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I am in the UK. Recipient is in the US. How to send her Amazon books?

I am in the UK and have a UK amazon account. My recipient is in the US. How should I send her books? The books are available on the US website - can I save money and shipping by having them sent from the US? if so how can I do that from my UK amazon account? Thanks, I fail at googling this!
posted by Mistress on Aug 30, 2014 - 10 answers

UK immigration dual citizenship conundrum

Flestrin minimus, a US citizen by birth and also a British citizen by descent by way of being the legitimate son of a British father, is planning to travel to London to visit family and study. He has a valid US pasport and has applied for a British passport, BUT said British passport has not yet arrived (it turns out that allowing 40% longer than the 10 week estimate was not enough extra padding). So, he has a US pasport, a one-way plane ticket and time constraints. How best to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin on Aug 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me get the most out of my U.S. Open tennis experience!

For the first time ever, I will be attending a pro tennis tournament... and it's the U.S. Open! I am very excited and eager to make the best of my experience. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Aug 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Black people killed by black cops?

Where can I find statistics of black officers who have used lethal force against black people.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

What consequences will a Canadian speeding ticket have on a US resident?

I got clocked speeding in an area of Montreal with an 18 mph speed limit (that I didn't know about). I got a ticket and was sent on my way. As a US citizen and resident, I have questions about what impact (if any) this ticket will have on my license, insurance, and--if I choose not to pay the ticket--my ability to return to Canada. (Note: I am not seriously considering ignoring the ticket, I'm just curious.) [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Aug 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Cheapest, easiest way to register copyright fast?

I would like to register copyright for four works to fulfill a funding agency administrative requirement. They do not require that the registration be done in any particular country. I am registering solely to fulfill this requirement so I would like to do it in the simplest and cheapest way possible. Unless registering somewhere will somehow abridge my rights in an irrevocable way, I do not care about the legal aspects, only that registration is done by 15 September, if possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Actuarial Burial

I'm looking for a table that shows crude death rates in the United States, broken down by race (or at least Black and White), preferably going back to 1960 (the first year records were kept). Anyone know where to find such a thing?
posted by matkline on Aug 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Tennis - US Open itinerary logistics question

I'm going to the US Open on Sunday, August 31, a day in which a Mets game is also going on (starts at 1pm). We are staying in Midtown and plan on taking the LIRR. We'd like to hit up (the Chinese side of) Flushing at some point (maybe before going into watch) for lunch or snack. When should we get the LIRR from Penn Station to miss crowds-so-full-we-need-take another train? (no earlier than 11am is possible) [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Aug 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Finding my ideal climate

I'm trying to find all the areas of the US that have my ideal climate, and I'd like to do so by playing with data. Is there an app, site, or method that can help? (Or can you?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Moving Canada to US; UPS or Fedex?

We're about to move from Toronto to San Francisco. (Yay!) But we have to move our things. (Nightmare!) We live pretty lightly, and aren't moving furniture, so we're thinking the best thing to do is ship a big pile of boxes using UPS or FedEx. Any thoughts on which is preferable? I have the impression that FedEx can be a bit nightmarish when borders are involved, but have zero experience with UPS international shipments.
posted by kaibutsu on Aug 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Bringing tamales into the US from Mexico

I'm currently in Mexico and will be returning home to the US in about a week. I'd like to bring back some tamales to share with my family, but I'm not sure whether or not I can bring them through customs. I've read the guidelines here and here, but I'm still not sure. [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jul 30, 2014 - 9 answers

How many books has the average person read?

I'd be interested to know how many books the average person has read by the following ages: 21, 30, 40, 60? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Road trip to Canada in three parts

The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jun 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Prospects for UK law grad in the US?

I currently attend a top 2 law school in the UK (no prize for guessing which), and am interested in working in the US after I graduate. While I am aware that I will be eligible to take the bar exam in NY and California with a degree from a common law jurisdiction, would my prospects of landing a law firm gig be appreciably augmented if I go for an LLM (or perhaps even a JD) at a US law school? [more inside]
posted by AtavisticApple on Jun 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

How did colonial Americans speak?

