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Tattoos as Women's Self-Defense in Colonial India

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.
posted by cthuljew on Jul 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Is 'illegal downloading' an actual crime in the UK?

I live in the US and have followed the RIAA/MPAA suits closely. Over the years I have heard British news agencies report such-and-such as being charged with illegal downloading and wondered if that were even possible. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me identify this (I think) British children's TV show/film

Does anyone remember what I believe was a British children's TV show or film in which at one stage a villainous and possibly alien woman reveals herself to have no thumbs on her hands? She removes a pair of black gloves to reveal it. Possibly in a ruined building or building site. This is a very distinct memory I've carried with me for years without ever working out what it's from.
posted by Kirn on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for an awesome wedding present involving preparation of cheese

My dear friend got married late last year and I'm a little behind on sending him and his new wife a wedding present. I'd like to find them something ~$50, related to cheese (like a cheese smoker or a really cool cutting board—they love cheese and will be opening a small cheese shop soon). I'm having a very hard time finding such a thing. They also like vintage, retro, rockabilly, steampunk and the like. They are in California and I am in England; sending them something from the US would be preferable but if there's something uniquely British here and not too much cost to ship I could manage that too. Any ideas for specific items to purchase would be most welcome, thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Romantic / English Dinner Ideas?

Seeking ideas for plannning a multi-course, romantic, home-cooked meal for two that is also thoroughly, completely English. The more traditional the better. Looking for dishes in season, no seafood, ideally with a focus on lamb as a centerpiece and easy on the potato/bread. Other then that, assume a high level of cooking skill, endless time for fiddly bits, and acess to pretty much anything and a well stocked UK grocery importer store nearby. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Moving to the UK from the US: How do we avoid buying new phones?

We are moving to London and we'd like to bring our American mobile phones to use with whatever British network provider we decide to sign up with. We will no longer have a contract with our US carrier once we move. What do we have to do in order to use UK (and other European) SIM cards in our phones and have them work as well as they did in the US? Complication: Verizon [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 24, 2014 - 4 answers

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Religious pilgramages united India prior to British rule?

I read an article a few months ago that challenged the idea that British colonization united and created the country of India. Instead it suggested that religious pilgrimages to holy sites across vast distances prior to British rule created a cultural cohesiveness prior to any British involvement. Now I can't find it! I am pretty sure it was on reddit but I can't find it. Please help!
posted by j03 on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Vancouver Bound - Suggestions for Fun Things To Do

I am thinking of taking a Monday - Friday trip to Vancouver at the end of this month. Looking for personal suggestions of good places to stay and fun things to do. (Boat trips, museums, nice restaurants, etc.) My personal trip ritual (if available) is to have a good bookstore near a good coffeehouse as home base.
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Present for Anglo-Japanese newborn

Good friends of mine are about to have their first child, a girl. What present can I get for the little one that will be both sentimental and personal, and which she can keep for her whole life? I'm currently thinking along the lines of a really nice children's book, ideally one with an Anglo-Japanese theme because dad is Japanese and mum is British - it would be nice to give something which will represent both of her inherited cultures. Any suggestions for presents with an Anglo-Japanese theme very welcome. My budget is about £30 / $50 and I'm in the UK. Thanks!
posted by matthew.alexander on Jul 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Old TV ad with a boy who'd been camping

What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

1980s/70s British Horror Film/TV series featuring a village of vampires?

Hi! I call upon the collective wisdom of the Metaverse! I recall in my younger days a film/tv hsow that I saw once on TV (perhaps I rented a film - it was a while ago) that had a village with vampires - but for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the show! This is what I remember: [more inside]
posted by bootlaces on Jun 4, 2013 - 2 answers

God save Donald Duck, Vaudeville and Variety

The Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society is a song full of references to British culture and tradition. How exactly did Donald Duck end up being referenced?
posted by steinwald on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Evolution of property rights and land ownership in Britain?

What are the 'broad strokes' of how property rights and land ownership in Britain evolved from the days when the king giveth and the king taketh away, to the system we know today? What were the significant turning points along the way? Were those turning points accompanied (or, perhaps, triggered) by other, broader-based social changes? Particularly focused on Scotland during 18th and early 19th centuries. Bonus points for source material in books or podcasts.
posted by John Borrowman on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Finished Doc Martin & Ballykissangel...what next?

I really enjoy British TV dramas, with two of my favorites being Ballykissangel and Doc Martin, the latter of which I recently finished. What other British shows would you recommend in this same vein - that is, lighthearted hour-long dramas with a dash of comedy? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Mar 1, 2013 - 19 answers

British Guitar Fakebook, 1975-today

I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Because that would be silly, that's why

If Prince William and Duchess Kate were to legally adopt a child, would that child take hereditary positions and title? If not, would the Queen have the power to bestow them -- that is, to declare a child to be in line for the throne? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Dec 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How long is the sentence for AWOL soldiers?

YANAL/YANML Has anyone had any experience with people who are AWOL from the British army turning themselves in? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

british art illustration icon

Anybody have any examples of iconically British artwork and illustrators? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Oct 28, 2012 - 33 answers

German Intelligence during the second World War

If true, why did German Intelligence pale so much in comparison to the British and Russians during WWII?
posted by mousepad on Oct 13, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me remember the title of this pulpy novel about a military nurse named Honor?

Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Oct 7, 2012 - 1 answer

British Word for Nymphet Fetish

Doing research for my new book on age-discrepant relationships and ephebopilia, I just watched the film Twinky (1970), which was partly filmed in Britain and a British (?) word was used that I can't seem to find the correct spelling for. Spelled phonetically the word is - nym-phe-ta-tish. From the context of the film, it appears to be a combination of nymphet and fetish and refers to one who has a fetish for nymphets. Does anyone the correct spelling of the word? Thanks!
posted by lrnarabic on Sep 8, 2012 - 4 answers

British-friendly bar in Chicago for Olympics viewing

Suggestions for a British-friendly bar in Chicago, for Olympics viewing? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Ye Olde Pinata

I need to make a piñata in the shape of something instantly identifiable as British (a London taxicab? Big Ben?) by Saturday morning. What should I make, and how should I make it? Extra points for ease of crafting and decoration. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 30, 2012 - 31 answers

British woman in love with cross dresser

I saw a British movie in the late nineties that had a woman falling in love with a cross-dressing man. Any ideas?
posted by Tell Me No Lies on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

A console game deserving of the British Bulldog

Name a recent (and good) console game by a British company [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on May 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Accents across the pond.

Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 6, 2012 - 30 answers

This currency doesn't show up on my forex trading screen...

What does the phrase "pukka currency" mean? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Apr 14, 2012 - 6 answers

British takeaway curry in San Francisco?

What defines the quintessential British takeaway curry, and what's the closest I can come in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Help a Brit with an American travel conundrum?

I need to get to Indian River County in Florida from Orlando International Airport. How am I going to do it? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id?

Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Feb 8, 2012 - 14 answers

I want to be a Caretaker, too

Can you point me to music that is like The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

I'd like my podcasts dry and witty, with a touch of the absurd..

Are there awesome British podcasts out there I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Jan 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Now for something completely different, a Christmas gift question!

Two gift questions: 1. What is a good gift, ~$30, for a 9-year-old boy who loves anything to do with construction and is forever building things out of scrap wood? (It's for this kid, who, two years later, is growing up to be completely awesome and a joy to have around.) 2. A while back someone asked a fashion question and one of the answers had a link to a store that I can't find now. It seemed to be a British store that had come to the US because it kept referring to their various lines as "our [blah blah] range." It had women's and kids' clothes, I think men's, too, and the kids' clothes were colorful and whimsical and somewhat modern looking. It's the kids' clothes I'm after, so if you have other suggestions for clothes like that, that'd be great, too. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy on Dec 13, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me name my British blog.

Help me come up with a name for my new Brit-themed blog and podcast. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 2, 2011 - 33 answers

Setting up a film club - please help!

I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Nov 30, 2011 - 1 answer

What inexpensive iconic British products can I use for a hamper?

Looking for iconic British products, for a gift hamper. [more inside]
posted by k_tron on Nov 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Yes I suffer from short term memory loss.

Can you name this movie? Random description: Group of British twenty somethings go to a countryside estate... [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america on Nov 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me certify a copy of my Brit passport in LA!

Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

What's this British comedy?

Can you name this 1990s British sketch show? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime on Sep 16, 2011 - 11 answers

10s. 6d.

Pre-war British currency. [more inside]
posted by three blind mice on Sep 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Can you help me identify this beautiful vintage British sports car?

I've been wondering and Googling for some time about the make and model of the extremely beautiful vintage-looking British sports car that's seen here sitting outside one of my all-time favourite English country pubs. One day, I'd like to own one, so I'm hoping it turns out to be repro... Can anyone suggest what it might be? And if not that, what it might resemble?
posted by pyotrstolypin on Sep 7, 2011 - 8 answers

How can a white guy learn to appreciate Indian culture?

How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Trying to track a British comic strip from late 50s/early 60s

My "Rosebud" moment. I have dim memories of British childhood comics (50s/60s) which would seem surreal/acid influenced today. Elements I can remember are some (all?) stories being set in caves/caverns with large wasp-like flying predators and candy cane sweets hanging from the walls. The central characters were definitely not human, i.e. they were cartoonish. Can anyone suggest things to help me look on google or more information? [more inside]
posted by epo on Aug 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Kingdom of Fungi

Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Aug 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Post-Kipling, Pre-Independence

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]
posted by Gori Girl on Jul 15, 2011 - 5 answers

IS British food really as bad as the rumors make it out to be?

IS British food really as bad as the rumors make it out to be? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 12, 2011 - 74 answers

Bi-winning

Can you provide a date and context to this photographic proof sheet depicting an oversexed minor royal? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 30, 2011 - 6 answers

What SCTV sketch is this?

SCTV-filter: In which sketch did Richard Harris (Dave Thomas), after being asked to keep speaking in his loud voice rather than lapse into his insufficiently audible quiet voice [both demonstrated here], say, loudly, "I'll try! But I don't know if I can sustain it!" [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Coppicing in America

Where, in America (or Southern Canada), can I attend workshops to learn about British hurdle-making, traditional fence-making, and other coppice crafts? Preferably, in the Midwest, but anywhere East of the Rockies would be considered.
posted by Chrischris on May 10, 2011 - 1 answer

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