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Travelling to Norway from UK tomorrow: Least worst currency option?

Going to Oslo, Norway tomorrow at short notice - what is the least worst option for getting Norwegian currency with the current terrible state of British sterling? Airport exchange will not accept pre-orders for collection due to market instability, usually a reasonable deal. Should I just draw cash on my debit card when I get to Oslo?
posted by Hugobaron on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Grassroots organizations working to influence Brexit negotiations?

What are some non-party organisations working to unite the progressive left behind an exit process and subsequent deal that will be of greatest benefit to humanity and the environment? [more inside]
posted by cbrody on Jun 26, 2016 - 6 answers

regional confederations

Sometime ago I read an argument for European nations - and by extension all nations - to devolve down to more manageble regional sizes, arguing that nations had grown too large and unweidly, and that regions were better suited for self-government in transational frameworks - think of an EU with Occitania, Liguria, and Bavaria etc., instead of France, Italy and Germany. The autor was I think Brit, maybe Scottish, possibly a MeFite. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 24, 2016 - 2 answers

What are the best pro-migration groups in the UK?

I want to turn the sadness and anger I'm experiencing with the leave vote into something positive. My main thinking at the moment is that pro-migration groups are the best way to do this. Does anyone know of any good ones? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Citizenship question

Can you help me understand the citizenship application process for a US citizen with a parent who was a UK citizen at the time of my birth? (With some extra questions about Scotland and the EU...) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Rambling UK journey between London + Cornwall. Where should we visit?

We've got 6 days, a car, and an unlimited appetite for adventure and beauty. Where should we visit if we're bumming around in the area/countryside between London and Cornwall? Open to suggestions for delicious places to eat and lovely places to stay as well.
posted by torietorie on Jun 20, 2016 - 11 answers

driving instructor bookers?

Is there an Uber for learning how to drive a manual car in the UK? The driving school market has collapsed and it is very difficult to find anyone at the moment.
posted by parmanparman on Jun 14, 2016 - 3 answers

International Sim

I'm off to Germany in a few weeks and would like to ensure that I have available data there. What's the best way for a UK person to have a gigabyte or so mobile data for a week in Germany? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jun 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Help us plan our non-London UK trip!

My friend and I are looking to travel around the UK for 4-5 days (leave London on Monday, return on Friday) in July. We're Americans and know nothing of the UK beyond London! Help us decide where to go. Possibilities I've considered so far: York, Edinburgh, Bath, Cornwall, Cardiff, Lake District, Glasgow. [more inside]
posted by tango! on Jun 9, 2016 - 16 answers

Recommendation for a business attorney in the UK

Does anyone have a recommendation for a general business attorney in the UK? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 8, 2016 - 4 answers

UK parent gifting me, a US resident alien, not yet citizen

My father is going to give me around £20,000 within the next couple months. YANML/tax expert. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Please help me understand this Dalek joke

On the cover of the most recent issue of the British satirical newspaper Private Eye are a series of Brexit jokes. One shows a Dalek saying, "sorry luv, I've dried." I don't get it, can anyone explain?
posted by johngoren on Jun 6, 2016 - 3 answers

How do you save money for retirement

[UK finance filter] I'm terrible with money and come from a long line of people terrible with money. I have a colleague who the is the exact opposite, and today she told me something regarding our pension that has me wondering if I should be doing what she's doing. Difficulty filter: we're civil servants and have pretty good pensions under the Local Government Pension Scheme. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Jun 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Staying with NHS GP when homeless and moving around?

UK Healthcare: Is there a way of remaining registered with your GP when recently homeless and staying with friends in other cities? Or accessing GP services generally without a permanent address? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Debt collectors want me to prove I'm not the debtor

UK-filter, so beware: US laws do not apply. I moved into a new flat about a year ago and have since received various overdue fines and letters of demands for someone else. He wasn't the previous resident, I have no information about him, so I've been sending the mail back, labelled UNKNOWN, NOT AT THIS ADDRESS and SERIOUSLY DO YOU GUYS NOT GET THIS. (Having accidentally opened one, I know that it's for two speeding fines in Reading a few years ago.) I've just received a letter from a debt collection agency saying they "require evidence of the current occupiers" to "amend their records" and "prevent further visits". So do I respond? [more inside]
posted by outlier on May 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Finding work in New Zealand before having a visa approved?

Having filled out an Expression of Interest to work in New Zealand I am 10 points shy of automatic acceptance. However, on receipt of a job offer I qualify easily. What I don't understand is the Chicken/Egg situation of looking for a job without a visa but needing a visa to find a job. Has anyone been through this? I can't help but feel it will be off putting to employers, although as far as I understand they need only to assist with the application for a temporary work visa; however I may be being naive here. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on May 17, 2016 - 6 answers

How does anyone start a business? (UK edition)

I'm interested in starting my own business. I have a simple digital product I'd like to try selling online, with the expectation that it will sell very little but will give me a low cost, low risk way to learn a bit more about running a business. Looking in to it though, it seems almost impossible to figure out how to go about this without falling foul of any laws or regulations. How does anyone start a business in the UK? [more inside]
posted by jonrob on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

christian themed healthcare in England?

