Notes about the 50 plus DC
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- American visitors to the site may be a little perplexed by some of the spelling. When the founding fathers of the USA decided to rationalise (note the ‘s’ not ‘z’) some spelling they made life for future generations of computer spell check designers much more difficult as back here in the UK we continue to spell words the way they always had been. It’s not us being difficult, it’s just the way we do things over here. We haven’t taken it to the ridiculous lengths of one British tabloid newspaper which after 9/11 insisted on referring to the World Trade Centre. Buildings and places are spelled the American way, so while a town may have a harbour, the town of Bar Harbor is spelled in the Americans way.
- During the Victorian era, the UK and USA also drifted apart when inventing new words. Most people know that a car in the US has a hood and a trunk but in the UK it has a bonnet and a boot. A tram in the UK is a streetcar or trolley in the US. Others are much less well known, for example people walk along a sidewalk in the US but it is called the pavement in the UK - in the US anyone walking on the pavement could be run over! Where the words differ on the two sides of the Atlantic we have usually used both to avoid confusion.
- Web designers can be an indisciplined lot and as a result links to external web sites can be very difficult to keep up to date. In order to minimise the risk of broken links, we try where possible to link only to Top Level Domain home pages, as these are far less likely to change. We are now finding it increasingly necessary to break this rule so if you encounter a broken link, please advise us by e-mail .
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In January 2018 we visited California and for the first time we ignored San Francisco and instead went to the East Bay area. There is a lot to see in that area, so we have added a quick page while the memories are fresh and we have also expanded the pages on Palm Springs, San Diego Old Town & Balboa Park. We have also restarted updating New England with New Hampshire having new pages added on Concord and Portsmouth.
Last year we finished our update of the MidAtlantic states expanding Delaware already one page to five and New Jersey from three pages to eight, Maryland from three pages to ten and Pennsylvania has an extra three pages and Massachusetts has been expanded by 12 pages and updated.
We also added to New York City, adding the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to the Lower Manhattan page, a new page on The Bronx, and more information on Staten Island, Upper East Side and Uptown Manhattan.
We visited the Pacific North West in the fall of 2016 and we have already made some additions to a few existing pages. We are aiming to publish more new material through the rest of 2018 as we have a backlog of new material to publish on the USA including a 2013 tour through New England. Other trips took us through Florida and Puerto Rico, also Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California. We will do some more updating from our recent California trip before turning our attention to Maine, which will complete the New England update
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