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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.

Walking on linguistic eggshells: race and racism in America

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Walking on linguistic eggshells: race and racism in America

An exchange I had with a black bouncer at a Hollywood night club showed the tangle Americans get into when talking about race and ethnicity.

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Lynne Bateson

Tequila, por favor

July 10, 2018 Comments Off on Tequila, por favor

At first, I blamed my two pre-dinner margarita cocktails for the man who wasn’t there.

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The USA goes to pot

May 11, 2018 Comments Off on The USA goes to pot

I’ve just been to a posh pot shop.

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Flying the Flag: “Isn’t freedom what America is supposed to be about?”

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Flying the Flag: “Isn’t freedom what America is supposed to be about?”

The sight of the Stars and Stripes gently fluttering in the blue sky has always enchanted me.

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Estate Sale

The Sale of Your Life: why Americans love estate sales

December 15, 2017 Comments Off on The Sale of Your Life: why Americans love estate sales

On the sunniest days in Southern California, my mind takes me to the dark underbelly of Victorian England conjured up in one of the most chilling scenes in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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The Statue of Liberty

“The land of the free locks up people at an alarming rate, especially black people.” US justice on trial

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on “The land of the free locks up people at an alarming rate, especially black people.” US justice on trial

The pitiful-looking guy who kept talking to himself seemed like he was mentally ill, or an addict. He was facing a charge for second-degree robbery. He was not the only one on trial.

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God Save The Queen: how the US views the monarchy

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on God Save The Queen: how the US views the monarchy

The other day I fell into a random conversation, the way that we Northerners often do, with two fellow commuters on a Los Angeles train.

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America’s sickening health system

May 13, 2017 Comments Off on America’s sickening health system

Despite my bad back, I did a fingertip search for the pill I dropped on the floor.

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The Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty is no Liberal

March 11, 2017 Comments Off on Lady Liberty is no Liberal

I nearly missed seeing the Statue of Liberty from the deck of the QE2 while cruising into New York harbour years ago.

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Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad - Season 5, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC

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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