In light of the UK cell phone hacking scandal, in broad terms, how do you go about "hacking" a phone? How did the NotW get access to others voice mail? Software?
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]
Which courier /postal services in the UK only deliver on weekdays? [more inside]
Moving to London: What are the simplest & quickest ways to obtain a proof of address letter? [more inside]
I'm moving to London! Help me figure out where to live and how I'm going to get to work and back. Especially curious about commuting by bike. [more inside]
Why are turn signal controls on the right side of the steering wheel in New Zealand, but on the left side in the United States and the UK? [more inside]
City of London Prix Fixe Lunching: It has recently occurred to me that I've been entirely wasting Lunch as an opportunity for culinary exploration. Unfortunately all the interesting restaurants I see with Prix Fixe lunch menus seem to be in Soho. But there must be some interesting places in the City of London right? Where can you suggest that isn't obscenely expensive. [more inside]
I'm moving countries in 30 days and I am freaking out (to put it mildly). How can I make the most of the time left in my home country and prepare for the new one - while not being mean to my partner or my family? [more inside]
I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
Where would you recommend learning to speak French in London? [more inside]
This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?
I need a cheap, dependable car with a tiny engine in the UK. I have never purchased a car in this country before. What should I look for and where should I look? [more inside]
I'm going to London! As a travel noob, what do I need to know? [more inside]
I haven't been to Manchester, UK in like ten years, what's changed and what should I do? [more inside]
What should I do this Wednesday night in York, UK? [more inside]
I'm going to be on tour around the UK for two weeks, but I want to use the gym every other day, how can I do this without becoming a member of every gym I visit. [more inside]
Moving out of the UK in a week to travel abroad. Will move back to London in September. Where to keep stuff throughout this period? [more inside]
I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
Can I get a superinjunction or is it only for the very rich? [more inside]
I'm trying to find an article about the excavation of the remains of a medieval noblewoman who was voluntarily sealed in a room in an abbey. The link was in a UK archaeological publication. It was posted to the blue some time in the last year or so.
I'm in the UK, I've just started Couch to 5k, and I'm having trouble getting suitable running gear. Particularly a sports bra. Help! [more inside]
We're about to buy a car and we're clueless. Insurance, tax, transfer of ownership, DVLA, WTF? What do we have to do to make it legal for my husband to drive this car away from a friends house on Sunday? In particular - how do we insure a car we don't officially own yet? [more inside]
UK Driving Tour Honeymoon - 3 technical questions Re: US cards in a Chip & Pin world, UK power conversion with 110v power strips, and things to know about congestion fees, and tolls, etc. [more inside]
My boss wants a copy of my CV (resume) to give to a client. Why...? [more inside]
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.
Help my wife substitute new income for old across an international relocation. [more inside]
Where can I buy a box turtle in London, UK? [more inside]
UK employment law question: if an employer gives deliberately poor reference to employee they demonstrably want to keep, what recourse is there? [more inside]
So I graduated last year and have been working in sales since then. I'm very intrigued by the concept of teaching english abroad, as I've had some great experiences teaching children before, but am overwhelmed by the amount of different schemes and companies. I have never really travelled before, and I know this may be seen as a big step, but I have this uncontrollable itch to just go for it while I am young and relatively free. I'm really looking for any and all advice from you guys - anyone who's done it, anyone who's considered it, anyone at all! Ideally, I am looking for a half-year placement, with a UK-based TEFL company (although it seems that many companies don't care where you are from). Having said that, I could be swayed by a year-long course. I am very excited by i-to-i, and heard about this through a recommendation. However, as I say, I feel a little like I am stabbing in the dark. I have read with much interest some previous questions, and have heard mention of Dave's ESL cafe, but this seems to be mostly aimed towards the USA. [more inside]
Appealing a denied incapacity insurance claim - should we comply with dodgy sounding "Abilities Determination" test?
We are appealing a denied incapacity insurance claim. Should we comply with dodgy sounding "Abilities Determination" test? [more inside]
Is there an online store in the UK where I can order a gift-wrapped hard drive? [more inside]
Scotland vacation: I have 4 days to kill between work events in London and Glasgow, and I'm considering walking part of the West Highland Way by myself. Is this a reasonable plan, or do you have a better suggestion of how to use this time (ie other long distance walks or other plans entirely)? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a quality printer in London, UK? I will be printing a few runs of business cards, followed soon after by various other bits of business stationery, and I want a good quality digital printer that I can talk to. [more inside]
I'm a 23 year old EU citizen who will be starting 5 years of medical studies at King's College London in September. My parents are interested in buying a flat for me instead of renting. I have no idea where to start! [more inside]
UK jobsearching: I'm 26, and having a tough time finding any job in London - let alone one that's a good career prospect. Do you have any pointers, and in particular, advice on how to get reliable, short-term work to cover the gaps? [more inside]
UK Filter: Can people retire without buying property when younger? [more inside]
I'm going to learn to drive a car. I have never driven a car before (unless you count, like, dodgems). I'm in my late 30s, and have recently moved to a town on the edge of nowhere (in Wales). The idea of driving is beginning to make me nervous. It's a combination of the "it's hard to learn when you're old" thing, the "rural place so no dual carriageways" thing, and the "oh my all those cars seem to go so fast" thing. What can I do to make this easier? Are there any "learning to drive for dummies" books that are worth getting? Or should I just stop panicking, bite the bullet and book myself some lessons?
Asking for my friend. My friend is finishing her associate's degree in a creative field in May, but is not sure of whether she should look for a job right away, or accept her admittance to a prestigious and high-profile exchange program at a foreign university. Oh, and she knows about the flipping-a-coin trick so that won't work. [more inside]
In the UK, can a link on a website to illegal content (in this case a version of the leaked BNP membership list) itself be considered against the law? [more inside]
How would one go about finding unserviced office space to rent in major uk cities?
Under British law, what sort of evidence would police need to already have in order for them to get a court to grant them permission to plant a bug? [more inside]
Metafilter, what is the best day hike in the British countryside, accessible by public transport from London? [more inside]
What tacky, uniquely American gifts/souvenirs should I bring from the US to the UK? [more inside]
I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
Did anyone claim that "Enron couldn't happen in the UK"? I'm looking for actual examples of politicians/commentators/business leaders stating that an Enron-style collapse couldn't happen in the UK due to stronger corporate governance culture here than in the US. [more inside]
What's the story behind a UK license plate with only digits? [more inside]
Please help me create a pre-recorded conference presentation and reliable delivery and display method. Thanks!
I'm in the UK, and will be giving a pre-recorded video conference presentation remotely next month in the US. What is the deliverable I should be aiming for (YouTube link, QuickTime video, PDF with MP3, something else?) and what is the easiest, most hassle-free way of creating and delivering it? [more inside]
What is the best way for my adult daughter to live in France or the UK for a year? [more inside]