, mine did)! At the time of my visit they offered two tours, in the morning and afternoon (check times as they may vary with the time of year). I do advise taking a tour – they are short, explain what is going on, and there are plenty of seats on all

the routes around so that the very young and not so young find it easy to have a moment’s rest. Do take the children and look out for notice of special events. The Trust puts volunteers to good use directing people and telling visitors how to join up. Annual membership of the WWT is £38 for one adult, £19 for young people and £68 for families, and as a member you benefit from free unlimited entry to all nine centers. Daily entry for London is £11.65 for adults, £6.50 for children (under 4 years free), families £32.50 and concessions £8.70. Other locations include Arundel

(West Sussex), Llanelli (South Wales), Slimbridge (Gloucestershire), Caerlaverock (Dumfriesshire, Scotland), Washington (Tyne and Wear), Castle Espie (County Down, Northern Ireland), Martin Mere (Lancashire), and Welney (Norfolk). With more than a vested interest in eggs, Easter activities begin on March 29th. H Note: Opening times should be checked as daylight hours vary:

Main photo: A reed bed at the London Wetland Centre PHOTO BY MARTIN SENIOR


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The Reality of Living in Belfast J

im Mower is a scholar with Sport Changes Life Foundation’s Victory Scholar program. A Lafayette College graduate from Philadelphia, he studies a Masters at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and works with disadvantaged youth in the community. He had these thoughts on the recent issues in Northern Ireland: With all the Belfast flag riots in the news I have been hearing a lot of concern from family and friends back home – “Are you OK?”, “It sounds like a warzone over there!” “I thought Belfast was supposed to be safer now!” and “Is it as bad as the news portrays it?”. I am not going to get into the politics of the protests, but I thought it would be interesting to explain how the riots affect me as a resident of Northern Ireland. First of all, I would say two things are going on: protests and riots. Protesters are those in the community

that disagree with the lowering of the British flag and peacefully protest the decision in the hopes of bringing attention to their cause. This is very similar to the protest Americans are used to seeing when hundreds or thousands of people organize protests in Washington DC or in local communities. On the other hand, the riots in Belfast are not peaceful. Rioters usually block roads, throw rocks, bricks, bottles and petrol bombs at the police officers who are equipped in riot gear. In extreme cases, rioters have hijacked public transportation and tried to set buildings on fire. Rioters are the ones that put Belfast in the national media spotlight. The damage that Belfast riots produce are similar to the riots that sometimes occur when an American college wins a huge football game or wins a national championship. In that case American students can get out of hand by burning couches or cars and a few students get arrested for disturbing the peace. These riots in Belfast are much, much smaller, but lately have occurred more frequently. So for all the people that ask if I am OK or if I feel safe, the answer is absolutely. I technically live in Jordanstown, which is 6 miles outside Belfast. Just like in the States, one learns what parts of the city not to go near and I stay clear of areas that are known for riots. These rioters have not used guns yet, as guns are much harder to get over here. It is interesting because some Americans Jim Mower and fellow Scholars working with young people in School in Monaghan

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Victory Scholars Jim Mower (left) and Matt Graves at Belfast Murals

I know say they would feel unsafe in Belfast because of the risk of riots, while some of my friends over here say they would feel unsafe in the States because so many people have guns. Cultural difference I suppose, along with media portrayal. The only way I have been affected by the riots is that basketball practice was cancelled once because streets were closed during riots. It is really a shame that these riots have gone on for so long, hurting many small and large businesses in the city by deterring patrons to come downtown. I think the media’s portrayal is slightly overblown and deters foreign investors from exploring the thought of investing in a great city like Belfast. My hope is that this unrest subsides so that tourists, businesses and foreign investors visit a city that I have grown to love. H Sport Changes Life Foundation brings the best American studentathletes across to Ireland to become Victory Scholars working on community programmes with youth that are identified as being ‘at risk’ from health & welfare, educational or employment, or criminality perspectives.

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thought of the TV series Midsomer Murders as I walked across Midsummer Common to the Edwardian townhouse, next to the River Cam (which has overflowed into the restaurant as well as the wine cellar more than once in the past). My friend Sue and I hoped to enjoy drinks on the terrace, but it was raining and the river was shadowed by a low mist which lifted as we were enjoying a glass of Champagne in the bar upstairs. A welcoming sign, we decided. Chef Daniel Clifford won his first Michelin star in 2002, his second in 2005. I had dined there twice since Daniel took over as head chef in 1998, but this was my first time since he gave up what is described as his El Bulli stage. As the restaurant had recently been listed number seven in The Sunday Times and number five in their best wine list, I decided it was time I returned. Having caught up on each other’s latest news, we took a peek at the private dining room before descending to the main conservatory downstairs with its lovely view of the garden. Since I was driving, I decided to hold off having a glass of wine until my main course, which was just as well when I saw a bottle of Pinot Noir

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costing almost four times more than I recently bought one for at my local wine store. Still, if price is no problem, it has an interesting selection which would please even the most critical of wine connoisseurs. As I sipped my mineral water, and Sue her second glass of Champagne, while nibbling on the most delicious cheese gougères, we studied the menu, which changes according to the day of the week as well as the season and is designed to be taken by the table. Politically incorrect, I know, but we could not resist the Sautéed Fois Gras with its accompaniment of apricots and hazelnuts in a delicious basil purée. Our sins were rewarded – we’d have it again. After such a wonderful beginning, the main is sometimes a let-down. As Clifford had won BBC TV 's Great British Menu 2012 with a chicken dish, I decided it had to be the Slow Poached Chicken (pictured). One

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bite and I was in heaven. Sue, on the other hand, found the venison served in a sauce thickened with chocolate a great exercise for her mouth, but not particularly attractive to her taste buds. Because I had raved about the venison and she was paying the bill, I suggested we trade dishes. Sadly, she was right. Having more or less missed out on the main course, I decided on artisanal cheese rather than dessert. Cheese courses in England can be disappointing, yet the selection of French and English cheeses were not only lovely but offered at perfect ripeness. Sue decided plain vanilla and chocolate ice cream would finish her meal perfectly and it did. Delicious chocolates came with our coffee, and with the exception of the venison (which our extremely charming waiter offered to change), the trip to Cambridge was one I’d do again... when budget permits. H

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A Mexican Bonanza W

hen I moved to London nine years ago, I struggled to find a good Mexican restaurant. Now you can't walk more than a few blocks in Central London without encountering at least a few. Restaurants with names such as Benito's Hat, Chipotle, Tortilla, El Mexicana and Chilango are now to be found in Embankment, Angel, Fleet Street, Bankside, Leadenhall Market, and especially Covent Garden and Soho. Why such an explosion of these recent openings? It could be due to the growing popularity of Mexican food, and the fact that it is cheap, cheerful, good value for money (especially important in these trying times), and they are delicious! A typical meal at one of these eat-andgo Mexican restaurants will cost a little more then a tenner. For that you can have either a big burrito or three tacos (meat or vegetarian) with a side of guacamole and chips – and a drink (perhaps a margarita).

Searching for an affordable alternative to the usual fast food? Suddenly, Mexican options are everywhere in London. Tim Baros isn't complaining! Chipotle is expanding rapidly and already has three locations in Covent Garden/Soho, all within a mile of each other. How popular is this place? There is always a queue in the Charing Cross location, with many people torn over what to order. However, if you're not used to Mexican eating, choosing is very simple. Choose from either a burrito, a taco, or a salad. Then pick the rice, beans and type of meat you want. Then add lettuce, cheese, salsa, and for a little extra (it is worth it) some very nice guacamole. Benito's Hat has a little more to offer. In addition they have a great selection of Mexican beers and cocktails (try their watermelon margarita – it is as good as it sounds). I particularly recommend their

breakfast menu. Ever try a burrito or taco filled with eggs, bacon, cheese and beans? You don't know what you are missing! New kid on the block El Mexicana is a small Mexican eat-and-go similar to a Taco Bell. Right near the British Museum on the corner of New Oxford and Coptic Street, they have the best taco salad, served in a huge edible crisp tortilla bowl. There are quite a few Mexican options, including Cafe Pacifico, which has been in Covent Garden for a long time and is always crammed with tourists and, after work, Londoners looking to slug back a few margaritas after a hard day. For relaxation, just around the corner is the more upscale Cantina Laredo, where the food is delicately prepared and the atmosphere is classy and cool. Most Londoners swear by Wahaca, where they serve Mexicanstyle tapas (although when I eat Mexican I don't want to share my food, so this place is not for me). If you want to splash out on an excellent Mexican meal, try Mestizo near Warren Street, where the food is authentic and so are the staff. Eating Mexican sure beats large yet expensive chain restaurants, so if you've never tried it, give it a go. H Left: Cantina Laredo – "The atmosphere is cool and classy"

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The Best Fine Dining Italian Restaurant in Surrey

Ian Gallagher Classic Sinatra Tribute An evening of Great Food & Entertainment Friday, 8 March 3 Course Dinner £49.50 Celebrate Mother’s Day At La Capanna On Sunday 10 th March £36.00 per person With a box of chocolates For Mum La Capanna Presents... Tenors Un Limited ‘The Rat Pack of Opera’ 10 thof May 3 Course Dinner £75.00 48 High Street, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3EF. Tel: 01932 862121. Private Parking Available

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Inverawe: Seasons Cookbook By Rosie Campbell-Preston Quiller Publishing, £14.99, 128 pages ISBN 978-1-84689-098-7

Simple Asian Kitchen

By Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm Kyle Books, £18.99, 192 pages ISBN 978-0-85783-090-6 Here's something for those of us (alright, those of you) who are digitally devout and tech-savvy as well as good with a wok. This book comes with QR codes that when scanned, link to a how-to video and downloadable shopping list. The lists are helpful, though you may have to improvise at your local store, but the how-to videos are the smart addition to what is Asian cooking for novices. American TV chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai presents plenty of Chinese, Japanese, and Singaporean dishes for the Western palate, though I would have liked a little more on the Thai side. The Sweets and Cocktails sections at the back were something of a bonus.

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Sometimes cookbooks don't have to be by TV chefs and if I'm floating around the kitchen I certainly don't want to hold a cook book of biblical weight. Sometimes I just want a 'reach-for'. This little book is one of those, and though essentially a promotional tool for Inverawe Smokehouse & Fine Foods, its little recipes – plenty of salmon, trout, bass and mackerel as you'd expect, though not exclusively so – come with tempting photos. It is arranged by season, so if I say summer includes Smoky Summer Paella, and winter includes Smoked Chicken with Moroccan Couscous, you get the idea. As an example, here's a taste of spring:


Oriental Smoked Halibut Soup SERVES 4

3 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 large leek, finely sliced 1 large carrot, julienned or grated 45g (1½ oz) fresh ginger, julienned 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced 1 red and 1 green chilli, finely sliced (seeded if you don’t like it too hot!) A pinch of ground cumin 600ml (1 pint) vegetable or fish stock Juice and zest of 1-2 limes 1 x 375g (12 oz) pack fresh stir-fry rice noodles A handful of coriander sprigs Sesame oil (optional) 200g (7 oz) smoked halibut, shredded Toasted sesame seeds, to serve 1. Gently sauté the leek, carrot, ginger, garlic and chillies in the oil. Stir in cumin, add stock, lime juice and zest and simmer for about 5-6 minutes until softened to al dente. 2. Stir the noodles and coriander sprigs into the soup just before serving, and sprinkle with a couple of drops of sesame oil if liked. 3. Serve piping hot, with the shredded smoked halibut added at the last minute, and sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds. H

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Coffee Break QUIZ

and jazz standard is associated with football teams in both New Orleans, LA, and Southampton, UK?

1 In the Catholic calendar,

which day in March is the Feast of Saint Joseph? A) 1st B) 17th C) 19th

5 To whom was the 3rd

Earl of Southampton patron (and perhaps ‘Fair Youth’)?

2 In which US city would

you find St Joseph’s University?

6 Who didn’t beware the

3 St Joseph’s men’s basket-

Ides of March?

ball team has taken part in ‘March Madness’ 19 times. How many teams now take part in March Madness?

7 Pontius Pilate was 5th

Prefect of Judea under which Roman Emperor?

8 Which Ex-Python played

4 This year’s Final Four

takes part in New Orleans. Which gospel hymn

both Pontius Pilate in Life of Brian and Dennis Cooper in Jabberwocky?

Above, Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock, illustrated by John Tenniel

9 In Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky,

how were the borogoves?

10 In which month of the year did

Alice meet the March Hare?

It happened 100 years ago...

2 4 8

8 7 4 5

3 9 2

6 4 8 5

11 March 4: Who was sworn in as the 28th

President of the US?

12 March 12: Australia christened its new

capital ‘Canberra’. Which suggestion came second?

13 March 19: Boris Godunov was performed

for the first time in the US. Who wrote the opera?

8 5 9 3 2 7

6 4

1 6

It happened 50 years ago... 14 March 5: Which country music star died in a

plane crash at Camden, Tennessee?

5 2

15 March 11: Which star of both NBC’s

ER and BBC’s Doctor Who was born on this day?

16 March 31: Which San Francisco landmark was


closed on this day due to running costs?

Answers to Coffee Break Quiz & Sudoku on page 65

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MUSIC Wilko Johnson

The Who – Quadrophenia

To many, Quadrophenia has been unfairly overshadowed by Tommy, The Who’s first rock opera. But the 1973 double album, with its tale of teenager Jimmy’s angst and tribulations as he grows up among the Mods versus Rockers battles and social upheavals of 1960s England, contains some of Pete Townshend’s most powerful music and most moving lyrics, along with great performances by Roger Daltrey. Now the two (with Zak Starkey, drums/Pino Palladino, bass/Simon Townshend, guitar & backing vocals/John Corey, keyboards/ Loren Gold, keyboards & backing vocals/Frank Simes, musical director, keyboards & backing vocals) are touring the UK and Ireland this summer with a performance of Quadrophenia in full, alongside classic Who tracks, set to a backdrop of powerful images on an array of massive screens. June 8th Dublin, The O2; 10th Belfast Odyssey; 12th Glasgow SECC; 15th London, The O2; 18th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena; 20th Newcastle Metro Arena; 23rd Manchester Arena; 25th Cardiff Arena; 28th Birmingham Arena; 30th Liverpool Arena.

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This is the saddest Live & Kicking item we’ve ever put together – but Wilko wouldn’t want it to be. Wilko Johnson, 65, is a British R&B legend and a national treasure, the guitarist and founding member of Dr Feelgood. He will be performing four farewell concerts in the UK during March. Not farewell as in, ‘the band’s breaking up’, or ‘I’ll be back in a couple of years after a rest’. Sadly, Wilko has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy, but wants to play a last few gigs to express his thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career. In recent interviews he has been remarkably upbeat about the situation saying he has never felt more alive. “I noticed the symptoms a few months ago – there was this lump in my stomach,” he said on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. “I treated it by ignoring it and hoping it would go away. When I went in for the diagnosis and the doctor told me ‘You’ve got cancer’ it was quite plain it was an inoperable thing, there was nothing they could do. We walked out of there and I felt an elation of spirit.

