E is for Emergency Flashers

Child 1 sat and passed his driving test last month. This is frightening in many ways. For starters he is still only 16 and even though he has had a broken leg in the past year and showed no interest in getting his permit for months after his 16th birthday he has still managed to…

M is for Mailbox

Cue music… I used to say post it, now I say mail it, I used to say postman, but now I say mailman, I used say post office,  but now I say… um… hang on a mo. Cancel the music. What do I say nowadays? Actually I still say post office. In one of the…

S is for Showing

Quick note to self. Stop calling that thing when people come and look at your house which is up for sale a “viewing”. That, I have learned, is a British thing. Instead, call it a “showing”. Because if you persist in calling it a “viewing”, all your American friends will be able to think of…

L is for Letterman

Some days – not everyday – it’s all a bit like living in a movie. Normally I feel this way when people start talking about their country club membership (think Caddyshack) or proms and homecoming (think Grease, Back to the Future, Peggy Sue got married etc etc). But this weekend, Child 1 brought home this:…

L is for Lip Dub

Oh my, I feel old! I have toyed with not posting this as I did find a lip dub made by a college in the UK on YouTube, but that was only one. Here, it looks like every high school does one. What is it? Well it’s a lip-syncing video made by high school kids…

H is for Homecoming

This weekend Mr T and I had plans to go to a local brew fest with some chums. Tickets bought. Date marked on calendar. Weather forecast – bearable. But it has all gone wrong. We have been derailed by this American thing called Homecoming. Homecoming is an event that takes place across the country in…

B is for Bob Barker

Who? Well it turns out he’s a game show host. I’m thinking that if Bruce Forsyth was into animals, this would be him. And then the 9 year-olds of Britain could be writing biography projects about Brucie for school, as Child 3 has been, over here, about Bob. Here is Bob: And here is my…

P is for Presidents Day

How’s this for an excellent example of the cultural differences between the US and UK… This week we have celebrated Presidents Day with a day off school. Presidents Day used to commemorate the birthday of George Washington on February the 22nd. Nowadays it combines Abe Lincoln’s birthday (Feb 12th)into a wider holiday also remembering Lincoln…

P is for Puppy Bowl

Here’s the news from the US of A that the British media missed last weekend. The Super Bowl happened yes, but more than that… this weekend we found out about Puppy Bowl. Puppy Bowl XI, on a couple of hours before the actual Super Bowl, apparently attracted over 10 million viewers, the vast majority of…

P is for Pep Rally

More trans-continental, cross-cultural weirdness and time for some parental reflections on the merits and de-merits of having brought our children to live in High School Musical land (minus the music). Last Friday the Middle School that Child 1 & Child 2 go to held a Pep Rally. Here is a photo from the event. Those…