Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pond Parleys: what we’re about

Winston Churchill coined the phrase "special relationship" to describe the ties between Brits and Americans. George Bernard Shaw described us as being "separated by a common language". So which is it? Are the UK and the USA morphing into one culture or are we moving further apart?

A BBC Radio Five Live debate on Thursday January 22nd asked the question "Which is better, the US or the UK?" Despite the alarming breadth of this question, we (authors Toni Hargis and Mike Harling) debated the issues with host Richard Madeley. In Pond Parleys we intend to keep the debate going, and invite everyone to contribute their thoughts and questions.

How it works.

Every week a new question or issue will be posted, with a paragraph from both blog hosts. The posts will hopefully elicit insightful, challenging and witty debate amongst our readers. Anyone who has an interesting question or debate point is invited to e-mail us through the profile page, and we will consider addressing the issue on the blog.

We look forward to your comments; by all means, point out shortcomings on either side of the Pond, but please do so in the spirit of continued friendship.