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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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St George’s Day: Check Out England’s Unofficial National Anthem – Jerusalem – Two Great Videos and the Lyrics

St George’s Day: Check Out England’s Unofficial National Anthem – Jerusalem – Two Great Videos and the Lyrics

The poem Jerusalem, written by William Blake, is often considered the unofficial national anthem for England. It was set to words by the composer Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 (pictured above) and it has cemented itself and one of … [Read More...]

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Happy Shakespeare Day! Here’s 11 Facts and Figures about the Bard William Shakespeare You Probably Didn’t Know

Happy Shakespeare Day everyone! What is Shakespeare Day? Well, April 23rd marks the day that William Shakespeare was born (though this is also been disputed to the point no one knows for sure) but it’s also actuality the day … [Read More...]

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Happy St George’s Day! An Anglophile User’s Guide to St George’s Day – What is it? Why is it Important? How is it celebrated?

Today is St George’s day in England and we’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what it is and why it’s important in England. What is St George’s Day? St George’s Day takes place every year on April 23rd and … [Read More...]

The Sound of Victory: Amazing Video of 16 Classic Spitfires Flying in Formation at the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Sound of Victory: Amazing Video of 16 Classic Spitfires Flying in Formation at the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

This video is so cool that we just had to share it. There are only a few airworthy Spitfires left and back in 2010 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, they managed to get together 16 of them to do a flypast … [Read More...]

Royaltopia: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Get a Night Off from Prince George and Go Glamping at Uluru

Royaltopia: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Get a Night Off from Prince George and Go Glamping at Uluru

Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their tour of Australia. Today was meant to be a bit of fun for them as they were getting a night off from parenting duties so go 'glamping' in the shadow of Uluru (formerly … [Read More...]

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Brit TV: The IT Crowd Series Finale Special Is Now Available for Free on Hulu for US Fans

One of our favorite shows, The IT Crowd bowed out last year with a special one hour finale. Until today, it had yet to air in the USA. We're happy to report that it is now available on Hulu for US fans of the show. “The … [Read More...]

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Spitfire: 14 Facts and Figures You Probably Didn’t Know About the Supermarine Spitfire – The Iconic Plane That Fought During the Battle of Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most iconic airplanes ever built. It’s best known as the plane flown by pilots during the Battle of Britain (along with the Hawker Hurricane). In honor of our current shirt over at … [Read More...]

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Anglophile Alert: Win a Trip to the UK to See a Pearl Jam Concert – US and Canada Only – Enter by May 12th

Live Nation is offering up the chance to win a trip to the UK to see a Pearl Jam Concert. Don't like Pearl Jam? Then skip the concert and enjoy the free trip to the UK! Here are the prize details: Flyaway includes: - … [Read More...]

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Dispatches from England: Things British People Take More Seriously Than Americans That Might Surprise You

Over the past 11 months as an American expat living in Great Britain, I've had a chance to observe some differences in personal habits and preferences that seem to be different once you've crossed the pond. So here are a few … [Read More...]

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Anglophile Zen: Spend a Few Minutes in a Beautiful and Busy Tube Station – Earl’s Court Tube Station in London

Spend a few minutes in a busy London Tube Station - Earl's Court Station in London. Watch the trains come and go as Londoners go about their busy Saturday. Put some headphones on, put the video on full screen and for a few … [Read More...]

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Brit Music: New Album Bonanza! Adele, Blur, and Portishead on their next albums.

Well, it looks like a few artists have confirmed they're working on their new album, so, let's just take it one by one. Damon Albarn: New Blur album, not likely. New Gorillaz album? I could do it in a week. When Blur … [Read More...]

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British Landscapes Photography: Great British Art in the Landscape

Throughout my travels I have seen plenty of "art in the landscape" but for now I am going to stick with the relatively modern man made ones. They can take on many forms and be interpreted in many ways some of which can be … [Read More...]

