Monthly Archives: October 2014

Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 509

Pumpkin carving This is a big deal in America. I shan’t show you my poor effort. It’s just sad. I won’t be entering any competitions, put it that way. But look at these! Amazeballs! Reflections on the UK, part 3 … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 508

Today in America I realised that I can’t get used to calling ‘kitchen roll‘ paper towel. I learned that whilst we Brits call this thing -1 ‘minus 1’, Americans call it ‘negative 1’. I learned that American Fall can be … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 507

Explaining The Sun’s Page 3 to Americans I can’t really remember how this conversation came about, but when you start explaining (not condoning, just explaining) The Sun’s Page 3 to Americans, which lands on a soft-porn daily basis on the … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 506

Dates USA style Oh, I can’t do this month/day/year thing that Americans do. I can’t. It just feels muddled in my British head. Harry has been taught at school to write the date this way, and when I told him … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 505

Halloween! Oh my, Americans love Halloween and they totally know how to make it a celebration! It’s the dressing up bit that the adults seem to love even more so than the kids. And they rock it 🙂 What amazes … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 504

American school date This week I went into Harry’s USA school to read my children’s book ‘The Adventures of Gumdrop Rally‘ to his class. You can find my book here. (And top marks to the folks who buy it on … Continue reading

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Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 503

Confusion about undertaking! In my last post I ranted about ‘undertaking’ on the USA roads. Some people thought I was talking about funeral homes (WTF?!), or they thought undertaking was just like overtaking. Mais non! Undertaking is this: To overtake a vehicle … Continue reading

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