Author Archives: James Bartlett

Brit Takes Bite Out of America’s Cupcake Craze

In 2012, the news was abuzz with a very colorful story. In Beverly Hills, a new ATM was open for business, though this one was very unusual. It didn’t dispense money; it gave out something far tastier: gourmet cupcakes.

KCRW Host Frances Anderton: Why L.A. Architecture is Interesting

Not many people see Los Angeles as an epicenter for architecture. An epicenter for earthquakes, perhaps, but isn’t it a city strangled by miles of endless freeway, supplied by roadside strip malls, and serviced by enormous parking ...

British Entrepreneur Brews Up Hard Cider Renaissance in America

Almost every Brit will have a strong opinion about American beers, but what about cider? It perhaps brings to mind lazy, summer days or crazy student nights, but for many years in the U.S.

Behind-the-Scenes of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’

It’s not just the work of Will Shakespeare that makes it across the Atlantic. British dramas, comedies, and high-energy musicals regularly take up residency on Broadway (and then usually tour across the U.S.

British Cancer Researcher on Why He Moved to the U.S.

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the first and only U.S.

How TV Presenter Liv Boeree Became a Million-Dollar Poker Player

Every year, thousands of Brits move permanently to the U.S., while even more spend some time here as part of their jobs, racking up the air miles while crisscrossing the Atlantic or being temporary residents and still calling the U.

Former Journalist Gavin Scott on Living a Screenwriter’s Life

Most people couldn’t name (let alone recognize) any successful screenwriters, and as for British ones, well, arguably only Richard Curtis is a household name. But there are plenty of other U.K.

10 Strange Things Brits Find in American Supermarkets

One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in a new country is to go grocery shopping. New Brits in America probably won’t be intimidated by the size of stores, but once you start wheeling up and down the aisles you’ll ...

The Pogues’ James Fearnley on His Memoir, Jamming with Hollywood Stars and L.A. Life

In recent years, the Christmas holidays in England have reverberated to the song “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, but The Pogues have an older and more interesting story than their biggest hit ...

Emmy Winner Andy Walmsley on Being British in Vegas: ‘It’s the Best City I’ve Ever Lived In’

Like many other Brits looking to make a name in show business, Andy Walmsley first tried his luck in Los Angeles, but today he’s a huge flag-waver for the delights of Las Vegas, a place where there’s a surprisingly large expat ...