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Planning trip to possible ancestral town in SW England, but what to do?

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]
posted by huxham on Jan 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Getting started with British inheritance and tax

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]
posted by Anwan on Nov 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Ill have what the yanks are having.....

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]
posted by london302 on Aug 4, 2013 - 50 answers

You say heatwave, I say tomato, no, what?

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]
posted by Gyan on Jul 15, 2013 - 65 answers

The Transatlantic Librarian

Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Mar 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Job hunting in London - where do I start?

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!
posted by EatMyHat on Sep 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

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]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

Is late May into June an OK time to visit London?

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]
posted by eeby on Mar 31, 2012 - 8 answers

I need help completing a UK style job application form.

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]
posted by crabintheocean on Jan 31, 2012 - 17 answers

Look Mom, Big Ben... Parliament...

Help me plan my mom's first trip to the UK/Ireland. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Jan 18, 2012 - 24 answers

In practice, could a Catholic be British Prime Minister?

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]
posted by plonkee on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

How does Lionel Logue sound Aussie in The King's Speech?

What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jan 29, 2011 - 31 answers

Provisional visa now or indefinite leave to remain later?

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]
posted by like_neon on Dec 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Do you know who the Duke of Earl is?

How much awareness do modern UK citizens have of the peerage? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 6, 2010 - 25 answers

how can my absent friend sign a tenancy agreement?

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]
posted by metaBugs on May 19, 2010 - 7 answers

UK theme party... for kids

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]
posted by allisonrae on May 17, 2010 - 39 answers

bbc iplayer in usa

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?
posted by lrodman on May 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me find Ancient Britain on film

Ancient Britain on film (hill forts, Celts)? Or even earlier (Beaker people, Stonehenge)? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Apr 18, 2010 - 7 answers

God Save the Queen in India?

Do any patriotic songs that are popular today in India use the melody of the UK's national anthem God Save the Queen?
posted by tnygard on Apr 2, 2010 - 4 answers

No True Scotsman punches an American in the face.

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]
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 31, 2010 - 48 answers

I love listening to people from Northern England

Looking for podcasts or radio shows with women talking in Mancunian accents or similar Northern English accents. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Getting away from it all in the UK?

Secluded nature style summer holidays/vacations in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on May 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Tax advice, UK?

Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

London calling; can I answer?

The documents that the UK wants from me for a visit are extensive and horrifying. Will I be able to get into the country? [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 11, 2008 - 26 answers

They want their money back - but should they get it? (UK)

My British employer overpaid me back in June 2008 to the tune of £1k. I pointed this out at the time, but never heard from anyone. Now it's December, and they want the money back. However, I've heard that I can contest this, on the grounds that the employer made a mistake, and that it's illegal to force employees to rectify companies' mistakes. Is this true? And what legalese can I quote? :)
posted by almostwitty on Dec 3, 2008 - 13 answers

How do credit checks/histories work in the UK?

UK Credit Reports / Histories: I've seen loads of posts referring to the USA system of credit scores, credit histories, etc. but never seen anyone refer to an equivalent UK system. Presumably we have one, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 20, 2008 - 7 answers

taxes in the UK

Can my wife claim my tuition as a tax credit in the UK? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Jan 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Should I reschedule a trip to Longleat?

So, I've agreed to drive a group of people to Longleat Safari Park this weekend. It's been in the diary for months, but the weather forecast is not good. If you've been to Longleat before - is the bad weather going to spoil the trip? should we reschedule?
posted by ascullion on Jun 28, 2007 - 2 answers

How do I find Parliamentary debates on Northern Ireland?

GoogleFuFailureFilter: I am looking for free transcripts of UK (Westminster) Parliamentary debates for around 1969-1980. Specifically, I'm looking for discussions about Northern Ireland. Astonishingly, I can't find them after a full day of looking, not even on the Westminster website, which seems only to go back as far as 1988. How is this possible? Help!
posted by walla on Jun 5, 2007 - 11 answers

Hero Joy Nightingale: where did she go?

So what really DID happen to Hero Joy Nightingale? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on May 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom?

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on May 14, 2007 - 25 answers

Yen to Pounds : Best Exchange Rates?

Currency Exchange: I have a handful of Japanese Yen and a desire the British pound wasn't so strong. What are my best options for getting my Yen converted into Sterling? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

I guess I could swim in.

What is the best way for an American to get a job and work permit in Britain? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on May 7, 2006 - 13 answers

A quirky night's sleep

What are the quirkiest hotels/ B&Bs/ inns in the UK? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Banks that open account for people with bad credit (in the UK?)

UK Credit Filter - We have bad credit, and now our bank have decided that they want to close my accounts. So in order to be paid, and pay bills...I have to find a new current account. My wife and I know that we can fix our problems with money (and have been doing well for 3 months) - but we cannot seem to find a bank that will open a current account for us.

So for UK askMe people - do you know of a current account that will AT LEAST give us the benefit of the doubt?
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2004 - 4 answers

UK landlord / tenant laws

UK tenancy advice. Our landlord lied to us about neighbouring building works. [more inside]
posted by influx on Jul 20, 2004 - 11 answers

Mortgage advice/opinion relevant to the UK?

Mortgage advice/opinion relevant to the UK? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by squealy on Apr 23, 2004 - 1 answer

UK Educational Marine Life?

Finding more than Nemo: aided by innumerable viewings of Finding Nemo and the Little Mermaid, my three-year old's fascination with the aquatic world continues, fuelled by a lovely trip to the small-ish but very impressive Mote Marine Laboratory while in Florida a few months ago. However: we're in the UK, where - despite being surrounded by water - good quality aquariums seem rather thin on the ground (sic). Can anyone recommend good places of this kind (educational, subjects well looked after)? Is the London Aquarium good?
posted by humuhumu on Jan 14, 2004 - 12 answers

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