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Five Great Things
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 14th, 2014
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.
Before we get started, let’s be clear that traditions are often unique and singular, and have the capacity to travel far and wide. So if we happen across a thing you always do out in Missouri or Seattle, and you’ve never ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 31st, 2013
Before we really get into it, can everyone just take a moment to have a look at this video clip?
British life – from the bassinet to the crematorium – has been dissected, examined and reflected back through the prism of the TV since the earliest, pre-war transmissions from Alexandra Palace in London. And for a small island, ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on September 6th, 2013
In a way, this list has been written with entirely the wrong emphasis. It shouldn’t be remarkable, even in the internet age, that children play games that have mild regional differences.
Kids, as the old TV show claimed, say the darndest things. They also play the darndest games, make up the darndest tricks, find the darndest uses for stuff that falls from trees and, in one disturbing example, turn a campaign for ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on July 12th, 2013
As the U.K.
There are few things less attractive than whining, especially from people who are doing pretty well for themselves. It’s ungrateful, it’s bratty and it never, ever arrives with the same righteous fury that it had when ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 15th, 2013
There’s a definite knack to naming a tribute band: Ideally you’d want a devilishly-clever pun on the band’s name (or at a push, their most famous song or album title), but it has to be one that also explains that ...
Look away, people with nervous dispositions! Church-people, avert your eyes!