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Departments: News, Article ideas, Press releases: Advertising & Promotions: Subscriptions: The team: Michael Burland, Content Director + Motors & Music Sabrina Sully, Content Director & Community Contact Daniel Byway, Content Executive Virginia E Schultz, Food & Drink (USA) Michael M Sandwick, Food & Drink (UK) Mary Bailey, Social Alison Holmes, Politics Jarlath O’Connell, Theater Richard L Gale, Sports

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ne of the joys of arriving in the UK is seeing the history all around you. When he moved into a house just across the road from Blenheim Palace one Michigander exclaimed, “Wow, this place was built before Detroit was even thought of!” (Not apocryphal: he said it to me, only he didn’t say ‘wow’.) This month we take a look at two fascinating places: Southwark Cathedral, just south of the River Thames in Central London, which has many close ties to the United States; and Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire has a claim to be one of the Birthplaces of America. It’s tax filing month, and we have some advice for all expats. Did you know that even if you have no US income, you could owe the IRS? Find out what you need to do in our useful articles. And in the year that Democrats Abroad celebrates its 50th Anniversary, there’s still some nasty anti-Americanism about. Read our features on both. Enjoy your magazine, Michael Burland, Content Director

Among this month’s contributors

Carol Gould The writer and broadcaster has a shocking experience as she, a proud Jewish American, and Old Glory, are accused of being ‘Nazis’.

Jarlath O’Connell The American’s theater reviewer takes a critical look at the 2014 Olivier Award Nominations - and how the Oliviers are run.

Sir Robert Worcester The founder of pollsters MORI was involved with Democrats Abroad from the earliest days. He tells us about it, and how they helped get you the vote.

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News Diary Dates Features Wining & Dining Cellar Talk Music Arts Choice Coffee Break Theater Politics Sports American Organization profile American Organizations The A-List

Features 10 Peggy Lee Loves London

Poodle rock at the Dublin Castle

12 Southwark Cathedral

 e take a close look at the ancient W Cathedral’s surprising links to America


See Southwark Cathedral and its American connections, then enjoy afternoon tea, on an exclusive tour with a Cathedral guide

16 Sulgrave Manor The Washington family’s ancestral home needs your financial help

18 Being A US Expat

...can mean having complex finances - find out how not to make mistakes

20 Get Filing Useful advice as the US tax deadline looms 22 Old Glory is not a Swastika


Pretty obvious? Not to everyone, it seems

29 Eric Church Live

Country? Rock? Who cares, he’s loud and proud and crossing over

35 Coffee Break

Put your feet up and enjoy our quizzes and The Johnsons cartoon

36 Theater

Versailles, A Taste of Honey, The Full Monty, and the Olivier Awards Nominations

41 DA Fifty Years On...

Democrats Abroad hit a half century beyond US borders

44 Secession

Scotland votes on independence while California considers splitting into six

46 Is Putin “in another world?”

I s the Russian leader mad, or does he just have has his own special logic?

49 Sideline

The NFL free agency period

50 MLB Preview Grab a hot dog and some Cracker Jack as

we look at the prospects for all 30 teams

55 Eagle Eyed: Matchplay

Sometimes desperate lunges can yield results of exquisite beauty



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NEWS Have Your Say on Met Police Usage of London Congestion Charge Cameras


roposals to allow London’s Metropolitan Police to have access to cameras operated by Transport for London (TfL) are being put to members of the public for review. The proposals, derived from the Mayor of London’s 2012 Crime Manifesto, would see TfL share data from 1300 Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras with the capital’s police force, in a bid to solve and prevent crime. The ANPR cameras are currently used to enforce congestion charge and low emission zones on London roads, but could be used alongside the Met’s own ANPR system to stop vehicles linked to crime. You can view a copy of the draft proposals by going to www., and have your say by taking part in the survey there before April 8th 2014.

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Extreme sportsman Keith Breslauer

American joins the Royal Marines


S expat Keith Breslauer is set to become the only civilian to participate in a Royal Marines’ charity kayaking challenge nonstop across the English Channel, May 21 to 22. The gruelling 90 nautical mile journey is in support of disabled war veterans. Londonbased Breslauer, MD of Patron Capital Advisers LLP, has previously taken part in a number of extreme events for Royal Marines’ charities, including scaling the near-vertical ‘Nose’ route of the El Capitan granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, California. His preparation

for the upcoming challenge also includes taking part in the London Kayakathon on April 13, a 26.2 mile paddle of the River Thames. The cross Channel excursion is part of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge – a series of feats to mark the Marines‘ 350th anniversary. The Challenge has already taken participants across Norway and to Cadiz, and will see them passing through St Malo, in France and finally a 1664km run from Portsmouth to London. To find out more about the 1664 challenge and to donate, go to

Former US Ambassador joins ACA board


merican Citizens Abroad (ACA) have announced that Thomas L. Siebert, US Ambassador to Sweden from 1994 to 1998 during the Clinton administration, has been appointed as the newest member of the organization’s board. In a statement, the ACA said that Ambassador Siebert, who also currently serves on the Diplomatic Council on Energy Security, “will bring over 30 years of experience in international business and governmental affairs … [to] help ACA in its mission to represent the interests of all Americans overseas.” Ambassador Siebert said he is “extremely proud to be joining the ACA board” and to “help elevate important issues affecting Americans overseas which often do not gain enough attention in the halls of Congress and the White House”. ACA Executive Director, Marylouise Serrato, confirmed that Ambassador Siebert’s “wide-ranging international experience and strong connections in Washington will be instrumental to helping ACA move its agenda forward” and to “continue to grow and expand our presence in Washington to ensure we are providing tangible results for our membership and the millions of Americans resident overseas.”

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Free Kids' Newsletter from the Embassy


nyone with children should take a look at the Kids' Newsletter from the US Embassy in London. It comes out quarterly. The Spring edition is downloadable as a PDF at kidsnews.html. It’s full of fun facts about Earth Day, Women’s History

Month and the recent polar vortex that caused cold weather to sweep over the US. There’s a Trivia Quiz, a Wordsearch, and an article on Sojourner Truth, a former slave in New York who became an antislavery activist and a campaigner for women’s rights.

Jimi Hendrix Stamp launched by USPS


new US postage stamp has been released to honor the rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Designed by artist Rudy Gutierrez, the stamp resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, depicting Hendrix’s face surrounded by the psychedelic swirls and icons that became synonymous with his contribution to American culture and the music industry. The stamp was unveiled at a special tribute concert at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where artists including Wayne Kramer, Slash, Perry Farrell and Robby Krieger of the Doors performed. Hendrix’s sister, Janie, said in a statement that “While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a US postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.” The Jimi Hendrix stamp is being issued as

a Forever™ Stamp, equivalent in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price, and kicks off a series of stamp releases as part of the 2014 Music Icons series, which will also immortalize other artists such as Janis Joplin this year. You can purchase your own copy, and browse a range of limited edition Hendrix collectibles, by going to

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Buy Teslas in London ...but not New Jersey


ew Jersey’s State Motor Vehicle Commission has ruled that American electric car manufacturer Tesla will not be allowed to sell its autos in the State. Tesla employs a direct-sales model, operating its own retail outlets. This strategy has been subject to protests from the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR), which represents independent dealerships in the State. It successfully lobbied for legislation that bans automakers from selling directly to consumers. Tesla’ argued the new rules meant they’d “be unable to create new jobs or participate in New Jersey’s economic revival”. While Tesla will be able to continue to operate its service centers in the State, its dealerships will now become galleries, in which cars can be seen and questions asked, but no prices discussed or sales completed. The New Jersey ruling follows bans on direct motor sales in Arizona and Texas, and reviews by other States including Ohio. Share your thoughts on the decision with The American‘s readers by leaving a message on our Facebook page /TheAmericanCommunity, tweeting #Tesla @TheAmericanMag or emailing

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Your Guide To The Month Ahead

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London Marathon London www.virginmoneylondonmarathon. com April 13

The long-distance running event is a mainstay of British springtime, and sees both professional and fun-runners weave their way through the capital on their way to the finish line on Constitution Hill, near Buckingham Palace. Among them will be Haile Gebrselassie, who won two Olympic and four World Championship gold medals at 10,000m and twice broke the marathon world record. Just five days short of his 41st birthday, he will act as the lead pacemaker for the elite men’s race, pulling the leading men to the 30km point at – hopefully – world record speed. 6 April 2014

CircusFest 2014 Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH to April 27 The Roundhouse hosts the annual CircusFest, a month long programme of events, workshops and demonstrations devoted to circus art. Alongside professional performances by an international array of artists, ‘Take Part Weekend’ also offers the opportunity to learn circus skills first hand. O My America! Second Acts in a New World Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS April 1 Sara Wheeler discusses her book O My America!, a story of five Englishwomen who explored 19th century America.

Double Helical DNA: The Secret of Life Discovered Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, Dulwich, Southwark, Greater London SE21 7AD April 1 Professor Brian Sutton, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Head of Structural Biology at King’s College London, looks at the discovery of DNA by Francis Crick and Chicago born James Watson.

April Fools Day April 1 April Fools is the day for pulling pranks and ‘fooling’ your friends, but don’t forget to stop the jokes by midday, as the UK tradition dictates that anyone who plays a trick after midday are themselves the April Fools. Ulster And Irish Voices From The American Civil War Public Record Office, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, Co County Antrim, Northern Ireland BT3 9HQ April 2 Brett Irwin discusses the lives of emigrants involved in the conflict. Lord of the Flies UK Tour Various, UK April 2 to December 6 A national tour has been announced for Matthew Bourne’s new dance production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Amber. Golding’s famous characters; Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life during showings at major cities including Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff and London. See website for dates and details. Grand National Weekend Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool L9 5AS April 3 to 5 Includes the nation’s favorite hurdle race watch out for betting fever! The role of oratory in the advancement of Democratic party politics University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, North East Somerset BA2 7AY April 4

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Considering key figures of the Democratic party, from JFK and Lyndon B Johnson to Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, this one-day conference explores the role of oratory in the advancement of Democratic party politics. This conference is free and open to all but please register beforehand.

Manchester Cake & Show 2014 Manchester Central, Petersfield M2 3GX April 4 to 6 Rosemary Shrager, chocolatier Paul Young, and Simon Rimmer are just a few of the star chefs on hand to demonstrate the perfect way to bake, alongside a full selection of exhibitors and specialists offering items and ingredients for the kitchen. Liberty Bound: Slavery and St Helena International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX April 4 to April 1, 2015 This major new exhibition at the focuses on recently re-discovered graveyards containing the remains of ‘liberated’ Africans in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena. They were the final resting place for liberated Africans freed from illegal slaver-running vessels. This exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Government of St Helena, the Museum of St Helena, the Department for International Development and Dr Andrew Pearson, aims to “restore the cultural identity of these people and provides an opportunity for their story to be appreciated beyond their St Helenian descendants and heard beyond the shores of St Helena.” Who stole the tarts? Aynhoe Park, Aynho, Banbury OX17 3BQ April 5

The team behind the infamous Rabbit Hole Stage at Glastonbury bring an immersive theatrical, musical and tunnelling event to the English Manor house of Aynhoe Park.

American History Weekends Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR April 5-6, April 26-27 Avoncroft Museum hoists up the Stars and Stripes for two re-enactment weekends dedicated to American History. At the first, American Civil War Training Weekend, on April 5, watch as re-enactors train for battle and show how soldiers lived during the era. The second, American War of Independence Weekend, tells the story of America’s Independence, with battle re-enactments and skirmishes. Bellows: Men of the Docks Talks National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN April 7 to 28 The National Gallery’s first major American painting is the subject of a series of short talks, each Monday between April 7th and April 28th. Transatlantic Exchange - British Architecture and the ‘Special Relationship’ 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD April 8 The Royal Institute of British Architects hosts a discussion on the Special Relationship’s influence on architecture on both sides of the pond. Charles Hind, Andrew Saint, Murray Fraser and Sam Jacob look at influences from classical to 21st century cityscapes, and how the historical USA-UK link has affected the landmarks and buildings around us.

Scooby Doo Tour Live 2014 Various, UK April 4 to June 27 Scooby Doo, the Mystery Machine and ‘those meddling kids’ return to the stage with a live tour of a brand new stage show. Transported to ancient Egypt they face treacherous challenges while trying to uncover the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s pyramid. Can they avoid being turned to stone by the terrifying Pharaoh? Can they steer clear of the mysterious mummies? Pack the Scooby Snacks and go find out. April 4th & 5th Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre; 7th & 8th Wycombe, The Swan Theatre; 10th to 13th Salford, The Lowry; 14th to 16th Norwich, Theatre Royal; 18th to 19th Cardiff, The New Theatre; 24th to 27th Edinburgh, King’s Theatre; May 2nd to 5th Southend, Cliffs Pavilion; 8th to 11th Northampton, Royal & Derngate; 15th to 18th Bradford, Alhambra Theatre; 22nd to 25th Southampton, Mayflower Theatre; 27th to 29th London, New Wimbledon Theatre; 30th to June 1st Guildford, G Live; 5th to 8th; Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre; 12th to 15th Newcastle, The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre; 19th to 22nd Reading, Hexagon; 24th to 26th St Albans, Alban Arena; 27th to 29th Ipswich Regent; July 3rd to 6th Belfast, Grand Opera House; 8th & 9th Llandudno, Venue Cymru; 10th to 13th Leicester, De Montford Hall; 17th to 20th Wolverhampton, The Grand Theatre; 22nd to 24th Coventry, Belgrade Theatre; 25th to 27th Basingstoke, The Anvil.

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Mira Costa High School, USA, Recital Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, Canterbury Kent CT1 2EH April 8 Canterbury Cathedral hosts a midday recital by the Mira Costa High School choir from California, USA.

American Museum in Britain Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD Telephone: 01225 460503 From March 22 The Museum remains the only museum outside the US to showcase the nation’s decorative arts. This year’s permanent exhibitions are KAFFE 2014, The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett - the world-renowned knitwear and textile designer celebrates his 50-year-long association with the American Museum, and New World, Old Maps, historic maps of America from the Museum’s collection. With Quilting Bees every Tuesday, kids’ & craft activities including making Colourful Paper Lanterns, Crazy Patchwork Samplers, Native American Jewellery, and Rag Rug Bags plus Meet the Body Musicians, and guitarist Duck Baker performing traditional Irish music, old-time mountain music, bluegrass, gospel and swing.

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Reflection & Renewal: British & American Novels in the Twenties & Thirties Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT 01460 258 648 April 9 to 11 Keith Chandler leads a course at Dillington House focusing on four different writers from the ‘20s and ‘30s who have had an influence on British and American literature. The course studies The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), To the Lighthouse (Woolf), Light in August (Faulkner) and A Handful of Dust (Waugh). No previous level of study is required, just an interest and enthusiasm for reading.

American Car Rally Fort Paull Museum, Battery Rd, Kingston upon Hull, Paull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU12 8FP April 20 All things American take over at the Fort Paull Museum this April.

Where We Begin to Look: Women and the Landscape The Jerwood Centre, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria April 11 A touring show by the Poetry Society, this talk includes new paintings by Zoe Benbow, and a range of poems by British and American women chosen by poet Deryn Rees-Jones.

St George’s Day Various, England April 23 Celebrating the Patron Saint of England, St George, events take place across the country - check the website for countyby-county listings. The annual festival in Trafalgar Square is the heart of London’s festivities, with other special events in and around the capital.

Easter at the Ulster American Folk Park 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland BT78 5QU April 19 to 21 Celebrate Easter at the Ulster American Folk Park. With stallholders, shopkeepers, travelling journeymen and entertainers. Enjoy storytelling sessions, listen to old time music and enjoy a hoe-down from Appalachia with Tumbling Bones direct from the USA and meet frontier trappers and traders of the mid-18th century. Younger visitors can also help to feed the spring lambs and young chicks.

Sundance London 2014 The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX April 25 to May 27 The legendary Sundance Festival is synonymous with Utah, but the third annual London event promises to further establish the festival’s place in the capital’s cultural calendar. As well as importing the best of US independent cinema from its big brother event, Sundance London hosts a unique array of panel discussions and live music to introduce UK audiences to the best work of independent American filmmakers.

Ace Cafe American Motors Ace Corner, N Circular Rd, Stonebridge, London NW10 7UD April 21 to 26 Ace Cafe London hosts two meets with an American flavor. April 21st is the Mustang 50th Anniversary Stampede, while April 26th is an All American Cruise In, alongside a Chevy Special.

Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct Various, UK April 26 to 29 The American stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham, described by Time as “the most popular comedian in the United States”, brings his famed troupe of sidekicks across the pond, stopping at; Wembley Arena, London, April 26th; Birmingham LG Arena, 27th; Liverpool Echo Arena, 28th; and Glasgow Clyde Auditorium, 29th. The Secret Lives of the Hemingway Wives The Eccles Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB April 28 Ernest Hemingway is recognised as one of the world’s greatest writers, but this event looks at the story of those he loved. Hemingway was married to four extraordinary women; Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary. Against the background of ‘20s Paris through to Cold War America, Naomi Wood reveals the secret lives of these women, and what it was to be in love, and loved by, the great author. Secret Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral, 33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EJ April 29 to 30 Find out about Salisbury Cathedral from behind the scenes, as the venue offers two special days for pre-booked groups to explore areas of the building not usually open to the public, as well as special exhibits on ancient manuscripts and the 1215 Magna Carta. The Fast Show Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Bedford NN29 7JQ March 23

Santa Pod’s first performance and modified car event of the year, with FWD Drag Racing, Drifting, Stunt Displays, Jet Car, Fun Fair Rides and much more.

