Monthly Archives: August 2012

10 American Public Holidays Brits Should Know

As you may have noticed, Americans like to work hard and play hard. Just as well really, since the amount of public holidays here is less than Brits are used to – though you will get some new ones. As the U.

10 Things Brits Need to Know About U.S. Politics

Telling a congressman from a caucus is essential if you want to talk affairs of state in America. And right now you might find yourself doing just that: we’re well into convention season and the presidential election is less than ...

10 Things Brits Love About America

We’re a tough bunch to impress, but most Brits secretly admire the burger-munching nation across the Atlantic. Here’s what we like best.

10 Things Americans Love About Brits

From how we speak to what we eat, the U.S. is mad about everything British.

1. Our accents As a Brit living in America, I veer between extreme speaking-related self-consciousness – like when I have to ask for budder instead of butter in a restaurant – and believing, thanks to a steady flow of ...

10 Things Brits Say…and What Americans Think We Mean

We may have invented the English language but that doesn’t mean our version is always understood by those who share our mother tongue.

10 Things Americans Say… and What They Really Mean

 

When it comes to the spoken word, Americans are a truly baffling bunch. So we’ve decoded their most irritating idioms.

Tipping in America: How To Do It and What To Expect If You Don’t

Don’t want to be reviled by every waiter in town? Heed our tips on tipping, U.S. style.

1. Am I legally required to tip anywhere in the U.S.? No. Service charge is always voluntary, even when it’s added to your bill. But if you deduct gratuity from the check, don’t expect it to go down well.

10 Tips for Cheap Airfares from the U.S. to the U.K.

Airfares have shot up in recent years, largely because of increased taxes and fuel charges. We are all feeling the impact of the recession and want to save money.