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Saturday, March 05, 2005 

It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life

I have no idea what this is:

.... "Cloudy"? Like, "today, your fruit beverage will be overcast with a seventy percent chance of showers"?

(Actually, the horrifying part was on the back of the bottle, where it stated that this drink also comes in Dandelion flavor. I have no idea what an English Dandelion is, but in the US it is a weed. That grows in between the cracks of your sidewalk. That is disgusting and I would imagine pretty inedible. I have no idea how you would squeeze juice out of such a plant. I really, really hope it's something else.)

Tell me about it! Don't you think it's weird that they don't know what real lemonade is? That reminds me..today at the supermarket I saw this: DIVA night time towels. I guess it's for old people? I don't know why I laughed about it..but it did :)

You're right. a Dandelion is a weed that grows in the cracks int he pavement. In fact the traditional English drink I recall from my childhood was Dandelion & Burdock, and it's delicious! Dandelions are also used to make dandelion wine and the leaves can also be used in a salad. Don't knock it till you've tried it. Besides the definition for a weed is something that grows where it's not wanted, eg a rose in a potato field is a weed! A dandelion is only a weed when you don't want it.

Dandelion drink does sound a little weird, but don't you have even weirder things like peanut butter flavoured crisps in the States?

Hey. I also recall Dandelion & Burdock. I even found some the other day in an off-licence in Camden and it still the same as it ever was. Yummy...

Dandelion and burdock is a goode olde fashionde English favourite. Traditionally it was made from the roots of said plants although today it's usually all artificial flavourings. The fact that it's traditionally made from roots should be a hint. You will know it better as root beer.

No, we don't have peanut butter crips in the U.S. We don't have crisps at all. But we do have deep fried Twinkies.

Hiya! Just ran across your blog yesterday, and it's nice to see another american-coming-to-london-to-live-and-work story. I'm enjoying reading along with your experience coming over here and getting acclimated. I did the same thing two and a half years ago (to finish up my PhD and do a post-doc in a lab at UCL). Have only just started reading your blog, so i'm looking forward to your take on things here. (One question, have you already figured out the correct usage of the word 'quite'?) :)

Why does the photo of a lemonade bottle have a calendar showing 1st March, when your blog entry was 5th March?

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