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About sjasonoffutt

Jason Offutt is a syndicated columnist, author, and college journalism instructor. His books are available at www.amazon.com. Jason is available for interviews, speaking engagements and beer festivals. E-mail all serious inquiries to: shadowpeoplebook@gmail.com.

For the Love of Tea

Americans love tea*. Just don’t say this in front of someone from the United Kingdom or you may receive a sound scowling. We consume 1.42 million pounds of tea every day. We drink more than 65 billion servings of tea … Continue reading

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The Prime Meridian

It was a bit embarrassing when faced with only a few more days in a city like London I had to look for something to do. Oh, sure, there’s always something to do, but I mean something I’d kick myself … Continue reading

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My Train Stops at Whatfosters?

Warning: Vulgar language and sophomoric humor approaching. During my first hour in London, I left Heathrow’s Terminal Three dragging my wheeled suitcase behind me, and stepped onto a Piccadilly Line train on my way to the Earl’s Court Tube station. … Continue reading

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London Street Signs Not For The Weak

The street sign looked normal at first because it was on a post. Americans put lots of things on posts, like directions, lamps, flags, and for some reason old boots. Posts are friendly pieces of verticality that hold things in … Continue reading

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American Fast Food in London?

The feeling was a little weird, like waking from a fuzzy afternoon nap to find my brain floating about two feet to the left. It was the McDonald’s Restaurant’s fault. It had to be, even though I didn’t do anything … Continue reading

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The Top of the Monument

The pigeons were starting to freak me out. There are more than a million feral pigeons in London. I say feral because just saying “pigeons” infers something cooingly cute, pecking the ground around wandering feet looking for lovingly dropped crumbs. … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different

At first glance the London Tube map looks a lot like a schematic for something aboard the USS Enterprise. Once you get the hang of it, though, and stop giggling every time the automated voice aboard the train says, “This … Continue reading

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