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For People Who Love Great Britain
  • 06/20/14--06:49: In an English Country Garden (chan 29657455)
  • When many consider Britain, one of the images they conjure up is a perfect, vibrant garden. And they conjure up along with it thoughts of romance, late sunsets, afternoon teas, bumble bees and energetic brightly colored butterflies flitting around. A well maintained garden is something many of us Brits take much pride in, and the [...]

  • 06/23/14--06:44: A Foodie’s Guide to Wimbledon (chan 29657455)
  • Like many great cultural events, the Wimbledon tennis championships have generated other traditions, besides the game. Beginning on June 23 in south-west London, for many Brits, Wimbledon also symbolises rain, queuing, royalty in their Centre Court viewing box, and possibly even Cliff Richard leading the crowd in a sing-along. And of course, Wimbledon also means [...]

    Spoiler Alert: This post is a review of the show and reveals plot information. PBS’ 2014 Masterpiece Mystery season opened strong with The Escape Artist and, if I may say so, went a refreshing new direction with a mini-series that doesn’t fit the usual detective series format. A thriller less about whodunit and more about [...]

  • 06/24/14--06:55: How to Make Chelsea Buns (chan 29657455)
  • Mum was visiting recently so, as always, this meant trying something out in the kitchen. She suggested we try Chelsea Buns and as I had never made them before this seemed like great idea – she had me at bun! The Chelsea bun is a type of currant bun, akin to a cinnamon role, that [...]

    Eight hundred and sixty-two square miles of history in the middle of rolling dales, moors and some of the most stunning countryside in Britain,  the Medieval City of Durham has the City of Newcastle to the North and Darlington to the South, so Durham is not far from the hustle and bustle of the larger [...]

    A smart love story about smart people—color The Film Fatales astounded! Words and Pictures 2013 111 minutes Starring:  Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Valerie Tian, Navid Negahban, and Amy Brenneman An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether [...]

    I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Secret Garden when I was growing up – and I still haven’t lost the dream of one day having my own walled garden. (A garden ideally free from the rampages of dogs, and graced with perfect soil and weather conditions. And a never-ending supply of fizzy drinks and chocolate.) [...]

  • 06/27/14--06:03: 10 Great Seaside Destinations (chan 29657455)
  • We all know Britain is an island nation, but you might not realise that England alone has over 6000 miles of coastline, and you’re never more than 70 miles from the sea; therefore, there’s certainly no shortage of seaside destinations! The coast is widely varied in terms of terrain, accommodating both those who seek out [...]

  • 06/30/14--03:42: Over the Hill: The Via Ferrata (chan 29657455)
  • Over the Hill is a series of articles based on interviews with people over fifty enjoying life and getting the most out of living in Britain. Via Ferrata. The name alone sends shivers down my flat, sea-level, Texan spine. The “Iron Way” is a series of rungs, ladders, bridges, and steel cables fixed to the [...]

  • 07/03/14--03:00: The Alternative B & B (chan 29657455)
  • Traditionally B&B stands for Bed and Breakfast. With locations all over Great Britain, a bed and breakfast is defined as a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast but usually does not offer other meals. In more resent times the meaning of the term has also extended to include accommodations that are also [...]

  • 07/03/14--03:30: Abdication? Not Happening (chan 29657455)
  • Last week saw the accession of Felipe VI of Spain following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I after a 38 ½ year reign on the Spanish throne. With this development, combined with similar abdications in the Netherlands with Queen Beatrix, at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI, as well as with the King [...]

    The following is a guest post. With the continued rise in popularity of family history television programmes like ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, and the programme then serving to be an enormous inspiration to so many people, more and more people are now jetting off (and having the most amazing time in the process) [...]

    Over the centuries the rest of the world has bestowed upon the British people many a japing nickname (limey, pom, redcoat), but what do the Brits call themselves? While the majority of regional nicknames began life as derogatory terms, most are now worn as a badge of pride. Here are some of my personal favorites: [...]

    The following is a guest post. A hot June day in the Secret Gardens of Winchelsea. Ideally, a day for a crisp cotton dress and a big hat, roses, scones and a cup of tea beneath a shady tree. But I get ahead of myself…. First, a bit of history. About six miles from our [...]

    We often discuss PBS and BBC America’s programming on this blog, but if you’re not watching Netflix or Hulu you’re missing out on a whole cache of shows that you’d not see otherwise. Derek: Series 2 – Netflix If you are on social media, you will be familiar with Ricky Gervais’ goodwill ambassador, Derek Noakes. [...]

    The Film Fatales tell you whether there is magic in Woody Allen’s latest. Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Rated PG-13 Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater. Written and directed by Woody Allen. A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible [...]

    William the Conqueror’s plan for the Tower of London likely did not include its role as a tourist attraction – but he certainly meant for it to be a statement. Rising up on the north bank of the Thames, the complex has served as palace, prison, and residence. You might be forgiven, approaching the Tower [...]

    I’m a Brit who loves living in the USA! I’m very much an ex-jolly-hockey sticks Brit, who’s embraced the American lifestyle and to confirm this I now frequently don a cowboy hat and Daisy Dukes. I find myself saying ‘awesome’ a lot and I ask for the ‘check’ and not the ‘bill’. But…I also still [...]