Monthly Archives: September 2013

A British Expat’s Guide to Living in Indiana

Welcome to Indiana! (Photo: Creative Commons)

One of the most common questions I get from Hoosiers (a term of uncertain etymology, referring to the people of Indiana) is Why on earth did you give up London for little old Indiana?

A British Soccer Fan on the Unique Appeal of the NFL

Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders hit Regents Street for the NFL game between the Vikings and the Steelers at Wembley on Sunday (September 29). (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)

As an avid fanatic of what other British expatriates are quick to call “real football,” I have grown more and more intrigued by that other sport of the same name (or, as we Brits like to call it, American football).

The Tooth of the Matter: What’s With the Stereotypes About British Dental Care?

Austin Powers' jaundiced grin has not helped Britain's rep for poor dental hygiene. (Photo: New Line)

It’s the best-known cliché about Brits, and in the U.S. it would probably be the characteristic most people would mention before politeness, emotional repression and tea-drinking.

‘Real Americans’: Five Widely Held Stereotypes Debunked

The Griswold's made an impact during their European vacation. (WB)

As with most groups of people, there are stereotypes galore about Americans. Although stereotypes exist for a reason (no smoke without fire, and all that), this particular stereotype is either the American on TV or on vacation ...

What Americans Can Learn From British-Style Weddings

British-style nuptials, like Kat Slater and Alfie Moon's on 'EastEnders,' are boisterous, unpretentious affairs. (Photo: BBC)

Nuptials. Whichever side of the Atlantic you perform them on, they’re an excuse to dress up and throw a big, boozy party.

Kid Food: What to Prepare When American Children Get the ‘Munchies’

The American variation of cheese on toast is popular with the younger set. (Photo via The Saucy Librarian)

Although we all try to feed our children wholesome, nutritious food (yada, yada), most of us have a handy list of go-to, kid-friendly meals that we can rustle up when pressed for time. Brits typically fall back on beans on toast, cheese ...

Breaking the States: 10 Things British Musicians Should Know Before Heading to America

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If you’re a British musician thinking of relocating to the United States, there are several things to consider before setting sail from Blighty. (The first is that this isn’t the 18th century, and you should probably take a plane; ...

Manners Maketh Man: If We Could Only Agree on ‘Manners’

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As Brits in the U.S. very quickly discover, not only are there many differences between American and British English, but customs and etiquette “rules” can also deliver a few curve balls.

Flying the Flag: American Style

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The Union Jack has become incredibly popular in the U.K. in recent years.

Improving America: How to Drink Like a Brit

Brian Wheate downs a pint at August's British Beer Festival. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Let’s be honest. There are few arenas in which we Brits consider ourselves world leaders. Prowess in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, however, makes it onto that very short list.