Fanny fanny fanny fanny… there, I hope you had a good laugh!

It’s not always easy being an American expat. There isn’t a manual, but maybe there should be. As a matter of fact, if I was “Minister in Charge of Helping New American Expatriates,” my very first action would be to rearrange arrivals procedures at Heathrow airport. No longer would Americans be greeted by signs welcoming […]

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Dick Van Dyke- Britain’s most-beloved hero. No, really.

There is no person who has ever lived, who is as important to modern Britons as Dick Van Dyke. Not William Shakespeare, not Winston Churchill, not Charles Darwin… I swear that I am not in the least joking: the American actor Dick Van Dyke has done more to define and uplift the modern people Britain […]

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Thank you for shopping here, but you disgust me

It’s considered a truism that customer service in the USA is far better than that found in the UK. I would say that this difference is often overstated, but then again… My good friend over at the blog Puppetman, recently wrote a post about a well-known anachronistic umbrella shop in London: James Smith and Sons, […]

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Everyone in Britain has one. No one in America does.

There is one thing that you can be sure to find in every household in the United Kingdom: an electric kettle. There’s one in every dormitory room, squat, bedsit, flat, house, bungalow and mansion in the country. I’ve literally never been in any residence or dwelling of any kind, ever in Britain, that did not […]

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Canadians are your enemies

If you are an American considering moving to the UK, the biggest obstacle you will face here isn’t the English class system, or people judging you on your accent or even getting used to an unfamiliar culture. Your most significant challenge will come from…Canadians. The citizens of Canada have a reputation for being amiable and […]

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