About Me (and why I call ‘lifts’, ‘elevators’)

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

(This section should hopefully grow organically, or something like that).

My name is Matthew and I am a civil engineer in Nottingham. I am a Christian, and I like jazz and science fiction.

I have had the pleasure of living in two very different countries: the US and the UK. And what they say about “two nations divided by a common language” is entirely accurate. I am technically an American (and so is my family), but after enduring comprehensive secondary schooling in the UK, I feel most at home in good old Jolly England.

If you have any humorous (or otherwise) insights from living in the UK and the US, I would be more than happy to read them.

Check out my Top 100 Songs page to expand your collection, and see my posts for perspectives on living in the UK, civil engineering, cycling, Christianity, and much more.

To be continued…




2 Responses to About Me (and why I call ‘lifts’, ‘elevators’)

  1. Brian Bell says:

    I just happened upon your website and thought I would contact you. I am an American who has been living in England for the past 5 years and plan to stay for the forseeable future. I don’t meet many Americans here, which may be why I get such a strange reaction when I open my mouth. Poeple sometimes giggle or stare, which can be rather uncomfortable at times. I don’t know if you have an American or an English accent so you may or may not get the same reaction.

  2. mattsj says:

    Hello Brian. I certainly know what you mean. I have been living here for a little longer (15 years)–so my accent has mellowed a bit: it now takes about three sentences before I am asked where I am from. My younger siblings have managed to pick up the local accents, but somehow I’ve not. As you wrote, it can get a little tiresome, especially having to explain again and again; but then, I’ve been like this for so long that I don’t think I could let it go. If I am honest, I’d hate to blend in too well…and I never lack for a conversation topic.

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