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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Anna Kendrick’s Newcastle Brown Ale ad

Our house is an American football-free zone, but every year, there is the slightest whiff of interest in the Super Bowl ads.

Love Anna Kendrick and love her non-Superbowl Newcastle Brown Ale commercial, which exemplifies the no-bollocks brand. If you haven’t seen it, check it out! And have a happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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Red Bull’s office gives employees wings

Check out Red Bull’s London headquarters, which has been recently refurbished. New offices comprise the top three floors of an existing 19th century building – including a rooftop extension. The top floor also includes a main reception, bar, café, and both informal and formal meeting areas. Looks like a pretty cool place to work!

Red Bull's new offices

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Paddington Bear collection now at Baby Gap

Baby Gap Paddington Bear collection

Okay, this may be the cutest little Baby Gap collection I’ve seen in a while! The line includes rain boots, toggle ponchos, hoodies with bear ears and some sweet graphic footed outfits.

See the whole line!

Brits and New Year’s resolutions

89 percent of Brits have resolved to eat better in 2014.

89 percent of Brits have resolved to eat better in 2014.

What were the most popular New Year’s resolutions for Brits in 2014? A UK survey asked Brits this question and the results were as follows:

* 91% resolved to do more exercise
* 89% wanted to eat better
* 87% said they wanted to consume less alcohol
* 79% said they wanted to spend less money this year
* 11% said they want to stop smoking
* 4% want to learn how to play a musical instrument

How about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions and how have you done so far? I actually didn’t make any resolutions this year – and apparently I’m not alone. A CBS news poll found that 68 percent of Americans don’t do resolutions!

Fake London Underground signs

Wow. Someone has posted these fake London Underground signs on the Underground and they really are quite something!

Here are just a few…

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

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London Underground sign

See the rest of the Tube signs and try NOT to smile ….

“Sherlock” Season 3 – The Musical

I’ve made no secret of my adoration for the BBC show “Sherlock.” If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?!

In the meantime, for those who are caught up with Season 3, here’s a musical spoof that’s pretty spot on! (There are some *spoiler alerts* if you haven’t caught up, so watch at your own peril…)

No Pants Sunday

Rex Features via AP Images

Rex Features via AP Images

Many London Underground riders went pantsless on Sunday as part of No Pants Subway Ride, which originated in New York City. Since pants mean underwear in the U.K., Brits were careful to clarify that trousers were optional, knickers weren’t. According to the group’s Facebook page, 250-300 people participated this year!

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'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

Sherlock at the Golden Globes

Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender

Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender at the Golden Globes

For four months now, we’ve been blissfully without our cable TV. Who needs it?! Not me. But rarely, very rarely, there are those nagging moments in life where I do miss it – and Sunday was one of those days when I realized that the Golden Globes were on and I couldn’t just watch.

As it turned out, most of the highlights were online anyway, and I’ve flipped through plenty of red carpet fashion from the night and watched every bizarre speech. The best picture I’ve seen is the one above – Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender just grooving at the Golden Globes.

Which reminds me – I’ve got to go catch up on watching “Sherlock.” I’ve just started watching the third season and am hooked. Now I am going back to the first season to watch from the beginning. If you haven’t seen “Sherlock” yet, it’s on Netflix and Hulu and is well worth a watch!

London’s futuristic new bike highway?

SkyCycle

Check out SkyCycle, a proposal of a revolutionary network of traffic-free cycle routes in London, that could accommodate up to 12,000 riders an hour! What do you think? Amazing, right?

10 British insults Americans won’t understand

Don't be a tosser

Last week, #americansvsbritish was trending on Twitter.com and I was amused by all of the posts.

One in particular I spotted was “10 British insults Americans won’t understand,” a list that was posted on BBC America. Their collection includes some of my favorites, including minger, chav and tosser. Check out the full list and their translations!