Archive for the 'The British Experience' Category

[Ask Metafilter] What to put in a London survival pack?

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Ask Metafilter user generichuman is a Canadian expat living in London, awaiting the arrival of his Toronto girlfriend and asks: I’m loving the city and settling in! To be romantic, silly and practical, I’d like to put together a little London Survival Pack for her, something the size of a shoe-box. Some good responses: a […]

Platform for Art: Gloucester Road tube station

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

The London Underground’s art program, Platform for Art, has made it to Gloucester Road with work by artist Chiho Aoshima: The inspiring landscape she has created runs along all 17 archways which sees the scene graduate from day to night and from urban to rural. With such a rich visual focal point to enjoy whilst […]

Calling home

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Calling home isn’t always an easy thing to learn when you first go abroad. You spend days or even weeks trying to figure out which phone card works well and will save you the most money. It also costs more to call a cell phone than a landline in the U.S., so make sure you […]

Taste Buds: Thoughts on curry

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Ever try a curry? If not, you can guarantee that you will if you spend any amount of time in the UK. It’s a classic British staple food. Okay, well maybe not classic since they stole it from India, but it is definitely a regular part of the modern British diet. There are curry houses […]

A random first day in London

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

This is too funny. I happened to stumble upon a blog by this girl Lauren, from Arizona, who just arrived in London. The excitement is all too familiar. Earls Court is fabulous. I walked around for three or four hours and observed several things. – Everyone drives a Vespa, Neddin, or some other motorcycle contraption. […]

5 things I learned while studying abroad in the UK

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

I remember back in 2003 when I made the decision to go abroad through Syracuse University’s study abroad program in London. So many of my friends had gone abroad at one time or another and I attribute much of my excitement at the time to my good friend Drew who told me about his adventures […]

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 […]

Blair’s gets hate mail from woman, 72

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

So apparently, if you don’t like the PM you can just send him random packages and letters containing whatever substances you have around the house with hopes that something might do some harm. Shirley Freed, 72, certainly thought so. A month after the first letter, in June 2005, Freed posted one to Mrs. Blair containing […]

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 […]