Thursday, July 20, 2017

10 Americanisms I've Picked Up Since Moving to the US (Part 2)

Recently, one of my earliest videos—10 Americanisms I've Picked Up Since Moving to the US—passed 50,000 views! To celebrate, I've produced a sequel (or possibly a reboot) revealing 10 more. So why not take a break from your summer holiday (or is that vacation?) and discover however America is changing my vocabulary.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 11 - British TV, Egg Cups, and London

Welcome to Volume #11 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #12 next Sunday. This week, I cover my favourite places in London, British television, and egg cups.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A View from the Farce Side: Soccer—a Family Affair

Something odd is happening on the American sporting landscape. According to the most recent surveys shared out by the New York Times, Forbes and Bloomberg, participation in American football, baseball and basketball are steadily declining. Conversely, participation continues to rise dramatically in rugby, lacrosse and, most pleasingly from my point of view, soccer (aka actual football). The especially encouraging news is that the growing interest in soccer can been seen at all levels of the game.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 10 - British Holidays, Mosquitoes, and More

Welcome to Volume #10 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #11 next Sunday. This week, I cover my views on mosquitoes, British holidays, mosquitoes, whiskey and more...

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

5 Things I Didn't Know About July 4 Before Moving to America

Happy birthday, America! To celebrate, here are five things I honestly did not know about the July 4th holiday until I moved to the United States of America. Click the video below to find out more.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A View from the Farce Side: A Moving Story

I have a confession: We, the Turners, of relatively sound body and mind, are serial movers. In fact, my wife and I have just completed our sixth move in just 17 years. It’s an illness — pity us.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Journey Through St. Louis - My Visit to the Gateway City

On Memorial Day weekend, our adventure across America continued as we took a trip to St. Louis, Missouri. Join us on our journey through the Gateway City, as we explore the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, eat toasted ravioli, and marvel at the Gateway Arch.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 5 - Bad British Accents and More

Welcome to Volume #5 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions on air! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskaBrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #6 next Sunday. This week, I cover non-alcoholic drinks, bad British accents, and plans for our upcoming trips.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Let's Talk About American Stereotypes

While recording Volume. 3 of #AskABrit, it got me thinking about some of the common American stereotypes and whether or not they're true. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol 3 - American Stereotypes and More

Welcome to Volume 3 of Ask A Brit, a new weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions on air! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume 4 this coming Sunday, May 21. This week, I cover American stereotypes, misconceptions, and whether or not I've been to a tank museum.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A View From The Farce Side: Moving Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…Oh My!

Apparently, there are people who don’t get excited when their home-town NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL franchise take to the field, court, diamond, or ice…unbelievable, right? How can you not get excited about tapping in to the fellowship of fans supporting your local team? Well, America has made that quite easy, actually.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A Brit's Thoughts on American Sports

I have a mixed record when it comes to learning the rules of American sports. On the one hand, Basketball is relatively straightforward; whereas American Football (or just football) seems to go to great pains to be as convoluted as humanly possible. Here is my take on the big three sports of the United States of America.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Advice for Marrying a British Person

Let me preface this article by making one thing absolutely clear: I am not an internet dating guru. I cannot boast an hono(u)rs degree from the University of Tinder. My experience of the dating scene consists of four awkward incidents, in which absinthe was quaffed and thumbs were twiddled. Simply put, I am a mediocre resource. However...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 U.S. National Parks I Really Want to Visit | Finding America

Recently, I've been getting hundreds of suggestions of places I should absolutely visit on my travels across America. Thanks for those! Looking down the list, it occurred to me that an overwhelming majority of your suggestions included National Parks. I really shouldn't be surprised; as a non-American growing up in England, the country's National Parks have always been a source of wonder to yours truly.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Brit's Memory of Ohio | Remembering America

In this latest episode of Remembering America, I take a look back at some of my visits to the state of Ohio. Since all of my experiences of the Buckeye State comprise only the western portion, where do YOU think a Brit like me should visit next time I'm in the state?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The A-Z of British Slang (Song)

Something a little different in this video. It seems there's hardly a day goes by when my American friends, family, and neighbo(u)rs don't ask me the meaning of a British slang word or two. So here's a song I wrote that will guide you through the entire alphabet (almost). I hope you enjoy it! If you fancy singing along (recommended), the lyrics are listed beneath the video:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Where are the Americans?

