Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 202

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’!

Back of the net!

Back of the net!

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!

American stuff

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!

I think I'm going to like San Antonio!

I think I’m going to like San Antonio!

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!

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5 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 202

  1. I don’t think the Alan Partridge film will be shown in our cinemas. I can pretty much guarantee that one but we may get it on DVD.

    I lived in San Antonio, it’s where Ian was born. The Riverwalk is the best thing about it. That’s all I have to say on that one. 🙂

    I can totally see you as a flower child of the 70’s and I would be right there with you.

  2. Ray says:

    Good luck Harry; because the schools sure aren’t what they were when I was a kid. Yes, you’ll sure have plenty to blog about!

  3. pak152 says:

    “Anyway, these images struck me as they are genuine 1970s America, albeit in Texas. ” Forty year old photos do not reflect the Texas of today. IF you come to visit don’t settle just for San Antonio. you need to visit Galveston, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Big Bend and the Panhandle. Subscribe to these two publications to get a real feel for the Lone State State

    • Of course I realize they aren’t a reflection of today’s Texas, but they do depict the 70s. I just like them!

      I would love to do the whole of Texas, if time and money would allow it! Thanks for the top tips!!

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