Tuesday, December 03, 2019

5 American States with the Most English Ancestry

America is made up of a wide variety of ancestral groups. For the sake of time, I'll not list them all here. Rather, I’m going to home in on one ancestral group in particular: my own. You see, as of the 2000 U.S. census, a whopping 24 million Americans self-reported having English ancestry; that is, having descendants who originated wholly or partly in England. The question is, which states have the most. In my first video of the Vlogmas season, I took a look at 5 American States with the Most English Ancestry.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Why Don't Americans Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night?

I recall fondly the British Guy Fawkes Nights of my youth. However, little did I know it at the time, but the 2008 iteration of Guy Fawkes Night would be my last for a very long time. You see, five days later, I moved to the United States of America, where it quickly became clear that no such celebration existed. The question I have to day is "why don't Americans celebrate Guy Fawkes?" Watch the video to find out why this isn't such a daft question after all.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

5 American States With Way More Rain Than Britain

Being from Britain, I happen to know a thing or two about rainfall, given as we are to moaning at the first sight of drizzle. Indeed, Britain is world renowned for its overcast skies and saturated cobble streets, with the situation so critical, the nation boasts more than one word for umbrella.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

8 U.S. Cities That Took English-Naming to a New Level

Hello, I’m Laurence and I’m on a quest to uncover all of the memos that Britain and America lost in the pond and one of those memos pertains to place names. All across America, there are places bearing the mark of countless other cultures, including Native American, French, German, and Spanish.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

WATCH: British Versus American Clothing Terminology

With the autumn upon us, what better time to take a look at the clothing terminology of Britain and America? Here are seven word differences on that very theme.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

British Versus American Drinking Terminology

Hello. I’m Laurence and I’m on a quest to uncover all of the memos that Britain and America lost in the pond and one of those memos involves drinking. Now I’m not talking about the empty bottles of 17th century mead that passengers of the Mayflower inevitably chucked into the Pond. I’m talking about the language of drinking, the words both countries utilize to express, albeit with slurred speech, the drinks we quaff and the effects they have. 

With that in mind, here's a video looking at the differences between British and American drinking terminology.

Monday, August 26, 2019

5 British-American Word Differences I Learned Living in the US

It turns out there are literally hundreds of obscure word differences between Britain and the United States. And in some cases, you just might have to spend a little time immersed in the other's culture, as I have, to discover them. Here are 5 British-American word differences I didn't know until I moved to the United States.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Why Does America Do Free Refills?

When I moved to America from Britain all those years ago, there were many culture shocks; but one that probably affected my weight more than any other was the notion of free refills. As someone with absolutely no will power, I found myself quickly piling on the pounds. So I wanted to know more. When did the practice start? And who was responsible?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

My Return to the City of York (WATCH)

In this latest installment of the Finding Britain series, Laurence and Tarah visit the historic English city of York. Prepare for narrow streets, windy towers, and undignified hugging.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Establishing Credit After Moving to the U.S

In this special episode, we cover a subject close to our hearts, or at least our wallets: our personal misadventures moving from the UK to the US, dealing with that mysterious thing called credit, and finally establishing a credit score.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Comparing American and British Money

Because we stayed well within our travel budget while in England, we arrived back on American soil with a wad of English money (well, 40 quid). So instead of spending it all at once, we figured we'd turn the camera on and give you fine people a rundown of some of the more notable differences between American and British money. Watch the video below to find out more.

Monday, June 17, 2019

WATCH: A Great Day in London

In this episode of Finding Britain, Tarah and Laurence saunter around England's capital and meet up with London expert (and Laurence's eldest brother), Matt Brown.

