Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 90

The Dave Matthews Band

On the radio station that I listen to (that’ll be Jack Diamond’s Mix 107.3) they are holding a competition to win tickets to go and see the Dave Matthew’s Band. There are women screaming with delight when they win these tickets and bleating in a semi-orgasmic manner that they ‘adore this band’. And, of course, I have no idea who the hell the Dave Matthew’s Band is/are, so I naturally I Google them, and now I think I understand the lust for this band.

I rate their music (I have it playing now as I type), they have a great history (formed in 1991 in Virginia, so are ‘local’) and the make up of the band is multi-racial. They are very appealing indeed. So I get why everyone is so keen to hands on their tickets. And I might well phone in too…..

Check them out!



I wasn’t quite sure when I first arrived just how different the schooling would be here in the USA in comparison to the UK. I went in with an open mind and I am beginning to recognise some real cultural differences between us Brits and Americans even through such early age schooling. I can’t quite get my head around why it is so different, and why it bothers me so, but let it be said that little ones do have difficulty adjusting to some of the vast cultural differences.

Naughty Punxsutawney Phil

Rodents are liars. Fact. You see, it is not an early Spring, as Punxsutawney Phil (who now will be alluded to in the same outraged breath as the BBC’s Michael Fish) suggested it might be when he made his appearance in February. He is a lying bloody Groundhog, and I am very cross with him because I NEED SOME SUN please.


Dreams and aspirations of a Washington housewife

I have a new heroine, all thanks to one of my blog commentators, who brought her to my attention 🙂

Diana McLellan…..British-born Diana McLellan made her bones as a Washington reporter, feature writer, magazine journalist, columnist, critic and editor. (She is also an award winner…..Penney-Missouri Award, Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Front Page Awards for humour; Pulitzer nominee.) She spent ten years as a gossip columnist, “The Ear”, for the Washington Star, Washington Post, and Washington Times. Now that’s good writing!


I love everything she wrote about – she is so witty and has such an eye / ear for observation about the US community. Now that is something to aspire to!

Except her hair – I don’t aspire to have her hair…….. 😉

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12 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 90

  1. I’ve seen the Dave Matthews Band three times, only once intentionally. The other two times they were one of many bands taking part in a festival. They have a following that rivals the Grateful Dead and their fan base, the “Deadheads.”

    As for Punxsutawney Phil? He should be hung, drawn and quartered. (Kidding. What a stupid tradition. In Frederick, their mayor pulled out a stuffed groundhog. LOL–seriously!)

  2. Yeah Phil and I are having our differences this year! But at least the movie is good 🙂

  3. ThatOtherGuy says:

    “I went in with an open mind and I am beginning to recognise (sic) some real cultural differences between us Brits and Americans even through such early age schooling.” You can’t just leave that one lying there. Is it quality? Hours? Teachers? Methods?

  4. ThatOtherGuy says:

    p.s. if you’ve started your podcast I’ve not seen the link. If you haven’t started this is me kicking you in the arse to get going.

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