Michael Katakis and Michael Palin: An Evening with Two Travellers The Eccles Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB April 30 Michael Palin and Michael Katakis are no strangers to travelling, and this special evening sees both discuss their worldly experiences. Katakis also introduces his new book about America, A Thousand Shards of Glass. ESU: The Jazz Debate English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles St, London W1J 5ED April 30 James Pearson and Joe Stilgoe take part in a unique ‘US vs UK’ debate on the influence of both nations on the jazz songwriting canon. The Years of ‘La Dolce Vita’ Esoterick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN April 30 to June 29 Glamorous Hollywood stars flocked to Rome during the 1950s and ‘60s, when Italian cinema was at its peak. This exhibition draws on the vast archive of Marcello Geppetti, and a number of photographs taken on the set of the film La Dolce Vita, to explore the explosion of celebrity culture which gripped Italy. Beltane Fire Festival 2014 Calton Hill, Edinburgh April 30 A spectacular pageant which honors Celtic heritage and marks the beginning of summer.


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Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race London April 6 One of the oldest sporting events in the world. The annual boat race takes to the Thames, with crews representing Oxford and Cambridge participating in the latest chapter of a 160 year old rivalry, first raced in 1829. Most Brits support one boat or the other, even if they never went to either ‘Oxbridge’ university - indeed, even if they didn’t go to college at all - so you’re welcome to cheer on the light blues (Cambridge) or dark blues (Oxford). See the website for more details on the history, and the best places to watch the race (including The White Hart in Barnes, reviewed in this issue), Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish). There will be large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith so that you can watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. Refreshments will be available within the parks. It will be televised by the BBC, and note that this year the race takes place at a much later time, 6pm, and will be preceded by the Reserve Crews. April 2014 9

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The American’s expatriate canine UK correspondent gets musical


In here you find a mix of screamo glam metal, postgrunge, sleaze rockers... And that’s Just the Bar Staff

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tmospheric no frills Camden music pub with live bands and DJs, frequented by the alternative/ indie crowd. Madness (the video for their 1980 hit 'My Girl' was filmed here), Blur and The Arctic Monkeys have all played at this popular London venue, which showcases new bands every night in the back room and has the odd successful band come and play an intimate gig. The sound is good, the staff are friendly, there’s a great jukebox in the front bar and with the reassuring smell of stale beer, it’s suitably grungy.

BUY THE BOOK: Extract from the book Peggy Lee Loves London, available on Amazon. Signed copies can be ordered from Katrina’s website

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN Housed in Georgian splendor, co-founded by an American, the museum showcases America’s decorative arts. Exhibitions, workshps, Quilt collection. 01225 460503

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GREENWICH ROYAL TOURS Fun and informative walking tours of historic Greenwich, London’s secret gardens, Law in London, and new for 2014, Shakespeare tours. UK: 0800 542 1200

BERKELEY CASTLE (Gloucestershire) Visit the oldest castle lived in by the original family. American, Royalty and Shakespeare connections. Special events throughout the year. +44 (0)1453 810 303

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SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL A priory established in 1106, parish church from 1540, now a South London cathedral, with strong American connections. +44 (0) 20 7367 6734

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Southwark Cathedral The Bard and the Butcher: Stratford-upon-Avon and Southwark St Saviour’s Parish Church served the area of Bankside where the Elizabethan Rose, Hope, Swan and Globe Theatres were situated, and thus was the actors’ church. The church went on to become Southwark Cathedral. One of the laity helping to run the church, known as a Vestryman, was Robert Harvard, a widower who had a butcher’s shop nearby in Pepper Alley. Stratford-upon-Avon was William Shakespeare’s town of birth. No 26 High Street was a three-story timber-framed house built in 1596. A year later, William Shakespeare bought ‘the second-largest house in town’, 100 yards along the road. The owners of No 26 were Thomas and

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Alice Rogers. Their daughter, Katherine, married Robert Harvard from Southwark in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. The second son of that marriage was baptized in November 1607 in St Saviour’s church, Southwark and was given the name John. Did William introduce John’s parents to each other? Maybe! Both families certainly were neighbors. John lost many family members, including his father, in the Southwark Plague. His mother Katherine was to have two further husbands and acquired property in Southwark. In 1637 John, having obtained a degree from Emmanuel College Cambridge, set sail for Massachusetts. He died of consumption just a year after his arrival though on his death-bed verbally dictated his will and left 400 books and half his

The Cathedral by night PHOTO© DAVID THROWER

estate to a two-year old religious college nearby, subsequently renamed to become Harvard University.

Southwark and Harvard link commemorated On 17 July 1907, following restoration, through the efforts of William Phillips, John Ridgely Carter, and others who set up a subscription fund, the John Harvard Memorial Chapel in Southwark Cathedral was dedicated to this ‘godly gentleman and lover of learning’. The window in this Chapel is by the New York stained glass artist, John LaFarge. It was commissioned and paid for by Joseph Hodges Choate (1832-1917), himself a Harvard graduate. Choate had an illustrious career in law, and headed many organisations, including the

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The Harvard Chapel window

We take a close look at this ancient Cathedral, and its surprising links to America Union League Club and the Century Association. A life-long Republican he was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St James’s in London in 1899, where he worked closely with John Hay, Secretary of State, on the territorial treaties between the US and Britain concerning Canada. The main subject in the window is the Baptism of Christ, alluding to the baptism of John Harvard in the church in 1607. This depiction is after Nicolas Poussin. On the upper left are the arms of Harvard University and on the right those of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where Harvard studied. In the center are the Royal Arms, as they appeared between 1415 and 1603; however, the supporters and crest are of a later period, probably dating from the restoration carried out in 1948.

Another historic link between Southwark and Harvard University occurred in 1686 when Charles Morton, son of Nicholas Morton, rector of St Saviour’s, emigrated to Massachusetts, and subsequently became Fellow and Vice-President of Harvard.

Oscar Hammerstein II Inside the Harvard Chapel there is a plaque to Oscar Hammerstein II, the American librettist and theatrical producer. Oscar fell in love with the English Cathedral Choral tradition and would regularly visit the Cathedral and then take the head boy of the Boy’s Choir to lunch with him. He gave the Cathedral Choir an endowment and two of the choir members are, to this day, known as the Hammerstein Chanters.

Why is an American Mohegan Indian buried in the Churchyard?

On 22 November 2006 HM Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by HRH Prince Philip visited the Cathedral to unveil a granite boulder from Connecticut in the churchyard as a monument, carved by Peter Randall -Page, to commemorate the Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon. The story goes back to an entry in the Daily Journal for August 11th, 1736: On Sunday last about one o’clock in the Morning died of the Small Pox, in the 36th Yeare of his Age, Mahomet Weyonomon, Sachem of the Tribe of the Mohegans in the Province of Connecticut in New England. He was Great Grandson to the famous Sachem Uncafs or Onkafs, who took part with the English upon their firft

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Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II, dedicates the memorial, with Bruce Two Dogs Bozsum and other members of the Mohegan tribe.

The Choir is a fine example of Early English work, with beyond it The Great Screen, dataing to 1520, and the High Altar below.

fettling of that Country. He was very decently interred laft Night (from his Lodgings at Mr Midhurst’s in Aldermanbury) in St Mary Over’s Burialplace. The background to the story is the familiar colonial tale of settlers appropriating the land belonging to the original native population. In this case it was the tribal lands belonging to the Mohegans in Connecticut. When the settlers first took the land, Mahomet’s grandfather Oweneco came to England to petition Queen Anne. The Queen ordered a commission who found in favor of the Indians that they were unjustly deprived of their lands and the governor and company of the Colony of Connecticut was ordered to return the lands. Not only was this ignored but further encroachments took place to the point where the Mohegans were unable to subsist on the remaining territory. So in 1735 Mahomet Weyonomon accompanied by John Mason, his son Samuel and Zachary Johnson came to London to petition King George II for restoration of their lands. They lodged in the City in the Ward of St Mary Aldermanbury. But before they could present

tourist attraction. How times have changed! Unfortunately, he did not live to see this become a reality, dying before it opened its doors to the public. The Sam Wanamaker Theatre within the Globe complex opened its doors to the public in early 2014, completing Sam’s dream and legacy.

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the petition the whole party died of smallpox. The city authorities were happy to bury Mahomet’s European companions in the City but Mahomet had to be buried in the churchyard of St Mary Overy. It was quite a common custom at that time for burials to take place at night and we may imagine what a dramatic spectacle it was as the body was brought by torchlight over London Bridge. Also present at the unveiling ceremony was the tribal chairman Bruce Two Dogs Bozsum and other members of the tribe. An audience with the monarch that failed in 1735 was finally achieved.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Southwark Cathedral has a memorial to William Shakespeare and a window depicting characters from his plays. On the right of the memorial is a wall tablet to the American actor, Sam Wanamaker, who was the driving force behind the building of the present Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on Bankside. His ambition was achieved despite opposition at the time from local councillors, who did not want it to become a

Southwark pottery exported to the British Colonies Within the Cathedral’s Archaeological chamber, situated on the north (river) side of the complex, are the remains of a 17th century pottery kiln. In 1614 an application was made to make pottery ‘after the manner of Fiansa’ (Florence). Part of the old ‘fratree’ of the monastery was used as a pot house and color house. The kilns were uncomfortably close to the church walls and a small fire in the 18th century ensured that the pottery was finally closed. Southwark Delftware (i.e. tin-glazed) was in production before it was made in Delft. Its distinctive yellow and blue coloring was popular in the American colonies and one of the largest collections of it is at Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge: Exclusive Tour and Afternoon Tea Offer


An exclusive tour with a Cathedral guide will uncover the rich and colorful history of Southwark Cathedral; a priory established in 1106, a parish church in 1540 and, since 1905, a cathedral serving the population of south London. Your guide will recall the time when bishops, bards, and prostitutes lived and worked alongside each other. It is into this environment that US university benefactor, John Harvard entered his earthly life in 1607 and was to be baptized in St Saviour’s Church in Southwark, now the Cathedral. The Harvard family is one of several connections Southwark Cathedral has with those over the pond. Visits will also be made to the sites of John Harvard’s father’s butchers shop, the grammar school where John attended, and the inn his mother inherited, which he sold when he left for the New World. Afternoon tea* will be taken in one of the Cathedral’s suite of rooms before concluding the day by attending Choral Evensong in the Cathedral**. All participants will receive a souvenir copy of the Cathedral’s guidebook.

Friday, June 20 Thursday, August 14

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Adults £25.00; Senior Citizens £22.00 (incl VAT) Pre-booking required. Shakespeare’s window

Detail of the Harvard window

*The Dean’s Tea package: Selection of unlimited traditional and herbal infusion teas or fair trade coffee, with finger sandwiches, crisps, fruit platter, and a selection of mini cakes. **Friday 20 June 2014 (The Festival of the Birth of John the Baptist) to be sung by Southwark Cathedral’s boys’ choir accompanied by the lay clerks. **Thursday 14 August 2014 to be sung by the choir of Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, USA TO APPLY: Please send SAE and cheque(s) payable to Southwark Cathedral Enterprises Ltd: Visitors’ Officer, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 0DA indicating which date you wish to attend. Individuals or groups welcome. Enquiries:  020 7367 6734 April 2014 15

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Birthplace of America

As Sulgrave Manor celebrates its Centenary as the embodiment of the Special Relationship, and appeals for funds, its Director Cymon Snow explores its historical significance


here are places all around the world that lend our minds to thinking of history and the events that happened at those locations. For example, for Americans, the words Mount Vernon mean something, and the father of the nation comes to mind. Someone mentions Gettysburg and one’s thoughts turn to battle and a never to be forgotten address. Wall Street, for a hundred years, has meant money! But what of the country itself? Where was the United States born? There are many places that have a claim but I put it to you that the birth may have happened well before any of the dates that you are probably now thinking about, and in a place far from your minds. Picture, if you will, a Manor House in a sleepy country village in the county of Northamptonshire, England... The year is 1602, only 110 years after Europeans first “discovered” America and a long 174 years before the process of founding a nation formally started. The family living there are the Washingtons, Lords of the Manor of Sulgrave and Stuchbury. They are celebrating the birth of a son, who they will name after his great-grandfather, the builder of Sulgrave Manor, Lawrence. Little did they know that young

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Lawrence’s actions would be world-changing. Even at the time of his death, at the age of 51, he was regarded as a failure, who ruined the family’s fortunes. Lawrence was a bright boy and at the age of 17 was studying at Brasenose College, Oxford. Upon graduation he took holy orders in the fledgling Church of England, which had only been around for about 70 years. Lawrence also became a fellow of the college, a significant achievement for a man then in his early twenties. However the country was experiencing both political and religious conflict. King Charles I ascended the throne in 1625, he was Head of both the State and the Protestant Church of England, but he had married a French, Roman Catholic, Princess. Not the wisest thing to do in a country in which it was against the law to worship openly as a Roman Catholic. Our history books often depict Charles as a weak-willed man while his wife, Henrietta Maria, was just the opposite. In France, Kings were all powerful and what they said went. Charles did not enjoy that privilege in his Kingdom. If he wanted a new law introduced he had to consult Parliament. Charles’ father, James, had attempted to

rule without Parliament and was an advocate of the ‘Divine Right of Kings’. Charles had inherited a political problem and compounded it with a religious one. He needed to strengthen his position. His Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud, who was also Chancellor of Oxford University, decided to bolster Oxford for the King by appointing a Proctor for the University. The Proctor’s job was to enhance the King’s position in the city, an excellent plan as Oxford was full of the sons of the rich and powerful. The young man the Archbishop appointed to this position was The Reverend Lawrence Washington. The Rev. Lawrence did his job well and when he left Oxford he was rewarded for his achievements, being given the Parish of Purleigh in Essex. In those days a Vicar or Rector, as he was, lived off his parish. Purleigh was the richest parish in a wealthy county and its new Rector would have enjoyed the benefits of this position. However his appointment to a parish in Essex was also political, it being a county that openly supported the Parliament. Matters between King and Parliament deteriorated and civil war broke out in 1642. A year later The Rev. Lawrence felt the full power of

Left: Rev. Lawrence Washington Right: his famous great great grandson, George Sulgrave Manor is open throughout the year to the General Public, subject to opening hours, and to Groups and Educational visits. The easiest way to donate and help with repairs and maintenance is via the Just Giving account at the Manor’s website

Parliament when it denounced him as “...a malignant priest, a frequenter of ale houses, who is oft drunk...”. He was stripped of his parish and the family had to live with his wife’s step-father at Tring in Hertfordshire. The civil war ended in 1649, the King had lost and England embarked on a period without a monarchy. The Rev. Lawrence died in 1653 both broken and broke, leaving virtually nothing to his family. His political belief ruined his family. Royalists and their offspring were persona non grata, with no future in Oliver Cromwell’s England. Lawrence was unable to provide the best start in life for his children, particularly for his first born, John. However this did not hold John back. An ambitious, charismatic and able young man, he inherited a small sum from his step-grandfather. In 1656, seven years into the kingless Commonwealth of England, he would have learnt that he had no future in this England and used the inheritance to buy a share of a trading ship called The Seahorse of London and signed on as Second Master. He was not there to sail the ship, but to look after his fellow investors’ financial interests, the “partner on board”, if you will. The plan was to sail to Scandinavia, buy housewares and furniture, then cross the Atlantic

to the Colony of Virginia. There was an excellent market for these goods as the colonists were banned from producing quality goods, an employment scheme to keep work on the European side of the Atlantic and, one suspects, a way of keeping the colonists in their place! The voyage was successful and John traded his goods for the most valuable crop coming out of Virginia at that time – tobacco! However there is today a suspicion that John may have been too good, as the consensus is that the Seahorse was overloaded when it turned for home in the Potomac. They encounter a storm and the ship foundered. Although later refloated, its cargo was destroyed. John was stranded, penniless, in Virginia, but worse was to come. When his fellow investors discovered what happened, they decided it was his fault and sued him for their losses. A court case was heard in Virginia. John’s charisma shone through and before the case ended the Judge, Nathaniel Pope, had agreed to pay the young man’s debts for him if he were found liable, and in 1657 John married Judge Pope’s daughter. John received a dowry of 700 acres of land. Thus a dynasty was started which led to John’s great grandson, George Washington, being

present in Virginia to command the Continental Army and lead a new country to independence. Many people now recognize Sulgrave Manor as the birthplace of the United States. In 1914 it was purchased by the British-American Peace Committee as being the most fitting place to commemorate a hundred years of peace between the two nations. The Manor is now administered by a Charitable Trust which holds it “...on behalf of the peoples of the United Kingdom and the United States...”. The Sulgrave Manor Trust has two main objectives “To preserve Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the First President of the United States of America, for the public benefit”; and “To provide and support education in subject areas relevant to Sulgrave Manor and its historic role in the history of Anglo-American relations, and to the history, literature and institutions of the United States.” It is a unique and historically important place that was recognised by the World Monuments Fund this year when it was included in its watch list of endangered sites. This is not an accolade that WMF give lightly as Sulgrave Manor is joined on the list by the likes of the entire City of Venice amongst others!

