Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 27 - Thanksgiving, Marmite Challenge, and More

This is Volume #27 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 #28 next Sunday. This week, I cover Thanksgiving, Marmite challenge, and much more.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

5 Things I Didn't Know About American Halloween

Before I moved to America, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the country, having grown up on American films. But it turns out that real life is not always like the movies! Which might explain the multitude of things I didn't know about American-style Halloween. Here are five such things.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 25 - American Accents, JFK Files, and Much More

This is Volume #25 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section below using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #26 next Sunday. This week, I cover American Accents, JFK Files, and much more.

A View From the Farce Side: The Joy of Playing

The myriad and quality of children’s TV shows in England, ensured that growing up we spent a great many more hours in front of the tube than was undoubtedly good for us. So why didn’t we all become pasty-faced, weak-limbed, feeble-minded blobs with bad teeth? OK, I am pasty, and my teeth are a little suspect. The answer, however, is because park football—or as our American cousins would term it, soccer—saved us!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol.23 - Scottish People, English Ancestry, and More

This is Volume #23 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 #24 next Sunday. This week, I cover Scottish People, English Ancestry, and more.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

5 Admittedly Silly Benefits of Being a Brit In America

I love living in America. As a country, it has captivated me since childhood, with its dazzling terrain, friendly people, and prolific history. And there are some admittedly silly perks that come with being British in the United States. Here is a list of five of them, each pulled from nine years of experience living Britishly in America. 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol.22 - British History, American Weather, and UK Friendships

This is Volume #22 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section below using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #23 next Sunday. This week, I cover British History, American Weather, and UK Friendships.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

3 English Places I Once Called Home

I love my life in the United States. Indeed, I look forward to exploring it in great detail in the years ahead. But that doesn't stop an Englishman from occasionally looking eastward to the Motherland and reminiscing on the times when England was his life. Increasingly, it becomes harder to remember every small detail of my former English life, but it never fully leaves you. Especially those all-night pub crawls.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why Brits Sing With An American Accent

A common question I receive from viewers of my YouTube channel is, "why do Brits sing with an American accent?" Ed Sheeran does it. Adele does it. Even Elton John does it! After looking into the matter, I discovered that there's quite a lot more at work here than simple mimicry.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 20 - British Schools, English Gardens, and More

Welcome to Volume #20 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 #21 next Sunday. This week, I cover British schools, English gardens, and more.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force | Finding America

On a recent tour of south-west Ohio, I was fortunate enough to visit one of the crown jewels in the state's must-see attractions: the National Museum of the United States Air Force. With over 350 aircraft and missiles on display, it is one of the world's largest museums of its kind in the world, and well worth the visit.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 18 - British Ice Cream, Outdoors Adventures, and American Obesity

Welcome to Volume #18 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 #19 next Sunday. This week, I cover British ice cream, the great outdoors, American obesity, and more.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Ask A Brit | Vol. 17 - Intimidating British Accents, Music, and More

Welcome to Volume #17 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 #18 next Sunday. This week, I cover intimidating British accents, music, and more.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

View from the Farce Side: Make it a Happy Meal for Everyone!

As a child in England, the occasional trip to a fast-food joint was quite the treat. The gaudy logos, the illuminated menu board, the unique smells and tastes, the excitement! It seems strange now, looking back on that experience, to consider that the only way it could be achieved was by walking in to the restaurant. Yes, you read that right: walking.

Monday, August 14, 2017

British Food Section At Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati | Finding America

Recently we took a short trip to Cincinnati to check out the British food section at Jungle Jim's International Store. For my money, this is the best offline place in the Midwest to get all your British favourites. Click play on the video below and enjoy!

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?