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Advice for getting a UK fiancé visa in 2015

I'm an American man who just proposed to a British woman and I am wondering what pitfalls to watch out for in applying for a visa to enter the UK to marry. [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

How many times can an organization require a DBS check?

I volunteer for an educational charity and got a DBS check at their request in 2013. At that time, they didn't have a process in place for checking volunteers so I found my own provider. Last year, the new administrator was collating the DBS checks for all the trustees and the board. In the intervening time, they'd chosen a specific provider for the charity to use going forward and got everyone to bring the requisite documentation in person. I brought in my actual DBS certificate. They were confused, and they said they weren't sure it would be valid if they hadn't done the check themselves. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Sep 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Suggestions for UK travel in late October?

My S.O. and I are traveling to England next month for ten days (Oct 16-26). What should we do? [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Sep 9, 2015 - 15 answers

UK job interview etiquette

I'm a US citizen applying for jobs in London. I've excited to have been shortlisted and offered a couple of interviews. What should I expect? What should I wear? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pocksuppeteer on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Office chair for a tall person with a long torso

My boyfriend is looking for an office chair that will be comfortable for his height (6'3") and long torso (34" from hip bone to top of head). What options are available in the UK? [more inside]
posted by fanlight on Aug 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Ship Us Off to the New World

What's the best way to get an adventurous family from the UK to the US that does not involve an airplane? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Noncluttery present for London-bound bro?

My brother has to go to London on short notice, and his trip promises to be a long and stressful one. I'd like to give him a going-away present, but not clutter or something to haul around. He already has an Oyster card, which was my first thought. What else might be nice to have if you suddenly found yourself in London and in a rush?
posted by theatro on Aug 26, 2015 - 28 answers

Who to support for Labour deputy leader and mayoral candidate?

I've signed up with the UK Labour party (via the £3 registered supporter scheme) to support Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader. I also get to vote for deputy leader, and as I'm London, the Labour London mayoral candidate. Who should I put my nominations towards for these? The key criteria is a commitment to the same leftist beliefs as Corbyn, but also of a concern is who could tactically support him should be become leader. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Aug 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Cheapest way to send household stuff and artwork from UK to USA

Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
posted by theory on Aug 7, 2015 - 2 answers

What's a good UK specific gift for an American who likes to bake?

My American (East Coast) friend likes to bake. I'd like to send her a small domain specific UK specific gift. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Aug 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Young anxious student out of Lexapro on first trip abroad to London

My young cousin is on her first international trip and also one of her first trips away from home in London on a short study abroad trip. She is supposed to travel home Monday but unexpectedly ran out of Lexapro this week, which she takes for anxiety. She's now incredibly anxious. She was able to alleviate the anxiety by going to see Wicked last night, but now the rest of her weekend is looming ahead of her and she's alone. No earlier flights available. Study abroad program can't/won't help. Can anyone provide advice on emergency NHS assistance for a non EU citizen on a weekend? We're just trying to get her through to her flight home Monday.
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Is there a polygamy/crazy cat lady museum in St. Ives?

My wife and I are taking a trip to the UK in late August/early September. The primary purpose of the trip is for my wife to attend a conference in Exeter, but we're turning it into a bit of a vacation. Nonetheless, I will still have a few days in Exeter essentially by myself. What can I do? Is there enough in Exeter to maintain a tourist's interest for three full days? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Jul 17, 2015 - 19 answers

Returning to the UK on a visitor's visa shortly after a Tier 2 work visa

Can I (a US citizen) leave and then return to the UK and stay as a tourist for several weeks shortly after a Tier 2 work visa expires? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jul 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Are you or have you ever been a Magistrate in the UK?

Are you or have you ever been a Magistrate in the UK? If so, can you tell me what it is like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2015 - 3 answers

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
posted by davemee on Jun 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Any tax implications when transferring money into UK if non-resident?

I am a non-resident Briton who has built up a substantial amount of savings while working abroad. This money was earned from employment in foreign countries and was taxed in those countries. Are there any tax implications if I transfer some or all of this money from my offshore bank account into my UK bank account? Is there a limit to how much I can transfer into my UK account? From what I have read so far, this answer is "no" and "no", however I am nervous about tax and would appreciate some reassurance...
posted by teselecta on Jun 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Pay $100 more for a UK car rental with an automatic transmission?

