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!