Join 3,432 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

7 posts tagged with britain and unitedkingdom. (View popular tags)
Displaying 1 through 7 of 7. Subscribe:

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

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

Three Months in Birmingham

On Friday I'm going to Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) for three months (until early may) for an engineering internship. What should I know? What's the Birmingham area known for amongst Britons? What should I absolutely not miss in my down time? What social norms (at work or otherwise) might be unusual to me? What do locals do for fun? What parts of the city should I wander around in to get a sense of the place (and in which areas would doing so get me killed or served with an anti-social order)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jan 27, 2010 - 14 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

Which Right Honourable Gentlemen first said 'cheese'?

Who was the first British Prime Minister to be photographed? [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Feb 27, 2008 - 5 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

Reading an unwritten constitution?

Reading an unwritten constitution? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 29, 2007 - 14 answers

Page: 1