Did you know the Internet was international? Seems obvious, right?
Apparently not to some.
Today several UK-based celebs have been wishing their mums Happy Mother’s Day.
Dan Stevens, who played the recently deceased Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaid and Girls fame. But they were quickly corrected by pushy, ethnocentric Americans that “Mother’s Day is still a couple of months away.”
I was at once embarrassed and entertained.
Cable television and the Internet may make programming and actors from other countries available to us here in America, but it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going learn anything.
Well…at least we’re predictable.
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And it’s a good one.
Did you hear that Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for gastroenteritis? As a “precautionary measure,” she was admitted today at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
Funny…where have I heard that news before?
Wasn’t Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cornwall, admitted to the same hospital in early December? For similar tummy troubles? As a “precautionary measure” right before they announced her pregnancy?
The Queen must be having a baby, too!!
Just remember — you heard it here first (unless the royal family is after me, and then I’m just repeating something I read on Page Six).
That woman just won’t give up the throne.
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People in England speak English. It makes foreign travel a bit easier for we language-challenged Americans.
But they still talk funny.
Not the accent — it’s lovely. The words and phrases they use in street signs, menus, and casual conversation.
This photo reminded me of my favorite ‘Huh?’ moment during my first trip to London.
If you’ve been there, you recognize the instructions at the entrance of the subway trains in the Tube. “Mind the gap” (don’t fall in the crack between the train and the platform) — so wonderfully British in its phrasing. I liked it so much, I bought a postcard.
And now, on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I post this photo. Because I’ve taken a lot of subways during my trips to England…
But I’ve never met the Queen.
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There’s Team Edward and Team Jacob. But in the doll making game…
It’s Team William all the way.
Mattel has released a Barbie and Ken version of William and Kate to commemorate their upcoming one-year wedding anniversary.
As you can see, they have given William a full head of hair — something he doesn’t possess in real life — and strengthened his jawline. And although Kate looks a bit like every Barbie I’ve seen, she’s pretty and her gown is spot-on.
No doll marker would risk offending the royal family.
That clearly wasn’t a concern for the Mattel designer selected to create the dolls that recreate the wedding of Bella and Edward in Twilight Breaking Dawn.
I’m guessing he isn’t a fan of the saga. And Edward in particular.
His doll’s face is flat and fat, and his hair looks like an old lady’s wig. I know the white makeup isn’t flatteringly on anyone in the movies, but it eliminates all detail here.
In the words of my friend Tina…
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Ripped from the headlines in jolly ol’ England…
Downton Abbey meets Occupy Wall Street!
Manchester resident Steph Pike was arrested for aggravated trespass while protesting outside a Barclays Bank.
Friends say she was conducting a peaceful protest as a member ‘UK Uncut,’ a grassroots group formed to highlight ‘corporate tax dodging’ and alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.
Police say she was arrested to preempt the aggravated trespass that was clearly being established.
While I’m sure her presence outside the window was aggravating to certain Barclays employees, any charges of trespass are trumped up at best.
Me? I’d charge her with a keen sense of humor, creativity and — I gotta say it…
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I’m obsessed with gadgets this week…or, more accurately, how we can’t seem to live without them.
And since President Obama signed the healthcare reform bill this week — Yes, we can — it seems only fitting that we should take our cellphones with us into the hospital in new, improved designer gowns.
It’s all the rage in England.
Ben de Lisi has designed a new hospital gown that not only eliminates the embarrassing butt-exposing back opening, but also includes a pashmina blanket accessory and — wait for it — a pouch for your phone or mobile device.
A tweet a day keeps the doctor away…or something like that.
The new gown also comes with optional cropped pants, a panel insert for larger patients, and the choice of V-neck or scoop. This man has thought of everything!
I’m just wondering where you put the wireless router…
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Tagged Ben de Lisi, cellphones, England, healthcare, healthcare reform, healthcare reform bill, hospital, hospital gown, Humor, Internet, President Barack Obama, UK, wireless router, Yes we can