The 2012 Summer Olympics have officially begun. And the open ceremonies pay tribute to Britain’s rich history. Independent Television News’ Paraic O’Brien reports the excitement and anticipation as the torch neared Olympic Stadium in London. Continue reading
For Britain, money, reputation and national pride all hang upon the success of the 2012 London Olympics. But in the end, will it all be worth it? Ray Suarez speaks with Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College and University of Colorado’s John MacAloon about whether investments pay off for host countries of Olympic Games. Continue reading
As the torch for the Olympics traveled through London, anticipation for the opening ceremonies was palpable. Independent Television News’ Geraint Vincent reports from London while final preparations are completed for the start of the 2012 Games. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, newly released figures show the British economy has fallen deeper into recession than predicted. Also, officials in Anaheim, Cal., called for a cease to a four-day run of violence in reaction to the weekend killing of two hispanic men by police. Continue reading
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is only the second monarch to mark 60 years on the throne. Jubilee celebrations began Saturday with a royal visit to the Epsom Racecourse in South London and wrap up Tuesday. Tim Ewart and Andy Davies of Independent Television News report. Continue reading
“A poet should be private and invisible,” says U.K. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, “This is a different way of being a poet, to be laureate.” Meanwhile, “I think we witness things, but are not witnessed,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. They reflect with Jeffrey Brown on having very public roles as private poets. Continue reading
At a White House news conference Wednesday alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama said he didn’t foresee “sudden additional changes” to U.S. troop drawdown plans in Afghanistan despite recent incidents stoking anti-American tensions there. Ray Suarez reports on the leaders’ reaffirmed relationship. Continue reading
When American politicians write their memoirs, the strongest emotion they normally evoke is a measure of sympathy for all the trees shredded to convey reams of turgid or evasive prose. Not so for their British counterparts, who settle scores, reveal … Continue reading
New Directions has just put out “Dylan Thomas: The Collected Poems.” It’s a republication of the original edition, as selected by the poet himself, and the introduction is by Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Princeton University.
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is included in the recently republished “Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems” by New Directions, with a new introduction by poet Paul Muldoon. Jeffrey Brown talked to Muldoon last week about Thomas and the collection.