A friend of mine is a former Methodist preacher who wants to become a carer support worker in England. He sees caring as an extension of ministry. He really wants to work, but getting him to put aside his faith to get the job is a suggestion he won't take. Are there Christian-centred care homes in England? How do I find them?
posted by parmanparman on May 6, 2016 - 4 answers

UK national minimum wage

A family member of mine, "Anne" works as a carer for the disabled. She works a 24 hour shift 9-9 the next day, sleeping on site with a monitor to hear when she is needed. Anne previously received a wage per shift. Anne has now been informed that there will be one wage for day and another for night-the night wage is below nmw and her entire shift wages would not quite meet nmw. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo on May 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Did I hallucinate this award/charity show phenomenon or did it exist?

I somehow believe there was a THING going on in the 1990s/2000s that involved all kinds of pop stars and presenters and performances that were deliberately intended to be edited into one continuous stream that would fit together (going forward and backward, too). [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Apr 22, 2016 - 0 answers

Please recommend a guided tour of Scotland

I'm doing a solo UK trip in mid-May and plan to spend a week in Scotland. One of my Scot friends suggested I do a guided bus/coach tour with other tourists to catch the highlights. Please recommend some good companies providing such tours. [more inside]
posted by madman on Apr 11, 2016 - 7 answers

What to do with a UK Pension now that we’ve moved back to the States?

After living in the UK for a couple years my wife and I - US citizens - have moved back to America. What can we do with my wife’s pension scheme now that she’s no longer in the UK and has changed employers? Complication: since she didn’t accrue enough pensionable service at her job while in the UK, my wife isn’t able to retain any benefit in the scheme she was enrolled in. She’s been given two options: [more inside]
posted by theory on Apr 11, 2016 - 3 answers

How are overseas assets and debts evaluated for UK lending?

As it says up top, I'm wondering how foreign assets and debts are viewed for mortgages in the UK. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce on Apr 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Regarding United Kingdom accents

I've started the 2nd season of "Hinterland" on US Netflix (and thoroughly enjoyed the 1st season). My question has to do with how a Welshman (or woman) would perceive a Londoner's "Welsh accent." [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Apr 5, 2016 - 23 answers

What is a "MUST BUY" in London?

I am taking my family to London for two weeks this summer.....what is a MUST BUY? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Apr 3, 2016 - 36 answers

Leaving secure job for freelance work - UK Social Work

Looking for reassurance / opinions on my decision - hoping some people out there have taken a similar step and would like to know how you feel about it on the other side... Have today handed my notice in on my full-time, secure local government job, with pension, paid holidays and sick leave, to work freelance as a social worker. Am I being ridiculous??? [more inside]
posted by Sevenisamagicnumber on Apr 1, 2016 - 2 answers

PAYG sims for both Ireland and UK

Which pay as you go SIMs should we buy in Ireland that will allow us to access data in the UK as well? We are spending time in both Ireland and the UK (flying into Shannon), so we would like one service that will work in both countries. [more inside]
posted by soelo on Mar 31, 2016 - 4 answers

Donate/sell Region 1 DVDs in the UK?

Long story short: I moved to the UK over eight years ago, and at the time it seemed vitally important that I bring my DVD collection with me. However, in all that time, I've only watched maybe two of them. I'm wanting to simplify and find the unwatched ones a good home, but almost all of them are Region 1 (and I'm in 2, obviously). Does anyone know where I can sell--or failing that, donate--a good-sized stack of Region 1 DVDs in the UK, preferably in London?
posted by Mr. Bad Example on Mar 25, 2016 - 3 answers

How Do I Visit London Without Paying Through the Nose?

I'm planning a three to six month stay in London, but hotel and guest house prices are heartbreaking in this city. Is there anywhere adjacent to London where I can lodge and still enjoy my visit? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Mar 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

What should my friend do if he's erroneously claimed tax credits?

UK tax filter. My artist friend has been claiming working tax credits for his art business for 35 hours a week, but has been working for less time than that. What should he do? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

UK Reality Show about a Rock star and his hotel in Spain?

Hello, can anyone remember the title of a UK reality show about a rock musician and his crazy American(?) girlfriend who buy a hotel in Spain and attempt to run it?
posted by ebear on Mar 15, 2016 - 3 answers

Do I want to be an expat?

