Here is how I know that the NYT columnist Gail Collins doesn't know much about the UK.
As she quotes in her latest column about the end of Oprah Winfrey's show: "The idea that anything popular should stay around until we turn green at the sight of it is not, of course, confined to our culture. The British have Tony Blair and The Spice Girls Reunion Tour."
Tony Blair and Spice Girls? Which British newspaper does she read, I wonder.