Lost in the Pond – British Expat in the USA Column

10th-Doctor1

Lost in the Pond: 8 Fantastic British Christmas TV Specials for Homesick Expats

If there is one thing that the British do very well at Christmas it is television specials. Aside from watching the Queen's speech, which most Brits consider to be background entertainment, Brits tune in at Christmas to watch a a lengthier one-off version of their favorite show. … [Read More...]

dickvandyke

Lost in the Pond: 4 Common Mistakes Americans Make When Attempting a British Accent

During the 5 years I have resided in the United States, I have had the good fortune of occasionally crafting professional acting roles within the theater. One favorite pastime among young American actors, at least those in the company of British thespians such as myself, is … [Read More...]

DSC_0036

Lost in the Pond: A Brief History of The Remembrance Poppy for Anglophiles

Ninety-five years ago today, in 1918, the world saw an effective end to hostilities in the European conflict we know today as World War I, in which 886,939 British servicemen lost their lives on the battlefield. Today in the United Kingdom, and various other commonwealth … [Read More...]

Lost in the Pond Archive

Laura’s London

Miniland-510x382

Laura’s London: Exploring the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort opened in 1996 and is a children's theme park for 2 to 12 year olds. It's only a few miles from Windsor Castle and is just 8 miles from London Heathrow Airport. As it's aimed at younger children … [Read More...]

Anglo-streetsign

Laura’s London: Exploring the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, Wales

Doctor Who is the world's longest running sci-fi drama and I watched the show when I was a child. While I was often hiding behind the sofa back then I still love it so was thrilled to head to Cardiff to visit the Doctor Who … [Read More...]

Mary-Rose-510x385

Exclusive Preview of the new Mary Rose Museum – Ship Brought back from the Ocean

The Mary Rose is the world's only surviving sixteenth century warship. This £35 million project reunites the hull of the Mary Rose with many of the 19,000 Tudor artefacts recovered from the seabed providing an unrivalled … [Read More...]

More Articles from Laura in London

All Recent Articles

Short Film: You Must Watch This Hilarious Short Film Where William Shatner Tried to Go back to 16th Century England On a Mission to Kill William Shakespeare

Short Film: You Must Watch This Hilarious Short Film Where William Shatner Tried to Go back to 16th Century England On a Mission to Kill William Shakespeare

  In this awesome short film, William Shatner goes back in time to 16th Century England to kill William Shakespeare. Why? Because Shatner can speak in Iambic Pentameter. This short has been made with Lego and it's … [Read More...]

britgreatest_mapuk

Rude British Humor: Britain’s Greatest Place Names – Fun Map of the Most Hilarious

This map is not for the faint of heart as it shows what are probably the coolest place names in Britain that also happen to be the rudest. And yes, before you ask, these are all REAL place names! We have a whole list of … [Read More...]

Classic Newreel Producer Pathé Uploads 85,000 Historical Films to YouTube – Here’s the 10 Coolest We’ve Found So Far

Classic Newreel Producer Pathé Uploads 85,000 Historical Films to YouTube – Here’s the 10 Coolest We’ve Found So Far

British Pathé, the newsreel maker which documented all walks of British life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube. The archive of 3,500 hours of footage was … [Read More...]

Video: Lovely Short Video about One of Britain’s Glorious Heritage Steam Railways – The Severn Valley Railway

Video: Lovely Short Video about One of Britain’s Glorious Heritage Steam Railways – The Severn Valley Railway

  One of the highlights of our last trip was the opportunity to ride an old Steam train in Dorset (the Swanage line). We came across this lovely video about another heritage railway in Britain, the Severn Valley … [Read More...]

VB24125666

Photo: Stunning Picture of the Seaside Resort of Blackpool at Dusk Suitable For Your Desktop Wallpaper

Someone requested a photo of Blackpool yesterday, so we thought why not! This shot is of the Central pier at sunset in Blackpool, England. Blackpool is a seaside town and borough of Lancashire, North West England and has a … [Read More...]

