charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
Hey, British friends, I have another stupid question but it's nagging at me, and I don't want to go to the Doctor Who Brit-Pic community because this isn't for a fic; it's just for my own anglophile peace of mind.

I know the first floor of a building is usually called the 'ground floor', and what we in the US would call the 2nd floor is the 1st floor. So, is the next one up the 2nd floor? (In America it would be the 3rd floor)

See, it's silly. I would imagine it is the '2nd' floor, but I'm always sort of afraid to call it that in case I'm wrong. Which I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be because, hello, logic? It just sounds sort of wrong to my American ears. Hence the nagging at me.

In other words, if I were to say very mild spoilers to all of the latest Doctor Who )
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Hey, British friends, I have another stupid question but it's nagging at me, and I don't want to go to the Doctor Who Brit-Pic community because this isn't for a fic; it's just for my own anglophile peace of mind.

I know the first floor of a building is usually called the 'ground floor', and what we in the US would call the 2nd floor is the 1st floor. So, is the next one up the 2nd floor? (In America it would be the 3rd floor)

See, it's silly. I would imagine it is the '2nd' floor, but I'm always sort of afraid to call it that in case I'm wrong. Which I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be because, hello, logic? It just sounds sort of wrong to my American ears. Hence the nagging at me.

In other words, if I were to say very mild spoilers to all of the latest Doctor Who )
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
Was talking to a co-worker just recently, and said something along the lines of 'as long as he isn't sitting around in his vest drinking beer all day', and realised after the words left my mouth I should've said 'undershirt', not vest, and had to remind my brain, once again, that I do not actually live in England.

Speaking of which...did the Heinz factory burn down or something? Did Pirates hijack the Hoops shipment heading to America?

Suddenly my supermarket, Wegmans, who has a whole shelf dedicated to British food, no longer has Hoops. Charlie loves Hoops and has them for lunch almost every day. Yes, I could do 'Spaghetti-O's' but they are not as good as Hoops.

So, saddened, I trot off to the lovely British gift shop thingy in Haddonfield and guess what? No Hoops. Lots of other stuff, but Hoops, not so much.

Where are the Hoops?

Anyone want to mail some Hoops to Charlie please?

I'd quite like to try this recipe actually.
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Was talking to a co-worker just recently, and said something along the lines of 'as long as he isn't sitting around in his vest drinking beer all day', and realised after the words left my mouth I should've said 'undershirt', not vest, and had to remind my brain, once again, that I do not actually live in England.

Speaking of which...did the Heinz factory burn down or something? Did Pirates hijack the Hoops shipment heading to America?

Suddenly my supermarket, Wegmans, who has a whole shelf dedicated to British food, no longer has Hoops. Charlie loves Hoops and has them for lunch almost every day. Yes, I could do 'Spaghetti-O's' but they are not as good as Hoops.

So, saddened, I trot off to the lovely British gift shop thingy in Haddonfield and guess what? No Hoops. Lots of other stuff, but Hoops, not so much.

Where are the Hoops?

Anyone want to mail some Hoops to Charlie please?

I'd quite like to try this recipe actually.
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
You scored as British.

</td>

British

100%

Danish

75%

German

63%

Belgian

50%

Italian

50%

Molvanian

50%

French

50%

Russian

25%

Swiss

25%

Polish

25%

Turkish

25%

Dutch

13%

Spanish

13%

Irish

13%

Which European nationality should you have
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You scored as British.

</td>

British

100%

Danish

75%

German

63%

Belgian

50%

Italian

50%

Molvanian

50%

French

50%

Russian

25%

Swiss

25%

Polish

25%

Turkish

25%

Dutch

13%

Spanish

13%

Irish

13%

Which European nationality should you have
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charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
It's a rainy, dreary Monday, and I think the panic is setting in a bit, so I'm feeling particularly unmotivated. What I want to do is curl up on my bed and re-watch Doctor Who or something else British, even though I feel I should be compensating for my lack of job by becoming a fabulous house-frau.