I'm renting a car in England this summer and I'm a little anxious about driving on the opposite side. Added to my concern is left-hand shifting. I don't know if left-hand shifting is difficult to master... especially in an airport carpark. Should I pay the extra $100 to get an automatic or am I worrying too much?
posted by Bushmiller on Jun 6, 2015 - 18 answers

A great grad gift experience in London, please

My girlfriend is graduating university and she's heading to London for a well-deserved holiday later this month. I'm looking for a great gift idea of a fabulous experience that she can have while there! [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Jun 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Calling a head office "[company] Towers" - where does that come from?

I have noticed that in the UK people will sometimes refer to the (head) office of a company as "[Company name] Towers", even if the building is not in a tower, and it's not officially called a tower. Where does this come from? [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Jun 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Diving doc

A few weeks ago, may be a couple of months, I saw a trailer for a documentary on UK television that was mainly footage of a guy free diving / swimming in the sea. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 29, 2015 - 3 answers

What contents insurance should we get as tenants in the UK?

Expats living in London, renting the ground floor flat of a house. We don't have much in the way of high-value possessions aside from laptops, TV, bike, clothing, but we should probably get them covered. Please recommend a good policy or insurance company. [more inside]
posted by theory on May 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Dealing with post-tenancy dramas

So I find myself in a bit of an awkward position with a former friend regarding a tenancy I arranged for them and having to consider what options to take. [more inside]
posted by panboi on May 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Mortgage repayment

Why would someone not pay off their mortgage? [more inside]
posted by gorcha on May 19, 2015 - 13 answers

I need help with Building Insurance details for UK Leasehold property

I recently bought a flat in the UK and am a little confused by the Buildings Insurance policy taken out by the freeholder. I'm a first time buyer so this is all new to me. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on May 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Even starving academics (in Highgate) need to eat

Tomorrow, I'm off to the UK to sit in the British Library and read bad religious novels by authors you've never heard of! But when I'm not doing that, I may need to eat occasionally, lest the lack of nutrition make me fall asleep over triple-deckers by Mme. de Genlis. I'm staying in the Highgate area, relatively close to the cemetery. Any recommendations for good but not luxurious fare? Most cuisines are fine (Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc.).
posted by thomas j wise on May 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Political info with less wide-eyed panic, please

Since the UK elections last week, I've realized that I only really know the surface of British politics. It seems like a worthwhile thing to get deeper into, but recent events have rendered non-party sources rather...breathless, and official sources never actually talk about what they do or plan on doing directly. So, I turn to you all - where can I read good, in-depth information on the agenda of the major UK political parties?
posted by Punkey on May 10, 2015 - 3 answers

NPR Election Party Analogue for 2015 UK Elections

Is there an equivalent to NPR's Election Party that I could keep an eye on while the UK returns cone in tonight? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on May 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I watch election coverage in Cambridge?

I'm a US person currently living in the UK, specifically Cambridge, and this is the first election I've been present for. I like to watch election coverage on TV in a pub with a bunch of left-leaning politically-clued-in people. I've sampled a lot of Cambridge pubs and I've noticed that among their many charms is an absence of televisions. Is there a place where I can watch election coverage over a pint (or several)? The closer to the city centre the better, but I'm not picky.
posted by yomimono on May 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Watching the UK 2015 General Election returns live in Los Angeles?

I was just wondering if the MeFi Hive Mind might know of good places in Los Angeles to watch the live election returns for the British General Election (May 7, and running into the small hours) ? Preferably a British pub.... Thanks!
posted by zresearch on Apr 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Anything of special interest in Cambridge UK and Norfolk surrounds?

Heading to East Anglia for a couple weeks in late May; have lined up Cambridge (Scott Polar Research Institute!) followed by Cromer and the north Norfolk coast, Holkham, King's Lynn. Any local six-fingered denizens with suggestions for off-beat or interesting things to do and see? [more inside]
posted by henry scobie on Apr 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Advice needed on phased return to work due to work related stress UK

I could really do with some advice on my rights for a phased return to work after absence due to work related stress, complicated by chronic fatigue syndrome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

I have a couple specific questions about tipping in the UK.

I'm from the US, so I'm accustomed to the tipping customs here. I understand they are different in the UK and want to know what is customary. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus on Apr 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me have an adventure!