IMG_0360084de5

Proper British and Irish Easter Eggs at Spencer’s Jolly Posh in Chicago

    At our Chicago café and retail location, we get frantic requests from British ex-pats throughout the year, looking for their old favourites.  Probably the most frantic inquiries, however, start coming right after … [Read More...]

81xdqB-kn8L

Book Review: Cycling After Thomas and the English by David Caddy

Edward Thomas was born in London in 1878 into a Welsh family. Educated at Oxford, Thomas eventually became a literary critic for the Daily Chronicle of London. His writing career also included penning several poetry … [Read More...]

chelsea_1655218c

Video: Watch This Inspiring Movie about the Retired Soldiers Called the Chelsea Pensioners Who Live in the Beautiful Royal Hospital Chelsea

A Chelsea pensioner is an in-pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army located in Chelsea, London. This short film is about what life is like … [Read More...]

51TaqKc3PuL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Brit Book Review: Daphne du Maurier at Home by Hilary Macaskill

Fans of Daphne du Maurier are intimately familiar with her famous novels such as “Rebecca” and “My Cousin Rachel.” What may not be as commonly known is the history of the popular novelist. The book “Daphne du Maurier at Home” … [Read More...]

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 10.34.29 AM

Anglophile Alert: Win 1 of 4 Trips to Britain from Visit Britain – USA ONLY

Our friends at Visit Britain have launched a new sweepstakes offering up the chance to win 1 of 4 trips to Britain and any American can enter. Here are the prize details: PRIZES: (four [4] prizes are available to be … [Read More...]

v2Driving+instructor+warning-590x442 (1)

Dispatches from England: Taking the UK Theory Driving Test

Last week, I challenged you to answer some sample questions from the UK Theory Driving Test. Pretty tough, right? So what's it like to actually take the full test (which is step 2 of the process of obtaining a UK Driver's … [Read More...]

Anglophile Zen: Need 5 Minutes of Peace on This Manic Monday? Then Watch Episode 4 of Anglophile Zen – Episode 4 – River Avon and Pulteney Bridge in Bath England

Anglophile Zen: Need 5 Minutes of Peace on This Manic Monday? Then Watch Episode 4 of Anglophile Zen – Episode 4 – River Avon and Pulteney Bridge in Bath England

In this week's episode of Anglophile Zen, spend five minutes in beautiful Bath England. We visited last December on a beautifully sunny day and watched the river go by. On that day it was a torrent, the recent torrential … [Read More...]

Doctor Who

Happy Birthday to Peter Capaldi – Who Is 56 Today – Who’s Excited About His Upcoming Role in Doctor Who? What’s Your Favorite Peter Capaldi Role?

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Anglotopia to Peter Capaldi who turns 56 today. Of course everyone knows that he's going to be the next Doctor Who. What role of his is your favorite? I'd have to say Local Hero is probably my … [Read More...]

232

Brit Movies: Crikey! Can You Believe It’s Been 20 Years Since The Release of Four Weddings and a Funeral? Listen to a Reunion of the Cast and Crew Now

In spite of its largely unknown cast, a promiscuous leading female character, a tragic death and a tiny budget, Four Weddings and a Funeral is still one of the most successful British films ever made. It's 20 years since … [Read More...]

John Lennon's wisdom tooth. 
Image Source: thesaleroom.com

Brit Music: The Bizarre Plot to Clone John Lennon… and why it won’t work

Two years ago, one of John Lennon's wisdom teeth, extracted during the height of Beatlemania, and kept by his housekeeper and her daughter for years, sold at auction for £19,000, where it was bought by a Canadian dentist. He … [Read More...]

Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 11 April 2014

Londonist Out Loud a podcast about London news, views, and oddities from London, UK. Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf. (free on iTunes/www.londonist.com/Stitcher) Welcome to the latest … [Read More...]

