Saturday, December 31, 2016

Laurence Brown Like You've Never Seen Him Before

Everybody, meet Donnie.  Donnie is what happens when your wife's aunt and uncle give you this cap and glasses as a gag gift for Christmas. And, in a week that has involved a lot of decadent food and pseudo-excessive drinking, it was only inevitable that I would make this video. I hope you enjoy it! I assure you it's done with the greatest affection. Happy New Year!

Sometimes, it's better hearing me in a British accent. Click the red button below.

Laurence Brown is a British man writing his way through the truly bizarre world of America - a place he sometimes accidentally calls home and a place he still hasn't quite figured out after seven years. Thankfully, his journey is made 12% easier by the fact that his accent makes him sound much smarter than he is. For evidence of this, subscribe to his popular Lost in the Pond web series over on YouTube.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

View from the Farce Side: A Postcard from London

Recently, Lost in the Pond guest blogger and British expat, Mark Turner, returned home for Christmas. The following is a journal from his visit to London.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

WATCH: 5 Things Americans Ask Me on Christmas Day

It's almost Christmas Day. So what better time to give you all a rundown of the five things Americans ask me on the 25 December? I grant you, Christmas Day would probably be a better time, but I venture you'll all be busy unwrapping Ghostbusters Fire Stations at that point. Or whatever the kids get these days.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WATCH: 6 Great English Places Outside of London

It's been many years since I last walked the green pastures of England. That doesn't, of course, stop me from reminiscing about some of my favourite places that my home nation has to offer. Naturally - having lived there - London is one such place. But England is replete with gems outside of the capital too. Here are my six favourite English places outside of London.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

WATCH: Growing Up in Grimsby, England

Americans like to ask me about the place in England in which I grew up: Grimsby. Long before I moved to the United States, Grimsby was where I spent the first 21 years of my life.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

5 British Christmas Phrases Not Used in America

It's that time of year again, folks: the decorations are up, the tree is down (I have cats), and Michael Bublé has emerged from his chrysalis. And so, what better time to give you a run down of all the British Christmas phrases not in wide use in America?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Brit Theatre in Chicago: Review of King Charles III

This past weekend, the wife and I opted for something different; we headed down to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater to catch the Tony Award-nominated and Olivier Award-winning new play, King Charles III - a future history play centered around the ascendancy of Prince Charles.

Friday, December 02, 2016

How Moving to America Changed Me - Video

Over the years, I've put an inordinate amount of effort into maintaining some of the chief qualities - if that's the right word - that make me British. My accent has more or less remained the same, I still use words like "rubbish", and I still don't wash my hair (maybe sometimes).

Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Visit to Chicago's Famous German Christmas Market (Video)

As  we enter the winter season, I headed this week down to Chicago's famous Christkindlmarkt - literally "Christmas Market" - to see how the Germans do it.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

5 Things Americans Ask Me On Thanksgiving (Video)

To my American viewers, Happy Thanksgiving; to everyone else, Happy fourth Thursday in November. Here are 5 things Americans ask me - a Brit living in America - about Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

View From The Farce Side: What’s in a Name?

I met a woman recently and introduced myself to her. “Hi, I’m Mark,” I said. “Hi, I’m Daryl,” she replied with a smile.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

5 American Shows That Do Not Accurately Depict What It Is to Be British

If  there’s one thing U.S. TV show producers seem to love, it’s a British cameo to throw some drama into the mix. However, more often than not, it’s arguable whether any of the production team has ever even met a British person based on the role they have created.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

5 British Insults That Americans Should Use (Video)

Okay, America. Words like "douchebag" are all well and good, but if you ever find yourself low on insults, feel free to borrow some of these. Here are five of the best British insults that Americans should start using today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5 American Cities I Really Want to Visit (Video)

It's been a strange few days in America. Hopefully this video can represent some welcome relief for those who need it. And also as an otherwise entertaining travel wishlist for those who don't. As I said last week, America is a beautiful country, and these are just five of the cities I really want to see.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

America is Beautiful (Video)

At times like this, I think we could all do with the following reminder: amid all of the ugliness that has unfolded over the last eighteen months, America is not ugly at all, but a visually stunning work of art. Sometimes, we forget this; sometimes, it's hard to see the woods for the trees. But then, wasn't it Bob Ross who saw happy trees?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

UK Expat Grills a UK Resident: Two Brits in a Park (Video)

For this episode, I sat down with my British friend, Tessa, who was visiting from Glasgow. I was determined to find out which aspects of daily British life, if any, had faded from existence since my move away from the UK 8 years ago.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

A Brit in Wrigleyville: Cubs Win the World Series

In  what has to be one of the most surreal moments of my life, last night I joined hundreds of Chicagoans on the streets of Wrigleyville as the Chicago Cubs - a team famous for its continued failures - landed the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Despite Everything, I Still See Beauty in America

When historians look back on 2016 in America, the most prevalent word gracing their reports will be "bonkers".

Monday, October 31, 2016

Brit Tries American Halloween Candy - Part 2

On Tuesday, I gave you the trick, now for the treat. That's right, here's part 2. Watch your favourite British host, Laurence Brown, try out more American Halloween Candy. This video suggestion comes from Lauren Wransky. Don't forget to check out Part 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Brit Tries American Halloween Candy - Part 1

As  Halloween approaches faster than Jason Voorhees at a teen camping trip, your favourite British host, Laurence Brown, tries out some typical American Halloween candy for the first time. This video suggestion comes from Lauren Wransky.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

British vs. American Idioms - Part 2

Back in 2013, Lost in the Pond ran a piece listing 12 idioms commonly heard in British English that had some very different American English equivalents, and vice versa.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Advice for Homesick Brits In America (Video)

Are you a Brit living in the United States? Do you miss British chocolate, tea, and biscuits? Are you... homesick? If so, here's some free, unsolicited advice from someone who knows your struggle.

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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. 

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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

My Visit to West Virginia | Finding America

In my quest to visit all fifty U.S. states by 2020, I headed off into the mountains of West Virginia in September, 2016. It was here that we filmed the very first episode of Finding America, a series that has since taken us to a host of other places. Click the video below to see where it all began.

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 British Comedies that Should Have Made it Big in America (Video)

Right now, the world could do with a bit of laughter and there’s nowhere more giving in this department than Britain. Except maybe North Korea, but that’s because communism is - in theory - hilarious. Anyway, there is one country that appreciates British comedy almost as much as Britain does: America. From Monty Python to the British Office to Prime Minister’s Questions, the good old U.S. of A learns 148% of what it knows about Britain from its televisual humo(u)r (needs citation).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

British and American Word Differences You Might Not Know (Part 4)

In what is the fourth part in an ongoing series, here are 5 more British and American word differences you might not know. To start at the beginning of the series, click here.