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Walking on linguistic eggshells: race and racism in America

Oct 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

Jul 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?”

Mar 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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The Statue of Liberty

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

Oct 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

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

Storing Up Trouble

Dec 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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Moon landing

Aliens in America: A Northerner Writes

Oct 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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Spring Flowers by Chris Payne

Cold in a Warm Climate

Apr 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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It’s a class thing: Los Angeles and Leeds by bus

Feb 9, 2015 Comments Off on It’s a class thing: Los Angeles and Leeds by bus

The suited man sitting opposite was embarrassed. Catching my eye, he announced, so others could hear, that his car was being repaired. It seemed beneath his dignity to be on the bus.

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