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]
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]
What all does a "Shadow Secretary" do? [more inside]
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!
Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh? [more inside]
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
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]
History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
How much awareness do modern UK citizens have of the peerage? [more inside]
What book is this? Kid's fiction set in WWII Britain, featuring a crashed german plane and a salvaged machine gun. [more inside]
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]
Looking for the name of a British television documentary series dealing with the social history of Britain as seen through its television comedies. Screened in 2009. [more inside]
What are the (unintended) advantages to Britain of having a tax year that starts in April?
Looking for podcasts or radio shows with women talking in Mancunian accents or similar Northern English accents. [more inside]
Is she fat? A question about a fictional British girl and whether or not she would actually be considered fat. [more inside]
BookFilter: I'm looking for a concise book on the history of Britain (prehistory to modern day), any suggestions?
Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
Help me identity this 1910s/20s/30s British poet (from precious little information). [more inside]
What are the best -- in terms of compelling writing and in terms of comprehensiveness -- books about the "Troubles" between Ireland and the UK over the past 50 or so years? Bonus points if available on Kindle. [more inside]
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]