expat

LONDON–Over the years I have found it problematic to call myself an expat. And I really got to thinking about it after a recent article in the Guardian newspaper brought up the question of who is an expat and who is an immigrant. But the story didn’t answer for me the question I’m constantly struggling with: “Does the word expat define me?” I don’t think so. Read more

ireland

LONDON–Ireland has become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote, defying the Roman Catholic Church in a landslide referendum victory to change the constitution of the traditionally conservative nation.

As thousands celebrated Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Dublin Castle, official results were released showing a 62.1% “yes” vote for allowing same-sex couples to marry.

“I’m so proud to be Irish today,” Ireland’s Minister for Equality Aodhan O Riordain said on Twitter.

“We are making history but that is not what it is about,” said Maeve O’Sullivan, a 40-year-old North Dublin social worker and mother of two. “It’s about supporting people and being inclusive. It is accepting people on the most basic level, and I am over the moon.” Read more

cameron

LONDON–Bitish Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced a proposal to seize the wages of immigrants in the country illegally, treating the money as criminal proceeds, as part of a crackdown designed to reduce immigration to Britain.

“It has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here,” Cameron declared during a speech at the Home Office, which deals with visas and work permits. “So we’ll take a radical step: We’ll make illegal working a criminal offense in its own right.” Read more

Kate Middleton wearing pink walking for cameras

LONDON–It was a quiet Sunday outside the Lindo Wing entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital in London: The press pens were empty and there was no sign of royal watchers, ready to cheer on an impending royal birth. Read more

Stainless steel Tag Heuer watch

LONDON — When Kate Collins was looking for a combination 18th birthday and high school graduation present for her eldest son, Will, time was of the essence.

She wanted a milestone gift, something he would always remember receiving at a pivotal time in his life, as he was leaving home in London to begin his studies at Harvard University.

She decided on a watch, something that was cool as well as practical, that he could have and use all his life. After some initial searching online, Ms. Collins, an American mother of four based in London, decided on a stainless steel Tag Heuer. She said it was not inexpensive, but she was drawn to the watch because it was not flashy, was a practical timepiece and could even be worn when swimming. Read more