AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – WALKING ON THE MOON

20
Jul
My husband is seven years older than me, and the older we get the less the age gap seems to matter – just as the longer I live here the more I understand his many and sometimes colourful American cultural references.  However, there are certain conversation topics which always remind me of these differences.  For example, I was not born when President Kennedy was assassinated, but as a four-year-old, my husband remembers his Mom crying as she watched the TV news. Another difference is a historical event that had a significant impact on my husband and the whole Baby...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – THE LANGUAGE OF HOLIDAYS

06
Jul
The team at LFPR has been planning and talking excitedly about our upcoming summer vacations, which has once again underlined how, to quote Winston Churchill, the British and Americans are “divided by a common language”.  When I hit a really busy patch, like now, I tend to revert to my British roots and speak in ‘English English’ rather than first translating into ‘American English’.   What has really caused confusion between us is the language of that great American summertime institution – The Road Trip.  The British would simply call this just a “car journey”, but it strikes me once...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – POLITICAL MISCALCULATION IN THE UK

22
Jun
The land of my birth has been in the news a lot lately, and that news has not been good.  A couple of terrorist attacks and a major and tragic fire in the capital would generally have had a unifying effect on the British people, who by nature tend to be stoic, resilient and stick together.  However, growing political divisions in the UK are starting to mirror the situation here in the USA, and in the last couple of weeks that has been especially apparent with a lot of change and political miscalculation. The UK’s system of government is...