On This Day in History, King Henry VIII Came To the Throne – Here’s a Fun and Helpful Song That Helps You Remember the Wives

Yesterday in History, King Henry VIII Came To the Throne – Here’s a Fun and Helpful Song That Helps You Remember the Wives

On April 21st 15 1509, King Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England. Ask anyone to name the first King of England that comes to mind, and they will probably tell you Henry VIII. Known best for his outsize lifestyle, … [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday Your Majesty! The Queen Turns 88 Today – Many Happy Returns – Check Out Her New Portrait

A big Anglotopia Happy Birthday to The Queen, who turns 88 years young today. To celebrate, a new portrait of her was released yesterday taken by photographer David Bailey. It's a rather lovely photo - such a beautiful … [Read More...]

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Sunday Photo: A Classic Royal Mail Postbox Outside a Lovely Thatched Cottage in England For Your Desktop Wallpaper

  Check out this lovely red Royal Mail post box inset into an old stone wall in England. It has the insignia of George Rex aka King George VI. Just love the thatched cottage in the background. A perfect English … [Read More...]

Happy Easter! Prince George Visits the Zoo and Sees the Easter Bunny (or Rather Easter Bilby) – Prepare for Cuteness

Happy Easter! Prince George Visits the Zoo and Sees the Easter Bunny (or Rather Easter Bilby) – Prepare for Cuteness

Happy Easter everyone! Just a small bit of Royal news today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on tour in Australia and today they visited the Zoo in Sydney Australia, where Prince George came face to face … [Read More...]

Weekend Viewing: Hidden Killers The Victorian British Home – Great Documentary!

Weekend Viewing: Hidden Killers The Victorian British Home – Great Documentary!

  Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the late Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But from the food they ate to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the … [Read More...]

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Great British Art: Ophelia by John Everett Millais

Ophelia is a painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais, completed between 1851 and 1852. Currently held in the Tate Britain in London, it depicts Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing before … [Read More...]

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Has Apple Maps Discovered The Loch Ness Monster? You Be the Judge!

This is making the rounds on the interwebs, so we thought it was worth sharing. Eagle eyes using Apple's Maps Software have discovered a mysterious beast like shape in Loch Ness in Scotland. Have they discovered the … [Read More...]

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Weird Britain: Apparently Cows produce more milk while listening to Tom Jones?

I honestly struggled as to whether or not I should have put this in my last Weird Britain article, but, since it heavily involves one of the most famous British singers, I decided to cover it as a musical article. And, … [Read More...]

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Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 18 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...]

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Photo: A Lovely Photo Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales For Your Desktop Wallpaper

  Check out this lovely photo of Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The landscape of the world famous Yorkshire dales and the charming little village in the photo is Dent. Dentdale is a dale or valley in … [Read More...]

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Anglotees Alert! New Shirt Live – Spitfire Jack – Our Tribute to the Brave Men Who Fought The Battle of Britain

Winston Churchill said it best “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” He was talking about the men who valiantly fought to save Britain during the Battle of Britain. This shirt is our … [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday to David Tennant Who’s 43 Today. What’s Your Favorite Tennant Role OTHER than Doctor Who?

  A big Anglotopia Happy Birthday goes out to David Tennant, who turns 43 today. What's your favorite David Tennant role OTHER than Doctor Who? Let us know in the comments! … [Read More...]

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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Brit TV: The IT Crowd Series Finale Special Is Now Available for Free on Hulu for US Fans

One of our favorite shows, The IT Crowd bowed out last year with a special one hour finale. Until today, it had yet to air in the USA. We're happy to report that it is now available on Hulu for US fans of the show. “The … [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday to David Tennant Who’s 43 Today. What’s Your Favorite Tennant Role OTHER than Doctor Who?

  A big Anglotopia Happy Birthday goes out to David Tennant, who turns 43 today. What's your favorite David Tennant role OTHER than Doctor Who? Let us know in the comments! … [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...]

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Springtime fun in Edinburgh

By Andrea Kirkby Under the grey stone and macho exterior, the ghosts and plague and violent history, there's a sexier Scottish capital … [Read More...]

7 Items to Consider When Buying Property in Sydney Australia

Purchasing property in Sydney is becoming quite popular these days owing to the lucrative market and a booming economy. Of course, Sydney … [Read More...]

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...]