Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The English Language is Weird (Video)

After receiving a black eye following an altercation with a balloon (don't ask), I have opted to do a faceless video for you fine people this Tuesday. With that in mind, this seemed like a good time to look at some of the complexities that make the English Language weird. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

5 Things Americans Ask Me About Halloween (Video)

It's that time of year again when people dress up as vampires, ghosts, and presidential candidates. 

With that in mind, your favo(u)rite British host, Laurence Brown, recounts the 5 most common things Americans have asked him about Halloween.

So take your doors off the latch, have your sweets (candy) at the ready, and prepare to be well and truly trick-or-treated. Or just treated. 

Click play on the video below and remember to subscribe to us on YouTube.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Finding America: A Brit's Visit to Lake Michigan

In this episode of Lost in the Pond's Finding America series, Laurence Brown heads down to Chicago's Navy Pier to get a close-up look at the world's fifth-largest lake - Lake Michigan.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

10 British Things I Found in America (September 2016)

As  you may be aware, I recently made the decision to use the power of the internet to highlight all the places in America that stock what I have broadly termed "British stuff" (that is chocolate, tea, merchandise, and the Tenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver). Moving forward, I aim to provide a quick monthly video detailing the stand-out items from the month.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Finding America: A Brit's Life in Chicago (Video)

As  many of you know, I relocated from Indianapolis to Chicago at the back end of July. In this episode of Lost in the Pond's Finding America series, I bring you the story so far.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9 British Slang Words That Americans Are Slowly Starting to Use

For millions of Americans, one of the upsides to living in a technologically-connected, globally-conscious world is that there has been—in recent yearsa proliferation of books, films, and TV shows "imported" from overseas.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This U.S. State Has the Highest Percentage of English Ancestry

Given its mutual history with Britain, it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that America is home to a high ratio of people who claim English ancestry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Finding British Stuff in America - My Instagram Mission

I'll be honest with you; as much as I love living in America, there are still an inordinately high number of British items I miss from time to time. And from reading the works of others that have made the journey west from Blighty to the U.S., I know I'm not alone. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

British vs. American Driving Terminology (Video)

Are you a Brit visiting the United States? Perhaps you’re an American trekking the hillsides of Britain? Either way, there’s a good chance that, to get around, you’re going to want to drive a car. Unless you’re me and you’re medically incapable of driving a car. And by medically incapable, I mean... too lazy. But let’s say you weren’t afflicted with the disease of apathy, there are some important terminological differences you may want to pay attention to. So let’s strap in, put the child locks on, and, err ultimately moan that we can’t get out of the vehicle. Here are all the British and American word differences every driver needs to know. Click play on the video below and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Biggest Difference Between Britain and America (Video)

In  this episode, your favo(u)rite British host, Laurence Brown, outlines the biggest difference between Britain and America. Is it the language, is it the food, or is it something else entirely? There's only one way to find out.

Friday, September 09, 2016

The Science behind Making the Best Yorkshire Pudding in the World

There will always be a connection between Yorkshire pudding and my first years of journey as a cook and foodie. Pudding is a staple at every British table. You will find tons of pudding varieties but Yorkshire pudding is the cream of the crop. Making the best Yorkshire pudding is the ultimate achievement of food enthusiasts like me. So I decided to discover and master the science behind creating the best Yorkshire pudding.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

5 Wonderful British Slang Words That Mean Drunk

The British are very good at two things: 1) getting incredibly drunk and 2) coming up with words to describe the act of getting incredibly drunk. Whether you're in the north or the south, a trip down to your local pub will provide all the evidence you need that British slang is alive and well within the drinking person's vernacular. Below are 5 wonderful British slang words for drunk.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Finding America: A Brit's Visit to West Virginia

In his quest to visit all fifty U.S. states, your favourite British host, Laurence Brown, heads off into the mountains of West Virginia.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Brit Talk: What is Acceptable for Dunking into Tea? (Video)

In this weekend's Brit Talk, Laurence Brown asks, "what is acceptable for dunking into tea?" This question comes after the Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood dunked a Jaffa Cake into his, much to the ire of Mary Berry. Let us know, in the comments below, what you would dunk.

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Sometimes I Accidentally Break Out an Irish Accent (Video)

In this weekly video series, your favourite British host, Laurence Brown, does his best Irish accent. Or his best impression of Dougal from "Father Ted." Either way, this week's accent request comes from Elizabeth F. Press play to watch the video below and be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

5 U.S. Cities That Completely Outgrew Their English Namesakes

It's a well-known fact that hundreds of U.S. towns and cities were named after equivalents in England. What is perhaps less well known is that some of these are nowadays more populated than the very cities they were named after. Your favourite English host, Laurence Brown, brings you his top 5 U.S. Cities That Completely Outgrew Their English Namesakes. Play the video below, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sometimes I Accidentally Break Out a Scottish Accent

Your favo(u)rite British host, Laurence Brown, has this bizarre habit of occasionally breaking out a Scottish accent. Thankfully, the latest occurrence was caught on film, holding him accountable forever.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

10 Sports Terms They Don't Use in Britain

With Great Britain and the United States currently heading up the Olympics medal table, we thought it would be a great time to look at which of your American sports phrases are not widely used in Britain. Join your favo(u)rite British host, Laurence Brown, as he - with help from his wife - gives you a run-down of the top 10.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fear of Heights VS. Chicago's John Hancock Center

Watch your favourite British host, Laurence Brown, travel to the 95th floor of Chicago's second-tallest skyscraper (if you include the spires) despite his near-crippling fear of heights.

Monday, August 08, 2016

6 Things They Never Told Me About Living in Chicago

Your favo(u)rite British host, Laurence Brown, discusses some of the things no one told him about life in Chicago, after moving to the Windy City in July 2016...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Goodbye, Hoosierland: My Farewell Letter to Indiana

Dear Indiana,

I am writing to formally declare that, after almost eight years residing in your pseudo-rectangular borders, I am moving on.

Monday, July 11, 2016

7 Things Not To Say in England if You're American

We've all committed an embarrassing faux pas or two. If you're an American visiting England, you'll want to watch this video to find out how to avoid a faux pas of your own. Join your favo(u)rite English host Laurence Brown as he outlines 7 things not to say in England if you're American.

Monday, July 04, 2016

5 Things Americans Ask Me About July 4

It's that time of year again, folks, when we celebrate America's birthday. As a Brit living in America, July 4 has offered me no shortage of, shall we say, unique interactions with Americans. Here are 5 Things Americans Ask Me on July 4.

Friday, June 24, 2016

I Voted to Remain in the EU, But I Respect that You Did Not

Yesterday, I voted for the UK to remain in the European Union. I believed, as an immigrant of the world, that immigration was a good thing, that it strengthened nations and created diversity where diversity had been lacking. In fact, even in the aftermath of what was a quite sobering defeat to the Leave campaign last night, I'm still convinced of these things.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The EU Referendum Explained with Star Wars Characters

After months of debate, political speeches, and sensationalist news reports, the day has finally arrived. Millions of Brits will head to the polls today to vote in the EU Referendum to answer the question of whether the UK should remain in the European Union or leave it.