Alan Partridge in the USA?
On my trip back to the UK last week I wish I had done one thing: go and see the Alan Partridge movie, Alpha Papa. I LOVE Alan Partridge! He’s ‘First Class’!
Anyhow, I wish I had seen it because I’m unsure if it is being released in the USA movie theaters (if you know it is somewhere, let me know!). I also don’t know how some Americans would respond to Alan Partridge – you have to kind of start at the beginning to get how wonderfully inappropriate he is. Does his humour translate across the Atlantic?
I shall start using some Partridgisms in the USA to gauge reaction from my American chums. So, Howard County, listen out for: ‘Back of the net’, ‘That hits the spot’, ‘In off the red’, ‘Jackanory’, ‘Eat my goal’, ‘Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan!’ (if there is a chap called Dan) and ‘There’s alot to be said for a good Travel-Lodge’ (not sure when I will get to use that one…)
Here’s a clip of the new movie. Bloody brilliant!
We used to play a game in the office back in the UK (in between sporadically sort of pretending to work) where we would ask each other ‘if you could live anywhere in any year what would it be?’ The answers were diverse – from the 1920s in London (think Downton Abbey and the rise of the flapper) to 1950s Brighton (think mods and rockers). My answer, always, was the USA in the 1970s (specifically San Francisco actually!). It just has a lure for me – the fashion, the liberation, the lifestyle. I think I may have watched Forrest Gump too many times and may have romanticized it somewhat…..!
Anyway, these images struck me as they are genuine 1970s America, albeit in Texas. Fascinating.
You can read more about the photos here.
A year here
I’ve been the USA nearly a year and so much of it still to see and experience. On the list: more East Coast, New Orleans, California, Atlanta, Orlando, Shenandoah, Myrtle Beach, San Antonio, New England. Wow. Only two years to pack it all in!
School starts soon
One word: HOORAH! (Although this also means that come Labor Day the pools will close – sob, sob.)
Harry will be going to elementary school in two weeks. He’s officially ‘starting school’, whereas in the UK he would have officially started last year. What’s in store….? Mini league baseball, learning the US Constitution, learning to hold a handgun (joke)….
Kindergarten is a whole new ball game with no uniform. It will be a new learning experience for us both…and much to blog about, I am sure!