Who Did It Best? Telly Shopkeepers

Welcome back to my Who Did It Best series. If you recall last time we talked about telly butlers. Fifty-two percent of those who participated in my poll voted Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson as the one who did it best, followed by the “other” category at twenty-four percent. I assume from the comments people offered, “other” includes Mr. Hudson from the original Upstairs, Downstairsand Magersfontein…

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Quintessential British Names Part 2: The Blokes

As promised I’m back with the second half of my quirky names series. I will admit I had a more difficult time compiling a list of unusual male British names. The traditional ones like James, John, Tom, Robert, Steve, etc. are still popular on both sides of the pond. Not unknown in the States, but heard less often, are names such as Martin, Simon, Hugh and the even more rare, Clive.

Below are five…

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The Reality of Pub Quizzes

Anglophiles United at our "local" pub quiz Image Credit Laurie Frashure

Anglophiles United at our “local” pub quiz
Image Credit Laurie Frashure

As you may know I occasionally report on the activities of my Anglophile group, cleverly named Anglophiles United. This week a large contingent of our membership hit the road in hopes of experiencing an authentic British pub quiz. This outing was educational in scope and the fact that alcohol was freely available had nothing…

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Who Did It Best? Telly Butlers

As you know, when I watch telly it’s more than just for entertainment purposes. I take what I see and formulate impressions and opinions about culture in the UK.  As a step forward in my education, I have put together a number of  head to head (to head) competitions so that you, the readers, can tell me which is the best representation of a particular profession, institution, etc.

Our first…

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Quintessential English Names Part 1: The Ladies

I’ve always been fascinated by names – the tradition of generations, the culturally identifying aspects, the expression of what parents hope their children will be and sometimes the apparent whimsy of it all.

Take me for example – my name is Carmen despite the fact that I have not a drop of Latina blood in me. This has been a source of stereotyping and ethnic confusion numerous times in my life.…

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Seeing as all this World Cup fervor is going on, I wrote this post for WETA’s Telly Visions blog.  It’s written from the point of view of an American who watches a lot of telly but very little football. 

The Comic Side of World Cup Soccer | Telly Visions.

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The British Side of New York City

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I hope you’ll find my excuse acceptable.  I was on a postponed holiday trip to New York City (almost seven years postponed to be exact). My husband and I took our first vacation sans children since our son was born in 1990. I claimed it was his birthday gift, but I certainly had my own agenda when it came to our itinerary.  After all we couldn’t…

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