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How will Westminster be affected by Scottish independence?

Hello, could someone please point me to any recent thinking/speculation on what would happen to the UK parliament in the event of a win for the Yes campaign next week? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Sep 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Taking dog from UK to US, and back?

I and an American living in the Netherlands, and have taken my dog to the US several times from Schiphol when I'm taking a long-ish trip back to the States. She has a pet passport, and it has never been an issue going back through Amsterdam. I'm moving to the UK soon, and for my fall trip I was wondering if I should take her from the UK to the US, and back (probably from Heathrow), or stick with Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Where to get yesterdays UK papers in NYC?

Where can I get hardcopies of yesterday's (Sunday's) UK Times and UK Daily Mail in NYC? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 8, 2014 - 5 answers

I am in the UK. Recipient is in the US. How to send her Amazon books?

I am in the UK and have a UK amazon account. My recipient is in the US. How should I send her books? The books are available on the US website - can I save money and shipping by having them sent from the US? if so how can I do that from my UK amazon account? Thanks, I fail at googling this!
posted by Mistress on Aug 30, 2014 - 10 answers

UK immigration dual citizenship conundrum

Flestrin minimus, a US citizen by birth and also a British citizen by descent by way of being the legitimate son of a British father, is planning to travel to London to visit family and study. He has a valid US pasport and has applied for a British passport, BUT said British passport has not yet arrived (it turns out that allowing 40% longer than the 10 week estimate was not enough extra padding). So, he has a US pasport, a one-way plane ticket and time constraints. How best to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin on Aug 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Legality of making prints from antique copper engraved plates

I have acquired two engraved copper printing plates which were produced in the 1850s by an artist who is internationally renowned. What is the legal situation regarding issuing my own edition from these plates? [more inside]
posted by mani on Aug 24, 2014 - 9 answers

UK Tenancy Advice: Restrictions on when you are allowed to move out?

We are thinking of moving out of our London flat, ideally in November. But in our "Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement for letting a residential dwelling" they seem to specify that we can't move out around Christmas even if we give the required 2 months notice. Is this legal in UK? Does this odd restriction infringe our tenancy rights? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Itinerary ideas: England, the second visit.

I'll be in London for a party & wedding over two weekends, and need ideas for domestic travel during the week in between, and the few days after. I've been to UK before, but all i've really seen is central london, Oxford, and Stonehenge. (i'll be clearer about my schedule and needs after the jump!) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Aug 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Unsure about path to academia

My goal is to become a university professor but I'm torn whether to do a second master's degree or go straight for a PhD. I can get decent funding for a master's but am I treading water? [more inside]
posted by nagoya on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Temporary European banking

I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Living in Cardiff - expected lifestyle changes?

I am an academic and am likely about to take up a position at Cardiff University. I currently live in a small-ish (250K) Dutch city, which I love. I like the compact city center, I like walking everywhere (shopping, market, coffee, train station), I like the robust public transportation. I dislike car culture. What do I need to know about Cardiff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 - 6 answers

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

The weirdness of manuscript copyright law (UK version)

In the case of unpublished historical manuscripts in copyright till 2039 in the UK, where the original author is long dead and there is no designated copyright holder, how does copyright work once you get down a generation or two and have multiple heirs of seemingly equal standing? (eg. several grandchildren or multiple great nieces and nephews) Must everyone be consulted and agree, or if a will never mentioned the manuscript but left everything to a given child or even a non-family member, do only their heirs count and not the other grandkids etc? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Jul 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Tell me of your homeworld, Britons

Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 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

How many books has the average person read?

I'd be interested to know how many books the average person has read by the following ages: 21, 30, 40, 60? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 1, 2014 - 9 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

Is 'illegal downloading' an actual crime in the UK?

I live in the US and have followed the RIAA/MPAA suits closely. Over the years I have heard British news agencies report such-and-such as being charged with illegal downloading and wondered if that were even possible. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Prospects for UK law grad in the US?

I currently attend a top 2 law school in the UK (no prize for guessing which), and am interested in working in the US after I graduate. While I am aware that I will be eligible to take the bar exam in NY and California with a degree from a common law jurisdiction, would my prospects of landing a law firm gig be appreciably augmented if I go for an LLM (or perhaps even a JD) at a US law school? [more inside]
posted by AtavisticApple on Jun 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Photo scanning service in the UK

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable photo scanning service in the UK? I need to scan a decent number of old family photos, and I've also got some VHS tapes I need to digitise. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Jun 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Why did Wagamama change the katsu sauce recipe?

It changed (in the UK) just over a year ago. They claim it is back to their original recipe - and call it an improvement on the previous outsourced version. Many of their customers seem to disagree (search Twitter/Facebook for "katsu change") and have stopped visiting as a result. I can only assume this was a commercial decision - it is cheaper for Wagamama to make this new sauce, even taking lost business into account. Does anyone who works (or has worked) at Wagamama in the UK have any idea what actually happened and why?
posted by hjd on Jun 19, 2014 - 1 answer

UK leasehold purchase: the demise and our right to park.

