As we walked back to the car after I collected my daughter from school, she began telling me about her day. "We had a lockdown drill today, dad." "How was that?" I asked. "It sucks," was her reply. After I had a little chuckle to myself over her use of the Americanism, "it sucks" I … Continue reading Why America is Not Great (Part 1)
"Are people's teeth in Ireland as bad as the rest of the UK?", my child's larger than life dentist asked me. We were meeting him for a consultation to see if our daughter needed to get braces. He admitted that he was quite shocked at how crooked teeth were in the UK. He said it … Continue reading Socialised Medicine vs Private Insurance
Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and even Winston Churchill are all supposed to have said that the US and the UK were two nations separated by a common language. This could also apply to Ireland. Many people that I meet here are unsure of the relationship between Ireland and the UK. The vast majority of … Continue reading An Accent and a Language Barrier
My daughter is taking part in her school play "Schoolhouse Rock". One of the songs that she is learning is "The Great American Melting Pot". The song is about how people from Russia and Italy were inspired by "Lady Liberty" and her book of recipes to come to America where "life might let them win". … Continue reading What Makes America Great? Part 1.
According to the census of 2010 the population of the Bay Area city of Saratoga was just shy of 30,000 people. Saratoga is an affluent town, located west of the larger city of San Jose. It has a very pretty Downtown area with a wide variety of restaurants and shops. This video is of a … Continue reading Downtown Saratoga