Notes from the UK

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Notes from the UK
Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore. (by Ellen Hawley)
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  • How is spam changing? 13 hours ago Spam’s changing, and here at Notes we like to stay on the cutting edge. That’s a horrible image. Forget I ever wrote it. Here at Notes we have enough sense not to play with knives. Still, things are changing and we … Continue reading →
  • Village raffles and the Cornish Methodists 1 week ago Until recently, I believed that if you got more than three people together in Cornwall, and possibly anywhere in Britain, you had to hold a raffle. It wasn’t required by law, I’d have said, but by custom, which is much … Continue reading →
  • April Fool's Day in Britain: a link 1 week ago Here’s an April Fool’s Day story I missed, from the Bangor (Wales, not Maine) Aye. (For context, if you just wandered through here, see the previous post.) And now we can all relax for another year. All we have to … Continue reading →
  • Celebrating April Fool's Day in Britain 2 weeks ago How do the British celebrate April Fool’s Day? Dangerously. The newspapers–or at least some of them–sneak in a fake story and wait like giggling ten-year-olds to see if anyone spots it. Late in the day on April 1–some good long … Continue reading →
  • A link to why Britain's great 2 weeks ago In response to my mention of the endless search questions I get about why Britain’s called great, Andrew Green just posted a poem, “What Makes Britain Great.” I’d love to say it should end the discussion, but it won’t. Still, … Continue reading → Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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