Before twitter there were fan letters: Dear Mr. Redford

November 12, 1973 Dear Bob  Mr. Redford,I just had to write to tell you how hot and sexy talented, I think you are.  Laura and I bickered over who was more desirable — Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood — with as much fervor as we girls once debated who our favorite Beatle was, Paul or John, George or Ringo. Laura's mother, tiny Corky, curled up in her easy chair with a ciggie and a cup of tea, pronounced both actors 'tall drinks of water'. This was so long before  water became such a desirable commodity that we actually had to buy it by the bottle, back in the seventies when water was still free even in the once desert lands of Los Angeles, that I never quite understood the praise. But yes, Redford could put his shoes under my bed any time, as our mothers might have said, mostly about men whose paths they would likely never cross. I had it so bad for Robert Redford after seeing The Way We Were ; wishing I were Barbara Streisand with her impossibly long eleg

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10 Ways to Know You're a Brit at Heart

We can't all be British. Yes, some of us love our British telly, are dotty for real football players—especially when they look like David Beckham—and actors like Benedict can grab our Cumberbatch anytime, but that doesn't make us True Brits. True Brits know teddibly, teddibly brilliant British-y things. Like the fact that being married to a prince doesn't mean we call Kate Middleton, Princess Kate. Her Royal Highness is actually a duchess. And William? He's not just a prince, he's a duke. Somehow that's even better than being an ordinary Royal type prince. Don't worry, even True Brits don't know exactly why.

But you might be a Brit at heart if :


You know PG Tips aren't pointers on your golf game.

You know pasties are a kind of pie, not something that would make the Queen blush.

When the flags start waving on the fourth of July, you pour one out for King George.

You know a cock-up is just another way of saying snafu. Unless you're a wanker.

You know minding the GAP won't get you a new pair of chinos.

When your best friend is getting married, you have to throw her a hen party. It's what chicks do.

You know a tosser is an idiot, not the guy in charge of emptying the trash rubbish. He's also a wanker, but never mind.

You know BBC America isn't actually the English Channel.

When it comes to the red, white and blue, you prefer the Union Jack.

You'd never confuse a Londoner with someone from down under.



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Are you a Brit at heart too? Do me a favour and tell me why in the comments section. Ta!
I'm a British passport holding, Green Card carrying, American girl woman.
You'll find this post and more on my love of my home country under the State of Britain



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  1. I know pasty -- and how to pronounce it. But, I learned that from Cornish immigrants to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I learned Hen Parties in England and that you want to be kind of careful what hotel you stay in on a Saturday night to avoid them!

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    1. Yes, I've heard their bachelorette bashes can get a little wild and crazy.

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  2. I knew them all - but I have been an Anglophile for decades :-) Loved the pasties when we traveled around England and Hen Party comes up now and again in my British detective novels.
    Since you have a Brit passport, are you ever tempted to go back and live there? That scenario would be on my mind considering the state of affairs in this country.

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