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Daily Mail Decides To “Ask The Americans”

Daily Mail Decides To “Ask The Americans”

The Mail has been out researching Americans' opinions about their lives here in Britain. Get ready. Let's have some Friday fun: I'll address my fellow Americans' points in order. Here we go. To start: 'In London, the following factors usually determine your ability to connect with others - your accent, your secondary school, and your … Continue reading Daily Mail Decides To “Ask The Americans”

Around The Thanksgiving Table

Around The Thanksgiving Table

Last I read, there are an estimated 250,000 (non-military) Americans living here in the United Kingdom, about 100,000 of whom are in London. There have always been Americans here, though. What has changed in recent decades, obviously, is the new immediacy of media - especially, now, social media. Probably due to all that is now … Continue reading Around The Thanksgiving Table

“Somebody throws a Brick against the Door of my Carriage”

“Somebody throws a Brick against the Door of my Carriage”

Last night, the BBC's "Grand Tours of Scotland" series focused on women travelers. It included a look at walking in the countryside and even took us to Gretna Green - where couples still "run off" to for marriage. It also briefly reviewed the time when women did not normally travel alone because they usually weren't … Continue reading “Somebody throws a Brick against the Door of my Carriage”

Reading At 38,000 Feet

Reading At 38,000 Feet

Releasing us to be free to use our mobile devices on board planes has been a real travel blessing and stress reliever. True, most long haul flights now usually have decent entertainment systems. And I usually have a good read of British Airways's HighLife print magazine, which generally has entertaining articles - including one each … Continue reading Reading At 38,000 Feet

At This Journey’s End

At This Journey’s End

Hello. I'm typing this on March 11 mid-afternoon here at a lounge in Newark Airport (in New Jersey), a few hours before our flight back to the UK. I think it'll make for blog post on arrival "home" in England. Around us on the sofas and chairs in the busy room are assorted people, some … Continue reading At This Journey’s End

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

The other day, we had a vital Amazon delivery: It arrived while I had been doing bits of work around the house. My London-born wife was out. That's one of her preferred teas here in the U.S. Later that same day, she joined me in watching a DVD she'd bought me for Christmas: A&E's film … Continue reading It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

If You’re Lost In Your Writing, Seek Out Yourself

If You’re Lost In Your Writing, Seek Out Yourself

That post in which I included two 18th century paintings pretty much sums up my outlook on here. I enjoy posting a mix and mishmash of stuff. This blog's supposed to be a "journal" that's built on my writing, but I've discovered over these last three years that lots more touches on that than I'd … Continue reading If You’re Lost In Your Writing, Seek Out Yourself

Fleeing Abroad (Or Loudly Claiming You Will)

Fleeing Abroad (Or Loudly Claiming You Will)

Clauda Tanios has turned one up again: My initial reaction: have any of them actually checked with Canada? We seem to go through this ritual now with every U.S. presidential election. I first recall reading of this "leaving the country" stuff in 2000 - during Bush v. Gore. Okay, perhaps I'm not the best one … Continue reading Fleeing Abroad (Or Loudly Claiming You Will)

Under The Streetlights

Under The Streetlights

We've moved around so much in recent years our dog now lives with my in-laws. While walking him last night, I snapped this guy slinking around under the streetlights. You see them all the time after dark in outer London (the other night, I saw two of them together), and they always keep an eye … Continue reading Under The Streetlights

“An attempt to explain to the English reader….”

“An attempt to explain to the English reader….”

Last year here in London at my in-laws, I stumbled on a virtually pristine 1948 British published hardcover of Raymond Chandler's famous The Big Sleep. Yesterday, I found another 1940s hardcover; it's condition isn't quite as good, but it still possesses a mostly intact dust jacket. It's a 1944 book by a British academic: That … Continue reading “An attempt to explain to the English reader….”

And You’re Sure The Minitel Could’ve Gone Global

And You’re Sure The Minitel Could’ve Gone Global

It’s interesting, and pleasing, when an “old” post suddenly re-attracts attention briefly – usually thanks to visitors coming in via searches such as Google.

You may not really know why they have exactly. However, that renewed attention may lead you to wonder if it could use a “repost.” Those work best, really, if the original was not “timely” and based on some particularly current issue, and especially if newer followers may have missed it the first time.

So why not? I posted this lighthearted piece back on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Now, as for today, October 2, 2015, have a good Friday…. wherever you are in the world. 🙂

R. J. Nello

Intriguing web page that was shared with me yesterday:

17 signs your soul belongs in France

As with most such lists, some observations – even if trite – should ring a bell:

4. You can spot Americans in France from a mile away. They’re wearing a t-shirt, and probably speaking English loudly, as if the reason they’re not being understood isn’t the language barrier but that they’ve yet to make themselves sufficiently audible. Also, they’re likely smiling. Who does that?

It’s Saturday, so whether you are American, or not, let’s, uh, risk a smile.

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Reading that paragraph, Woody Allen films immediately jump to mind; but noting Americans’ distinctive national attire while traveling abroad is not all that new. That said, another giveaway, on men over “age 55,” is they are wearing white sneakers, blue jeans, and a baseball cap (sometimes with the name of a…

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The Cult Of The Naked Tourist

The Cult Of The Naked Tourist

You may have heard about this band of thoughtful world travelers: At least for once there wasn't an American involved. Nor are they facing long prison terms. That BBC article goes on to explain: They were jailed for three days, but their sentences were back-dated to reflect time already served. Evidently snapping naked pics at … Continue reading The Cult Of The Naked Tourist

Quite A “Sane” Ending

Quite A “Sane” Ending

Having recorded it on Thursday evening (when it was shown here in Britain), last night I finally watched the series finale of Mad Men. I had been studiously avoiding "spoilers" online - something not easy to do when it seemed half of America was tweeting about it when it was broadcast there on May 17. … Continue reading Quite A “Sane” Ending

The Duke

No, not *that* "Duke". Sorry. I mean this one: I've had it since Christmas. I thought I'd finally give it a read. Uh, it's not War and Remembrance, of course. (Thank God!) To French followers, please do not be offended. I have already read lots about Napoleon. 😉 Hope you're having a good weekend, wherever … Continue reading The Duke

UK General Election 2015: No One Saw This Coming

UK General Election 2015: No One Saw This Coming

Well, if this holds this is a HUGE surprise. And it looks like it will. BBC News: After weeks of chatter about an election too close to call, it wasn't that close at all. David Cameron will be continuing as our prime minister. A few points that non-British might be interested to read. As you … Continue reading UK General Election 2015: No One Saw This Coming