10-Second Anecdotes That Reveal Too Much About Me: Karo

One of the side effects of having a regular column is revealing things about yourself little by little, until you stop noticing how much personal stuff you’re actually telling perfect strangers. To pre-empt a slow and boring process, let me just tell you everything there is to know right now, and be done with it. Read More 10-Second Anecdotes That Reveal Too Much About Me: Karo

Expat Ramblings: Watching The English, Part 2

I’m so glad I came across Kate Fox’s book – being able to formulate and understand rules helps me a lot generally, and in this case I can finally put some things into words that have vaguely puzzled me for a while now. Yes, many things about the English are weird. So finally making sense of the weirdness comes as a relief. Read More Expat Ramblings: Watching The English, Part 2

Book Review: Watching the English by Kate Fox

Before I delve any further into my own, highly subjective analysis of the absurdities of English life, I should point out that Kate Fox has done it all before. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour was first published in 2004, the year before I settled in Liverpool. I had heard about it before, but it wasn’t until my (English) friend gave me a copy that I paid proper attention to it. It came at the right time. Read More Book Review: Watching the English by Kate Fox

Kitsch. Glitter. Euro Weirdness.

Every year in spring, millions of Europeans gather in front of their TVs and cheer for their Chosen One. This year, 43 countries are sending their representatives to Düsseldorf/Germany, where they will compete for the big prize.

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