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Entries Tagged as 'usa'

Puzzle Quest, and the USA alone

December 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Unfortunately I’m going to have to disappoint you – I’m not actually going to write a review of Puzzle Quest here; there are plenty of good ones already out there. The one thing I will say is that the game ended far earlier than I imagined – it comes with a large, scrollable world map, [...]

Tags: games · spec · usa

Sweet sweet corn

September 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment

One of the things I love about going abroad is the fact that the food is always cheaper and better (at the same price) than London. Sure, London has good food – if you can afford the money and time to check it out. When you’re on holiday, not only does the rest of the [...]

Tags: food · science · travel · usa

Cheers vs boos

October 28th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Something I’ve noticed from watching clips of the rallies held by Bush and Kerry on BBC News is that there is far more booing in Bush’s rallies then there are in Kerry’s. Obviously I’m going with a very unscientific sample here, but when Bush slates Kerry in a speech, his audience often break out into [...]

Tags: politics · tv · usa

The world sighs

July 14th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Two conversations with intelligent American undergraduates I know:
Them: So how far away is Wales then?
Me: About two or three hours.
Them: Will we get a passport stamp when we go?
Me: Get a what?
Them: A passport stamp. It’s a different country, right?
Me: Well, yes, in a historical sense, but no in any other useful sense.
Them: But I [...]

Tags: silly · usa

The Invasion

July 11th, 2004 · 1 Comment

The light in the sky is different these days, stronger and more persistent. Wind sweeps through the streets and the weather can change faster than a footstep, transforming the air from a muggy heat to a crisp freshness. The almost-transient population of Oxford undergraduates migrated away to warmer climes weeks ago, and now they have [...]

Tags: oxford · silly · usa

He Was A Crook

January 6th, 2004 · No Comments

He Was A Crook – Hunter S. Thompson’s damning eulogy for his arch-enemy, Richard Nixon. “Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together. Nixon laughed when I told him this. “Don’t worry,” he said, [...]

Tags: politics · silly · usa

The Atlantic Tax

January 5th, 2004 · No Comments

Those who are used to comparing the prices of items on the Internet will have encountered the Atlantic Tax. This is what I call the stunningly large difference in price of almost anything between the US and the UK; on average, I think I could buy any consumer electronics item in the US for a [...]

Tags: shopping · usa


December 19th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I have long wanted to see a movie – any movie – in which the audience applauds at the end. I’ve always thought I’d have to go to America to do this since they are certainly more unrestrained than the English, but at the end of watching Return of the King in London on the [...]

Tags: film · usa


April 25th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Support For New York-Style Smoking Ban – the results of a MORI poll conducted in the UK on whether we should have a smoking ban. One question: is it standard in America to have smoking and non-smoking areas in restaurants, and if so, do they work well? I can’t remember from my previous visits.

Tags: politics · usa

Calling you

January 2nd, 2003 · No Comments

Why is it the case that on Orange, you can call any number in the USA at any time of the day for 15p/minute, while it costs 35p/minute to make calls to anyone in the UK at peak time?
This only applies for the popular Everyday 50 tariff, but I suspect it’s still cheaper to call [...]

Tags: tech · usa