Britalian

Britalian

What happens when you suddenly have to apply for the right to continue to work, live, love in the country you’ve chosen as your new home? You decide to be patient and to get along with it. But what happens then when your application is rejected? You start wondering if you’ll ever belong completely. And then you write a podcast to vent it off. An Italian expat in Great Britain. An exploration into how to cope with Britishness, and how to make Britons cope with my Italianity. britalianpodcast.com Cover art: Ramona Bruno Music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo

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December 22, 2020 17 min

Turns out, I can talk for 17 minutes straight about Christmas in Great Britain (and Italy).

Also, turns out I cannot sing, but I decided to do it publicly on a podcast anyway, because in 2020 why not.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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Bonus episode: yes, Great Britain, I love you. You don’t believe me? I’ve told you at least 34 times.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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April 9, 2020 10 min

I can’t find a good equivalent into English for some Italian words, and that’s a shame. How will I say ti voglio bene in English?

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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April 2, 2020 5 min

You know when you wake up having a bad day? This is one of those days. Days when UK does not feel like home.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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March 26, 2020 6 min

Hell must be lined with carpet. Heaven will be tiled.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, additional music: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart, by Christopher Adler, both played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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March 24, 2020 5 min

Part of the integration process is accepting and adapting to local manners. Will Britons ever accept my loudness and bluntness? Will Italians accept my greetings cards?

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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March 12, 2020 7 min

When you’re an expat, you have three favourite complaint topics: weather, food and language. If you come from Italy, it’s mainly complaints about food. Except if you are a Britalian.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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February 27, 2020 5 min

"Brew? Let me put the kettle on. How do you like your tea?"

"Just normal, please".

"Normal? What does normal even mean?"

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, additional music: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart, by Christopher Adler, both played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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February 20, 2020 6 min

“Do I sound British?” “Of course you don’t sound British. But you don’t have to change your accent. Just…own it. Wear it”.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, additional music: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart, by Christopher Adler, both played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

Songs by Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus @MLGConline

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February 13, 2020 4 min

Where’s home for me? Well, I suppose Manchester is home now. But so is my hometown. So, what makes one feel home?

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro and outro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, additional music: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart, by Christopher Adler, both played by Passepartout Duo @passepartoutduo

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February 6, 2020 5 min

What happens when you, an EU citizen living in Britain, find out that your application to stay in the country you’ve lived, studied, worked, loved in for the past six years is rejected? First, you have a meltdown, then you write a podcast to complain to the Home Office.

Please grant me Settled Status.

Cover art: Ramona Bruno @ramaflowers

Intro music: Karakurenai by Andy Akiho, additional music: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart,...

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January 31, 2020 2 min

Welcome to Britalian, a podcast that was born from the very unsettling experience of applying for settled status, also known as a badly planned way to manage the legal situation of the European citizens in Great Britain after Brexit. That’s quite a mouthful! I’ve been living in Britain for 6 years but at first my application was rejected.

It was an experience that made me sit down and consider if this is really the country I want t...

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