I am trying to write a story that takes place in 1660s Massachusetts. I have a great plot and characters, but the action stops when they open their mouths. I simply don't know how they spoke. How can I find examples of 17th century English as spoken by ordinary people? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on May 26, 2014 - 11 answers

What is the best UK-based mileage plan? Or do I need one?

I travel a lot to the US and I plan to travel to Russia a few times this summer. I used to have a good mileage plan in the US, but I'm not sure what the best one is for the UK. Alternatively, maybe it's cheaper just to always find the least expensive flights rather than being loyal to one group of airlines?
posted by stinker on Apr 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Will I be able to enter the USA?

I'm a British citizen planning to travel to the USA soon. Last time I left the USA, my green I-94W visa waiver card wasn't removed from my passport. That was in 2002. I threw it away maybe 5 years later, thinking it was silly to keep it. I have since found that the US likes to cancel them anyway. I've have got an ESTA preclearance, which I assume looks up as much information as the immigration officers would have to hand at the airport. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

What protections exist for fradulent theft of funds from real banks

Spurred by the MtGox implosion thread and by a TV episode in which "real", presumably USD funds in US banks were stolen by an evildoer who illegally transferred the money elsewhere, I am wondering: What protections do US dollars in FDIC-insured US banks have against fraudulent electronic transfers? Would a victim of such a theft be likely to see all, some, or none of the stolen money reimbursed by an insurance policy?
posted by jepler on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Where have all the patients gone...

I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Southern USA travel in March with a 2 year old?

We want to travel somewhere warm in early March for a week, so the Southern US is on our list. Help us determine where to go with an almost-two year old. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Feb 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Books on US foreign policy

Please recommend your favorite readable books on United States foreign policy. I'm open to a broad range - biography/autobiography of key figures, analysis around a specific event, focus on specific forms of diplomacy, focus on specific issues - but I want something that is engaging and not too dense. Imagine you could pull it out of your bag during your subway commute. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Feb 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Bringing our US electrical devices to the UK / also NTSC-PAL question

It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Expat Voting (U.S.)

I am a U.S. citizen living in Germany. I intend to stay in Germany forever, and I will probably retain my U.S. citizenship forever (very difficult to have dual citizenship in Germany). Am I eligible to vote in state elections, particularly U.S. senators and congresspersons? I'm from California, but no longer own any property there or have an address there.
posted by dmvs on Feb 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Job outlook for US citizen in the UK?

Partnered with an EU citizen, likely soon becoming a trailing spouse. I am a master's-level clinician (NP) whose qualifications will sadly not be recognized by the NHS. Questions for the green: - Thoughts on general job prospects/climate for foreigners? - Does marriage to an EU citizen improve/hinder chances of job placement? We are not married, and neither desiring/against marriage as an institution. Okay with getting married if it will smooth our transitions a bit. - Suggestions for job seekers' resources in the UK, particularly London? Bonus points for health-related and/or immigrant-focused resources. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Feb 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Iconic, Street-Legal Cars In The US?

An actual help-me-with-my-story question: I've got a group of characters who need to ride around in an eye catching, iconic vintage automobile. It was orginally going to be a VW bus for the Mystery Machine echos but it turns out that's not actually street legal in the US. So, what's an old-fashioned auto that seats four or more, can be driven on US roads, and is antique/unusual enough to attract attention from car people but not enough that it sticks out like a surreal visitation ( like say, a Model T would.)
posted by The Whelk on Feb 2, 2014 - 54 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 should I suggest to my au pair to bring with her?

My au pair is South African and currently lives in Namibia. She arrives in the US in one week. I just wrote her an email suggesting she bring some of her favorite foods, which I would suggest to anyone leaving their home for an extended period of time. However, I do not have a sense for other things readily available to her at home that would not be available or would be cost-prohibitive for her to acquire here. What, if anything (else), should I suggest she bring? Thanks.
posted by emkelley on Jan 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Can I use my sister's US Verizon phone in the UK?

