Archive for the 'British Culture' Category

Heat wave: Tube closures?

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

A nasty heat wave is hitting England. Hm. I remember back in 2003 when the same thing happened. It was nasty. And the country hasn’t quite figured out air conditioning yet. Times like this I’m thankful to be back in the States where A/C is standard in my $600 a month apartment. Anyways, the Mayor […]

World Cup commentary with live instrumental improv

Friday, June 30th, 2006

You can head to any pub in England to watch the World Cup, but if you want to have a little fun to you can head to the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. They are holding the World Cup Jazz Balls where the commentary is replaced with teams of musicians improving throughout the game. A […]

Europride takes over London this weekend

Friday, June 30th, 2006

The Gays are taking over London this weekend. And not just the British ones—all of gay Europe will be parading through the city. More than half a million people are expected to descend on Oxford Street tomorrow for the biggest gay parade in London’s history. Jesus Christ. Oh yeah, of course this year’s festivities are […]

Escape from the world while people watch

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Does anyone even use it? I love bringing you exiting things, and here is a one for the books. The London Oasis. It is “A kinetic structure which harnesses and recycles natural resources for the benefit of Londoners”. You sit down, pull the hood down and the noise and hustle of the city are replaced […]

History: Royal Greenwich

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

GMT anyone? The Prime Meridian runs through Greenwich and I’m a bit partial to this neighborhood in South East London because I used to live there. It’s simply beautiful and full of history. Henry VIII used to have his dog kennels here and Henry VI built a palace, which is now long gone. If you […]

The Tube: Making sense of signal failures

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Everyone, and by everyone I mean all Londoners, complain about train delays on the tube. It’s a natural part of the goliath system that is the London Underground. I think most Londoners didn’t get the memo regarding how their subway system is one of the best in the world, but we’ll humble them anyways. What […]

Ever want to hurl your mobile phone? Now you can…

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Yes, there comes a time in everyone’s life when we just want to throw, stomp on or flush our mobile phones out of frustration for technology that doesn’t quite work as intended (“Can you hear me now?…”). Finally, our prayers have been answered with the first UK Mobile Phone Throwing championships to be held in […]

Having a laugh with tourists

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I suppose not everyone living in one of the most traveled to cities in the world appreciates the influx of foreigners every summer. Over at Time Out London, Robin McKie begins with the numerous joys of taking advantage of tourists’ seemingly innocent ignorance: One of the joys of living in London is confusing the city’s […]

Finding a hotel in London

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

My good friend Sunny recently took a trip to London and in this article she tells us about her experience with British hotels. Looking for a hotel in London for cheap? These are some tips from our travels to London and trying to find a nice place to rest our head when we weren’t off […]

The London Underground song

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Thanks Sean. This is f-ing ridiculous. London Underground Song