Life In London: November 2004 Archives

Thanksgiving: A Guide For The British

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We've noticed that the British seem to find Thanksgiving more puzzling than any other holiday. And so I've written the following, which will (I hope) explain Thanksgiving to my friends and neighbors here in the UK.

Briefly, Thanksgiving is the day when Americans eat way too much and then sit around and talk about how great it is to be American. In short, it's just like every other day of the year, except this time, we get the day off from work to do it.

Sounding like a Yankee

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As a general rule, British actors are better at sounding American than American actors are at sounding British. Compare, for example, Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs and Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with Kevin Costner in Robin Hood or Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins. There's simply no contest.