You’re walking along and suddenly you’re vividly alive. You’re looking at the trees and the sky and everything and it’s just ‘whoah’.” Expect these gigs to be joyous affairs. If you can’t get tickets – and they sold out immediately – then The American recommends listening to the first few Feelgood records or Wilko’s solo output. March 6th London, Koko; 7th Bilston, Robin 2; 8th Holmfirth Picturedrome; 9th Glasgow, ABC.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring Beyoncé Barring the rather icky, cutesie tour title (for those who haven’t been paying attention to her blogs, tweets and Instagram posts, she’s married to, oh yes, Jay-Z) this is exciting news for fans of the former Destiny’s Child. After the Inauguration mime-fest and the Super Bowl half time triumph, Beyoncé kicks off her 2013 Tour in Europe in April, with UK dates from the 26th and the North American leg from June 28th. It’s the diva’s first multi-city tour in over three years. She’s also headlining the world’s largest music festival, Rock in Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on its first night,

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September 13. That Glastonbury success must have spurred her on to do more outdoor supershows. The Euro and Brit elements of the tour consist of: April 15th Belgrade, Serbi Kombank Arena; 17th Zagreb, Croatia, Arena Zagreb; 19th Bratislava, Slovakia, Slovnaft Arena; 22nd Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome; 24th & 25th Paris, France, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy; 26th Birmingham Arena; 29th, 30th, May 1st & 3rd London, The O2; 7th Manchester Arena; 11th & 12th Dublin, Ireland, The O2; 14th Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis; 17th Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion; 18th Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum; 20th Montpellier, France, Park & Suites Arena; 22nd Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle; 24th Berlin, Germany, O2 World; 25th Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium (Orange Warsaw Festival); 27th Copenhagen, Denmark, Forum; 28th Oslo, Norway, Telenor Arena; 29th Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson Globe Arena.

Imagine Dragons

Over the past few years Imagine Dragons – frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman – have grown from local Las Vegas band playing bars and casinos to purveyors of sophisticated, emotional (but not ‘emo’) alt-rock. They’re

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making a name for themselves across the USA. Now they bring their MTV-nominated sound to the UK: April 2nd Bristol, Academy; 4th Liverpool, Academy 2; 11th London, The Forum; followed by a European tour covering The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Counting Crows

After a four year gap, San Francisco’s finest, Counting Crows, are heading back across the pond. “All I could say when I saw the plans for a UK/EU tour was ‘It’s about time,’ “says Adam Duritz. “It’s hard to explain to fans why bands occasionally let so much time pass between visits. The truth is sometimes life just gets in the way and, before you know it, it’s been a few years. Personally, I’m just glad we’re going back. I have a lot of great memories of past tours. Remembering where we’ve been always gets me excited about where we’re going.” The tour follows last year’s album, Underwater Sunshine (or What We

Did On Our Summer Vacation), a collection of lesser known songs ranging from the 1960s up to date written by CC favorites including Big Star, Gram Parsons and The Faces. A new live album will be released to coincide with the tour. The UK dates are: April 19th, Birmingham Academy; 20th Bristol, Colston Hall; 22nd London, Hammersmith Apollo; 25th Manchester, Apollo; 26th Glasgow Academy. There are two VIP packages available for each show. With Early Access you get a digital download of the latest CD, early access to the venue, exclusive merchandise items, and a VIP laminate. The Meet and Greet package also allows fans into the last 20 minutes of the sound check and meet the band. Check out Counting Crows PHOTO: DANNY CLINCH


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ALBUMS THEOF MONTH Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon Nonesuch Records

Duo albums are quite the thing these days, but this new collaboration between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell is subtly different: most are the result of ‘I wonder what they would sound like together’ musings. This is more a coming home for the two – producer Brian Ahern (who has worked with luminaries like Johnny Cash, George Jones and Roy Orbison) first introduced the two artists in 1974 when he played Crowell’s Bluebird Wine to Emmylou as a demo for her to consider. A year later she invited him to join the legendary Hot Band. Old Yellow Moon came about after Ahern got them back together around his kitchen table, with some microphones “hooked up to the computer just to make a demo”, as Emmylou says. They played Hank DeVito and Lynn Langham’s Old Yellow Moon together as a sketch, but Ahern found it so moving he decided to keep the recording and built a track around it. That’s what appears on the album, only augmented by Lynn’s piano accompaniment and a little accordion and pedal steel. Sometimes the simplest, and most original, is best. Four original songs written by Crowell are joined by Hank DeVito’s Hanging Up My Heart, Roger Miller’s Invitation to the Blues and Allen Reynolds’ Dreaming My Dreams, among others. The album features guests including

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Jimmy Livingstone (right)

Stuart Duncan, Vince Gill, and Little Feat’s Bill Payne, as well as members of the original Hot Band, but the low-key approach means that it’s Emmylou and Rodney that you’ll be listening to.

Jimmy Livingstone

One Eye Open, One Eye Closed iTunes It’s rare that a British artist can play American mainstream country-folk music without sounding a little fake or – horrors – plain MOR. Livingstone gets away with it, sounding comfortably American, in all senses. His debut release (out March 10) displays a ‘proper’ voice – strong, well-enunciated, Livingstone would fit right in on a late sixties Glen Campbell TV special. And that’s no bad thing. The World Beneath My Feet’s big horns – courtesy of Frank Zappa’s old brass section – has a nice musical joke, with tune and lyrics referencing Glen Campbell’s version of Gentle on My Mind. He can rock out too, on Useless Man, and The Waiting Room is Chris Isaak-esque. Authenticity is ensured with co-production by Eric Liljestrand, Lucinda Williams’

producer, and a band which includes her (and many others’) guitarist Doug Pettibone. One Eye Open, One Eye Closed was recorded in Los Angeles and the Mojave desert. But Livingstone is no ersatz ‘Yank’, Back Country Girl’s mention of ‘north of Birmingham’ refers to the English Midlands, not Alabama!

The Statler Brothers

The Definitive Collection MCA Years / Hump Head Records If you know The Statler Brothers, you’ll know if they’re your ‘cup of tea’. If they are, they really are. Not actually brothers (and named after the tissue brand) they were a barbershop/glee club version of country music. Their sentimental and humorous songs were hugely popular – the stats are incredible: 40 albums, 25 million LP sales, three Grammys, nine CMAs, 20 gold, platinum, double-platinum and triple-platinum albums don’t lie – and they were Johnny Cash’s opening act for over eight years. This 50 track double-CD will keep the most ardent Statler Brothers fan happy for a very long time.





JULY 11 - 15TH 2013

Another fantastic weekend of legends and up and coming stars from the USA, UK and EUROPE many of them making their first visit to the UK. Great automobiles, hot rods, motorcycles, big rigs and luxurious motor-homes dating from the 1900’s to the present in a massive kaleidoscope of colour and sound. A feast of vintage rock ‘n’ roll, classic country in our tribute to the American dream right here in the UK.

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The best of UK vintage rock’n’roll and country music artistes The Revolutionaires • The Swing Commanders ¶ Henry Smith’s Dreams • The Del Rio Ramblers Gary Perkins & The Breeze • The Roomates ¶ The Trevor Burton Band • The Keytones • Raintown • Aynt Skynyrd Black Diamonds • The C-Sides • Los Calamares • This Little Girl & The Dillicats • Pig Earth • Lazy Dog Kerr Donnelly • Gary Quinn • Jester • The Buddies • Mike & The Rhythm Stars The Doggone Daddys • The Slingshots • Caravan of Wayne • Glenn Darren & The Krew Katz • Warren Dewitt Nancy Ann Lee • The Smokey Mountain Boys • Sonny Walters • Jerry & The Jive Stars • White Doves Maryjean Lewis & The Starlight Boys • Ian Highland & Twilight Country • Ian Cal Ford & The Railmen The Hicksville Bombers and Lincolnshire’s very own rock’n’roll/country star in the making 17 year old Sharna-Mae Jack & The Real Deals • Gone Country • The Outwoods Country Riders • Blueswamp Southern DJ’s: Kelly ‘Big Red’ Duggan • Rockin’ Hodgo • Woody • Lee Hugman • Moonshine Mick • John Morris • Sean Green Comperes: Loony Chris Heath • Big Paul Bird • Kenny Johnson • Dave Cash PLUS ‘DARK TEASER’ burlesque dancer THE THIRD INDOOR ‘AMERICANA; FASHION SHOW (hosted by BooBoo Kitty Couture) Auto Show’n’Shine with forty prestigous awards to be presented FOR MORE DETAILS AND UPDATES PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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CHOICE Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA to April 7

Hayward Gallery, London SE1 8XX to April 28

We start with the most elusive artist, a quasi-retrospective of the work of Cologne-influenced artist Rosemarie Trockel. Trockel’s diverse media – found objects, knitted painting, photography – are here backed with the work of influences both natural and created. It’s debatable whether this provides context or distracts from the already difficult task of pinning down the parameters of Trockel’s oeuvre. Cast into the depths of an indefinable cosmos, it’s tempting to concentrate on singular detail. In Trockel’s case, no bad thing.

Perhaps one of the more underpublicized of recent openings is the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition of light sculpture – and the use of light to define the art space – which provides the focal point for several events between now and April showcasing the use of light in art and poetry. The Gallery’s show includes works from Dan Flavin, David Batchelor, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Olafur Eliasson and Anthony McCall, installations to provoke the senses whether by observation or through interaction. Some works have not been composed for some decades, and the exhibition includes the recreation of American artist Nancy Holt’s Holes of Light, not seen since 1973.

George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909, oil on canvas, 92 x 112.6 cm, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection. © THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART.

David Batchelor, Magic Hour (2004/7), 308 x 276 x 50 cm © THE ARTIST 2012. PHOTO: DAVID BATCHELOR

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Rosemarie Trockel, Magma 2008 Vitrified, glazed Ceramics, 77 x 68 x 21cm © ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, DACS 2013 COURTESY SPRÜTH MAGERS BERLIN LONDON

George Bellows (1882-1925): Modern American Life

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD March 16 to June 9 George Bellows and the ‘Ashcan Painters’ received an exhibition at the National Gallery in 2011, so this larger retrospective of the early twentieth century American realist

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Yellow Car, Havana, 2010 © MICHAEL EASTMAN

painter offers some momentum in terms of appreciation on these shores. Though this incarnation of the exhibition seems smaller (71 works versus 130 works) than during its Washington stay, the full gamut of the artist’s work is covered, from high-contrast oils to lithographs, boxing scenes to seascapes. As well as his iconic boxing paintings, the exhibition includes Men of the Docks (1912), one of many works displayed outside the US for the first time. With related events including a lecture on March 22, ‘Engaging with Realism: Édouard Manet and George Bellows’, it would seem that Bellows is finally receiving the recognition he deserves.

Michael Eastman: Havana

Michael Hoppen Gallery 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD To March 29 St Louis-based Michael Eastman’s photography is the triumph of the artistic eye over training, of patience and observation over construct. Documenting epic interiors or urban landscapes, Eastman captures the architectural texture of a place, and this is no less true in the decaying

detail of Havana. Fading facades have rarely seemed more vibrant.

Ice Age Art

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG To May 26 Subtitled ‘Arrival of the Modern Mind’, and supported by, amongst others, The American Friends of the British Museum (see page 57), this is presented not as a dry collection of ancient objets d’art, but in an artistic context alongside works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, investigating the human desire to depict and communicate. Items tens of thousands of years old include the oldest known portrait of a woman, the oldest existing puppet or doll, and the oldest known ceramic sculpture of the human form (pictured). Right: Modelled figure of a mature woman from Dolni Věstonice. ON LOAN FROM MORAVSKÉ ZEMSKÉ MUSEUM, BRNO

George Catlin, Stu-mick-o-súcks, Buffalo Bulls Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe Blackfoot/Kainai, 1832 © SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE March 7 to June 23 Pennsylvania-born George Catlin (1796-1872) offers much to shape our view of Native American lives, providing contemporaneous accounts through an extraordinary series of portraits that are to be seen this side of the Atlantic in Catlin’s first major exhibition for 170 years. Catlin’s showmanship, seen as a forerunner for Buffalo Bill Cody’s ‘Wild West’ show, is part of an examination of the stereotypical representations of Native Americans in a supporting conference on March 8, ‘American Indian Images: Making and Breaking George Catlin’s legacy’, featuring a heavyweight line-up of speakers. As with the George Bellows exhibition, the Catlin exhibition has been supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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John Piper, The Rise of the Dovey, 1943-1944 © THE JOHN PIPER ESTATE

Whitworth Art Gallery Spring Program

Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER Now overseen by Manchester University, but founded in 1889 as England’s first park gallery, the Whitworth has an enticing collection of exhibitions this spring, including abstract artist Callum Innes and conceptual artist Nancy Holt (more next month), but we’ll make special note of two: American installation artist Beryl Korot’s Text and Commentary (1976-7) makes a poignant visit to the birthplace of both industrial textile-making and the first stored-program computer. Korot’s weavings, paper patterns and videos were inspired by and draw a line between punch card systems and the Jacquard loom. March 2 to June 9. Briton John Piper’s landscape paintings evoke the primal splendor of North Wales, depicting the terrain with a naturalistic edge that never quite leaves his earlier abstract leanings behind. To April 7. It coincides with an exhibition of Welsh landscape watercolors including works by David Cox, John Varley and JMW Turner.

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Raqib Shaw

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL To May 26 Already internationally regarded for his sculptures, paintings and drawings despite being under 40 years of age, Calcutta-born but Londonbased Raqib Shaw’s work has to be admired most for its richness and complexity. Mythologically informed by earlier eastern images and texts – the Ramayana springs to mind – as well as the opulence of textile inlay, Shaw’s works share a level of dreamscape detail with the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch or the illustrations of Patrick Woodroffe. By the way, those inspired by our feature Knit Up A Community in Issue 716 may be interested in Manchester Art Gallery’s Gallery of Costume exhibition Knitted Elegance, showing the sophisticated side of knitted fashion since the 1950s.

Raqib Shaw, Monkey King Boudoir I, 2012 COURTESY THE ARTIST

scene in the 1960s. Sleigh put body hair and unblinking depictions of both male and female nudity at the center of her portraiture, frequently painting male subjects in poses traditionally used for female models (do please expect nudity when visiting the exhibition link, by the way). Tate Liverpool’s is the first UK retrospective of her work since her death in 2010.

Sylvia Sleigh

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Waterfront L3 4BB February 8 to May 3 Welsh-born and Brighton-educated Sylvia Sleigh may be better known in the US than in her home nation, becoming as she did a central figure in the New York feminist art

Sylvia Sleigh, Annunciation: Paul Rosano, 1975, Oil on Canvas, 2286 x 1320 mm © ESTATE OF SYLVIA SLEIGH

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Quartermaine’s Terms By Simon Gray • Wyndham’s Theatre, London • Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell



Cambridge, a school that is puffed with its own self-importance but is most certainly second-rate. The action, and what’s so great about this play is there is so little of it, takes place in the staff room as we are introduced to a motley sextet of teachers – all of them life’s could-have-beens – as they bustle in and out. Gray’s ear for the diffident understatement of the English middle classes is unparalleled and the play is beautifully structured. Poor old Quartermaine goes from being stood-up by everyone in Act 1 to finding it necessary to juggle multiple and imploring invitations from the same lot in Act 2. He is also great on the solitude of the singleton and how they are much abused by their married friends. Key to the success of the piece is the great Richard Eyre who directs it with a sure hand, packing it with telling detail, revealing the play’s richness layer upon layer. Over the course of the play we get to know not just the main characters but also their offstage partners or children. The overwrought spinsterish Melanie (Felicity Montagu) is a typical example. Trapped in a dance of death with her stroke victim mother, who hates her, she is nevertheless required to play



fter gloriously demolishing the theme from Chariots of Fire at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, Rowan Atkinson returns in triumph to the London stage in this gem of a revival. It also marks a swan song for the great producer Michael Codron, who has nurtured the careers of every significant British playwright since World War II, including producing and championing this play at its first outing in 1981. It is Gray’s best play and possibly one of the greatest British plays of the last 40 years. It’s a study in stasis, and at its heart is Atkinson, who delivers a beautifully nuanced performance as the timid, genial Quartermaine. A blundering Mr Nobody type, firmly ensconced in his crumbling leather arm chair, he watches the world go by and misses most of it. He teaches English, badly, to foreign students in a run down language school in







the role of the devoted daughter. Atkinson’s comic skill is at its upmost in a scene with her where he fidgets and rambles on about the beauty of swans while she tries to concentrate on a piece of work. The build up to her final eruption is joyous. Matthew Cottle too is wonderfully narcissistic as the inevitable, talentless aspiring novelist of the bunch and Will Keen gives a gloriously agile, almost Mr Bean-like performance as the insecure, accident prone, parttime staff member Derek, whose pent-up rage about the unfairness of his position falls on deaf ears. The production is blessed also with two of the greatest character actors on the London stage at present: Conleth Hill brings layers of comic invention to the camp and slightly ridiculous Henry, the pompous academic tutor, and Malcolm Sinclair is gloriously sniffy as the supercilious Eddie who, with his partner Thomas, presides over the school and drones on like his school bells. Gray attains the mastery of Chekhov with this play, and it is great to see it revived after such a long time.

