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Famous and not so famous Brits – David Cameron

David William Duncan Cameron, “Tory boy” David William Duncan Cameron (b.1966) is Britain’s current Prime Minister. His father was a stockbroker and his mother a Justice of the Peace. He is of Scottish descent...

Famous and not so famous Brits – Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook, cricketer; not a “flannelled fool” Cricketers were once referred to by Rudyard Kipling as “flannelled fools”, and later George Orwell observed that the sport was far less popular with the public than...

Famous and not so famous Brits (part5)

Dame Vivienne Westwood, the woman who dressed the Sex Pistols Dame Vivienne Westwood is Britain’s bestknown fashion designer, and a highly successful businesswoman also known for her political campaigning. Born into a working-class family...

Famous and not so famous Brits (part4)

John Napier (1550-1617), “Scottish Archimedes” In the Edinburgh suburb of Merchiston there is a small campus of modern college buildings. Constructed in the 1960s to house a technical college, the complex blends fairly well...

Famous and not so famous Brits (part3)

Dame Judi Dench, “National Treasure” The satirical magazine “Private Eye” has a column named “National Treasures”, which collects examples of the term as used in the British media. In recent years, journalists have applied...

Famous and not so famous Brits (part 2)

Al Bowlly, the first British “pop star” Al Bowlly (1899-1941) was the fi rst British “pop star”. He was born to Greek and Lebanese parents in what is now Mozambique, was brought up in...

Famous and not so famous Brits (part1)

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond (b.1954) is the First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party. He was born and brought up in Linlithgow, the historic...