Just a short update to let everyone know that today is the official publication day of Anglophile Vignettes. It’s now available to buy from booksellers everywhere. We’ll put all the links below. For those just hearing about the book now - what’s it about? Covid-19 has paused the travel plans of Anglophiles all over the world. We find ourselves cut off from the place we love … [Read more...] about The Anglophile Vignettes: Fifty Little Stories About Britain Hardcover Book Is Officially Published Today!
Marvel UK started in 1972 when Marvel Comics started its own British publishing arm to break into the comics market overseas. The earliest offerings focused simply on republishing serialized versions of the American stories, often in black-and-white to help reduce publishing costs. However, after four years, Marvel decided that it wanted to start offering some original … [Read more...] about The Once and Future Hero – The History of Captain Britain in Marvel UK
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! As I write this, there's a new spike in cases of COVID in America. Fortunately, however, in the UK, new cases have been trending downards since November 12, and it looks like there's some light at the end of the tunnel, since it looks like arena gigs are coming back! Admittedly, they might not be arena … [Read more...] about The Return of Arena Shows with Culture Club and Pete Tong.
The Channel Islands are a geographic archipelago consisting of two political organizations: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Both of these are crown dependencies, or self-governing positions of the United Kingdom and include numerous other islands including Herm, Sark, Borhou, and Alderney. Being so close to France, the islands have an interesting mix … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to Do in the Channel Islands
THE COUPON HAS EXPIRED Just a quick post to let Anglotopia readers know that our Black Friday sale has started! You can save 20% off Everything in the Anglotopia Store Using Coupon Code blackfriday2020 at checkout. Save on British books, Cornish tea, Spitfire and London Street metal signs, British face masks, and more! Everything is on sale! Coupon expires Cyber Monday! Stock … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: The Anglotopia Store Black Friday Sale is ON – Save 20% Off Of Everything!
The biggest unkept secret in fandom has now been made public, John Barrowman is coming back to Doctor Who! After a brief 'hello how are you?" cameo last season many fans felt that tease meant that a Captain Jack Harkness return was imminent, most likely in the holiday special. This week the suspicions were proven true when it was announced that everyone's favorite pansexual, … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: Captain Jack’s Returns for the Doctor Who Christmas Special
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful Of All The Measures In Place To Protect Us Against COVID! Back in the Before Times, Mick Fleetwood held a tribute concert to celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac's soon-to-be-late original frontman: Peter Green. It had artists like Dave Bronze, Andy Fairweather Low, Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy F. Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, … [Read more...] about Mick Fleetwood’s Tribute Concert to Peter Green to get official releases
Operation Sea Lion had been Hitler’s grand hope to invade the United Kingdom. Nazi Germany had wanted to ensure it had both sea and air superiority prior to its ground invasion. However, the RAF victory in the Battle of Britain quashed this plan, and the invasion never happened. The farthest the Nazis ever got in their plan was the occupation of the Channel Islands. From … [Read more...] about Brit History: The Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands
Beginning in 1792 as a single shop in London selling newspapers, the firm begun by William Henry Smith has grown today into a corporation embracing a host of businesses in travel, DIY, music, cafés, and on-line retail, both in Britain and overseas. With 615 shops, and 713 travel agencies operating under the W.H. Smith name, the firm has revenues of over a billion pounds and … [Read more...] about Great British Icons: WHSmith – The Revolutionary British Bookstore Chain
In the United States, voting is almost something we take for granted today. In 2016, almost half of eligible voters, over 100 million people, didn’t vote. Since this country was founded, the ability to participate in the government has been a constant uphill battle and the United Kingdom has known the same struggle. Hundreds of years ago, the only voice that mattered was the … [Read more...] about The History of Voting Rights in the United Kingdom
Hello, Good Evening and Remain Indoors! Or Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! You may or may not know the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by name, but, if you don't, you probably know at least some of their work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4 Among other things, they've worked on most of the music for Doctor Who (and almost all the sound effects, including the … [Read more...] about The Radiophonic Workshop to use the Internet itself as a musical instrument
From the earliest days of Walt Disney’s films, the studio has had a special love for actors and actresses from the United Kingdom. Starting with 1950’s Treasure Island, which was filmed in England, a number of British actors have featured in Disney movies and television shows, both live-action and animated. Many of them are iconic for the roles they played and certainly were … [Read more...] about Brit Entertainment: Ten British Disney Actors
Jungle Jim’s International Market is both a multicultural festival and a supermarket on steroids. The Ohio landmark is the brainchild of Jim Bonaminio, who started selling produce from a truck by the side of the road in the early 1970s. Bonaminio opened his first brick-and-mortar store in Fairfield, Ohio - about 25 miles from Cincinnati - in 1975. The space has been expanded … [Read more...] about Eating British in America: Jungle Jim’s Caters to Your British Cravings
I’m not big on showers really. My son would drain an ocean if I didn’t chivvy him along in the mornings, but I’ve never been one for long, steamy showers. I’m all business; most of the time, I shampoo first and then wash myself with the suds before rinsing. I know, right? Just get the job done! (Can you tell I had toddlers in the house over a long period of time? Long showers … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: British winters – moisturizer optional!
