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8 British gifts to get Americans (that I would never give to a Brit)

I’ve updated this post with new ideas and links. Go read it here. In an era when every shopping mall and high street plays host to the same set of shops, one of the exciting things about living in a different country from your family is that you can actually give them gifts that surprise, astonish and delight – things that they would never buy themselves because they couldn’t. This year I’ll...

Bring back candy cigarettes!

These moddlycoddled cream puff kids today. Back when I was young, kids were kids and we smoked real kids’ cigarettes. By “smoked” I mean upwrapped and chewed and by “cigarettes” I mean bubblegum or candy sticks of variously unpalatable substances, of course. Back then you could ape that greaseball your older sister dated by rolling up the pack in the bicep of your t-shirt, or by tucking a single behind your ear...

Should you buy an iPad for your kids?

The burning question we had on holiday this year had nothing to do with sunscreen. It was whether we should invest in an iPad. Or rather, should we invest in an iPad now or wait until there’s 3G here in the UK or wait until they improve the battery life or perhaps even wait until they come in different colours. All these questions necessitated lingering in the Apple store whenever we visited Barton Creek...

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