I'm a huge fan of Howard Zinn's book "A People's history of the United States" and I'm looking for close equivalents for Britain, Australia and Canada.
I'm looking for recommendations of books and articles on the British folk revivals of the 20th c. [more inside]
I met someone today who explained that their tattoo was based on a style adopted by Indian women during British Occupation which served as a way of turning off British men who might otherwise want to take them away for various unsavory purposes. The women would in some cases get these tattoos on their necks and faces. Although the person told me the Indian term for this particular style of tattooing I failed to write it down, and now cannot seem to google up this phenomenon. Was hoping someone knew about it, what it's called, or could provide some links to more information.
What would happen regarding residency and work permits for British nationals living abroad if Britain withdrew from the EU? [more inside]
My extremely-uncommon and forever-mispelled last name—Huxham—happens to also be the name of a tiny village right outside of Exeter in SW England. My ancestors left Britain from the port of Plymouth on the other side of Devonshire, so I feel fairly confident this might be where my last name comes from. However, even though I have the means and the desire to visit this hamlet…what do I do there? Just start knocking on doors? Should I contact the parish priest and/or tourism board? [more inside]
During Prime Minister's Questions on the 20th November, David Miliband launched into a tirade about certain people who have funded the Conservatives. After listing a bunch of dodgy dealers, he says "and they're just the people I can talk about in this house". What did he mean? [more inside]
Would a standard solicitor be the best person to advise? A specialist of some sort? A tax accountant? How to avoid unnecessary fees for work on this that the family can do--for instance, they are already tracking down all the banks with investments. [more inside]
If you lived in Britain and were coming back from California with an empty suitcase what would you bring back. Are there things that are a) cool b) curious c) ultra useful d) much cheaper e) unique that you would bring. [more inside]
Over the past few days, I've seen reports in the British media about the upcoming heatwave featuring sky-high blazing temperatures of over 30C. What? [more inside]
A friend may be moving to the UK for a year this summer. He's wondering how he would go about bringing his beloved Ducati with him? It's fully compliant in the US and is less than 10 years old. [more inside]
Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
Hi. I was wondering if anyone here could help to recommend resources for a complete beginner to better understand the history of Christianity, etc so I may have a deeper, more contextualised understanding of british history and politics. Some stuff I'd like to know better are: [more inside]
I have just seen the movie Iron Lady, and was wondering whether anyone here could recommend me resources to better understand the British economy and government before and during Thatcher? [more inside]
I'm looking for information on the structure of life for members of the British Royal Family, particularly the lives of heirs to the throne: protocols, responsibilities, duties, etc. Do they have support staffs from childhood? Are they surrounded 24/7 by huge security details? Are there media consultants and imaging experts? Do they do their own grocery shopping? Do they have "days off" and what would that even mean in this context? [more inside]
I read a fiction trilogy in the 1990s. The first book was set in Britain (or England), the second in a Scandinavian country (Norway or Sweden), and the third in the USA. What was the trilogy? [more inside]
Are there any magazines for anglophiles and francophiles? Google not helpful. [more inside]
What all does a "Shadow Secretary" do? [more inside]
I'd like to work in London but I have no idea where to start! I'm a British citizen, age 30, but I've grown up in Australia. I'm looking for any kind of work that pays the bills. Policy work would be especially nice (I have some experience there) but temping/office jobs would be fine too. Can you recommend me some agencies and websites where I can start, and also any other hints and tips for first-timers to the London/UK job market! Thank you!
Books about life in Britain during wartime? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
By the second half of the 20th century, Britain's servant class had all but disappeared. How was this phenomenon covered in contemporary news, commentary and literature? [more inside]
Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh? [more inside]
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
Is late May into June an OK time to visit London? (I'd like to avoid the peak travel season and wading through crowds of tourists and students on holiday.) [more inside]
Can you point me to music that is like The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World? [more inside]
Help an American citizen with British income tax on book royalties. [more inside]
So this (US union staffer returning to London and looking for a job) was me. Since then I've found a job opening that's absolutely perfect... but I need to fill out a UK style application form, and having spent my whole career in the US, I need some advice. [more inside]
Help me plan my mom's first trip to the UK/Ireland. [more inside]
Is it true, what Ricky Gervais says, about how in contrast to Americans and their high hopes, British people are taught to expect disappointment? British people: What life advice along these lines are British people given, that might differ from such U.S. ideas as Back to the Future's "you can do anything if you put your mind to it?"
I'm looking for anything - websites, nonfiction, fiction - that would give me an idea of what daily life was like for the British in India in the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
Is there any reason why a Catholic would be unelectable as British Prime Minister, or any practical difficulties in having a Catholic Prime Minister? [more inside]
I'm a dual British/New Zealand citizen, but I've never been to Britain/Europe. What can I do with my British Passport? [more inside]
What would happen to the name of the United Kingdom if it became a republic? Anything? [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a documentary I saw many years (over 15) ago. A group of British upper class, university age people go trekking in South America. [more inside]
Do fascists and/or nationalists believe in justice? [more inside]
Britain's Portable Antiquities Scheme database is a source of endless fascination. Are there similar (non-English language) databases available--online, for browsing?
What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
YANMImmigrationL: Should I apply for UK provisional visa as a spouse now OR apply for indefinite leave to remain in 8 months based on residency? With the new immigration caps coming into effect next year I'm not sure what is the best choice. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
How would you describe the accent of the man wearing the gray jacket in this Mitchell and Webb clip? [more inside]
History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
How much awareness do modern UK citizens have of the peerage? [more inside]
What book is this? Kid's fiction set in WWII Britain, featuring a crashed german plane and a salvaged machine gun. [more inside]
Question about flat rental in England. A friend and I will soon be moving out of our current places and sharing a flat together. I'll need to sign a contract for a flat while he's out of the country. How can we end up in a situation where we're both on the tenancy agreement with equal status, as if he'd been present to sign originally? [more inside]
If you were to throw a British-themed party weekend for a 9, 6, and 4 year old – something both fun and (relatively) educational – what activities would come to mind? [more inside]
how can I watch BBC's iPlayer in the US? A one-step solution is ideal, without having to install and configure a system-wide proxy (which is the current way I can think of doing it). Some software or plugin custom-setup for iPlayer?
Ancient Britain on film (hill forts, Celts)? Or even earlier (Beaker people, Stonehenge)? [more inside]
Do any patriotic songs that are popular today in India use the melody of the UK's national anthem God Save the Queen?
A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY? [more inside]
I want to see the apartment building used in establishing shots for the British sitcom Peep Show. Where in (London?) is it?
Looking for the name of a British television documentary series dealing with the social history of Britain as seen through its television comedies. Screened in 2009. [more inside]