June 17, 2021

Things That Will Be Gone In 20 Years - Episode 258

 

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With technology rapidly advancing, many of us of a certain age will remember things that are now obsolete in today's world. The same will be true 20 years from now for this generation, when things that are now common place, disappear into the antiquated. 20 years ago, CDs and DVDs were common, now they're an item that's considered antiquated physical media. This episode, we are talking about the things that will more than likely be obsolete in the next two decades.

What is one thing you'll miss that may be gone forever?

June 15, 2021

Second Tier Royals - Episode 257

 

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Many people, when thinking about the Royal family of Britain, usually only think of the Queen, Prince Charles or Princes William and Harry. The Princess Royal, or Edward, the Earl of Wessex usually don't get much attention at all and as a result, are rarely heard about, despite them being quite hard working members of the Royal family, appearing at many engagements and having a great number of patronages.

Who is your favourite Second Tier Royal?

June 10, 2021

Famous British TV Quotes Quiz! - Episode 256

 

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British popular culture, Brits know it so well, so much so that it's become something of an in-joke online between them when engaging with other nations, particularly confused Americans. The most recent explosion of confusion came when an American asked what "Cheeky Nandos" meant and the results were Brits and their gleeful determination to keep the confusion going in their answers. In this latest episode, I quiz Erica on her knowledge of British pop culture quotes from TV that have entered the British idiom!

How well did you do on the Quiz?


June 8, 2021

Why Do Americans Get So Angry At Brits Online? - Episode 255

 

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Americans online, they're generally a placid bunch compared to Brits online, who will get outraged if you call a spade a 'shovel'. But insult the country that they reside in, and they will come back with all guns blazing. Usually it's the same old two arguments pertaining to the American War of Independence or World War 2 when Brits, who usually fire the first shots, start up with a criticism of the USA.

What is the first thing you get angry about with Brits online?

June 3, 2021

Places We Wanna Go: Whitby - Episode 254

 

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Whitby is a destination that may not be on your places to see in England, but if you're a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, then it probably is at the top. This tiny seaside town on the east Yorkshire coast has become the centre of the Gothic world thanks to Bram Stoker setting a good portion of his Dracula novel in the town. In this Places We Wanna Go entry, we're talking about the greatest of Gothic seaside towns, which also happens to have the highest rated Fish and Chips in Britain.

What are your thoughts on seaside towns?

June 1, 2021

Public Holidays In The US and UK - Episode 253

 

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Public Holidays, or a 'Bank Holiday' are celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, but there are some different ones that are celebrated and observed. Brits may think its strange that Americans have named holidays instead of just calling it a 'Bank Holiday'. If you look at it, it seems there are constant holidays throughout the year on the US Calendar. In this, our latest episode, we chat about the different ones and why they're celebrated.

What is your favourite public holiday?

May 27, 2021

American History That's NOT Taught In US Schools - Episode 252

 

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Following on from our previous podcast topic, we explore what US history is NOT taught in the United States. From the Zoot Suit Riots to the Vietnam War, there's a lot of US history that's not covered in schools, which Erica goes through the ones she remembers being taught about in school and the ones she doesn't and which appear to be glossed over in the US history curriculum.

What topics of US history surprise you most?

May 25, 2021

British History That's NOT Taught In British Schools - Episode 251

 

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British history is a vast, seemingly unending linear event. A lot of things have happened that involve Britain. You don't build an empire without ruffling a few feathers, and with the British Empire, that's putting it mildly. This episode of our podcast, we discuss the events of history that are NOT taught in a British school and the reasons why that may be.

What do you remember from your history class?

May 20, 2021

Would Dominic Ever Become A US Citizen? - Episode 250

 

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It's a big question for an expat: Would you become a citizen of the country you live in? Perhaps for some, it's an easy question. Perhaps for many, it's difficult. For Dominic, you'll have to listen to this, the latest podcast episode from Tea and a Butty. He's also asked if he would renounce his British citizenship and his answer is quite revealing!

Do you think Dominic should give up his British citizenship?

May 18, 2021

Prince Harry and The Bonkers First Amendment - Episode 249

 

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Our hero is back in this episode where he takes on the Bonkers First Amendment on Dax Shepard's 'Armchair Expert' podcast and incites the wrath of his adopted country's citizens. Prince Harry has spoken out again and got roundly shouted down by his critics on both sides of the pond. This time, he referred to the US First Amendment as 'Bonkers'. A little bit of a stretch to call Free Speech 'Bonkers' or do you think the Duke of Sussex is right?

What do you think of Prince Harry's remarks?

May 14, 2021

Living In America: Top 10 Things A British Person Misses About The UK

 

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 I've been a British expat in Texas now for a little over 10 years. When I first moved here, I was full of thoughts of the future, forgetting about Blighty, the UK, Britain, The Royal Family, Rain, Fish and Chips, Chicken Tikka Masala, Rain, Marmite, More Rain, Pints of beer, Panel Shows, and Piers Morgan. But, as the years rolled on, I started to remember all those things. Except Piers Morgan, whom I keep actively trying to forget. Here is a list of the top 10 things a British person misses about the UK!


1. The Weather.

Yeah, nowhere else on earth has weather. Only the UK. In Texas, it gets rather hot during the summer for a long period of time. Brits, they complain when the temps get over 65F and wonder if the world is ending.

2. The Television

Television in the USA is largely repeats of past glories. It's the same in the UK, but these are much better glories. Glories such as Only Fools and Horses and One Foot In The Grave!

3. The Food

British food is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best in the world. The USA has to make do with Hamburgers, Tacos, Hotdogs while British food rules the gastronomic waves with beautiful beige colours and chips, lots and lots of chips. The British version of chips. The USA is jealous of this and has perpetuated the myth that it's bad. It's not. It's the best.

4. The People

The crazy Brits who enjoy moaning about the government and eating at Nando's and Greggs are the true leaders of the free world.

5. The Ice Cream

Yeah, it's true. You get an ice cream from an ice cream van and it is the best in the world. Then they stick a flake bar in it and completely knock it up several levels.

6. The Panel Shows

What is better than watching a few birds and blokes off the telly get together and be funny on the telly? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps everything?

7. The Mall

Yeah! The Mall! It's that road that connects Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace! There's no Dunkin Donuts or Great American Cookie Company on it though. That's a completely different Mall.

8. The Pubs

You may think bars serve alcohol but pubs are the cornerstone of British culture. Never ever get fish and chips in one though. EVER.

9. Fish and Chip Shops

The humble chip shop is one I miss. The smell of the fried food, the condensation in the windows, the distorted mirror image of yourself in the stainless steel frying range. Now you miss it too, don't you?

10. The Queen

Every Sunday without fail, I'd be round to see Her Majesty, we all miss that time when the millions of us would crowd in her tiny front room to watch Songs of Praise!

May 13, 2021

Why Americans Are Obsessed With Heritage - Episode 248

 

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You may have noticed that Americans, far more than their British counterparts, are rather obsessed with their heritage. This puzzles people from the UK when people from the US claim they're British/Irish/Italian/Swedish/German or whatever. They wonder why they would like to embrace their heritage rather than their nationality. In this podcast episode, we discuss why Americans are so obsessed with their heritage and if that will ever not be the case.

Are you an American obsessed with their heritage?