Visiting the Churchill War Rooms in London

I visited the War Rooms a few months back and sadly did not take the time to write up a full review at that time. It’s been long enough now that I remember very little of it. So I will simply say …

If you are interested in Winston Churchill or World War II, or if you are detail-driven and studious, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time here. The Churchill Museum, an installation about the life of Winston Churchill that’s located inside the War Rooms, is thoroughly fascinating. It is highly detailed, interactive, and enthralling, and an interested person could easily spend 2–3 hours on that alone, let alone the War Rooms.

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Nottingham Sightseeing Photos

Rachael came to visit from London this week, and we did some sightseeing in Nottingham. It was great fun to see the Castle and eat at The Old Trip to Jerusalem—things I’d been wanting to do for a long time but haven’t gotten around to yet—as well as to walk around looking like tourists, taking pictures of everything we came across. These are my photos of  Nottingham sights. Continue reading Nottingham Sightseeing Photos

Early Medieval Derbyshire

One of the primary reasons I decided to come to England for my PhD was so that I could live in the country where the people I study lived. As a student of Anglo-Saxon language and literature, I’m thrilled anytime I can find a remnant of that society still in this country, as are my fellow students and our supervising faculty members. Last summer (around July 2015), some of them got together to plan a trip around Derbyshire to look at Anglo-Saxon artifacts still extant. Other than manuscripts (which you don’t normally find by the side of the road), these mainly consist of stone carvings and are often preserved in or near churches. This gallery, then, is a collection of photos I took during that trip—though not all of them are of specifically Anglo-Saxon items.

12 Songs You Will Hear Every Christmas in Britain

The Brits love their Christmas music. Since the 1970s (according to my ad hoc online research), there has been particular emphasis placed on the Christmas Number One: the song that is at number one in the charts during the week in which Christmas Day falls. In an effort to snag this much-coveted title, some artists shamelessly release Christmas-themed songs (which is the framing plot-line for the movie Love Actually, the part with Bill Nighy). Several of these have become perennially beloved Christmas songs, many of them ones that Americans have never heard.

Here are 12 songs—some Christmas number ones, some not—that I can guarantee you will hear every year at Christmas-time in the UK.

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UK House Hunting 101, Lesson 3: Glossary

When searching for a place to live in the UK, you may find yourself somewhat baffled by the terminology used in listings. “DDS”? “GCH”? “Grade II listed”? Never fear, that’s what this glossary is for! I have conveniently listed British-isms and house-hunting terms below, in alphabetical order, for your use in decoding house listings.

Did I miss any? What terms confound you when reading property listings from the UK? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to include them here.

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