Culturally Discombobulated

Category: Mildly diverting

“Pronounced Less-ter…”


Is this a new precedent from The New York Times? A pronunciation tip to accompany any “difficult” names in UK-centric articles? In fairness, if it results in just one American pronouncing Edinburgh correctly it’ll be doing the Lord’s work.

World’s worst attempt at a Geordie accent

I’m classifying this travesty of an accent as a hate crime, America. If he were dead the blessed Mike Neville would be turning in his grave; as it is, he’s probably just tutting mildly, or maybe he’s just pottering about in the garden and has no idea about this little viral news story, that seems more Mike’s style, bless him.

But for the rest of us, Jesus Christ that’s awful. And never mind the accent, or the insulting premise that he’d be taking an ESL class, or that the character is so cognitively impaired that it never occurs to him to just alter his word choice so he can be better understood, no, the most unrealistic aspect is expecting me to believe that a middle-aged bloke from Newcastle would be wearing a coat in winter.

Croissant misery

America, we need to talk about your casual disregard for the sanctity of the croissant. It’s not a sandwich bread to be stuffed with chicken salad or sausage like some tawdry, half-stale silce of Mighty White; you can’t pump it full of grease and fried egg like silicone into an aging starlet – its simplicity is its beauty.  Just look at this thing, this McMuffinized bastardization that I picked up at SFO this morning! I’m faintly revulsed by it, and myself for eating it*. We might as well have spat in the face of a Frenchman or booed buring La Marseillaise.


* In mitigation, I simply ordered the breakfast sandwich and didn’t notice that it came served in a croissant.

Upon being mistaken for a Bruce

A woman complimented me on my Australian accent today and so I ended up bluffing my way through a five minute conversation about Sydney – it just seemed less awkward than correcting her.

Back to school book selections


There’s some articles I’ve come across recently that state that there’s been 74 school shootings in the US over the last 18 months. With such depressing numbers I’m unsure whether this back to school display at my local Barnes & Noble is intended as darkly satricial or cynically practical.