Monthly Archives: October 2016

“How Are You?”

Yesterday, while out shopping, I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen in a while. “Oh, hi!” she said, with an enthusiastic grin, “How are you?” I automatically answered: “Great! How are you?” And we launched into a quick catch-up chat. … Continue reading

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The U.S. Presidential Election.

A friend asked me a few days ago why I haven’t said anything yet about the U.S. presidential election. Frankly, I’ve been trying to avoid it, but here goes. The Trump Phenomenon Back in the summer, a visiting relative from … Continue reading

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Divided By a Common Language

  It was likely George Bernard Shaw who, sometime in the early 1940s, first coined that phrase about Britain and America being divided by a common language. (I actually thought it was Winston Churchill until I looked it up.) Whoever … Continue reading

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American Children: Be Seen, Be Heard, and Play a Sport

I seem to have raised two thoroughly American sons. One likes marmite and the other is a Dr. Who fan; they both have British passports; and they may be the only kids in the area who understand the word “loo.” … Continue reading

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Choices

One of the things most expats in the USA quickly notice is the ubiquity of choice: whether it’s types of breakfast cereal, what options to add to your new car, or the size of a restaurant menu, America is all … Continue reading

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Americans Love an English Accent

America is pretty much the only country on the planet where the sound of a British/English accent almost always gets an immediate positive reaction. I’ve lived here for more than three decades and strangers still pick up on the accent … Continue reading

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