August 13, 2020

Americanisms That Drive British People Crazy - Episode 174

 

Americanisms. They are EVERYWHERE. Especially in the United States. What causes this? Well, American culture, obviously. Duh! Your Bad! Or is it MY bad? Who knows anymore? Listen to the episode to find out what Dominic's favourite Americanisms are.

Do you say any of these things?

August 11, 2020

Reacting to British 1990s Nostalgia - Episode 173

 

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 Ah, the 1990s. More specifically, Britain in the 1990s. It was all Noel's House Party, TFI Friday, Woolworths Pick & Mix and fancying Jet on Gladiators. Maybe a little bit of Oasis and Blur thrown in too. Dominic re-visits some of these nostalgic items via an article but does he remember them all?

Did you grow up in the 1990s? Tell us what you remember!

August 6, 2020

Crazy British Victorian Names - Episode 172

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Today's episode is all about the crazy names that Victorians used to name their children. Because that never happens anymore, right? Well, compared to some of these Victorian names, today's penchant for parents naming their children weird names is quite tame. Have a listen!

What's the weirdest name you've ever come across?


August 5, 2020

Living In America: Missing Crucial Events At Home

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As an Expat, you have to learn to live with certain things when you move away from your home country. With today's technology, we can see and hear them in real time, imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago? 1920, no internet, bad phone connection. Planes were still new and took a long time and a lot of money to get places. Many people who crossed the Atlantic ocean never set foot on their home soil again. So, it may have been a case of out of sight, out of mind. I wonder how many who set out to start a new life had family back home they missed and thought about often? It's much harder to forget about home these days with the current technology rate. Still, today's technology reminds you that you aren't physically there and with the current global pandemic, we are social distancing so this makes it even harder.

In a few days, my dad, my sister and my best friend will all have birthdays. On the same day. My sister and best friend live in England and Wales respectively, my dad lives in Spain. This is hard for me because I would love to be able to spend their birthdays with them, to celebrate, to enjoy their company. Even without a global pandemic, it would be hard. Flights back to the UK and EU are expensive.

My fellow Expats, how are you finding this time? Is it even harder than usual? For me, it's been much the same. I suppose it helps having a rather small family. I know that if we were in the UK, Erica would be having a much harder time not seeing her family.

How do you think you would do if you were living away from your homeland?


-Dominic

August 4, 2020

Places We Wanna Go In The UK: The Cotswolds - Episode 171

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So, we're kicking off a new series on our podcast called 'Places We Wanna Go' and we'd love it if you shared your places YOU would like to go with us too. It doesn't just have to be in the UK or the USA, it can be anywhere in the world, or even anywhere in the universe? If you want to go to Mars or Alpha Centauri, tell us!

If you could visit anywhere, where would you go?


July 30, 2020

American Foods A Brit Has Never Heard Of - Episode 170



When I first came to the USA, I was struck just how different the food was here. Growing up in the UK, I had assumed that people in the US ate the same things as we did so when I was confronted with Tamales for the first time, or Grits (Which up until then had been something lorries spread on the roads when it was icy) I was visibly confused.

What foods had you never heard of before?


July 28, 2020

Assumptions About Britain (Part 2) - Episode 169


In part two of this episode, we enlist the help of our 10 year old niece Addison from Adventures with A and P with assumptions. So have a listen to what her thoughts are about the damp foggy island just off the north coast of France.

Do you think everything is fancy in Britain?


July 23, 2020

Listed Buildings In The UK - Episode 168

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We're talking about listed buildings today. Listed Buildings are basically old buildings that are on a special list that keeps them from being knocked down or changed without consent. We find this topic extremely interesting and will probably talk about it more in a future episode as there are quite a lot of listed buildings in the UK and around the world.

What's your favourite listed building?


July 21, 2020

Assumptions About Britain (Part 1) - Episode 167



So, you have a few assumptions about the tiny island of the UK of GB, do you? We're here with our very own British person to answer them and confirm whether they're correct.

What's the first thing that comes to mind about the UK for you?


July 16, 2020

Tips From A British Person On Surviving Summer In Texas - Episode 166




Summer in Texas is no temperate affair. Currently, as I write this, it's 90F/30C out there. It's been in the low 100s for the past few days which is why we continuously thank society for the gift of air conditioning in houses and commercial properties. Also, we need to thank society for ice cream. Always.


Do you live in a hot place? What do you do to survive your summer?


July 14, 2020

Is Chicken More Popular In Britain than America? - Episode 165

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Chicken. It's a massively popular food. Grilled, Fried, Baked or Boiled, it might just be bucking for the top spot of most consumed meat in the world! Fried Chicken is hugely popular across the world, with the most famous chain being KFC. In the USA, especially Texas, Popeyes might take the crown as the best fried chicken in the state (We'll fight whoever doesn't love that chicken from Popeyes!) But does Nando's steal the overall crown in Britain? We think so.

Do you order chicken a lot? What's your favourite place to order from?


July 9, 2020

British Place Names Pronounced By An American - Episode 164

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There are some British places that sound, to other English speaking countries, unpronounceable. Some even sound cute to their ears. But on seeing them, are you sure they're pronounced how they're spelt? Here's the full list with the county they're in

Ruislip (London)

Dulwich (London)

Holborn (London)

Loughborough (Leicestershire)

Frome (Somerset)

Ballachulish (Highlands)

Godmanchester (Cambridgeshire)

Woolfardisworthy (Devon)

Omagh (County Tyrone)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Anglesey)


That last one stumps even Welsh people!

Can you think of any more places that would stump an American?