Category Archives: British

10 things that Americans don’t realize are offensive to Brits

Two fingers

Be sure not to confuse this with a peace sign, okay?

I’m enjoying this BBC America list of 10 things that Americans don’t realize our offensive to Brits — particularly taking our plates away and describing something as “quite” good! Anything they’ve missed?

Second baby news for Will and Kate

Kate, Will and Baby George

Ah, congrats to the lovely Will and Kate on news of baby #2!

Now might be a good time to place some bets. What do you think? Girl or boy?

I think the last go-round, I was pretty psychically sure that it would be a girl (and then was clearly so wrong). This time, well, I’m going to do the reverse and say it will be a boy. A boy named Hugh, in fact. Or Lucien. Or perhaps Joffrey. (Maybe I’ve been watching too much “Game of Thrones.”)

What do you think? And what’s the latest royal name going to be this time?

Art Everywhere

Art Everywhere

Art Everywhere, the U.K.’s biggest art exhibition runs through the end of this month. Where? Well, everywhere. Art Everywhere is showing up on more than 30,000 billboards across the country. Genius, right? Here are just a few examples.

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The surprises of our first English birthday party

Birthday cake

Alex Richards is an American writer, who recently moved from Brooklyn, New York to Bradford-on-Avon in England with her British husband, her 3-year-old daughter and one on the way.

Check out her recently post about the surprises of their first English birthday party and her observations of the scene on Momtastic.com.

101 things to do in London – how many have you done?

Waterlily House in Kew Gardens

I always wanted to visit the Waterlily House in Kew Gardens but still haven’t been.

I liked Time Out London’s collection of 101 things to do in London – and the quiz that accompanied it, based on a list of destinations under Museums, Galleries, Parks, Shopping, etc.

But sadly, I only scored 29. 29?! Yep. It seems that when we lived there, we never did go to the Globe or the Royal Opera House, the London Zoo or the Science Museum. We did hit most of the parks, but were pretty light on the eating and drinking spots that they listed (to be fair, many of these didn’t exist back when we were living in London). And so it goes …

Take the quiz and see how you do!

Joules in the U.S.

Joules

When we were visiting London last year, we passed by the shop Joules at Waterloo Station. The shop wasn’t open yet (still in “coming soon” mode), but I peered through the window (the French call it “lècher la vitrine” or window shopping, actually the literal translation of “window licking,” which was what I was nearly doing) and was absolutely charmed. Their women’s and children’s lines were gorgeous, lots of sweet patterns and lovely designs. Wellies in primary colors. Whimsical and easy to wear basics.

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The Definitive Stereotype Map of Britain and Ireland

Definitive Stereotype Map of Britain and Ireland

Thanks to my friend Tory, who lives where the “really cold oil rig workers live,” I have Buzzfeed’s definitive stereotype map of Britain and Ireland! Enjoy!

Shakespearean sayings

Shakespeare sayings

I spotted this on Facebook (on the REAL Peter Tork page!) and thought it was worth sharing! How many of these do you use every day? Thanks to William Shakespeare for adding more color to the English language!

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

Oh, London! I love you for your utter whimsy! Check out the celebration that took place this weekend in Trafalgar Square to mark International Pillow Fight Day. Organised by Urban Playground Movement, the fight rules were simple: don’t hit anyone with a camera and don’t hit anyone without a pillow.

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

British People’s 13 Greatest Fears

Fear of heights

A new YouGov survey has revealed the 13 things that the British public fear the most, with fear of heights, fear of snakes and fear of public speaking in the top 3. Read the full list.

But I particularly like Huffington Post’s comedic take of this. “That someone will push in front of us in a queue” ranked #1, with “That someone will go in for a second kiss on the other cheek” at #2 and “That Stephen Fry may be wrong about something” at #3. Read their full list.

Is your greatest fear on the list?