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999 vs 911: How Did Brits and Americans Get Their Emergency Numbers?

Cultural differences aren’t always about the big stuff like accents, language and the correct ingredients for a Milky Way bar. Sometimes there are relatively subtle differences that don’t amount to more than a hill of beans, ...

Why Do International Time Zones Start in Greenwich?

Last Sunday (October 26), British clocks went back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, restoring the whole country to the internationally unified line from which all time (and distance) is measured: Greenwich Mean Time, ...

How To Pronounce Deliberately Off-putting British Place Names

Yesterday, our ever-helpful sister blog Mind The Gap published a list of American place names that are not pronounced the way they are spelled, in an effort to increase international understanding of local quirks for visiting Brits.

June 4: British Independence Day

Note: the following is a modest proposal for the British people, from a concerned admirer.

The fourth of June may not have the same ring to it as the celebration that takes place exactly a month from now, and given the values and struggle that Independence Day signifies in the American consciousness, this is only right and ...

What The British Say (And What They Really Mean)

Should you ever find yourself in conversation with a British person and they’re saying things which seem polite on the surface, with perhaps a little undercurrent of scorn, you might want to have this infographic ready to consult.

British Summer Movies: More Than Just ‘Harry Potter’

The Fourth of July marks not only Independence Day for the United States but also the halfway point for summer movies. The beach season kicks off at the multiplex the first week of May and ends Labor Day weekend.