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he Almeida Theatre, in an interesting first foray into co-production with the legendary horror film makers Hammer, has produced a chilling crowd pleaser in this confidently elegant stage adaptation of Henry James’ famous Gothic novella. The great haunted-house story has been reimagined now countless times, most famously in Benjamin Britten’s 1954 opera, the 1961 movie The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr and the 2001 chiller The Others starring Nicole Kidman. The adapter here is playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, famed for her plays Her Naked Skin and The Night Season. It’s a faithful rendering of the much loved story of a young Governess (Anna Madeley) in Victorian England who is hired by the suave, patrician figure Mr Sackville (Orlando Wells), to take charge of his nephew and niece

By Henry James, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Almeida Theatre, Islington, London • Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell

following the death of their parents. Currently being cared for by the housekeeper Mrs Grose (Gemma Jones), the Governess is given full reign as he does not want any further communications about them. On arriving at the gloomy country mansion, she initially takes a shine to her charges, but after a series of frightening apparitions – which seem to be visible only to her – she begins to suspect that all is not well with the children and that they might be deliberately playing with her mind. She learns that the ghosts are that of her predecessor, Miss Jessel, and the sinister Peter Quint, a fellow employee with whom she had a shocking affair, leading to their deaths. Having spent much time with the children she becomes convinced that the malevolent duo is now controlling them from beyond the grave.

Critical debate has raged on about the reality of the ghosts versus the sanity of the Governess, and director Lindsay Posner wisely leaves us guessing. He also keeps the pace taut throughout, except for an unnecessary interval. Peter McKintosh’s atmospheric and expansive sets and Tim Mitchell’s ingenious lighting superbly evoke the sinister mood and the many shocks. Jones is gloriously strait-laced as the housekeeper and Madeley is touchingly compelling as a woman losing her mind but clinging to the straws of her religious conviction for some constancy. The real stars, however, are the children, with Emilia Jones perkily confident as Flora – managing to make you wonder if she really is the power in the relationship - and Laurence Belcher creepily precocious as Miles. He is rather old (and tall) for the part, and here Lenkiewicz makes explicit his sexual overtures to the Governess, a move which is likely to divide the Jamesians. A stage rendering of a superior chiller like this will inevitably fail to draw out the nuances in the original book, and just as great novels often make poor movies and pulp novels often make great ones, there is the danger of reducing the piece to a sequence of bumpy incidents. The play certainly startles (and the more susceptible in the audience do jump out of their skins at times), but the underlying chilling menace of the story has probably been best drawn out elsewhere. Left: Anna Madeley (Governess) and Lucy Morton (Flora) PHOTO © NOBBY CLARK

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Left: Rufus Sewell as Deeley and Kristin Scott Thomas as Anna PHOTO © SIMON ANNAND

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n this classy revival of one of Pinter’s most cryptic plays, directed by Ian Rickson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams alternate the female roles of Kate and Anna, with Rufus Sewell as Kate’s possessive husband Deeley. The shimmering star wattage they bring certainly enlivens a difficult text. In the play, Pinter explores how we make or remake memory in the context of a triangular relationship between the married couple and the wife’s best friend, Anna. Pinter once said that “What goes on in my plays is realistic, but what I’m doing is not realism”, and certainly here it can be read in a number of ways. Running 80 minutes without an interval, Hildegard Bechtler’s bleak-chic set and perfectly judged costumes of autumnal velvets and comfy chords transport us back to the early seventies. With three characters trapped in a room tormenting each other, it also brings to mind

By Harold Pinter Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell middle-period Bergman but, sadly, minus the chilling effect of his painterly cinematography. Being short, it doesn’t require much exertion which is why, no doubt, both stars and commercial producers love it, but its oblique hipness does leave the audience somewhat emotionally short changed, unlike in his greater plays. The stars redeem it with their sheer humanity, and the night I saw it Scott Thomas was a revelation as Anna. How could Williams possibly be better in that role and what, apart from greed, is the point in such a gimmick? Are people really going to go and see it twice, at those prices? Released from Scott Thomas’ default theater mode of jaded ennui, which got her through two recent Chekhov triumphs in the West End, it was a joy to witness this new side

of her. Preposterously beautiful, she is gloriously flirty and coquettish here and she should have such fun more often. Her seduction scenes with Rufus are completely electric, and he too does wonders in fleshing out a difficult role, wisely eschewing the traditional surly menace of this part for a more buoyant playfulness. He brings a romantic leading man quality to the role, which is of another era. Williams, a Pinter veteran, also makes the challenging part of Kate totally compelling. Is she real? Are she and Anna the same woman? Did she kill Anna? Pinter is great on the selectivity of memory and with a pleasing symmetry the characters subvert and challenge each other’s recollections of two signature moments in their collective past – a visit to a cinema and meeting at a house party where Deeley first eyedup Anna. “There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened. There are things I remember which may never have happened, but as I recall them so they take place”, says Kate. Pinter’s sparse use of language, where he strips it back to its elemental properties and has characters using it as a weapon, is much in evidence here. As a woman I heard afterwards, going up the stairs ahead of me, proclaimed to her companion: “…yes, very Pinteresque”.

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Great Expectations



ondensing Great Expectations into two hours is a challenge, memorably achieved in David Lean’s 1946 B&W film. One of Dicken’s finest nov­els, it has so many elements (thriller, social comedy, gothic horror, satire, melodrama, farce and love story) with disappointment, misunderstanding, snobbery, cruelty and love. Like life, it’s all there, and above all turns on the characters’ emotional complexity. Jo Stafford wrote the original version of this play in 1988, combining dance with the spoken word and featuring Alan Cumming. This version, at the classically lovely Vaudeville Theatre, has been reworked and expanded, and uses some clever devices. A cast of 13 are hardly off stage, with Commedia dell’arte masks used to great effect, especially in the chilling hanging scene, and an echo of Harlequin in Jaggers’ jacket subtly points to his pivotal role in Pip’s life.

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By Charles Dickens, and adapted by Jo Clifford Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH • Reviewed by Sabrina Sully

Robin Peoples’ wonderful set, a large decaying room in Miss Havisham’s Satis House is inventively used to portray every scene, and remind us throughout of the destruction wreaked by unhappiness. It begins by an older Pip’s return to Satis House, conjuring memories of the past. The older Pip remains on stage throughout, watching and narrating as we see his memories through the cobwebs, beginning with his childhood aid for escaped convict Magwitch, and on through his journey into adulthood, disillusions and disappointments. Jo Stafford’s adaptation dwells on Miss Havisham’s creation of a heartless Estella to wreak revenge on men (for which read Pip in this version), bringing neither Estella nor Miss Havisham happiness. Paula Wilcox makes an excellent Miss Havisham, one of the best I’ve seen, and Chris Ellison as Magwitch is perfect casting. Grace Rowe plays the gla-

cial Estella with too much emotion, and her accent isn’t clipped enough to differentiate her from Pip’s world. Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip performs well, yet never earns our sympathy. Paul Nivison as Adult Pip looks sombre, yet his disappointment is never voiced. Perhaps a final soliloquy would help? This is Pip’s story, yet we don’t really feel ‘with Pip’ as in the book. Redacting a few characters and chapters is no great loss, but it seemed at times as if this was a musical with the song and dance removed, a superficial romp through the story, missing the emotional complexities of the novel. Graham McLaren’s staging has reduced most of the characters to cartoon-like figures, with exaggerated costumes, whitened faces and exuberant performances. Mrs Pip for instance, is portrayed as a Pantomime Dame, yet she’s a spiteful nasty, disappointed character in the book, and surely Mr Wopsle was actually Mr Pumblechook in the novel, an entirely different character. That said, this is an energetic and good-looking production that would be a perfect introduction to Dickens, especially for children, for whom the emotional baggage would present too much of a challenge. And it has whetted my appetite to re-read the book (again!).

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and a London Cabaret Renaissance

hose who have never experienced a great interpreter of song in an intimate setting, one comfortable with their material who can talk to their audience, don’t know what they’re missing. Both Crazy Coqs and The Matcham Room have attracted the cream of New York’s cabaret scene (KT Sullivan, Karen Akers, Judy Kuhn) and British masters of the form (Barb Jungr), as well as coaxing newcomers to try this deceptively tricky art form. Cabaret, in the right hands, is a great art form. Exemplars such as Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein or Elaine Stritch can transport audiences and alter totally how you hear a great song. In Britain, cabaret still has an image problem, exemplified by the ‘cabaret’ section of Time Out magazine which actually lists burlesque, an entirely different beast. For some, cabaret conjures up Weimar Berlin, or Jacques Brel; for others a smokey jazz dive. For many theatricals it is seen as a chance to dust off their old party pieces. It’s a broad church. However, these exciting new venues offer London audiences a chance to rediscover the form, and thankfully they all insist on silence during the music. The best cabaret artists, naturally, are those who devote most time to it, and while this is not always easy because of the economics involved,

The Crazy Coqs Cabaret at Brasserie Zédel • 20 Sherwood St, London W1 Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell over time the great are great because they learn to be themselves. Those from a jazz background make out best because they can respond to an audience. Those from the pop world often deliver wonderfully produced and arranged sets, but struggle to downscale to an intimate room. Musical theater actors are a mainstay of the art form but they often struggle most as they can’t work up the courage to stand before an audience, emotionally naked, without the protection of a character to hide behind. Janie Dee, who did a week at Crazy Coqs in January, is a good example of the latter. A double Olivier Award winner, who has enviably conquered musical theater and straight plays, she’s undoubtedly a great talent. On her first night here, however, she was tentative and late. Delivering an extremely polished set of numbers, with excellent accompaniment from Ben Atkinson at the piano, she rarely let the audience in. Hiding

behind props and “business”, each number was frenetically dramatized. During I Am Changing from Dreamgirls, she sensually stripped from chic black evening gown into a dashing tuxedo. For Smoke Gets In Your Eyes she draped herself against a marble pillar, cigarette holder in hand, and outvamped Lauren Bacall; all great on a musical stage, but in a cabaret room this constitutes gilding the lily. Tom Lehrer’s great Poisoning Pigeons in the Park was done in the British style à la Tomfoolery, where much of its dry, mordant wit is lost. Ending with So Long Dearie from Hello Dolly, which she has just performed to great acclaim at the Leicester Haymarket, she was on firmer footing, and there she shone. Overall, a sterling effort, if lacking in the informality which good cabaret demands. Check out upcoming acts at: H

KT Sullivan, another visitor to Crazy Coqs, at the end of last year PHOTO: MARCOS BEVILACQUA

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THEATER PREVIEWS The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time Apollo Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX March 1 to May 25 Co-director of War Horse Marianne Elliott again stages a singular vision of a hit novel, here Mark Haddon’s award-winning mystery, which went down a storm at the Cottesloe Theatre and the Chichester Festival and now reaches the West End. The extraordinary but socially awkward mind of fifteen-year old maths genius Christopher is the prism through which the story is revealed, after a neighborhood dog is found killed with a garden fork. An isolated personality who hates being touched, he turns detective against his father’s wishes. Luke Treadaway (also War Horse and already copious film work) again takes up the role of Christopher, with a standout supporting cast including RSC and Old Vic regular Niamh Cusack, Matthew Barker, Sophie Duval and other members of the original cast.

Luke Treadaway in The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time

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Proof Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU 14 March to 27 April 2013 American playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer and Tony award winning play Proof ran for over 900 performances on Broadway and arrives at the Menier under the direction of Polly Findlay (Antigone, National Theatre, A Taste of Honey, Sheffield). Examining the relationship between genius and madness, Hal discovers a brilliant proof in the office of Robert, a recently deceased maths genius (yes, another one). But is Robert the author, and has his daughter Catherine inherited both his mental genius and weaknesses? Stars Mariah Gale (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, RSC) as Catherine alongside Jamie Parker (Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, at The Globe, and The History Boys, National Theatre, Broadway and film), Emma Cunniffe (The Crucible, Regents Park) and Matthew Marsh (The Last of the Haussmans, NT).

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Before The Party Almeida Theatre, Islington, London, N1 1TA March 21 to May 11 A rediscovered gem? Period drama set in the upstairs-downstairs world of post-war Britain. Rodney Ackland’s play, based on a short story by Somerset Maugham gets its first production in a quarter of a century, with a cast of established stage and TV regulars, including The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson and TV drama stalwart Stella Gonet (The House of Eliott).

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Leslie Jordan: Fruit Fly Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place. London WC2H 7BX March 12 to 16 (and March 18 in Manchester, see below) Raconteur, comedian and actor Leslie Jordan (who played recurring character Beverley Leslie in Will & Grace, winning an Emmy award for Outstanding Guest Actor) returns to the West End with 90 minute anecdote medley Fruit Fly, the follow-up to his 2010 success My Trip Down The Pink Carpet. Here he recalls his years growing up in Chattanooga and poses the question ‘Do gay men really become their Mothers?’. The show has already been critically lauded in New York and Los Angeles. Upping the camp quota, Jordan is supported by the critically-acclaimed Supreme Fabulettes, ‘London’s hottest male female close harmony singing group’. As well as five nights at the Leicester Square Theatre, he’s also dropping in for an evening at The Lowry in Manchester (www. on Monday 18.

(2010), won six Tony Awards. The tale hinges on a meeting between Alice Liddell Hargreaves – the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland – and Peter Llewelyn Davies, the original ‘Peter Pan’. The production doesn’t skimp on star power; despite the £10 ticket price, Skyfall participants Dame Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw are the headliners, with Derek Riddell (Ugly Betty) and Nicholas Farrell (Spooks) also on hand. As with all of this year’s ‘Grandages’, the run is limited.

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The Old Vic Theatre The Cut, London SE1 8NB March 8 to May 25 The same year as Terence Rattigan’s Brighton Rock was released in

Peter and Alice Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU March 9 to June 1 The second of Michael Grandage’s presentations for 2013. Unlike Privates on Parade (see last month’s issue), Peter and Alice is a World Premier from playwright John Logan, whose last play, Red

cinemas, his tale of injustice The Winslow Boy, based on a true 1910 theft and false accusation against a navy cadet, transferred from its successful West End debut to Broadway. This revival is directed by Lindsay Posner (Olivier Award winner for Death and the Maiden) and stars Henry Goodman (Yes, Prime Minister, West End, and numerous screen credits). The Old Vic is unleashing the big hitters this year, with Rattigan followed by Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth in June, and Much Ado About Nothing from September.

