April 15, 2021

British Celebrities Unknown In The USA - Episode 240

 

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British celebrities. You might think, if you're an anglophile who watches British TV, that you know a lot of them but why aren't they a household name in the USA? Being a Brit in the USA, you expect people to know who William Roache, Philip Schofield, Gemma Collins, Joey Essex or Ant and Dec (above) are, but they don't. Never heard of them except for a scant few!

Who's your favourite British celebrity America has never heard of?

April 13, 2021

A Tribute to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Episode 239

 

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As you may already be aware, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has died at the age of 99. In this podcast episode, we look back on his life and discuss many of the aspects of who he was, what he did and why he mattered to so many in the world beyond his family. From his early life in exile from Greece to marrying the future Queen of England, this is Windsor Phil as you've never seen him before.

What are your thoughts on Prince Philip?

April 8, 2021

Childhood Fashion Trends - Episode 238

 

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Mine and Erica's childhoods were, by todays standards, vintage. Not classic or antique, but vintage. When we were recording this episode, we realised just how vintage jellies and poppers and light up sneakers are today. Fashion, it's changed quite a bit since we were children and maybe some of you remember even earlier fashion trends than we do! Perhaps an earlier incarnation of the dreaded shell suit!

What was fashionable in your childhood?

April 6, 2021

Places We Wanna Go: York - Episode 237

 

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In this Places We Wanna Go, we explore York and encourage you, when all this pandemic is over, to do the same. York is a wonderful city from what we've seen and heard. In our latest podcast episode, we talk about what there is to see and do in the city of York in the historic country of Yorkshire! The York Minster! The Chocolate! The Walls! The Shambles! It's all talked about in this episode.

Have you ever been to York?

April 1, 2021

British Sayings An American Could Never Adopt - Episode 236

 

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Erica has lived with Dominic for just over ten years now and has heard him say things that she likes and doesn't like. In this new podcast episode, she mainly has a rant about the words and phrases from Britain that she could never adopt or see herself saying. Honestly, some of the best sayings ever come from the British idiom and how Erica can turn her nose up at these is unbelievable!


What's your favourite British-ism?

March 30, 2021

The Dream Biscuit Flavour - Episode 235

 

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 Recently, the British biscuit company McVities tweeted out about a Dream Biscuit flavour, biscuits in this sense meaning cookies. So we asked you all on our Instagram and we looked through the thread for some of the answers. Some of them are absolutely scrumptious whereas others, we really feared for their sanity in their choice of dream biscuit flavour! I mean, Marmite and Digestive?? Hmm. Maybe. Maybe that would be good!

What would be your dream biscuit flavour?

March 25, 2021

All Creatures Great and Small - Episode 234

 

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British television is littered with programs reflecting a simpler time. Gentle, non-offensive and beguiling and set in the Yorkshire Dales, All Creatures Great and Small is based on the books by James Herriot and was a very popular BBC series in the late 1970s. Recently, Channel 5 have re-made it with a new cast which includes Samuel West and Nicolas Ralph and today, we discuss it on our episode!


Have you seen All Creatures Great and Small?

March 23, 2021

What Is OfCom? - Episode 233

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OfCom is the regulatory body for telecommunications in the UK. OfCom protects consumers and looks into complaints from the British public about the programs on TV and Radio. It also makes sure the Royal Mail delivers to all UK addresses. But OfCom, what does it do? What powers does it have? In this episode, we dive right into those questions!

What do you think of OfCom?


March 18, 2021

The American Revolution Is Not Taught In The UK - Episode 232

 

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Across the USA, Schools from Elementary to High are filled with how the USA came to be. Most commonly taught is how the US, led by George Washington, bravely defeated the might of the British and declared independence and are now the beacon of freedom and light. But what of it's importance in the UK? Do they teach the American Revolutionary War in Britain?

Do you care if the rest of the world knows about the American War of Independence?

March 16, 2021

The British Tabloid Press - Episode 231

 

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Well, there's a lot to say in favour and in criticism of the British tabloid press. We say it, but it's most criticism. Red Top Tabloids have been in circulation in Britain for decades and are responsible for many stories and headlines, including the one above, that have entered the British consciousness for better and worse. Also featuring in this episode is our discussion about seedy journalist extraordinaire, Piers Morgan.

What do you think of British Tabloids?

March 11, 2021

Haz and Megs (Part 2) - Episode 230

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You might have already guessed that this is Part Two of our Harry and Meghan extravaganza. This time, we focus on the portion where Harry turns up and starts to confirm most of what Meghan said, including the biggest buzz point of the whole interview, which we address in this podcast.

Will you be glad to hear the end of this saga?

March 9, 2021

Haz & Megs: The Interview (Part 1) - Episode 229

 

 

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The erstwhile Duke and Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and this weekend. It was a very boring interview that shed absolutely no light whatsoever on the inner workings of the British Royal Family but we thought we'd talk about it any way and we managed to squeeze two parts out of it, so here is part one for your listening pleasure!

What do you think of Meghan Markle?