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What should an American bring to England?

My mom is going on a business trip to England soon! What American snack food or candy should she bring to the coworkers she will be visiting in the UK? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Jul 16, 2014 - 50 answers

Parking markings in UK

Calling British readers pls - A highly specific question - about where parking is allowed on roads in the UK. Please see the photo here. That solid white line is approx 3 feet from the sidewalk. No signs (good or bad) anywhere in sight. No indication it might be a cycle lane or other special use. Can cars park on this road?
posted by Xhris on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

How much is fair contribution to broken oven door? (UK rented apartment)

Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
posted by ManOfPlans on Jul 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Midwest US to UK beer arbitrage

My wife wants to bring an American craft beer to a former colleague who is primarily a real ale drinker in the UK. He is pretty game to try anything (and is more of a hophead than I am) and we would like to get him something he can't get there and that is a bit different (so no American Belgians for instance) but also worth the hassle. What should we get? We are in Chicago and probably have to get it from Binnys.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 27, 2014 - 20 answers

How can I be a well-informed UK voter?

I'm a new UK citizen, and I'd like to stay informed so that I can vote wisely (not just this week but in all elections to come.) Unfortunately, a lot of political coverage seems to focus on "Will talking about this policy help the party win?" while I'm more interested in "Will implementing this policy be good for the country?" So, what podcasts, Twitter feeds, or other resources tend to offer thoughtful, in-depth analysis of different party's positions on various issues? (I'm a big fan of the BBC's "Analysis" podcast, to give an idea of what I'm looking for.") [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Cliffs and the Cleveland Way

How close to the cliff edge does the path go along the coastal section of the Cleveland Way? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Mar 7, 2014 - 1 answer

What is the most you can do in a private home for bdsm education?

BDSM filter: A friend in Northern England wants to use a private home full of kinky equipment to do stuff like rope workshops, hire for small private parties, a venue for munches, and couples hire. What's the most that is possible within the law, without requiring a license? I'm aware of groups such as bdsm and the law on fetlife but am having trouble sifting signal from noise. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on Mar 3, 2014 - 5 answers

2-year or 5-year fixed mortgage in the UK?

We've received conflicting advice from two mortgage advisers, and I'd like to get some more opinions. [more inside]
posted by alby on Feb 24, 2014 - 16 answers

UK land ownership; I know it's complicated,what's the simple version?

Please suggest sources for a layman's understanding of the evolution of land ownership law/practice in the UK, from feudal times through today. Yes I know this is a tall order. But, that's why you're reading this question. Right?
posted by John Borrowman on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for a therapist in Bermingham Uk

Can anybody recommend a therapist in Birmingham Uk or in the vicinity that specialises in gender/sexuality issues? [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Feb 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Buying UK Used Books Online That Ship to US

I have a lot of favorite British authors whose books I'd love to purchase used in the hardback, UK versions. I'd also like shipping costs to the US not to be too high. Do you have any suggestions of where to purchase used books in the UK online? I'd prefer to use an independent seller, if possible, and not Amazon. Thank you!
posted by lagreen on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

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

What can you send to UK prisons?

What can you send to UK prisons - are books really banned now? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Jan 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Where to buy yoga clothes in the UK?

Where can I buy good-quality yoga clothes in the UK? My mum wants some for Christmas and I'd love your recommendations for comfortable yoga clothes for more mature women (say 60+). Basically she doesn't want skintight leggings or any obtuse logos, etc. She'd like darker colours (although 'a little bit of colour but not too bright' is ok). Bonus if the store is online and offers shipping. Thanks!
posted by atlantica on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Migration naturalisation frustration

Father: had a British passport he let expire. Grandfather: British citizen. Grandmother: married him pre-1949, automatically making her a citizen. Me: Australian national, NZ resident, wants to live in the UK. Please help me make sense of what I can apply for! [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend on Dec 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Why would remaining silent "harm your defence" in the UK?

Was just watching a UK mystery-crime show when one of the cops recited the right-to-silence statement, which includes the phrase You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. This seems backwards to the law in the States where nothing you say to the police is useful for your defense. I'm curious about the legal circumstances under which answering police questions would benefit the accused. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Should I join the UK genome project?

