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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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You Just Don’t Understand Me: Life in the US

December 14, 2014 4 Comments

“Are you English?” asked the guy in the queue. “Yes” I replied. His next question was: “What language do they speak in England?”

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All the Fun of the Fair (and Tripey Ross)

October 30, 2014 Comments Off on All the Fun of the Fair (and Tripey Ross)

Pigs sporting colourful neckerchiefs raced out of numbered stalls to reach a prize – an Oreo cookie. The crowd cheered for their favourites. Afterwards we were offered coupons for free bacon at a local supermarket chain. I declined.

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Where’s the Bacon Dip? Breakfast in America

September 13, 2014 Comments Off on Where’s the Bacon Dip? Breakfast in America

The waitress was big, and looked scary. My partner, Bill, started ordering, but she told him to “shut up”, stared at me, and barked: “I’ll have your order first, Toots.”

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Tut Tut Tilda! A Northerner Abroad Writes…

August 10, 2014 Comments Off on Tut Tut Tilda! A Northerner Abroad Writes…

Old wounds were re-opened the other night as I watched Bong Joon-ho’s new movie Snowpiercer at the local art house cinema.

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