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Is Big Brother Taking Over in the UK?

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The Telegraph in the UK reports that the Coalition Government is reviving its controversial Big Brother snooping plans. Every phone call, every email, every text, and every website visit would be stored for a specified period of time on EVERY Briton. Although they claim the “content” wouldn’t be kept, that just doesn’t seem possible.

Lamarr is outraged over this. He feels that the UK is going way too far. Every citizen who has a telephone or Internet access will be monitored in an almost creepy way.

The government claims that the actual content isn’t being kept, only records of what calls are made or received and what websites are visited. How can you really keep track of text messges and emails and NOT keep the content of those items? Do we really believe that they won’t?

Lamarr says that they need to have more freedom, and stop doing these mean things. This is definitely a touchy subject, no matter which side of the fence you are on. What are your thoughts?

As a side note, Lamarr threw a podcast online to talk about his vlog from last week regarding what you feel is legal and illegal. You’re all invited to listen in and leave your thoughts with him after.

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What Do the British Eat?

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I am definitely ready to head over to the UK and eat. All of the food tips being sent in are making us want to travel! Puddings and breads and pies… oh my!

  • Jams and Marmalades This is a sweet preserve made from fruit, often Strawberries or Oranges. There are lots of unusual types, such as my favorite Strawberry and Chili. It is often served on plain white bread with thick crusts, and is thickly spread onto the bread. Making Jams and Marmalades is also a common part of the British summer, as many people grow their own fruits and make there own preserves. I have found Jams and Marmalades to be like a fine wine… the longer you leave it, the better it becomes. You will hit that magic year where it is just right, though this does not work with store bought Jams.
  • Bangers And Mash Bangers and Mash is a nice and simple English meal. It’s just a good plate of mashed potatoes with a few sausages chucked in. It is then all just covered in gravy.
  • Bubble And Squeak This is typically made from cold vegetables that have been left over from a previous meal, often the Sunday roast. The chief ingredients are potato and cabbage… but carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, and other vegetables can be added. The cold chopped vegetables (and cold chopped meat, if used) are fried in a pan together with mashed potato until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. The name is a description of the action and sound made during the cooking process.
  • Fish And Chips Fish (cod, haddock, huss, plaice) is deep fried in flour batter with chips (fried potatoes), and then dressed in malt vinegar. This is England’s traditional take-away food (or as US would say “to go”). Fish and chips are not normally home-cooked. They are usually bought at a fish and chip shop (“chippie” ) to eat on-premises, or as a “take away”. The fish can also be changed for a saveloy (a type of red sausage heavily seasoned) and is often served with large amounts of tomato sauce.
  • The Yorkshire Pudding This dish is not usually eaten as a dessert like other puddings, but instead as part of the main course or as a starter. Yorkshire pudding, made from flour, eggs and milk, is a sort of batter baked in the oven and usually moistened with gravy. The traditional way to eat a Yorkshire pudding is to have a large, flat one filled with gravy and vegetables as a starter of the meal. Then when the meal is over, any unused puddings should be served with jam or ice-cream as a dessert.
  • The Sunday Roast This is the cornerstone of the British empire! Often eaten as a whole family (including aunts, uncles and other close relatives), it’s also know as a “Carvery”. The general foods with in it are some sort of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, peas, carrots, the Yorkshire pudding, and other vegetables.


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