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The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States: A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students

"In The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, author Toni Summers Hargis has written a straightforward research and personal experience-based guide, which definitely backs up her confident and trusting 'been there, done that' tone."
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Expats Recount Their Cringe-Worthy Global Gaffes

Shortly after my mother arrived for her first visit to the U.S., she turned to my shiny new American husband and asked, “If I’m not down by 9 a.m., would you mind knocking me up, please?” Fortunately my husband had lived in London for three years and knew that she was asking him to knock on her bedroom door to wake her up, so he was able to keep a straight face. She, on the other hand, has never lived down the eye-watering embarrassment of not knowing that in the U.S., to “knock someone up” can also mean to get them pregnant.

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Don't Complain about Politicians

Ok, there's obviously more to that than meets the eye. For those living outside the USA, don't complain about your politicians until you've taken a look at what's going on here. 

We have two parties - Democrats and Republicans. The way it works is that wannabee Presidents declare their candidacy then fight it out to be the nominee for their party sometime next summer. The nominees for each party then choose a running mate to be Vice Prez, and then they run against each other. (It's actually a lot more complicated than that but that's the big picure.)

The problem is, this year, there are 15 candidates still vying for the Republican spot, with two having already dropped out. And right there, at the top of the heap, is Donald Trump. Oh yes, he who makes the Kardashians look shy and retiring, and he who has never held public office or indeed had much to do with politics before. 

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7 Movie and TV Titles That Changed After Crossing the Atlantic

Masterpiece’s new period drama Home Fires was inspired by the book Jambusters and is about Britain’s Women’s Institute and the work its members did during the Second World War. The book’s title was based on a pun of the name “Dambusters,” the British squadron that beat the Germans in 1943.

Now, however, the book has been repackaged and the television series named Home Fires. Author Julie Summers told me via e-mail that when ITV bought the option for her book Jambusters, they polled random members of the public and asked what the title conjured up. “Most people thought it would be the title to a cop show or something about traffic jams, though once they were told it was about the Women’s Institute in the Second World War, they thought it was very clever.”