December 1, 2020

The Buy Nothing Project - Episode 205

 

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In this new podcast episode, we're talking about a project that's close to Erica's heart, as well as how Black Friday was this year! The Buy Nothing Project aims to reduce waste, encourage recycling and create a neighborhood community that helps each other out. This group has been a source of encouragement through these dark 'Covid Ages' as Dominic likes to refer to this period!

If you would like to get involved, head over to buynothingproject.org and find a group for your area!

If you are already a part of the Buy Nothing Project, have you found it invaluable?

November 26, 2020

Weird Thanksgiving Foods and What We Are Thankful For! - Episode 204

 

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Here we are talking about the weird Thanksgiving foods that people eat today! Plus, we're giving shout outs to our followers who kindly sent in the thanksgiving foods that might be weird to others that they eat, plus what they are thankful for in this special Thanksgiving podcast episode. If you don't follow us on Twitter or Instagram, click the links and give us a follow!

If you're not from the USA, Would you celebrate Thanksgiving??

November 25, 2020

Living In America: In The Great Divide, Nothing to Decide?

 

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With the elections over, we're looking at Joe Biden assuming office (or prising it from the greasy fingers of Trump who is desperate to hold on to power with fairy tales and ghost stories) on January 20th, 2021. The country is greatly divided, with the very right wing supporting Trump's claims of a rigged election and the very left wing gloating over Trump's legitimate defeat.

The country needs to put aside it's prejudices and come together, work together to Re-Unite the states of America. I can only hope, in time, that it will happen. America doesn't deserve to go down a divided road. It's relatively short history has had much division in its time. The country itself was born out of division between the Crown and the Congress. Yes, much is made of the Fourth of July where some Americans love to go "Yeah! We kicked the Brits asses! Woo-Hoo!" and some pedantic British and French historians love to correct the minor technical details of historical information, but, to be pedantic, it really was between the Crown and Congress.


If you were President, how would you re-unite the country?



November 24, 2020

Places We Wanna Go: Dover - Episode 203

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Dover. It's castle, Dover Castle, is historically known as the 'Key to England', having been built in 1066 by William the Conqueror and survived shelling from France in World War 2. The White Cliffs of Dover, which flank the port and town of Dover are considered an icon of England by the National Trust and from Cap Griz-Nez (Cape Grey Nose) in France, on a clear day, you can see the White Cliffs across the 20 miles of the strait of Dover quite nicely!

With Dover's history, it's quite easy to see why we talk about wanting to go there in this new podcast episode!

What historical town would you visit in England?

November 19, 2020

The British Invasion of The 1980s - Episode 202

 

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Not only was there one British invasion, there was a SECOND British invasion to the United States, this time happening in the 1980s. Bands such as Duran Duran, Wham!, Phil Collins, The Human League, A Flock of Seagulls, Spandau Ballet, etc.. all had major hits in the 1980s and it was largely thanks to MTV starting. With American groups not really well versed in the art of music video making, the Brits had a wealth of material for the burgeoning new music television station to plumb. Who remembers Human League's seminal video for 'Don't You Want Me'? A quick search on YouTube will refresh your memories no doubt! You'll more than likely fall down a 1980s British music artists hole on YouTube though!

Who is your favourite 80s British artist?

November 17, 2020

The British Invasion of The 1960s - Episode 201

 

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It isn't taught much in schools, but in 1964 the USA was invaded by Britain. No, it was not a military incursion, but a cultural and musical one. The Beatles, arguably the most famous band in the world, landed at Idlewild airport (soon to be renamed JFK in honour of the recently deceased President) in New York City on February 7th 1964 to an estimated five thousand screaming fans. Two days later, they made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and 73 million Americans got their first look at what was to come in the years that followed.

What is your favourite British Invasion band?

November 12, 2020

The Giveaway Winner Announced - Episode 200


Well, it's here folks! Our two hundredth episode. Since we only release one episode a year, that's 200 years of Tea and a Butty! If you've been here since the beginning, I just have one question: What's your secret? Also, in this episode, we announce the WINNER OF OUR GIVEAWAY! It's one of you, so listen to find out if it was YOU! 

Our question is, What should our next giveaway be??

November 10, 2020

Who Speaks Better English? - Episode 199


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Who speaks better English? Is it the USA or Britain? To some, there might be a definitive answer, to others, it might be just subjective. There's the grammar and vocabulary to consider with American English vs British English. Some say that British English doesn't exist! In this episode, we aim to get to the bottom of just who speaks better English! Is it an American or a Brit?  A lot of you on our Instagram page voted and we shall hear the results in this episode.

Do you think English is better spoken in either country?


November 5, 2020

The Last Kingdom - Episode 198

 

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For many of us, our favourite shows are our comfort zone and in these trying times, we look to them to escape in. One of our favourites at the moment is 'The Last Kingdom' starring Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred (Son of Uhtred) as the Saxon born-Dane raised warrior who walks a fine line between his birthright and culture and is used by Alfred the Great as a means to bring about his dream of a unified England under one King. In this episode, we discuss the books behind the series, written by Bernard Cornwell and eagerly await the show's 5th season.

What are some of your favourite shows at the moment?

November 4, 2020

Living In America: Taking The USA Back One YouTube Video At A Time

 

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If you watch YouTube, you may have noticed a lot of videos with Americans reacting to British culture or food. Mostly, it's food. The titles of 'Americans try British Candy' are all over You Tube and they get thousands of views, mostly from British people who want to see what Americans think of Dairy Milk or a Double Decker.

Now, British people trying American candy or snacks isn't that fascinating to American viewers on YouTube. Could that be because Americans assume the candy and snacks they eat are available to be enjoyed by the rest of the world? Sure, Oreos, Skittles and Snickers are available in the UK but there's a majority of candy products that are not. It could also be that British people just simply don't interest them. Which is fair enough. We are, by and large, an uninteresting culture to Americans who have only known their own stuff for the past 100 years.

So by this reckoning, Brits on YouTube are taking an active interest to encourage Americans to be into British culture. This is why Americans visiting the UK and making a video about it generates a lot of interest with Brits, who tell them to try this and they shouldn't have tried that or gone there but should have tried this and gone here.

Is it possible that Brits are trying to spread awareness of British treats and culture to Americans and affect a sort of change in the way Americans see the world?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

November 3, 2020

Sir Sean Connery (1930 - 2020) - Episode 197

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Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90. We look back on his remarkable life and career in this episode, from his impoverished upbringing in Edinburgh, through his rising star in the 1950s, to his explosion when he brought Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond 007 to life on the big screen in the 1960s. Of course, Bond is the role that made Connery a star but it's also not unfair to say that Connery made Bond and since his retirement from the role in 1967 (With brief recurrences in 1971 and 1983 respectively) and despite Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and current holder of the Walther PPK, Daniel Craig assuming the role, Connery is still associated with it.

What is your favourite Sean Connery film?

October 29, 2020

Top 3 Scary Movies - Episode 196



So, Halloween is almost upon us! If you're American, chances are this is a big deal for you. Americans, especially the Northern variety, are OBSESSED with Halloween. Candy, Scary movies, more Candy, Pumpkin carving, more scary movies, dressing up, more candy, more scary movies and then trick or treating then its home to count all the candy you got.

What are your top 3 scary movies??