August 2, 2022

Rock and Roll Sites in London - Episode 317

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Rock and Roll has been synonymous with England since Beatlemania spread across the USA in 1964 and, ever since, plenty of British and American rockers have taken up residence in London. Therefore a lot of Rock and Roll shenanigans went down across the capital and in this new episode of our podcast, we discuss 10 of the best ones from history.

What is your favorite Rock and Roll site in London??

July 28, 2022

Things Brits Are Great At - Episode 316

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There's a lot Britain has contributed to the world. We have already done an episode on British inventions that you can listen to. This episode focuses on what things Brits do that makes them great. Dominic heads up the episode with his list of things that Brits are great at. There's a couple of usual suspects on the list as well as a couple of unusual ones too! With this

What do you think the Brits are great at?

July 19, 2022

Common Texas Bugs Uncommon In Britain - Episode 315

 

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 Bugs, Creepy-Crawlies, Insects. They're everywhere and anywhere, right? Well, not so! Some are very uncommon in Britain, some even don't exist at all. I've had plenty of people surprised that my first experience with a firefly was in the USA. They simply don't exist in Britain because its too cold! Though, at the time of writing, the UK is experiencing record high temperatures of 42 degrees celsius but the temperatures will come down soon.

What are some bugs you are surprised are uncommon in Britain?

July 18, 2022

Story Time - Going Commando At An Indian Restaurant

 

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To preface this story, my father recently passed away and I was thinking of all the laughs we had together over the years. This story keeps coming to the front of my mind, it may be a case of you had to be there but I've decided to share it all with you! For those of a sensitive nature, it's probably best not to read on...

It all began on a chilly December evening in 2004. My father and I caught the train to Swansea and headed down the High Street to a pub called the 'Adam & Eve'. This pub was one of the best ones in Swansea and had live music most nights and this particular evening, we were off to see 'The Tremblin' Knees' which were a great live cover band with Tony 'Plum' Hollis on lead vocals. They were fantastic, as usual, and the drinks flowed, though we didn't get too drunk. We met up with some friends there and during the set, my dad disappeared to go to the toilet and was gone for a couple of songs. When he came back, I asked him if he was alright, he nodded that he was and we carried on boozing and singing.

After the band finished their set, I was starving. I suggested to dad we head next door to the Indian restaurant and have a curry before we got the train home. He agreed and we said goodbye to the band and our friends and went out into the cold night for a couple of steps up the road to the Indian restaurant. I forget the name of it now, but it has been many things over the years since and is currently a Japanese restaurant I believe.

We headed in, the waiter greeted us and told us to sit down in the waiting area while they readied a table. It was a week night and the restaurant wasn't that full so we didn't have long to wait before they showed us back to a booth. I sat, facing the door and my dad busied himself taking off his coat because they had the heating on in this place. I placed my elbows on the table and then my eyes caught something strange; The waiter was heading towards our booth carrying a silver tray with what appeared to be a pair of grey boxer shorts on it. I was about to tell my dad when the waiter, not saying a word, stopped beside our booth and leaned down, as if he was a footman serving food at a nobility dinner in the 1900s. "Here you are, sir." The waiter said to my dad and my dad glanced at the boxer shorts on the tray and said "Oh! Thanks!" and took the underwear, stuffing them in his coat pocket. The waiter nodded and headed off.

Now, I had questions. Questions that weren't being answered by my dad's mutter to me of "That was lucky!" and the other diner's quizzical glances. They were just as much in the dark as me! After a moment, I leaned in and asked "What the hell was that about?! Were those boxers?! Why was the waiter giving you a pair of boxers? Were they yours?" and my dad laughed and, in a hushed tone, clued me in.