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Being a US Expat By Kristopher Heck


eing an expat (wherever you are in the world and whichever country you are from) can be both rewarding and challenging in equal measure. In our experience that is precisely why many individuals decide to make such a move. Being a US expat comes with its own challenges. Aside from representing the largest free market economy and democracy in the world, as a US citizen you necessarily have to pay more attention to your personal financial situation. Why is this? The United States is one of the few countries in the world that operates a citizenship-based taxation system. This means that wherever you live in the world as a US expat you must report income and gains on your global assets. This is counter–intuitive to most other expats who only pay tax in the country they live (we have all heard stories about the lifestyle of expats in Singapore or Dubai who pay very little income tax for example). US expats on the other hand need to pay attention and understand how this global taxation affects not just how they are paid by employers but the financial decisions they take in their country of residence.

Common mistakes

In our experience US expats typically make the three same mistakes. Firstly, they will continue to work

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with their US CPA back home who most likely does not understand the local tax system where they live. It is not unusual for them also to engage with a local tax advisor who similarly does not understand US taxes. This leads to duplicated compliance costs and honest mistakes sometimes leading to expats paying tax twice or simply paying too much tax. Secondly, many US expats will have a US will. This is probably an important item on their predeparture check list as they head of for a foreign posting. What is often forgotten or neglected is the potential scenario for them to pass away whilst living abroad. It is therefore important that they understand the estate planning rules in their new country of residence and, if necessary, seek specialist help to prepare a will that covers both jurisdictions. Thirdly, many US expats quite rightly maintain a relationship with their financial advisor back home. Many also engage with local advisors as they seek to make plans in their new country of residence. As with the tax and legal examples cited above this can often lead to genuine and unintended mistakes. Providing financial advice to US expats involves understanding the tax regimes of both the US and the new country of residence, taking into consideration foreign exchange

rates and most importantly in our minds being thoughtful about what investment products to invest in to ensure that the expat is not disadvantaged by unnecessary tax charges or costly structures that are simply not appropriate for a US citizen. Considering these points alongside a proper financial plan means that providing financial advice to US expats is a specialized role requiring deep knowledge and experience. Many expats we have spoken to over the years (and this includes me and my colleagues as we too are US expats) have explained that financial peace of mind allows them to simply enjoy being abroad, probably with their families, enjoying the experience.

Kristopher Heck is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Tanager Wealth Management LLP. He established Tanager Wealth Management with fellow US expat Jeff Hedges in November 2012 as a direct result of his own frustrations at not being able to find a financial advisor who understood what it meant to be a US Expat in the UK. Tanager Wealth Management is staffed by US expat financial advisors who understand what it means live and plan with crossborder tax issues. 020 7871 8440 Tanager Wealth Management LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

other desert cities Until 24 May 2014

WIN TICKETS! Which American actor is artistic director of The Old Vic? A Kevin Spacey B Kevin Bacon C Kevin Costner

It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is home to celebrate the holidays with her well-heeled parents, brother and aunt. But the long-awaited reunion is soon set alight by a bombshell – Brooke is to publish a tell-all memoir. Exposing the most painful chapter of the Wyeth’s buried past and threatening to destroy all her famous parents hold dear, Brooke’s revelation pushes fractured family relations to the point of no return.


Pulitzer Prize finalist and creator of hit TV series, Brothers & Sisters and contributor on The West Wing, Jon Robin Baitz has taken America by storm with his Broadway debut. Other Desert Cities, an acidly witty and deeply affecting tour de force, melding the political and personal with electrifying results. Nominated for five Tony Awards, the award-winning play now makes its UK premiere at The Old Vic with Lindsay Posner (Noises Off and The Winslow Boy) returning to direct the stellar cast, Sinéad Cusack, Peter Egan, Clare Higgins, Daniel Lapaine and Martha Plimpton. HOW TO ENTER: Email your answer with your name, address & daytime telephone number to theamerican@blueedge. with OLD VIC COMPETITION in the subject line; or send a postcard to: OLD VIC COMPETITION, The American, Old Byre House, Millbrook Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury SP3 6AW, UK; to arrive by mid-day. You must be 18 years old or over to enter. You are responsible for any travel, accommodation or other expenses. Tickets valid for Monday-Thursday performances, subject to availability. No cash alternative to the prizes, they are non-refundable and non-transferable and not for resale.

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Get Filing The US tax deadline looms - Michael Burland sat down with tax expert Roland Sabates, Senior Manager at H&R Block U.S. Expat Tax Services, to find out what we should do


oreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation has heightened awareness of the filing requirements for Americans who are living overseas. A recent survey by tax services provider H&R Block found that only 19% of the Americans who are filing feel that they have a strong understanding of their tax obligations - and that doesn’t include those who should be filing but aren’t. I suspect that many of our readers are in the 81% who are unsure, so we sought some expert advice to clarify the issue. Roland explains: “There are severe penalties facing US expats, but if they pay tax abroad there are offsetting credits so no US tax is payable for many. Most Americans living and working abroad have local checking or savings accounts, and if the value of any account exceeds US$10,000 at any point during the year they will also have to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). This is not a threshold that only high net worth individuals will pass. Most Americans living or working abroad have FBAR filing requirements. The vast majority of expats are law-abiding citizens who are making no attempt to evade taxes. Even

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if they have inadvertently not filed returns, most will owe nothing to the IRS. However, penalties are draconian for failure to file, up to $10,000 per account. The statute of limitations is 6 years, so a married couple who have a couple of ISAs, a pension account and a checking and savings account could potentially face $300,000 of civil penalties for non-wilful violations. It’s rare that the IRS takes these steps, but it is one of their options. Different kinds of US taxpayers working and living abroad need different assistance. For example people who have been filing themselves, but want to check they’re doing it right or need help, perhaps with foreign account reporting. Then there are people who may have just learned about their filing requirements and don’t know what to do. And there are high net worth individuals, maybe someone who has several million dollars in a Swiss bank account. The first two can get assistance from tax preparation companies here or in the US. The latter are probably better served by hiring a tax lawyer in addition to the tax firm in case a criminal investigation occurs. In that case, the law firm’s attorney-client privilege can be extended to the tax service

provider. What to do if you have not been filing: The IRS offers two voluntary disclosure programs for certain expats. Think carefully or take advice before choosing which to use. The Streamlined Compliance Program is designed for ‘low compliance risk’ expats, allowing an easy route to get back into compliance. You file tax returns for the last 3 years and foreign bank account reports for the last 6. If you meet several criteria indicating that you’re a low compliance risk, i.e. not attempting to avoid tax, the IRS will assess your returns and not go back any further. However if you neglect to divulge something that should be reported, or the IRS deems you to be a high compliance risk, they will examine your case further. The other IRS program is the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). You file tax returns and FBARs for the last 8 years, and pay all the tax you should have paid. Instead of any FBAR penalties as above, you pay a penalty of 27 1/2 percent of the maximum value of your combined foreign accounts during that 8 year period. This can be an extremely substantial penalty, especially for someone who has not been wilfully evading

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tax obligations. There is a lesser 5 percent penalty that certain expats could qualify for under the OVDP, if their US sourced income is below $10,000 in any one year, perhaps social security benefits or a small amount of investment income. OVDP was mainly designed for ‘onshore’ Americans who are using offshore financial centers to hide wealth overseas, but if you choose this route and the IRS agrees, it does offer a guarantee that the IRS will not pursue you for criminal activity. US citizens do not move to the UK to pay less tax. In fact they generally pay tax at a higher rate than in the United States, so a lot of your decisions will be to make sure you don’t have a tax liability at the end of the year. There are anomalies between the US and UK systems. For example, ISAs are not taxed in the UK, so there are no offset tax credits on them. Active investors who buy and sell stocks and shares within an ISA have no UK liability, but every sale is a tax event for US purposes. This can lead to a US tax

liability. Mutual fund investments (typically Unit Trusts in the UK) are classed as ‘passive foreign investment companies’ (PFIC) for US purposes. Even if you pay tax on them in the UK, they cannot be included in your your foreign tax credit, but you can legally make your situation more tax efficient, perhaps by changing the type of your investments. Registered pensions are a good option for Americans as the US-UK double tax treaty has broad protection for participation in pensions, not something Americans living in many other countries encounter. If you move to another part of the world, remember that the rules are different from country to country. Most Americans in Britain who file their foreign banks account reports and tax returns properly will likely not owe any US tax. In a relatively high tax country like the UK, their foreign tax credit will eliminate their US tax liability. If their income is below $75,000 for a

single taxpayer or $120,000 for married filing jointly taxpayers, there is also child tax credit. If you have a US citizen child, you may have $1,000 per child to come back to you even if you don’t have any US tax liability - another incentive to keep filing.” The IRS filing deadline is April 15, but expats have an automatic extension until June 15 so there is still time to file. The most important advice is not to ignore it, the IRS doesn’t go away, so get your affairs in order and get filing.

Thanks to Roland Sabates of H&R Block for helping our readers. H&R Block has a specialized department that offers support to expats. For most Americans in Britain this is a virtual service, via email, teleconferencing or Skype. They have an office at the USAF base at RAF Lakenheath. Fees depend on the service required, but a typical basic expat’s tax return and FBAR would cost around $400. April 2014 21

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Carol’s Immigrant grandfather proudly and happily holds Old Glory, 1905 © CAROL GOULD

Old Glory is not a Swastika by Carol Gould


n February my American broadcasting colleague Charlie Wolf suggested to al Jazeera Television that I be invited to participate at the Oxford Union in a live-audience discussion of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The host of the event was Mehdi Hasan and the protagonist was General Sir Mike Jackson, former Chief of Staff of the British military. Seated next to me was a ‘special guest’ from CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK); the vast majority of the participants crowded into the legendary Oxford Union chamber consisted of young Muslim men and women. The CND representative immediately launched into the obligatory tirade at me about the ‘war crimes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.’ I explained to her that my late mother and aunt, who were at the time in the United States Army, had told me years later that military forces were being trained for the land invasion of Japan. In that context I reminded her that at that time the Allies’ sense of revenge was palpable considering the cruelty inflicted upon American, Australian and British POWs as well as the appalling treatment of the people of the Philippines. Had the bombs not been dropped, a

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land war could have lasted for thirty years. The CND guest glared at me. What I thought was going to be a civilized discussion of the merits – or none – of the Coalition’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq descended into an aggressive, protracted attack by Hasan on Sir Mike. I kept wanting to jump in and shout at him to stop discrediting

“obsessive use of flags by Americans ... ‘one step short of approaching a Third Reich mindset.’ “ this eminent military leader. Hasan kept shouting at the General to admit that the military is rife with war criminals and that thousands of innocent people had been killed in the name of America and Britain. This went on for about forty-five minutes. Sir Mike kept his dignity but physically shrank into the chair, protesting from time to time that he did not appreciate Hasan’s line of

questioning and did not like being interrupted with accusations when he barely had time to respond. At one point Sir Mike said that he had seen many a brave young man volunteer to come to the defense of the nation and then lose his life in battle to which Hasan quipped ‘Well I wouldn’t do that!’ which prompted me to mutter ‘Traitor!’ I believed from my research that he is actually British-born. Were Britain to come under threat and war to ensue, Hasan would be obliged to support his country. My contribution to the evening (Mehdi Hasan referred to me as ’that woman’ which I found bizarre) was to ask a question about why the Muslim world has no Abraham Lincolns, Woodrow Wilsons, FDRs, Winston Churchills, Nelson Mandelas or Martin Luther Kings. Sir Mike eloquently explained that it was hard enough just dealing with tribal leaders and complex factions within Sunni-Shia-Kurd-Taliban infrastructures. After the event I thought it was typical of the generosity of spirit and dignity of a man like Jackson to go outside and field questions from a large group of rather agitated young men. Worrying about his personal safety I was relieved and

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rather touched that one of the young lads offered him a light for his much-needed cigarette and that they left him in peace. Program participants were ushered up to a private reception where I was confronted by another woman from CND. She told me she and her husband had been sickened by the spectacle of their son being ‘made to recite the Pledge of Allegiance’ at his school when they were based in the USA for two years. She claimed he was penalized for refusing to do this. She was horrified when I told her a small anecdote: ten years ago at the Lincoln Dinner in London my South African companion was moved to see the one hundred American guests crying as we recited, with hand on heart, the Pledge of Allegiance before dinner. This woman from CND said ‘But that is so awful!’ It is the first step to Nazism!’ Things got worse. She said she

thought the American flag was akin to a swastika inasmuch as it is used to display fervent patriotism. She said the obsessive use of flags by Americans was ‘one step short of approaching a Third Reich mindset.’ She went on to complain with alacrity about the ubiquity of the Stars and Stripes so I went over to my coat and whipped out my Stars and Stripes keyholder and coin purse. The look on her face was one of sheer disgust. A Turkish woman came over to us and said Turks love displaying their flag at home and when abroad but this did not placate the Old Glory-hater. It was a disturbing and unsettling evening which made me feel that nothing much has changed since my book Don’t Tread on me - Anti-Americanism Abroad was published some five years ago. My flat in London is chock-ablock with Americana, one a framed image of my immigrant grandfather

Harry Gold proudly holding a flag in 1905. Nobody is going to tell me this is some form of Nazism. Nor am I going to accuse football fans of Nazism when they chant ‘ENG–A –LUND!’ waving giant flags. I do recall a British friend telling me his village wanted to put Union Jacks outside during the Queen’s Jubilee but the council warned there would be a £1,000 fine. They decided to ‘do as the Americans do’ and put the Union Jacks outside. No penalties ensued. That is how it should be. God Bless the red, white and blue - British and American - and long may it wave!

Carol Gould has written for The Guardian, The Jewish Chronicle and The Daily Telegraph; she is the author of Spitfire Girls and Don’t Tread on Me - Anti-Americanism Abroad and has appeared on BBC Any Questions? and many other UK broadcasts. April 2014 23

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hat much overused and misused term gastropub doesn’t do The White Hart justice. For once, an old English pub has been reworked with the customer in mind. They call it a ‘destination dining pub’, which although it sounds a little pretentious, is on the money. Situated on the bank of the Thames in Barnes, West London, the renovation successfully combines tradition with innovation. The Canon Bar on the first floor (ground floor in Britain) is a smart but welcoming hostelry which on the night we visited was frequented by happy locals. We ascended the spiral staircase, its walls quirkily decorated with vintage walking sticks, to the Terrace Kitchen. Now, tell me, on a cold and blowy evening how does a mostly-empty, large, wood floored, rectangular room, dominated by a central row of back-to-back banquettes with, feel cozy and inviting? Simple. Have the kitchen open onto the room along one long side (the other side itself opens onto Thames-side balconies) so you feel the heat, hear the chefs’ banter and smell the enticing odors. Oh, and get them cooking only the finest

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The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, London SW13 0NR Reviewed by Michael Burland ingredients. Then hire staff who are attractive, intelligent, friendly, relaxed, knowledgeable and helpful. Hmmm, maybe not so simple. The White Hart justice is now helmed by Tom Whitaker. A finalist in the BBC’s MasterChef competition, Tom likes to tickle the imagination as well as the taste buds, with dishes like smoked bone-marrow burgers and deep fried pig’s ears, many using his own on-site smokery. His menu changes with the seasons, and can be classed as British with a contemporary twist. Our waitress recommended the smoked egg French toast with mushrooms & duck hearts as a starter. Would you have thoughts of that combination? I’m glad Tom did. Quirky and to die for. My companion, Bella, had a very tasty wild game terrine with pickled shallots and celeriac remoulade. My main course was hot smoked salmon with mussels. Subtle, not over-smoked, the fish had perhaps been cooked a few seconds too long, but the taste was phenomenal. The salmon and mussels amplified each other’s flavors. I’ll try this one at home, but don’t expect to get the full effect.

Two fish dishes on a cold night? You bet, when they’re this good. Bella’s steak, dry aged Black Angus sirloin, was cooked to perfection, and done medium, just as asked for. Our desserts were a griddled Williams pears & goats cheese parfait, really interesting - by which I mean lovely, with the thinly sliced pear griddled with sugar to a toffee consistency offsetting the tangy cheese - and a ‘Classic custard tart with poached plums’ which did indeed merit its Classic nomenclature. If you need a further incentive to trek west out of Central London, they run masterclasses, wine tastings, and supplier evenings. And if you want a taste of one of the world’s most famous sporting events, on April 6 the The White Hart’s balconies will be the perfect place to see the Boat Race, the annual row-off between Oxford and Cambridge Universities which has been a British institution since 1829. A five course Boat Race banquet will be served for £110, including a Cambridge or Oxford Cocktail, while downstairs The Canon Bar and Terrace has barbequed food, live music and great riverside views.