I'm interested in joining the UK personal genome project (PGP), as I like big science and think that the project looks interesting and has some admirable aims. However, I'm not so sure about having my genetic information freely available on the internet, and I don't fully understand what the risks of this could be. I found this article on the gurdian, but any more information, resources or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by Ned G on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Do you know a programme that showed a dance in a swimming pool?

I don't suppose you remember a programme that showed ballet or contemporary dance in a swimming pool at night that would have been shown in the UK in the late 80s or early 90s? [more inside]
posted by calico on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Getting started with British inheritance and tax

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]
posted by Anwan on Nov 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Tell me about living in Leeds or Cardiff!

My husband and I are considering a temporary relocation to the UK from Canada - he plans to apply to various MA programs at UK universities in the next year or two. We’d love to learn more about life in Leeds and Cardiff as they are two cities with programs he’s interested in. We’ve read previous AskMeFi threads on Cardiff here and here. [more inside]
posted by champagneminimalist on Oct 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Riding a motorbike in the UK on a US license: What are the rules?

I moved to the UK earlier this year for work, and have recently bought a Vespa scooter. I had an unrestricted motorcycle license in the US (Illinois, specifically). I'm in the process of getting the Vespa insured, and am applying for my provisional license (with the aim, of course, of taking CBT and getting a full license down the road.) As I understand it, I'm technically allowed to ride on my US license for the first 12 months I'm here. I also understand that, were I a British citizen acquiring his first motorcycle license, I would not be allowed to carry a passenger until I'd passed the test for a full (not provisional) license. Does that rule apply to me as well? Also, do the 'L' plate restrictions change at all for my situation? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Oct 14, 2013 - 5 answers

UK IT Job search

What's the "go to" job search site for ICT jobs in the UK?
posted by Mario Speedwagon on Oct 11, 2013 - 2 answers

chocolate in the UK

Is my sense of taste changing with age, or have chocolate bars become disgusting lately? It now seems massively oversweet to an oppressive degree, plus some other intense taste that might be salt, and with very little chocolate-ness. It's become a sort of 'why would I eat that?' thing for me. Cadburys, Nestle, Thorntons (!), Mars, Rowntrees, Ferrero roche, and especially Guylian. I haven't splashed out on luxury chocolate recently so don't know if they're part of this taste disappointment syndrome. Is anyone else noticing the same thing? Why might this be?
posted by glasseyes on Sep 28, 2013 - 23 answers

I need more slipper socks, it's getting cold.

I live in the UK, and I've never really nailed down a place to get great slipper socks. I really want these Acorn slipper socks, but nowhere seems to ship to the UK. Can anyone recommend either a place to buy them, or very similar ones?
posted by danteGideon on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

help me give her the nicest used cookery

Two year anniversary coming up and I would like to replaster the kitchen and replace the stove. Can anyone help me find catering auctions in England?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 4, 2013 - 2 answers

I live in London and need an ISP that's not horrible.

I've just moved and need to find a good UK ISP. My priorities are reliability, good service from human beings, and refraining from shady practices like traffic shaping or overselling the network. Price, decent data allowances and not being owned by Murdoch are also desirable. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jun 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

large money transfer from Eurozone to UK

I have between 80K and 100K euros in a savings account in the Netherlands. If I need to transfer this to the UK (to, say, buy property), what is the best way to do this? I am a US citizen, current EU resident, possible near-future UK resident.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jun 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me conquer my fear of joining a UK dual carriageway or motorway.