I've lived in the same region all my life - efforts to make a move somewhere else have always been stymied by the need for financial survival. I'm now in a position where I have some portable skills and assets and would like to go on an adventure in another country - working and/or volunteering rather than a holiday - with a view to finding a place to live that fits my own priorities more than overcrowded Britain. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Oh, to be in England; Now that April's there.

A wonderful holiday opportunity for Shepherd and I in the UK. But we need some assistance with the sights! Serene not so rural snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Car rental insurance in the UK (and paying US rates for the rentals!)

I'm a US citizen with a US driver's license, currently living in London. I don't own a car and I don't have car insurance. I'm planning to rent cars on holidays in the UK and elsewhere in Europe a few times this year. How do I do this without buying the typically exorbitant insurance coverage from the rental agencies and not relying on the limited coverage that my US credit card offers? [more inside]
posted by theory on Mar 23, 2015 - 7 answers

British Accent Question: "ow" sounds like "I"?

Maybe it's just my ears, but I swear I've heard a British accent where "ou" and "ow" sounds like a long-I -- "down" sounds like "dine", 'ground' sounds like 'grind', 'now' is 'nye', 'house' sounds like 'hise'. I've looked around the internet for descriptions of British accents and came up empty. Is there a name for this component, or is it tied to a specific dialect/accent?
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 21, 2015 - 28 answers

Are UK Postal Codes Analogous to US Zip Codes

I don't just mean in a taxonomic way, but in terms of sorting and ease for the handlers -- is the postal code the most vital part? What's that last line for? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 19, 2015 - 13 answers

ISO: "Rich Kid Punks" UK Compliation

Looking for an obscure 70's/80's punk compilation of songs by bands who pretended to be poor when they were not. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Mar 16, 2015 - 0 answers

open source voter management software

Is there any open source voter management software out there? I had heard of something called Advokit, but its website seems to be down. Stuff that small campaigns can use to keep track of voter management between campaigns and during them, and generate door knock up sheets and leaflet runs. I am in the UK and asking for a friend.
posted by Mistress on Mar 11, 2015 - 1 answer

UK: "Cultural fit" for a major international bank's content arm

Hello! I've got a second (and final) round of interviews for a content position within a major international bank in London. In this one, they'll be looking at the "cultural fit". Do you have any pointers on what they mean by that? What kind of "standard" interview questions should I prep for? Thanks for your help!
posted by almostwitty on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Who can I pay to give me male grooming advice?

I've seen lots of TV shows where someone will get a guy up to speed with grooming, help him come up with a "style", take him to the right cosmetics people, hair stylist, etc. I want this overall service too. Do these sorts of people exist in real life, what are they called, and can I find one here in the UK? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

How can my fiancee translate her work in human rights law from UK->US?

My fiancee is planning to move to Chicago at some point later this year--if all goes well with our engagement, of course ;). She has a GDL (law conversion) degree (in addition to non-law undergrad and postgrad degrees) from the UK and is looking for advice, first and foremost, on the "lay of the land" and things to keep in mind in transferring environments. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Travel advice: Glasgow (and Edinburgh)

Planning another trip, which means it’s time for another AskMe. This time: Glasgow (with a side trip to Edinburgh)… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Parents want to give me money, how to reduce tax burden? UK edition.

My parents are about to inherit a reasonable amount of money. They want to give my brother and I a lump sum of around £20000 each. If they just transfer the money to us what happens about tax? Is there a way to minimise the amount of tax to be paid? You are not my solicitor or financial advisor etc etc. I'll take advice but would like an understanding before I do. Thanks!
posted by chr on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommendations for portable, low cost but full-size laptops in UK

Recommendations for portable, low cost but full-size laptops in UK [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Blocking access to UK charities has been made pursuant to a Court Order

Is there a UK-based equivalent to the EFF? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

UK Print shops

Is there a UK equivalent to Kinkos/FedEx Office? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jan 5, 2015 - 3 answers

What research is there on the use of RCTs by the UK government?

A few years ago, Ben Goldacre and some people from the Cabinet Office published a paper, 'Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials' calling for UK government departments to use more randomised controlled trials in the formulation and evaluation of UK public policy. Can anyone point me to research tracking RCT usage by the UK government both before and after the publication of the report? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Dec 12, 2014 - 2 answers

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