Woe to be in England

Woe to be in England

The cost-of-living crisis in the United Kingdom (UK) has pushed households into financial hardship and the looming prospect of poverty. According to a survey conducted in February 2024 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a near majority of households reported an increase in their cost of living compared to

The glory of German wines

The glory of German wines

I have had three recent conversations, all lively if unrelated – and all well lubricated. The first concerned Anglo-Saxon England around ad 700. Recent discoveries of coin hoards suggested that economic activity during that period of the Dark Ages was more extensive than had been supposed. Without damaging the coins,