I just returned to the Midwest after a month of traveling through Australia and Hawaii. Think koalas, kangaroos, wombats, mountains, beaches and sunshine and you’ve basically summed up my entire journey. However, the most peculiar thing occurred to me when I returned home – I only met one other American traveler during the entire 30 days I was gone.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Brit and Australian Discuss Their Lives in America

Recently, Laurence got the chance to sit down with Australian YouTuber, the Chicago Aussie, to talk about their respective lives as members of the old British Commonwealth living in the United States.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chicago is Beautiful | Finding Chicago

Perhaps the video and its title aren't clear enough, so here's an accompanying description: Chicago is one beautiful city!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A View From The Farce Side: We Are Not Amused! (Or Are We?)

Quite possibly the funniest man who ever lived, John Cleese, famously said that an Englishman would rather be told he’s a bad lover than that he’s not funny. Some of my fellow countrymen might share my indignity of, at some point in time, having it suggested that we’re equally inept in both disciplines. But setting sex aside for a moment – which is a phrase I never thought I’d write! – lets focus on the topic of humour (that is too the correct spelling!).

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A Brit and Aussie's Visit to Millennium Park | Finding Chicago

Recently, Jack from Chicago Aussie and Laurence had what he has affectionately called 'bro time' at Millennium Park. It apparently made for a decent "arvo", as they say. We hope you enjoy it; if you'd like to see Lost in the Pond do some more collaborations with fellow expats or even Chicago locals be sure to comment on the video and let us know. In the meantime, happy (virtual) travels!

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Brit's Memory of Florida | Remembering America

Join me as I offer a retrospective look-back on my time in the different states and cities I've already been to. In this episode, I will recount the rather dramatic tale of my first visit to the United States, when my family took a holiday to Florida.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Visiting All 50 States: I'm Gonna Need Some Dosh

As many of you know, I recently set myself the ridiculously optimistic goal of visiting and documenting all fifty states by the end of the decade. I have almost everything I need for the journey: trains, a camera, this book, my wife, blind ambition. The only thing I don’t have... is money. Perhaps you can help.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Brit's Memory of New York | Remembering America

This begins a video series in which I, Laurence Brown, offer a retrospective look-back on my time in the different states and cities I've already been to. In this episode, join me as I remember the Big Apple herself, New York, New York.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade - Video Montage

This past weekend, my wife and I attended our first St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago. We had what my American counterparts would call "a blast" but, because I've been snowed under with work (literally at times), a full-on video narrated by my irresistibly dreamy voice was just slightly beyond me. So instead, I took some photos, composed some music, and made an impromptu music video. I hope you enjoy it! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 10, 2017

My 50-State Challenge

It's quickly becoming the worst-kept secret on YouTube: Laurence Brown really wants to visit all 50 of these United States. And so, in the interest of laying all my cards on the table, this is the video - among many more to come - that will hold me accountable. Will you join me on this long, arduous, and utterly naive journey?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

6 Reasons I Actually Love Living in the USA

Now that I've lived in the USA for more than eight years, it probably shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone that I actually rather enjoy living here. Sure, we live against an uncertain political backdrop and Twizzlers are still a thing; but I'm not here to focus on the negatives. And that's because America still has a boat-load still to offer. Sometimes, I think we all need a quick reminder of that. Here are 6 Reasons I Actually Love Living in the USA.

