Sunday, December 20, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Missouri | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

17 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | T

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 17 such words beginning with the letter 'T'.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

5 Things You Probably Get Wrong About the British

Americans love to stereotype me. One hint of my British accent and immediately they are moved to ask what the deal is with tea and crumpets.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Mississippi | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Minnesota | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom.

Friday, November 20, 2015

39 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | S

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 39 such words beginning with the letter 'S'.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Americans Welcomed Me with Open Arms. Why Can't They do This for Syrian Refugees?

Allow me to introduce myself. I am an immigrant. I moved to the United States in 2008. As sweeping life changes tend to be, it was an incredibly daunting move; not only did I leave behind many of my home nation’s customs but also assimilated, for want of a better word, into the American way of life. In many ways, moving to the U.S. was like learning to walk all over again—with inevitable obstacles presenting themselves along the way.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Michigan | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

17 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | R

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 17 such words beginning with the letter 'R'.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WATCH: My Cats Meeting BB-8 for the First Time


This week, I am taking a slight break from the usual U.K./U.S. comparison videos to introduce you to a new member of my family - BB-8, the new droid who is set to feature in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Monday, November 09, 2015

LISTEN: Discussion on Funny British and American Place Names

WARNING: contains place names that sound like swear words. 

On this week's episode of Halfway Planet, Tarah and Laurence discuss some of the more amusing place names in both the United States and Great Britain.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Massachusetts | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom.

Friday, November 06, 2015

18 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | P

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 18 such words beginning with the letter 'P'.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Stuff Brits Like: A Conversation with BBC's Fraser McAlpine

This week on Halfway Planet, we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with BBC writer and broadcaster Fraser McAlpine to discuss his new book Stuff Brits Likea brilliantly comprehensive book that covers virtually all facets of British life, including sarcasm, needless apologies, and the British propensity for putting Union Jacks on things! Press play below to get Fraser's insight into Doctor Who, the NHS, Bonfire Night, and a wealth of other British subjects.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

View From The Farce Side: There’s no Excuse for Pumpkin Pie!

It’s that time of year when odd traditions take centre stage, culinary concessions are made, and people seem to lose all sense of perspective and taste. There are three foods here in America that appear to be gastronomic royalty, especially during the holidays – but for the life of me I can’t work out why.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

British Writer and BBC Broadcaster Fraser McAlpine to Speak in Indianapolis

British native, lead writer for BBC America’s Anglophenia website, and BBC broadcaster Fraser McAlpine will visit the Indianapolis area in early November to celebrate the publication of his book Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What’s Great About Great Britain.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I'm a Brit in America and I Have a Confession

Hello. My name is Laurence. I’m a British expatriate residing in the United States and I have a confession to make. It’s a big one - huge, actually.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Maryland | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | O

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Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 6 such words beginning with the letter 'O'.

 1. Obligated
Archaic in the UK. UK equivalent: obliged.

2. Off-the-rack
Clothes bought straight from a store. UK equivalent: off-the-peg.

3. Oftentimes
Archaic in Britain but colloquial in America, especially clause-initially. UK (and US) equivalent: often.

4. Ornery
Irritable, crotchety, cranky, troublemaking (from ordinary); very mild and may situationally be used affectionately.

5. Ouster
Ousting, overthrow ("the ouster of a regime"; "the ouster of the CEO").


6. Overpass *
UK (and US) equivalent: flyover.




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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Music Inspired by British Expat's London Underground Memories


As someone who relocated from London to Indiana, I cannot state quite enough just how much I miss efficient, frequent public transit. Until I moved to the American Midwest, I had taken trains and buses completely for granted, assuming—at the back of my mind—that transportation services such as these were a prominent element of all nations and all cities.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Maine | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

8 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | N

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 8 such words beginning with the letter 'N'.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What if They Made an American Version of Doctor Who?

On this week's episode of Halfway Planet, Laurence and Tarah explore a quite controversial topic: what if Doctor Who was remade for American television? What would that look like? Who would be the stars? And could it ever work? Listen below.

Monday, October 12, 2015

WATCH: British Guy Impersonates 7 Famous Americans

Here's a bit of fun for you. This week, I attempt to impersonate 7 famous Americans. Many of these are a work in progress, but if they're well received, I might start doing a few more of these in the future. Let me know which ones worked and which ones didn't - I have a thick skin, so feel free to use expletives if any of them are really bad.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Louisiana | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Kentucky | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Kansas | Just the Stats


At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LISTEN: Music Inspired by British Expat's Autumn Memories

When I was 8 years old, I thought leaves were magic—not just in the sense that they were pretty or interesting; I thought leaves were actually magic. I thought they were of another world, leaving imprints on this world, after floating with such grace to the ground below.

