American claptrap, Expat Guide

British tourist’s guide to not making an ass of yourself in America

Welcome to America, British person.  I know you think you’ve got it all figured out. Americans drive on the right, and most people walk around fully armed with semi-automatic rifles, right? They say “dude” and “awesome” and drink “root beer” (which isn’t really even beer). Everybody shops at Walmart and most of them are on mobility scooters due… Read More British tourist’s guide to not making an ass of yourself in America

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

American claptrap, British claptrap, Expat Guide

Are you a Nimrod or a Clever Dick? US versus UK slang ‘names’

The other day at work, I called a group of my colleagues “Nimrods.” They stared at me blankly. One of them eventually replied, “Er…. thank you?” Generally, British people know all about American slang- they hear it in movies, TV shows, pop music, etc… and there are literally scores of websites devoted to cataloguing the… Read More Are you a Nimrod or a Clever Dick? US versus UK slang ‘names’

British claptrap, Expat Guide

An American walks into a bar: A guide to unlocking the secrets of English pubs

For Americans, pubs can be mysterious places. They’re similar enough to U.S. bars to be inviting, but different enough that, until you learn the ropes, you can often feel like at each visit you may find yourself feeling as if you’re violating a set of unspoken rules about what to drink, what to eat, and… Read More An American walks into a bar: A guide to unlocking the secrets of English pubs

American claptrap, Expat Guide

American politics: more awesomer than British politics

Every Wednesday while Parliament is in session, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is subjected to a merciless grilling by opposition minsters. Known as “Prime Minister’s Question Time,” this verbal jousting session reveals a significant difference between American and British politicians: In the UK, you learn how to… Read More American politics: more awesomer than British politics

British claptrap, Expat Guide

Movies to prepare you for expat life in Britain

There are nearly 180,000 Americans living in the UK. But believe it or not, there have been very few films made about Yanks adjusting to life in Britain. Until Hollywood finally comes around to portraying our plight, I recommend US expats watch and learn from these movies, all of which are the next best thing:… Read More Movies to prepare you for expat life in Britain