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’tis the season to review the blog

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

And the last red-coloured-festive post of the year. Actually, I’m not even going to blog for the next ten days, as anything that appears on this website will be courtesy of my fair lady: An Americans point of view in Eng-er-land. I’ll try and cajole her into doing at least a couple of posts. OK? […]

’tis the season to … you know like, whatever

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

The five levels of adjusting to the American Way. Level 1 This is the stuff that everyone knows about because you watched a lot of American cop TV as a kid. Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues and ChiPS is where I first learnt that side walks were pavements, pants were trousers and an elevator […]

’tis the season for top five lists

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Five Christmas Presents 1979: The lego train set. My goodness was I excited at this! It had a PP9 battery powered ‘engine’ and I spent all day, all week, all month and beyond in fact playing at trains. And when I got bored of it being a two-rail train track, I built a mono-rail system […]

’tis the season to be nosey

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Right, c’mon then – where’s everyone going for Christmas day then? I shall be spending it in Lake Norman, North Carolina as a lone Englishman amongst thirteen Americans (four of those under the age of 7) trying to explain why we say ‘Father Christmas’ instead of ‘Santa Claus’.

’tis the season to go home for the first time in eight months

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

My favourite email that I got sent today: > Are you looking forward to coming back then? > (on a scale from 0 to 10) It will have been 239 days next week since I’ve seen my mum, my home town, and all of my best friends. A ‘10‘ is nowhere near big enough.

’tis the season to play Christmas Choons

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

I’ve just had a look at my list of ‘five favourite Christmas songs’ from this blog entry last year, and I have to say, it still pretty much stands the same twelve months later. The clips are still up if you want to go play ’em. But to this year: 2006, and when I was […]

’tis the season to be chilly (not)

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

How warm is it where you are right now? Seriously – I’d like to know. It’s December 14th, eleven days to go until Christmas and I’ve just been out at 8pm in the evening, and it’s 20 degrees centigrade here – that’s 68F. You what? This cannot be December. But yet it is, and it’s […]

’tis the season to be festive

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

So it’s still the festive season. And that’s CHRISTMAS, and not a generic holiday reference either. The good news is that we found some Christmas Crackers. Target had them (some nasty cheapy ones), so instead we bought two boxes of higher quality ones at 50% off in World Market. Now I just have to convince […]

’tis the season to review the year

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Greetings pop pickers! Yes, it’s that time of year again – where Geoff unleashes his dulcet tones upon your ears, mixed against sixty-eight tunes from the past twelve months, plus a few news & ents clips too. The Review of the Year is here, except of course with an added twist this time – in […]

’tis the season to compare differences (again)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Standby: Holiday season starts here. Ok, so I relented at the weekend and we bought a Christmas Tree. A week after everyone else apparently had theirs, as Christmas starts in America the day after Thanksgiving. People have been know to go out on the last Friday of November and get their tree and decorations up […]

My thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

[21:00] It’s two hours later! And I have eaten quite a lot of food – even by my standards. So keeping my clothes on again for the second time tonight (to maintain control from the first time), you may now watch the video for the post-dinner weigh in so how much weight I gained at […]

In the bath

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Gratuitous nudity? Not quite. “Look at me! Look at me!” ?? No. I just thought this would be funny. I’m genuinely quite intrigued by the fact that American men simply seem to NOT take a bath – only showers. And yesterday, someone questioned whether I really did take baths here, and when was the last […]

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