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Brit In America Problems

Toni Hargis | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

With a nod to the very excellent Very British Problems, I've amassed my own little list with a twist. Mine has less to do with our ingrained awkwardness and everything to do with being a fish out of water, i.e. a Brit in the USA:

Some Hard Lesson For US Democrats From Brexit

Jackie Kemp | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Brexit continues to lie untouched in the dog's breakfast bowl, no more appetising in the cold light of day than it was when the smell started on the n...

This Week's UN Refugees Summitry: A Missed Opportunity?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

The next few days provide an opportunity to make the step change the UNHCR has prematurely hailed in the way governments, working together, could make life easier for refugees and reduce the strain on the countries currently bearing the brunt. This requires collective political will and individual leadership from the government heads gathered in New York, but, as things stand, the odds are this chance is going to be missed.

9 Things That Have Killed More Americans Than Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

Donald Trump Jr continued the family legacy of making xenophobic, factually incorrect and just downright daft statements in public yesterday. The elde...

This Gun Control Ad Is The Most Nails Thing To Come Out Of The USA This Year

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

In the current barmy/insane world of US politics it takes something really special to grab our attention. Like this video from Democratic Senate candi...

US Police Have Shot Dead A 13-Yr-Old Carrying A BB Gun

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

Police in America have shot dead a 13-year-old boy after he drew a BB gun rom his waistband, while on officer was trying to detain him. Tyree King and...

The US And China Just Took An Astronomical Leap Forward On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK

The US and China have ratified the world’s first comprehensive climate deal, in a hugely significant move hailed by campaigners, who urged the UK to...

Outright Nationalism Is Donald Trump's Next Trick

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I still think that Donald Trump might just win the Presidential election. Nationalism is extreme patriotism; a feeling of superiority over other countries. The causes are historic for both the UK and US...many citizens in both the US and UK see their countries as having a 'superior' backstory filled with heroic deeds and victories.

In The US During The Olympics - Missing The BBC

Jackie Kemp | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jackie Kemp

Why can't I watch the BBC outside the UK? If it is to do with contracts for selling content abroad, they should change the contracts. The world is changing. NBC is getting punished by viewers for its approach. Many, like me, would be happy to subscribe to an IBC channel. Lucky viewers in the UK, know that your BBC TV service is gold.

The Astonishing Numbers Behind International Arms Dealing

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

We look at the eye-popping facts and figures behind the shadowy world of arms trafficking, from the unbelievable costs of weaponry to the profit made ...

Journalist's Notepad Sums Up Everyone's Shock As Runner Wins Unexpected Olympic Gold

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK

A journalist’s ecstatic notes have summed up the moment US runner Matt Centrowitz pulled off a shock victory in the Olympics last night. Reporter Ch...

This Sorority Video Is Hands Down The Most Terrifying Thing You'll See This Year

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Comedy

WARNING: Those of a nervous disposition should look away now. The tradition of fraternities and sororities is unique to the USA and if this video is a...

Black Lives Matter: Racism Will Be Remedied When All Hands Are Up, Waving Goodbye To Discrimination

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

As humans, we must raise our hands and accept that we all have a responsibility to look out for one another, regardless of skin colour, sexuality, faith or gender. For it is only when we fundamentally refuse to tolerate discrimination in its every form, can we wave goodbye to racism and embrace the fair and equal society humanity needs in order for it to truly prosper. Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Ending Violence: The US Needs a New Social Contract Based on Equality

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

I would argue, the U.S. needs a new social contract. This contract should not be based on the winner takes it all. In other words, the American Dream must be rekindled in a way that profits all, not just the fittest. With more socio-economic equality comes cohesion and pacification.

What's Next?

Katherine Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?

Five Tips for Enjoying the Greyhound

Rosie Ferguson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Ferguson

There are many stereotypes about the experience of travelling on a Greyhound bus, and after five long distance journeys in two weeks (Portland - Salt Lake City - Denver - Kansas City - St Louis - Indianapolis), here's my take.

There's Nothing Post-Truth About Poverty

Declan Sean Kenny | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Declan Sean Kenny

As Democrats and Republicans alike continue to exacerbate an already dilapidated business model, it is unsurprising that millions of Americans are entrusting an insolvency consultant, eager for a return on their initial investment in the American Dream.

Californian Retreats: Golden Door, Escondido

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.

Orlando: Now We Must Stand Together to Prove That Hate Doesn't Win

Suki Sandhu | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this today. On 12th June 2016, the world was subjected to the most violent singular attack on the LGBT+ community in recent history. My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy, but also to their friends, families, the LGBT+ community, and every person in this world who believes in freedom and liberty - because this was also an attack on them.

Violent by Trade: More Gun Dealers Than Starbucks in the U.S.

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

Firearms are big business. The magnitude of how readily available deadly weapons are in the U.S. is made clear by the chart below based on figures by data visualization hub 1point21... Trading in guns seems even more common than selling burgers or coffee.

Legal Debates on Decryption and "Contents of the Mind"

Julian Vigo | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

On 25 February, Magistrate Alicia G Rosenburg signed the first ever seizure warrant for a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan in ...

The Best City Parks in the USA

Mike Gerrard | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Everyone's heard of Central Park, and you might be forgiven for thinking it's the biggest and best city park in the USA. Not so. 'Best' is subjective, but there are other US urban parks that are bigger, and some that have many more attractions than Central Park.

Pining for Passive Aggression: A Brit in the USA

Rosie Ferguson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Ferguson

I'm currently travelling from Seattle to New York by bus and experiencing the best and the worst of American culture. It is surprising what you miss when you are away from home and it isn't always the comforts you expect it to be. What hit me this week is that being in the USA makes me miss passive aggression: I've come to realise what a core fundamental it is in British culture.

48 Hours Of Eating In New Orleans - Day 2

Chris Cox | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Cox

New Orleans is a city that conjures up so many images but as soon as you arrive you realise it's one of the most vibrant and unique cities in America. Full on contradictions, excitement and friendly locals who are so proud to call this city home, and it's easy to see why.

48 Hours Of Eating In New Orleans - Day One

Chris Cox | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Cox

New Orleans has something for everyone, if you want to party head to Bourbon Street and get wild after drinking a hurricane or two. Walking through the French Quarter is like sticking your iPod on shuffle, with music and culture oozing out of every building and on every street corner; this city has Jazz in it's soul.