Monthly Archives: January 2014

Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 351

American thoughts on the UK and British thoughts on America We two countries love each other right? Of course! And we two countries love to criticise each other, right? Of course! Well, I asked a bunch of expat Brits in … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 350

Valentine’s Day – Bah Bloody Humbug! (Note: grumpy Brit post follows… πŸ˜‰ ) I’ve already had it with Valentine’s Day and the ‘everybody gets a card’ nonsense at school and it’s only January. Is this ridiculousness happening in the UK, … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 349

Martin and Me So, yesterday I locked eyes with Martin O’Malley. He was at the Mall in Columbia, showing his support for the victims and the strong community of Howard County. We’re in his Maryland patch, and so he showed … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 348

#hocounited The Mall in Columbia re-opened today at 1pm, after the shooting at the weekend. It felt subdued, but people proudly made their way around Mall, confirming that they were indeed #hocounited. People were sombre as they reflected on the … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 347

Driving test for foreigners in the USA I heard a wonderful story this week about how much of a pigging nightmare it is to take the USA driving test if you’re not a U.S citizen. The tests might be different … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 346

Nudity! I recently wrote a piece for the Union Jack Newspaper (a Brit paper in the USA) about USA vs UK attitudes to nudity. It’s amazing where my research will take me! Are our cultures divided by whether or not … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 345

Pittsburgh Steelers The kids round these parts (Maryland that is, of course) support one of two teams generally – The Baltimore Ravens or The Washington Redksins. My son, age 6, knows not a lot about American football, but such is … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 344

Cheerio Martin O’Malley Hot totty of Maryland, the one and only Governor Martin O’Malley, is giving his last ‘State of the State’ address today. I’m guessing he’ll mention Baltimore a lot. He perhaps won’t mention how The Wire’s Mayor Carcetti … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 343

My poem about the Winter Storm, Janus We are in the grip of a snow storm, and it’s doing me ‘ead in! So, confined to the house yesterday, I wrote this very poem…. Dear Janus, you can kiss my an*s. … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 342

Expert expat Apparently, I am classed as an expert expat – well, whaddya know!? An opinionated expat, maybe…. Anyway, these guys asked me, along with some other expats, for some expat advice on getting along in your host country, money … Continue reading

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