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A pithy post about horrid hats

People have been getting worked up lately about those “Make America Great Again” hats worn by supporters of Donald Trump. You see them everywhere at right-wing rallies in America, worn by a motley collection of conspiracy theorists, racists and low-information voters, chanting things like “Lock her up”, “CNN sucks” and  “Build the wall!” The MAGA […]

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Why are you here? Visit dothewrongthing.com

Mostly this blog is retired. But we had some good times, yeah? Please come over to my new blog: dothewrongthing.com where you’ll find some of the same immature nonsense as you would have found here. But not just about Britain and America and being an expat. There’s more to the world, don’t you know?  Go […]

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“Florida Man”: The person who made the state into ‘America’s wang”

I’m currently in Florida on holiday, visiting family. If you’re American, you’ll know all about Florida, and how it isn’t really like the rest of the USA. How the entire state is… special.  But for many international visitors, a trip to Florida may be their only experience of America. The state is the USA’s most popular […]

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They shoot high horses, don’t they?

A poem, to be read to the peoples of the world on the eve of Donald Trump assuming the office of the Presidency:   As America prepares for Trump’s inaugurationHowls of laughter are heard from every nation “You have chosen as President an orange ignoramus!” you shout from your rooftops, in an effort to shame us […]

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Traditional Christmas pudding: A bizarre holiday horror show

British people take Christmas very seriously. There are far more holiday traditions to be observed here in the UK than in the USA. I’ve listed many of them in a previous blog posting. Most of them I love. But there’s one I can’t get behind at all: Christmas pudding.  Call me a Grinch. Declare me […]

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“It’s right in front of us”: British Christmas pantos come to America

Christmas pantomime plays, or “pantos” are cultural institutions here in the UK, but have been relatively unknown in the USA, until very recently.  As every British person knows, a panto is a musical comedy stage event, performed around Christmas time – featuring outrageous characters in bright, garish costumes. Usually based on a fairy tale or […]

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Welcome to the cool ranch: flavours you’ll find only in America

Most people here in Britain have a basic understanding of American food. They know we love hot dogs and hamburgers, peanut butter and plastic cheese, Twinkies, Spam, corn dogs, BBQ ribs, buffalo wings and fried chicken. Chances are, unless they’re some kind of a communist, they probably love most of these things too. But this only scratches the surface of the rich tapestry of tastes that Americans actually […]

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Admit it Britain, secretly, you don’t want Trump to lose

This has been a terrible, shameful week in politics, one that should embarrass every politician and every citizen in this great nation. I’m referring of course to all that has been going on in Great Britain recently. What did you think I was talking about?  Over in America, it’s been a great week, and everything is going exactly according […]

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Who the hell is Cliff Richards? The secret megastars of the UK

Have you ever had someone from another country try to tell you about some singer or actor who is really famous in their homeland, but unknown anywhere else? They’ll say something like: “Johnny Hallyday is the Elvis of France,” or “Eppu Normaali are the Beatles of Finland.” Or even how “Shah Rukh Khan is the […]

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A big New York F*ck you for September 11th

This blog was written on the 10th of September, because I don’t turn on my computer on the 11th. Every year on that day, I avoid the internet, and I request that no one turns on the TV in our household.   Tomorrow is 15 years to the day, but I don’t care if it’s the 15th, 17th […]

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