Author Archives: Kevin Wicks

Preview: How Will England, U.S.A. Fare in Their World Cup Groups?

As far as World Cup draws go, both England and the U.S. have been dealt tough hands.  Here’s a team-by-team guide to the two nations’ groups:

A Matter of Taste: An Expat on Differences Between British and American Palates

Sometime during the early 1990s, a new and exciting breakfast product appeared on the shelves of British supermarkets. I was aware of Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts thanks to American television shows, and when I saw boxes of them stacked into a ...

Are You Australian?: A British Expat Discusses Mistaken Nationality in America

The other morning I was placing an order in my local bagel establishment when the sweet-looking elderly woman next in line accosted me. “You’re Australian, aren’t you?” she said with a knowing smile.

10 American Speech Habits That Grate on British Ears

I’m with the Americans on a lot of things—spellings in particular. Just think of all the valuable seconds you can save ordering doughnuts online when you drop the ‘ugh’ from the middle of the word and spell it donut.

Honours vs. Honors: A Brief Guide to College in America

While the basic premise of learning stuff is the same, college in America is not like university in Britain.  It would appear the structure, lingo and traditions on U.S.

Coming to America: 10 Everyday Phrases Brits Need to Know

Moving to the U.S.?  Think you speak the language?  Think again.  Here are ten everyday phrases that may cause concern or confusion to the uninformed immigrant.

6 U.K. Television Quirks Only Brits Will Know

There are certain things about British television only Brits can appreciate…

Carole Hersee & Bubbles the Clown This image, without doubt, is the most bone-chillingly scary thing ever to be broadcast by the BBC. A young girl, who looks like something out of The Shining, is playing noughts and crosses with ...

Eight Yorkshire Sayings That Will Baffle Americans

As a Yorkshireman residing in’t Big Apple, folk can’t fathom me reet often (Translation: In New York, nobody understands me when I speak).  Consequently, everyday activities like ordering a sandwich can become embarrassing, ...

Extreme Weather, Animals, Landscapes and More: What to Expect in America

Britain is a safe place to live.  There are no deadly animals, little in the way of severe weather, and any earthquakes are so teeny tiny that they’re barely worth acknowledging. America, on the other hand …

Eating Out: 10 Differences Between Britain and America

I’ll never forget the look of surprise and disgust on my American waiter’s face the first time I asked for mayonnaise and then proceeded to dip my fries in it.