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A former resident of The Old Vic, multi award-winning comedy Noises Off, begins a tour of major UK cities at the Theatre Royal, Bath on March 27 (www.oldvictheatre. com/noises-off-tour) ... London’s tiny Finborough Theatre (www. is never short of revivals and premieres of note, this month including new play Facts (February 26 – March 23), in which a pair of detectives – one Israeli and one Palestinian – investigate the death of a prominent American archaeologist, and Laburnum Grove (March 3-19), JB Priestley’s neglected early comedy on suburban greed ... while Lionel Bart’s last unproduced musical, Quasimodo, opens at The King’s Head Theatre in London (March 20 to April 13, with Steven Webb (The History Boys, NT) in the title role, and Robert Chevara (Vieux Carré, NT) directing. Bart, writer of Oliver!, wrote Quasimodo in 1963, but it was never produced. A semi-staged workshop in 1995 at the Soho Laundry, featuring Ray Shell and Frances Ruffelle was as close as it came to the West End. H

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BOOKS The Embassy in Grosvenor Square – American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, 1938-2008 Alison R Holmes and J Simon Rofe Palgrave MacMillan, Hardback, 376 pages, £65.00 ISBN 978-0-230-28062-5 Crucial to the complicated, influential and - yes - special relationship between the United Kingdom and United States are the representatives sent by America to London. The contributors to this book, American and British scholars, as expected, are thorough and meticulous in their research. One might not expect such readable accounts of the Ambassadors. Each period of service is examined in detail, in its social, diplomatic and political context, with a pithy conclusion. For example, Joseph Kennedy (Ambassador from 1938-40): “While Kennedy may well have had a fine time to start with, and on occasion his services were notable in the service of transatlantic diplomacy, the ambassadorship is tainted by a failed relationship with the President and growing distance from the government he was supposed to be observing at the time of its ‘finest hour’. John ‘Gil’ Winant (1941–45) was an antifascist whom Ernest Bevin, a wartime minister

in Churchill’s cabinet, remembered ‘walking round the streets during an air raid witnessing how London took it ... he shared our sorrows ... he gave one a feeling of optimism.’ “ Lewis Williams Douglas (1947–50) got along well with British officials and politicians. “One commentator suggested in 1947 that this was because ‘he manages to be thoroughly American, yet manages to be the complete antithesis of the grotesque caricature so many Britons have built up of the typical American: loud-mouthed, loudsuited and inclined to give a condescending slap on the aching British back’.” In recent times, Robert Holmes Tuttle (2005–2009) “arrived in London at a moment of change in the Bush administration; after the initial shock of 9/11 and the difficult engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan ... Bush’s advisors concluded that a different approach towards US allies was required. Tuttle’s experience in the Reagan White House clearly played a huge role in the way he dealt not only with his Embassy team, but also the way in which he networked in Washington ... and understood the ways in which political leaders thought and operated. All of which stood him in good stead.”

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The Golden Age of DC Comics 1935-1956 By Paul Levitz Taschen, Hardback, 416 pages, £34.99 ISBN 978-3-836-53573-1 The first of a five book series covering the history of DC Comics from the 1930s to the present day, The Golden Age covers the startling arrival of the superhero story, when ‘comics’ became ‘comic books’, and when the marketplace was still figuring out there was a difference between markets for the Caped Crusader and Popeye. From an era of ‘funnies’ emerged Superman, The Flash, The Batman, Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern, heroes who would break out from Action Comics and Detective Comics to become iconic brands of their own, many of which remain as strong now as 60-70 years ago. While the artistry may seem naive by comparison to modern graphic novels, the style settled remarkably quickly. This large first instalment is no collection of classic panels, but a well-illustrated image portfolio of the founding of an industry extending from Superman’s instant success to sidelines such as Leave it to Binky and Girls’ Romances. Officianados will love the scope if they don’t already have the breezeblock tome 75 Years of DC Comics, also from Taschen, though some essays of cultural analysis would have been welcome. As an annotated art record, however, this is a welcome start for the series. H

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US ELECTION 2012 The ‘Real’ Final Numbers

Sir Robert Worcester takes a last look at which pollsters had it right and who had it a little off


here was an awful rush by the news media, the pundits and pollsters immediately following the American election last year to do the ‘final’ analysis even before all the votes were counted. This is perfectly normal, as that’s what the public, at least the political chattering classes and their followers, want, expect and demand. Yet it’s a chancy game. Exit polls are useful, not just for which party is going to win and by how much, which lasts but a few hours on election night; they can be informative about who did what, in which states, and to some degree why. Post-election re-analysis such as that done over the years by MORI, and this time by our American colleagues at Ipsos too, is also informative. This is done by aggregating preelection polls asking voting intention, and other relevant questions relating to the election over the past months, to the actual vote on election day and weighting every set of answers to that outcome, to see ‘what if’. While it isn’t definitive, it can be an excellent guide to comparative sub-groups, to see who shifted their votes from one election to the next. In the rush we published some preliminary data in which clever political addicts spotted errors; other data changed as late votes, including those of overseas Americans, were included in the count. The Editor agreed that when it was all done


and dusted I should return to the election ‘for the record’ rather than for any elucidation which escaped our notice back in mid November. However, I take advantage of the opportunity to make a few points overlooked until now. The table on page 43 tells what happened, where. Overwhelming as the sea of red is across the country in electoral maps of the USA, a state by state count shows that Governor Romney added two states to the Republican count from Senator McCain’s efforts in 2008: Obama led in the number of states by 29 to 22 in 2008 over McCain, and in 2012 by 27 to 24; two switched to Romney,

Indiana and North Carolina. First, the final result certified by Congress on 4 January 2013 shows that on a turnout of 58.9%, slightly under the 2008 figure, just over 129 million eligible voters cast ballots in 2012, down some two million from 2008. Of these, nearly 66 million voted for President Obama and just under 61 million for Governor Romney, an overall majority of nearly five million; hardly the close contest the media mainly expected. While the Republican candidate added nearly one million votes, and other candidates over half a million, the vote for the President’s reelection fell by over three and a half million. Nonetheless, the President was re-elected, but by 51.1% of those voting to 47.2% for Romney and the other 1.7% to other candidates in the various states. This compared to 53.0% against 45.7% in 2008, a swing of 1.7%, or just under two people in a hundred either switching their votes or staying home on election day. To compare these figures to pollsters’ results, the convention is to round the share figures to the closest whole number. That gives us a 1.5% swing, one and a half persons who deserted the Democrat and supported the Republican in this election. By setting out the states ranked by Romney’s swing, it is obvious that he did well, just not well enough. Utah had the biggest swing to

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Romney, explained mainly by the fact that Utah is the home of Mormonism, Romney’s religion. Nearly ten more people in a hundred in Utah voted Republican this time, compared with 2008. Still, only a three percent swing followed Romney in Nevada, where the concentration of Mormons is second only to Utah’s. In only one state, Alaska, did the Obama/Biden ticket do markedly well, with a 3.5% swing against Romney and for Obama, but then former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin wasn’t on the Republican ballot this time. Other states which bucked the trend, seen at the bottom of the chart, were the curious mixture of strong Democrat states New York and New Jersey, while Mississippi and Louisiana in the deepest of the deep South also tilted slightly to Obama, probably affected by a combination of Federal support following their floods and increased turnout in the black vote.

The Problem with the US Polls

In my view, the polls in the United States during this election did us all a disservice. This was compounded by the way much of the media dealt with them. At the outset I personally was frustrated by the way the pollsters reported their findings, not insisting on proper reporting, as we do in Britain, with a level playing field in methodology and transparency in reporting results. At the same time, many grateful thanks to the poll compilers, especially and (Nate Silver in the New York Times), for prompt, accurate and comprehensive reportage of the many polls being conducted during the election campaign, both nationally and state by state. The worst culprits in 2012 turned out to be the pollsters with the great-

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est profiles during the campaign, Gallup and Rasmussen, the two principal ‘trackers’ which were reported almost daily, with respectable sample sizes, and a ‘track record’ (although Gallup was near the bottom of the league table in 2008). With such high visibility month in and month out, they consistently showed a closer race than was happening. Observing this early on caused me repeatedly to say forget the ‘horse race’, watch the key battleground states. I said from the beginning it would not be close where it mattered, in key states whose electoral votes would determine the outcome. Both Gallup and Rasmussen called the wrong winner in their final polls. Out of the 20 polling organisations which published eve of poll results, they tied for last place on any measure – out on the shares and out on the lead. Now that we know precisely how many voted in the November 6th 2012 American Presidential Election, reported by the Federal Elections Commission and confirmed by Congress on January 4, 2013, we can calculate the ‘league table’ of American poll success in ‘forecasting’ the result. There are caveats of course, of late swing, allocation of ‘don’t knows’, different methodologies, poor reporting, but as accurately and fairly as we can calculate it, Table 2 (page 44) presents the performance of the American polls in 2012. Against the certified outcome of 51.1% for Obama, 47.2% for Romney and 1.7% for other candidates, rounded to 51%/47%/2%, against published figures at the time, the ABC News/Washington Post poll taken over 1-4 November by telephone among a national sample of 2,345 likely voters reported 51%/47%/1% with 1% don’t knows. A most credible performance indeed.

I’ve always said that 95% of polling is skill, 5% luck, and any experienced poll watcher will confirm that any poll which comes ‘close’ is to be congratulated. Among those who are in the top tier as well are Angus Reid, Democracy Corps and Pew, all of whom deserve full credit for getting both the shares virtually spot on, and also the lead to within a point. In the second tier, sample sizes spanned a huge gap between the relatively tiny IBD/TIPP sample of 712, projected, not so much a poll but what they published as their projection, and the massive 36,472 polled using their internet panel over four days by YouGov, both carrying out their projection of the result to one decimal point, but both well within the margin of error.

The Solution for the US Polls

Over 40 years ago the senior pollsters (before my time) led by Humphrey Taylor, agreed that since comparisons of their current poll results were made with the previous election’s results they should also add up to 100%, which meant recalculating their poll findings to reallocate the don’t knows and undecideds to put their results on the same basis as the election outcome. This was especially important for the viewers of Dr David Butler (Nuffield College Oxford) and Professor Robert McKenzie (London School of Economics) on the BBC during the 1950s and 1960s, whose polished performances analysed the polls as they tracked the election and the results as they became available. They wanted the viewer to understand what they were telling them, interpreting the election with data, instead of the spin that politicians previously filled the airwaves with prior to the counts being announced.

Table 1: STATE-BY-STATE SWING ANALYSIS (Swing to Romney) STATE Utah West Virginia Indiana North Dakota Missouri Montana South Dakota Wyoming Illinois Wisconsin Michigan Nebraska Delaware Idaho Kansas Kentucky Nevada Pennsylvania Tennessee Connecticut New Mexico Oregon Texas Arkansas Colorado Iowa Maine Minnesota New Hampshire North Carolina Virginia Alabama Florida Georgia Hawaii Massachusetts Ohio Oklahoma South Carolina California Dist Columbia Vermont Washington Arizona Maryland Rhode Island Louisiana Mississippi New Jersey New York Alaska Total (Rounded %) Total Vote %

2008 USA Presidential Election Result McCain Obama Other ObLead % % % % 63 34 3 -29 56 43 1 -13 49 50 1 1 53 45 2 -8 49 49 2 0 50 47 3 -3 53 45 2 -8 65 33 2 -32 37 62 1 25 42 56 2 14 41 57 2 16 57 42 1 -15 37 62 1 25 62 36 3 -26 57 41 2 -16 57 41 1 -16 43 55 2 12 44 55 1 11 57 42 1 -15 38 60 1 22 42 57 1 15 40 57 3 17 55 44 1 -11 59 39 2 -20 45 54 1 9 44 54 1 10 40 58 1 18 43 54 3 11 45 54 1 9 49 50 1 1 46 53 1 7 60 39 0 -21 48 51 0 3 52 47 1 -5 27 72 1 45 36 62 2 26 47 52 1 5 66 34 0 -32 54 45 1 -9 37 61 2 24 7 92 1 85 30 67 3 37 42 58 0 16 54 45 1 -9 36 62 1 26 35 63 2 28 59 40 1 -19 56 43 1 -13 42 57 1 15 36 62 2 26 59 38 2 -21 46 53 1 7 45.7% 53.0% 1.3% 7.3% 59,934,814 69,456,897 1,687,559 8,645,538

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2012 USA Presidential Election Result Romney Obama Other ObLead % % % % 73 25 2 -48 62 36 2 -26 54 44 2 -10 58 39 3 -19 54 44 2 -10 55 42 3 -13 58 40 2 -18 69 28 3 -41 41 58 1 17 46 52 2 6 45 54 1 9 60 38 2 -22 40 59 1 19 65 33 2 -32 60 38 2 -22 60 38 2 -22 46 52 2 6 47 52 1 5 60 39 1 -21 41 58 1 17 43 53 4 10 42 54 4 12 57 41 2 -16 61 37 2 -24 46 51 3 5 46 52 2 6 41 56 3 15 45 53 2 8 46 52 2 6 50 48 2 -2 47 51 2 4 61 38 1 -23 49 50 1 1 53 46 1 -7 28 71 1 43 37 61 2 24 48 51 1 3 67 33 0 -34 55 44 1 -11 37 60 3 23 7 91 2 84 31 67 2 36 41 56 3 15 54 45 1 -9 36 62 2 26 35 63 2 28 58 41 1 -17 55 44 1 -11 41 58 1 17 35 63 2 28 55 41 4 -14 47 51 1 4 47.7% 50.7% 1.6% 3.0% 994,338 -3,557,237 548,291 -3,675,030 60,929,152 65,899,660 2,235,850 4,970,508

Romney Swing % 9.5 6.5 5.5 5.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.5 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -3.5 1.5



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Sample Size

Fieldwork End Dates

Polls: Published Figures Obama Romney Others

n' % % % ELECTION RESULT 51% 47% 2% ABC News/Washington Post 2,345 1-4 Nov 50 47 1 Angus Reid 3 1,019 1-3 Nov 51 48 1 Democracy Corps c 1,080 1-4 Nov 49 45 1 Pew 2,709 31 Oct-3 Nov 50 47 3 Daily Kos/SEIU/PPP 4 1,300 1-4 Nov 50 48 0 IBD/TIPP 1, D 712 3-5 Nov 50.3 48.7 1 Ipsos/Reuters 3 4,725 1-5 Nov 48 46 NBC News/Wall Street Journal A 1,475 1-3 Nov 48 47 2 PPP/Americans United for Change 4 1,200 2-4 Nov 50 48 0 Purple Strategies 2 1,000 31 Oct-1 Nov 47 46 0 UPI/CVoter 3,000 3-5 Nov 49 48 YouGov 3 36,472 31 Oct-3 Nov 48.5 46.5 2.3 American Research Group 1,200 2-4 Nov 49 49 1 CNN/ORC 693 2-4 Nov 49 49 2 Gravis Marketing 4 872 3-5 Nov 48 48 0 JZ Analytics/Newsmax 3 1,005 3-5 Nov 46.6 45.8 4 Monmouth University/Survey USA 2 1,417 1-4 Nov 48 48 2 Politico/GWU/Battleground B 1,000 4-5 Nov 47 47 0 Gallup 1 2,551 1-4 Nov 49 50 1 Rasmussen Reports 4 1,500 3-5 Nov 48 49 3 AVERAGE 48.8 47.6 1.4 ELECTION RESULT 06-Nov 51% 47% 2% 51.1% 47.2% 1.7% ELECTION RESULT Certified By Congress 4 Jan. 2013 06-Nov 65,899,660 60,929,152 2,235,850 * '+/-3% margin of error acceptable for c. 1,000 sample Turnout 58.9% 129,064,662

Repercentaged Figures

Don't LEAD Know Obama

% 0% 1

2 4 3 3 7 2.7 1 4 3.6 2 6 0

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distributed, the three polls would have all been in virtual alignment. It is not that the undecideds and don’t knows are unimportant. It is a valid response to the interviewers’ question of respondents’ voting intentions, and should always be reported. The British pollsters do not prescribe how the results are reallocated, although most British pollsters, for purposes of clarity and ease of understanding, merely distribute the percentage of those replying either undecided or don’t know proportionally to those giving a voting intention. Another convention among British poll reporting is that they (unlike many academics) rarely publish to a decimal point, suggesting to the casual reader a spurious accuracy to any opinion survey findings. American media also seems

Obama Romney Lead Obama Share Error % % %

0% 97 99 94 97 98 99 94 95 98 93 97 95 98 98 96 92.4 96 94 99 97 96.3

52% 48% 4% 52% 48% 4% 52% 48% 4% 52% 48% 4% 52% 48% 4% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 51% 49% 2% 50% 50% 0% 50% 50% 0% 50% 50% 0% 50% 50% 0% 50% 50% 0% 50% 50% 0% 49% 51% -2% 49% 51% -2% 50.7% 49.3% 1.4% 52% 48% 4% -1.3% 1.3% -2.6%