My sister just replaced her US-based Verizon Motorola Droid Razr and I want to know if I can use it in the UK. That is all.
posted by stinker on Dec 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Etiquette for contacting possible post-doc opportunity

I'm about to finish my PhD this coming Spring in the U.S., and although the funding I received was specifically for creating "practitioners" I'd actually like to sharpen my research and publication skills via a post-doc. The thing is, most researchers in my area are in the U.K. How do I introduce myself to them? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Newbie travelling to India

I'm contemplating travelling to India (New Delhi to start with) in January for ~10 days and meeting a friend there who is a naturalized US citizen who was born and raised in India. I know I need a visa in advance of leaving (gathered that much from the US State Dept website) but which kind? And: what else should I know?
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 24, 2013 - 17 answers

From Dixons to Nixon

I'm interested in learning more about late 20th century American history and politics, particularly the Cold War, Watergate and Nixon. What books, fiction or non-fiction, can you recommend to a non-American? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Real propaganda?

Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

How does USA's new debt ceiling affect property owners in Australia?

What should Australian property owners and potential buyers be wary of in regards to USA's credit rating going down? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Oct 21, 2013 - 9 answers

clinical trial - what questions should I be asking?

I'm considering joining a clinical drug trial. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to see stars near lake Geneva

We are going to be in Lake Geneva this weekend where can we get away from light pollution and see the Milky way? [more inside]
posted by dstopps on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Very very old lost US passport - can an immigration lawyer help?

Technically I have dual Canadian/US citizenship as my father was a US citizen living in Canada when I was born. I had a passport in the mid-1980s as a small child, but it's long gone now. Who should I talk to about getting another one? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting to the Computer History Museum from San Francisco without a car

How can I get to the Computer History Museum from San Francisco without a car, and is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by robintw on Oct 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Black Currants and Licorice

I like two flavors that are not terribly popular in the US, but are liked abroad: black currant and licorice. I load up whenever I travel, and I have import sources for each (think of Ribena and Icelandic salt licorice). I've got imports covered. Are there US (not import) products that have these flavors that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Passport Woes

Can I finish my passport application in person? Why didn't they accept me?! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Sep 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Wrote TV Spec Script, Now What?

So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Not sure how to tell my dad I want to join the army.

My dad paid for 200k worth of schooling for me, i got a BA in Economics from a good school, went on to do some independent film production, quit my job with my boss 6 months ago, finally saw the last film I helped produce premiere at TIFF, and I've been re-evaluating what I want to do with my life. (Currently 24.5 years old.) I want to join the Army and become a Ranger, like my uncle (who my dad despises) but I don't know how to go about telling my dad. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Sep 18, 2013 - 48 answers

How do same sex couples get married in the US?

Completely clueless here. Been with my partner since 2000, we married each other in our living room in 2005 & had a bash afterwards with close friends. Now that we get Federal tax benefits, we're looking to take the plunge. Except we have no idea what the logistics are. [more inside]
posted by yoga on Sep 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Where is Germany's gold? And does it matter?

A friend mentioned something to me about the U.S. "losing Germany's gold," and I hadn't heard anything about this story. I did some research online and read about Germany's gold holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank, and how the Fed has refused to allow Germany to audit its holdings in the Fed vaults in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Cats on a plane!

What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Historical -- Modern Military Deployment Figures for the US

Where/how can I find comprehensive military deployment statistics going back to the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Cities that aren't cities, but have city things

Rural(ish) towns in the U.S. that have city(ish) things. Does this kind of place exist? [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 19, 2013 - 64 answers

Best dual us/uk bank account

"What are my options for a bank account that can have deposits and withdrawals in both the US and UK, with minimal transaction fees and good exchange rates for $-£ and £-$." [more inside]
posted by mhz on Jun 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Exchange Student to Scotland

My daughter is interested in studying abroad in Edinburgh for the equivalent of her 10th grade year (fourth year in Scotland). She has an open invitation to live with family friends in Edinburgh. However, there is zero information on how we can do this without help from an official exchange student program. The internets is no help. What are the steps we need to go through to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jun 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Historical border wait times for Sarnia?

I will be crossing the Blue Water Bridge border crossing at Sarnia-Port Huron the Friday evening starting the July long weekend. Anyone know how much of a wait to expect going into the States? Alternatively, is there a place where I can search historical (not current) border wait times? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Jun 11, 2013 - 4 answers

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