Category Archives: News
Happy Thanksgiving! I want to take a moment to thank you for reading and following this blog. It’s been a trick to keep it going with all of the other things I have going on in my life, but it’s been a joy and I’m thankful for your support!
Enjoy today! I hope it’s filled with delicious food and laughing with those you love! See you back here tomorrow!
Happy Veterans Day … or for the Brits in the room, Happy Armistice Day! A big thanks to all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Ah, I did laugh at this one. If you’ve never read the Daily Mail, be grateful for little mercies. If you have, then you might enjoy this little online quiz!
As it turns out, I am hated by the Daily Mail. Quel surprise!
I did laugh at this: A pixelation glitch at BBC Studios gave Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, a Hitler mustache today, while he was on the channel talking about the need to limit immigration.
This comes after Farage was accused by a former teacher of singing Hitler youth songs while in school. Coincidence?
The BBC said in a statement “The big screen is owned by MediaCity UK, not the BBC. The fault has been reported to them and they are working to rectify it as soon as possible.”
Jon Stewart has returned to “The Daily Show,” after leaving the show in John Oliver’s very capable hands for the past 12 weeks while he shot a movie. I’ve really enjoyed John Oliver’s British spin on the news this summer. He’s a great comic and will be sad to see him go (don’t get me wrong, I still love Jon Stewart!).
Here’s a mixtape of John Oliver’s best “Daily Show” moments!
Cursing has been top of mind this week and I’ve been thinking a bit about the differences between British and American sensibilities around bad language.
I had just read Threec’s entertaining blog post, “Is ‘bloody’ really a swear word?”, which successfully argues that Americans are just more buttoned-up about bad language than Brits. And then I read this amazing little Daily Beast report about yesterday’s House of Commons vote against military action in Syria:
“Embarrassed by his failure, [David] Cameron’s team lashed out at opponents of the intervention. A government source told The Times of London that Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, was ‘a f****** c*** and a copper-bottomed s***’ for withdrawing support for military action.”
Whaaa? My first thought: Was this quote actually in the newspaper? Did The Times of London really spell out a f****** c*** and a copper-bottomed s*** without the asterisks? I love the color and candor of such a quote! I clicked on the link to the Times story, but sadly it requires a subscription to view in full.
However, it’s safe to say that I can’t see any reputable American newspaper ever publishing that anyone was a f****** c*** and a copper-bottomed s***, with or without asterisks. Can you?
Check out Sophie Heawood’s column in the Guardian about her favorite parts of the U.S. and the U.K.
She starts, “If you’ve lived between the US and the UK, as I have done in recent years, it can be hard to pin down which country you love more. At times, I yearn to go back and live on the West Coast, where the smiles were wider, the sun was brighter, and everyone believed in the dream of a dream at least. At other times I’m greatly relieved to be in London, with the cold comforts of sarcasm and rain, the reassuring presence of doctors who don’t ask to see your credit card, and the absence of cheerleaders and the NRA. (And cheerleading for the NRA.)”
Too true, Sophie! After returning from vacationing in Disneyland last week, I’m reminded of the bold and unapologetic optimism that surrounds such a place. It’s so American! Read on…
What’s 14 feet high, ultramarine blue and standing on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?
A giant cockerel, designed by German artist Katharina Fritsch!
The cock’s creator Katharina Fritsch told The Guardian newspaper: “I think the English have a great sense of humour. I know they like to play games with language. They like their double meanings. So I wanted to play around.”
I kind of like how blue and bright it is! What do you think?
In the spirit of our times, dress up your very own royal baby, which I found on Pinterest thanks to Patz Freeman. (I particularly love the corgi on wheels.)