% -0.0% -0.0% -0.0% -0.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -1.0% -2.0% -2.0% -2.0% -2.0% -2.0% -2.0% -3.0% -3.0% -1.3%



The 1970 election was the watershed. Up to that point, and in the case of Marplan even through 1979, the convention of distributing the undecided and don’t knows was not uniformly observed. I recall broadcasting live on BBC TV during the 1979 elections and being faced with graphics which showed MORI with figures of (say) 45% for the Tories, 42% for Labour and 10% for the Liberals with 3% for other parties (totaling 100%), and an almost identical set of figures for Gallup. However, the third set of figures, from Marplan, showed 40% for Labour, 37% for Tories and 8% for Liberals and 2% others. The interviewer demanded to know why ‘the polls are all over the place’, dismissing the poll figures as nonsense. If Marplan’s 14% undecideds and don’t knows had been proportionally

O+R vote


wedded to reporting ‘usual margin of error’, without regard to sample size, methodology, or quality of the sampling design or empirical evidence. It stands to reason if (say) five independent opinion polls all are reporting similar results at the same time, the ‘margin of error’ would be much narrower than any one poll. But at a minimum all polls should without fail report the basic technical details, dates of fieldwork, sample size, nature of the sample (all adults, registered voters, intending voters, whatever), methodology (face to face, telephone, internet) and name of polling organisation and sponsor of the poll. H Sir Robert Worcester is the founder of MORI. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertWorcester

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n the Corvette’s 60th birthday, what else could Chevrolet do but launch a new version of the iconic sports car? So they did, and where else but the Detroit Auto Show? The seventh generation ‘Vette is promised to be the quickest yet, with a 450hp LT1 motor and a 0 to 60mph time of four seconds. It goes on sale in the States in the Fall and will be available this side of the Atlantic toward the end of the year. If you’re planning to stay in the UK, the good news is that Chevy is planning to market right hand drive versions, although insiders say this is unlikely to be until 2015 at the earliest. UK prices haven’t been released yet, but

should (as usual) be attractive compared to European rivals of similar performance. The American will be taking a look as soon as we can. C7 sees one welcome return – the full name, Corvette Stingray. Chevrolet’s global product development chief Mary Barra said, “To carry the Stingray name the car needs to have the perfect combination of design, technology and performance and I think we have achieved that. It’s incredible to think that we first launched the Corvette 60 years ago and the latest generation remains true to its roots back in 1953 – a uniquely American take on a European sports car.”



n the January issue we looked at training courses for youngsters. One of the useful parts of the course was POWDER – things to check before you even get into a car and drive away. It’s a good aide memoire for all of us, not just kids. The acronym stands for: Petrol – Have you enough for your journey? Does your vehicle use it, or diesel? Oil – Check you have the right amount. Not just in the engine, but also the brakes, clutch, gearbox and power steering. Water – Is your coolant level correct? Also the washer fluid, for convenience and safety, and the battery if it’s not a sealed type. Damage – Cars can be damaged even if you’re not with them. Take a look at the wheels, tires, lamps and mirrors. Electrics – Make sure the outside and inside lamps and horn are all working, and that the warning lights on the dash are telling you the right things. Rubber – Check the tire pressures regularly and take a look at tire tread depths, not forgetting the spare. Tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Rubber also includes the windshield wiper blades and the water hoses under the hood. H


New Stingray – yes, Stingray!

C-Charge Changes

Thinking of buying a low emissions car to avoid London’s £10-aday Congestion Charge? Take care: the body that runs the scheme, Transport for London (TfL), is considering changing the rules. You could buy a vehicle that currently falls into the zero-fee category only to find that you are liable to pay from July, if London Mayor Boris Johnson approves new rules. Among the changes TfL is considering: a new Ultra Low Emission Discount to replace the Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount; removing the option to pay in shops and petrol stations; and increasing the penalty charge from £120 to £130. The present cut-off point for the discount is 100g/km CO2. Under the new rules cars will have to emit less than 75g/km to qualify. Among those that may fail the new criteria are all diesels and most hybrid vehicles. Diesels are also in the firing line because, although giving high mpg and low CO2 emissions (good!), they typically emit 22 times more soot particulates than petrol cars (bad!). Even Toyota’s Prius and Smart cars are said to be among ‘green’ models that will no longer be exempt.

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There is no Number 1!

March Madness is upon us and the way this season has gone, we’re sure to be in for more sensational shocks. If there’s one thing to remember about this season, it’s that “there is no number 1”, with the top ranked teams continuously getting beat. It’s anyone’s title to win this year, but there are always favorites. Natimi Black-Heaven previews the top candidates to go all the way.


We start things off with last year’s runners up. As always, this team has the tools to win it all. With a total of 14 Final Four appearances in the school’s history, this team lives off great coaching and mechanics. They know how to finish games and get it done with a great mix of maturity and fundamentals. Expect bracketologists to flock to the Jayhawks as they bid for a 15th Final Four.


Michigan made a stand at the No.1 position in the twelfth week this year. The last time that happened, the “Fab Five” were in town. Michigan has been by far the best team in the state this year, overcoming long-time rivals Michigan State and

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proving that they can get it done on a regular basis. The Wolverines went on a 16-0 winning streak before being defeated by Ohio State in a one possession game. However, there’s one team snapping at their heels... You guessed it: Indiana. It’s going to be a Big 10 dog fight as these two battle it out for supremacy leading into the tournament.


The Hoosiers were on everybody’s radar going into the season. Entering at No.1 (No.2 in our season preview) and owning the undeniably best big man in the league, Cody Zeller, Indiana fell off after a shock defeat to Wisconsin. But sometimes a loss is what you need to improve on your flaws. We’re not saying that the Hoo-

siers are flawless, but they’re close. Indiana’s back to their dominant ways and there’s no room for “easing up” in a conference like the Big 10.


We don’t all live in Gator Nation, but it sure is difficult not to jump on the bandwagon. The Gators have been swimming in the deep end all season long and it’s been worth it. If there’s one thing that Florida does well that can be emulated by very few teams, it’s their ability to take quality and efficient shots. This team ranks in the top 10 in field goal percentage for a reason. In a grueling endurance tournament like March Madness, efficiency is the only way forward.


Just another one of those seemingly undefeatable teams that – guess what – got beat. But Duke is no pushover, and the Blue Devils have been riding the wave that is Mason Plumlee from the very beginning. Duke’s potential lies with the play

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of the big man. If he can continue to dominate in March like we know he can (he will), it will be extremely hard to bet against these guys.


Can Syracuse make a deep run into the post-season this year? Throughout the season, Syracuse has looked like the team to beat, and then from time to time they wilt. We all know these brightly dressed ballers pack a punch when they want to but consistency is a necessary trait when you head into a potential six game knockout tournament.


the back of a player, it’s this team. Thomas’ phenomenal ability to put the ball in the basket makes Ohio State a force to be reckoned with, but as the tournament goes on, expect the Buckeyes to meet an inspired defensive performance by every team they face. If Thomas can step up, Ohio State can prevail.


ASU is another team that has been slowly making their way on top. Cool, calm and collected, the Wildcats have been stalking their opponents and pouncing when least expected. But when the madness starts, Arizona will be expected to perform with the best of them, because they’ve definitely been playing winning hoops. A one point Christmas Day victory over San Diego State could be a sign of things to come.

During week eleven of the season, Louisville were at the top. Not long after, they suffered a three game losing streak that sent them way down the line of Big East competitors. Last year’s Final Four participants can be in good shape again if ‘Russdiculous’ Russ Smith can find consistency in his shots. And if there’s any one thing that all college basketball analysts will agree on, it’s that the Louisville Cardinals have one of the best defences in the country. Their ability to pressure the ball, play the passing lanes, defend the paint and contest shots is second-to-none.

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The Spartans feature as our second instalment from the great state of Michigan and our third from the stacked Big 10 Conference. Keith Appling is one guy you’ll want to keep an eye out for as we head into the knockout tournament. With the help of Appling’s scoring touch, last year’s Big 10 champs have a chance to push through the competition and break some brackets.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes have arguably the best scorer in the league in Deshaun Thomas (20 points per game). If there was ever a team built on

Not you, not me, not anybody had these bad boys as contenders going into the season but you may want to hold that thought. Even though they play less talented teams than other schools on this list, it’s evident they can roll with the big dogs of the league. The two big men, Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris patrol the paint like their lives depended on it. They lead the team in scoring and rebounds and their one-two punch rivals that of any other team heading into the tournament. H March Madness is carried on UK television by ESPN America.


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The Next Big Thing? n Australia, Sloane Stephens was a revelation. In truth, she shouldn’t have been. After a steady climb from top 100 to top 50 in 2012, and entering the new year ranked 38, the young American remained under the radar, even heading into Melbourne ranked 25. This wasn’t a stealth mission, this was hiding in plain sight. Then she beat Serena, and the world noticed. Maybe we could blame Melanie Oudin a little. Oudin’s failure to break into the top flight had the tennis press doubting an American singles sensation was imminent, and even after Stephens was ousted only by Victoria Azarenka, the eventual champion (and, by the way, world No.1 for the past year), some sports commentators were still intoning the name of Oudin with the wagging finger of caution and the inference that it’s still too early to tell whether Sloane Stephens is the future. Well, Sloane Stephens isn’t the future. She’s the now. Still looking for somebody to better Serena? Just happened, wake up. Still searching for somebody with the game, the confidence, presence and charisma? Where were you looking? Trying to find some teenage American who can make it into the top flight? She’s in the top 20 already – which bandwagon are you waiting for?

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2013’s first Grand Slam delivers American tennis a new hope, but there was little shake-up at the top of the men’s draw Sloane Stephens turns 20 this month, and while Serena and Venus had become Grand Slam finals regulars by that age, we’re not saying Sloane Stephens is the next Serena. It’s enough that there is a ‘next’. It’s a relief, in fact; somebody in whom we can invest our hopes with a good chance of them not being dashed. At time of writing, Sloane had played in three 2013 events. In each, she was defeated only by the even-



tual champions – Serena Williams in Brisbane, Elena Vesnina in Hobart, and Azarenka in Melbourne. Of course, when it comes to investing hopes and having them dashed, few nations know torture as the British do. Australia offered another runner-up result for pessimistic Brits and snarky American journos to point at. After Melbourne, one columnist dubbed Andy Murray a ‘one hit wonder’, selectively ignoring that Murray is both reigning US and Olympic Champion and has therefore won two of the last four ‘majors’ he’s been in. Still, he’s 1-5 alltime in Grand Slam finals, and when the Summer comes, he’ll again have the weight of expectation upon him. Just as Andy Murray’s secondbest resume emerged from the shadows of Tim Henman’s everdoomed Wimbledon runs, and just as Henman was a merciful advance on Jeremy Bates’ perennial 4th round loss to Henri Leconte/Guy Forget/any Frenchman with a racket, so the British look to their youth for the next generation. At present, the highest ranked British man younger than Andy Murray is Dan Evans, aged 22 and ranked just 360. That’s why, if you haven’t been following the rise of Sloane Stephens, you’d better start enjoying it now. You never know when the next next big thing will come along. H

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ere are the winners of the first three full-field events on the 2013 PGA Tour – see if you can tell which one of them is not like the others:

 Russell Henley, making his Tour

debut after finishing third on the money list in 2012

 Brian Gay, defeating Charles

Howell III and David Lingmerth in a playoff for his first win in four years

 Tiger Woods, winning his eighth

title at Torrey Pines and his 75th Tour event overall.

Now, most of my Sunday nights between February and October are spent watching golf on television, but a few weeks ago I’d never heard of Henley or Lingmerth, and I’d still struggle to pick Gay out of a lineup. Tiger is a different animal, of course, but the disparity between Tiger and the likes of Henley and Gay only continues a trend which augurs ill for the Tour’s future. Consider this: in 2012, only three golfers with at least 10 PGA Tour titles won another full-field event (Woods, Mickelson and Els). In 1992 nine different golfers reached or moved further along the doubledigit win plateau (Floyd, Wadkins, Kite, Crenshaw, Lietzke, Norman, Pavin and Stadler). In 2012, four golfers won events which took them to between six and nine career wins

(Z Johnson, Garcia, D Johnson and McIlroy). In 1992, nine golfers reached or moved within the six-to-nine win level (Couples, O’Meara, Haas, Azinger, Calcavecchia, Love, Faldo, Frost and Cook). To put this another way, 20 years ago the Tour encompassed a galaxy of stars, whereas the modern Tour increasingly means Tiger, Phil, maybe Rory and the odd Sergio or Bubba, and a bunch of no-names with ample talent but wafer-thin Q ratings. The Tour of 1992 felt more grounded, less dependent upon the hyper-elite and open to a broad range of excellent golfers with transparently different styles and personalities. At Torrey Pines, Phil finished 14 shots behind Tiger, but in its Sunday telecast CBS repeatedly cut to Phil’s meaningless shots regardless; such excesses were never broadcast in 1992, but their recent frequency underscores the Tour’s tabloid-like dependence on its mega-stars. Why did I compare 2012 with 1992? Two reasons, I guess: one, I graduated from high school in 1992, and I fondly remember the Tour of my childhood as a golden age unsullied by Tiger-sized hype in which dozens of golfers not only regularly contended to win majors but could justifiably claim to deserve them. Two, Tom Watson was the US Ryder Cup captain in 1993, and he will be again in 2014; I wonder how


As Tom Watson compiles his first Ryder Cup team in 20 years, Darren Kilfara ponders Golf’s shrinking Upper Class

Tom Watson: ready to shape up another Ryder Cup team in 2014

he feels the American talent pool has evolved over the past 20 years? His first team was unspectacular, but it was solid and dependable, and it brought the Cup back from The Belfry; no team featuring Tiger or Phil has won in Europe since. The PGA Tour’s most prominent advertising slogan is “These Guys Are Good”; too often I find myself asking, “Who are these guys?”, and, “Is ‘good’ good enough?” There are plenty of seats available between “good” and “Tiger” on the 2013 Tour bus, and I only hope more of the Sergios and Bubbas, Johnsons and Kuchars, Donalds and Roses regularly elevate their games to sit near the front. That’s how the Tour always worked before Tiger; someday, perhaps that’s how it might work again. H American golfer Darren Kilfara formerly worked for Golf Digest magazine and is the author of A Golfer’s Education, a memoir of his junior year abroad as a student-golfer at the University of St Andrews.

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experience. Buffalo also looked to the college ranks, but didn’t look far, geographically, hiring Doug Marrone, who made Syracuse relevant. The Bills are clearly settling for dreams of ‘relevant’ right now. The in-division guy: After finally shipping Norv Turner, the Chargers went after Broncos OC Mike McCoy. Hardly a power-shifting hire, and the impact on Denver could be minimal with Peyton Manning in town. The known guy: Rob Chudzinski was OC for the Browns in 2004 and 2007-2008. Ray Horton and Norv Turner are good hires as coordinators (in Norv’s case only as a coordinator). Don’t sleep on this hire. The deserving guy: Bruce Arians, beloved Steelers OC before spending last year as interim coach of the Colts (winning Coach of the Year) lands the job of leading the Arizona Cardinals. Some reward! The CFL guy: Marc Trestman’s hire by Chicago was a ‘who?’ for some folks south of the border, but the ex-Alouettes coach (pictured left) has more NFL experience than many hires here (17 years!), and has long been regarded as a QB guru. The defensive guy: The Jaguars went against trend, hiring somebody who knows about tackling. Gus Bradley, former defensive coordinator with Seattle (how’s that for relocating?).



