Opinions divided on Baltimore
Ah, Baltimore. You are a conundrum.
I, for one, would not saunter through some of the areas of Baltimore in my Daisy Dukes whistling ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and swinging my Mulberry about, that’s for sure. However, other areas are just joyous and cultural and interesting and up-and-coming. We like these bits.
Opinion is divided by locals of Baltimore and some recent commentary on the troubled city has been fascinating to read, particularly in sequence of them being published.
Then read: Baltimore: You’re Not Breaking My Heart
Finally, read: Whose Heart is Baltimore Really Breaking?
The Huffington Post recently rated Baltimore as number 2 in a list of the cities in the country that are most afflicted with crime. Thee report takes into account everything from differences in police reporting standards, urban borders and demographics.
‘2. Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore is doing what it can to improve its crime problem, but it’s got a long way to go. There were still 223 homicides in 2010, down from 282 a few years prior; however, there were also 722 reports of violent crime per 100,00 residents, 68 percent higher than the national average.’
Harry sometimes gets a little perturbed by the pronunciations of words by his American friends.
Just the other day he sighed: ‘The Americans at school have this thing called ‘yo-git’ and it looks just the same as yoghurt….that’s weird.’
I get kind of excitable when I hear a different pronunciation. When my friend said he was ‘trying to grow ‘erbs’ last week I squealed: ‘You said ‘erbs, you said ‘erbs!’ He looked confused. ‘We say herbs,’ I explained. ‘But you said ‘erbs just like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby!’
My love/hate relationship with USA dentists
Oh, I open my gob with slight fear and trepidation in the dentist’s chair in the USA – still.
I know what to expect with the conversation, despite that fact that I have good teeth (for a Brit).
‘Do you not have regular check ups in the UK?’
‘Ummmm, no, not really…kind of twice a year.’
‘Oh gosh. We are quite dedicated to our teeth here.’
‘Yes, it must be big business….I’ve seen your car.’
I feel like I have to explain and apologise and waffle on about the NHS and drinking tea, and how we once ate limes on ships, and scurvy and pirates. And all this is actually quite hard to say when someone is clawing around in your mouth for an hour.
The thing is, I think U.S. dentists are ace, and they do a cracking job, but, cor blimey, it’s hard to have a British set of teeth over here!
Knocked me for six
I told my American friend yesterday that I had got over my bug (sob, sob, been terribly poorly, that I have) and that it had quite literally ‘knocked me for six.’
He did not know what I meant, and my other half explained.
‘She was completely knackered – sort of knocked out by it. Ummmm, anyway, that phrase comes from cricket….it’s the highest scoring point where the ball exits the circle without leaving the ground..’
Sounds weird when you try to explain it, doesn’t it?!