hmmm. because of the difference in time between the oreos i was sent and the oreos i've bought myself in the u.k, i really can't remember a difference, but i'll take your word for it. but i assure you that there is a world of biscuits out there that will ensure you won't go crazy over it.
Oh, I don't really miss Oreos. I am very happy with range of available biscuits here, particularly almond thins. Mmm. Almond thins.
Marco, on the other hand, is pretty addicted to Oreos.
I think it was just a little too stupid for them. So, yeah. The giant wad of scarcely intelligible meat.
Cracklin' Oat Bran is the weirdest cereal. No has ever heard of it, but it's so freakin' tasty. I adore it!
It's also way expensive. Marco describes it as "oatmeal cookies in milk," which I think is about right.
Yeah, I agree... That is a pretty good description. It always amazed me, too, how you can pour in a tiny bit of cereal and a gallon of milk and all that cracklin' goodness just soaks it up!
Yeesh. One more reminder that I live in the wrong city, and probably the wrong country (I'm so bad at being American a lot of the time, I realize).
V. cool about your cousin. I have a second cousin (in either Swansea or London -- don't ask why I'm confused) with whom I'd probably have a similar connection, even though we've never met: The gal has an MLIS (or equiv.), and used to sport a pink mohawk. Also, we look v. similar.
And rock on her working on LOTR (I am right, right?).
The thing about London is that it is not a very fun city to live in if you don't make a fairly decent salary. Everything here is hideously expensive, even if you, say, buy ingredients from scratch rather than going out to eat. Rent, food, goods, services, you name it, it is overpriced. For instance, I had to buy a pair of nail scissors after arriving here. The cheapest ones I could find cost £8. At the current exchange rate, that's $16. And you get that kind of sticker shock every day. I'm not saying you shouldn't move, but I would say, think hard before coming to London as a student. I would recommend going somewhere else in England (or Scotland, or Ireland) unless you can afford London, otherwise you won't be able to enjoy it properly.
Yes, she worked on LotR. I'm not being more specific because she has an IMDB page and I'm not sure how she feels about being mentioned in my LJ. We haven't had that conversation yet. ;-)
Oh, I've already considered that. I do have relatives in Liverpool and Swansea. Between those cities and other non-London universities, I'm sure I could find a situation more amenable to student subsistence. ;P
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I thought of myself as an "atypical American" when I moved here. But what I've learned is, while I may not be a typical American - I'm not loud, I'm not fat, I dress well, I've had a decent education and I'm socially liberal - I'm sure as hell not British, either.
I do have some points in my favor: British grandparents, Canadian relatives, and a mom raised by the former with the latter. Yesterday, I was talking to two coworkers, and both very American, said that they really couldn't get the humor of Monty Python. This seemed strange to me. But there is a strong British influence in my upbringing, all the same. Weird combination of Texas tough, Brit stiff upper lip, and Left Coast liberalism. However, my grandmother counts moving to Canada and away from tea-over-coffee as a reward in the change of continents. I did realize, last year, that most of the music I listen to comes from British or British-oriented-origin artists. And I'm horribly underread in Americans (though the non-genre 20th century as a whole tends to suffer from neglect on my part).
There'd be culture shock anyhow, but I do have relatives in the UK as well as friends of varying degrees (LJ friends, mostly -- though I don't count you and Marco as only online friends, as you should know).
Oh, and my cousin? In Swansea. Wales! Wales! Though parking's crap there, which is why my great-aunt & her daughter didn't leave Liverpool. Need to email aunt Susan for addy of cousin. :)
I love reading "the London posts." You sound so happy and alive (not that you weren't here in the States)...
I am curious... you've been there for a few months now... what do you find to be the biggest contrast between there and here, and what do you find to be most similar?
I would say that I think the biggest contrast is work-related. British people expect a lot from their employers. They expect a measure of job security, they expect decent pay, they expect benefits and most of all, they expect time off. The workers believe they have rights, and they are not afraid to fight for them, whether they're merely complaining or taking more drastic measures, like going on strike. I think Americans, on the other hand, generally expect to be fucked over by their employers (and, increasingly, their government). We are pleasantly surprised when we're offered benefits and time off. These things have become luxury items to us.
What's most similar, in London at least, is the increasing conglomeration of businesses into corporate chains. Many of the pubs, the restaurants, the grocery stores and the coffee shops are no longer independently run.
I have watched SPOOKS. It is known in the USA as MI-5 (since Spooks is some little known racial slur I have never heard of- I have always thought a spook is a spy). I'm waiting for a tape of the last 4 episodes of season 3 (from a friend). A&E in the USA has started airing season 3 (which loses 15 minutes out of each episode to fit in commericals since Spooks/MI-5 is a 60 minutes show without ads in the UK).
Definitely MI-5/SPOOKS is great stuff (better than 24 or ALIAS). They are making a fourth season of episodes.
Yeah, I saw that it was called MI-5 on the IMDB page. I always thought of a spook as a spy myself, too. I heard about the
hack job cuts that were made to the episodes for airing in the US. That just boggles my mind. Every minute of the uncut episodes is packed with goodness. If they wanted to air it with ads in the US, why didn't they schedule an hour and half for each episode instead of making a mess out of the show?
Marco and I are trying to catch up on DVD so when season four airs we can watch it with our friends. :-D
I agree about the edits. A&E would have been wiser to air the show in a 90 minute slot. You have at least 6-8 months to watch the first three seasons (26 hour long episodes in total) before season 4 debuts. I'm waiting for the new Doctor Who series myself.