Archive for October, 2008

Funny bit of weather we’re having…

October 29, 2008

So… uhhh… it snowed last night here in London. It is October, isn’t it?. Well, I guess since the weather is supposed to be much milder here than in New York, does that mean we’ve arrived at the height of winter, and I can expect it to stay as it is from now until March?

PS– The Evening Standard has just informed me that this was the first October snow in London since 1934!

More things to be found in the supermarket

October 22, 2008

A friend of mine from Tucson/Brooklyn/Highland Park had warned me of the deliciousness of the substance known as clotted cream. Since there’s nothing delicious-sounding about the intersection between the words “clotted” and “cream,” I wasn’t too interested. Then I saw the product in question at the supermarket, tucked in to the left of the double cream, which is to the left of the single cream. (The creaminess index increases in a leftward direction, and apparently single cream is what we call heavy cream, or whipping cream… sooo… where does that leave double cream?!?! AND CLOTTED CREAM?!?!)

I bought a tiny container of this crazy substance and discovered that, fortunately, “clotted” does in no way describe its consistency, which is smooth and buttery, somewhere between heavy cream and heaven. After a first taste, I looked at the nutritional content and discovered that it consists of 67% fat. So as not to give myself a sudden heart attack, I limited myself to a roughly 1/8 teaspoon taste every couple of days.

Now, you say, surely the English don’t eat their clotted cream out of a spoon? Surely they spread it on a scone, with some jam? Well, yes, they do… but I say, why put distractions in the path of this buttery goodness?

Tourism on the cheap

October 15, 2008

It’s a shame that so many tourists come to London and pay 22 pounds to ride one of those big red sightseeing buses. For 90 pence, you can just get on the city bus, sit in the top level at the front, and enjoy fabulous views while riding all around town. And it’s red, to boot!

 

Okay, here’s something I don’t like.

October 5, 2008

I haven’t done much complaining yet in this blog, nor have I ventured much into issues of grammar, and I feel that the time has come for both. So here’s my first gripe about British grammar: the use of a singular verb with a collective noun; for example, “His family plan to sue.” The first few times I noticed this in the newspapers, I chalked it up to poor proofreading; it has now become apparent, however, that England think this construction is perfectly acceptable.

Inside and out? Hmmm…

October 1, 2008

A little comic relief for those of us with our minds in the gutter; courtesy of a friend who came to visit last month (by the way, happy birthday, friend!).