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This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

While my parents were visiting, we found ourselves addicted to a reality tv show by the name of “Alone”.

If you’ve never caught an episode, it’s an extreme survival competition for which willing victims are dumped into harsh environments with little more than a tarpaulin and an ax and told to keep themselves fed and warm for as long as they possibly can.

The winner of “Alone” walks away with a life-changing amount of money. Everyone else walks away with emaciated arms and PTSD from endless weeks of not being able to catch a fish and the constant threat of a bear visit.

Imagine our horror to di...