Friday, September 18, 2015

WATCH: Brit: 5 Surprising Things Americans Have Said to Me


Aside from the usual barbs about who won the War of 1812 and the fact that we Brits drive on the "wrong side of the road", occasionally—only occasionally—an American will say something that catches me completely off guard. Whether this thing is good, bad, or simply bizarre depends entirely on the situation. Here are 5 such examples. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Not Travel



Hello. Are you planning a summer visit to Europe? Maybe you’re thinking of spending Christmas in the Andes, or mounting the K2 with nothing but a pick axe. If so, it’s time to hit you with some hard truths. Traveling is bad for you. 

I mean, sure, from the outside, traveling probably looks like a lot of fun, right—blue skies, sandy beaches,> puffins! But that doesn’t paint the whole picture. So I’m going to. 

Below are 5 reasons why you should say “no” to travel.

Friday, September 11, 2015

I Was Living in England on 9/11. Here's What I Remember.

It's often said that the tragic events of September 11, 2001, occurred against the backdrop of a crisp, clear blue sky on a perfect September morning. This was almost certainly the case for millions of Americans who were beginning what must have seemed like just another day.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

50 Fun Facts That Put Elizabeth II's Reign Into An American Context

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will today become the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the previous record held by Queen Victoria, who sat on the throne for 63 years and 216 days.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

British Expat: How My Wife's Cardiac Arrest Made Us Re-think Life, the Universe, and Everything

All of us can point to pivotal moments in our lives that either propelled us on an entirely new course or, at the very least, prompted a renewed sense of perspective. For some, it was when they fell in love for the first time; for others, it was when their dad introduced them to the Beatles, or when a friend accidentally left a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy lying around. 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

WATCH: British Slang in a Southern U.S. Accent

What do you get if you cross Catherine Tate with Forrest Gump? Probably this video. Or a scene from the Twilight Zone. Either way, watch my attempt at a general Southern U.S. accent while uttering British slang. It's weird. It even messed with my own head. But, by golly, it was worth it. Enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

London to Indiana: A Most Unlikely Relocation

Since 2008, I have resided—in tandem with my American wife—in the Midwestern state of Indiana. This fact alone might not seem all that unusual. The bizarre part, however, is the fact that I’d given up the bustling city of London (population: 8 million) for Indiana’s largely rural terrain and the city of Anderson (population: 56,000) at the very point when I’d been perfectly content living in a major city.

Monday, August 24, 2015

'I Won't Become Americanized': 5 Lies British Expats Tell Themselves

Mark Twain once wrote—and it's a view I share—that travel is fatal to narrow-mindedness. Upon leaving our own nation for another we should not only prepare to respect that nation's culture but, to a large extent, immerse ourselves in it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Watch My Cat Fail A U.S. Citizenship Test

My cat is a lot of things—cute, playful, needy. What he isn't is a U.S. history buff. When I quizzed him on universally-known trivia such as, "what is the capital city of the United States," he just looked at me as if I were speaking a foreign language.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

British Expat Gives His Verdict on the State Fair

In this special video, I share some of my thoughts on one of America's enduring events: the state fair.  Fairs, of course, are not an unknown entity in the United Kingdom, but since I've not been to one in my homeland since I was about 8, I'll just have to imagine how many key differences exist between UK and U.S. incarnations.

Monday, August 10, 2015

LISTEN: Music Inspired By British Expat's London Memories

Before setting sail (aboard Air Canada) to the United States in 2008, I had spent the better part of a year plying my trade in the heart of London. It was a city I could easily have settled into on a permanent basis had it not been for recession-era work complications. Getting laid off at the height of the economic downturn was the tipping point—not least because it ensured that my wife and I would not be able to pay for her visa application.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Iowa | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

British Expat: American Phrases That Drive Me Nuts

I recognize the fact that this video might draw some ire. It might even cause a slight ruckus in the comment section among my American followers. However, before you start burning effigies of me in the street, know that—in general—I am the biggest defender of American English. Its history, continued evolution, and application in daily life is of considerable interest to me.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Indiana | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What A British Expat Loves Most About America

British expats often like to lament aspects of American life that "aren't as good as in Britain." Sometimes, it can seem as if our entire life in the United States is one miserable event after another. However, as I discuss in this week's video, there are a good number of elements within American life that truly bring me joy. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

British Words That Baffle Americans


This week's topic was suggested by YouTube user Mark Lockwood and it's a subject that has proven rather popular on this blog over the years: British words that baffle Americans.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

WATCH: What An English Expat Misses Most About England

I've written at length before about this subject, but here—for the first time—you'll get to see me whine talk about the things I miss most about England.

Monday, July 06, 2015

PICTURE: Pale Brit Summer Collection

Saturday, July 04, 2015

PICTURE: Celebrating America's Independence Day British Style