This is a unique interview as there will not be as many political questions as the readers often see in these interviews. When we interview foreign bloggers we try to gain a glimpse of the daily lives and flavor of local life abroad. Jams has several blogs and I am fairly surprised to see AOW and Farmer John also read Jam's sites.
Jams and I are members of a small vocational fraternity of immigration inspectors. Jams has since moved onto another career.
We will start this interview with Jam's love of cats. He has four cats and each has a persona that one gets through the pictures. Mimi is the clueless cat who often looks confused. Ted seems to have some sinister plan in the works. Robyn is happy go lucky and seems to avoid getting brushed. Bebe is your professional cat that seems to do all the typical cat chores.
1 Do you have to buy various types of cat food with four different tastes. I was lucky in that Earl the Cat seems to eat everything, including Liverwurst.
2 Do the cats have a pecking order and teritories?
3 What are your personal views on declawing cats?
4 Are purebred cats over rated? I didn't even see many of them in NYC except for an odd Siamese. I do not recall seeing one in Vermont.
Jams spends much time on photography. He photograpghs animals, insects, statues, plants and unique buildings.
5 I do notice that other than the feral Turtles you seem to stick with insects and horses. Are the local mamals in your area pretty much Red Foxes and Hedgehogs. Even in VT the majority of species are nocturnal and it is hard to see many species at all. There are people who are native Vermonters who have never seen a Moose.
6 What are your views on the current style of building the glass box. Is this style too generic for good photography.
7 Are old Churches naturally good subjects for photography?
Popular culture is a frequent topic in Jams blog. One may even find a clip from an American band or two in the Utube offerings. I am going to group all the popular culture questions together.
8 Is Dr Who a children's show in the UK? Does Star Trek have a similar cult following in the UK?
9 There has been some controversy from the left about removal of Huck Finn from the school
ciriculum for the use of an anti-Black slur. I do remember reading plenty of material with anti-Semitic lines in a Yeshiva. The class discussion noted that bigotry was the norm in that era and society has moved ahead form that era. I think that this is a common sense way to handle the situations. Under no circumstances should we consider editing the lines in classic lit. What are your views on the subject?
10 I was shocked the other day that a Polish immigrant who hardly speaks English said "Vanilla Ice Sucks". One of my coworkers looked like Vanilla Ice and this prompted the exchange. Does the entire planet know how awful Vanilla Ice is. Who bought all of his albums? Who is worse in your opinion Milli Vanilli or Vanilla Ice?
11 I have yet to find someone who admits to enjoying the music of Barry Manilow. He does seem to sell plenty of records and fill concert seats. Is there something nerdy about admitting one likes Manilow Music?
12 Did the music of the Village People make it to the UK? Was disco a largely American pathology with the exception of the Gibbs brothers?
13 In the USA we have radio stations dedicated to Classic Rock and the Oldies. Are there similar
formats in the UK?
14 In the United States there is a cable channel dedicated to English TV classics like Benny Hill, The Saint and a few others. Is there an American channel in the UK. Where on earth did you hear about the Mr Ed show? I do understand that Sex in the City, Seinfeld and the Sopranos did run in the UK. However, did shows like Bewitched, Green Acres and Gunsmoke run in the UK?
15 If I went within ten a ten kilometer drive of your flat what ethnic resturants would be available?
16 Do the cabbies speak English in the UK?
17 Are the mom and pop stores disappearing in the UK ?
History and Movies
18 Could you link the posts on the Nazi sympathies of the IRA in WW2? American who are into
old movies will see a hint of that in the long forgotten film The Eagle has Landed ?
19 Has WW1 become passe in Movies? I can think of very few movies that are set in WW1 and scores of movies set in WW2.
20 Is history cheapened when it is used as a backdrop in Cinema? Or is this a starting point for curious young people to begin learning?
21 Has the unique misadventures of Curious George made it to the UK ? I was surpised to find that children are still reading those same stories thirty years after I enjoyed them.
22 Have basketball and American football become more popular in the UK. Is boxing becoming a sport of the past?
23 American are often perplexed about football hooligans. The fights in American sporting events mostly involve people who have had way too much alcohol. Are the hooligans confined to
the fans of Manchester? Are there hooligans in other sports such as Rugby or cricket?
24 Is it appropriate to boo a performer in a live show that has performed miserably. I would never boo amatuers under any circumstances. However, the cost of live theatre raises expectations. There is a history of this behavior that goes back to Shakespeare and even Gladiators.
25 Has live music in clubs also become a thing of the past in the UK?
Bonus Question: What American authors if any did you encounter in your education?