• London
  • Chips vs Crisps

    From an early age, children learn to associate a particular packet colour with a particular flavour of potato chip. In Australia, regardless of whether I wanted the tuck-shop lady to ‘Hit me with a Samboy chip’, a Smiths chip ‘So good, every potato wants to be one’ or preferred Thins, ’not as thick as some’ the […]

  • London
  • Protests and Riots

    One of the things that has surprised me most during our 3 years in London is the frequency of protests escalating into violence. The stereotype of the patiently queuing Londoner with his bowler hat and brolly is at odds with the hooded hooligan throwing rocks at cop cars and setting double-decker buses alight who features […]

  • London
  • Slang

    There is a large overlap in Australian and British slang due to Australia’s British heritage and exposure to BBC television programs such as Are You Being Served, Fawlty Towers, Some Mothers Do ’ave ‘em, Press Gang, Wallace and Grommit and Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows. We certainly fare better than our American counterparts, who are baffled […]