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Those elusive pages

I have finished really-rather-poor book with the telegram. It featured some spectactularly hilarious info-dumps, so good I may yet share one with you before I return this to the library. But it was also clearly written by someone who was not British. (The author is American.)

At one point, the heroine spots a suspicious person going into a chemists. So she follows that person in and, to look busy while listening in, browses the magazines.

In American and Canadian drug stores, magazines are ubiquitous. It's one of the basic places to go and buy a magazine.

In the UK? Chemists don't stock magazines. The only time I have seen them there have been in giant Boots, Boots so large they are mini-department stores with an electronics section, books, and stationary.

Have you ever seen magazines for sale in a normal chemists in the UK?


Sep. 6th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
One of my favourite examples of this sort of thing is from an episode of the tv series Alias. The agents have been sent to infiltrate a posh dinner at an Oxford college ("Oxford, England") in order to extract/kidnap/rescue some scientist or other. While skulking around in the corridors, they're discovered by college security, who immediately pull out guns and start shooting. I thought "but Oxford's internal security people don't have guns - they wear bowler hats".

(I'm sure there are examples of British books and tv shows which get things woefully wrong about America too, of course. But being British with no experience of living in America, I don't tend to notice those unless they're really, glaringly obvious.)
Sep. 6th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I suspect the availability of US culture in the UK gives us a bit of an advantage there, but the odd howler is bound to happen. :)