The Curse of the Purple Dehli Sapphire in the Natural History Museum in London

  The UK has had its fair share of cursed gems, but one of the most intriguing is the Dehli Purple Sapphire. This rather unremarkable stone was mis-identified as a sapphire back in the 19th century, and though it’s actually an amethyst, the name stuck.  Though amethyst has long been believed to have positive spiritual …

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Halloween in the UK: How It’s Celebrated in England, Wales, Scotland, & Northern Ireland

One of the things many Americans find quite surprising about the UK is the fact that Halloween, as a general rule, isn’t as big of a deal there. Before we go any further, I should make it very clear that we’ll be generalizing a lot in this piece. In either country, you’ll find exceptions to …

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The 10 Most Wonderfully Unique Afternoon Teas in London, 2019 Edition

London hotels and team rooms are constantly battling to come up with the most lovely, unusual, and utterly magical afternoon tea services – and many rotate their themes frequently to keep people coming back for more. If you find yourself in London for a holiday or weekend break, you may find it hard to choose …

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The Differences Between British & American Kitchens

While you might assume kitchens are fairly standard rooms, anyone who watches a mix of British and American television will quickly realize there are some major differences between the typical British kitchen and the typical American kitchen. One of the most common questions we see is, “Why are British refrigerators so small?” Not far behind …

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Southampton Residents Create a Human Chain to Help Move a Local Bookshop

One of the loveliest things about British culture is that for all the friendly arguments and name-calling, most people are happy to pitch in when someone needs a little help – and that’s exactly what was needed at one Southampton bookshop this week. After a rent increase left them unable to afford their old digs, …

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