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The British love “Friends” more than the French love Jerry Lewis

“It’s the reunion we can’t stop talking about!““Best news ever!““We are still struggling to contain our excitement!“ British newspapers and websites were recently aflutter with news of a potential reunion of the cast from 1990s American television sitcom Friends. It seemed to be all anyone was talking or writing about. I have no idea if the… Read More The British love “Friends” more than the French love Jerry Lewis

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Angry in the UK: How to make a British person mad

A while back, I wrote a blog post “How to express enthusiasm like an American.” But I feel this is only half of the equation. British people aren’t only loathe to show enthusiasm, they’re also just as reticent to display anger. I don’t mean to say that British people don’t feel anger. They certainly do – they… Read More Angry in the UK: How to make a British person mad

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Things in Britain that I am grateful for…

Thanksgiving is over in the USA, but today’s blog is about things I’d like to give thanks for about life in the UK. My American forefathers may have fled Britain in order to obtain more religious freedoms and economic opportunities, but here’s what they’ve missed out on by not just hanging in there:  Right wing… Read More Things in Britain that I am grateful for…

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That’s Numberwang! 9 British things that make no sense

One of my favourite TV shows in the UK is the comedy programme “That Mitchell and Webb Look.” They do a sketch about an incomprehensible game show called Numberwang. You can’t ever really tell if you’re winning or losing Numberwang, or even what the rules are. The host will occasionally randomly shout out “That’s Numberwang!” to end a round, or when he’s arbitrarily… Read More That’s Numberwang! 9 British things that make no sense

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What a typical person from Liechtenstein thinks of Britain

For this post, I’m pleased to announce my first guest blogger: Franz Keiser, who hails from the small Alpine country of Liechtenstein. We met via Twitter, and he’s been eager to share his views on Britain, its culture and its history. Here is his first post for Expat Claptrap:  Hello, you may be surprised to… Read More What a typical person from Liechtenstein thinks of Britain

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Ribena, whybena? A guide to strange British (and American) beverages

You may have seen in the news today, that Tesco has decided to stop selling Ribena in its shops. If you’re American, you’re probably asking yourself: “what the hell is a Tesco?” and “What the hell is Ribena?” The first one is easy to answer: Tesco is a British supermarket chain. The Ribena question is more difficult… Read More Ribena, whybena? A guide to strange British (and American) beverages

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The 10 commandments of British sandwiches

Recently I was in Sainsbury’s (a chain of supermarkets and convenience stores) where I saw two Italian teenagers picking through a shelf of pre-packaged sandwiches, turning them around at different angles, trying to get a better look at what was inside. “Panino?” I heard one of them say.  No one else was paying any attention, but I speak some Italian, so I was… Read More The 10 commandments of British sandwiches

British claptrap, Expat Guide

OMG, it’s the TL;DR guide to the British election for Americans

You’re American. You don’t know the difference between a Tory and a Whig. In fact, don’t like all British politicians wear wigs or something when they’re debating what colour to paint the Queen’s throne?  But you may have heard somewhere that there’s a UK general election coming up next week.  Maybe you don’t know anything about… Read More OMG, it’s the TL;DR guide to the British election for Americans