November 14, 2019

The Texas Slang Quiz - Podcast 96


Image: Devin Cook
Well dadgummit howdy y'all! Shurnuff it's a mighty fine day today! We're quizzing Dominic on Texas slang to see how well he does! We think he should do pretty well considering he's been here ten years! If you're a Texas native, you should probably get all of these right!

What are some slang words from your neck of the woods?

November 12, 2019

Indian Food in the UK and the USA - Podcast 95

Chicken Tikka Masala, Rice, Naan, Poppadoms. Image: Erica Williams

Indian Food. It's one of Britain's favourite cuisines. In fact, it's probably neck and neck with Fish and Chips as the British favourite. Perhaps the true national dish of Britain is Chicken Tikka Masala and NOT Fish and Chips. Britons have been eating curry for over a century but it really exploded as a cuisine in the 1970s. In America, however, it seems it's only slowly getting more popular year after year. Could it ever surpass Mexican food in popularity in the states? Have a listen to our latest podcast and then let us know if you like Indian food and if so, what's your favourite dish?

November 7, 2019

Gibraltar - Podcast 94

A Barbary Macaque on Gibraltar. Image: Dominic Williams

Gibraltar. You may never have heard of this tiny British Overseas Territory on the very southern tip of Spain but it's quite famous. Mostly because the cheeky little chaps above who live on the top of the rock and the tourists all love them, even when they steal your food or your glasses. The monkeys are the top draw for tourists to Gibraltar and many cruise ships dock there as one of the stops on a tour around the Mediterranean. Have you ever been to Gibraltar? If not, would you like to go?


November 6, 2019

Living In America: A Visit To The British Emporium In Grapevine, Texas!

      


We visited the British Emporium in historic Grapevine, Texas and it was well worth the trip! The British Emporium has been supplying expats and anglophiles with the essentials from old Blighty since 1992 and we took a trip up there to check out what was on offer. We even made a video and I narrated so click play above to have a look for yourself!

Of course, I almost bought them out on Cadbury chocolate!

Dominic

November 5, 2019

Bonfire / Guy Fawkes Night - Podcast 93

The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations in East Sussex are legendary. Image: BBC
Remember, Remember...
The fifth of November...
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

Now, there are more than a few Americans out there who probably have no idea what Bonfire night or who Guy Fawkes is. It's not celebrated over here so why would they? Unless they were hardcore anglophiles who knew everything about the UK and it's culture and customs. To give a brief summary, Bonfire/Guy Fawkes night celebrates the failed assassination attempt of King James I on the 5th November 1605. More commonly known as the 'Gunpowder Plot' a group of disgruntled Catholics plotted to kill the king more than a century before the United States existed and were caught and the plot foiled. Listen to the episode to find out more! If you're British, do you celebrate Bonfire Night? And if so, how do you celebrate?

Also listen to find out who won our British Snacks Giveaway! Yes! WE HAVE A WINNER!!

October 31, 2019

British And American Halloween Traditions - Podcast 92


Image: Dominic Williams

The photo above was taken on Halloween during Dominic's first ever trip to the United States.  I took him to downtown Austin on All Hallows Eve, where people essentially parade up and down 6th Street checking out each other's costumes.  The above was a large group that pretty much everyone was taking photos of, so we followed suit.  In today's podcast we discuss the phenomenon that is fully grown adults dressing in costumes on Halloween, plus all the other traditions that go along with the holiday and how they do or don't differ in America and Britain.  Have a listen and then let us know if you went trick-or-treating as a child and/or whether you pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.

October 30, 2019

Living In America: Got Guns?

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Guns. It's a hot topic. There's a second amendment. It's all very confusing to us foreigners who don't understand the obsession with guns. It all comes down to a simple question...

Why do ordinary people need guns? Because they feel safer against potential intruders into their home. But if an intruder snuck into your house at night to lift your laptop/ipad/phone and had no weapon, would shooting them and most probably killing them be, for lack of a better term, overkill? Surely a sturdy baseball bat around the body would be an effective deterrent.

I would welcome someone who is pro-gun to explain to me, without simply going on about the second amendment, why a gun is necessary to own. Although with the recent events in Fort Worth, I'm sure many gun owners are nodding their heads comfortably at the reason why they have a gun. When the police are seemingly ready to shoot to kill someone in their own property, isn't it prudent to have a gun to defend yourself?

It raises very serious questions. Police officers who have itchy trigger fingers are a major cause for concern for...well...everyone in the United States. It's probably part of the reason why in the United Kingdom, the majority of the police forces are unarmed. Instead being issued with CS Spray and a Expandable Baton, which was famously a mahogany truncheon in the early days of the Metropolitan Police. Of course, there are armed police in the UK who take part in operations where a firearm is involved.

So, are you pro-gun or are you anti-gun? As always, I'd love to hear from you!