I can't decide if my ability to watch British shows is a good thing for me. Well, obviously it is, but I think a large part of my Anglophileness stems from a intense dislike of who I am, and a desire to be someone else somewhere else. I mean, I've always loved England, I can't remember when I didn't, and I know some of it has to do with the fact it was my Grandfather's favorite place, but I also know it was an escape for me. Well, in high school it was part escape, part a way of making myself 'special' Ultimately though it was about not being me.

Right now my state of mind is such that I feel I am once again obsessing a bit more than I should be about All Things British, and the fact that the interweb makes this easy for me may not be healthy in the long run. I mean, you know you're in trouble when watching a show you find yourself rather wishing they left the ads in, just so you could feel more like You Are There.

At the same time, it really, really brings me comfort. Yesterday Charlie and I watched the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.* I was so glad I was able to see it. (It's quite good, by the way. The 'monsters' are scary without being frightening, and the storyline is fun.) And I watched The Friday Night Project because David Tennant was on it, and it was brilliant, and I want to see other episodes of it.

I am also finding myself using 'Brit-speak' way more than I ought to. I said 'torch' instead of 'flashlight' the other day, much to the annoyance of my husband.

It is rubbing off on Charlie. He was told in school not to say 'fricking' because, it's a substutute for a bad word. I guess I can see the point, but I thought it was a bit silly, so I told Charlie to say 'sodding' instead.

Now he uses it all the time. 'Where's the soddin' ball?' "That soddin' thing is making me frustrated!' and so forth. I should really put a stop to it, but it makes me laugh. The best part was when he said, 'Bugger blast and balls.'

Careful the things you say, children will listen.

Right. I don't know. There's really no point to this post other than I felt like telling someone my state of mind, and who better than you lot?

So thanks.


*Charlie: Who's that?
Me: That's an Alien.
Charlie: Does it have a nose?
charliesmum: (Default)
It's a rainy, dreary Monday, and I think the panic is setting in a bit, so I'm feeling particularly unmotivated. What I want to do is curl up on my bed and re-watch Doctor Who or something else British, even though I feel I should be compensating for my lack of job by becoming a fabulous house-frau.

I can't decide if my ability to watch British shows is a good thing for me. Well, obviously it is, but I think a large part of my Anglophileness stems from a intense dislike of who I am, and a desire to be someone else somewhere else. I mean, I've always loved England, I can't remember when I didn't, and I know some of it has to do with the fact it was my Grandfather's favorite place, but I also know it was an escape for me. Well, in high school it was part escape, part a way of making myself 'special' Ultimately though it was about not being me.

Right now my state of mind is such that I feel I am once again obsessing a bit more than I should be about All Things British, and the fact that the interweb makes this easy for me may not be healthy in the long run. I mean, you know you're in trouble when watching a show you find yourself rather wishing they left the ads in, just so you could feel more like You Are There.

At the same time, it really, really brings me comfort. Yesterday Charlie and I watched the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.* I was so glad I was able to see it. (It's quite good, by the way. The 'monsters' are scary without being frightening, and the storyline is fun.) And I watched The Friday Night Project because David Tennant was on it, and it was brilliant, and I want to see other episodes of it.

I am also finding myself using 'Brit-speak' way more than I ought to. I said 'torch' instead of 'flashlight' the other day, much to the annoyance of my husband.

It is rubbing off on Charlie. He was told in school not to say 'fricking' because, it's a substutute for a bad word. I guess I can see the point, but I thought it was a bit silly, so I told Charlie to say 'sodding' instead.

Now he uses it all the time. 'Where's the soddin' ball?' "That soddin' thing is making me frustrated!' and so forth. I should really put a stop to it, but it makes me laugh. The best part was when he said, 'Bugger blast and balls.'

Careful the things you say, children will listen.

