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!
posted by epersonae
on Nov 13, 2009 -
Looking for podcasts or radio shows with women talking in Mancunian accents or similar Northern English accents. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 5, 2009 -
BookFilter: I'm looking for a concise book on the history of Britain (prehistory to modern day), any suggestions?
posted by nam3d
on Aug 26, 2009 -
I am looking for a book recommendation that depicts life as a factory worker in Industrial Revolution Britain? [more inside]
posted by jacobean
on May 22, 2009 -
What are ways to travel in Britain outside of the public transportation system? [more inside]
posted by Taurid
on Apr 3, 2009 -
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]
posted by proj
on Dec 14, 2008 -
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 -
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? :)
posted by almostwitty
on Dec 3, 2008 -
Registering for British citizenship by descent: do they return the documents? Also: cutting a check in foreign currency? [more inside]
posted by paultopia
on Oct 29, 2008 -
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]
posted by metaBugs
on Oct 20, 2008 -
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]
posted by Kiwi
on May 17, 2008 -
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]
posted by MasonDixon
on Jul 30, 2007 -
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?
posted by ascullion
on Jun 28, 2007 -
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!
posted by walla
on Jun 5, 2007 -
I'm looking for the earliest appearance of the phrase 'swanning around' - To travel around from place to place aimlessly.
posted by tellurian
on Apr 25, 2007 -
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!"?
posted by Jimbob
on Oct 27, 2006 -
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]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 21, 2006 -
Is it realistic for me, as an American, to entertain thoughts (read: dreams) of attending law school at Oxford? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley
on Mar 23, 2006 -
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?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Oct 11, 2005 -
UK residents, is it illegal to hide your face from the ubiquitous security cameras? [more inside]
posted by jsonic
on Oct 8, 2005 -
What's the best history of the British Empire you've ever read? I'm looking for something reasonably scholarly but still very readable.
posted by transona5
on May 20, 2005 -
I have a friend who lives in Canada while her boyfriend is just finishing up a psychology degree in England. He wants to move to Canada in the summer but there is the problem of not being able to get a job as a UK citizen. What are the requirements for British citizens to be able to work and live in Canada for an extended period of time (say several years at least)? They are not willing to get married yet. Any advice or previous experiences would be extremely helpful!
posted by degnarra
on Mar 11, 2005 -
UK Credit Filter - We have bad credit, and now our bank have decided that they want to close my accounts. So in order to be paid, and pay bills...I have to find a new current account. My wife and I know that we can fix our problems with money (and have been doing well for 3 months) - but we cannot seem to find a bank that will open a current account for us.
So for UK askMe people - do you know of a current account that will AT LEAST give us the benefit of the doubt?
posted by anonymous
on Nov 20, 2004 -
I'm researching architecturally designed garden workspaces which don't usually require planning permission along similar lines to this
. I know I've seen some really nicely designed examples on the web in the past but I can't seem track them down. Preferably based in the UK, but international examples would be useful for reference as well. Do you know of any good examples, or had experience of putting one up?
posted by gravelshoes
on Nov 4, 2004 -
Is the Queen of England genetically related to William the Conqueror?
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Oct 12, 2004 -
UK tenancy advice. Our landlord lied to us about neighbouring building works. [more inside]
posted by influx
on Jul 20, 2004 -