November 28, 2022

Recipes That Are Not As Old As You Thought - Episode 333

Cheese ploughmans and a half pint at the Rock of Gibraltar
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When you sit down to eat, you may not think how long your particular dish has been around. You may even think it was invented in your life time or maybe thousands of years before you were born. The humble hamburger for instance, you might imagine neanderthals had been eating that since the dawn of time or 'antiquity' as Dominic is so fond of saying but you'd be wrong! Have a listen to the latest episode to find out more!

What relatively recent recipe surprised you? 

 

November 15, 2022

5 Misconceptions About The USA - Episode 332

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 Like many not from the USA, before moving here I had plenty of misconceptions about America. In this episode, I narrowed them down to 5 of the more unique ones I had of the country. It's easy to get sucked into the usual stereotypes but I believe in this episode, you might be surprised what I thought about the US before moving here.

What misconceptions did you have about the USA?

November 8, 2022

Weird Laws Of The UK - Episode 331

 

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Now, we know the US has some weird laws but the UK may have outdone them as in this new episode of our podcast, Dominic talks about some of the strangest ones. Road and Land laws in the UK seem to be the most different to the US. Does all of the land in England and Wales REALLY belong to the Crown? (The Monarchy, not the Netflix show, in case you were confused.) Of course, the strange food service laws regarding eggs which sparks a great debate amongst people of the US and UK...

Should eggs be refrigerated or not?

November 1, 2022

American Words That Don't Exist In Britain - Episode 330

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There are a lot of differences between the American and British general dialects. Thanks to the huge influx of American TV and films on Britain's Channel 4 in the 1980s, American words became known to much of the UK quite quickly and their equivalent in Britain. However, sometimes there are things that just don't translate in the UK because the thing they describe doesn't exist.

What are some things that surprise you about the UK?

October 25, 2022

Most Haunted Places in The USA - Episode 329

 

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In the run up to Halloween, we are talking about some of the most haunted places in the USA. America is filled with haunted places, such as the pictured Stanley Hotel in Colorado which is the setting of Stephen King's 'The Shining'. Erica takes us through the most haunted places of Texas, New Jersey and Kentucky and the stories behind some of these places.

Do you have a ghost story?


October 18, 2022

A News Round Up - Episode 328

 

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With the news of the Coronation of King Charles III being on May 6th 2023, we decided to kick off our new weekly news round up with what is going on. In this episode, we talk about the Coronation and if Harry and Meghan will be invited or accept an invitation. We also discuss the current crazy that's happening in the UK Government under the Prime Minister Liz Truss and whether she'll be forced to resign or call an election. Also, the deaths of Angela Lansbury and Robbie Coltrane are discussed and their impact on cinema and TV all over the world.

What are your memories of Angela Lansbury and Robbie Coltrane?

October 11, 2022

Words That Sound The Same In American English - Episode 327

 


In this episode, our newest to date, we briefly discuss the slimmed down monarchy of King Charles III and what his plans for the coronation might be before diving into the heart of the episode with how Americans say words like "Harry" and "Hairy" and "Mary" and "Merry". They sound the same, right? A good old example of the Homophone! How do you know what someone means when they say either word? Is there a way to not be confused? We seem to have plenty of confusing moments in this episode! Listen to hear what we stumbled on!

How do you say these words?

October 4, 2022

The British Nickname - Episode 326

 

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The British have a serious problem. No, it's not THAT one, it's their obsession with nicknames. Shortening names, coming up with nicknames based on a personality trait. In this new episode of our podcast about all things British and American, we discuss the British capacity to nickname everyone and everything. There's also a little quiz in this podcast on the nicknames of cities in the UK.

Do you have a nickname? Let us know in the comments!


September 30, 2022

The Marks of War in Britain - Episode 325

 

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Britain has had a tumultuous and fascinating history and some of the marks of the events which it as a country has seen are still visible in the present day. World War 2 is one such event that, while still relatively recent, is starting to slip from the collective consciousness. The marks of that war still remain, however. Physical emblems that stand as almost secret memorials to how close the nation came to invasion in the 1940s. In this podcast, we talk about some of the ways in which the world war has left its indelible mark on Great Britain.

What fascinates you about Britain's hidden history?

September 20, 2022

The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II - Episode 324

 

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In this episode, we are covering the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth. In this episode, we discuss the services at both Westminster Abbey and St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and who was there and who was not there. We watched the full 8+ hour BBC coverage of the funeral for this episode.

What are your thoughts about the state funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II?

September 13, 2022

The End Of An Era: Queen Elizabeth II - Episode 323

 

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On the 8th of September 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. Her death marks the end of her 70 year reign as Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Upon her death, her eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales became His Majesty King Charles III. In this episode, we discuss the news along with what happens next.

What are your memories of Queen Elizabeth II?


September 6, 2022

Things Yanks Are Great At - Episode 322

 

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To follow on from our previous episode about Brits being great at things, we bring you things the Yanks (that's Americans to you Gen Z lot out there!) are great at! And it turns out, that's quite a lot of things. Let me guess, you were probably thinking this list was going to contain "Burgers" and "Freedom", right? Well guess again and listen to our new episode! It may surprise you!

What do you think the Americans are great at?