Desperate English Housewife gets desperate
Put it this way. Flying home to the USA has never been less simple. Or less enjoyable.
It’s a long, complicated story and there is still the mystery of the missing suitcase with all my worldy possessions in, which ain’t nice, and I can’t yet strike Chicago off my bucket list, because I don’t count a four hour stop over in the airport, however lovely an airport it is, as ‘going to Chicago’, but I’m back in the USA and it’s good.
I did sit next to Nina from Nina and the Neurons from CBBC, but that’s as celebrity as it got ;).
Good things about being back in the USA:
a) at midnight the air was still warm
b) I didn’t miss too much sun apparently
c) I can top up my faded tan when the sun is out since the pools are open for a few more weeks yet
d) school starts again two weeks – hurrah.
Downton Abbey USA vs UK
I have spent a lot of time on planes in the last 48 hours (too much). Thus, I watched a lot of stuff. Stuff I have not yet had the chance to catch up on from the UK, and yes, that includes series 3 of Downton Abbey. (Yes, I know it is on PBS, but I don’t watch it!)
What really struck me about this series (and I do still think it is a stiff upper lip version of Eastenders) is the Anglo/American relationships, and I suppose that is a key theme that the directors wanted to draw out.
Most of all, it was the barbed comments from Maggie Smith’s tradition-fuelled and change-adverse matriarchal character about the US and its people, and the retorts from Shirley MacLaine’s new world, flippant, red lipstick-wearing American dream chaser.
Julian Fellowes says this about the two characters: ‘Violet (Maggie) thinks everything was better in the past and now it’s falling to bits. Whereas Martha is the opposite: she thinks changing is great and the future is terrific and she wants to fly on a jet plane and get moving.
“So you have these two almost exact contemporaries in real life facing back towards the 19th century and forward to the 21st.”
Violet: “I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her, I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.”
Matthew: “But isn’t she American?”
How rude! But amusing in context.
Cora: “I hope I don’t hear sounds of a disagreement.”
Countess Violet: “Is that what they call discussion in New York?”
Cora: “I might send her over to visit my aunt. She could get to know New York.”
Countess Violet: “Oh, I don’t think things are quite that desperate.”
I found it curious and interesting (and it made me cringe!) to hear and see such resistance to the USA and its ‘modern ways’ through Violet’s character. I guess people are afraid of what they don’t know…I think I remember saying that right at the beginning of this blog about some attitudes in the the UK to the USA……
Anyhow, it’s good to be back!