A702_-_M74_and_A74(M)_Road_sign_-_geograph.org.uk_-_74688

British Slang: 48 British Words For Driving That You May Not Know – How the British Communicate Driving Differently Than Americans

This is the first article in an ongoing series about British English or as we Americans tend to call it, British Slang. The following list of words is taken from Anglotopia’s Dictionary of British English and you’ll find … [Read More...]

VB34131251

Sunday Photo: The Stunning Quantock Hills in Somerset at Dusk

  The Quantock Hills is a range of hills west of Bridgwater in Somerset, and have areas of varied wildlife habitat and landscape. Moorland and heathland support heather, gorse and ferns. It's definitely a stunning … [Read More...]

stonehenge-1835

Great British Art: Stonehenge as Painted by John Constable in 1835 – Stunning View of a World Icon

John Constable, one of our favorite painters, painted this watercolor at a sad time in his life. Both his wife, Maria, and his closest friend, John Fisher, had died, and his two eldest sons had left home. He is perhaps … [Read More...]

Brit TV: Want to Watch a Train Wreck? Check Out the Attempted American Remake of the IT Crowd That Was Never Aired and Weep

Brit TV: Want to Watch a Train Wreck? Check Out the Attempted American Remake of the IT Crowd That Was Never Aired and Weep

The IT Crowd has recently completed its run in the UK. This successful British comedy revolves around the lives of the three-member team of the IT department at a large London company. Similar to the US series, The Big Bang … [Read More...]

london-taxi-version2-for-catalog

Anglotees Alert: New T-Shirt Live – London Taxi – Dedicated to the Iconic London Black Taxi

When you travel to London, there is no question that one of the best ways to get around is in a Black London Taxi. A London Taxi Driver is fluent in the language of London’s streets called The Knowledge and they know how to … [Read More...]

Kind of makes you wish Wallace and Gromit's Anti-Pesto was real, dunnit?
Image Source: Guzelian

Weird Britain: Barnyard Antics – Sheep Invade Small Town, Cow Stop Train Traffic, Horse Check Into British Hotel and More!

I come bringing tidings of more farm animal-related strangeness from Britain. Sheep invade small Lancashire town. One wouldn't normally expect the words "sheep" and "invasion" to go together, but, then again, you … [Read More...]

627

Great British Telly: 14 Wonderful British Comedies You Should Binge Watch This Weekend Available on Netflix or Hulu – Which One is Your Favorite?

Last week we wrote and article all about 10 British TV shows you guys should binge watch right away. It was a very popular article so we thought it would be fun to branch out and do separate articles by genre. So, this week … [Read More...]

Londonist-Out-Loud-3rd-April-20142

Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 4 April 2014

Londonist Out Loud a podcast about London news, views, and oddities from London, UK. Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf. (free on iTunes/www.londonist.com/Stitcher) Londonist Out Loud is … [Read More...]

esw_epo651-1024x1021

Earth Station Who Episode 65 – They Should Have Been Companions

Over the past 50 years the Doctor has traveled the universe and has experienced more adventures then could ever be imagined. From his early experiences on, the one consistent was that the Doctor has met amazing individuals to … [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Dorset Town Get Its Very Own Working Police Box in PR Stunt to Attract Tourists (and improve public safety)

Doctor Who: Dorset Town Get Its Very Own Working Police Box in PR Stunt to Attract Tourists (and improve public safety)

The Classic Blue Police Box that used to be all over Britain was phased out long ago, but it's an iconic image that just won't die thanks to the worldwide success of Doctor Who. Now, in an effort to attract more tourists … [Read More...]

VB34133965

Photo: A Lovely Atmospheric Photo of Liverpool For Your Desktop Wallpaper

  Maritime Albert Dock on Liverpool waterfront with the Three Graces historic buildings all part of the Liverpool world heritage site. Pictured is the Port of Liverpool building, the Cunard Building and the Liver … [Read More...]

