Ask the average American what they know about British cuisine, and their answer will probably include fish and chips. According to the UK's National Federation of Fish Friers, there are more than 10,000 fish and chip shops in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These shops, which are often referred to as chippies, are the guardians of one of the UK's most popular … [Read more...] about Eating British in America: The CODFather, South Carolina’s Proper Chippy
We had to put a pause on marketing my new book last month as we ran into a minor snag that turned into a major snag and forced the book to be unavailable on Amazon and elsewhere for several weeks. It’s been a frustrating and stressful time waiting for the problem to be resolved. I’ll save you the whole story as it’s so uninteresting, but the problems have been ironed out and … [Read more...] about Adventures in Anglotopia is Available to Order Again Everywhere!
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! The last article I wrote talked about the problems small venues are facing due to the COVID pandemic. I didn't talk about the troubles that many of the bigger venues were facing because I assumed that many of the larger venues were relatively safe. Alas, it turns out even in this category, very few, if any, … [Read more...] about The Royal Albert Hall risks going bust without urgent help
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols. As I've mentioned before, the COVID pandemic has wrought some serious havoc on many of Britain's small venues. The sort of close contact that many concerts provide can turn a venue into a virtual petri dish and potentially create a massive outbreak. And things are not helped by the fact that when the UK … [Read more...] about Buy Idles’ new album, save this venue.
Comics have long been popular in the United Kingdom from books such as The Beano to 2000 AD. Marvel had been producing its own heroes in the United States starting in 1961 with the Fantastic Four (and well before that as Timely Comics), it didn’t have much of a foothold in Britain. Other publishers such as L. Miller and Sons had reprinted earlier WWII superhero tales … [Read more...] about The Mighty World of Marvel: The History of Marvel UK Comics
Nearly every country in the world has its cultural symbols. Each represents some aspect of a nation’s history, its people, and its self-image. The United Kingdom has its own national animals for virtually every country in the British Isles (save Northern Ireland) and each tells a unique story about originating from that nation’s lore. Follow along below as we cover each … [Read more...] about National Animals of the United Kingdom – Real and Imagined
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! A few months ago, the Glastonbury Festival announced its lineup for the 2020 Festival, and then cancelled the festival a few days later because it became abundantly clear that holding a festival in the time of pandemic would be a really bloody bad idea. So, on the week when the festival would have taken … [Read more...] about Glastonbury unveils a “virtual lineup” for this year’s festival.
Have you ever been traveling on a bridge that seems like it goes on forever? Bridges help us reach new places, crossing gaps in the earth or over water, but sometimes these bridges can get pretty long. For example, the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in China, which was built for high-speed rail and goes for 102.4 miles, while the longest road … [Read more...] about The Brit Fiver – Five of the Longest Bridges in the United Kingdom
Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? Remember how she said that We would meet again Some sunny day? Yes, we do. I can even remember how an album of new orchestrations and duets of her old recordings debuted #3 on the charts on the eve of her hundredth birthday, and I just learned that this would be the third time she had set the record for the oldest artist to hit the Top … [Read more...] about RIP Dame Vera Lynn, 1917-2020
I wrote last week about the death of UKTV Everywhere and my test of TVMucho, which I was pretty happy with. However, many former UKTV Everywhere customers were understandably upset that they had invested in their expensive streaming boxes and suddenly found them to be non-functional (not to mention paying in advance for service no longer being provided). There’s now a possible … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: Another UKTV Everywhere Alternative – Testing Out UKTV2Go – Review
The original Top Gear started in 1977 as a television magazine show dedicated to cars. The basic format of the program had a number of hosts reviewing cars, giving consumer advice, and providing safety tips. When it came to an end in 2001, producer Any Wilman and presenter Jeremy Clarkson revamped it into a show that mixed these elements with entertainment, reviewing … [Read more...] about Top Gear: Random Observations From Rewatching Classic Top Gear
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! A lot of us miss being able to go to concerts. Pre-pandemic, my father and I planned to go to our first Ravinia concert of the season the day after I write this: Arlo Guthrie and Judy Collins. More would have followed, from King Crimson and the surviving members of Frank Zappa's band to what would probably … [Read more...] about The UK creates guidelines for socially distanced live music
Ah, the English Seaside, the waves of the sea, and all the fun you can handle. This essentially sums up Brighton, a seaside resort town along the south coast of England. Throughout its history, Brighton has seen settlement from virtually every group that has touched Britain from Neolithic peoples to the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Normans. Mostly existing as a fishing … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Brighton
