Happy Monday/Shout out/Little Mix



Hello and hi. Happy Monday. If you read my blog (and I hope you do) then you probably know that I got NO love for Little Mix. No. No, I do not. Nope. Negative.

So….why am I posting their video embedded in my blog? Why am I promoting these girls-who-think-they-are-grown women? A valid question. Here’s why I do it. Because I can. But seriously, I mean, there is a serious message here. Yup. I like that this song is one of empowerment and how these girls are not letting their bad experiences/relationships define them or rather, lay a foundation for their lives. These ‘women’ are all about the glass being half-full (rather than half-empty). And that is a good way to be. In my opinion.

That being said…these ‘girls’ sound pretty ok, but what’s with the outfits? And what is up with the dance moves? Sorry ladies, we have seen this before. I mean, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Usher…I could go on but I think you get the point. Maybe do something new? Maybe something: ORIGINAL? Oh…and you ‘girls’ play any instruments? Any? Xylophone even? I doubt it. Do you write your own music? Again, I doubt it. And while you appeal to a lot of people  (mostly young girls) around the world…you do not appeal to me. But….I do like your message here. Yup.


Check it, if you happen to LIKE Little Mix…then know this…we still cool. I respect your opinion (although I do question your taste in music) so, thanks for respecting mine.  Oh and if you are reading this ‘review’ Little Mix…please, please, PLEASE…put some clothes on. Cover up, now. Y’all might catch a death of cold. Yup. That is all.






A rather interesting fact about SWEDEN…

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Hello and hi. Please know that I know-that you know…that this particular blog is all about Sweden. Yes. Yes, it is. That being said, today I will go off the beaten track and blog about Sweden. Why? Because I can. But seriously…because Sweden is in the EU, as is the UK. For now anyway. Shout out to David Davis: chief BREXIT negotiator. You got this, David. Yup.



                                                                                                         Image: Politico Europe

Back to Sweden*…

Here is a rather interesting fact about Sweden. Please tell me you can find Sweden on a map…or we simply can’t be friends. Ok…

Swedes are scared of badgers.

Wait. What? Ok. Fine. Intrigued but not even judging. Nope. You see, back home and here in the UK too-we were pretty much brought up on Wind on the Willows. So that simply means that we just simply adore badgers. We sure do. Ahem…this whole business of culling badgers as they are the leading cause of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB)…well, I am not so sure about that. But the UK government is…which is why badgers are regularly culled in the UK. Not very nice. Best not mention this to any badgers you know…it wont go well. Nope.

Image result for image of wind and the willows characters badgerAnyway, that is the UK but… in Sweden, those crazy cats seem to have a deep/pathological fear of badgers. You see, it all stems from a folk belief that badgers will bite on to your arm or leg and NOT let go, until they hear the bone crack. O my days. Is that true? Guess what…I am not willing to find out.

That being said…those lovely Swedes know how to handle their business. Their badger business that is…apparently, as reported on the BBC, the Swedes have come up with a clever way to deter those little balls of cuteness-which they seem to detest.

You see, when badgerphobic Swedes go walkabout in the forest, they stuff their socks with something similar to Ryvita-a sort of crispbread. They do this because, should they encounter any mean or menacing badgers and said badgers plan on attacking or rather are in attack mode-they will hear the crispbread break-and they will be tricked into thinking it is the sound of snapping bone. Not a word of a lie. I mean…let’s face it…Swedish people know what’s up.

This anecdote also makes me wonder if Sweden is full of badger-whisperers or badger-community activists or badger-psychologists. I mean, how does one get into the mind of a badger? Then think: Ahh…I shall deter him with crispbread? I have no idea. I am not from Sweden. I am not Swedish. I think I have met like 3 Swedish people in my entire life. Oh and please know that I know a lot of people. Ha.

So, there you have it…a rather interesting fact about Sweden, badgers and crispbread. Seriously people, I could not make this stuff up, even if I tried. And believe me, you….I do try. I can only try.

That is all/ Var så god ( you are welcome!)



*Please note, there are some massive generalisations in this post. Any Swedish readers: please don’t be annoyed. I am, after all, American…and you know what WE are like…we think we know everything. Again…another massive generalisation.


Happy 150th Birthday, Shipping Forecast!

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Hello and hi. The Shipping Forecast is 150 years old today. Woot woot. This is one of my favourite things. It sure is. Ahem…thank you for not judging me. That being said…am terribly excited about the SF’s birthday- because that.is.how.I roll.

I listen to the shipping forecast every morning. I am not exactly a seafarer (not yet, anyway)…I am just an American in London. In fact, I am just a girl, in the world. Cue Gwen Stefani. Ha.

The shipping forecast is 93% accurate and never longer than 380 words. Ahem.. *clears throat audibly*…Sadly, I can’t say the same about myself…obvs (obviously).

Anyway, have a read regarding what I wrote about the shipping forecast a while back, if you are interested (and I hope you are) you can read it here Hope you like it.

Please note that this blog post is written in Plain English and not Jack Speak. Nope. Oh you don’t know what ‘Jack Speak’ is? In brief, it is the slang used by/of the British Royal Navy. Guess you will have to wait tomorrow to find out more. I mean…it does seem like the right and proper thing to do.  Yes, yes it does. So…watch this space, people. That is all.



She’s Baaaccck/Your Song/Rita Ora

Hello and hi. Guess who is back? ME!

Oh yeah, and Rita Ora. Rita Ora is back too. Our Rita has a new song out. Woot woot. Love this London girl.  Love her sass. How BEAUTIFUL is she? Love her fierce, funny, fantastic demeanour. I guess you can tell I am a fan. Oh, you don’t like her? No worries, mate. She is NOT for everyone. I mean…but if you don’t like her..just know this…we still cool. Yup.

Rita Sahatciu Ora was born 26 November 1990. Baby! Anyway, our Rita was the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with THREE consecutive singles reaching the top position. Wow. Just, wow.



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Anyway, back to ME. It is all about ME. So…yeah, I am back. Oh man, I got sooo many BREXIT posts up my sleeve. Yes. Yes, I do. So, watch this space. For real.

Hope you ‘lot’ (guys) are having a fun and safe Fall/Autumn. Be good. Or at least try to. 13 points for TRYING. Ha.

Hope you like Rita Ora’s video as much as I do. Isn’t she lovely? Cue Stevie Wonder.



Ed Sheeran is EVERYTHING

Hello and hi. Happy Friday, people. Or rather: Happy Fri-yay! Well done, you. You made it…so did I. Allegedly. Ha. As per usual, my week was ‘cray-cray’ (crazy)…but apart from that- it was mostly good. Yes. Yes, it was.

I promise you…I do have 2 Brexit posts nearly ready to go/ post (oh-please know that I go at my own pace…yeah a snail’s pace) but will soon post them. Defo (definitely).

But now…please check out this video/ song by our Ed Sheeran. So good. In fact Ed Sheeran is EVERYTHING. I heart this guy loads. Hope you like it as much as I do.


My(retro)current ‘jam’/Indigo Girls


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Image: AllMusic

Hello and hi. I have plenty to say about Brexit. I sure do. But first…my (retro) current ‘jam’ is quite simply the best. True, the Indigo Girls are pretty ‘old school’ I mean, this song came out practically ages ago. So now that you know that I like the Indigo Girls, well then…you can probably figure out how old I am. Yikes. No worries.. just do me a favour….TELL NO ONE. If you do…I will deny everything-my age, knowing you and a whole lot more. I sure will. Yup.

I hope you like this song as much as I do. Truth.

NB Galileo by the Indigo Girls is quite excellent too. Check it out. Please and thanks.