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ecember is the month I allow myself to overindulge. January is the month I have to pay for it. For me it’s about sugar. I don’t usually eat that much of it, but at Christmas time I go mad. Then, when it’s over, I find myself climbing the walls like a junkie, desperate for a cookie or a morsel of chocolate. And the only way to stop it is to go cold turkey. So, for one month, I allow myself no sugar or alcohol and very few carbs. It stops my sugar cravings and makes me feel virtuous. So it seemed like my invitation to try the De–light menu at The Balcon was a message from above. It was my duty to eat healthy food and spread the word! Chef Vincent Menager is a brave man. Creating and selling a menu with no fat or sugar and very little salt is no easy feat. Especially when the other options are glorious combinations of French and English fare. With foie gras, lobster and cheese soufflé on the menu, it is not easy to choose the healthy option: three

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courses at 390 – 520 kcal for the lot! I salute the initiative and wish such healthy choices were mainstream. I started with a detox cocktail. Basil, mint, apple and sparkling water. Delicious! My companion was having none of it and ordered a gin and tonic. OK, I was a bit jealous, but my virtue was intact! We then tried the two starters on the menu. Soft–boiled egg with a celeriac velouté (£7). Normally a velouté would be made with butter, but this was not and I didn’t miss it a bit. It was very creamy and flavorful and the poached egg added a richness that made this dish seem like anything but diet food. Not quite so with starter Two. Baked tomato filled with tuna mousse on cucumber tartar (£8.50). This was also very tasty, but here the lack of fat in the tuna mousse was obvious. It was made with fat free yoghurt and tasted like it. As well, the tomato itself was not worthy of a restaurant that prides itself on their sourcing of food.

For the main I chose the free range guinea fowl breast marinated with ginger, tender carrot, celeriac and celery branch, and citrus infused jus (£19.50). The guinea fowl was slightly overcooked, but otherwise, this was a wonderful dish and the jus was sensational. A beautiful reduction, bursting with flavor. If I hadn’t known I was eating healthy food, I would never have thought it. My companion was a vegetarian and there was no option for him on the De-light menu, but plenty from the a la carte menu. He chose the black eye bean, cabbage, chestnut and heirloom carrot stew with oat meal and almond crumble (£16). We found the dish a bit bland, but somehow comforting. I wanted to eat it curled up in front of the telly. The Balcon has a small but nicely varied wine list and all the wines are available by the glass or carafe. My friend chose a St. Émilion and a Rioja Reserva, both at £10.25 a glass. The first was a bit flat but the

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8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG 020 7968 2900 Reviewed by Michael M Sandwick Rioja was excellent, rich and full bodied. Yes, I did taste them. It’s my job!!! We all have to sacrifice. For dessert, molten mango cake and light coconut ice cream at £6 and 130 kcal was only half de-light. The molten mango cake was not a cake at all, but rather a jelly. The taste was OK but for me, a jelly needs to be a big burst of flavor which it was not. The coconut ice cream however was perfect. With no added sugar or cream, it was an amazing example of ingenuity. Had it been served with a good fresh mango, it would have been heaven. The second dessert was a beautiful plate of tropical fruit with honey scented low fat yoghurt. If one is not going to gorge on sugar and fat, it is hard to compete with nature. Fresh fruit, carefully sourced and well–presented is just about as good as it gets. At £4 and 100 kcal this was great value all the way around. The atmosphere at the Balcon is magnificent. High ceilings and relaxed opulence make the place luxuriously comfortable. And the service is absolute top. Everyone was extremely well informed about the menu and very positive about Chef Menager’s De-light menu. I was too, in spite of my criticism. I think it is inspired. With a bit of tweaking here and there, it will be De-lovely!

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By Virginia E Schultz

Cellar Talk



y late husband was a whiskey lover and he never returned from Scotland without a bottle of a very special and expensive brand of Scotch. Until his dying day, he never forgave me for insisting he had to give a bottle of whiskey he bought in Scotland to a friend whose house we were staying at. I shall never forget the look on his face as he watched as our friend added the whiskey to a bottle of cheap whiskey he bought in Poland! That was on my mind when I went to dinner at a friend’s who had just returned from a holiday in Ireland and I was served poitín, pronounced ‘puhtcheen’ and often anglicised to ‘poteen’ or ‘potcheen’. This illicit spirit was, according to him, Ireland’s moonshine - bootleg liquor. The word, Irish for ‘small pot’, got its name from illicit distillers usually using a small pot still. Traditionally barley was used, either malted by a professional maltster or else a sack was left in a stream to steep before being dried over a peat fire. Most of the Irish farmers were tenants of rich English landowners. English-style law, brought into Ireland, banned home-made spirit drinks, but the farmers were not going to stop just because the English Parliament said they had to! Poitín was often made in caves or secret rooms or cellars in the farmer’s cottages. In the early days,

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Poitín in a proper spirits bottle (more likely in a lemonade bottle or Tupperware cup before 1997!)

the excise man would have troops accompany them as the poitín makers were often organized in armed gangs. One excise officer killed was Aeneas Coffey, at the time the Inspector-General of the Irish Excise and the inventor of the (legal) Coffey Continuous Still which remains the basis of continuous distillation today. PHOTO © BOBBIE HANVEY COURTESEY JOHN J BURNS LIBRARY, BOSTON COLLEGE

In 1997, the Irish government legalized the selling of poitín. It is still made today although rare with barley malt. Most poitín today is made with treacle, beets, potatoes and molasses and in the kitchen or a special room in a garage rather than a cave. There were few brands at the beginning until an unexpected interest came from the USA. Poitín-Poteen still

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Eric Church O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London Reviewed by Darren Weale


usually enjoy both kinds of music: yes, Rhythm AND Blues. So, it was interesting to see The Cadillac 3, fresh from having a song appear on the covermount CD of Classic Rock Blues magazine, supporting US Country star Eric Church at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. This review only came about after a bit of a scrum at home, two ladies seeing an image of Eric Church and vying for the right to join me. In the end, a Country music-loving male priest won, but that’s another story. What this does show is that Eric is a good-looking man, and that was clear on stage, his square shoulders and trademark shades, occasional flashed smile and big gestures all part of a very strong connection with the audience. There was many an American in the house, often singing out the lyrics before Eric. The Cadillac 3 warmed up the audience well enough, heavy enough to approach Heavy Metal volume, and which included that cover-mounted song, ‘Tennessee

Mojo’. They ended with a big flourish, but it was Eric the crowd was waiting for and it was quickly evident that this is a man who can write a classy song and assemble a band of multiple talents. Mr Church has been described as too Rock for Country fans and too Country for Rock fans. The balance here was firmly on Rock, with a Country lightness and flavor and song here and there, but two of the surprising six guitarists on stage (including Eric and plus drummer) were out and out Rock dudes with splay-legged poses for their solos to match. Eric’s band often played it hard and loud, but genre issues apart, Eric sounded at least as good as he looked. That boy can sing and with his array of guitarists switching their way through a battery of stringed instruments including banjo and mandolin as well as the screamers, there was variety, and there was a great sound. Above all, there was entertainment. Songs like ‘Give Me

Back My Hometown’ were dramatic and outstanding. ‘Jack Daniels’ – a song of that title after two or three had already mentioned the liquor – was fine, built around the lyric, “Jack Daniels kicked my ass again last night.” It was clear that what Eric is most about is the connection with the audience, his lyrics, his charisma, and ‘Like Jesus Does’ had the crowd determinedly singing along to what was a top song, a lovely romantic number. ‘These Boots’ was a warm crowd-pleaser, and had the crowd on all levels of the venue waving cowboy boots in the air until Eric took a couple to illustrate the song, and to sign for the lucky owners before giving them back. The night – after twenty plus of Eric’s rich, mainly upbeat, up-tempo songs – ended on the final song of the encore, ‘Springsteen’, a real feelgood song. Of course, by then everyone felt good, and I had become, like them, a fan of the man in the baseball cap and shades.

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LIVE AND KICKING Emmylou Harris Performing Wrecking Ball with Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jim Wilson

This is a unique opportunity to hear Emmylou (one of those rare stars for whom a first name is sufficient) perform her Grammy Award winning album Wrecking Ball with its producer, Daniel Lanois (who has also worked with other luminaries such as U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson). The album, with its songs by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Earle among others, represented a new direction for the Country Music Hall of Famer. Her record label Nonesuch is reissuing Wrecking Ball on April 7 as a three-disc set featuring the remastered original album, a disc of previously unreleased material, and a behind-the-scenes DVD. To celebrate the release Harris embarks on an international tour with producer Daniel Lanois and their band, featuring drummer Steven Nistor and guitarist Jim Wilson, which stops in London for two nights only. These concerts are part of a series of wider Nonesuch celebration at the Barbican which will include a marathon weekend entitled Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records (May 17th to 18th) and further one-off concerts and collaborations throughout May, featuring a breadth of artists associated with the label and in the spirit of it. London, Barbican Hall May 25th & 26th.

Emmylou in 1995 PHOTO BOB LANOIS

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You don’t have to go to the Barbican to see our chosen artists... but it helps. An Evening With Rosanne Cash

Following the critical and commercial success of The River & The Thread, her biggest-selling album in the UK which has been called a masterpiece, Rosanne returns to these shores for this special show at (yep) The Barbican in London on April 30th, and later returns for an appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival on August 2nd.

Dave Davies


Dave Davies of the Kinks

Don’t call him Ray’s little brother you might end up with a Telecaster round the head - but it’s how Dave Davies is always going to be best known. The Kinks’ lead guitarist returns to London to perform his first UK concert for 13 years, also at London’s Barbican Hall on April 11th. The concert celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the revolutionary guitar sound he created, which helped launch the Kinks to international stardom. Not many people can claim to have invented a musical sound, but Davies can make a good case. “‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day and All of the Night’ were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre,” says musicologist Joe Harrington. “The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock ‘n’ roll into rock.”

Sinatra Sings Sinatra

Frank Sinatra, Jr. pays homage to his famous father, backed by his own 8-piece band. He features specially written arrangements of - what else? - songs from the Sinatra Snr. songbook. He has had good reviews and sold out shows at London’s top jazz spot Ronnie Scott’s. Relive some of the greatest music ever performed and enjoy Ol’ Blue Eyes classics such as ‘Strangers in the

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Night’, ‘Foggy Day in London Town’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘New York New York’ and more. May 4th Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Don Williams

The massively hugely popular but modest country music star brings songs from his new CD, Reflections, on this rare UK visit. He’s calling it his ‘final tour’, so it’s never been better advice to ‘book early to avoid disappointment’. Born in Florida in 1939 the Country Music Hall of Famer was raised near Corpus Christi, Texas. After a ‘pop folk’ career with The Pozo Seco Singers he was signed as a songwriter by Nashville’s Cowboy Jack Clement in 1971, before launching his successful solo career. May 9th Manchester, Bridgewater Hall; 10th Birmingham, Symphony Hall; 11th Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow; 12th Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool; 14th Sage, Gateshead; 15th Colston Hall, Bristol; 16th Bournemouth Convention Centre; 17th Southend, Cliffs Pavilion; 18th London Palladium; 20th Croydon, Fairfield Hall; 22nd & 23rd Dublin, Olympia Theatre; 24th Belfast, Waterfront Hall.

Suzy Bogguss

The Divine Miss B (in many people’s opinion the heiress to Patsy Cline) has a new album, Lucky, which features Merle Haggard songs from a female point of view. Her guests on it include award-winning Nashville artists Jessi Alexander, Matraca Berg, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Gretchen Peters and Jon Randall Stewart. See her play tunes from

Lucky on April 9th at Milton Keynes, The Stables; 10th Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre; 11th Glasgow, St Andrew’s in the Square; 12th Gateshead, Old Town Hall; 14th Sheffield, Memorial Hall; 15th Bury, Met; 16th London, Kings Place; 17th Bristol, The Lantern; 19th & 20th Caithness, Halkirk Indoor Riding Centre.

The von Trapps

Yes, those von Trapps! The great grandchildren of Baron von Trapp are touring in May and bringing a few surprises with them. The youngsters, now aged 19 to 25, have grown out of singing songs from The Sound of Music while wearing lederhosen and dirndls and hitched up with the wonderful, idiosyncratic Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini. Under his mentorship they are forging a new musical sound, more in the area of Fleet Foxes than Lonely Goatherds. The youngest sibling August has written three songs on

Don Williams - the Final Tour

their new album, their debut in this new guise, Dream a Little Dream. One of them, ‘Storm’, has astounding harmonies - check it out on YouTube. Trad Von Trapp fans need not worry, their live performances will still involve Edelweisses and Raindrops on Roses. We’re interviewing Melanie von Trapp, you can read it in the next issue. Concerts confirmed are May 8th Nottingham Glee Club; 9th Birmingham Town Hall; 10th London Barbican; 11th Manchester Royal Northern College of Music. Keep an eye out for more in the Fall.

21st Century The von Trapps - August, Amanda, Sofi and Melanie

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Jonathan Yeo, Portraits

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, Manchester M50 3AZ to June 22nd

The Power of the Sea

Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX April 5th to July 6th Sublime crashing waves, vast oceans and clear blue seas have provided an immeasurable amount of inspiration to artists, both in modern times and throughout history. The Royal West of England Academy hosts a major art exhibition featuring an impressive range of paintings by an eclectic group of artists, from Turner and Constable to Piper and Lanyon, alongside works by British artists from the 18th century through to the present day. The exhibition surveys the changing attitudes to shores and coastlines, and their representation in art. Early works by artists such as George Morland and Francis Danby emphasise the human cost of shipwrecks and their aftermath, whilst pieces by

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Wave Returning, 2009, Maggi Hambling, Oil on canvas, 152x244cm © MAGGI HAMBLING IMAGE COURTESY THE ARTIST

Turner and Constable capture the elemental nature of the sea – its fury, fluidity, breeze and light. The exhibit also reviews late 19th century works in which the sea was depitced as a source of leisure and health, and the shift in the 21st century to an interest in maritime environments as both minimalist panoramas and places of familiarity and intimacy. The wide ranging nature of the exhibition offers a stunning overview of the way in which art has represented and reacted to our perception of the sea, and its influence on human kind. To accompany the exhibition there is a full programme of events including talks, readings, and workshops.

Jonathan Yeo is Britain’s most renowned portrait painter, well known for his paintings of performers, artists and politicians including George W Bush, Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch. Many of his most famous subjects have been brought together in this exhibition which was previously shown at the National Portrait Gallery. From Kevin Spacey, acting as Richard III; Damien Hirst, dressed incongruously in a chemical protection suit; to Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Parkinson, Grayson Perry and Idris Elba. The exhibition includes additional paintings, drawings and preparatory materials especially for The Lowry. Yeo is self-taught, taking up painting whilst recovering from Hodgkin’s disease in his early 20s. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK, USA and Europe, and is featured in prestigious collections including the Royal Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons art collection. Helena Bonham Carter, 2013, Jonathan Yeo , Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in ©THE ARTIST

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DON’T MISS ... 1988 to open a large still life gallery. Chalkie Davies Goes Click celebrates his music photographs from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and is a prequel to a major exhibition of his work which will be shown at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, in 2015. Among the collection are shots of music icons including The Ramones, The Clash, Debbie Harry, Phil Lynott and a host of other stars. The evocative collection has a fascinating history, with each photograph having a story to tell, recalling fond memories of a legendary era in the music industry.

In Conversation … Deborah Azzopardi Debbie Harry, Chalkie Davies COURTESY THE ARTIST AND THE SNAP GALLERY

Chalkie Davies Goes Click

Snap Gallery, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH to April 26th Another photographic exhibition worth seeing in April is at the Snap Gallery in London, where works by Welsh-born, US based photographer Chalkie Davies will be on display. Davies’ spent four years as an aircraft engineer at British Airways, before making the interesting career transition to rock and roll photographer. He joined NME in 1975 as a staff photographer, where he shot numerous album covers and features, and toured with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Thin Lizzy. After NME, Davies made the permanent move to the studio, specializing in black and white portraiture. He shot a number of record covers for artists including The Specials, The Pretenders, The Who and David Bowie, before moving to New York in

The Gallery on Cork Street, 28 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1 April 2nd only The Cynthia Corbett Gallery hosts a solo exhibition of Deborah Azzopardi’s Pop Art collection to April 5th, and in the midst of this riveting retrospective, the artist will be speaking at a special event with contributor to The American, Estelle Lovatt. Azzopardi’s works inspire discussion, with their colorful and vivid representations of everyday issues, and this talk – taking place between 6 and 9pm - will offer a fascinating insight into the artist herself.

SSHH, Deborah Azzopardi


Broadway Arts Festival 2014 Announced

Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7DP May 30th to June 15th Details have been announced of the third biennial celebration of the work of American artist John Singer Sargent. The festival takes place in the Cotswolds village of Broadway, where Sargent embarked on the creation of one of his most popular paintings, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Alongside Sargent, the village was home to a number of artists, many of whom were also American expatriates. This year’s festival is themed on ‘Changing Times’, and looks back 100 years to the era preceding the Great War. Among the highlights, which include art exhibitions, masterclasses, garden tours, musical events and talks from expert speak-

Italian Sailing Vessels at anchor, 1943 John Singer Sargent, watercolor ©THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

ers, the new Ashmolean Museum in Broadway will host a special exhibition of works by Sargent which have not previously been shown publicly. An Open Art Exhibition is also available for those who may like to follow in Sargent’s footsteps, with an invitation for work on the festival’s ‘Changing Times’ theme. Go to www.broadwayartsfestival. com for more information on events taking place, or call +44(0)1386 898387.

