Britain is known as a rainy country, despite the fact that it doesn’t get any more rain than say, Seattle. But it’s true that Britain is very wet. Their soggy maritime climate has shaped their history and culture, and it’s no surprise that like the Inuit with multiple words to describe snow, the British also have many different phrases to describe the different kinds of rain. … [Read more...] about British Slang: It’s Bucketing Down – Lovely British Words and Phrases for Rain
It’s almost upon us. On October 27 the clocks will go back an hour and the UK will be plunged into what’s known at our international school as “the Hundred Days of Darkness”; other, perhaps less melodramatic people call it GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Given the latitude of this little island, (average 55 degrees N) we don’t get a lot of sunlight in the winter months. The clocks … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: Getting Used to British Winters Again – One Hundred Days of Darkness
One thing I'm not very good at over here (apart from remembering to keep plastic shopping bags in my car) is having an umbrella on hand. While it doesn't rain as much as in Brussels, (did you know that?), we do get the odd shower. Some times it's one of those light and wispy showers that doesn't do too much damage, and sometimes it's torrential and soaks you to the skin. … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: Brits and Their Brollies
Recently, I did one of the most British things I have yet done (and that is saying something for a life-long Anglophile). It was a drizzly morning in Newcastle, and on the cooler side, bordering on actually cold, so I opted to take a bus to university instead of making my usual walk. As I stood near the shelter waiting, there was a woman also waiting there. After a moment, as … [Read more...] about An American Student Abroad: We Need to Talk About English Weather…
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Issue #9 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine in 2018. Support great long-form writing about British History, Culture, and travel by subscribing to the Anglotopia Magazine. Every subscription helps keep Anglotopia running and provides us to the opportunity to produce articles like this. You can subscribe here. The Royal … [Read more...] about The Royal Horticultural Society: England’s Gardens Green
It was the heatwave felt around the world. Or so it seemed.In the middle of April, when the seasonal average is somewhere in the low teens (Celsius) or 50s (Fahrenheit), many Brits sweated through incredible increases of 10C and more. Records were broken everywhere, with Thursday, April 19th earning the “hottest April day in 69 years” accolade, (29/84 recorded in London) and … [Read more...] about The Repat Report: The April Heatwave; Was That Our British Summer?
One thing we Brits like to talk about is the weather. As one airline pilot said on our descent into London a few years ago, “It’s 63 and cloudy today; but then again, it’s always 63 and cloudy here!” Now that’s not entirely true but it’s definitely fair to say that the UK has a more temperate climate than most of the US, and there’s a lot of rain involved. Sometimes it can pour … [Read more...] about The Repat Report: Weather be Damned, We’re Hanging Our Washing Out
Editor's Note: Let's give a warm Anglotopia to Peter. Peter is an Englishman living in the countryside who will write a regular column for Anglotopia twice a month about living in Britain. We planned to announce the new column next week but with the inclement weather currently in the UK, he was inspired to submit this one early. We'll have a proper introduction next week. … [Read more...] about Letters from Britain: The Beast from the East – Snow in the UK – A View from Devon