Category Archives: Technology

Pearls of wisdom from 4-year-old Brit

Have you seen this video on YouTube?

I love the worldly wise advice given by this 4-year old sage. “You’re nearly 3, you should toughen up a bit,” says Delilah O’Donoghue from Balsall Common to her 2-year-old brother Gabriel.

It’s making the headlines here in the U.S. and the U.K. and has already been viewed more than 3,280,000 times! Check it out!


And the envelope please …

Last weekend, I got a lovely surprise from Zoe from She nominated for two blog awards – the Beautiful Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog.

As for the terms and conditions of such a prize, it’s as follows: “To claim the price, please publish 7 things that bloggers don’t know about you and then nominate the next 7 blogs. Inform the bloggers about the nomination.” Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

And without further ado, here are my top 7:

1. I’m an only child but have been told throughout my life that I don’t act like one.

2. I love nature but hate bugs.

3. I truly believe everyone looks better with glasses. Except me.

4. I once wrote a humor column about getting carded in America when I went to see an R rated movie. The Scottish copyeditors, who didn’t understand the ratings system in America, changed the copy to read X rated movie. Needless to say, the column didn’t read the same.

5. I was an extra on “Sister Act 2.”

6. I don’t like talking on the phone.

7. I still haven’t been to Greece. Initially the toilet-paper-in-the-basket thing kept me away but now I’ve come to believe that it’s worth going despite that. Especially Santorini.

My nominations:

Draw Something

Last weekend, I discovered Draw Something, the latest Pictionary-style app.

It’s tremendously fun and hilarious and kind of creative – like Pictionary itself, but I’m finding that there are some challenges when playing with Brits.

First case in point:

The word was “Coach.”

Now in my mind, I’d have to draw a sports coach. Whistle. Cap. Smoke coming out of his ears.

But for my mother-in-law, the picture was simple: a bus.

Second case in point:

The word was “pong.”

I’m imagining the old-school computer game. Ball. Rectangle thingy. Done.

My mother-in-law draws a nose and some odor-implying squiggles.

And so Draw Something is a particularly head-scratching yet funny game to play with Brits. Challenge one today!

Siri & the British accent

We got an iPhone 4S on Friday and was formally introduced to Siri, Apple’s latest voice-operated genie of sorts.

According to the Apple website, “Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.”

What they neglected to add was the “unless you’re British” addendum. Or so we initially thought.

In a conversation with friends Friday night, the subject of Pam Dawber came up (remember Pam Dawber from Mork & Mindy fame?) We were trying to remember the name of the old Pam Dawber TV show where she played the older sister? Anyone? Anyone?

Well, out came Siri to the rescue.

“Siri, who is Pam Dawber?” my husband asked her.

“Looking up Pam Dobah,” she finally responded.

“Pam Daaaaahburrrrr,” he had to repeat, with his worst impression of an American accent.

“Pam Dobah not in your contacts,” she said.

And this continued until we finally quit and looked it up via Google without Siri’s assistance.

(If you were wondering, the answer was My Sister Sam.)

We later discovered that there is a British English assistant that you can switch to – a male British butler type (like a posh Mr. Belvedere) with an ear for the differences between Dawber and Dober. He was able to locate Pam Dawber’s rap sheet without any trouble.

Now the only fly in the ointment is that the British Siri can’t look up businesses or locations. That can only be accomplished (for now) by American Siri.

So Brits had best start practicing the right way to say Los Angeles.