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The Landscape of Fishing

National Maritime Museum of Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY0HE March 29th to May 18th

Droga, 2009, Ursula von Rydingsvard


Ursula von Rydingsvard

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield WF4 4LG April 5th to January 4th, 2015 Highly acclaimed American artist, Ursula von Rydingsvard, will be featured in a first large-scale survey of her work in Europe, set to open at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in April this year. More than 40 works made by von Rydingsvard over the last two decades will be on display, demonstrating the artist’s distinctive approach to sculpting, in which cedar wood lies at the heart of her practice. Von Rydingsvard’s ancestral family were peasant farmers and wood featured as an integral part of everyday life. As the artist says, “they were surrounded with wood – wooden homes, wooden fences, wooden tools to farm the land”. Alongside main sculptures, the exhibition also includes a selected display of objects amassed by the artist during her life, which have fed into her practice and thinking. Several events are taking place alongside the exhibition, including a conversation with Usrula von Rydingsvard, a documentary film exploring her artistic contributions, and a publication reviewing her works.

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Things We Do In Bed

For centuries, fishing has been the beating heart of many coastal communities, and a major contributor to heritage and identity. The storms of 2014 provided a small glimpse of the hardships involved in the industry, and against a backdrop of strict regulation, quotas and extreme weather,

Danson House, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8HL April 1st to October 31st American writer Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, curates a new exhibition celebrating the historic and contemporary art of quilt making. Displayed are quilts from the 18th and 19th century alongside modern pieces from Grayson Perry, Karina Thompson and Sue Watter. It focuses on art’s connection with human nature and asks visitors to look beyond the artistic quality of quilts, and to consider their deeper meanings. Sleep Quilt (detail), 2014, Fine Cell Work

this collection, by internationally renowned photographer Vince Bevan, offers a poignant reminder of the challenges involved. A specialist in photojournalism, his images capture the character of an industry which continues to have a powerful role to play in forging the identity of coastal communities, not only in Britain, but across Europe. The exhibition focuses on inshore fishing in France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands, and reminds us of the continuing importance of fishing to each of these nations and their coastlines.

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Coffee Break QUIZ

5 3 1 4

2 Which Pennsylvania town is popularly called

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‘Chocolate Town, USA’?

3 ’Magna Carta’ is Latin, but what does it refer to in


4 Who were the stars of the 1948 musical Easter Parade,

inhabited islands, is located in which body of water?

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6 6

with music by Irving Berlin? (1 point for each)

5 Easter Island, one of the world’s most isolated

9 1 8


2 1

1 Which famous peanut and caramel chocolate bar was

first called ‘Marathon’ in the UK?


3 4

2 7

5 3

6 In which country did the 1916 Easter Rising happen?

It happened 50 years ago...

7 In which country is a contemporary Easter tradition to

11 April 17: marked the launch of the first car of which

devour Murder Mysteries, on tv, in books, and even on milk cartons?

iconic Ford brand?

8 Where are the hidden Easter Eggs in your office?

It happened 75 years ago...

9 Lucy van Pelt said “All I really need is love, but a little

12 April 14: a famous book about a poor family of

chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” Who is she?

10 Which country has the oldest prank tradition in the

world still alive today that falls around All Fool’s Day?

tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home, is first published. Who was the author and what was the title? (1 point for each)

Quiz answers and Sudoku solution on page 65.

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Olivier Nominations 2014

Jarlath O’Connell looks at this year’s runners and riders


harlie and the Chocolate Factory and a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead this year’s Olivier Awards with 7 nominations each. In a strong year for musicals ‘Charlie’ is vying in the New Musical category with Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys, which each receive 6 nominations. Three of the four nominees for Best Actor in a Musical are American with Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner for Mormon up against Kyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys. Colman Domingo is also nominated in a supporting role for the latter. With the BAFTAs now firmly embedded as the final pit stop before the Oscars, the Olivier’s are determined to be just as ritzy as Broadway’s Tony’s. This year’s nominations announcement from a packed ballroom at the plush new Rosewood Hotel was also webcast via the Tony Awards website. The April 13 ceremony from the Royal Opera House will also be screened for an invited audience at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. More importantly for us in the UK, edited highlights will be broadcast later that evening on ITV. The return of the Olivier’s to full broadcast television last year has marked a welcome renaissance with

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the organization now boasting an added confidence and attracting a host of major sponsors headed by Mastercard. It all bodes well for the reputation of these prizes, which have been running since 1976, and of the profile of London theater. Shakespearean performances figure strongly in the acting categories with Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus at the Donmar up against Rory Kinnear’s Iago in Othello at the National and Jude Law’s Henry V. Henry Goodman’s Arturo Ui fills out the category. Law’s performance was part of the hugely successful Michael Grandage Season at the Noël Coward Theatre and also among the nominees are Dame Judi Dench for Peter and Alice and Sarah Greene for The Cripple of Inishmaan from that season. The latter is of course Broadway bound. The Almeida makes a big splash this year with its highly acclaimed West End transfers of Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica and Ibsen’s Ghosts featuring strongly. Two of the best new plays Chimerica and 1984 both started at the north London powerhouse, now under Rupert Goold’s artistic directorship. The best New Comedy category makes a return with The Duck House, The Full Monty, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Same Deep Water As Me all vying for an award.

No less than 3 of the 4 nominees for Best Director are female with Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along), Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) and Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) up against Sir Richard Eyre for Ghosts. A frequent sin of the Olivier awards is their cavalier attitude to their own categories, which change from year to year, as well as the numbers within each one. The point of awards is history, to be added to the roll of honor and if the category keeps changing it diminishes this. Why for example do supporting roles in musicals deserve only one category whereas plays get two? The West End is overflowing with musical productions. In terms of labels why do we have ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ and ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ and then ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ for plays? Is this a hangover from the former not being considered legitimate? The Dance and Opera awards continue to be the poor relation and why only three nominations for New Dance Production? The Outstanding Achievement in dance or in opera categories continue to throw up ridiculous anomalies, with in opera for example, three of the biggest names in the business (Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez and Plácido Domingo) up against

Top: Both nominated for Best Actor, Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner in The Book of Mormon

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Middle: Nominated for Best Musical, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Below: The Scottsboro Boys has six nominations, including Best Director for Susan Stroman

English Touring Opera and the latter is not cited for any single production but rather their ‘brave and challenging touring productions’. Well, cite one! Although not intended to be so, this surely comes across as a sop. Part of the problem lies in bricks and mortar, with the nominations having to come from a ‘house’ which is a member of the Society of London Theatre. This rules out the South Bank Centre and its vibrant dance programme and it is something the organisation must sort out. The oddest nomination however is ‘Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music’. In Tony’s this would be called Best Score of a Musical but here the composers of The Book of Mormon, Once and The Scottsboro Boys are up against ‘the orchestra’ for Merrily We Roll Along. I’m sure Mr Sondheim is beyond caring but this is an odd slight. What they’re trying to do here of course, which is notable, is to honor arrangers, so why don’t they just do that in a separate category and not make this a dog’s dinner? These are minor quibbles in a strong field this year. The full nominations are at www.olivierawards. com/awards and make sure to watch the show on ITV on Sunday April 13.

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The Full Monty is back and it is better than ever!


ased on the 1997 movie of the same name, The Full Monty (if you don’t know the plot) is about six unemployed working class men, on the dole in post-industrial Sheffield during the Thatcher years. They all need money to pay the bills, so they resort to stripping. The difference between this new Full Monty and the previouslystaged version (first on Broadway in 2000 and then the West End in 2002) is that, even though the setting still takes place in the late eighties, the plot has been modernized to reflect society today. The men include Gaz (a very good and confident Kenny Doughty), a young dad who did time in prison and who is trying to reconnect with his young son, to the dismay and disapproval of his ex-wife, who says that he will never amount to anything good; Lomper (a charming Craig Gazey), unconfident but deciding to give stripping a go; Gerard (Simon Rouse), who has been out of work for six months but keeping up appearances and not telling his wife that he’s out of work, while she still goes out and spends

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money; black character Horse (Sidney Cole), named for reasons that will at the end become clear; Guy (Kieran O’Brien), a goodlooking macho type who is comfortable enough to let the guys know about his sexual preferences; and finally Dave (Roger Morlidge), a very large man with no sex drive, which does not matter to his loving wife Jean (Rachel Lumberg). Forming their male strip group is easy, they find many guys willing to strip who they need the money, but the men have setbacks in trying to come up with the money to hire out a venue for their first show. They get arrested while illegally rehearsing in a steel factory. Meantime, as they rehearse, each guy slowly becoming more comfortable in shedding their clothes and strutting their moves. They even practice a routine, in a hilarious bit, while in a queue to get their dole money. The Full Monty wouldn’t merit its name if the men didn’t entirely strip, and strip they do, everything, at the very end of the show, leaving a smile on the audiences faces, and on the night I saw it, a 10-minute


by Simon Beaufoy Noël Coward Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4AU Reviewed by Tim Baros

standing ovation. Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the screenplay on which the movie was based, also wrote this version, his first writing for the stage. He has written a show that is perfect for the stage, and the original music by Steve Parry captures the mood of the time and the mood of the men. The set is a steel factory that morphs into various locations: the front of the house where his ex-wife and son live (with her new partner), the space where the men rehearse, and where they perform at the end. There are special effects (by Nick Porter) that will make you hold your breath, including an attempted hanging suicide by one of the men, and mini explosions that take place in the factory. Credit goes to Director Daniel Evans for engineering all of this into what will probably be this spring’s best show. STOP PRESS: Despite good reviews, The Full Monty, will shut on March 29 (the same day as Stephen Ward and From Here to Eternity) after only a month in the West End. The producers say it will recommence its UK tour, with a new cast, in September.

Versailles By Peter Gill Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell


ultural commemorations of the Great War are suddenly everywhere and the Donmar has delivered a great new play from Peter Gill, which explores both the political and personal repercussions of the Treaty of Versailles. Gill, better know for gritty working class dramas, has gone posh here, and to great effect. It’s 1919 and we’re in the Rawlinson family’s sun-dappled drawing room in Kent, where everyone is adjusting to the great anticlimax. Son Leonard (Gwilym Lee), a civil servant, is about to head off to the Versailles Conference, where the peace treaty would be negotiated, the spoils divided and the vanquished Germans made to pay the price. “What is demanded makes no economic sense,” he cries about the punitive reparations being demanded of the Germans. He was not alone. Leonard recoils against the easy nonchalance of his fellow bureaucrats, seemingly more concerned with the local patisseries than the job at hand - “Macaroons remove entirely my afternoon need for cake” says one. He is drafting clauses for the Foreign Office Supremo, the Hon Frederick Gibb, who Simon Williams (of Upstairs, Downstairs fame - a kind of precursor to Downton Abbey) portrays as every inch the

suave Edwardian grandee. Gill shows us too how politics is just the art of the possible. Events that are today invested with great political moment are shown to have been then more a matter of just muddling through. The play neatly counterpoints the political with the personal. Mrs Rawlinson (Francesca Annis, as luminously regal as ever), is trying to get Leonard and his sister married off. Tamla Kari brings a great poignancy to the part of Mabel, whose fear of disloyalty to her returning hero boyfriend conflicts greatly with the grave reservations she has about their compatibility. Josh O’Connor does wonders with the part of the quietly unassuming Hugh, a sort of ‘Tim Nice-But-Dim’. He wisely settles for the comfort of a position in a City bank. “You’ll do well, it’s as much to do with manner as anything else”, he is reassured. The personal cost is brought home too by the plight of the neighbors, the Chaters, who are in mourning for their only son, the dashing Gerald (Tom Hughes). He, it turns out, was the secret lover of Leonard and throughout the play his ghost appears goading Leonard on and arguing, like the War Poets did, that it was all futile and merely served to bolster the status quo. This device, while sometimes

labored, does allow Gill to humanise Leonard for us and to provide some critical counterpoint to the arguments. It’s the palpable connection between these two actors that makes this work. Gerald rages at the blind classprivilege that persists and is exemplified by his own family. Kindly Mr Chater (Christopher Godwin) buries his grief in ‘good works’ while Mrs Chater (Barbara Flynn) takes from it all the need to be more wary of foreigners. She has an insularity that would make a UKIP candidate blush and a provocative spirit to go with it. “See what shock plain speaking produces”, she says with a glint in her eye. Flynn relishes every moment. Completing this group is a young pacifist Constance (Helen Bradbury), a regular houseguest. She is being lined up for Leonard, but is actually being ardently wooed by their middle-aged neighbor Geoffrey. Adrian Lukis shines as the embodiment of this tweedy “old county Tory”. The debt to Shaw is obvious, some might argue too much so in the windier passages, but Gill’s characters are more rounded and empathetic and, in this cast’s hands, totally compelling. Richard Hudson’s designs and Paul Pyant’s lighting are both a triumph.

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ritten by Shelagh Delaney when she was just 19 and premiered at Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1958, A Taste of Honey is a landmark play in so many ways. For, among the Angry Young Men brigade, was a lone woman, more talented than most of them, but a total outsider because she was young, female, working-class and Northern. For some odd reason Delaney refused permission for any London revivals in her lifetime, although she did ease up and allow it to be staged in the provinces and, to great acclaim, on Broadway in 1960. Its return is a special moment. The piece is best known of course for Tony Richardson’s film version from 1961, a classic of the great ‘kitchen sink’ genre of British cinema and what astonishes today is the play’s wit and vitality and its contemporary resonance in our own “age of austerity”. Although it has an undercurrent of anger it’s a totally uncynical piece and that is its triumph. While it is hard today to sit through the misogynist rants of Osborne and his ilk, this piece shines through with a crystalline but hard-edged humanity. You can also see how it

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influenced so much that followed, from ITV’s soap Coronation Street to the work of Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Alan Bleasdale and Paul Abbott. Here, director Bijan Sheibani might be accused of being overly reverential to the text, as the pace is more stately than we’re used to, but with dialogue this crisp where do you cut? It’s also great to hear Northern accents on the National’s stage, a too rare occurrence. Sheibani’s great achievement is getting the casting spot-on and leaving Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn to get on with it. Sharp, one of our most underrated stars, brings such acute observation to the mother and has great fun relishing her dolly-bird excesses. Her Helen is more of “a catch” than Dora Bryan was in the film and this reminds us clearly how she was fully aware that her sexual capital was all she’d got. These folk are mired in poverty and as the play begins they’re unpacking at yet another squalid, damp, boarding house. Hildegard Bechtler’s set, while perfect in every horrific detail, looks too big for this milieu, more of an O’Casey tenement than a cramped Salford flat. Daughter Jo knows that mother is no homemaker for she’s too

By Shelagh Delaney National Theatre – Lyttleton South Bank, London SE1 9PX 020 7452 3000 Reviewed by Jarlath O’Connell

busy swilling whisky or “getting ready”. Flynn perfectly captures the precocity of such a teen, one who has had to grow up fast. Jo’s barbed one-liners belie the worldweariness of a much older woman but O’Flynn cleverly flips from that to more normal teenage behaviours - slamming doors and indulging in romantic whims. It’s a triumphant performance. When mother steals away with her latest fancy man, the eternally abandoned Jo has a fling with a young black sailor, who promises to marry her before he sets sail. He leaves her pregnant and alone. Gay, art student, Geoff (Harry Hepple) then appears and moves in with Jo, assuming the role of surrogate parent, until he, misguidedly, sends for Helen. Having been dumped, she returns “with her tail between her legs” and sets about evicting him. Murray Melvin’s portrayal of the awkward Geoff was a landmark in representations of gay men in the cinema. He might have had to endure a perpetual torrent of hate but he kept his dignity and for once didn’t have to die in the end. Hepple’s portrayal is more normalised, which is interesting, but it does run counter to the grain of the text.

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Fifty Years On ...

