Very British Problems

I’ve discovered this series on YouTube and everything in it is what I love about Brits and it’s making me laugh. I would like to point out that the change in speaking is not exclusive to Brits. I have an Indian friend who speaks English with absolutely no trace of an Indian accent when she speaks to another Indian in English, she suddenly uses the English with an English accent. It’s so funny how she can turn it off and on.

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Remembrance

I graduated from college in 1995. For many years after, I didn’t have a steady job. I signed up with a lot of agencies around the city that would send you to jobs on a temporary basis. Usually to fill in while someone was on leave. One of the best experiences I had was in the billing department of an enormous law firm here where I live. The firm was so huge that their letter head filled a third of a page. Of course it also included the names of deceased partners which seemed kind of weird to me, but anyway…

The ladies I worked with in the billing department had television radios (radios that also picked up the local tv stations) and they listened to their soap operas all day while they worked. They wore dictation headphones so no one would catch onto what they were doing. At least no one outside the department.

It was during my time at this law firm that the tragedy we remember today happened. The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, mother to two incredible sons. I remember being at the office when we heard about it. There was so much discussion every day. It’s so incredibly sad to think that there are people out there so determined to get a photograph of someone famous that they would endanger the life of that individual. I’m sure there were other factors involved, but in my mind, the paparazzi were the main component.

I hope that in the intervening 20 years since her tragic and untimely death, Princess Diana has watched over her sons and is proud of the amazing human beings these two men truly are. She suffered from mental health issues in her lifetime and it wasn’t appropriate for someone of her status to discuss these problems. I’m thrilled to see that her two sons are breaking with that tradition and are leading the way forward with open and frank discussions of mental health on all levels.

 

Thank You GB!

I would just like to express thanks to each and every citizen of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for any and all protests regarding the State Visit of the current President of the United States. You have your own battles to wage and I stand with you in those battles. You do not need yet another stain on your community by allowing such an animal to set foot on your soil.

 

Manchester, United

manchester-distressed-union-jack-flag-mark-e-tisdaleIt breaks my heart to see a terrorist bombing of a place I hold so dear to my heart and also to see the young lives affected in such a traumatic way. The three times I have been to the UK, I have entered the country through Manchester because it’s nearer where my friend lives than London. People are always shocked to learn that I’ve been to England three times, but I’ve yet to see London. It is unfathomable that terrorists have so little regard for life that they would end the lives of these young girls and mentally and emotionally scar hundreds of others who were surely there. I will keep them all in my thoughts and close to my heart every day because we must stand strong against those who would try to destroy the democratic way of life. They seek to destroy, to sew chaos and divide us between those who want to take a hard line against terrorism and think bombing the crap out of the Middle East will solve our problems and those who know a more sensible response would result in fewer deaths. We must all, but most especially Manchester, remain United.

 

Smog of ’52

My best friend has really gotten into the Netflix series¬†The Crown. Since I don’t have Netflix, I can’t view it, but it sounds interesting. She was most fascinated recently of how they addressed the big event of 1952: the smog that brought all of London to a standstill and killed thousands of people and probably just as many animals.

Though the smog issue is far from as bad as it was that fateful year, the air of London surely isn’t 100% pure. I recall from my days in college, a friend of mine was fortunate enough to spend a Spring semester in London courtesy of the college. The following year we roomed together and I got to hear a lot of detail about her stay in London. One of the most memorable to me was when she said the first time she had cause to blow her nose, whatever came out was black. Ick.

My current friend has felt so moved by the story of the Great Smog of 1952 she shared the story behind it and so I felt led to share it here. As with most tragic events, the Great Smog led to many environmental changes in London and the country itself.

The Great Smog of 1952

Happy Birthday!

On 21 April 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born. At the age of 25, she ascended to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI. She has since become the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ahead of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

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