Monday, October 23, 2006 


This is precisely what happens when you don't have the buffer of Halloween and Thanksgiving to stop the madness: Christmas in mid-October. It wouldn't surprise me if in five years it was Christmas in July for poor London. Honestly.

Friday, October 20, 2006 


Well it seems we are making some progress in finding American groceries in London! A new office mate introduced me to this site. Apparently his twin brother's girlfriend had just returned from a trip to Canada bearing Reese's Pieces. Ah... heaven help the foreigner who discovers these for the first time!

American Sweets

Of course, the seasoned ex-pat knows that these can be obtained (abet very very expensively) at Cyber Candy in Covent Garden. One pound for a tiny bag is the price you pay for following your heart overseas.

This is encouraging to see Kraft Macaroni & Cheese make an appearance, although four dollars a box is mildly horrifying. I haven't bought anything from these sites yet, but I will if I don't get my connections from back in American to send me some Mac & Cheese soon!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 

St. Katharine Docks

In recent memory, has there ever been a more beautiful autumn weekend than this past one? I snuck away to St. Katharine Docks, one of my favorite places in the city. It's right behind Tower Bridge but feels a million miles away; so quiet compared to the noisy areas around it. Something about the enclosed neighborhood, the million pound yachts, the Starbucks peninsula.... Lovely. I also recently discovered a Waitrose there, my new guilty pleasure, so I fortunately will be spending a lot more time here!

Saturday, October 07, 2006 


#50: Whilst

The joy of being a PhD student in the midst of writing is that I have several people correcting my work. Several British people. Northern to be specific. They'll give me quite a hard time when I lapse into American spelling ("what is this characteriZation? What's the zed doing there? What is this word?"). What I find is that they love to change my "while"s into "whilst"s!

We have this word, whilst, in America, I'm sure we do. I just don't think I've come across it in anything written since the turn of the century. It's so old-school sounding. People here use it all the time, in place of "while." lists them both as conjuctions but with "while" as the Archaic one!

So who knows? I hear arguments all the time about which English is more correct, I tend to think it must be the British English, but I hear compelling reasoning American English too. I'm not a linguist or whomever would know this, do you?

And whilst we are at it, what's up with "Zed"? (#51) No one ever says, "zee." How did that come about?

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