The British government, sensing much doom & gloom right now have attempted lighten the mood by announcing initial details of the Queen’s pending Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 Now, when we covered the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the concept of a Platinum Jubilee seemed so far away. Even HM The Queen herself joked that she hoped she wasn’t still around for the 'next … [Read more...] about Something For Us To Look Forward To: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Is Officially On the Calendar for 2022
It’s hard for any politician to get a good approval rating these days, but some are absolutely terrible. If politics is a spotlight, then being Prime Minister is perhaps the brightest spotlight of all—one that casts an even longer shadow on the legacy they leave behind. While history can be harsh in its judgments, there have been some bad and atrocious leaders for the United … [Read more...] about The Brit History Fiver – Five of the Worst Prime Ministers
Our feel-good moment of November 2020 has finally arrived. John Lewis, the British retailer, has released their 2020 Christmas advertisement and it's just as heartwarming as previous years. We all earned this two minutes of sappy sentimentality! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juv2c0xgGno From John Lewis: We believe that the world would be a better place if we all gave a … [Read more...] about John Lewis 2020 Christmas Advert Released – Give A Little Love
Until recently, I did not know Graham Coxon of Blur was an artist in his spare time. He's created the covers to most of his solo albums, and even one for Kate Rusby. And then he announced he was working on a graphic novel called Superstate.. To quote the summary provided by the publisher: The Superstate is everywhere, and its authority is absolute. Yoga Town is a city … [Read more...] about Blur’s Graham Coxon to release Sci-Fi graphic novel “Superstate.”
One of our favorite places to eat in Britain is Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken. It’s amazing spicy chicken, grilled and marinated in delicious peri-peri sauce and served with amazing chips (fries). We’re lucky that we actually now have Nando’s here in Chicago, but because of Covid, it’s been quite a long time since we were able to go - and even longer since we were able to have it … [Read more...] about How To Make Your Own Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken At Home
Howfur mony Scots wurds dae ye ken? Do you know enough Scots to read the last sentence? Scotland has two variations of the Scotch dialect: Scots and Scots Gaelic. Also known as Lowland Scots to distinguish it from the Gaelic form spoken mostly in the Highlands, Scots is Germanic like English. UNESCO regards Scots as a vulnerable language and as of the last census in 2011, … [Read more...] about Ten Scots Language Words to Know
An important short housekeeping post. For a couple of years now, we've had a service called OneSignal that sends website users 'push notifications' whenever a new article was posted on Anglotopia and Londontopia. We're discontinuing this service starting January 1st, 2021, for various reasons: Few people actually want them They're annoying Users hate them And … [Read more...] about We’re Discontinuing Website Notifications in January, Please Download Our Free App To Continue With Them
Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful of Social Distancing Protocols! Or just Remain Indoors if you're in an area that's gone back into lockdown. Since new cases of COVID are currently spiking, with an all-time number of new cases sprouting up in late October, with a promise of more to come [note: on October 31 alone, slightly less than 600,000 new cases were reported … [Read more...] about The music industry and the loophole that could help it adapt to Britain’s new COVID lockdown
Dominating the corporate landscape, British companies spread out over the world like the empire of old. Some have so many subsidiaries and brands, you may not realize that some of the products you use in your everyday life are from the UK. Trying to judge which of these companies is the largest can be done by a number of factors, but as is the way for capitalism, we’re going … [Read more...] about The Brit Fiver – Five of the UK’s Largest Companies
As a lifelong Anglophile, I am no stranger to the differences between the US and the UK on a technological front, but I recently had to confront an unexpected technical barrier. After two years in the country, and an ever-increasing determination to stay in the UK by any legal means possible, my wife and I attempted to switch over our digital ‘stores’ for apps, music and films … [Read more...] about An American Student Abroad: Crossing the Digital Border
Exciting news today, we are launching pre-orders today for a new Anglotopia book. And we hope it’s the right book for the mood of Anglophiles right now. Introducing Anglophile Vignettes: Fifty Little Stories About Britain. Covid-19 has paused the travel plans of Anglophiles all over the world. We find ourselves cut off from the place we love the most - Britain - its culture, … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: Introducing Our New Book – Anglophile Vignettes: Fifty Little Stories About Britain