Category Archives: Things I miss about Britain

The expat visit home

We are not long back from another visit home to the motherland, and I’m starting to realise that the expat home visit has its own peculiar rules and conventions. First, there’s the question of whom you visit. Family is inevitably … Continue reading

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Things I miss about Britain no. 7: mini milks

What is a mini milk? It is not ice cream. It is not sorbet. Its texture is denser than sorbet, more icy than ice cream. It comes in a minimalist three flavours – vanilla, strawberry and chocolate – all of … Continue reading

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Remaining cordial: or, things I miss about Britain no. 6

I ruined a dress researching this post. Which is to say, if I had been in Britain I would never have been fiddling about prising the (non-replaceable) top off a cardboard can of (supposedly) frozen but (actually) liquid grape juice … Continue reading

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How to pretend you haven’t really emigrated at all

This is the counterbalance to yesterday’s post. Sometimes I feel a little ashamed of myself: perhaps I would have settled in better if I’d embraced all things American more wholeheartedly. But since a) I never wanted to move here in … Continue reading

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Things I miss about Britain no. 5: Marks and Spencer

There are times in a woman’s life when only Marks and Spencer will do.  When you are facing a boring Saturday night in on your own and feel that a chicken jalfrezi and a lemon pudding are exactly what you … Continue reading

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Things I’ll miss about Britain no. 4: the double decker bus

I’m not talking about the Routemaster.  I like the Routemaster – very much – but most of my life hasn’t been lived in London. What I like is simply the humble bus with two deckers, which I’ve never seen in … Continue reading

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Things I’ll miss about Britain no. 3: not needing to tip in bars

Tipping is right up there on my list of high stress activities, along with having injections, trying on jeans in communal changing rooms and telling my students their essay got less than a 55. Curiously it seems, also, to be … Continue reading

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