Right. I don't know. There's really no point to this post other than I felt like telling someone my state of mind, and who better than you lot?

So thanks.


*Charlie: Who's that?
Me: That's an Alien.
Charlie: Does it have a nose?
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
To my friends on the other side of the pond:

I've been thinking about what to get my mother and father in-law for Christmas. Every year they say 'don't get us anything, we have enough,' so recently I've been donating money in their name, and have tried to pick charities that mean something to the family (Autism, Cancer, and so on).

Well, I had this idea that maybe I can donate to a British charity this year, as they are both Anglophiles as well. They've travelled to the UK at least once a year, but unfortunately my MIL's health makes it impossible for them go go this year.

What charity would you recommend I donate to? I was thinking maybe that "Children in Need" thing, but that seems strictly BBC-related.

Is this a totally lame idea?

Thanks.
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To my friends on the other side of the pond:

I've been thinking about what to get my mother and father in-law for Christmas. Every year they say 'don't get us anything, we have enough,' so recently I've been donating money in their name, and have tried to pick charities that mean something to the family (Autism, Cancer, and so on).

Well, I had this idea that maybe I can donate to a British charity this year, as they are both Anglophiles as well. They've travelled to the UK at least once a year, but unfortunately my MIL's health makes it impossible for them go go this year.

What charity would you recommend I donate to? I was thinking maybe that "Children in Need" thing, but that seems strictly BBC-related.

Is this a totally lame idea?

Thanks.
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
Got this from [livejournal.com profile] crossbow1

You are 82% English.

You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

How English are you?
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Yep. That's me. Foreign and knowledgeable.

I'm wondering now which bits I got wrong. Must go back and check. Maybe it was the Cricket question. 11 players, right?
charliesmum: (Default)
Got this from [livejournal.com profile] crossbow1

You are 82% English.

You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

How English are you?
Create a Quiz




Yep. That's me. Foreign and knowledgeable.

I'm wondering now which bits I got wrong. Must go back and check. Maybe it was the Cricket question. 11 players, right?
charliesmum: (QE1 Byee (by Wolfma))
Two episodes into Torchwood and we've already seen a boy kiss a boy and a girl kiss a girl. Now that's, a show that knows how to entertain!

I watched the first series of this show called "Afterlife" and it was really good. We have a show here in the states called "The Ghost Whisperer" which is, frankly, stupid. It doesn't help they cancelled Joan of Arcadia for this thing, but it's totally treacly and silly, sort of "touched by an Angel" with ghosts.

Afterlife is completely the opposite. Very gritty and harsh in places, but still, ultimately, hopeful. I'm waiting quite impatiently to get my hands on the 2nd series.

Also watched "Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)" which was cute and funny and had Tom Baker in it. David Tennant and Hugh Laurie both guesto-starred as well, which is nice.

And Life on Mars is going to end after the 2nd series, apparently. Which is sad, but goes to show that the people at the Beeb (for the most part) know how NOT to drag concepts into the ground. *coughxfilescough*. Now if they'd just stop importing all those stupid reality shows I'd be content.

I'm sure I could think of more intelligent things to post about, but, well, I'm not. Oh well.
charliesmum: (Default)
Two episodes into Torchwood and we've already seen a boy kiss a boy and a girl kiss a girl. Now that's, a show that knows how to entertain!

I watched the first series of this show called "Afterlife" and it was really good. We have a show here in the states called "The Ghost Whisperer" which is, frankly, stupid. It doesn't help they cancelled Joan of Arcadia for this thing, but it's totally treacly and silly, sort of "touched by an Angel" with ghosts.

Afterlife is completely the opposite. Very gritty and harsh in places, but still, ultimately, hopeful. I'm waiting quite impatiently to get my hands on the 2nd series.

Also watched "Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)" which was cute and funny and had Tom Baker in it. David Tennant and Hugh Laurie both guesto-starred as well, which is nice.

