Dear Britain, It's not you it's me. Actually that's a lie. It's a little bit you. Well, actually, it's a lot you. And a little bit me. Britain, I just don't love you anymore. The last few months have been a turbulent time in our relationship. It's hit rock bottom if I'm honest. You forced… Continue reading Dear Britain, It’s Not You It’s Me
This is a big week in this British expat's life. It's the week (barring a disaster) I become Dutch. A few days after I published my last blog post Almost Dutch? I received a letter, written on behalf of the mayor, inviting me to a naturalisation ceremony which will take place this Wednesday. When I saw… Continue reading The Week I Become a Nederlander
It struck me today that the whole Brexit thing is rather like the whole Sinterklaas thing here in the Netherlands - and there are lessons the Brexit camp could have learnt from the Dutch. Bear with me: it's June and we're talking Sinterklaas so I know you're wondering where the hell this is going.....Lesson 1. Outdated, Insulting… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!
I woke at 5am this morning and the first picture in my head was a map of the United Kingdom. The British referendum on the EU was weighing on my mind. Nearly two hours later I saw the BBC headline that it forecast that the 'leave' campaign would win the referendum. Britain is leaving the… Continue reading Being a British Expat In the Wake of Brexit
An amen to expats, to travellers, to the migration of people by one of the most famous expats who has made Britain his home, Bill Bryson taken from his fabulous book, The Little Road to Dribbling.Do you agree?
In his latest book, Mr Bryson works his way around Britain to see just how these isles have fared since his adventure twenty years ago when he penned Notes from a Small Island. The upshot of it is that my birth country is still blessed with countless beauty spots, which you'd be hard pressed to find… Continue reading Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling: Book Review:
Many years ago I read Watching the English by Kate Fox. It's a fascinating read if you are English, spend time with English people, or you just want to get to know us English folk a little better. There was a lot of penny dropping going on during my scurry through the chapters, lots of… Continue reading Why The Dutch Refuse to Queue Like the English