10152572_624411107633515_1735310010_n

Anglotees Alert: Last Call – Just 24 Hours Left to Buy Our Vintage Union Flag T-Shirt

Anglotees LAST CALL: Just 24 Hours Left to Purchase Vintage Union Flag our tribute to the UK's beautiful flag. The demand for this shirt has totally blown us away! Definitely one of our most popular shirts so far. Available … [Read More...]

Royaltopia: Prince George Has a Right Old Royal Playdate in New Zealand – Cute Video Alert!

Royaltopia: Prince George Has a Right Old Royal Playdate in New Zealand – Cute Video Alert!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on tour in the New Zealand and today Prince George had his own chance to shine - a right Royal play date with some local NZ children. They paid a visit to a Plunket play group … [Read More...]

VB21979982

Photo: A Lovely English Valley For Your Desktop Wallaper – Standon in Hertfordshire

Check out this lovely view across the fields to the the village of Standon in Hertfordshire. Standon is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England. The parish includes the adjoining village of Puckeridge. The … [Read More...]

Latest British TV News

Video: Lovely Short Video about One of Britain’s Glorious Heritage Steam Railways – The Severn Valley Railway

Video: Lovely Short Video about One of Britain’s Glorious Heritage Steam Railways – The Severn Valley Railway

  One of the highlights of our last trip was the opportunity to ride an old Steam train in Dorset (the Swanage line). We came across this lovely video about another heritage railway in Britain, the Severn Valley … [Read More...]

Doctor Who

Happy Birthday to Peter Capaldi – Who Is 56 Today – Who’s Excited About His Upcoming Role in Doctor Who? What’s Your Favorite Peter Capaldi Role?

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Anglotopia to Peter Capaldi who turns 56 today. Of course everyone knows that he's going to be the next Doctor Who. What role of his is your favorite? I'd have to say Local Hero is probably my … [Read More...]

Brit TV: Want to Watch a Train Wreck? Check Out the Attempted American Remake of the IT Crowd That Was Never Aired and Weep

Brit TV: Want to Watch a Train Wreck? Check Out the Attempted American Remake of the IT Crowd That Was Never Aired and Weep

The IT Crowd has recently completed its run in the UK. This successful British comedy revolves around the lives of the three-member team of the IT department at a large London company. Similar to the US series, The Big Bang … [Read More...]

More British TV News

News Features

Step Back In Time: The Victorian Experience

  History is no longer the dry subject that was once taught in dusty classrooms. Learning can be made fun by looking closely at the … [Read More...]

Could England end 48 years of pain at Brazil 2014?

Being the ‘nearly men’ of any sport is an unwanted tag you would not want to hold onto for a prolonged period of time. The tag signifies an … [Read More...]

A Small Selection of the Best Places to Visit in Britain

Thinking of taking a trip to the UK? Whether you want to take in the hustle and bustle of London, the stunning scenery of the Scottish … [Read More...]

Why the South is the best region to place your bets

  Brighton Wheel by David Stanley With more and more Brits and tourists alike embracing the party culture that has engulfed Britain, … [Read More...]

10 Things only London Students will understand

There’s a reason thousands of people move to London from all over the globe each year to study; it holds a strong argument for being one of … [Read More...]

3 Relaxing Yoga Poses For Busy London People

Yoga has become incredibly popular in recent years, spreading out from alternative spiritual pursuit to mainstream wellness activity. In … [Read More...]

Top 5 attractions on London’s South Bank

The South Bank is not a well known tourist destination, but there's really no excuse. Take the 'wobbly' Millennium Bridge from St Paul's, or … [Read More...]

Edinburgh’s Hidden Gems

The splendid Scottish capital of Edinburgh is home to an impressive number of artistic, cultural, natural and historic attractions. It is … [Read More...]

Take a Ride on Britain’s Most Haunted Roads

Along with Great Britain's fascinating history comes its fair share of local legend. If you're a fan of things that go bump in the night, … [Read More...]

4 Factors to Consider When You Aare Looking for the Perfect Office Location

Sparing no expense can be detrimental to a business and in today’s competitive world it would be difficult for small businesses to stay … [Read More...]