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]
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]
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?
Ancient Britain on film (hill forts, Celts)? Or even earlier (Beaker people, Stonehenge)? [more inside]
Do any patriotic songs that are popular today in India use the melody of the UK's national anthem God Save the Queen?
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]
I want to see the apartment building used in establishing shots for the British sitcom Peep Show. Where in (London?) is it?
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]
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]
What are the (unintended) advantages to Britain of having a tax year that starts in April?
I was talking with a friend about the "graveyard of empires," b*tching about politics, and we both realized that we knew pretty much nothing about the British experience in Afghanistan in the 19th century. (I have a vague recollection about it being background for some Sherlock Holmes stories. She remembered some Kipling.) What books would you recommend for getting a good understanding of that period of history? Bonus points for an engaging writing style and for not being the length of an encyclopedia. Thanks!
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?
I am looking for a book recommendation that depicts life as a factory worker in Industrial Revolution Britain? [more inside]
Secluded nature style summer holidays/vacations in the UK? [more inside]
Help me find an old spy novel (details inside) ... [more inside]
Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
What are ways to travel in Britain outside of the public transportation system? [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]
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]
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? :)
Movies about Britain's Lower Class children and the society they live in? [more inside]
Registering for British citizenship by descent: do they return the documents? Also: cutting a check in foreign currency? [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]
Help me find some new British plus size clothes. [more inside]
Where can I find old recordings of British folk music? [more inside]
What was the name of this BBC documentary? It was broadcast sometime around 2000. It was about how Britain has changed post-WWII, dwelling on rail closures due to the Beeching Axe, the construction of the motorways, and the subsequent death of the 'traditional' rural Britain. Its tone was pretty melancholic, and it was (to me) quite a moving piece. [more inside]
Who was the first British Prime Minister to be photographed? [more inside]
Can my wife claim my tuition as a tax credit in the UK? [more inside]
Looking for great scenic and historic drives in England, the wind whipping my hair as I wind through cottages and countryside. Thus far, The guidebooks and my google-fu are failing me. [more inside]
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?
What's it like being Asian in modern Britain? [more inside]
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!
So what really DID happen to Hero Joy Nightingale? [more inside]
Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom? [more inside]
I'm looking for the earliest appearance of the phrase 'swanning around' - To travel around from place to place aimlessly. [more inside]
Reading an unwritten constitution? [more inside]
In British slang, does the word "dud" have a meaning other than failure? [more inside]
English slang expression that sounds like "CASE OH"? [more inside]
Here in the far-flung reaches of the English-speaking world, we're constantly being told our local language is being taken over by "American Slang". But does it go the other way? Are there any British / Australian / New Zealand or wherever phrases and words that have become commonly used by people in North America recently? Do Brooklynites ever exclaim "Crikey!" or "Bloody Hell!"?
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]
What is the best way for an American to get a job and work permit in Britain? [more inside]
Is it realistic for me, as an American, to entertain thoughts (read: dreams) of attending law school at Oxford? [more inside]
Anybody know anything about WWII British tug boats? [more inside]
What are the quirkiest hotels/ B&Bs/ inns in the UK? [more inside]
Brits: Do you use sheets and blankets? Or does everyone use a duvet and cover now? Any ballpark guess on percentages of the population using each?
Can anyone identify this British accent? [more inside]