Monday, March 06, 2017

A View From The Farce Side: Planes, Trains, or Automobiles

Flying, frequent flying, like taking a flight every few weeks as I tend to do for work, is a strange phenomenon for most English people. England is small—fitting into America’s largest state, Alaska, more than 10 times—so flying from one end of the country to the other isn’t commonplace. In America we do it all the time, particularly out west.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Britain Versus America: Knowing Your Hair Terms

It’s not every evening I get to perform Google searches for “women’s hair accessories”—usually just Saturday evenings when the wife is out. But this past weekend, I had genuine, research-based motivation for doing so: it occurred to me that there is an oddly high number of hair terminological differences between Britain and America.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

British Expat: 5 Things I Absolutely Miss About Britain

Don't get me wrong: living in America has been an indescribably fruitful experience. From the dazzling mountains of Colorado to the cityscape of Chicago, the United States is a profoundly beautiful place and I feel lucky for every single day of my residence here. Well, almost every day; I once had gastroenteritis. That wasn't pleasant.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Finding America: A Brit's Visit to Wisconsin

In the latest installment of Lost in the Pond's "Finding America" series, the wife and I take a visit to America's Dairyland, known more commonly as Wisconsin. Watch the video below, as we navigate our way around Milwaukee, stopping off at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and getting a taste of some good old Wisconsin cheese.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Finding America: A Brit's Visit to Indiana

In this episode of Lost in the Pond's "Finding America" series, I visit the state of Indiana. In fact, having once resided in the Hoosier State for eight years before moving to Chicago in 2016, I perhaps saw this as more of a homecoming. Would it feel unusual, being back? Would I see Indiana in a new light? Watch to find out.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

50 British Facts About Me

Americans often ask me things like, "where are you from?", "who's your favorite Royal?", and "do all Brits have teeth like yours?" Finally, you now have all the answers in one place. Some of them. Watch the video below to find out 50 British Facts About Me.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

A Brit's Advice for Surviving Chicago Winters

I'm convinced that Chicago winters were not entirely designed with human beings in mind. That said, having so far endured my first winter in the Windy City, I've come to find that there are ways of coping with, and even embracing, the chilly city around you. Watch the video below for more information.

A View from the Farce Side: Centennial State of Mind

I believe I have officially become a Coloradan. After living in Colorado for almost 15 years, I checked what, to me, is that important “Citizen of the Centennial State” box — I purchased a Subaru. As I left the Subaru dealership — the largest in North America, naturally — it felt like I was doing more than just buying a car. This was a rite of passage. The experience got me thinking, what else might define someone as being a proud inhabitant of the 38th state?

Monday, February 06, 2017

British vs. American Idioms - Part 3

As you’ll doubtless have gleaned from the above title, we’ve done a couple of posts in the recent past on differences between British and American idioms – you can find part one here, and last year’s follow-up here.

Friday, February 03, 2017

British Expat: The Book That Turned Me On To America

For as long as I can remember, the American landscape has deeply fascinated me. And it all started with a book I borrowed from my school library - a book I have not returned in 23 years. This book, in tandem with American films of the 1980s, is precisely what opened my eyes to the splendo(u)r of this Brave New World.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

19 American States I've Visited (Video)

All this talk of "finding America" has got me thinking about all the states I've visited over the years. I'm ashamed to say I've not even reached half of them. But the ones I have visited have only enhanced my early beliefs about America: that it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. And one of the strangest.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finding Chicago: A Brit's Visit To Lincoln Park

In this episode of Finding Chicago, I take a trip to Chicago's Lincoln Park to get away from the fumes of the inner city. And taxi drivers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Finding Chicago: A Brit's Visit To The Bean

In this episode of Finding Chicago, the wife and I take a trip to Chicago's Cloud Gate - otherwise known as the Bean - in Millennium Park.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

That Moment Chicago Started to Feel Like Home

I've lived in the United States for more than eight years. During that time—the majority of which was spent in the decidedly Midwestern state of IndianaI was never entirely convinced that America was where I belonged in the long-term. Understandable, you might think, given that my true home had always been an overcast island just north of France.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Unboxing Essential British Food Items

Over the holidays, my good friend Tom and his other half, Joanna, very kindly sent me a package containing lots of essential British food items (plus a handy helping of non-British goods). Unfortunately, I was out of town for 11 days and only just now discovered the package waiting in my mailbox (not a euphemism). 

So I figured now would be the perfect time to do my first unboxing video (I always assumed those videos were something my cousin Edwin did). My thanks to Tom and Jo from across the Pond: may we see each other again soon.