Watching the big game!

24 Feb

From talking with friends here, it seems the biggest quandry is how to watch the big game. When I say the big game, I’m referring to the American college and professional finals (like the Super Bowl). In the past, we … Read More »

Global recession

21 Feb

BBC news, today, announced that the UK is experiencing a ‘mild’ recession. Having lived here for almost three years, I find the statement amusing and alarming. The amusing bit is from an outsider perspective, it doesn’t sound all that bad. … Read More »

Bracing for the blizzard

1 Feb

Well the buzz around town is we might get snow. According to the BBC, Britain is about to experience a terrible Arctic storm. Already there are highways (aka motorways) closing down and the grocery stores are being raided for supplies. … Read More »

Annual Dinner

27 Jan

Susie belongs to the Cambridge Women’s International Club (CWIC). They meet regularly for coffee and splinter groups for doing a variety of activities. Once a year, they get together and do a dinner with spouses. Well, this last Saturday was … Read More »

Fuel costs in the UK

23 Jan

It’s interesting how expenses like food, fuel, and so on impact how one plans out their commute to the office, vacation destinations, and so on. We did this in the states to a lesser extent when planning a road trip … Read More »

BBC and TV License

18 Jan

Today as I was driving to the office, I was thinking about how public radio and television is organized in the UK. It has great shows like in the states, but there seems to be more choice (rather than just … Read More »

Leaving presentation tradition

12 Jan

The other day, one of the folks from my work was leaving the company. While I’ve been with the UK organization for over two years, I get tickled by the leaving presentation tradition. It turns out from chatting with folks, … Read More »

Winter in England

7 Jan

We are officially into the New Year. The kids have started school, I’ve gone back to work, and Susie is getting the calendar (I mean diary) in order. For the last few days, we’ve got a bit of sunshine. However, … Read More »

Happy Holidays

26 Dec

Christmas and Hannukah have passed and New Years is around the corner. I’ve decided over the holiday break to update our GreenObjects website with photographs and our life in the United Kingdom. The website was terribly out of date. I … Read More »

Russian Christmas in England

25 Dec

We decided to stay in England this year for Christmas. We celebrated with friends of ours in Cambridge. Ironically, they are originally from Russia and they had friends from Russia visiting. We hosted dinner Christmas Eve. In Texas, we would … Read More »

Vacation/ Annual Leave

22 Dec

It’s amazing how vacation (holiday to the British) is handled in Europe. In the UK, a fulltime employee is allocated 28 days off. In some countries (like Austria, Denmark, and Sweden), this number is over 35 days. In addition, most … Read More »

David Romano

18 Dec

My best friend from Junior High in Miami came to London today. Though I was still recovering from a virus, there was no way I was going to pass up an hour train ride to see him. We met in … Read More »

Biet Holim

14 Dec

Its been a terrible week. Susie got sick at the end of last week. She missed out on much of the Hanukkah festivities. At the beginning of the week, I caught the dreaded virus. Whether it is the flu or … Read More »