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

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 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.