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The NFL’s new head coaching appointments were certainly a diverse crowd. Not ethnically diverse, admittedly (expect the NFL to unleash Rooney Rule 2.0 this summer), but the career paths were varied. Amongst them: The retread: ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid landed with KC. He’s long-proven as a winner (just not recently). I wonder what regulars at Big Charlie’s, the Chiefs-themed bar in South Philly, make of the move. The college coaches: Chip Kelly replaces Reid with the Eagles, who hope to catch the wave with some Oregon-style read-option offense. One last chance for Michael Vick? However, the NFC East isn’t the Pac-12, and Kelly has zero NFL


Introducing: The New Coaches


It’s time for an offseason meet-and-greet session, as Richard L Gale rounds up the new faces of NFL coaching and looks back at National Signing Day




(Re)Introducing: The Jaguars

Speaking of the Jaguars – and we increasingly will be – the big overhaul in North Florida is underway. The hiring of new GM Dave Caldwell (pictured above), former Director of Player Personnel for the Falcons, could prove the most significant long-term hire of January. For a team worse now than they’ve ever been, they pretty much have to rebuild, and a personnel guy was ideal as they reboot the franchise. Caldwell’s time with the Atlanta front office included the selection of Matt Ryan, and the draft-day trade-up to land Julio Jones. A glance back through my analyses of past Jacksonville drafts vs Atlanta’s will tell you how much I think they’ve upgraded. Caldwell likely won’t take a machete to the roster (even though he was brutally quick to dismiss incumbent coach Mike Mularkey) until he’s sure he has better stuff in place. Expect less concern with Blaine Gabbert in 2013, and more focus on Xs and Os. Jacksonville’s logo has also undergone a revamp, with a sleeker, detailed take on the Jaguar head ident, teal eyes and nose added to the teal tongue and white fur on the lower jaw. While not a radical reinvention, it still manages to be so much more effective. Dave Caldwell will be hoping the same magic can be worked with the roster.

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National Signing Day




True freshmen rarely make a major impact on college football, but two days after the Super Bowl, there was little for football obsessives (guilty as charged!) to worry about except to where college teenagers were pledging their alliegance. Plus there’s always the outside chance of something nutty happening on National Signing Day. It didn’t start that way. Sure, there was Reuben Foster, one-time Auburn commit confirming the switch to arch-rival Alabama and hoping that dressing up as Nick Saban would distract attention from his Auburn tattoo; there was A’Shawn Robinson, also choosing the Crimson Tide, being handed a Bama T-Shirt and Cap by an elephant; there was Quinton Powell’s ‘big reveal’ press conference, slightly spoiled by one of his support group sporting a USC shirt throughout; there was Calvin Klein model Myles Crosby spurning the pretty boy life to sign up for SMU football; and yes, a D-liner named Dee Liner. But nothing nutty. And then there was Alex Collins’ Letter of Intent. Turning up at his high school to declare for Arkansas, the 5-star recruit’s mother refused to sign (recruits under the age of 21 must have a parent or guardian sign their LOI) and fled the scene. Collins eventually had his father sign, but his mother has reportedly appointed a legal firm to protest the situation. OT O

As you may have noticed, a Super Bowl has taken place since the last issue. The Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31, Beyoncé danced, and there was a power outage. And being Super Bowl week, other stuff happened. In the wake of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s Dr Phil interview, and with Brendon Ayanbadejo promoting LGBT marriage equality, the spotlight fell on Chris Culliver, a 49ers cornerback, who was asked about having gay guys in the locker room. Culliver, seemingly following a PR script from the Jurassic period, responded: “I don’t do the gay guys man. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah.” Remember, this guy works in the city of San Francisco. The next day began with a press release from Culliver (suddenly and curiously more eloquent than he had been on the Artie Lange Show), reading thus: “The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel ... Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.” an announcement that Culliver would be attending sensitivity training. Still, it gave the neutrals somebody to root against, and come Super Sunday, Mr Political-Correctness-gone-AWOL patroled the defensive backfield like a kick-me sticker in a red shirt, becoming Flacco’s go-to cover guy, in a single play managing to lose Jacoby Jones, miss the tackle, fail to touch down his man, then whiff a second time. A worthy winner of any Super Bowl Disaster award, doing for low profiles what Thurman Thomas did for hat checks. H


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Plenty more celebrations in future years: Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss recruiting team had a monster day

It was a good day for...

After winning three of the past four BCS National Championships and sending a plethora of players to the Draft’s first round, it was no great surprise when Alabama snuck ahead of Florida for the top recruiting class (Ohio St ranked No.3, Notre Dame No.4 according to ESPN). In fact it was a great day for the SEC in general, with a third of the ESPN 300 signed to SEC teams. The conference dominance likely contributed to Texas A&M taking over from Texas for in-state recruiting, the Aggies signing 32 recruits. However, no SEC team had a better day relative to recent performance than Ole Miss, which had tongues a-wagging about whether something suspect was afoot. The Rebels signed 5-star OL Laremy Tunsil, 5-star WR Laquon Treadwell, and began the day by snatching national No.1 recruit DE Robert Nkemdiche from USC, the Trojans’ pockets repeatedly picked on the day: 5-star CB Jalen Ramsey escaped to FSU, and 4-star DEs Jason Hatcher and Kyle Fitts to Kentucky and rival UCLA, respectively.









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arch 17 signals the return of Formula One, the world’s foremost open-wheel championship. Here are some of the headlines ahead of the first Grand Prix, in Australia.

Vettel goes Fourth?

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won his third driver’s title in a chaotic final race of 2012. His margin over runnerup Fernando Alonso was just three points at the chequered flag. The upcoming season promises to be just as close, but the big question is: can anyone stop Vettel from becoming only the third driver in F1 history to win four titles in a row?

Hamilton to Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton was set to challenge Vettel in 2012, and if not for a series of mechanical failures could have been in the hunt. After six seasons at McLaren, the Brit makes a surprising move to Mercedes, replacing Michael Schumacher, who returns to retirement. Mercedes’ form hasn’t been stellar; the team finished a distant fifth in the constructor’s race last year. The German marque needs to vastly improve to meet Hamilton’s aspirations.

The American sizes up the oncoming open-wheel season and asks ‘Can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel?’ The Chasing Pack

Three years at Ferrari without a driver’s title isn’t what Fernando Alonso expected. The Spaniard will hope that two near misses in 2010 and 2012 will be capped off with a title in 2013. Felipe Massa’s form picked up in the second half of last season, and also looks set for a more successful year. Kimi Räikkönen’s return to the sport in 2012 saw him finish third in the title. The flying Finn will want to continue his impressive form, and Lotus look to be improving all the time. It’s difficult to count out perennial front runners like Australia’s

No New Jersey

Hamilton’s victory at the US Grand Prix in 2012 was one of the year’s highlights. The Circuit of the Americas in Texas proved a big hit, boasting exciting racing and impressive facilities. Texas was scheduled to be joined on the 2013 race calendar by a street circuit around Weehawken Port Imperial, New Jersey. Delays in development have caused the race to be postponed, but we should see the spectacular New York skyline as the backdrop to a race in 2014. There’s also no news on attempts to reschedule the Grand Prix in Texas, as the race weekend seems set to clash with the University of Texas hosting a home football game against Oklahoma.

The New Boys

50 Years and Counting

A spate of last minute driver transfers means the 2013 grid includes 5 rookie drivers. Britain’s Max Chilton, Brazil’s Luiz Razia, Holland’s Giedo van der Garde, Finn Valtteri Bottas and Mexico’s Esteban Gutiérrez will line up for the first time at Melbourne Park, Australia. H

Hamilton’s vacancy at McLaren was quickly filled by rising Mexican star Sergio Pérez. McLaren are celebrating 50 years as a team this year, and with Britain’s Jenson Button arguably leading the campaign, he and Pérez aim to make this a golden year.

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Mark Webber in the second Red Bull, and the usual midfield battle between drivers such as Britain’s Paul Di Resta and Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will fascinate as they aim for the top seats in 2014.


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Bath Literature Festival Bath BA1, March 1 to 10

Your Guide To The Month Ahead

JK Rowling, Sandi Toksvig and a host of literary stars descend on Bath.

See our full events listing online at

The Dalemain Marmalade Festival Dalemain Mansion and Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 OHB March 2 to 3

Get your event listed in The American – call us on +44 (0)1747 830520 or email details to Kinetica Art Fair 2013 Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS Until March 3

Harewood Antiques & Fine Art Fair Harewood Pavilion, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 9LQ March 1 to 3

View and purchase artworks from leading international galleries, artists collectives, curatorial groups and organisations specialising in Kinetic, Electronic, Digital and cutting edge New Media Art. There’s also a programme of events, performances, talks, screenings and tours.

Now in its second year, the fair includes pieces of local interest as well as a wide range of other items. The fair is raising money for the homeless charity St George’s Crypt and The Art Fund.

Kew’s Orchid Festival Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB Until March 3 A stunning selection of beautiful orchids set against the backdrop of the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

St David’s Day March 1 Events take place across the country in celebration of the Patron Saint of Wales. St David, including the Annual St David’s Day Parade in Cardiff, and the Gala at St David’s Hall. Look out for events in all major Welsh towns. In London, the London Welsh Centre will run a special St David’s open day.

The Marmalade awards are the main event of the festival, along with crafts, food fairs, music and games.

Phil Rudd’s Photography Barbican Centre, Silk St., London EC2Y 8DS March 5 to 27 Rudd’s photography captures some of the drama of landscape in the American West.

Harlem Globetrotters Various, UK March 25 to April 2 The Harlem Globetrotters will be bringing their electrifying basketball antics to the UK in March, with a show which is great fun for the whole family. The Globetrotters will be making stops at Birmingham NEC, Sheffield Arena, Aberdeen ECC, Liverpool Arena, Cardiff Arena, London Wembley Arena, Newcastle Arena and Manchester Arena from March 25. Full details can be found on the Globetrotters’ website.

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Bath Decorative Arts Fair The Pavilion, Bath BA2 4EU March 7 to 10

Speakers include Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Prof. Matthew Jones and Dr Andrew Preston.

More than 45 specialist exhibitors make up the 24th Bath Decorative Arts Fair, featuring decorative and eye-catching art and antiques.

The Chelsea Antiques Fair Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE March 13 to 17

Crufts National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT March 7 to 10

First established in 1950, King’s Road Antiques Fair is relaunched as the Chelsea Antiques Fair, with approximately 38 specialist dealers, in the recently renovated Town Hall.

More than 25,000 canines will be competing at the world’s largest and best known show.

Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock March 13 to 17

Mother’s Day March 10 Mother’s Day in the UK takes place in March; a day of tribute to mothers everywhere.

International Magic Festival The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1ES magicfestival March 4 to 10 A special Family Magic Extravaganza on March 9 has an international line-up headlined by US puppeteer Scott Land, who has performed for Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone.

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The Festival is held in March each year in Much Wenlock. There are competitive classes in dance, music and creative writing for children and young people aged 18 and under.

Ideal Home Show Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA March 15 to April 01 This year’s new format combines eight shows in one: Interiors, Home Improvements, Food, Gardens, Gadgets, Shopping, Ideal Woman and Ideal Village, as well as expert advice on everything from DIY and design to fine dining, gadgets and beauty.

The Battle of The Atlantic Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB March 16 A range of talks in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of The Battle of The Atlantic.

Brighton VegFest The Hove Centre, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH March 16 to 17 A celebration of all things Vegan, with stalls, food, clothes, accessories, gifts and much more.

Red Nose Day Various, UK March 15

Oxford Literary Festival Oxford OX1, March 16 to 24 The festival offers a comprehensive range of talks with authors and big names in the literary world.

Red Nose Day sees people donning ‘red noses’ to raise money for Comic Relief. Fundraising events take place across the country, and donations can be made by telephone. Contrary to popular belief, the charity works all year round, fighting poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world. Since 1985 it’s raised over £800m and helped to change millions of lives in over 70 countries, including 15,155 projects in the UK to date.

St Patrick’s Day Various March 17 Events take place around the world to mark the

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celebration of Ireland’s Patron Saint. St Patrick’s Day parades take place in major Irish cities including Dublin, Cork and Limerick, in UK cities including London, Birmingham, Belfast and Edinburgh, and also – of course! – across the United States.

The latest equipment and accessories for golfers.

Confessions of a Bibliographer (Yankee) in American Poetry Conference Centre, British Library, London NW1 2DB March 18

Two 5k runs with a 32k bike ride in between – the Mumbles Duathlon is the start of the Activity Wales Event’s 2013 season.

Roger Stoddard worked for 42 years as Curator of Rare Books in the Harvard Library. His bibliography of American Verse was recently published. Booking essential.

Abraham Lincoln, Irish-Americans and the Civil War Conference Centre, British Library, London NW1 2DB March 18 Professor Richard Carwardine explores how President Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation asked questions of Union loyalism of the Irish American community.

Mumbles Duathlon Mumbles Bay, Swansea SA3 March 23

See How They Run National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH March 23 to 24 As part of National Science and Engineering Week, see Coal Mining machines in action above and below ground, with pony and steam winder demonstrations.

World Pooh Sticks Championships Days Lock, Little Wittenham, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RB March 24

The annual series, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, sees stars including Ryan Adams, Primal Scream and Kasabian take to the stage.

When Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin first dropped sticks from a bridge into a stream and rushed to the other side to see which came under first, who would have imagined this would start an annual tradition? In the World Pooh Sticks Championships, individuals and teams drop different coloured sticks from each of the two bridges at the lock in aid of Rotary charities.

The Scottish Golf Show SECC, Exhibition Way, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 8YW March 22 to 24

British and World Marble Championships Greyhound Pub, Tinsley Green, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 March 29

Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP March 19 to 24

American Museum in Britain Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD 01225 460503 March 23 to December 18 The Museum reopens on March 23. Housed in Georgian splendor in Bath, the American Museum in Britain remains the only museum outside the US to showcase the nation’s decorative arts. There are permanent exhibitions, workshops, Quilting Bees every Tuesday, kids’ activities and special events. 2013 includes a new exhibition, Gangsters and Gunslingers, The Good, The Bad and The Memorabilia (March 23 to November 3), investigating how popular fiction affected perceptions of the Wild West and Prohibition/Depression eras. It brings together two defining chapters in the history of the United States that shaped America’s national identity and produced legendary characters, both famous and infamous – Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, and Bonnie and Clyde, to name but a few. It includes the watch and vest worn by Clyde Barrow when he was gunned down with Bonnie Parker; a death mask of notorious bank robber John Dillinger; Native American weapons confiscated after the Battle of Little Big Horn, Doc Holliday’s medicine bag; mobster Al Capone’s silver cigarette case; Wyatt Earp’s gambling dice and secret card feeder; and Frank James’ six-shooter (pictured above; plus memorabilia owned by Tom Mix, Humphrey Bogart, Tyrone Power and Elvis Presley.

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Marbles have been played on Tinsley Green for hundreds of years. The tradition is said to date back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I when two men from Surrey and Sussex competed for the hand of a maiden. After being judged equal in archery and wrestling, the fate of the lady was decided by a game of marbles. The World Marble Championships date back to the 1930s.

Easter at Hever Castle Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG March 29 to April 1 An Easter Egg hunt takes place between March 29 and April 1, and then from April 2 to 7, young visitors can create brass rubbings of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as part of an educational and artistic Easter holiday series of drop-in workshops.

David Bowie Is V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL March 23 to July 28

Bath Comedy Festival Bath BA1, March 29 to April 7


A host of comedy acts descend on Bath for the annual festival.

Big Easter Bunny Hunt Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ March 29 to April 14 Find hidden bunnies and win a prize at Waterperry Gardens.

