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Surfin’ USA

As a child growing up in a Yorkshire village, journalist Lynne Bateson rarely went to the city of Leeds just a few miles away, but she dreamed of living in the US. She made it. Here she recounts her adventures, taking a down-to-earth look at life Stateside.

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Storing Up Trouble

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Storing Up Trouble

Many of my American friends harbour a dark secret: they keep stuff in storage units, pretty much permanently.

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Props and pinkoes: the US election

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Props and pinkoes: the US election

The other night we found our front garden sign endorsing Hillary Clinton for president face down on the grass.

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Trigger Happy? The culture of gun ownership in the US

August 6, 2016 Comments Off on Trigger Happy? The culture of gun ownership in the US

When my partner Bill encounters a bad driver I plead with him not to hoot. “Remember we’re in America,” I say. “They might have a gun.”

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One Nation Under God? Religion in America

May 5, 2016 Comments Off on One Nation Under God? Religion in America

The restaurant was buzzing with a smart after-work crowd. The professional looking women on the next table settled their bills. Then they held hands, bowed their heads, and said a prayer before heading home.

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Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

I’m just back from the eyeball-hurting, freezing cold of New York where my senses were assaulted by screeching subway trains, honking cars, the pitiful sight of panhandlers on corners, and the smells of garbage and cheap pizza.

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Mine’s a Margarita: the stigma of alcohol in the US

December 14, 2015 Comments Off on Mine’s a Margarita: the stigma of alcohol in the US

When Starbucks announced it would sell wine and craft beers during the evening at some US branches, you would have thought it was opening brothels, not bottles.

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Moon landing

Aliens in America: A Northerner Writes

October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Aliens in America: A Northerner Writes

My friend Edgar saw a UFO while sipping wine and enjoying the cool night air on his porch in Bellflower, California, in 1968. He waved.

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Lights, Camera, Action! When Hollywood pays a visit

August 1, 2015 Comments Off on Lights, Camera, Action! When Hollywood pays a visit

Where there’s muck there’s money. A film shoot was going on in our street and the crew paid us to let them squeeze the lavatory trailer onto our drive.

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Red Dragonfly on Lynne Bateson's car aerial

Animal Crackers: skunks, skunk and scary critters

June 14, 2015 Comments Off on Animal Crackers: skunks, skunk and scary critters

My friend Bob has a possum story.

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Cold in a Warm Climate

April 11, 2015 Comments Off on Cold in a Warm Climate

Feeling cold indoors in a place where flowers bloom in January came as a shock to Northern Soul’s US correspondent Lynne Bateson.

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