Sharon Manitta looks at Democrats Abroad as they hit theirDemocrats half century beyond US Old! borders Abroad is 50 Years


ifty years ago, Democrats Abroad began as a joint venture between Democrats in the UK and France as an organization that fought for a dozen years to secure the right to vote for Americans living overseas, finally succeeding with the assistance of Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill. Now, DA has grown to become a global body with committees in 50 countries and members in over 150 countries around the world. In 1972, the Democratic National Committee (aka DNC, the ruling body of the party) granted Democrats Abroad 9 non-voting delegates to National Convention. Then, in 1976, Democrats Abroad cast their first federally mandated overseas absentee ballots and gained the full status of a full Democratic state committee, with voting delegates to the National Convention and members on the DNC. Democrats Abroad now holds eight seats on the DNC and sent a 25-strong (19 vote) delegation to the 2012 Convention in Charlotte, NC. The Democratic Party is the only major US political party that affords this opportunity to its members living outside America. US citizens living outside the States are not counted in the (US)

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at our 50th Anniversary Galadifferent Reception census so there is no firm number and they have very regulafor the number of Americans living Saturday, tions and practices. But March 1st, 2014 Democrats around the world. The “guestimate” Abroad’s from 6on-line to 7 p.m.registration tool used is 6,320,000 but it could be has Woman’s National Democratic Club much higher because of the ebb made registering much easier. The Whittemore House and flow of this population. Some There are still a number of issues 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 live overseas for decades, some are that face Americans who are living RSVP: on work contracts and then there abroad. For example, voting is still is the most fluid group – students not possible for some American who can be at school abroad from citizens born and living abroad. six months to four years or more. Transmitting American citizenship This is a trend that began after to children born outside the US can WWII and continues today because still be a problem for parents who of the ease of communication and are unable to meet the US residency travel (but there is always the hurrequirements. dle of work permits!). Immigration can still be a The bulk of this group are not problem for LGBT families when military or government workers one partner isn’t a US citizen. While but middle class citizens – teachthe 2013 Supreme Court decision ers, doctors, lawyers, students, aid was a victory and a relief for these workers – who carry their American couples, the legacy of decades of culture with them. One former US discrimination, particularly with ambassador referred to us as our deportation issues, remains to be nation’s “unpaid ambassadors”. rectified. Democrats Abroad’s main We are working very hard with responsibility is to register Amerilegislators and regulators to amend cans around the world so they can the FATCA law which unintentionvote. This is a non-partisan activity. ally adversely affects overseas We want to make sure all Americans Americans both in their personal know they have the right to vote and business lives. The law is in wherever they live. place to catch those Americans who In the past registering to vote are hiding assets outside the US to has sometimes been a daunting evade taxes. We want these people activity. There are 13,000 individual caught but are urging the American electoral offices in the United States government to redefine an Offshore

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Near Right: Sir Robert Worcester shows his old campaign buttons to young members of Democrats Abroad

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Far Right: Sir Robert addressing the DA 50th Gala in Washington DC.

... And I Was There

Account to ‘an account other than in one’s country of residence’. Democrats Abroad’s 50th anniversary celebration started at the beginning of March with a gala reception and dinner in Washington, DC as well as a number of ‘Congressional Door Knocks’ to meet with Senators and Representatives to discuss these issues. Parties will be held in many of the country committees up to and through this year’s midterm election. So, while we work hard on behalf of the American community beyond US borders, we also enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of the past half century. This year’s Democrats Abroad UK’s Independence Day Picnic in London (July 6) will be extra special as we start our next fifty years. Come along! Contact us at www.democratsabroad. org/group/united-kingdom With contributions from Rob Carolina, Carmelan Polce, Bob Brager, Martha McDevitt-Pugh, Maureen Harwood and Amanda Klekowski von Keppenfels.

International Chair of DA, Katie Solon with DNC official Ron Pierce at the 50th Anniversary Gala, in front of the letter from President Obama


mericans living abroad owe their US elections representation in large part to Democrats Abroad. But that wasn’t the only reason that DA was born. There in the early days, Sir Robert Worcester, the founder of polling organization MORI (now Ipsos MORI) and long-term expat, tells of those first steps: In Paris, France, an American lawyer called Al Davidson had organized a small group of expats who wanted to get the vote for US citizens living abroad. He was working the legal side of things but not getting anywhere. Simultaneously, Toby Hyde was building a group in London which was not originally about the vote, it was raising money for Democratic candidates in the States. Almost everyone that began forming of Democrats Abroad in London lived within walking distance. Toby and his wife Pauline lived in Chester Square. They were the ‘Belgravia crowd’ if you will. The armed forces and federal employees had the vote and paid taxes. The rest of us paid taxes but we didn’t have the vote. When I arrived in Britain I was outraged, and Toby Hyde was my first port of call. Being an active Democrat in the United States, I had learned about him from the Democrat National Committee (DNC). I joined his group of 15 or so people. Susan Blackburn and her husband were already members and Susan was the first Vice Chairman. She died very young and in 1971 I was elected to take her place. I knew something was going on in the courts, and about a bill that the Paris group had got Senator Claiborne ‘Clay’ Pell and Representative Thompson to draft, but it hadn’t gotten anywhere. In London we got active on the political front. We raised a lot of money for

McGovern in ‘72, with rich Americans going to parties in London, being talked at by Gore Vidal and Paul Newman. Sal Mineo was at one, and at another, on Ebury Street in Belgravia, Gore Vidal said how nice it was to have all these celebrities there, and he mentioned Ava Gardner’s name. A banker sitting on the floor next to me asked me ‘Is Ava Gardner here?’ I whispered back, ‘You’re sitting right next to her,’ and the poor fellow jumped as if he’d found a snake. Because we raised so much, four of us were given the right to vote at the Democrats’ mid-term convention, the first one they or the Republicans ever had, that was held in 1974 in Kansas City, my home town. Bob Strauss, the DNC’s chairman at the time, and Bob Keefe, the Committee’s Executive Director, gave us wonderful seats just behind the Georgia delegation. (Incidentally, Bob Keefe was at the DA’s 50th party in Washington recently.) I got to talking with a nice young man in front of me, about Democrats Abroad and how we raised money for McGovern. He told me his name was Jack Carter. He said, ‘Don’t tell anybody but my daddy is going to announce for President tomorrow’. I said, ‘Who the hell’s your daddy?’ and he said ‘He’s the Governor of Georgia, Dad, come on over and meet these nice folks.’ That’s how I met Jimmy Carter. I was the political analyst for LBC [the London Broadcasting Company

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radio station] and the news editor had given me a tape recorder and told me to send a tape back every day for broadcast. I told Jimmy Carter that Jack had let me into the secret, and I would love to record an interview, get the tape flown back to London overnight, and get it aired in Britain as he announced in the States. I pledged that it would not get out in America. He said “Sure, why not?” so I got the tape recorder out switched it on, and started to say “Senator Carter...” He put his hand up, stopped me, and very gently said “Governor Carter!” Well, I was a novice broadcaster! Anyway, I sent it to London and it was aired. When I got back a couple weeks later, I asked if I could have the historic tape. The news editor told me they’d recorded over it twenty times since then! Votes for Americans abroad had been blocked by a young Georgia Congressman, who thought it was a waste of time, but through Jack Carter we convinced him to let it through. We then got to Frank Thompson, the Congressman who was the Chair of the House Administration Committee and had quite a lot of power. In ‘60 he had been the ‘Get out the vote’ chairman for John Kennedy, and he’d risen to quite a heady height. He was later Chief Whip (before he went to jail, by the

way!). We had been neighbors in the ‘60s and knew each other, and he got us five munites with Tip O’Neill. [It was at that meeting that Bob Worcester explained to an amazed Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, that expats had to pay US taxes but didn’t have the vote. Bob pulled a tea bag out of his pocket and told O’Neill “If you don’t give us the vote we’re gonna come and dump tea in your harbor!] Bob Leaf, Chairman of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, agreed to be our PR representative, and his young colleague Dermot McNulty (now head of one of the biggest PR firms in Britain) volunteered to do this work pro bono. It was one of them who came up with the idea of calling ourselves Tax Equity for Americans Abroad TEAA. After all, we were guaranteed no taxation without representation by Magna Carta. [Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Sir Robert is heading the committee organizing the celebrations of the 800th anniversary and over the next months The American will be looking at what it meant, and what its legacy is today.] I was asked to speak about DA on the podium at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. There were 70 radio microphones

and 50 television cameras, all of them turned off. There were several thousand people there in Madison Square Garden, all paying no attention to who was speaking. There was a stream of us and we all had a minute: the gay rights guy, DAR for Carter, me for Democrats Abroad... We were under strict instructions that if we went over a minute, we got the chop. I just said how great it was to have Democrats Abroad recognizing Americans living abroad’s right to vote. It raised some interest and the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act was signed into law on 6th of January 1977 by Pesident Ford, two weeks to the day before he left office. I was told by Bob Keefe, at the 50th party, that Ford signed because he knew there were more Republicans than Democrats in London, and he thought they could raise more money than Democrats if they were given the right to vote. He may have had other reasons, of course. Having won the right to vote for expats, Democrats Abroad’s role now is the election of delegates who go to Washington and serve on the DNC. They come from a number of countries - there are over 100 countries where DA are active as well as fundraising. And of course there’s a lot of social activity as well as the political.

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Should I stay or should I go? And who decides? Dr. Alison Holmes (an unexpected rock chick) compares Scotland’s secession referendum and California’s mini–state movement


he Clash posed a question on many minds - and not just in Scotland. Puir wee grumpy Alex Salmond has finally been forced to deal with some of the issues created both up and down the line by his woefully under-scrutinized plans for a fully independent Scotland. Meanwhile, across the water on the west coast of America, a plucky venture capitalist (aren’t they all plucky?) has been suggesting the break up of the State of California in the form of the ‘Six Californias initiative’, a proposal that has been long in the making for some parts of the State, but newsflash-worthy elsewhere. How do American and Brits view contemporary ‘secessionist’ movements and what constitutes the ‘core’ constituency? Salmond has been coping, not altogether well, with recent bumps along independence road. First, the Norwegian Scots of Orkney and Shetland have suggested that, rather than follow the Nationalists into an abyss, they might like to stay with London thank you very much. Alternatively, they have posed the idea that they, too, might like to be their own little island state - an idea first proposed back in the '70s and made possible with all that handy North Sea oil that surrounds them. Unfortunately for Salmond, he has

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already at least double-counted the proceeds from the North Sea for his own plans, and has little more than a fingernail hold in the politics of Orkney and Shetland. The long-rooted Tavish Scott, MSP for the islands and leader of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, is unlikely to rush to create a new country, but he is enjoying directing his sharp suggestions to tender places of the SNP program. Closer to home, the troika of power to the south in the form of the Coalition plus Labour, have announced that, contrary to Salmond’s glib assertions that all would remain stable, they would not recognize Scotland in a currency union. Salmond has declared it a bluff he intends to call, but given the longstanding refusal of the UK to join the Euro by arguing they will not give away any fiduciary responsibility, he might do well to take care. Further afield, the freedom case has also been dented by José Manuel Barroso, current President of the European Commission, who recently threw a caber or two of his own. In the EU, the idea of bits of countries declaring themselves independent tends to cause angst not least from Spain. Doubtless with that in mind, Barroso suggested

that, if Scotland should decide to leave the UK, they may find that all of their treaties with the European Union are null and void. Scotland would first have to apply for entry as a separate entity, then renegotiate all of the (relatively lucrative) treaties in terms of fishing, agriculture, investment etc. This should send a shudder down the spine of any thrifty Scot looking to their pocketbook. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Tim Draper, an entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley, has created (and financially backed) the ‘Six Californias’ initiative. It is worth noting from the outset that, if CA went the way of Scotland towards State-hood (vs just statehood) it would instantly become the 9th largest economy and the 34th most populous place in the world. Instead, CA claims it wants to go the other way to carve out 6 separate small ‘s’ states within the existing Union (capital U). So far, and true to Salmond’s game book, Draper has been able to propose some fairly radical ideas while facing little serious scrutiny. That now looks set to change given that, what first seemed to be more fluff than foment, Initiative 13-0063 was officially cleared by the California Secretary to begin the referendum

Left: proposed separate states of California

Right: Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland process. According to the rules of this unusual State, he now has about 4 months to collect the 800,000 signatures necessary to place his motion before the people of California. Of course the problem, as with so many ideas that find their way from radical idea to the law books here in the far west (and as Salmond is now finding) there are a number of other folks who will have something to say about this, most of them concentrated in faraway places. Like the islanders of Scotland, this is not the first time there have been murmurings of discontent in the management of the behemoth of California. California became a State in 1850, but it was settled long before not only by Native American tribes, but also Russians and Spaniards. The Russians settled along the coast claiming much of Washington, Oregon and into California as far as what is today Mendocino County and regularly trading with San Francisco, while the Spanish Empire or old Mexico extended up the coast to the current southern border of Oregon, across parts of Idaho and well into Wyoming before taking an angled turn south to include most of Colorado, the Oklahoma panhandle and most of Texas. Given this recent history in

terms of an overlap of identity and interest, it is perhaps not surprising that it is in the far north of California that the desire for change has been most evident. A separatist movement known as Cascadia hasn’t gained much support, but the state of Jefferson, covering much of the same territory as Cascadia and designed to cover the rural, relatively isolated coastal communities between Oregon and California, has been slowly gaining strength. Draper has had the sense to leave Oregon out of his plans, but Jefferson would become reality under the Six State Initiative, at least on the CA side (it remains to be seen how their Oregonian cousins would react). The other 5 states, he argues, would become more coherent in terms of interest and economy. Like other secessionist movements around the world, there is a long memory for history, language and culture. However, the American experience of such issues is but a dot on the timeline of history, perhaps explaining the different tone of voice in the American debate. The Scots - and the Norwegians - of the United Kingdom arguably have clear and distinct identities, if slightly manufactured for the modern ear, whereas, the ‘melting pot’ idea of American iden-

tity means the discussion is framed more about pragmatism meets economics. Happily, and perhaps the result of decades and centuries of peaceful if skewed democracy, the very notion of a civil war, while part of the history of both the UK and the United States, still seems remote. Sadly, that is far from the case in Sudan and Ukraine where brinkmanship and blood continue to fill our front pages. The question of who gets to secede from what and why has become almost daily fare in the post-colonial, post-Cold War, post-globalization world and the distance from cohabitation and interdependence to fragmentation and civil war seems dangerously small. The lesson of the Balkans is surely that even in places where people were neighbors and friends, it took frighteningly little to spread the seeds of mistrust and a harvest of violence. Should I stay or should I go? Either way, be very careful what you wish for. H Dr. Alison Holmes is an international relations scholar, Associate Fellow of Oxford University, Churchill Memorial Trust History Fellow and former Fellow of Yale

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Is Putin “in another world?” As Russia and the West go face to face with each other over Ukraine in a way not seen since the end of the Cold War, Marvin Kalb considers whether the Russian leader is ‘mad’ as some have suggested, or just has his own kind of logic


ermany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, rarely one to engage in flights of fancy, finished a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the crisis in Ukraine, and then, turning to several of her aides, she said that “she was not sure he was in touch with reality.” The Russian leader, she added, seemed to be “in another world.” And therein lies a possible source of dangerous misunderstanding, or no understanding, between the leader of Russia, on the one hand, and those of the western nations, including the United States, on the other. Just what does Putin have in mind? This is the central question. Having gobbled up Crimea, is he now planning to invade the generally pro-Russian eastern half of Ukraine, and split the country in two? Has he indeed lost “touch with

reality”? Or, more likely, has he now concluded, pursuing his own cold logic, that he can recapture a large portion of Russia’s former imperial glory by moving aggressively against Ukraine—and doing so with relative impunity? Who, or what, is going to stop him? Putin is not mad, and he is not in “another world.” He is very much in his own world, which is for him a very realistic world of a new, frothy, determined Russian nationalism. Indeed, he is master of this world. Now that he has gambled—and won—on a successful, terror-free Olympics, creating a global image of a slick and modern Russia and inspiring ordinary Russians to be proud of their country once again (and polls show they are), he figured it was time to take on the chronic, nagging problem of Ukraine: put simply, whither Ukraine?—east or west?

That question may haunt politicians and pundits in the west, but it does not trouble Putin. He knows the answer: for hundreds of years, Ukraine was part of the Tsarist and Stalinist empires, and it will remain in Russia’s sphere of influence. That is his reading of history, and that is his policy. When it seemed last November as though Ukraine might slip out of Russia’s tight economic and political embrace, and accept a loose form of membership in the European Union, Putin acted swiftly to smash this possibility. He offered then President Yanukovich a $15 billion loan, plus a cut in gas prices, to tie Ukraine to the east, to Russia, thus effectively squashing the illusion of many Ukrainians that they were on the edge of genuine independence through formal association with the west. Putin wanted no part of that. In despair, Ukrainians organ-

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ized widespread demonstrations in central Kiev. Anger deepened, as casualties mounted. Finally, protest leaders met with Yanukovich, a Russian emissary appointed by Putin, and the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and France. They all agreed that Yanukovich would remain in power until December, when new elections would be held under international inspection. Within 48 hours, the deal collapsed, Yanukovich fled, and the Ukrainian parliament appointed a new and inexperienced government, which was greeted with guarded optimism in the west and obvious disapproval in Moscow. Over the next few days, top Russian officials, fearing they were losing their grip over Ukraine, began to blast the new Ukrainian leaders as “ultranationalists” and even “fascists.” Prime Minister Medvedev described conditions in Kiev as “lawless” and “extremely unstable.” It will end, he predicted, “in a new revolution…and bloodshed.” It seemed as if Medvedev was seeding the ground for a Russian military intervention. Last weekend, the Russians acted with uncharacteristic precision, suggesting lots of advance planning. They took control of Crimea, a strategic appendage hanging precariously from Ukraine into the Black Sea, where Russia has maintained a major naval base for many years. And, in addition, the Russians seemed to have their eye on the eastern half of Ukraine, where pro- and anti-Russian protesters were in frequent and bloody combat. The Kremlin, in a special statement, said that “any further spread of violence to eastern Ukraine and Crimea” would

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He distrusts the rising Islamist rattling in nearby Dagestan, and aggressive Russian action there is considered likely, and soon give Russia “the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population of those regions.” Though stridently nationalistic and proud of the occasionally restless Russian masses, Putin is also a Russian leader fearful of popular unrest. When tens of thousands of Russians objected to his election a few years ago, he let them demonstrate until the demonstrations became too blatantly anti-him, and then he stopped them. Putin hated the Chechen uprising and crushed it. He distrusts the rising Islamist rattling in nearby Dagestan, and aggressive Russian action there is considered likely, and soon. And, obviously, Putin is prepared to use additional military force, if necessary, to keep Ukraine in his bailiwick. What can the West do? It can condemn Russia for “blatant aggression.” Its leaders can threaten to boycott the G8 meeting scheduled for June in Sochi, of all places; it can even threaten to kick Russia out of the G8. It can impose a number of business sanctions on Russia. It may even produce an economic package to help Ukraine, but big enough? With strict conditions? And while

this collective western response to his moves against Ukraine may all end up hurting Russia economically, it will not change Putin’s mind about his controversial war-like policy in Ukraine. Years ago, when Russia was run by a weaker, older leader, namely Leonid Brezhnev, and Russia sent the Red Army into Afghanistan, ostensibly to save a communist government in trouble, the West wailed and President Carter decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics. East-West relations suffered, no doubt, but Brezhnev did not change his reckless policy. He did what he thought he had to do to protect Russian interests and to project Russian power, just as Putin is doing right now. Unless the West, led by the United States, is prepared to use military power to stop Russian aggression, and that is not in the cards for very good reasons, Ukraine will again be swallowed up in the Russian orbit. Let us then hope that this sad result does not trigger a mindless political exchange between Republicans and Democrats during our November elections this year. H

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution, and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics, and is also an expert in national security, with a focus on US relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East. His most recent book is The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed (Brookings Institution Press, 2013).