The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race Putney Bridge, London, SW6 3UH March 31 The 159th Oxford versus Cambridge Boat Race starts at Putney Bridge and finishes just before Chiswick Bridge. Good viewing points can be found at The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the career of the chameleon of pop. This exhibition features more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments. David Bowie Is explores the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades. Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour, 1973, design by Kansai Yamamoto. Photo by Masayoshi Sukita © SUKITA / THE DAVID BOWIE ARCHIVE 2012

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JDRF Youth Ambassador (and The American reader) Nick Taylor with Ben Fogle and JDRF’s CEO Karen Addington


JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until the cure is found. Since its founding in the United States in 1970, JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has funded more than $1.6 billion of diabetes research. It raises money to drive worldclass research, providing funds for the very best projects, wherever they happen to be around the world. It aims to find new ways to treat type 1 diabetes and its complications, to prevent type 1 from developing in the first place, and to find the cure for people who already have the condition. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition affecting more than 400,000 people in the UK alone, including 29,000 children. It cannot be prevented and is not caused by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise. People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive. The peak age of diagnosis is between 10-14 years old but the condition can be developed at any age. JDRF relies on its supporters: for further information about type 1 diabetes or JDRF, or to make a donation, please visit

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American Friends of the British Museum Mollie Norwich. The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. 020 7323 8590

An index of useful resources in the UK


TRANSPORTATION London Underground  020 7222 1234 National Rail Enquiries  08457 4849 50 National Bus Service  0990 808080

American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery Stacey Ogg and Charlotte Savery, Individual Giving Managers 020 7312 2444 americanfriends.php

American Friends of the Almeida Theatre, Inc. Kenneth David Burrows, 950 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, USA or Lizzie Stallybrass, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London N1 1TA, UK

001 100 155 153 151

American Friends of Chickenshed Theatre U.S. Office: c/o Chapel & York PMB293, 601 Penn Ave NW, Suite 900 S Bldg, Washington, DC 20004 UK Office: Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE 0208 351 6161 ext 240 american-friends.html

For more details go to and click on Life In The UK

American Church in London Senior Pastor: Rev. John D’Elia. Music Director: Anthony Baldwin. Sunday School 9.45am Sunday Worship 11am, child care provided. 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD (Goodge St. tube station) Tel: 020 7580 2791/07771 642875

American Friends of the Lyric Theatre Ireland Crannóg House, 44 Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast, BT9 5FL, Northern Ireland Angela McCloskey americanfriends.html

American Red Cross RAF Mildenhall Tel: 01638 542107, After Hours 07031 15 2334

MEDICAL ADVICE LINE NHS Direct delivers 24-hour telephone and e-health information services, direct to the public. 0845 4647


American Friends of the Jewish Museum London Stephen Goldman Tel. 020 7284 7363

American Citizens Abroad (ACA) The Voice of Americans Overseas, 5 Rue Liotard, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland +41.22.340.02.33

999 or 112 (NOT 911)

TELEPHONES Direct Dial Code, US & Canada  Operator Assistance, UK  Operator Assistance, Int.  International Directory Assistance  Telephone Repair 

American Friends of the Donmar Inc. Stephanie Dittmer, Deputy Director of Development 020 7845 5810

American Institute of Architects Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF. Tel: 020 7930 9124

Here are some crucial telephone numbers to know while you are in the UK.

American Friends of Contemporary Dance & Sadler’s Wells U.S. Office: Celia Rodrigues, Chair 222 Park Avenue South, 10A, New York, NY 10003 +1.917.539.9021 UK Office: 020 7863 8134 American Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Kathleen Bice, Development Officer, Members and Patrons 020 8299 8726 american_friends.aspx

American Friends of ENO – English National Opera Denise Kaplan, American Friends Coordinator London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES 0207 845 9331 american-friends/american-friends.php

American Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Inc. Jennifer Davies, Development Director American Friends of the Royal Court Theatre U.S.: Laurie Beckelman, Beckelman and Capalino +1.212.616.5822 UK: Gaby Styles, Head of Development, Royal Court Theatre 020 7565 5060 or

American Friends of the Royal Institution of Great Britain U.S.: c/o Chapel & York Limited, PMB #293, South Building Washington, DC 20004 UK: The Development Office, Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS 020 7670 2991 American Friends of the Royal Society

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American Friends of St. Bartholomew the Great U.S.: John Eagleson 2925 Briarpark, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77042 UK: 20 7606 5171

American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust U.S.: John Chwat, President 625 Slaters Lane, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314 +1. 703.684.7703 American Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Inc. U.S.: Diana Seaton, Executive Director 61 Londonderry Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830 +1.203.536.4328 UK: 020 7942 2149 American Friends of Wigmore Hall U.S.: c/o Chapel and York, 1000 N West Street Suite 1200, Wilmington DE 19801 UK: 020 7258 8220 American Museum in Britain Director: Dr Richard Wendorf Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD. 01225 460503. Fax 01225 469160 American Women Lawyers in London American Women’s Health Centre 214 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QN. Obstetric, gynecological & infertility service. 020 7390 8433 Anglo American Medical Society Hon. Sec.: Dr. Edward Henderson, The Mill House, Whatlington, E. Sussex, TN33 0ND. 01424 775130. Association for Rescue at Sea The UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Association does not have an American Branch but if you wish to make a tax-efficient gift to the RNLI, contact AFRAS. Secretary: Mrs. Anne C. Kifer P.O. Box 565 Fish Creek, WI 54212, U.S.A. 00-1-920-743-5434 fax 00-1-920-743-5434 email: Atlantic Council Director: Alan Lee Williams. 185 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UF 0207 403 0640 or 0207 403 0740. Fax: 0207 403 0901

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Bethesda Baptist Church Kensington Place, London W8. 020 7221 7039 Boy Scouts of America Mayflower District Field Executive: Wayne Wilcox 26 Shortlands Road, Kingston, Surrey KT2 6HD 020 8274 1429, 07788 702328 BritishAmerican Business Inc. 75 Brook Street, London, W1K 4AD. 020 7290 9888 British American-Canadian Associates Contact via The English Speaking Union CARE International UK 10-13 Rushworth Street, London, SE1 0RB 020 7934 9334 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 66-68 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2PA 020 7584 7553 Church of St. John the Evangelist Vicar: Reverend Stephen Mason. Assistant Priest: Reverend Mark Pudge. Assistant Curate: Reverend Deiniol Heywood. Hyde Park Crescent, London W2 2QD Tel: 020 7262 1732 Commonwealth Church Rev. Rod Anderson, PO Box 15027, London SE5 0YS Democrats Abroad (UK) Box 65, 22 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JE Regular updates on events, chapters throughout the UK (and specific email addresses), and DAUK newsletters: Register to vote and request an Absentee Ballot: Tel: 020 7724 9796

US Toll Free Tel:1-800-438- VOTE (8683).

Friends of St Jude London Debbie Berger 07738 628126 Grampian Houston Association Secretary: Bill Neish 5 Cairncry Avenue, Aberdeen, AB16 5DS 01224-484720 International Community Church (Interdenominational) Our Vision: “Everyone Mature in Christ” (Col. 1:28) Pastor: Rev. Dr. Barry K. Gaeddert Worship on Sundays: 10.30 am at Chertsey Hall, Heriot Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DR Active Youth programme. Church Office: 1st floor, Devonshire House, 60 Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2AF. 01932 830295. Junior League of London President: Jennifer Crowl 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London W1J 5JD. Tel: 020 7499 8159 Fax: 020 7629 1996 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 19 Angel Gate, City Road, London EC1V 2PT. Tel: 020 7713 2030. Fax: 020 7713 2031 Liberal Jewish Synagogue 28 St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 7HA Services 6.45pm Fridays and 11am on Saturdays except for first Friday each month when service is held at 7pm with a Chavurah Supper. Please bring non-meat food dish to share. 020 7286 5181 Lions Club International Lakenheath & District 105EA, 15 Highfields Drive, Lakenheath, Suffolk IP27 9EH. Tel 01842 860752

Farm Street Church 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH Tel: 020 7493 7811

Lutheran Services, St Anne’s Rev. Timothy Dearhamer. Lutheran Church, Gresham St, London EC2. Sun 11am-7pm. Tel. 020 7606 4986 Fax. 020 7600 8984

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Department of Defense, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1155. Director: Ms. Polli K. Brunelli UK Toll Free Tel: 0800 028 8056

Methodist Central Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH Services every Sunday at 11am and 6.30pm. Bible study groups & Monday guilds also held. Tel: 020 7222 8010

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North American Friends of Chawton House Library U.S. Office: 824 Roosevelt Trail, #130, Windham, ME 04062 +1.207 892 4358 UK Office: Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SJ 01420 541010 Republicans Abroad (UK) Chairman Dr. Thomas Grant Rotary Club of London 6 York Gate, London NW1 4QG. Tel. 020 7487 5429 Royal National Lifeboat Institution Head Office, West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ 0845 045 6999 The Royal Oak Foundation Sean Sawyer, 35 West 35th Street #1200, New York NY 10001-2205, USA Tel 212- 480-2889 or (800) 913-6565 Fax (212)785-7234 St Andrew’s Lutheran Church Serving Americans since 1960. Whitby Road & Queens Walk, Ruislip, West London. (South Ruislip Tube Station). Services: 11 am 020 8845 4242 Other Lutheran Churches in the UK T.R.A.C.E. P.W. (The ‘original’ Transatlantic Children’s’ Enterprise reuniting children with G.I. father’s and their families) Membership Secretary: Norma Jean Clarke-McCloud 29 Connaught Avenue, Enfield EN1 3BE

United Nations Association, Westminster branch Chairman: David Wardrop 61 Sedlescombe Road, London SW6 1RE 0207 385 6738 USA Girl Scouts Overseas – North Atlantic Stem Kaserne Bldg 1002, Postfach 610212 D-68232, Mannheim, Germany. +49 621 487 7025.

SOCIAL American Club of Hertfordshire President: Lauryn Awbrey 63-65 New Road, Welwyn, Herts AL6 0AL 01582 624823 American Expats of the Northwest of England The Ruskin Rooms, Drury Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HA. American Friends of English Heritage 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington DC 20036. 202-452-0928. c/o English Heritage, Attn: Simon Bergin, Keysign House, 429 Oxford Street, London W1R 2HD. 020 7973 3423 American Professional Women in London Rebecca Lammers 58 Shacklewell Road, London, N16 7TU 075 3393 5064 Twitter: @USAProWomenLDN American Society in London c/o The English Speaking Union 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED 020 7539 3400 American Stamp Club of Great Britain Chapter 67 of the American Philatelic Society. Hon. Publicity Secretary: Stephen T. Taylor 5 Glenbuck Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6BS. 020 8390 9357 American Womens Association of Bristol American Women of Berkshire & Surrey P. O. Box 10, Virginia Water, Surrey GU25 4YP. American Women of Surrey PO Box 185, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3YJ. American Women’s Association of Yorkshire The Chalet, Scarcroft Grange, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds LS14 3HJ. 01224 744 224 Contact: Carol Di Peri The American Women’s Club of Dublin P.O. Box 2545, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 IRELAND American Women’s Club of London 68 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ. 020 7589 8292

American Women’s Club of Central Scotland P.O. Box 231, 44-46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BF American Women of South Wales 07866 190838 The Anglo-American Charity Limited Jeffrey Hedges, Director. 07968 513 631 Association of American Women in Ireland Association of American Women of Aberdeen PO Box 11952, Westhill, Aberdeen, AB13 0BW email via website British Association of American Square Dance Clubs Patricia Connett-Woodcock 87 Brabazon Road, Heston, Middlesex TW5 9LL 020 8897 0723 Canadians & Americans in Southern England 023 9241 3881 Canadian Womens Club 1 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 4AB Tues – Thurs 10.30-3.30 0207 258 6344 Chilterns American Women’s Club PO Box 445, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8YU Colonial Dames of America Chapter XI London. President Anne K Brewster: Daughters of the American Revolution – St James’s Chapter Mrs Natalie Ward, 01379 871422 or Daughters of the American Revolution – Walter Hines Page Chapter Diana Frances Diggines, Regent Daughters of the American Revolution – Washington Old Hall Chapter, North Yorkshire Mrs. Gloria Hassall, 01845 523-830 Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Great Britain President: Mrs. Sheila Roberts, Morvan House, Shoreham Lane, St. Michaels, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6EG email:

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Delta Zeta International Sorority Alumna Club Mrs Sunny Eades, The Old Hall, Mavesyn Ridware, Nr. Rugeley, Staffordshire, WSI5 3QE. 01543 490 312 The East Anglia American Club 49 Horsham Close Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 7HN Tel: 01440 766 967 Email: English-Speaking Union Director-General Peter Kyle Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. Tel: 020 7529 1550 Fax: 0207 495 6108 Friends of Benjamin Franklin House Director: Dr. Márcia Balisciano Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven St, London WC2N 5NF 0207 839 2006 Hampstead Women’s Club President - Betsy Lynch. Tel: 020 7435 2226 email High Twelve International, Inc. Local Club Contact – Arnold Page High Twelve Club 298 Secretary, Darrell C. Russell, 1 Wellington Close, West Row, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8PJ Tel. 01638 715764 email: International American Duplicate Bridge Club Contact: Mary Marshall, 18 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RP. 020 7221 3708 Kensington & Chelsea Men’s Club Contact: John Rickus 70 Flood Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5TE. (home): 020 7349 0680 (office): 020 7753 2253 Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club President: Susan Lenora. Tel. 0207 581 8261 Membership: 0207 863 7562 (ans service). New Neighbors Diana Parker, Rosemary Cottage, Rookshill, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 4HZ. 01923 772185 North American Connection (West Midlands) PO Box 10543, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands. B93 8ZY T: 0870 720 0663

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Northwood Area Women’s Club c/o St John’s UR Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1DN 01932-830295

AFJROTC 073 Lakenheath High School. Tel: 01638 525603 Air Force Sergeants Association European Division Timothy W. Litherland CMSgt, USAF (ret). Chapters at RAFs Alconbury, Croughton, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill and Mildenhall.

Stars of Great Britain Chapter #45 Washington Jurisdiction Lakenheath, England

American Legion London Post 1 Adjutant: Jim Pickett PO Box 5017, BATH, BA1 OPP Tel: 01225-426245

Petroleum Women’s Club Contact: Nancy Ayres. Tel: 01923 711720 Petroleum Women’s Club of Scotland

Pilgrims of Great Britain Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent M16 0NB. Tel. 01622 606404 Fax. 01622 606402

Bentwaters/Woodbridge Retirees’ Association President: Wylie Moore. 2 Coldfair Close, Knodishall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1UN. 01728 830281

Propeller Club of the United States – London, England St John’s Wood Women’s Club Box 185, 176 Finchley Road, London NW3 6BT

British Patton Historical Society Kenn Oultram 01606 891303 Brookwood American Cemetery (WW1) Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BL 01483 473237

Thames Valley American Women’s Club Contact: Miriam Brewster PO Box 1687, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 8XT. 0208 751 8941

Cambridge American Cemetery (WWII Cemetary) Superintendent: Mr. Bobby Bell. Asst. Superintendent: Mr. Tony Barclay. Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PH. 01954 210350

UK Panhellenic Association Contact Susan Woolf, 10 Coniston Court, High St. Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3LP. 020 8864 0294

Commander in Chief, US Naval Forces Europe Naval Reserve Detachment 130, Recruiting Officer: LCDR Thomas D. Hardin, USNR-R. 020 7409 4259 (days) 020 8960 7395 (evenings).

United Kingdom Shrine OASIS Anglian Shrine Club Secretary: Charles A. Aldrich, 11 Burrow Drive, Lakenheath, Suffolk IP27 9EY 01842 860 650

Eighth Air Force Historical Society UK Representative: Mr. Gordon Richards and Mrs Connie Richards 14 Pavenham Road, Oakley, Bedford MK43 7SY. 01234 823357.

