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Close to 100,000 protest in Women’s March in London

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Wow – what an inspiring, historic turnout of protestors across the globe yesterday! London, alone, had close to 100,000 protestors in opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency, which included London mayor Sadiq Khan.

London, I love you!

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BBC’s subtitle blunder is hilarious

Picture it. Today. Inauguration Day for Donald Trump (boo….) and BBC delivers this peach of a blunder, airing subtitles to BBC children’s program “The Dumping Ground” over their live coverage of the inauguration.

R.I.P. AA Gill

AA Gill

AA Gill

I was very sad to hear that Sunday Times columnist and TV and restaurant critic AA Gill has passed away.

Oh 2016, you just can’t let up, can you?

Gill, age 62, had what he deemed the “full English” of cancers and had only revealed his illness three weeks ago. The Sunday Times posted the announcement this morning. The Sunday Times will be publishing an article he had written about coming to terms with his cancer in tomorrow’s Sunday Times Magazine.

And I should add, if you haven’t had the chance to read the London Sunday Times Magazine, do check it out. If not tomorrow, then when?

I continue to be awed and inspired by the bright, irreverent and often hilarious feature writing and first-person columns that are published in British newspapers and the Sunday Times Magazine is a perfect example (much better than the New York Times Magazine, in my humble opinion).

Marks & Spencer’s Christmas advert

Following my post yesterday about John Lewis’s Christmas advert, I present an alternative take on the Christmas advert with Marks & Spencer‘s latest.

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Just as I predicted …

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift

I know – Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s break up is no longer new news, but it happened in September during my self-imposed blog break and now I need to shout it from the rooftops … ahem …

I WAS RIGHT! I WAS RIGHT! LOOK AT ME! I WAS RIGHT!

Ah, I feel better now. I just wanted to say that I did predict that she and Tom would only last three months and BOOM! Like clockwork! They break up after three months!

I feel kind of vindicated. The whole world is falling apart and I wouldn’t have predicted the events of this past week … but I was right about Tay Tay’s latest romance. Sigh. That is all.

Poppy power

Barbara Windsor with poppy

Barbara Windsor with poppy

While Sky News wouldn’t be my pick in any normal circumstances, it was the only app providing live election coverage on my Apple TV on Tuesday night, and so I went with it.

Aside from seeing the uncomfortable and then nauseated expressions of British journalists suddenly realizing that the unthinkable was happening, I couldn’t help but notice the poppies that everyone was wearing.

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True colors

It’s been four months since Brexit.

Four months since Britain made the terrible decision to leave the European Union.

It hit me hard.

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John Oliver’s take on Brexit vote

If you aren’t sure what today’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom is all about, HBO’s funnyman John Oliver sheds some light …

Here’s hoping cooler minds prevail today.

Taylor Swift + Chris Martin = ?

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Once you go Brit, you never go back.

Or so it seems for Taylor Swift. I’ve been amused this week to hear that Tom Hiddleston is the latest in her string of British boyfriends (Calvin Harris, and before him, infamously Harry Styles).

I kind of wished she had waited a heartbeat and considered dating Chris Martin, Coldplay’s front man, who seems to be smitten with American women (famously married to Gwyneth Paltrow, then seen dating Jennifer Lawrence and possibly Heather Graham). It could very well be a match made in heaven. I can see it now. She’ll giggle as he talks about the “loo” and fixes her a cup of tea (okay … maybe not in that order). He’ll love her “garage” and “aluminum foil” and meatloaf, but we may need to wait it out. He appears to be quite content with his current wildcard girlfriend Annabelle Wallis, who hails from Portugal of all places.

Give it time. I’m quite certain the stars will align and he’ll be back on the market looking for an American girlfriend, around the same time that Taylor Swift grows tired of Tom Hiddleston’s dad dancing.

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I give it three months.

Walmart management’s notes to Shane

Have you seen these entertaining notes from Walmart management to employee Shane? They have been going around virally and the story was picked up by the British Mirror newspaper this week …

Here are just a few gems.

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All of that fun reminded me of my brief stint working at a supermarket in the small British seaside town of Teignmouth so many years ago. One of my co-workers would stick coupons to the floor just to see how many people would stop and try to pick them up, with the fleeting moment of giddy that comes from finding the right bargain.

Those were the days … 😉