God bless America

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — There are many things that surprise you when you return to the States after a long time away: People are nice. There are lots of churches. The space. The advertising, everywhere.

But most of all the cost of things.

I filled my rental car from almost empty, and it cost me $17. That’s seventeen dollars! It costs me in excess of £50 in the UK (>$75).

I am running wild in South Carolina with my young daughters. They are learning to ride bikes with no hands and a bit of social history in the USA… Weeks after the inauguration of a black president.

My children have a truly spectacular education in the UK. But they are all application and no experience.

Here they are taming the beach, watching alligators eat birds, running by deer and asking real questions about civil rights. It’s a holiday, I know. But it’s good in unexpected ways.

And the petrol is cheap. So cheap.

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