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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File this one under: My British Roots are Showing


I lost my English accent about half a century ago but I'm still a True Brit at heart. My addiction to British telly is, er, telling, and currently I'm in the middle of a Scott & Bailey bingefest. To be honest there are times I can't make head nor tails of what some of the characters, usually the criminals with the heaviest Yorkshire accents, are saying either. But still, these are my peeps.

So I was thrilled to discover that BBC America has a website devoted not just to their programming but to the whole wonderful world of Brits in America. They've dubbed it Anglophenia British Culture with an American Accent which pretty much sums me up. Pretty much An American Girl lusting for London. I'm sure the site isn't new, it's just new to me. If you're feeling sad and lonely for the British Isles you can stop by to learn How to Make a Cup of Tea the British Way, or discover who's going to play Prince Phillip in the new Netflix drama The Crown, a sort of spinoff of the Helen Mirren hit play Audience. Claire Foy, Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall will play the young queen.

Spoiler: It's Matt Smith. WHO? Yes, righty-o, Matt Smith did play Dr. Who (number 11) and he's also in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

Oh, and I'll actually be filing this under the State of Britain tab; that's where I keep all my English themed pieces. It's up there on the right. Take the lift.



Are anglophenic too? Is that even a word? Dunno. But if you wanna get your Union Jack on check out Joy Weese Moll's weekly British Isles Friday meme.



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  1. What a terrific resource! Thanks! My husband is binge-watching Stella. It took him a couple of episodes to understand the Welsh accents.

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