How should my partner and I decide if he should pursue a job opportunity in the UK? Someone at an organization in England reached out to my partner to encourage him to apply for a job. My partner and I have never considered moving out of the US, but this is a very good job, and the possibility of moving to England is something we find intriguing... [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees on Mar 14, 2016 - 16 answers

Does a Canadian, freelancing for a UK company, file UK income taxes?

I've been offered a bit of freelance editing work by a British publisher. As a Canadian, I know I would have to declare that income when I file my Canadian income taxes. But would I also have to file income taxes with the British govt? Bonus UK tax question after the jump! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Mar 3, 2016 - 2 answers

When are fuses required in UK plugs?

I've purchased an aftermarket UK "duck head", the plug adapter used with Apple chargers. I have an official Apple one and it includes a replaceable fuse in the adapter. The aftermarket one does not. This will be used in a 12w iPad charger only (without an AC cord), not a laptop charger. Since there is no AC cord, and the charger is an integrated 12w device, is the replaceable fuse required to meet UK regulations? [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Mar 2, 2016 - 11 answers

Mental health help in the UK

Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
posted by teresci on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Is there a predominantly British frequented site a bit like metafilter?

What are some predominantly British (in the way Mefi is predominantly American, not just UK topics) sites that might have a level of not terrible general discussion and commentary. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Magazine archive (New Statesman, '78-'00), how to find a good new home?

We have a large archive of the UK New Statesman weekly political affairs, commentary and arts magazine, from 1978 to 2000, and we are trying to find a good new home. We're not looking to sell the collection, just send it on to somewhere it can be a resource for others. Can anyone recommend any other librarianship forums or suchlike where we should offer it up? (It's stored in Brighton, England.) [more inside]
posted by BuxtonTheRed on Feb 23, 2016 - 2 answers

March in NY (North Yorkshire)

I'm heading home for a week to visit my elderly but active parents in Knaresborough (between Harrogate and York). Looking for shopping and family outing ideas. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Feb 23, 2016 - 6 answers

June 23-ish for vacation trip to the UK?

My wife and I have been planning an anniversary trip to the UK for this year but haven't yet decided on the timing. I'm thinking it could be pretty fascinating to schedule it so that the EU referendum vote falls in the middle. Great idea or bonkers? [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Feb 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Interpreting (translation) in the UK

I've been a freelance Spanish interpreter & translator for a few years now in the U.S., and I've managed to create a sort-of stable lifestyle out of it, alongside another part-time job. I will be moving to the U.K. in a few months with my partner, however, and I need to start looking into the prospects across the pond. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Feb 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Graduating with Bad Grades

It looks like I'll be graduating from a top-15 UK university this summer with a 2:2 in law. I feel really crap about this can I get some tips on how to deal with this immediately, and in the long term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Ideas for reducing health insurance costs in the UK

My elderly parents health insurance costs have now become unaffordable. Are there any ways of reducing this cost without significantly reducing the coverage currently offered to them? [more inside]
posted by fernbritton on Feb 7, 2016 - 13 answers

A Week in Paris and London

Traveling to Europe for the first time ever, and I'm super excited! Have most of a plan mapped out, but not sure on details and would appreciate any advice. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Feb 4, 2016 - 46 answers

Smoke cigs, get free stuff?!

Back in the 1980s and 90s, my Dad used to collect cigarette coupons which got exchanged for free stuff (the arrival of the catalogue was much anticipated! ). Does anyone remember how the scheme operated (I.e how much coupons were worth) and in particular, when the scheme ended? I am particularly interested to know whether this was before the advertising of cigarettes was banned in the UK. Thanks!
posted by threetwentytwo on Feb 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Equivalents to the UK's old National Record of Achievement?

Do other countries have (past or present) an equivalent to the UK's old 'National Record of Achievement' for pupils? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 2, 2016 - 1 answer

Does the US get worse tea?

Do tea purveyors give worse tea to the US market (versus, e.g., the UK) or are other factors at play? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 31, 2016 - 36 answers

UK mortgage questions

I've got a slightly complicated question about mortgages in the UK... [more inside]
posted by derbs on Jan 19, 2016 - 3 answers

UK pension after working there for 7 years?

I am Swedish and worked in London during 1996-2002. I was just contacted by some dever-group or similar (and will ignore that) but it made me wonder if I DO have a UK pension. How do you know, or check? Is it something I can just cash out? (I will presumably get Swedish pension, and/or, Japanese if I live here long enough).
posted by lundman on Jan 18, 2016 - 4 answers

London lettings agents: as dubious as they're rumoured to be?

I've recently moved to London and have heard only horror stories about neglectful landlords and agencies. After a couple of months here, our flat has required major repairs (due to neglect of previous tenants) and the agency has been responsive about getting them done. By being vocal with the disrepair of the house, are we setting ourselves up for a drastic rent increase, termination of tenancy, or a reputation for being too needy for future lettings references? [more inside]
posted by pocksuppetteer on Jan 13, 2016 - 6 answers

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