-Dominic

October 29, 2019

British and American Halloween Candy - Podcast 91

Image: Erica Williams

Now, as Halloween is coming up fast, we're talking about all the wonderful candy (sorry, chocolate and sweets) that you get when you go trick-or-treating.  Some "Fun Size" British treats include Cadbury Fudge, Buttons, Smarties, Refreshers and Flumps (whatever those are) and American treats include, but are not limited to: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, Tootsie Rolls and Paydays.  The photo above is literally our niece and nephew's haul, spread out on the kitchen table after trick-or-treating one year!  Aside from the green packages of M&Ms what's pictured appears to be pretty standard American Halloween candy, perhaps minus some of the stuff no kid ever wants to see in their trick-or-treat basket.  (Basket?)  Have a listen to our recent ramblings and then let us know what kinds of candy you liked to get on Halloween and which you dreaded seeing in your basket.  (Bucket?)

October 24, 2019

Why Do British People Hate London? - Podcast 90

London from the sky. Image: Dominic Williams
It's a fair question. A LOT of people from Britain do not like London at all and why? Why do they not like London? In fact, there are people from all over who don't like London at all! It is an amazing city and we just want to know WHY?

Do you not like London? Tells us why!

October 22, 2019

Welsh Words And Their Meanings - Podcast 89

A typical road sign in Wales. Image: Tea And A Butty

Croeso i bennod podlediad arall o Tea and a Butty lle rydyn ni'n siarad am eiriau 
Cymraeg a'u hystyron!

No idea what I just wrote? Looks like just a bunch of consonants eh? 
I said "Welcome to another podcast episode of Tea and a Butty where we talk about 
welsh words and their meanings" in Welsh.

Welsh is a strange language. Many tourists to the UK who happen to go to Wales don't realise 
there is an actual language that goes along with the country and when they start seeing the bi-lingual signs
like the one above, they start thinking they've gone mad or maybe this country has gone mad. Perhaps both 
is right!
 
Can you say these words?  


1. Croeso (Welcome)

2. Dwt (Cute)

3. Iechyd Da (Cheers)

4. Ych-af-i (Disgusting)

5. Cwtch (Cuddles)

6. Sglodion (Chips)

7. Ysgol (School)

8. Siop (Shop)

9. Maes Parcio (Car Park)

10. Nofio (Swimming)



October 19, 2019

Tea and a Butty's British Snacks Giveaway Contest!



Okay, for those of you who follow our podcasts but don't follow us on social media, here's what you're missing out on!  (Sorry this blog post is so late, but there's STILL TIME TO ENTER AND WIN!)  These are the British snacks you could win if you follow us on one of our social media pages and follow the instructions for how to enter the contest.  The giveaway contest ends October 31, 2019.  Entry rules below.

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Tea and a Butty Podcast is excited to announce our first EVER giveaway!  One winner will receive 15 British snacks and drinks as seen in the photo.

(Items include: 1 bag of pickled onion flavour Monster Munch, 1 bag of Worcestershire flavour Walkers crisps, 1 bag of cheese and onion flavour Hula Hoops, 1 bottle of Irn Bru fizzy drink, 1 box of decaf Twinings English Breakfast Tea, 1 small box of Yorkshire Tea, 1 box of Tunnocks Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes, 1 box of McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives, 1 package of Jammie Dodgers, 1 small box of Walkers Scottie Dogs Shortbread Biscuits, 1 package of Maltesers, 1 pack of Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles, 1 Nestle Aero, 1 Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Biscuit Bar, and 1 Lion bar.)

HOW TO ENTER:

1.  MUST be following @TeaButty on at least 1 of our Social Media accounts.  (Instagram, Twitter, OR Facebook)

2.  MUST “Like” this Giveaway post.

3.  MUST comment “Tea for Me!” on this Giveaway post.

4.  MUST tag 3 friends who might also like to enter the giveaway.  (Must be genuine, non-celebrity, non-store or other types of business accounts.)

THAT’S IT!  GOOD LUCK!



BONUS ENTRIES:

Ways to get bonus entries in this giveaway will be announced during each podcast between now and October 31, with the last bonus entry being announced during that Thursday’s episode.



FINE PRINT:

- Giveaway open to residents of 48 continguous U.S. states only.  Sorry, guys.  Hopefully we’ll have enough audience and $ for an international giveaway next time!

- Must be 18 years old or over, or have a legal guardian's permission to enter.

- Giveaway closes at 11:59p CST on Thursday, October 31, 2019 and the winner will be announced Tuesday, November 5, 2019 on our podcast.

- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the brands being given away have no affiliation with this giveaway.


October 17, 2019

Moving to the UK from the USA - Podcast 88

Image: GDSteam, CC By 2.0

So, we've done moving to the USA from the UK, now we're doing moving to the UK from the USA. But before you get excited at the thought of strutting along Bond street, eating Jelly Babies and drinking tea, there are a few hoops to jump through first in the way of visas! In this episode we talk about them all and also discuss getting married in the Hundred Acre Wood! Have a listen if you are intrigued!

Have you ever thought about moving to the UK from the USA?