Blog Posts - British Culture



That time of the season

‘back in Poole, the weather unsettled, but nice to be off the road for the weekend.  We’re in the middle of device testing, formal validations that provide necessary evidence of safety and efficacy to satisfy our regulators that our device i...

The Nor Lye Festival

Too often, arts and culture play on a large stage, tailored for the greatest marketing appeal and the least demographic offense.  The counterbalance are the small, hyper-local events that draw creative local talent, young and evolving, to presen...

British culture ° wild

I'm a wild woman, I dance with the tides of the moon   ~  Wild Women SisterhoodDanse Soul Dance / Dance Store Gifts Boutique Danse Boutik Kadans /Aktivis Art...

British culture ° spirit

She danced like a hippie with the spirit of life... She stamped her feet in passion and with presence like a flamenco girl...   ~  Wild Women SisterhoodDanse Soul Dance / Dance Store Gifts Boutique Danse Boutik Kadans /Aktivis Art...

Dark Blue and Sixty-Two

I remember, 40 years ago, a family trip to Europe that began with a drive through southwest England.  My father attempted to Y-turn the rental car in a narrow Oxford street and nicked a corner brick out of the venerable University walls.  F...

Things British

It’s a day for doing laundry and catching up with domestic work.  With a full suite of housemates, I needed to take my laundry out to be done, seeking a launderette (nee Laundromat for the Americans).  They are a bit competitive, people j...

Changing the conversation

The call was about the future.  There was now a clear, risk=-free path to getting our product into the market, and the discussion turned to what to do next.  What is the best way to drive commercial growth, product line expansions, clinical...

Sometimes, I like Weymouth

Conversation fell quiet as all three Welshmen bent over their phones, tapping intently around the table.  Beyond, it was all smiles, laughter, and multicoloured glasses of beer m along the harbour entrance.  Lithe singers bobbed to pop stan...

Dorset Venison Festival

Summer weekends mean village faire's in regional (and likely throughout the UK and Europe,  The Dorset Food and Venison festival was the first off 2015, featuring the traditional mix of food and garden booths, live music, children’s games, mud...

The values debate

Overseas visitors seeking to work, study or attend business meetings in the UK would have to demonstrate they respected “British values”, under proposals to make this commitment an integral part of any visa application.  -- FT.com Oh dea...

Tea and Cakes: My Social Life in Britain

Some of my fondest memories are afternoons and evenings spent with friends, usually with a cup of tea and some delicious goodies involved. Back in the States I would sometimes go out for coffee with someone, or bring a plate of cookies to a friend's...
by Picture Britain on Nov 20, 2014

The Swanage Folk Fest

The leaves are starting to turn along Sandbanks peninsula, the wind biting a bit deeper, the sand getting a longer run without the tourist’s windbreaks filling the beaches.  Most of the summer festivals have wrapped up now, music and art packe...

Life in the UK (reprise)

I passed my Life in the UK test! This has not been an easy adventure.  The book is dense with information, and the practice tests indicate that the questions require memorizing tiny scraps of information buried in individual sentences. (Try...

GuilFest 2014

The Met Office predicted biblical rain for the Festival, drenched listening in a sea of mud.  I brought along my sailing ‘foulies, just in case, but the storms never materialized and the food and bands could not have been better for GuilFest:...

Out by the Dovecote

At first, I thought it was a grainery, round like a silo with a peaked roof.  It stood across from the herb gardens and fruit trees, the Priory and the Tithebarn, overgrown among brambles and bracken. The interior was lined with hundreds of hol...

Bournemouth Beach, summer Sunday

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, I do like to be beside the sea, I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom Where the brass bands play Tiddly-on-pom-pom!          So just let me be besid...

Maiden Castle and the Bronze Age

Britain was settled about 6000 years ago; the discovery of bronze (copper and tin) coincided with a growth in the native Celtic population and consolidation into villages.  Before the arrival of the Romans, society appears to have become less st...

A little comfort food.

The experimental work ended on Monday in Liverpool.  Now it was all about patience and waiting for the report.  We planned for a positive outcome throughout the week in Cambridge: I started waking at 4 am again, fretting. Do you eat whe...

English Meals

By Roger Colins We waste so much time eating. I'm British English, born and raised and we never bothered beyond a Sunday lunch, an occasional dinner or supper, to enjoy food. There are some of us that do feed a family or make a hobby of it but o...
by Roger Colins Official Blog on Feb 13, 2014

Royal Museums, Greenwich

The Royal Museums site lies east of London, comprising the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory, and the Cutty Sark.  Historically a major anchorage on the Thames, and a residence of British Royalty since the 1300...


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