In my never-ending quest to explain two very different nations to each other, I will comment on another item exciting the British media and thus the entire British population.
It's always a big deal if a UK entertainment "personality" gets picked up by some US television program or Hollywood film. Americans don't even notice that someone comes from beyond their borders and care even less if one of their own moves the other way. Anyone not wishing or able to work in the US entertainment industry must be mediocre, stupid, or a loser.
Few, if anyone, in the United States know that Hugh Laurie, star of House, is a leading, well-respected English actor, because he does such a good job hiding his true tongue. I know him from one of the all-time best sitcoms: Blackadder.
The fact that a well-known (in England) pop singer has been replaced on some US television program has shocked the nation. What happened to the "special relationship"? What about the "essential relationship"? One does not replace something essential.
Airheads...and the British media...seem to care.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.