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Shakespeare Week

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that one of my interests is Shakespeare. Since I moved to England in April, I’ve been able to see two productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in Stratford-upon-Avon. They have two wonderful theaters there, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. Both […]

Is There a Bank in the UK that Doesn’t Suck?

Since I moved to England in April, I have had more problems with banks than in the nearly three decades I was in France. I’m constantly astounded by the complications of opening, maintaining and accessing bank accounts in this country. I’ve come to the conclusion that all banks in the UK must suck, and people […]

British Parking Madness Milks Motorists and Kills Businesses

When you move to a new country, there are a lot of things you need to get used to. When I moved to England in April, I didn’t have to get used to the language (though I did find many common words in my American dialect have different meanings), but I’ve been getting used to, […]

UK Prime Minister Announces Useless Plan to Block Porn

Here in England, it’s the hottest day in seven years, and the Duchess of Cambridge is currently in labour. The world currently awaits news of the royal baby. But in other news, prime minister David Cameron announced that ISPs in the UK will have to start blocking pornography. According to this plan – or “scheme,” […]

Great Google Satellite Photo of Russell Square, London

Looking for things to do during a trip to London next weekend, I spotted this wonderful photo of Russell Square: It’s hard to tell how high the plane is, but I’m sure someone could work it out, calculating its length compared to the length of a given city block. But it doesn’t look very high.

A Few Books About England

I recently mentioned that I will soon be moving to England, York to be exact. My move will take place in about ten days. For the past few months, as I’ve been preparing my move, I’ve read a number of books about England and the English, some that I’ve uncovered, and others that friends have […]

Why Kirkville Has Been So Quiet Lately

If you follow this blog, you’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been busy with work at Macworld, and other work, but the main reason for my silence is that I’m preparing a big move. In about ten days, I’ll be moving from my current home in the French Alps […]