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The First Post

Welcome. Bienvenue.

This blog is for Brits living in Canada, Brits considering moving to Canada, Brits visiting Canada, Canadians with British heritage, Canadians with an interest in British culture, people who have watched Coronation Street, lovers of Fish and Chips, men, women, and anyone I’ve missed out. Including Americans. Yes, even Americans are welcome here.

Although using the British – Canadian experience as a backdrop, this is a place for humour, commentary, discussion and opinion on a whole bunch of topics. If I think something is worth reading, I’ll publish it – even if associations with the UK or Canada are tenuous, or non-existent. Hopefully it will be interesting, and occasionally, maybe, amusing.

My motivations for writing the blog are numerous. I’d love this to entertain and engage fellow ex-pats, or pending immigrants. I hope, through my posts, those who have lived through similar experiences will find some familiar stories, thoughts, and feelings to nod their heads to. Or will have some contradictory anecdotes to share. And, maybe, those that are considering the move will learn a little more about the types of adventures they are about to embark upon, from a very personal perspective.

Personally, the blog is an opportunity to experiment in fields I work in, and have an interest in, namely; writing, marketing, communications, and social media. Comments, critiques, opinion and advice on how I’m utilizing these disciplines within the blog are welcome.

Looking up at a Mountain

A metaphor for the feeling I had before penning my first blog post

I have been thinking about starting this blog for a long time. I have run out of excuses to support my delay lately. As someone whose job involves a lot of writing, I have been asked by colleagues and clients if I write anything else (aside from the press releases, brochure content, web copy etc. that pay the bills). Of course, I have always had to reply in the negative.

The final nudge that prompted me to get this thing off the ground came from an unlikely source. An old friend back in the UK, who I had barely spoken to in 15 years, sent me a message through Facebook. She asked me what Canada was really like, as she and her husband were considering emigrating. I was half-way through a one sentence reply directing her to my blog, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t actually created it yet. It was my final confirmation that I should. So here it is.

Tell me what you think about Brits, Canadians, their quirks, food and weather – and anything else that comes to mind. And, tell me what you want me to write about. Post your comments – I’ll leave anything that is not abusive up there, whether it’s positive or negative.

I hope you find something here to interest, educate, or amuse you. If you enjoy what you read, please leave a comment, share it through whichever social media you use, or tell your friends.

Phew, first post done! (The first one is the hardest… right?)

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  1. February 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Jason – congratulations on your first post! I’m looking forward to your blog – I’ve been here for almost 11 yrs and have found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. I’m almost bilingual in Canadian/UK English but still a little afraid of poutine and skating. Feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to share some post ideas, stories.
    Happy writing!

    @tgrevatt

  2. Jason Broadhurst
    February 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for being the first to comment on the blog Treena! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to share. I’m in my 11th year here as well. Where are you based? Isn’t poutine just chips, cheese and gravy? 🙂 Nothing to be scared of there!

    Thanks again – hope you enjoy what’s coming.

    Jason

  3. Jo Woodward
    February 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Well Done! Glad you received the nudge you needed.

    Jo

    • Jason Broadhurst
      February 5, 2011 at 8:02 am

      Thanks nudger. 😉

  4. February 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I will enjoy following you! My husband and I have often threatened to defect…well, mostly me…but I’m afraid I couldn’t possibly handle being any colder than we are now in the winter. So through you we can live vicariously! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jason Broadhurst
      February 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      I can’t handle the cold either! But, I do… somehow. Thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy the blog.

  1. February 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

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