Semi Detached Brit

Just an old paper bag in which I carried home my souvenirs from the new Post Office Tower in London (or whatever it’s called now).  We went up to the top in 1966, when it was opened to the public. The public hasn’t been admitted since 1980.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT_Tower

Just an old paper bag in which I carried home my souvenirs from the new Post Office Tower in London (or whatever it’s called now).  We went up to the top in 1966, when it was opened to the public. The public hasn’t been admitted since 1980.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT_Tower

Posted 11/18/13 @ 9:01 AM #

A reader guide to cross-cultural fashion

guardian:

english2english observes fall fashion:

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US button down = UK shirt

US shirt = UK t-shirt/top

US pants = UK trousers

US pantyhose = UK tights (Although americans call the thicker, woolly sort ‘tights’)

US ballet flats = UK pumps

US pumps = UK heels

US sneakers = UK trainers

US sweater = UK jumper

I am a Brit living in the USA.

(And we love you for that. Thanks!) 

Source: english2english
english2english:

- Amanda Holpuch:
One of my favorite things British people ask me, an American, is about high school in the US and whether it is as the movies suggest. Does The Cheerleader really date The Quarterback? Does it actually matter where you sit at lunch? Are cliques real? People who play sports are cool???*
Basically, yes, as the the best and most-enduring films of this genre show. However, these films are accurate up to that certain point where an entirely accurate depiction of an American high school would leave the audience snoring in minutes.
That is to say, high school in suburban America is:
Superbad, without the incompetent cops.
Clueless, without the awesome 90s wardrobe.
Dazed and Confused, with more hazing lawsuits.
Grease, with less singing and choreographed dancing.
10 Things I Hate About You, without the beautiful campus.
Napoleon Dynamite, with fewer majestic horses.
Friday Night Lights, but only in Texas.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, especially in California.
Mean Girls.
Advantage: US, because our dull high schools inspired these movies.
*Americans, apparently playing sports for your school team in the UK is not nearly as cool as it is here, it is actually considered pretty nerdy because it shows allegiance to your school. Then again, someone who listened to a lot of Joy Division in high school told me that.
(Photograph: Paramount)

english2english:

- Amanda Holpuch:

One of my favorite things British people ask me, an American, is about high school in the US and whether it is as the movies suggest. Does The Cheerleader really date The Quarterback? Does it actually matter where you sit at lunch? Are cliques real? People who play sports are cool???*

Basically, yes, as the the best and most-enduring films of this genre show. However, these films are accurate up to that certain point where an entirely accurate depiction of an American high school would leave the audience snoring in minutes.

That is to say, high school in suburban America is:

Superbad, without the incompetent cops.

Clueless, without the awesome 90s wardrobe.

Dazed and Confused, with more hazing lawsuits.

Grease, with less singing and choreographed dancing.

10 Things I Hate About You, without the beautiful campus.

Napoleon Dynamite, with fewer majestic horses.

Friday Night Lights, but only in Texas.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, especially in California.

Mean Girls.

Advantage: US, because our dull high schools inspired these movies.

*Americans, apparently playing sports for your school team in the UK is not nearly as cool as it is here, it is actually considered pretty nerdy because it shows allegiance to your school. Then again, someone who listened to a lot of Joy Division in high school told me that.

(Photograph: Paramount)

Source: english2english

Another uninteresting weekend

The weather is gorgeous and I have nowhere to go. What’s this? I hear you say. You live in New England with the ocean and all the history and stuff. Well that’s true, but what you might not realise is that the ocean bits aren’t as easy to find as you might think - there are permit-only parking problems, private beaches and only a very few places where you can mix a walk along the seafront with a browse among the shops and cafés. As for the history, that gets old after a while because there are so few places to visit.

Where I live is ok but there’s nothing within an half-hour’s drive and I don’t fancy doing any of it. It’s probably just me being grumpy. The botanical gardens are quite nice but they fail miserably on the refreshments. I don’t know why they can’t get their act together and provide afternoon teas or coffee and cakes. Something pleasant and genteel like that would be a nice thing after a stroll in the gardens.

Really what I miss the weekends away I used to enjoy when I was single. Twenty-one years married and I still miss them. A change of scenery, a new town to walk round, friends to share with.

I was spoilt living in England. Within one hour of leaving my house I could be walking in London, or by the sea in a pretty coastal town. Or I could visit historic Rochester Castle, Dover Castle, Churchill’s home at Chartwell, Ann Boleyn’s home at Hever, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle, Charles Dickens homes at Broadstairs and Gads Hill, Upnor Castle, all of Canterbury or Tunbridge Wells. Or I could choose to shop at one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls. Or I could go for afternoon tea in any one of a hundred pretty villages with quaint shops and churches.

Finally, if none of that sufficed, I might spend a weekend with a relative or friend and visit Bath or Cambridge or Essex or Dorset or Wales.

Is it any wonder that I’m sick of being in the house all the time? And driving no more than ten miles? And having no one to visit and nowhere to go?

Sometimes I hate living here. I feel trapped by my frustration. By the time I’m free to go where I want I’ll be too old to do it. Ugh.

Posted 8/24/13 @ 6:46 PM #

Not missing it.

ITunes finally has Broadchurch, so now I don’t have to miss it :)

Posted 8/8/13 @ 6:21 PM #