Author Archives: James Bartlett

British Expat of the Month: Aviator Richard Chan Takes Flight as Hollywood Entrepreneur

Movie studios and their top stars often fly on private jets, but where does a director go if he actually wants to film on board a luxury Lear, or capture a few frantic scenes in the cockpit of the kind of airplane you or I might fly ...

How to Be Dead in America

No matter who or where you are, it’s a fact that death comes for us all, but what are the options for your mortal remains if you end your days in the U.S. or the U.

British Expat of the Month: Alana Kerr – from Belfast to Hollywood

Even though some actors have more luck than others in Hollywood, there are no guarantees: it can be a life of endless auditions, intense competition, temporary jobs and waiting for the phone to ring.

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

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.

British Expat of the Month: Composer Bramwell Tovey, From Essex to the Hollywood Bowl

In the world of classical music, it’s rather unusual for the conductor to have a friendly fireside chat with the audience before the concert begins, but for British conductor, composer and pianist Bramwell Tovey, making a connection ...

British Expat of the Month: Gary Clementson of Cary, North Carolina

It may be Brit actors and singers who hit the headlines when they come stateside, but the majority of expats in the country are here for less glamorous reasons — the vast number of enterprises that come under the umbrella of ...

A Brit’s Opinion: American Chocolate

It’s a cliché that Brits have notoriously bad teeth, and whether that’s true or not (thank you Austin Powers!) it is true to say that they’re renowned for their very sweet teeth.

British Expat of the Month: Dame Barbara Hay, British Consul-General

With less than a month left before her four-year posting comes to an end, Dame Barbara Hay found it hard to single out her favorite moment here — there had been so many to choose from.

The Best of the British Stage, Coming to a Screen Near You

At the Gielgud Theatre in London recently, Helen Mirren took her final bow as Queen Elizabeth II in the play The Audience, which was directed by Stephen Daldrey and written by Peter Morgan. Morgan was also the writer of 2006 film The ...

British Expat of the Month: Anthony Freeman, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mind the Gap, in association with Virgin Atlantic, will be highlighting British expats in the U.S. who are making notable contributions to their communities.