Within two days of emigrating from Britain to the USA in September of 2013, I was sick. Nothing much to write home about, just a sinus infection, but it was enough to give me a glimpse into the mess that is the American healthcare system as I sat in a small office at the back of a Walgreen’s (think Boots with more sweets and cigarettes) and handed over my credit card to someone I presumed was a doctor of some description.
The cost of being checked over (briefly) was $80, or about £50 at home. It seemed like a lot, but then I’d only been in the country for a couple of days and didn’t have any medical insurance yet. She informed me of my sinus infection (after ensuring my credit card swiped) and told me I would have a few different choices when it came to the medicine that would make me better. Simple antibiotics would cost me another $80. I could get some ‘generic’ antibiotics, and they’d be cheaper, but they might not work as well.
June 5, 2014
10 People Who Really Need to Enroll in Broadway Bodies’ Beyonce Dance Class
Chelsea’s Broadway Bodies dance studio has started offering twice-weekly classes to teach people how to dance just like Beyoncé. That got us thinking about just how many Sasha Fierce-wannabes are in need of that kind of tutelage.
From kids in clown masks to women in bathtubs to big guys in leotards, people all around the world have been trying, and failing, to dance like Beyoncé (and then posting their pitiful attempts to YouTube) for far too long. Not that we really want them to stop…
August 30, 2013
Marcus Brigstocke: “Never Google Yourself”
When researching someone you’re about to interview – as I was on the morning I was due to speak to comedian Marcus Brigstocke – finding recent articles about them online with headlines like ‘Wife divorces TV comic after discovering year-long affair’ ranks alongside discovering that they punch every journalist they meet in the groin by way of a greeting. Continue reading –>
July 31, 2013
‘The Office’: The Greatest TV Show Ever Made
As titles for pieces go, I’m aware this one fits all too snugly into the hyperbole driven world of internet opinion, but in order to make a point about how strongly I feel about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office (incredibly now 12 years old) I’ll play along and set my stall out; I genuinely believe it to be the finest example of television ever broadcast. Continue reading –>
July 8, 2013
Living With a Harry Potter Obsessive
To coin a phrase from a former Princess, there are three people in my marriage. Me, my lovely wife, and a fictional schoolboy wizard with a lightning bolt scar on his head. A Mr Harry James Potter. I even know his middle name. He is a constant presence in my home, a menacing bespectacled spectre in my day to day life. When it comes to activities in the bedroom, the wizard in question doesn’t get involved, but that may just be a matter of time. For I am married to a Harry Potter obsessive, and here is my tale of woe. Continue reading –>
June 23, 2013
Why Pilots Are The Greatest Men Alive
If I were brave enough, or cool enough, or special enough (and if I weren’t colour blind) I would be a pilot, because pilots are the greatest men alive. I don’t mean pilots that just fly those little planes around at the weekend for a laugh and sometimes end up upside-down in fields, I mean proper, commercial airline pilots. They are the coolest men in the world. If I were a woman, I would marry one. To be honest, I would probably marry one anyway. They have moustaches. Not all of them, but a lot of them do. And in the same way that firemen have moustaches but don’t look stupid, so do airline pilots. Because they are legends. Moustachioed, calm-under-pressure, legends with nerves of steel and come to bed eyes. Actually ignore that last bit I got distracted. Continue reading –>
June 16, 2013
Yee-haw! Why I’m in Love With All Things American
We British are used to the old adage that they do everything bigger across the pond. Whether it be burgers, buildings or bank collapses, we can pretty much rest assured that whatever it is we manage to produce, our brothers and sisters over the Atlantic will have done it bigger and better. And probably first. And more probably to a rocking guitar soundtrack. Well personally, I’m fine with that. Continue reading –>
June 9, 2013
It’s Time We Switched to a 28 Hour Day
“There just aren’t enough hours in the day” they say, whoever ‘they’ are. And I’ve started to agree with ‘them’ – Twenty four sixty minute chunks of seconds aren’t enough for me anymore, I need more hours in my day. Four hours more to be precise. Continue reading –>