July 4, 2016
Britain's vote to leave the European Union was greeted in the kingdom and its former colonies by more than a few facile comparisons to a 240-year-old revolution. "The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence," former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin enthused. The leader of the far-right UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, said the vote would "go down in history as our independence day. " Especially from a Philadelphian's perspective, such analogies, if followed to their absurd conclusion, suggest London and other major English cities had better gird for occupation.
June 29, 2016
Elites are in trouble. High levels of immigration are destabilizing our democracies. Politicians who put their short-term political interests over their countries' needs reap the whirlwind - for themselves but, more importantly, for their nations. Citizens who live in the economically ailing peripheries of wealthy nations are in revolt against well-off and cosmopolitan metropolitan areas. Older voters lock in decisions that young voters reject. Traditional political parties on the left and right are being torn asunder.
March 18, 2016
One winter day about 10 years back, Neill Laughlin was walking his dog past a Fishtown pub when he happened upon a curious scene: The establishment was overflowing with boisterous and visibly intoxicated individuals, each one, he said, "dressed in green and wasted at noon. " Sincerely mystified, he asked a few patrons what they were whooping up. "Don't you know? It's St. Patrick's Day!" Born and raised in Belfast, Laughlin, co-owner of Sassafras in Old City, knew full well that March 17 was still three weeks away.
March 17, 2016
Make 4 servings 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1. Combine and mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then add buttermilk. Using your hands, work the mixture together in the bowl, forming a loose ball, before turning out onto a flour-dusted surface. 2. Lightly knead the dough, being careful not to overwork it, into a circular shape about half an inch thick. 3. Once dough is formed, cut an X across the circle, forming four equal-sized farls, or pieces.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH INSURANCE A sour side of the land of milk and honey I have relatives in Northern Ireland and Canada and friends from Australia. Not one of them has ever said, "We wish we had the health-care plan you have in the United States" ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," Tuesday). |Desmond McCaffery, Trooper
July 29, 2015 |
Thomas J. O'Donnell, 70, of Huntingdon Valley, a veteran who served in Korea and a manager at Conrail Corp. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, July 19, of pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Mount Airy, Mr. O'Donnell was a 1963 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 1967 graduate of what is now La Salle University. He served in the Army along the Korean demilitarized zone from 1967 to 1969. Mr. O'Donnell had worked for Conrail starting in 1963 and interrupted his career to go to South Korea.
March 13, 2015 |
Legend has it that St. Patrick himself once turned water into wine. But transforming the Patron Saint of Ireland's holiday into something other than an occasion of mass intoxication? Even a miracle worker like St. Pat might take a pass. "Look, I like a drink. But there are crazies who go out on St. Patrick's Day and give the Irish a bad name," says Jackie Kelly of Cherry Hill. Kelly, her husband, John, and other organizers of Philadelphia's first-ever "Sober St. Patrick's Day" say it will offer families, folks in recovery, and fans of traditional Irish music and dance a chance to celebrate in a booze-free milieu.
December 10, 2014 |
Neither Joseph E. Montgomery nor his parents were born in Ireland, but that did not lessen his obvious devotion to his Irish American heritage. "He just enjoyed Irish culture," son Patrick said. Mr. Montgomery, 95, of Merchantville, was president from 1958 to 1998 of Division 65 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the national Irish Catholic fraternal organization. The division, with members across the Philadelphia region, was named after Mr. Montgomery in 1998, its 100th anniversary year.
July 16, 2014 |
IN ENGLAND, only two courses are older than Royal Liverpool. Or Hoylake, as it's better known for the seaside town that surrounds it. The club as founded in 1869 and 28 years later hosted the first of what this week will be a dozen Open Championships, as they simply call it everywhere outside the United States. In the modern rotation, only St. Andrews (28), Muirfield (16) and Royal Troon (14) have been the venue more often. It was taken out of the rotation after 1967 not because of the course but rather the notion that it could no longer cope with the logistical issues, such as parking and concession space.
March 18, 2014
D ONAL McCOY, 47, of Southwark, has owned the Old City restaurant Serrano and the music venue upstairs, Tin Angel, since 2005. The native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a former bartender, curates the liquor collection for both businesses. He also co-owns, with Neil Laughlin, the nearby bar Sassafras. Q: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. Do you feel Irish? A: Northern Ireland is part of the island of Ireland. I can speak the Irish language and was educated by Christian Brothers, so, yes, I'm very Irish.