Reading While Eating for Apr. 8: Farewell to Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes away at the age of 87.

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Gordon Brown, U.K. prime minister, right, and his wife Sarah, left, stand with Margaret Thatcher, the former U.K. Prime Minister, center, on the steps of 10 Downing Street, in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

Margaret Thatcher, former U.K. Prime Minister, Has Died. The highly polarizing former leader passed away following a stroke at the age of 87. (

Thatcher: A Timeline. She was elected in 1979 and remained in office until 1990 — the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, and still the only woman to have held the post. (The Guardian)

Portrait of the Iron Lady: Take a look at images of Thatcher from her childhood in Grantham, Lincolnshire, through her time as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. (

Did You Know Who Didn’t Protect the P.M. When She Visited Japan? Twenty “karate ladies.” Apparently that was the initial plan devised by government officials in Tokyo, but Thatcher refused to sign off. (mental_floss)

Twenty-One Incredibly Angry Songs About Margaret Thatcher. As you may have gathered, these particular tunes trended toward one side of that polarizing scale. (BuzzFeed)

Since There’s No Good Way to Make This Transition, Let’s Talk Fashion. Did you remember your ABCs of 1960s style for the Mad Men season premiere last night? (Flavorwire)

There are Yelp Reviews for Prisons. Because of course there are. Sometimes the internet can be an amazing place. (The Daily What)

A Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace Movie. Apparently, no one in Hollywood was willing to put up the $5 million to finance Behind the Candalabra, which stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, so Soderbergh sold it to HBO instead. (YouTube via Warming Glow)