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A freelance journalist and broadcaster who left England for Canada tells the folks back home how strange it all is.

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Language: English

Tags: travel, arts, personal, lifestyle, outdoors

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Latest Blog Posts for Dear England, Love Canada

  • Four-way what?
    on Aug 4, 2010
    "What's going on here?"I remember the first time I encountered a four-way stop. My question was aimed at my husband as I slammed on the brakes. Several other cars have pulled up at the other three stop signs at the crossroads. We all seem to be looki...
  • Why I'm happy in Montreal (one of ten happiest places to live according to Lonely Planet)
    on Jul 27, 2010
    bagels, smoked meat, the bottomless coffee cup, free French lessons, it's civilised, bike paths, St Ambroise beer, the view from Mount Royal lookout (see above), sun in summer, snow in winter, ice-skating on Beaver Lake, cross-country skiing in city...
  • How to make a cup of tea
    on Jul 21, 2010
    It's time. Time to teach Canadians how to make a cup of tea. Here are the basics.The teabag IS the tea. It is not a garnish to be laid on the side of the saucer like a piece of lettuce. Therefore when the cup arrives the teabag should be residing in...
  • Only words...
    on Jul 18, 2010
    The terrible thing about having worked for the BBC is that you keep referring to the Pronunciation Unit to prove to Canadians they say things incorrectly. Like the man who my father-in-law met on holiday. When asked if he spoke English,  he repl...
  • My kind of town
    on Jul 14, 2010
    In my home town a crazed gunman has shot himself after a stand-off with police, while a drunken former footballing hero tried to talk him down with some fried chicken. Here at the lake we are trying to work out what the beautiful bird was we saw on a...
  • Seven degrees of separation
    on Jul 8, 2010
    It's just after midnight and for some inexplicable reason we are in the city. It's been 35C all day and it's not much cooler now. Being British I am ignorant in the field of air conditioning. Why would I need that in England? So we are dying in our u...
  • Brits and outdoors. Discuss.
    on Jun 20, 2010
    Dangerous fish lurking.Things that Brits say when they try and blend into a Canadian summer.1. I've got another mosquito bite - that makes 37.2. Aaaaaaaaaaaah. (Waves hands hysterically and swears at all insects)3. Do we have to paddle? (while climbi...
  • Cottage in the woods
    on Jun 20, 2010
    If you want to pretend to be a Canadian you must spend your summers in a cottage. Here's how* Develop a love of mosquito repellent. You are going to be breathing it and tasting it for several months now.* Get your summer feet on. No socks and sandals...
  • Teenage puzzle
    on Jun 16, 2010
    When a visiting Brit saw a bunch of children in the our neighbourhood park singing and clapping their hands, he assumed they were probably about eight years old. When he got closer he realised they were teenagers. "What's up with that? Are they in a...
  • Compulsory photo opps
    on Jun 16, 2010
    Playing at being tourists with a visiting friend in Parc Mont Royal. Hard holding this sculpture up all day, though.IIf it's Wednesday it must be Montreal.
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