And Life on Mars is going to end after the 2nd series, apparently. Which is sad, but goes to show that the people at the Beeb (for the most part) know how NOT to drag concepts into the ground. *coughxfilescough*. Now if they'd just stop importing all those stupid reality shows I'd be content.

I'm sure I could think of more intelligent things to post about, but, well, I'm not. Oh well.
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
From [livejournal.com profile] meadowrue
Which country should you REALLY be living in?

The United Kingdom

You have pride in yourself and pride in your country. You believe that history and culture is an important factor to the future of your country, and that traditions and values should be upheld. You love your scones and tea, and reading soppy romance novels. The UK is where you should be...

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I had another dream last night that I was in the UK, too. So there.
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From [livejournal.com profile] meadowrue
Which country should you REALLY be living in?

The United Kingdom

You have pride in yourself and pride in your country. You believe that history and culture is an important factor to the future of your country, and that traditions and values should be upheld. You love your scones and tea, and reading soppy romance novels. The UK is where you should be...

Personality Test Results

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I had another dream last night that I was in the UK, too. So there.
charliesmum: (Cuppa Tea (by stargazer_dream))
Okay. I can't make a really good cup of tea, and I don't know why.

I have actual British tea - not Tetley English Breakfast or some American brand calling itself British tea, I have PG Tips, so it isn't the brand, I don't think.

Is it because I'm using tea bags instead of loose tea? Perhaps I'm not boiling the water long enough, or not letting the tea bag seep long enough. Is there an actual time one should be doing these things?

Or is it inherent? years ago I worked with this woman called Wendy who hailed from Manchester, England* and she would sometimes have PG Tips at work, and she would make me a cuppa, and it was always really, really good. Maybe I'm just too American to make a really decent cup of tea.

Help?


*England, across the Atlantic Sea.
charliesmum: (Default)
Okay. I can't make a really good cup of tea, and I don't know why.

I have actual British tea - not Tetley English Breakfast or some American brand calling itself British tea, I have PG Tips, so it isn't the brand, I don't think.

Is it because I'm using tea bags instead of loose tea? Perhaps I'm not boiling the water long enough, or not letting the tea bag seep long enough. Is there an actual time one should be doing these things?

Or is it inherent? years ago I worked with this woman called Wendy who hailed from Manchester, England* and she would sometimes have PG Tips at work, and she would make me a cuppa, and it was always really, really good. Maybe I'm just too American to make a really decent cup of tea.

Help?


*England, across the Atlantic Sea.
charliesmum: (katiethewriter (UK))
I ordered HP&THBP from Amazon.co.uk because I wanted the British version, and today I got an automated email that has to be the coolest non-personal email ever )

I mean, how cool is that? They use the term delivery owls! And mention You-Know-Who! And cut the price! (I have no idea how much £8.99 is in American money - will have to find a conversion table and see if I'm saving any money at all.)

And since I didn't order the American book, I have no idea if the American Amazon is as cool. It might be. But I doubt it.

And I have boring weekend things I will share with you all at a later date. Right now I am trying to simultanously catch up with a weekend's worth of LJ and also do some actual work.

ETA: If anyone cares, the £8.99 comes to about $16.99 USD Which is not a bad price.
charliesmum: (Default)
I ordered HP&THBP from Amazon.co.uk because I wanted the British version, and today I got an automated email that has to be the coolest non-personal email ever )

I mean, how cool is that? They use the term delivery owls! And mention You-Know-Who! And cut the price! (I have no idea how much £8.99 is in American money - will have to find a conversion table and see if I'm saving any money at all.)

And since I didn't order the American book, I have no idea if the American Amazon is as cool. It might be. But I doubt it.

And I have boring weekend things I will share with you all at a later date. Right now I am trying to simultanously catch up with a weekend's worth of LJ and also do some actual work.

ETA: If anyone cares, the £8.99 comes to about $16.99 USD Which is not a bad price.

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