W.E.B. DuBois Consistory #116 Northern Jurisdiction Valley of London, England, Orient of Europe Cell: 0776-873-8030 Women’s Writers Network Cathy Smith, 23 Prospect Rd, London, NW2 2JU. 020 7794 5861

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association London Chapter Secretary: CW04, A.H. Cox, USN, Navcommunit Box 44, 7 North Audley Street, London W1Y 1WJ. 020 7409 4519/4184

Friends of the Eighth Newsletter (FOTE News) Chairman: Mr. Ron Mackay. 39b Thorley Hill, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 3NE. 01279 658619.

Joint RAF Mildenhall/Lakenheath Retiree Affairs Office Director: Col. John J. Valentine, USAF (Ret) Unit 8965, Box 30

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Marine Corps League Detachment 1088, London, England Commandant Mike Allen Creek Cottage, 2 Pednormead End, Old Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 2JS Mildenhall Retirees Association President: Jack Kramer 6 Nunsgate, Thetford, Norfolk 1P24 3EL Navy League of the United States, United Kingdom Council Council President: Steven G. Franck Non-Commissioned Officers’ Association (NCOA) – The Heart of England Chapter Chairman: Ronald D.Welper. Pine Farm, Sharpe’s Corner, Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk 1P27 9LB. Thetford 861643. The Chapter Address: 513 MSSQ/SS, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. Society of American Military Engineers (UK) UK address: Box 763, USAFE Construction Directorate. 86 Blenheim Crescent, West Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7HL London Post. President: W. Allan Clarke. Secretary: Capt. Gary Chesley. Membership Chairman, Mr. Jim Bizier. US Army Reserve 2nd Hospital Center 7 Lynton Close, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1DJ. Tel: 01353 2168 Commander: Major Glenda Day. US Air Force Recruiting Office RAF Mildenhall, 100 MSS/MSPRS, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, 1P28 8NF. 01638 542290

Retired Affairs Office, RAF Alconbury Serving Central England POC: Rex Keegan Alt. POC: Mike Depasquale UK Postal Address: 423 SVS/RAO, Unit 5585, Box 100, RAF Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 4DA Office Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm 01480 84 3364/3557 Emergency Contact: 07986 887 905 2nd Air Division Memorial Library The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AW 01603 774747 USAF Retiree Activities Office Director: Paul G Gumbert, CMSgt (USAF), Ret

American School of Aberdeen Craigton Road, Cults, Aberdeen. 01224 861068 / 868927.

422 ABG/CVR Unit 5855, PSC 50, Box 3 RAF Croughton, Northants NN13 5XP Phone: 01280 708182 e-mail:

US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) UK Chapter President: Allison Bennett Facebook: Kings Point Alumni - London/United Kingdom USNA Alumni Association UK Chapter Pres: LCDR Tim Fox ’97, Vice Pres: Miguel Sierra ’90, Treas/Membership Coord: Bart O’Brien ’98, Secretary: Matt Horan ’87, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Commander: Ernest Paolucci 24, rue Gerbert, 75015 Paris, France 00 33 (0) Western UK Retiree Association President: R. Jim Barber, MSgt (USAF), Ret Phone: 01280 708182

EDUCATIONAL ACS International Schools ACS Cobham International School, Heywood, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BL 01932 867251 ACS Egham International School, Woodlee, London Road (A30), Egham, Surrey TW20 0HS. 01784 430800 ACS Hillingdon International School Hillingdon Court, 108 Vine Line, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 0BE. 01895 259771

AIU/London (formerly American College in London) 110 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RY. Tel 020 7467 5640 Fax 020 7935 8144 Alconbury Middle/High School RAF Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE17 1PJ, UK. American Institute for Foreign Study 37 Queensgate, London SW7 5HR 020 7581 7300 American School in London 1 Waverley Place, London NW8 0NP Tel: 020 7449 1200 Fax: 020 7449 1350

Benjamin Franklin House 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF. Tel 020 7839 2006 Fax 020 7930 9124

Boston University – London Graduate Programs Office 43 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JU. 020 7244 6255 British American Educational Foundation Mrs. Carlton Colcord, 1 More’s Garden, 90 Cheyne Walk, London SW3. 020 7352 8288 BUNAC Student Exchange Employment Program Director: Callum Kennedy, 16 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0QH. 020 7251 3472 Center Academy School Development Centre 92 St. John’s Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1SH. Tel 020 7738 2344 Fax 020 7738 9862 Central Bureau for Educational Visits The British Council Director: Peter Upton 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN 020 7389 4004 Wales 029 2039 7346, Scotland 0131 447 8024 Council on International Educational Exchange Dr. Michael Woolf, 52 Portland Street, London WIV 1JQ Tel 020 7478 2000 Fax 020 7734 7322 Ditchley Foundation Ditchley Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 4ER. Tel 01608 677346 Fax 1608 677399 European Council of International Schools Executive Director: Jean K Vahey Fourth Floor, 146 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TR Tel 020 7824 7040 European-Atlantic Group PO Box 37431, London N3 2XP 020 8632 9253 Florida State University London Study Centre Administrative Director: Kathleen Paul

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99 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LH. Tel 020 7813 3233 Fax 020 7813 3270

Fordham University London Centre Academic Coordinator: Sabina Antal 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HQ 020 7937 5023 Harlaxton College UK Campus, University of Evansville Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 1AG. Grantham 4541 4761. Tel 01476 403000 Fax 01476 403030 Huron University USA in London 46-47 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4JP Tel +44 (0) 20 7636 5667 Fax+44 (0) 20 7299 3297 Institute for Study Abroad Butler University, 21 Pembridge Gardens, London W2 4EB 020 7792 8751 Institute for the Study of the Americas Director: Professor James Dunkerley. Tel 020 7862 8879 Fax 020 7862 8886 International School of Aberdeen 296 North Deeside Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen, AB13 0AB 01224 732267 International School of London 139 Gunnersbury Avenue, London W3 8LG. 020 8992 5823. International School of London in Surrey Old Woking Road, Woking GU22 8HY Tel +44 (0)1483 750409 Fax +44 (0)1483 730962 Ithaca College London Centre 35 Harrington Gardens, London SW7. Tel. 020 7370 1166 Marymount International School, London Headmistress: Ms Sarah Gallagher George Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7PE Tel: 020 8949 0571 Missouri London Study Abroad Program 32 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JU.

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Regents American College Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS. 020 7486 9605.

Richmond, The American International University in London Richmond Hill Campus,Queen’s Road Richmond-upon Thames TW10 6JP Tel: +44 20 8332 9000 Fax: +44 20 8332 1596 Schiller International University Royal Waterloo House, 51-55 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TX. Tel. 020 7928 1372 Sotheby’s Institute of Art Postgraduate Art studies, plus day /evening courses 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE Tel: 0207 462 3232 Southbank International Schools Kensington and Hampstead campuses for 3-11 year olds; Westminster campuses for 11-18 year olds. Director of Admissions: MargaretAnne Khoury Tel: 020 7243 3803 Fax: 020 7727 3290 TASIS England, American School Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Nr. Egham, Surrey TW20 8TE. Tel: 01932 565252 Fax: 01932 564644 University of Notre Dame London Program 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG 020 7484 7811 introduction.htm US-UK Fulbright Commission Dir. of Advisory Service: Lauren Welch 020 7498 4010 Dir. of Awards: Michael Scott-Kline, 020 7498 4014 Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London SW8 5BN Warnborough University International Office, Friars House, London SE1 8HB. Tel 020 7922 1200 Fax: 020 7922 1201 Webster Graduate Studies Center Regent’s College, Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS, UK. Tel: 020 7487 7505 Fax: 020 7487 7425

Wickham Court School, Schiller International Layhams Road, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9HW. Tel 0208 777 2942 Fax 0208 777 4276 Wroxton College Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.,Wroxton, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6PX. Tel. 01295 730551

ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) England Chapter Alumni Association Chapter President: Eric CK Chan c/o Regents College London, Inner Circle, Regents Park, London, UK University: Amherst College Bob Reichert Andover/Abbot Association of London Jeffrey Hedges ‘71, President 07968 513 631 Association of MBAs Leo Stemp, Events Administrator Tel 020 7837 3375 (ext. 223) Fax 020-7278-3634 Babson College Frank de Jongh Swemer, Correspondence W 020 7932 7514 Barnard College Club Hiromi Stone, President. Tel. 0207 935 3981 Berkeley Club of London Geoff Kertesz Email: Facebook: groups/223876564344656/ Linkedin: Boston College Alumni Club UK Craig Zematis, President +44 7717 878968 chapters/home.jsp?chapter=41&org=BTN Boston University Alumni Association of the UK Will Straughn, Snr International Development Officer, University Development and Alumni Relations,

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Brandeis Alumni Club of Great Britain Joan Bovarnick, President Brown University Club of the United Kingdom President: Tugba Erem Vice President: Caroline Cook Secretary: Pinar Emirdag Treasurer: Mikus Kins Events: Ramya Moothathu Communication: Patrick Attie Alumni Club & Liaison: Vanessa Van Hoof Former President: Ed Giberti Brown Club UK, Box 57100, London, EC1P 1RB Bryn Mawr Club President: Lady Quinton. c/o Wendy Tiffin, 52 Lansdowne Gardens, London SW8 2EF. Wendy Tiffin, Secretary/Treasurer Claremont Colleges Alumni in London Hadley Beeman Colgate Club of London Stephen W Solomon ‘76, President 0207 349 0738 Columbia University Club of London Stephen Jansen, President Cornell Club of London Natalie Teich, President Dartmouth College Club of London Sanjay Gupta, Officer Andrew Rotenberg, Officer sanjay.gupta.96@ Delta Kappa Gamma Society International For information about the Society in Great Britain go to our website There are links to all the USA and other international members’ sites. Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity London Alumni Chapter. Ashok Arora, P O Box 1110, London W3 7ZB. 020 8423 8231

Duke University Club of England Ms Robin Buck Tim Warmath Kate Bennett

NYU STERN UK Alumni Club Matthieu Gervis, President Ohio University UK & Ireland Frank Madden, 1 Riverway, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berks. SL4 5JA. Tel 01753 855 360 Fax 01753 868 855

Emory University Alumni Chapter of the UK Matthew Williams, Chapter Leader 079 8451 4119 chapters/international.html

Penn Alumni Club of the UK David Lapter Tel. 07957 146 470

Georgetown Alumni Club Alexa Fernandez, President

Penn State Alumni Association Penn State Alumni Association Ron Nowicki 0207 226 7681

Gettysburg College Britt-Karin Oliver Harvard Business School Club of London

Princeton Association (UK) Carol Rahn, President Jon Reades, Young Alumni

Harvard Club of Great Britain Brandon Bradkin, President Indiana University Alumni club of England Anastasia Tonello, President 020 7253 4855

Rice Alumni of London Kathy Wang Tel. 07912 560 177

KKG London Alumnae Association

Skidmore College Alumni Club, London Peggy Holden Briggs ‘84, co-ordinator 07817 203611

LMU Alumni Club London (Loyola Marymount University) Kent Jancarik 07795 358 681

Smith College Club of London Kathleen Merrill, President

Marymount University Alumni UK Chapter President: Mrs Suzanne Tapley, 35 Park Mansions, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QT. Tel 020 7581 3742 MIT Club of Great Britain Yiting Shen Flat 8a, 36 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6PB Tel: 0789 179 3823 Mount Holyoke Club of Britain Rachel L. Elwes, President Karen K. Bullivant Vice-President Notre Dame Club of London Hannah Gornik , Secretary NYU Alumni Club in London Jodi Ekelchik, President

Stanford Business School Alumni Association (UK Chapter) Robby Arnold, President Lesley Anne Hunt, Events Texas Tech Alumni Association – London Chapter David Mirmelli, Ferhat Guven, Bobby Brents Texas Exes UK (UKTE) President: Carra Kane 7 Edith Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8TW 0778 660 7534 Texas A&M Club London Ashley Lilly, Co-President Devin Howard, Co-President

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The John Adams Society Contact: Muddassar Ahmed c/o Unitas Communications, Palmerston House, 80-86 Old Street, London EC1V 9AZ 0203 308 2358 Tufts - London Tufts Alliance Vikki Garth UK Dawgs of the University of Georgia Rangana Abdulla UMass Alumni Club UK Julie Encarnacao, President (0)20 7007 3869 University of California Matthew Daines (Program Director) 17 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA 020 7079 0567 University of Chicago UK Alumni Association President c/o Alumni Affairs and Development – Europe University of Chicago Booth School of Business Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5HA Tel +44(0)20 7070 2245 Fax +44(0)20 7070 2250 University of Illinois Alumni Club of the UK Amy Barklam, President 07796 193 466 University of North Carolina Alumni Club Brad Matthews, Club Leader 2 The Orchards, Hill View Road, Woking GU22 7LS University of Michigan Alumni Association Regional Contact: Jessica Cobb, BA ’97 +44 (0) 788-784-0941

University of Rochester/Simon School UK Alumni Association Ms. Julie Bonne, Co-President 0118-956-5052 University of Southern California, Alumni Club of London Jennifer Ladwig, President Chuck Cramer, Treasurer University of Virginia Alumni Club of London Kirsten Jellard, 020 7368 8473

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US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) UK Chapter President: Allison Bennett Facebook: Kings Point Alumni - London/United Kingdom USNA Alumni Association, UK Chapter President: LCDR Greta Densham ‘00 ( Vice President/Treasurer: Tim Fox ‘97 (timfox97@ Secretary: Mike Smith ‘84 ( Facebook Group - USNA Alumni Association, UK Chapter Vassar College Club Sara Hebblethwaite, President 18 Redgrave Road, London, SW15 1PX +44 020 8788 6910 Warnborough Worldwide Alumni Association c/o International Office, Friars House, London SE1 8HB. Tel. 020 7922 1200 Fax. 020 7922 1201 Wellesley College Club Ana Ericksen, President. Wharton Business School Club of the UK Yoav Kurtzbard, President Claire Watkins, Administrator 020-7447-8800 Williams Club of Great Britain Ethan Kline: Yale Club of London Joe Vittoria, President Scott Fletcher, Events Nick Baskey, Secretary Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae Kristin Morgan. Tel: 07812 580949

ARTS North American Actors Association Chief Executive: Ms. Laurence Bouvard 07873 371 891

CIVIL WAR SOCIETIES American Civil War Round Table (UK) Sandra Bishop, 5 Southdale, Chigwell, Essex IG7 5NN

Southern Skirmish Association (SoSkan) Membership Secretary, Bob Isaac, 3 Hilliards Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3TA email

SPORTS Eagles Golf Society Sharon Croley c/o Eventful Services, 49 Hastings Road, Croydon, Surrey CRO 6PH English Lacrosse PO Box 116, Manchester M11 0AX 0843 658 5006 British Baseball Federation/ BaseballSoftballUK 5th Floor, Ariel House, 74a Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QJ. 020 7453 7055 British Morgan Horse Society 01942 886141 Ice Hockey UK 19 Heather Avenue, Rise Park, Romford RM1 4SL Tel. 07917 194 264 Fax. 1708 725241 Herts Baseball Club Adult & Little League Baseball LondonSports Instruction and competitive play in baseball, basketball and football (soccer), for boys and girls aged 4-15, newcomers or experienced players. Learn about and play sports in a safe, fun environment. We welcome children of all nationalities. London Warriors American Football Club Contact: Kevin LoPrimo Mildenhall EELS Swim Team International and local competitions for ages 6-19. Contact Coach Robin

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1. 19th; 2. Philadelphia; 3. 68; 4. When The Saints Go Marching In; 5. William Shakespeare – the 3rd Earl may be the ‘Fair Youth’ refered to in Shakespeare’s Sonnets; 6. Julius Caesar; 7. Tiberius; 8. Michael Palin; 9. All mimsy (no marks if you just said ‘mimsy’!); 10. May – “The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad”; 11. Woodrow Wilson; 12. Shakespeare; 13. Modest Mussorgsky; 14. Patsy Cline; 15. Alex Kingston; 16. Alcatraz.

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The American Issue 719 March 2013  

The American has been published in Britain since 1976. It is the only monthly magazine / website / community for Americans visiting and livi...

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