Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all the American members of AAUK. It’s always a little odd celebrating Thanksgiving here in the UK. Unlike the States, where the entire country comes to a mutual screeching halt to spend time together with family, friends and strangers over vast feasts and televised sports, life here carries on as normal – apart from the odd can of pumpkin puree unexpectedly popping up in the supermarket – and we have to squeeze in our celebrations where we can.

Canadian Elections

Well, a year since I started contributing to the AAUK newsletter certainly has flown by! I’ve very much enjoyed regularly submitting writing, but I thought this one-year anniversary might be a fitting time to give someone else from the membership an opportunity to offer a new perspective.


Ah, September... Fall (Can/US)/Autumn (UK) is my favourite time of year over spring or even summer. My natural disposition dictates that I’m much more comfortable slightly bundled than sweltering. Though if you prefer the heat, the average two weeks every year that the temperature does rise significantly in this country may hardly seem adequate.

Moving Out of London

What a difference a day makes...! This month, my husband and I moved house - yeesh. There’s nothing quite like a major life change to throw everything into a bit of spin and alter your perspective.

Not only has this been a significant change in accommodation, but we’ve also made the big move (just) outside of London - shock, horror! I have only ever lived in the Big Smoke since moving to the UK, but looking for a change to the pace of a metropolis while still being able to get into London easily and relatively quickly has taken us to Hertfordshire.


In preparation for a voice reel this week, I had a consultation meeting to discuss and select appropriate pieces for the recording. Inevitably, the subject of my accent came up and it was decided that I would record as a “General American”.

Never had accents (mine or otherwise) been such a consideration for me before I arrived in the UK. I remember when I first I came to London and how immediately and acutely I was aware of the vast range of accents and the meanings inferred when one opened one’s mouth to speak!