Richard L Gale considers the opening salvo of the NFL free agency period


The Broncos made it clear that they weren’t going to allow last season’s Super Bowl trip be a one-off, with an opening day free agency trio of (left to right) Aqib Talib, TJ Ward and DeMarcus Ware PHOTOS: © ERIC LARS BAKKE/DENVER BRONCOS

kay, back up the truck and pour out the caveats. This free agency review was perpetrated in the opening 100 hours of activity, and can’t begin to tease out the contract nuances and lasting implications in the shadowy realms of capology. However, we can safely make ‘ooooh’ noises at Denver’s new toys, acknowledge the new Patriots, and guffaw at the Raiders (all three are practically annual events, anyway). Here’s just a few early highlights...

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The Panthers were not very active in the early going, unless cutting start ers counts. Aside from Mitchell, they said goodbye to both DE Julius Peppers and WR Steve Smith. Peppers is a former Defensive Player of the Year, and quickly became a Packer. Smith answered a desperate Baltimore Ravens need for somebody to move the sticks on 3rd-and-significant. Smith wasn’t pleased about being cut: “Whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in-shape 35-year-old guy they can get,” he had told WFNZ-AM. “If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium ... there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.” Baltimore hosts the Panthers in 2015. The Panthers were yet to make a splash in free agency at press time, but after Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn both left, possible new WRs in the frame could be ex-Packer James Jones, ex-Steeler Jerricho Cotchery ...or anybody with a pair of hands.

Free agency began with the most intense opening barrage of signings in sports-scribbling memory, the loudest broadside that of the Denver Broncos, signing safety TJ Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib (for $57m, 26m guaranteed) and DE DeMarcus Ware in the opening 24 hours (they would later add ex-Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders to replace departing Eric Decker, now a Jet). Talib was a ‘need’ replacement after letting Champ Bailey go, and Ware looked like he still had plenty in the tank last year for the Cowboys. GM John Elway pulled no punches to shore up a leaky defense that came up short in the Super Bowl. The clock is ticking on Manning’s career and Elway no doubt recalls how Denver aced the offseason just before his back-to-back SB successes. There’ll be a hard cap crunch for them in a couple of years, but they’ll roll the dice right now.

Ward was just one of many safeties being pelted with money in free agency’s early hours (not even days). Ex-Bill Jairus Byrd became a Saint for an eye-opening $54m over six years, to replace Malcolm Jenkins, now an Eagle. Cleveland replaced Ward with Donte Whitner, and the 49ers replaced Whitner with ex-Colt Anto ine Bethea. Ex-Raider/ ex-Panther Mike Mitchell became a Steeler.

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...And then there’s the Raiders

When Rodger Saffold left St Louis, the tackle passed his exit physical. By the time he arrived in Oakland to fulfil a five-year, $42.5m deal (with guaranteed money that far outstrips his fame), he failed his entry physical (I guess the eating on I-80 is better than I knew). Exacerbating that debacle, their best OL, Jared Veldheer, left for Arizona. Then they gave ex-Jets OT Austin Howard $30m. Fans of Brit lineman Menelik Watson may enjoy watching his path to a start role parting like the Red Sea. Speaking of things that part upon command, the Miami offensive line took a step away from its recent woes with the trade-away of bullying victim Jonathan Martin to the 49ers (to reunite with former college coach Jim Harbaugh). The Phins also landed Branden Albert from the Chiefs – something they had been trying to accomplish since last draft.

Other quick hits:

Darrelle Revis’ annual move saw him leave the Buccaneers for the Patriots, who also signed fellow CB Brandon Browner. The Pats re-signed WR Julian Edelman (105 receptions last year), but NT Vince Wilfork has asked for a release ... Darren Sproles was the biggest name early RB move, now an Eagle ... Quarterback shuffles: Josh McCown arrived in Tampa Bay as a possible starting QB; ex-Jag Blaine Gabbert is now a 49er ...and Michael Vick was taking his time.

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Boston Red Sox The BoSox capped off a magical worst-tofirst run to their third World Series title in ten years last season. They insist they aren’t resting on their laurels, however, with Jonny Gomes famously and eloquently summing up the team’s mindset entering the 2014 campaign by insisting “We ain’t no defending champs”. Boston led the majors with 853 runs produced last season, and with the exception of Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew, return the core of that lineup. There are questions as to whether youngsters Jackie Bradley in center, Xander Bogaerts at short and third basemen Will Middlebrooks can develop into pieces of a championship-caliber team, but a starting rotation that now includes Jake Peavy should once again be one of the best in baseball and ensure that the Red Sox will be in the mix come September and October. Tampa Bay Rays The cream of the AL East crop this season would look to be the Rays. With outstanding defense, a top-notch rotation and a quality

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bullpen, Tampa Bay is a team without a lot of flash but with very few flaws. David Price, Matt Moore and Alex Cobb anchor one of the top rotations in baseball, and they have one of the best run-limiting defenses in the game cleaning things up behind them. Offensive firepower could be a concern, but with the ever-present Evan Longoria and lots of upside from youngsters David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers, the Rays should be able to muster enough offense to keep things ticking along nicely. New York Yankees There is no doubt that the times are a changing in the Bronx, with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring, Robinson Canó leaving for Seattle and Alex Rodriguez suspended for the year. After missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Yanks approached the situation the way they know best, by throwing a lot of money around, signing outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltrán, catcher Brian McCann, and bringing in Kelly Johnson to man third in A-Rod’s absence. They also shelled out a cool $155 million to land Japanese pitching import Masahiro Tanaka. Despite the buying

spree, an awful lot will have to break right for the Yanks to stay relevant in the loaded AL East, starting with plenty of production from aging veterans Derek Jeter (in his swan song season), Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano, and a return to effectiveness from pitchers CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda. You get the feeling that one way or the other, it’s bound to be entertaining. Baltimore Orioles Playing in the same division as the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays always makes things tough. After reaching the ALDS in 2012, the O’s took a step backwards last year, missing out on the second wild-card slot by six games. With the addition of Nelson Cruz to a lineup that includes Adam Jones and Chris “Crush” Davis, the O’s figure to have enough power to light up the Eastern seaboard once again, after leading the majors in round trippers a year ago. The Orioles will dazzle with their power, which should make them fun to watch, but they will need a lot from a so-so starting rotation if they are going to keep up in the division. Toronto Blue Jays Two offseasons ago GM Alex Anthopoulos

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and the Blue Jays went all New York Yankees, throwing money around at the likes of José Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Things didn’t exactly work out, as the Jays finished in dead last in the AL East. However, there is still plenty to get excited about north of the border with Reyes – if he can stay healthy – José Bautista – one of the biggest boppers in the game – Edwin Encarnación and Adam Lind manning the top of the order. Pitching was a huge issue last season. Needless to say, bounce-back years from Dickey and Buehrle will be imperative for the Jays to stay relevant.

AL Central

Detroit Tigers Discussions of the Tigers’ prospects will always start with pitching, and with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Aníbal Sánchez atop the rotation, why wouldn’t they? At the plate the Tigers still have one of the best (if not the best) hitters in the game in Miguel Cabrera. He won’t have Prince Fielder to protect him in the lineup this year, as Fielder was shipped to Texas for three-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers are obviously high enough on prospect Nick Castellanos to plug him in at third and move Cabrera back to first base. There certainly is no reason to think the Tigers won’t still be playing baseball again come October. Kansas City Royals The Royals won 86 games last year, their highest total since 1989, and played meaningful games in September for the first time since the Reagan administration. The question is whether KC can take the next step in their perpetual rebuilding process and reach the postseason for the first time since 1985. The Royals get on base a lot and were the best in the league at stealing them last year. They also had the best ERA in the league and three Gold Glove Award winners, but no team in the AL hit fewer home runs. Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer in particular need to live up to the expectations the organization has long held for them in order to lead the playoffstarved fans in Kansas City to the Promised Land. Cleveland Indians The Tribe surprised many by winning 92 games and reaching the playoffs as a wild card

team. Though they added some talent before last season with the likes of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, it was new manager Terry Francona who pulled all the right strings on the way to winning the AL Manager of the Year Award. However, the Indians’ total clearly exceeded the sum of their parts. Expect regression in Cleveland this season, but the Francona factor and rising stars such as Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis should be enough to keep them competitive. Chicago White Sox After finishing in the cellar a year ago, the White Sox quite rightly made wholesale changes, with their biggest addition being 27-year-old José Abreu, who hit .453 with 93 RBI in 66 games in Cuba last year. The Southsiders figure to be better this time around, but unfortunately, that isn’t saying much. Minnesota Twins With the physical toll behind the plate catching up with him, Joe Mauer moves to first base, but it figures to be another long season on the Upper Mississippi as the Twins wait for the fruits of one of the game’s best farm systems (including baseball’s top prospect Byron Buxton) to ripen.

AL West

Oakland Athletics The A’s have two straight division titles under their belts, but also two straight Game 5 ALDS losses to the Detroit Tigers. With their nucleus intact and depth up and down the roster, the A’s remain the cream of the AL West crop,

despite the lack of a bona fide superstar. Yoenis Céspedes and Josh Reddick are always worth the price of admission, and Oakland has a young, well-rounded rotation with plenty of upside. Despite quality throughout the lineup, the lack of a go-to ace has been their Achilles heel, as they’ve been out-duelled by Justin Verlander in playoff elimination games both of the last two seasons. Texas Rangers After reaching the World Series in 2010 and 2011, the last two seasons have felt somewhat disappointing, despite win totals of 93 and 91. Ian Kinsler is out and slugger Prince Fielder is in, while on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo will hit leadoff and man left field. Outside of Yu Darvish, the starting rotation looks sketchy at best, though Matt Harrison and Derek Holland could return from injury to boost things down the stretch. Anaheim Angels Disappointment is the word that springs to mind when considering the Halos over the past two seasons. Expectations were sky high two years ago when they brought in Albert Pujols, and maybe even more so last year with the addition of Josh Hamilton, but they missed the playoffs both years, finishing a woeful 18 games behind the A’s last season. Center fielder

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Mike Trout will one day be the best player in baseball, and may even be right now. Any kind of return to form of the aforementioned Pujols and Hamilton could make the Angels the AL’s top offensive team. Seattle Mariners The Mariners made by far the biggest splash of the offseason luring second baseman Robinson Canó away from the bright lights of Broadway with a 10-year $240 million offer. Canó has been one of the best players in baseball over the past few years, and he joins righthander Félix Hernández, one of the top starting pitchers in the business. After that, however, the drop off is precipitous. Houston Astros How bad were the Astros last year? Basically they were a minor league team in Major League uniforms, winning but 51 games. And the thing was, it was all according to plan. Astros management has the team on one of the most massive rebuilds in baseball history, with the theory being that you have to get really bad in order to amass the assets that will make you really good down the road. Well, they’ve certainly gotten the first part right. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals in action against the Phillies PHOTO ©MATTHEW STRAUBMULLER


Washington Nationals After tallying the best record in baseball in 2012, expectations were sky high a year ago, but the team never really managed to get off the ground. They finished the season 32-16 over their final 42 games, however, which was the best record in baseball over that span. There is depth up and down the roster as well as one of the best rotations in the game, anchored by Stephen Strasburg. Is this the year Bryce Harper really breaks out? He battled nagging injuries all of last season, and if he can stop crashing into things, he could be ready to join baseball’s elite. If he can, look for the Nationals’ fortunes to rise with him. Atlanta Braves It is fairly safe to consider the NL East a two-horse race between the Nationals and Braves, but the Braves will be hoping for a healthier Jason Heyward and improvement from B.J. Upton in center field. The rotation lacks a standout arm, but as a unit they are one of the most efficient in baseball. With a 96-win season under their belts, there is a lot to like in Atlanta coming into this season. Philadelphia Phillies After one of the greatest five-year runs in franchise history, the Phils have seen their win totals drop from 102 to 81 to 73. They said goodbye to long-time manager Charlie Manuel, and hello to Ryne Sandberg who will enter his first full season at the helm. A few of the pieces of the glory years are still on board, but questions remain as to how much tread is left on the tires, and there hasn’t really been much influx of young talent to compensate for any drop off. New York Mets The Metropolitans have suffered through five straight losing seasons and saw their ace Matt Harvey undergo Tommy John surgery. They did make efforts to upgrade, bringing in Curtis Granderson from the cross-town Yankees, as well as starter Bartolo Colón. Third baseman David Wright remains a cornerstone of the franchise, and the team has some developing young talent in the pipeline, all of which leaves the Mets firmly in the chase for third place in the division.

Miami Marlins After enduring yet another rebuilding job, Marlins fans suffered through a 100-loss season, and the battle at this stage seems to be merely to reach respectability. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is a superstar in the making and José Fernández showed he is one of the best young pitchers in the game, but after that there isn’t too much to cheer about in South Florida.

NL Central

St Louis Cardinals The Cardinals reached the World Series last season before losing to the Red Sox. They lost Carlos Beltrán and David Freese, but there seems to be plenty of talent to make up, with Allen Craig and Matt Adams looking to help fill the void. While the Cards can score runs (they led the NL last season) their pitching may be their best strength. Adam Wainwright finished second in Cy Young voting, and while Lance Lynn won 15 games last year, he’ll have competition for his starting spot this season from the likes of Shelby Miller and playoff hero Michael Wacha. The Cardinals are a top-flight organization from top to bottom, with the talent to match, and it’s hard to see them tripping up any time soon. Cincinnati Reds It’s a testament to expectations when your team wins 90 games and secures a wild card berth, yet considers the season a disappointment and fires their manager, but that’s exactly what happened to the Reds. With Shin-Soo Choo gone from the top of the batting order, electric speedster Billy Hamilton will have the chance to prove he’s more than a one-dimensional basestealing machine as he takes over in center field. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce anchor a solid offensive unit, while Homer Bailey (he of the $100 million contract extension) will anchor the rotation. With such a solid lineup, a few breaks here and there could see this team put some pressure on the Cards atop the division, but it’s hard not to see them at least return to the wild card game. Pittsburgh Pirates Last season was a glorious one for Pirates fans with an MVP-caliber season from Andrew McCutchen, breakout years from Starling Marte

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and Gerrit Cole and the team’s first playoff appearance since 1992. A lot went right for the Pirates last year, and the same will have to happen again to regain the thrill of last year’s campaign. The Bucs were a fun team to watch, and hopefully they will be this time around as well, but it’s hard not to feel that this is a team poised for regression. Milwaukee Brewers The whole organization suffered a black eye when Ryan Braun was suspended last season, but it’s time to move on, and the Crew will be looking for a return to form from their new right fielder. With a healthy Aramis Ramírez and continued production from shortstop Jean Segura and centerfielder Carlos Gómez, and a few breaks here and there, the Brewers could find themselves in the mix for a wild card, but that’s a lot of ‘ifs’. Chicago Cubs The Cubbies have been in rebuilding mode for a couple of seasons now under GM Theo Epstein, and the team’s long-suffering fans will be hoping that this is the year things start to at

least move in the right direction in the Friendly Confines.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers return with virtually the same talented, exciting, and very expensive roster that ran away with the division crown. With a lineup that includes the excitable Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramírez, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, along with starting pitching from the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett, the Dodgers are what you might call loaded. About the only things that can derail them this year are injuries or under performance, but neither of those stopped them last year. San Francisco Giants The Giants would figure to be due for a great year after winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012, while struggling in 2011 and 2013. Pitching will once again be the Giant’s strength, with a rotation that includes Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong. If Buster Posey and the offense can find ways to

score runs in cavernous AT&T Park, good things could happen. Arizona Diamondbacks First baseman Paul Goldschmidt established himself as an elite talent last season, and he should lead one of the division’s stronger offenses. Pitching will be an issue, and top prospect Archie Bradley could get a crack at the Big Leagues before the year is out. San Diego Padres The Friars were a middle of the pack team a year ago, and there is little reason to think they’ll be much more than that this time around. Chase Headley is one of the better third basemen in the NL, while starter Andrew Cashner has breakout potential on the mound. Colorado Rockies Despite two straight years in the cellar, the Rockies have held on to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos González in hopes of staying competitive. If things don’t turn around soon, however, look for Colorado’s brass to go into full-blown rebuilding mode, which could see Tulo and CarGo on the trading block before long.

