Category expat life

Seeing Britishness: British Fonts and Typefaces

This is something I noticed a few years ago but has been niggling the back of my mind since I returned in October. How do I describe it? I noticed that no matter where I am in the country, at NHS clinics, at train stations, on roads, at airports, on transport, at the post office, all the information on the signs looks really similar. I don’t mean what’s written, but the font itself.

The Saga of Our English Boiler

A couple weeks ago I jokingly wrote that the whole reason shower boilers exist here is because English boilers and pumps and water tanks break so often that letting agents have a liiiiittle more leeway in fixing all that stuff if you at least have hot water in your shower.

Again, when I wrote that I was joking. But now? Not joking any more.

7 Things I Never Knew About… Until I Moved To England

I was pleasantly surprised that there are actually a lot of things people haven’t talked much about related to life in England, and I racked up this list in no time. (I mean really, yes chips are called crisps, and they have a queen, and people are more polite, but I’m going for weirder, more sneaky differences here.)