Monday, June 10, 2019

WATCH: My Return to Grimsby

After 11 years living in America, I recently made my long-awaited return to Grimsby—the town I call home. In the few days I was there, I reunited with my family, reminisced over the past, and caught every little detail on film. Even the wood pigeons. Watch the video below to relive my emotional journey.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Touring Oxford University's Christ Church College

During our recent monumental trip to England, Tarah and I spent a day in the historic city of Oxford - a place I was visiting for the first time. Though short on time, we did make room to visit one of the University's most famous colleges: Christ Church. Watch the video below to come with us on this journey around the building that inspired the the grand hall in Harry Potter.

Monday, April 29, 2019

An American Perspective on Living in England

I've talked a lot about our upcoming trip to England, but often lost in the shuffle is the fact that Tarah herself once lived there. As a Lancaster University student in 2005, she essentially did (in reverse) what I have done in the U.S. And so, there's no better time to get her perspective (as an American) on life in England.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Comparing British and American Easter Candy

Happy Easter! To celebrate, Tarah and Laurence decided to compare British and American Easter candy. Here are the results. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Why Doesn't America Do High-Speed Rail?

In my home country of England, high-speed rail is relatively prevalent throughout the country. But I was shocked to discover that in the United States of America - the richest nation on Earth - high-speed rail is largely exclusive to just the northeastern corridor. Which begs one big question: why? Watch the video below to find out more.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Why Do Americans Go Crazy for College Sports?

Ever since my first couple of years living in the United States, when Indiana's own Butler University were challenging in basketball championship finals, I've been in awe of America's tradition of championing college sports - something you don't really see in the UK. But why precisely do Americans go crazy for college sports? Watch the video to get my take.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

25 British VS. American Pronunciation Differences

We finally got around to making one of those British vs. American Pronunciation videos. You say tomato, I say banana!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

WATCH: David Tennant - Full Panel and Q&A - C2E2 (2019)

A slightly different type of upload today. Here's my recording of David Tennant's panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The star of 'Doctor Who', 'Broadchurch', 'Jessica Jones', and the upcoming 'Good Omens' was in fine form as he spoke to a sell-out crowd at McCormick Place.

Monday, April 01, 2019

My First Ever Attempt at Cosplay

As a long-time fan of Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, I'm no stranger to the world of science fiction and fantasy. But until now, I'd never dabbled in the world of cosplay. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is my first attempt.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Why Do Americans Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Ever since my first (and only) visit to Boston in 2004, I couldn't help but notice just how much Americans love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Who can blame them? But it got me wondering something:  how did this come about?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

How We Applied for a U.S. Spouse Visa

Welcome to the first episode of Halfway Planet - a new show with Laurence (Brit) and Tarah (American)! In this episode we discuss something that was crucial to ensuring Laurence's permanent residency in the United States: acquiring a US spouse visa. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The U.S. Immigration Process (Ask A Brit | Vol. 58)

This is Volume #58 of Ask A Brit, a feature in which I answer your questions on a different theme each episode. This week's topic is the U.S. Immigration Process.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Taking the British Citizenship Test

After taking the U.S. Citizenship test back in December, it only seemed fair to take its British equivalent - particularly as I'm heading home in May. Watch the video below to see how I did and why not play along yourself? Let me know your score in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Surprising Quirks of the U.S. Map - Part 2

If you've watched my channel recently, you'll know I love to play around with maps, as evidenced in part 1 of this video (link below). In doing so, I've recently noticed one or two surprising things about the map of the United States. Watch the video to find out more.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Words That Came from Native America

After publishing my definitive list of the twenty greatest American English words, some of my viewers asked if any words had entered English via Native American languages. It turns out there are plenty. Watch the video to find out more.

Monday, January 07, 2019

10 More Things I've Learned About America Since Moving Here

Back in November, I published a video in which I spoke about 10 things I've learned about America since moving here. At the end of that video, I vowed to produce another such list for your viewing pleasure. Here it is!

Friday, January 04, 2019

28 American English Words And Their British Equivalents | Sporcle Quiz

For my latest Sporcle quiz, I attempted to name these 28 British English Words from their American English equivalents. Easy, right? Not entirely. Watch the video to see how I did.