Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This British Expat Gives His Verdict on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill

Regular readers of this blog will know that politics is something I typically steer clear of on these pages. However, and it is perhaps because the recent political controversy in Indiana represents such a significant culture shock to me, I felt the need to speak up this time round. I’m talking, of course, about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law last week by Indiana governor Mike Pence.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Florida | 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, March 18, 2015

More UK Expats Would Like to Move to the USA Than Any Other Country, Say Reallymoving.com

The United States is now the most desirable to move to from the UK, while almost half of UK residents admit they would not miss the over-crowding and traffic in the nation’s towns and cities in the event they moved abroad.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Delaware | 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.

Monday, March 09, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Connecticut | 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, March 04, 2015

View from the Farce Side: 9 Things This British Expat Loves (And Hates) About America

As an expat with 15 years (and counting) experience of living in America, as I continue to explore the differences between our two nations, I try to cover what is a diverse gamut. Through that process it has become obvious to me that as much as I love the home of my birth, England, there are some things about living in America that are just, well, better. And then there are some things that are just…I’m not certain I can categorize them as ‘worse’, as such, but they are somewhere between ‘quite annoying’ and ‘playfully antagonizing’. But I am smart enough (just about) to recognize that the discomfort these things cause me is really more about me. I didn’t grow up with them, they don’t jive with me culturally, but more than that they just don’t seem to make any sense to me. Even with repeated exposure, they never appear more logical. They’re like an itch that refuses to be scratched. 

A Journey through Britain’s Quirky Events

Britain has more than its share of quirky competitions and celebrations. Some date back hundreds of years, while others are much more recent incarnations, but in every instance you tend to find some stamp of character that is uniquely British. Here is a quick journey around some of the more curious occasions taking place in the UK this year.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Colorado | 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.

That is precisely why I have undertaken this weekly project: tabulating the statistical differences (and sometimes similarities) between each of the fifty states and the United Kingdom. This week, we're going to assess how the state of Colorado—itself just bigger than England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland combined—shapes up against the UK in each of the data areas listed below.
 
Please keep in mind that the contents of the following table do not serve any social or political agenda. Moreover, this table—as well as those of the other 49 states—is subject to revision, correction, and/or updates as and when such alterations are needed.


COLORADO
UK
POPULATION
5,355,866
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
52
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
104,094
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1876
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Mountain Time
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY
Denver
London
HIGHEST POINT
14,440 ft (Mount Elbert)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
118 °F
(48 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−61 °F
(−52 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.61
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
82.17
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
3.1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
714ft
(Republic Plaza)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
445
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$9.30
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
340
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
21.0%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
17
16
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
17
17
(or 16 for some people claiming mobility benefit).

This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.