It turns out he'd done a wet fart, or a "shart" if you will, in his pants when we were rocking out in the Adam & Eve. He'd decided to go to the toilet, clean up, take off his boxers and shove them in his coat pocket. Why was the waiter now presenting them to him on a silver platter? Well, they obviously fell out of his coat pocket when we sat down to wait for a table and the waiter noticed them and knew exactly what to do. I started to laugh hysterically and pretty soon, my father saw it from my point of view of not knowing that this had happened in the pub and just seeing the waiter randomly serve my dad a pair of boxers and we were both in hysterics all the way through the meal and the train home.

It's a story I told many times to others in front of him and it's one I'll continue to tell now he's no longer with us. 

Taken in the Adam & Eve, 2004.


-Dominic

July 12, 2022

Misconceptions I Had About The UK - Episode 314


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If you are visiting the UK, or Britain, from the USA, or America, then you likely already have some misconceptions about the place. Stereotypes about people and places are rife all over the world so obvious misconceptions can arise. What are some of these misconceptions Erica, a Texas native, had about Britain? Well, listen to the link below to find out!

What are some of your misconceptions about the UK?

July 5, 2022

Summer Words: UK Vs USA - Episode 313

 

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Summer time is a season full of joy and laughter. People like to head off on their holidays to the seaside... or maybe its vacation to the beach where you are from? Plenty of words get mixed up in between the USA and UK and during the summer, likely even more so! In this episode, we discuss the different words and try to not go off on a tangent. (Spoiler Alert: We go off on a tangent!).

What are your favourite British or American words to use?

June 28, 2022

The Magna Carta - Episode 312

 

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The Magna Carta is perhaps the single greatest document in British history, possible exceptions to that include the recipe for Yorkshire Pudding. It is cited around the world as inspiration for many great independence movements, especially successful ones such as the United States and India. In this newest episode, we discuss the events surrounding the signing of the Magna Carta and what it means in today's society.

Have you heard of the Magna Carta?

June 21, 2022

Produce In The UK and The USA - Episode 311

 

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 Produce, you'd think it was the same all over the world until you went around it! What's an Aubergine?! What's a Rutabaga? And what's all this about plastic wrapped fruit and vegetables in British supermarkets? We find out all this and more in the latest podcast episode of Tea and a Butty! Erica and Dominic discuss the differences in produce in Britain and America and the packaging crisis that British supermarkets are dealing with in order to reduce their single-use plastic.

What's your favourite vegetable?

June 14, 2022

American Myths and Legends - Episode 310

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Like our previous British Myths and Legends episode, we now come to talking about some of the myths and legends that make up the United States. Erica guides us through some of the familiar and, indeed, unfamiliar urban legends and myths that have been persistent across American culture and the wider world. For instance, who knew that Paul Bunyan wasn't just a guy with legendary bunions?

What is your favourite American folk tale?


June 7, 2022

The Ultimate Chocolate Bar Winner - Episode 309

 

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 Chocolate is a serious thing as someone once said and our Ultimate Chocolate Bar competition where we pitted American and British chocolate bars against each other to find an ultimate winner to go head to head in a finale. Also, in this episode, we discuss the events of the Platinum Jubilee and all the juicy gossip surrounding the Royal Family.

What is your favourite chocolate bar?

May 31, 2022

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Episode 308

 

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 2022 is the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. She's been on the throne for 70 years, longer than any other monarch in history. She surpassed Victoria's 63 year reign in 2015. The Jubilee will be unprecedented as it's the first time the British Monarchy has had a Platinum jubilee in history. There will be a four day celebration from the 2nd of June 2022 to the 5th. The Saturday will involve the traditional Party at the Palace, where performers from the world of pop music will sing.

Are you celebrating the Jubilee?

May 24, 2022

The Fantastic Beasts Franchise - Episode 307

 

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The Fantastic Beasts franchise has had a lot to deal with since starting. A spin off of the mega-successful Harry Potter franchise, it's gone through a lot of turmoil behind the scenes to get the films made, including a major cast change for the latest film. Johnny Depp's Grindelwald is now Mads Mikkelsen in the role and Wizarding World creator JK Rowling has gotten herself into hot water regarding some comments she's made.

Do you think there needs to be any more Fantastic Beasts movies?