January 23, 2020

Flavours of the UK and the USA - Episode 116

If you travel to the UK from America for the first time, and pick up a package of Skittles, or any fruity candy for that matter, from the grocery store or a gas station, you may be surprised to find that the purple-colored candies are not grape-flavoured, but are, instead, black currant-flavoured.  And, you might not be able to find Marmite potato chips in the US, but odds are, you won't have a problem finding jalapeño crisps.  This podcast is all about the different flavours, foods and ingredients, in general, that are more popular in the United States than in Great Britain and vice versa.  Have a listen to our latest episode and then let us know if we forgot any other flavours, foods, or ingredients that are super popular in either America or Britain.

January 21, 2020

Love Island - Episode 115

Love Island is filmed on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
The UK is widely considered the birthplace of modern reality television and it's dating shows are numerous. Shows like 'Dating in the Dark', 'First Dates', 'The Undateables' and 'Naked Attraction' regularly capture the British public's attention but none have really done it like 'Love Island'. Originally, it was a series that featured tabloid celebrities in 2005 but since its 2015 re-launch with contestants from the general public, it's popularity and infamy have soared.

What do you think of the Love Island phenomenon??

January 16, 2020

Scotland - Episode 114

Edinburgh. Image: Gary Campbell
Now, I'll take the high road and you take the low road and I'll be in Scotland before ye! Or so the song goes. I myself was last in Scotland 25 years ago and I miss it. I lived in the Highlands and an island and visited Edinburgh and Glasgow as a child. My mother was Scottish, as was my paternal grandmother so that makes me about 75 percent Scottish so Scotland is very dear to my heart and one day I will go back there with Erica and show her around mine (and hers as it turns out) Ancestral land.

Have you ever been to Scotland?

January 14, 2020

#Megxit - Episode 113

Image: Northern Ireland Office, CC By 2.0

The image above serves as a perfect representation of everything of which Prince Harry and Meghan of Sussex have had enough.  They are sick and tired to death of being greeted with bouquets of flowers and having to smile at children dressed in period clothing.  They're done.  The couple wants out and yesterday, after having a "sit down", The Queen made a statement that there is more work to be done to achieve Harry and Meghan's independent life and that she (Queen Elizabeth) has asked for "final decisions to be reached in the coming days."  But, what does it all mean?  Well, we're back in this podcast to talk on the subject as if we're authorities (hint: we're not), so if you're interested, have a listen and then let us know what you think.  We're actually dying to know.  If you're not interested, it's okay, because we'll be back on Thursday with a royal-family-free podcast!  We can hear your sighs of relief from here and we totally get it.

January 9, 2020

Harry and Megs Going It Alone - Episode 112

Image: Northern Ireland Office, CC By 2.0

So, it would appear from the announcement made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, that they are "stepping back" from being senior royals and will be splitting their time between the UK and North America.  In addition, they plan to become "financially independent."  That last part, I'm sure, has numerous British "subjects" jumping for joy.  But, what does this all mean?  We're breaking it all down for you in today's podcast, and let me tell you, we have lots of opinions on this matter, all of which are very well informed and clearly, absolutely correct, so please don't even bother trying to argue with us.  No, no.  We know these people very well, so we are authorities on this subject, m'kay?  Yeah, I didn't even convince myself with that one.  But even though we are definitely not authorities on this sitch, we are still filled with opinions, so you might as well listen, if for no other reason than to get wound up by what we have to say.  Afterward, feel free to visit our Facebook group to have a go at us.

January 7, 2020

Hallmark & Lifetime Movies - Episode 111

With the Netflix series 'You' becoming a phenomenon, people have compared it to a better scripted Lifetime movie. But what are Lifetime movies? Are they honestly that cheesy? Hallmark films too? In this episode we find out what exactly the differences are.

What is your favourite Hallmark or Lifetime movie?

January 2, 2020

The 2010s in Review - Episode 110

A new year, a new decade, and the end of another.  In this episode we're discussing a small selection of events and television programs from the 2010s.  It was quite a strange decade, so we thought it only appropriate to do quite a strange podcast in honor of the ten years that were.  Not to worry, it wasn't a stretch for us.  Ten years full of... let's just call them events.  Quite frankly, I'm happy to see the back of it.  Roll on 2020!  Have a listen to today's episode and let us know any events we left off (disclaimer - we left off a lot), and if you feel like it, let us know your own highlights of the past decade.

December 31, 2019

Gavin and Stacey - Episode 109

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Gavin and Stacey is one of Britain's most popular sitcoms. James Corden, who starred as Smithy and also co-wrote the show, comes in for a lot of criticism in Britain and we feel it is quite unfair. Gavin and Stacey recently returned for a Christmas special 10 years after it's third and final season ended. Happy New Year everybody!

Are you a fan of British sitcoms?

December 26, 2019

The Royal Christmas Broadcast - Episode 108

The Queen's Speech, 2019. Image: YouTube
Every Christmas day at 3pm in the UK, The Monarch (which since 1952 has been Elizabeth II) gives a speech reflecting on the year. In this episode, we'll discuss what exactly it means for the people and the various times it HASN'T happened at Christmas!

What do you think of the Queen's Speech?

December 25, 2019

Living In America: On The Road In The USA

Image: David Herrera
People do LOVE a road trip over here and with several thousand doing that every year around Christmas time because domestic flights are ridiculously expensive, it's not hard to see why Americans prefer to travel in their cars.

You see the USA on a map and it is big but when you come here, it is astronomically big. People in the UK balk at a 3 hour drive to another city but in the US, a 3 hour commute in the car is a normal thing. YES. People actually commute to their work for over an hour. People spend a LOT of time in their cars over here and it's a little unnerving to someone like me who never really drove a lot suddenly finding themselves HAVING to take a car everywhere. They built everything 100 miles apart from each other here in Texas because they have the space to so the only logical thing to do is drive.

So, while you're tucking into your Christmas dinner today, spare a thought for people who are out on the road, stuck in heavy traffic on the seemingly endless roads in the USA.

Happy Christmas everybody! War is over, if you want it.


December 24, 2019

Christmas Desserts - Episode 107

Christmas Pudding aflame. Image: James Petts

Christmas desserts. Who doesn't LOVE a Christmas dessert? Whether it be Yule Log or a Christmas pudding with flaming brandy, it's always a tradition, at least on a British Christmas table, to have a dessert and plenty of people are sick of it. Christmas desserts are the best, or the worst, part of the Christmas dinner. Many Brits abhor the Christmas Pudding and think that its possibly the worst thing that can come during Christmas but, it's (as my father would say) "Tradition innit" so we British keep it alive, loving it or hating it.

What desserts do you love or hate?

We'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from us both! Thanks everyone!

December 19, 2019

Where To Shop In The UK - Episode 106

Oxford Street, London. Image: Kyle Taylor
We've had a few listeners messaging to tell us they are moving to England and are wondering where the best places are to shop so that is what today's episode is about! We spend an inordinate amount of time discussing B&Q in this too so be sure to listen to that!

Do you have a favourite department store? Let us know!