Author Archives: James Bartlett

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

Helen Mirren's performance was interrupted by drumming outside. (AP)

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

Anthony Freeman, June's Expat of the Month. (Photo: Anthony Freeman)

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.

The Cultural Divide: Brits vs. Americans on Toast

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Long before Paul Young had his worldwide smash “Everytime You Go Away” in 1984, he was in a soul rock band called Q-Tips. Despite releasing two albums, they’re best remembered by Brits for their 1978 novelty hit “Toast”, a ...

Yes, Jonathan Lynn: Expat Director Brings Classic Britcom to L.A. Stage

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When Jonathan Lynn first came to Los Angeles in the 1980s, he couldn’t find the BBC on TV.

British Expat of the Month: Jo Bryan of Rye, New York

Jo Bryan is a photographer and founder of RyeExpats.com (Photo: Jo Bryan)

Starting this month, 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.

Where to Watch Soccer Minnows and Cricket in America

Where am I going to watch my team?? (MLS)

In a recent interview for Mind the Gap, Lisa Powers at Ye Olde Kings Head pub in Santa Monica, California, told us that new-in-town Brits come through the door and ask two things. The first is whether there are any positions open; and, ...

Interview: Lisa Powers, Manager of L.A.’s Ye Olde King’s Head Pub

The front bar at the Ye Olde King's Head pub. (Photo by Donal Tavey)

It’s said that you’re never more than half an hour from the sea in England, so there’s definitely some truth behind the lyrics of the 1907 music hall song “Oh We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside.”

Interview: Craig Young, CEO of Brits in LA

Craig Young, co-founder of Brits in LA.

Every year, thousands of Brits come to Los Angeles looking for their big break. British (and Scottish, Irish and even Welsh) actors seem to do exceptionally well here, but it’s also true to say that the vast majority — even with ...

The Culinary Cultural Divide: British vs. American ‘Cheese’

Note: this is cheese product, not cheese. (AP Photo)

Like countless Brits, lots of Americans love Wallace and Gromit. The two claymation characters — the dyed-in-the-wool Northern Englishman Wallace and his super-intelligent dog Gromit — have won several Oscars over the years ...

So You Want to Marry an American…

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As a Brit who did just that, here are a few practical bits of advice. The language differences won’t be a problem – you have someone to help you of course – but if nothing else, you must remember that many rules will vary from ...