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! From its grand opening on 12 November 1931, where Sir Edward Elgar led a performance of "Land of Hope And Glory," until the world reached the Nicholas Angel Point in Mid-March, Abbey Road Studios has stayed open. Even as the Luftwaffe was raining bombs on London in the Blitz, it stayed open, with everyone … [Read more...] about Brit Music: Abbey Road Studios Reopens
Happy Friday everyone! We wanted to give everyone an update on what's now on offer in the Anglotopia Store. Our Union Jack Face Masks have proved very popular to we've worked with the manufacturer to get additional options. We're now selling Scottish Flag Face Masks, England Flag Masks, and Welsh Flag Face masks. They should be arriving with us late next week. Many of these … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Store Alerts: Now Available England, Scotland, Wales Flag Face Masks – Plus Spitfire Metal Signs
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! A bit less than three months ago, I wrote about how this year's Glastonbury Festival had been canceled. And, at the time, I questioned the point of a virtual Glastonbury, especially given that the ludicrous scale of the festival. However, the team behind Shangri-La have decided to create their own new … [Read more...] about Lost Horizon: The VR Festival from the Glastonbury Shangri-La Team
The British TV Streaming service UKTV Everywhere is no more. They have ceased trading and closed the business. The service had been around for years, and its unique service proposition was that it could provide you with live BBC and ITV feeds from the UK as they air. You could watch British TV as if you were actually there (and skip the delay in shows coming to the USA). While … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: UKTV Everywhere is no more – Here’s a Good Alternative – TVMucho.com Service Review
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Guidelines! As I write this, nations around the world are starting to ease their lockdowns, and many businesses remain apprehensive about their future profits. As I write this, the candy store where I work is technically reopening, but I remain hesitant to come back, partly because the virus is still going around and … [Read more...] about Lockdown Town, the upcoming socially-distanced London music event
Editor's Note: Apologies for the lateness of this post - my day job takes priority so I didn't have a chance to put something about this together until the evening. Today marks the implementation of a new British Government policy. From today, and for the foreseeable future, all foreign arrivals in the UK must go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to help combat … [Read more...] about Travel Alert: The UK is Now Under a Mandatory 14-day Quarantine Upon Arrival For All Foreign Arrivals
The Welsh Town of Caernarfon has long been an important place in the United Kingdom. Located on the Menai Strait, it was originally a strategic defense for the Roman forces who built a fort there. Many centuries after they abandoned the area, the Normans would construct a motte-and-bailey castle to defend the lands they conquered. In the wake of this castle, a town grew up … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Caernarfon, Wales
Hello, Good Evening, and... maybe a bit of time outdoors might not hurt if you have proper protection and remain mindful of social distancing guidelines. One of the effects of the recent pandemic is that many small businesses are struggling even harder than usual, and music venues have been particularly hit hard. Case in point, Trinity, a club in Harrow, North London with a … [Read more...] about Nick Cave to save London venue… with socks.
You've asked for it and we've got them now! We've worked with Splashmaps to develop Wales and Scotland flag face masks. Orders are open now - we will have a limited quantity coming and they'll be here in 2-3 weeks. More details … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: Now Offering Scotland and Wales Flag Face Masks!
To celebrate the launch of Jonathan's new book Adventures in Anglotopia: The Makings of an Anglophile, we did a special Facebook Live session where we talked about the book, how it came about, the writing process and then I did a reading from it about Stately Homes then took questions. We've extracted the audio so you can listen to it as part of the Anglotopia Podcast, if you … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Podcast: Bonus Episode – Listen to the Audio From the Adventures in Anglotopia Facebook Live Stream
No no, not Australia, the one in Scotland. Just north of Edinburgh and sitting on the banks of the River Tay, Perth was once known as St. John’s Toun or Johnstoun before the name “Perth Shire” for the area saw more common usage and the “shire” part of the name was dropped. After Sir Walter Scott wrote a story called “Fair Maid of Perth”, this bustling metropolis earned the … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to Do in Perth, Scotland
Today is June 1st and that means that today is the official publication day of my new book Adventures in Anglotopia: The Makings of an Anglophile. It's been a long road to get here and I'm very excited (and terrified) that the book is now out in the world for everyone to enjoy (hopefully!). The hardcover is available from bookstores everywhere - including all the major places … [Read more...] about Adventures in Anglotopia is Officially Published Today! Now Available in Print and eBook – Here’s an Excerpt – Notes From a Wiltshire Pub