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Match Making by Darren Kilfara “T

hat’s it, I’ve seen it all. I mean, if Arnold Palmer drove by on a scooter….” His incredulous voice trailed away: for once, David Feherty had no words to describe what he’d just seen. I immediately thought of Lee Trevino, mentally gone and certain of defeat, chopping at his ball with barely a practice swing yet chipping in for par at the 71st hole of the 1972 Open Championship at Muirfield. When the short par putt found the hole, Nick Faldo simply and gracefully remarked, “One of the greatest up-and-downs.” And then, one hole later, the same thing happened again. I’ve now watched Victor Dubuisson’s par saves at the 19th and 20th holes of this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final at least 30 times on YouTube, and I doubt I’ll ever see two shots by the same player in the same sudden-death playoff to rival Dubuisson’s two whacks at the Arizona desert. One part skill, seven parts luck and two parts Gallic insouciance cooked up a combined memory which will stay with me as long as matchplay golf exists – it’s as though God was trying to pay back the French with interest for what He did to Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie. [You can see

the clips at com/watch?v=qczoL40CpU8 and watch?v=Buc3blLXW7A] Funny thing is, I’d honestly never heard of Victor Dubuisson before that week in Tuscon. In my defense, Dubuisson is only 23, and his only European Tour victory came in Turkey last November while I was watching the LSU-Alabama repeat on ESPN. But he’d earned his place in the Match Play field on merit, and 1-up victories over Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and Ernie Els led him into the final against Jason Day, who like Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie will likely be remembered less in victory than Dubuisson and Van de Velde are in defeat. Or at least, that’s how I wish the 2014 final would be remembered. Alas, I’m not sure it will be remembered at all, as the Match Play Championship remains the ugly stepsister of the World Golf Championship rota. The 2014 event had no Tiger Woods, no Phil Mickelson and no Adam Scott, and as yet the 2015 event has no title sponsor and no venue – many players disliked Dove Mountain, an otherwise attractive matchplay course prone to chilly weather and even spoiled in 2013 by a blanket of snow. Television loathes matchplay for many reasons; despite his later heroics, nobody really wanted to see Victor Du-who? reach the final. This year’s

four brackets were won by their #2, #7, #8 and #14 seeds, and in 2002 the Final Four were seeded #7, #12, #12 and – the eventual winner – #16. March Madness this ain’t. So, short of guaranteeing a spot in the final for Tiger, Phil, Adam or Rory (note to self: don’t give Tim Finchem any ideas), how do we save professional matchplay golf outwith the Ryder Cup? Medal-matchplay, aka head-to-head strokeplay of the type now only seen in US Open playoffs, may be one solution. A Europa League-like consolation event for first-round losers offering world ranking points, and more golf to fill otherwise dead air on television, might be another. I just hope the PGA Tour is brave enough to experiment with and even expand the same head-to-head, one-onone concept played so often by so many of us. The current state of high-level matchplay may look hopeless, but as my new favorite Frenchman just proved, sometimes desperate lunges can yield results of exquisite beauty. 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. His new book, a novel called Do You Want Total War?, is also now available online at Amazon and elsewhere.

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dom who would like to attend university in America, but stay locally longer, now have the option to take up to three US–accredited courses (nine credits) per semester at Syracuse University’s London Centre. Believed to be the first of its kind, the Syracuse University Gap Year Program enables students to earn academic credit that is transferable to most US universities. Students experience the American educational system with no commitment to enroll in the future, while also having flexibility to take advantage of traditional Gap Year activities, such as traveling and volunteering. According to Open Doors Data from the Institute of International Education, nearly 10,000 UK students traveled to the US for university in 2011/2012, an increase of 2.7 percent from the previous year. This growth led Syracuse University, a four-year institution in central New York State, to pilot the Gap Year Program last year, enabling students to take courses alongside American students and receive advising guidance from administrators. “We’re pleased to offer this academic stepping stone to students who intend to pursue university in the US,” said Don Saleh, vice president for enrollment management at Syracuse University. “Because of the guidance they’ll receive, students in this program are at a distinct advantage if they decide that an American education is their

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Though the program is nonresidential and may appeal most to London-area students, the first student to take advantage of it was German and attended British International School Riyadh: “Rather than stumbling with uncertainty into university life, the Gap Year Program has allowed me to focus on who I am and where I want my future to lead me,” said Lisa Gries. “The variety in courses has allowed me to pursue areas I am interested in, whilst also gaining academic credit.” The Syracuse University Gap Year Program accepts applications for the fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis. The program is also offered in Madrid, Spain. Learn more at academics/gapyear.

About Syracuse University:

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private institution located in the heart of New York State. It was the first American university to offer a bachelor of fine arts degree, and establish a school of citizenship (one of the most prestigious in the world). Alumni include Robert Jarvik ’68, H’83, inventor of the artificial heart; space shuttle commander Lt. Col. Eileen Collins ’78; actor Taye Diggs ’93; and US Vice President Joseph Biden L’68. SU’s main campus is located in Syracuse, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, and international centers in Chile, China, England, France, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. For more information, visit


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Republicans Abroad (UK) Chairman Dr. Thomas Grant Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland For 18-30 year olds, an international membership Rotary Club of London 6 York Gate, London NW1 4QG. Tel. 020 7487 5429 Rotary Great Britain and Ireland 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 212- 480-2889 or (800) 913-6565 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 US: 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington DC 20036. 202-452-0928. UK: 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, Flat 9 Hanover Court, 5 Stean Street, London, E8 4ED 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 0800 0834804 American Women of Berkshire & Surrey PO 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 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: 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 01440 766 967 English-Speaking Union Director-General Peter Kyle Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. Tel: 020 7529 1550

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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 01638 715764

Propeller Club of the United States – London, England Royal Society of St George Enterprise House, 10 Church Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1LA. +44 (0) 20 3225 5011

Kensington & Chelsea Men’s Club Contact: John Rickus 70 Flood Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5TE. (home): 020 7349 0680 (office): 020 7753 2253

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

Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club President: Susan Lenora. Tel. 0207 581 8261 Membership: 0207 863 7562 (ans service).

UK Anglian Shrine Club (Master Masons) Secretary: David A. Mostyn Long Furlong House, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7DD 01263 740223

Northwood Area Women’s Club c/o St John’s UR Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1DN 01932-830295 Petroleum Women’s Club Contact: Nancy Ayres. 01923 711720 Petroleum Women’s Club of Scotland Pilgrims of Great Britain Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent M16 0NB. 01622 606404

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

St John’s Wood Women’s Club Box 185, 176 Finchley Road, London NW3 6BT Thames Valley American Women’s Club Membership: Claire Mangers-Page PO Box 1687, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8XT. 01628 632683

North American Connection (West Midlands) PO Box 10543, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands. B93 8ZY 0870 720 0663

American Overseas Memorial Day Association Dedicated to remember and honor the memory of those who gave their lives in World War I and II, whose final resting places are in American Military Cemeteries or in isolated graves in Europe.,

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International American Duplicate Bridge Club Contact: Mary Marshall, 18 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RP. 020 7221 3708

New Neighbors Diana Parker, Rosemary Cottage, Rookshill, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 4HZ. 01923 772185

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

British Patton Historical Society Kenn Oultram 01606 891303 Brookwood American Cemetery The American Battle Monuments Commission Superintendant: Craig Rahanian Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BL 01483 473237 Cambridge American Cemetery (WWII Cemetery) The American Battle Monuments Commission Superintendent: Bruce D Phelps Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PH 01954-210-350 Commander in Chief, US Naval Forces Europe US Naval Forces Europe-Africa - US Sixth Fleet

W.E.B. DuBois Consistory #116 Northern Jurisdiction Valley of London, England, Orient of Europe Cell: 0776-873-8030

Eighth Air Force Historical Society Gordon Richards/Michelle Strefford UK Office, The Croft, 26 Chapelwent Road, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 9SD 01440 704014

Women’s Writers Network Cathy Smith, 23 Prospect Rd, London, NW2 2JU. 020 7794 5861

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

MILITARY 290 Foundation (UK Confederate Navy memorial) Ian Dewar, President, 2 Thompson Drive, Middleton on the Wolds, East Riding, Yorkshire YO25 9TX 01377 217 442 290admin@ AFJROTC 073 Lakenheath High School. Tel: 01638 525603 Air Force Sergeants Association UK POC Timothy W. Litherland CMSgt, USAF (ret). Chapters at RAFs Alconbury, Croughton, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill and Mildenhall.

Joint RAF Mildenhall/Lakenheath Retiree Affairs Office Co-Directors Dick Good & Jack Kramer Unit 8965, Box 30 RAF Mildenhall, Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, IP28 8NF 01638 542039 Marine Corps League Detachment 1088, London, England Commandant Mike Allen Creek Cottage, 2 Pednormead End, Old Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 2JS

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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. Chapter Address: 513 MSSQ/SS, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad 21 Pembridge Gardens, London W2 4EB 020 7792 8751

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,

Centre Academy London 92 St John’s Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1SH Tel: 02077382344 ,

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 01280 708182

Society of American Military Engineers (UK) UK address: Box 763, USAFE Construction Directorate. 86 Blenheim Crescent, West Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7HL


Reserve Officers Association London Col. B.V. Balch, USAR, 72 Westmoreland Road, Barnes, London SW13 9RY

ACS International Schools ACS Cobham International School, Heywood, Alconbury Middle/High School RAF Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE17 1PJ, UK.

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.

American Institute for Foreign Study 37 Queensgate, London SW7 5HR 020 7581 7300

US Army Reserve 2nd Hospital Center 7 Lynton Close, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1DJ. Tel: 01353 2168 Commander: Major Glenda Day.

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US Air Force Recruiting Office Bldg 239 Room 139 RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 8NF +44-1638-54-4942/1566 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

US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) UK Chapter President: Allison Bennett, Facebook: Kings Point Alumni - London/United Kingdom

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

2nd Air Division Memorial Library The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AW 01603 774747

British American Educational Foundation Mrs. Carlton Colcord, 1 More’s Garden, 90 Cheyne Walk, London SW3. 020 7352 8288

USAF Retiree Activities Office Director: Paul G Gumbert, CMSgt (USAF), Ret 422 ABG/CVR, Unit 5855, PSC 50, Box 3 RAF Croughton, Northants NN13 5XP 01280 708182

BUNAC Student Exchange Employment Program - Director: Callum Kennedy, 16 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0QH. 020 7251 3472

Centre Academy East Anglia Church Rd, Brettenham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 7QR Tel: 01449736404 Central Bureau for Educational Visits Director: Peter Upton, The British Council , 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 Dwight School London Formerly North London International School Viviene Rose, Admissions Director 6 Friem Barnet Lane, London N11 3LX 020 8920 0600 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 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

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Fulbright Commission (US-UK Educational Commission) Dir. of Advisory Service: Lauren Welch Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London SW8 5BN 020 7498 4010

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

Halcyon London International School Co-educational International Baccalaureate (IB). 33 Seymour Place, London W1H 5AU +44 (0)20 7258 1169 ,

Schiller International University Royal Waterloo House, 51-55 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TX. Tel. 020 7928 1372

Harlaxton College UK Campus, University of Evansville Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 1AG. Grantham 4541 4761. 01476 403000

Schiller International, Wickham Court School Layhams Road, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9HW. Tel 0208 777 2942 Fax 0208 777 4276

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

Sotheby’s Institute of Art Postgraduate Art studies, plus day /evening courses 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE Tel: 0207 462 3232

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 Rd, 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 020 8949 0571 Missouri London Study Abroad Program 32 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JU. 020 7373 7953. molondon.html Regent’s University London Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS. 020 7486 9605.

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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 Syracuse University London Program Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AE TASIS England, American School Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Nr. Egham, Surrey TW20 8TE. Tel: 01932 565252 Fax: 01932 564644 UKCISA - Council for International Education 9-17 St. Albans Place, London N1 0NX 020 7354 5210 University of Notre Dame London Program 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG 020 7484 7811 introduction.htm Warnborough University International Office, Friars House, London SE1 8HB. Tel 020 7922 1200 Webster Graduate Studies Center Regent’s College, Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS, UK. Tel: 020 7487 7505

Wroxton College Study Abroad with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Wroxton, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6PX 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, 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), 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 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, 43 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4JU 020 7244 2908 020 7373 7411 Brandeis Alumni Club of Great Britain Joan Bovarnick, President

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Brown University Club of the United Kingdom President: Tugba Erem. Communication: Patrick Attie Alumni Club & Liaison: Vanessa Van Hoof Brown Club UK, Box 57100, London, EC1P 1RB Bryn Mawr Club Lady Quinton, President. Wendy Tiffin, Secretary/Treasurer, 52 Lansdowne Gardens, London SW8 2EF Claremont Colleges Alumni in London Hadley Beeman Colgate Club of London Stephen W Solomon ‘76, President 0207 349 0738 Columbia Business School Alumni Club of London 6 Petersham Mews, London SW7 5NR Columbia University Club of London Stephen Jansen, President Cornell Club of London Natalie Teich, President Dartmouth College Club of London Sanjay Gupta, Andrew Rotenberg sanjay.gupta.96@ Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Links to all the USA and international members’ sites) Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity London Alumni Chapter. Ashok Arora, P O Box 1110, London W3 7ZB. Tel: 020 8423 8231 Duke University Club of England Ms Robin Buck Tim Warmath Kate Bennett Emory University Alumni Chapter of the UK Matthew Williams, Chapter Leader 079 8451 4119 chapters/international.html Georgetown Alumni Club Alexa Fernandez, President

Gettysburg College Britt-Karin Oliver Harvard Business School Club of London Harvard Club of the United Kingdom Brandon Bradkin, President Verity Langley, Membership Indiana University Alumni club of England Anastasia Tonello, President 020 7253 4855 KKG London Alumnae Association LMU Alumni Club London (Loyola Marymount University) Kent Jancarik 07795 358 681

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email Marymount University Alumni UK Chapter President: Mrs Suzanne Tapley, 35 Park Mansions, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QT. 020 7581 3742 MIT Club of Great Britain Yiting Shen, Flat 8a, 36 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6PB 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 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

Penn Alumni Club of the UK David Lapter Tel. 07957 146 470 Penn State Alumni Association Penn State Alumni Association Ron Nowicki - 0207 226 7681 Princeton Association (UK) Carol Rahn, President Jon Reades, Young Alumni Rice Alumni of London Kathy Wang Tel. 07912 560 177 Skidmore College Alumni Club, London Peggy Holden Briggs ‘84, co-ordinator 07817 203611 Smith College Club of London Kathleen Merrill, President Stanford Business School Alumni Association (UK Chapter) Robby Arnold, President, Lesley Anne Hunt, Events, Syracuse University Alumni UK Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AE 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 Co-Presidents Ashley Lilly, Devin Howard The John Adams Society Contact: Muddassar Ahmed c/o Unitas Communications, Palmerston House, 80-86 Old Street, London EC1V 9AZ 0203 308 2358

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Tufts - London Tufts Alliance Vikki Garth UK Dawgs of the University of Georgia Rangana Abdulla UConn Alumni Association 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

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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 ( 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 Farida El-Gammal ‘98, President wellesley_uk_club Wharton Business School Club of the UK Yoav Kurtzbard, Pres., Claire Watkins, Admin., 020-7447-8800, Williams Club of Great Britain Ethan Kline:

University of Michigan Alumni Association Regional Contact: Jessica Cobb, BA ’97 +44 (0) 788-784-0941

Yale Club of London Joe Vittoria, President, Scott Fletcher, Events, Nick Baskey, Secretary

University of Rochester/Simon School UK Alumni Association Ms. Julie Bonne, Co-President 0118-956-5052

Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae Kristin Morgan. Tel: 07812 580949

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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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

ARTS American Actors UK Administrator: Kelly Harris, 07873 371 891

SPORTS 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. 01708 725241 Infinity Elite Cheerleading (founded by C.A.C) Mondays 4.30-8.30 – Maiden Lane Comm. Centre, 156 St. Paul’s Crescent, London NW1 9XZ. Tumble: Thursdays 6-8 – Paget Centre,18-28 Randells Rd, Islington, London N1 0DH. Tel. 077 9132 0115 Herts Baseball Club Adult & Little League Baseball Lakenheath Barracudas Swim Club Open to all military affiliated families. Charlie Midthun, Pres.,; Head Coach, Dean Reed, LondonSports Instruction & competitive play in American flag football, baseball, basketball and soccer, boys/girls aged 4-15, newcomers or experienced players. Sports in a safe, fun environment for children of all nationalities. London Warriors American Football Club Kevin LoPrimo

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