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Filed Under:Local Interest / England
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Archived Since:August 30, 2008

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Brit Dessert: A Primer on Puddings – A Brief History of British Desserts With a Recipe For Your Own

What’s for pudding, Mum? This question is asked on a daily basis across the British Isles where they are exceedingly fond of a good pudding. But what exactly is pudding and where did it come from? Coming from America, pudding means a creamy, custard-like mixture; pudding in England can mean a multitude of things. Show More Summary

Dispatches from England: Is American Football Popular Across the Pond? American Expat Investigates

For those that care about such things, the NFL football season officially kicked off this week. In the U.S., this is a big deal. According to most polls, it’s America’s most popular professional sport. But here in Great Britain? Understandably, not so much. Show More Summary

Brit English: How To Insult Like the British – Insults and What They Mean – Fun Video

If you ever get into an argument with a British person, you’ll wish you’d have watched this video. Siobhan Thompson from Anglophenia gives you the tools to sling insults like a Brit. Do not watch if you’re easily offended – though the insults are generally safe for work. Show More Summary

Breaking News: The Duchess of Cambridge is Pregnant With Second Child! Many Congrats to the Royal Family!

Happy day! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are officially expecting their second child. Prince George will have a little brother or sister sometime next year. Kensington Palace said the Queen and members of both families were delighted with the news. Show More Summary

Weekend Viewing: Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, 1929-39 – BBC Documentary

This old BBC Documentary is an excellent exploration of Winston Churchill’s ‘Wilderness Years’ – the decade from 1929-1939 where he was a political pariah, banging on about the threat of Hitler only to be eventually proven right. It’s a fascinating period in his life. Show More Summary

Downton Abbey: Series 5 Candid Clip Shows a Rather Interesting Conversation Between the Dowager and Isobel – Video

In this recently released clip from the upcoming series of Downton Abbey, the Dowager has some valuable advise for Isobel on matters of the heart. Downton Abbey returns to ITV in the UK on Sunday 21st September at 9pm and in the USA in January. Show More Summary

Weekend Viewing: BBC Empire – Episode 5 – Final Episode – Doing Good – Jeremy Paxman

In the final part of his personal account of Britain’s empire, Jeremy Paxman tells the extraordinary story of how a desire for conquest became a mission to improve the rest of mankind, especially in Africa, and how that mission shaded into an unquestioning belief that Britain could – and should – rule the world. Show More Summary

Great British Houses: Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire – The House Made Famous by The Remains of the Day

Large and grand homes dot the English countryside. However, one mansion in particular is enriched in baroque design elements. Dyrham Park is nestled within a deer park, located near an ancient village in South Gloucestershire, England. Show More Summary

Anglotopia Alert: New T-shirt Design Live – Truly Great Britain

Anglotees Alert: New Design LIVE! It’s no secret that we love Great Britain. It truly is a lovely place. We all have something we love about Great Britain – whether it’s the rolling green hills, rich culture, history, literature, film,...Show More Summary

Brit History: The Fiver – 5 English Monarchs Who Were Never Crowned in a Coronation Ceremony

In the past, the crown of the United Kingdom was often hotly contested, with the biggest and most influential battle for the throne taking place between William I and Harold of Wessex at Hastings. Sometimes, the natural heir never quite got to the throne due to political wrangling, murder, or poor decisions. Show More Summary

Kate Bush’s home in danger of falling into the sea.

Here’s something you would never have guessed about me; I credit Charles Chaplin’s 1925 film The Gold Rush for making me the man I am today. Finding that film in the library gave me the first steps I needed to want to go into the creative...Show More Summary

Guest Long Read: Foyle’s War – A Guide to the Hastings of Christopher Foyle – Shooting Locations to Visit In Person from a Local

‘Did watching Foyle’s War make you want to move to Hastings?’ I’d like to say ‘yes’, and possibly the atmospheric scenes filmed in Hastings Old Town helped, even if only subliminally.  However, we did not move here full-time until 2011,...Show More Summary

Brit Music: Barrett vs. Belloc: The true story behind “Matilda Mother”

Syd Barrett had some strange titles for his songs. “Terrapin” is a love song that doesn’t even mention any reptiles, much less terrapins. “Dark Globe” doesn’t mention globes at all, much less a dark one. After more than a decade of being a fan, I still have no idea what a “Gigolo Aunt” is even […] The post Brit Music: Barrett vs. Show More Summary

Britain’s Other Secret Service: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures About MI5

MI5, otherwise known as The Security Service, is the domestic counterintelligence and security agency for the United Kingdom. While the Security Intelligence Service (otherwise known as MI6) focuses on foreign threats (and where the fictional James Bond works), MI5 focuses on threats within Britain. Show More Summary

Dancing Guard at Buckingham Palace Simultaneously Entertains Crowds and Gets in Trouble

When the cat’s away… the mice will play as they say. The Queen was recently on holiday in Scotland and while she was away, a Buckingham Palace guard became a dancing fool during his sentry duty. Someone captured it on film and shared it with the world. Show More Summary

Great Britons: Oliver Cromwell – Everything You Need to Know about Britain’s Controversial Interregnum Dictatorial Ruler

Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. He ruled as Lord Protector and was Britain’s only non-monarch ruler (during the Interregnum period). Show More Summary

Brit Music: Avast, Ye Scurvy Rock n’ Rollers! – An Interesting History of Pirate Radio in Britain

America has always been able to enjoy its rock n’ roll unfettered. Since the days of Buddy Holly, Muddy Waters, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, rock has had free access to the airwaves on our own shores. However, this wasn’tShow More Summary

British Landscapes Photography: The Scottish Riviera – Dumfries and Galloway

My latest photo trip saw me travelling to south west Scotland, an area that many including myself completely miss has we rush to Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Highlands. Well I can tell you that you are missing a treat as I hope this account of my trip will make you realise. Show More Summary

Brit Music: Amy Winehouse statue to be erected in Camden Market

In the past couple years since her death, especially after last year marked what would have been her thirtieth birthday, a cottage industry has emerged in Camden, catering to fans of their favourite daughter Amy Winehouse. Case in point:...Show More Summary

Dispatches from England: What Immediately Surprised Me When I Returned to the U.S. for a Vacation

I’m back! After taking the month of August off from the Dispatches from England column, I’ve now got a fresh list of ideas for content to carry through the next few months that I’m excited to write about and share. But tops on my list...Show More Summary

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