I'm scared of driving. But I'm determined to get over it and making great progress. There are some great questions and answers on the green about conquering fear of driving and they've helped me a lot. But I have a specific fear that towers over all the others, and I think that if I can just get over this, I will be a shedload more confident in driving in other situations. Here's the problem: joining a dual carriageway from a slip road on UK roads makes me cry. [more inside]
posted by pootler on May 4, 2013 - 27 answers

How should I dress when seeing a musical

I'm seeing The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London this week. I've never been to a musical before. How should I dress? I did find this question in the archives, do the same rules apply here in the UK? The current plan is to go with what I typically wear: checked shirt/jeans/chucks.
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey on May 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Dorking around in Manchester, UK

Fingers crossed, I'll have a spare (if probably jet-lagged) day in Manchester, UK, soon, and am looking for a thing or two to do. The sort of stuff I go for includes museums (science/technology, art, transport), history, industrial archaeology, cool architecture (Calatrava style), walking about, local cheap/take-out food, that sort of thing. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Apr 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Advice on planning a solo UK trip

I'll be traveling around the UK for the last two weeks of June (Oxford, Bath, Edinburgh, York, London). I've never traveled abroad solo and would appreciate some tips/advice! [more inside]
posted by ilicet on Apr 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Applying for a civil ceremony in the UK

We're getting married in a civil ceremony in London, UK this autumn and I have a couple of questions about dealing with the registrar. [more inside]
posted by prune on Mar 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Converting a US-formatted Microsoft Word document to UK formatting?

Is there a way (a macro perhaps?) to change the spellings and punctuation in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from "American" style to "British" (or should I say, 'British') style in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Mar 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Buying a new computer before or after moving abroad?

My job is transferring me from Chicago to London in the spring. I've certainly got a lot to figure out between now and then (much of which this forum has already been a big help with), but one specific question I have involves the purchase of a new computer. My current MacBook is definitely due to be replaced -- it's six years old, so move or not, I was planning on getting one sometime this year. Does it make more sense to buy one before the move or after? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Driving a Car in the UK

We're headed to England for Christmas. The plan is to fly into Birmingham and then use Stratford-upon-Avon as a home base (there are two productions that we want to see at the RSC). Are we crazy to consider renting a car and driving in England? Pros = We'll be able to drive to other locations we want to visit; we'll be able to get to supermarkets to stock our vacation rental. Cons = December weather (snow? ice?)? Driving a manual (will renting an automatic be cost prohibitve?)? Most importantly: driving on the left? Thoughts? Advice?
posted by tmharris65 on Feb 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Educate me on these crime statistics

The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jan 13, 2013 - 32 answers

Forgotten Sociology Book Review in the New Yorker

Would you please help me remember either this event, book, or article? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Prepaid SIM for iPhone 5 in the US?

I have an iPhone 5 purchased unlocked in the UK. I travel regularly to the US for 1-2 weeks at a time, often in situations where WiFi is not an option, and would like to be able to buy a pre-paid US SIM primarily for data. Now that the iPhone 5 has been out for a few months, has anyone finally gotten onboard with pre-paid nanoSIMs for the 5? Or is cutting down a regular SIM still the only option?
posted by olinerd on Dec 19, 2012 - 3 answers

to drive (or not) in Europe

I am relocating to the UK. I do not have a driver's license. Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by par court on Oct 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Heathrow to Cambridge with lots of luggage

I need to get from Heathrow airport to Cambridge, with lots of baggage. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Oct 15, 2012 - 14 answers

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power. I don't want to devote my life or income to this and i'm only doing it because i think i ought to=i am lazy. Comments? Suggestions? Need to know? Sarcasm? Thanks^_^ [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Oct 6, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I ship perfume, nail polish etc abroad from the UK?

Is there a way to ship perfume and nail polish abroad from the UK? People are telling me there isn't but I don't quite believe them. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Sep 28, 2012 - 10 answers

What are my options for getting a U.K. visa?

I'm a U.S. Citizen and want to get a U.K. Visa, but I have to keep my U.S. job. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Sep 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Job hunting in London - where do I start?

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!
posted by EatMyHat on Sep 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Renting in the UK

Moving to England! Help us make our UK renting experience go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Aug 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Charging and loading a Kindle abroad

US Kindle usable in UK/Europe? How to charge and how to load books? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Aug 19, 2012 - 10 answers

How much should I pay for someone to assemble my computer?

If I got someone else (in the UK) to assemble my computer from the various components I've bought, how much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Interview attire: UK academic edition

What should I wear for my job interview. Difficulty: UK, technical position at an academic institution. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Aug 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Cardiology for Dummies

Asking for a friend: I'm a student nurse, what resources are available to help me gain a better understanding of cardiology? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

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