British And Irish Foods

I was delighted to discover, in a random Jewel Osco in the middle of nowhere in Illinois, a supermarket section entitled “British and Irish foods”. For a nation whose national dish is curry and whose culinary achievements are usually mocked, I was curious to see what on earth was in there. Here are the results:… Continue reading British And Irish Foods

Chicago Cab Patrons

Spotted in the back of a Chicago cab Just in case you were considering beating in the taxi driver, this polite notice exists to dissuade you.

Chicago Blues

Two facts about Chicago: The people are very friendly There is an excellent blues / jazz scene The combination of these two facts led me to be on stage last night at Kingston Mines, courtesy of Charlie Love and The Silky Smooth Band. Charlie (the gentleman in the middle) kindly lent me his guitar, a… Continue reading Chicago Blues

File Compare

On a walk along Noyes here in Evanston, I spotted this outside what looked like a halls of residence for the undergraduate school. Since we don’t have proms in the UK (but we’ve heard a lot about them), this piqued my interest. Two more quick notes on the culture diff. Light switches. In the UK,… Continue reading File Compare

More Handshake Protocols

Two more handshakes to draw to your attention. Fists: The first is very simple – offer a fist, with the back of your hand pointing upwards. Usually you’ll get the same side as reciprocation, i.e. if you offer a left fist, you’ll see their right fist. These then touch knuckle to knuckle. Nice and simple.… Continue reading More Handshake Protocols

Home from Home

With the luxury of a little spare time, I hopped onto the L and headed into Chicago yesterday. My objective – find winter clothing before the cold snap hits and I freeze to death. Of course, I got completely distracted and ended up wandering around a shopping centre instead. I was fascinated to discover which… Continue reading Home from Home