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Margaret Thatcher Does Not Need Your Karate Ladies

Margaret Thatcher is all over the news this week as we approach the release of The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. Here’s a good story about the former Prime Minister from an article we ran on her last year. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher attended an economic summit in Japan. She was still a fairly new prime [...]

No Karate Ladies for Margaret Thatcher

On this date in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister. Here’s an excerpt from an article we ran on Thatcher last year. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher attended an economic summit in Japan. She was still a fairly new prime minister when she headed to Tokyo, and her hosts were a bit apprehensive about [...]

The Royal or Editorial "We"

Ben Zimmer has an article at The New York Times addressing a person using the word “we”, sometimes referred to as “the royal we”, when speaking or writing. When it’s not clear who the person is speaking for, it can sound downright pompous. A New York senator, Roscoe Conkling, once said, “Yes, I have noticed [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Number 10

Number 10 Downing Street, that is. We do a lot of posts about the White House and its notable residents here on the _floss, but not quite as many on their counterparts. We’re looking to even the score a little bit today by featuring 10 on 10 Downing Street, the office and residence (sometimes – [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the tough-talking Conservative face of British politics throughout the 1980s. You may know about her policies, but how well do you know the woman who was nicknamed “The Iron Lady”? 1. She Started Out as a Chemist In 1943, an 18-year-old Margaret Roberts headed to Oxford on a scholarship and began studying natural [...]