And these three things are not related and I’m not going to pretend that they are!
Thing 1: This book, “Rules, Brittania” looks like fun. I’ll have to grab a copy and see what I’ve been doing wrong these last (almost) two years. When you search for it on Amazon you get a bunch of other guides for expats living abroad, including recent editions of both London and England specific books. Now why on earth did it not occur to me to look for something like this BEFORE I actually moved? Oh the heartache I could have saved. It makes me feel remarkably naive.
Thing 2: In amusing UK-US visa news, Boy George was denied a US visa for concerts this summer.
Thing 3: I apparently was reasonably lucky that my transatlantic flight on 14th June was NOT one of those much affected by the controversial presidential visit that went through Heathrow that weekend. My flight was slightly delayed but we actually landed on time due to a huge bird (first time I’ve been on a 747 on the transatlantic route!) and a wicked tailwind. But how stupid, just because the prez was going to dinner at Windsor Castle the British Airports Authority did not mind disrupting the travel plans of 40,000 paying consumers? Priorities, people. But oh how very British, bending over backwards for the rich and famous at the expense of everyman.