(YNML) We're purchasing a leasehold property in the UK. The lease for this property says "The Demise hereinbefore contained includes the following rights:- ... and the exclusive use of the parking space numbered 1 shown hatched red on the plan ...". Our solicitor has been saying that 'as the right is exclusive this does not form a legal right under common law and as such may be denied by subsequent Landlords.' I don't understand why this is an issue, and as it's held up our move, I would like to understand. Although I've asked my solicitor, I suspect Mefites can give me a clearer answer! More details inside... [more inside]
posted by jonrob on Jun 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Tier 4 visa (US to UK). What should I know?

What do I need to know and be prepared for when applying for a tier 4 visa to relocate from the US to the UK? How will my (totally minor and mundane, youthful, etc.) criminal record come into play, and how can I get in front of any potential issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Why can't I rent out high-value goods to people in the UK?

So this may sound dumb, and obvious.... I'm just thrashing out a question that I've been discussing with a couple of friends recently. Let's say I legally purchase a batch of high-value, trendy goods. It doesn't really matter what they are -- let's say the latest iPhone, for the sake of argument. Can I set up a store (online or in the high-street) renting them out to anyone who wants to agree to a contract with me? So let's pretend an iPhone 6 will retail at £500. If I purchase a batch of 100 at £400 each, and rent them out at £25/month for a 2 year contract, I make a good profit. Assume the iPhones are genuine, and that purchasers/renters are happy to arrange their own SIM cards, telecomms contracts, etc. These are working items. What are the reasons I couldn't do this? Is there any legal reason, or trading standards reason, that would prevent me from setting up a business doing this? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 7, 2014 - 21 answers

OK to enter the UK on a settlement visa via Dublin?

I'm a US citizen living in the US, but I will be moving to London this summer. I'll be traveling on a spousal settlement visa. Is there anything wrong with entering the UK from Ireland the first time I travel? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 29, 2014 - 7 answers

IMEI on GSM in the UK: Do phones broadcast their IMEI to the network?

When GSM phones in the UK are on a 3G network, is there any broadcast or query of the handset's IMEI number to or with the network operator? [more inside]
posted by davemee on May 28, 2014 - 5 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

Involuntarily caught in housing benefit con

I recently took over paying the UK council tax in a shared living arrangement. The house is HMO licensed for 5 people, yet large, so there has always been a sixth person living here off the books since way before I moved in. That 'HMO invisible' started a housing benefit application. I'm being asked to lie to the council on email. No way! But this idiot is a good friend. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 11 answers

What is the best UK-based mileage plan? Or do I need one?

I travel a lot to the US and I plan to travel to Russia a few times this summer. I used to have a good mileage plan in the US, but I'm not sure what the best one is for the UK. Alternatively, maybe it's cheaper just to always find the least expensive flights rather than being loyal to one group of airlines?
posted by stinker on Apr 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I alter or negotiate a UK tenancy agreement before I sign?

I'd like to negotiate my tenancy agreement with the letting agency (representing a private landlord) before I sign. Can I do this? We've already paid the deposit, the only thing left is to sign and get the keys. [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Apr 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Starting online dating when you're still a bit a broken inside

I'm 30, male, British. Over the last few weeks I've felt the clouds of my latest depression begin to part and some sunlight poke through. I'm contemplating trying online dating again. How can I take advantage of this improvement whilst being careful not to over-tax myself and do an emotional crash-and-burn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me pack for the UK in July.

I'll be spending three weeks this summer travelling over the UK (Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Gloucestershire). It's a work thing, so I'll be expected to dress nicely (business casual), but I'll also be doing a lot of walking and standing around outdoors. [more inside]
posted by rubyshoes on Apr 3, 2014 - 5 answers

UK Council Tax back payment

In recent years there has been a line of my council tax labelled "Disregard 25% reduction". It turns out this shouldn't have been applied, and I am potentially going to have to back pay for several years. Is there any limit on the time this can be back applied? Do I have any options? [more inside]
posted by samworm on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Could my necklace have been taken by customs

I recently made an online purchase for a necklace made with a bird skull, shipped from the UK to the U.S. Seller said it shipped on March 17, and general guidelines seem to be 5-7 days for items to arrive here from the UK (which has been my experience with other mailed items in the past). However the package hasn't arrived yet and I'm wondering if it was delayed by customs. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Mar 31, 2014 - 9 answers

UK fibre broadband availability

I'm moving flats and want to bring my fibre optic broadband service with me. The exchange is fibre-enabled, but I can't seem to find a straight answer on whether the specific flat I'm moving into is. How can I clear this up? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Drinking water safe adhesive available in the UK

I need to glue a better aerator on to the old aerator in my kitchen tap. I want a glue that's safe for potable water, gluing metal to plastic, but all my searches bring up US results that I can't find in the UK. Can anyone recommend one, preferably from experience? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Unwanted Wordpress Withdrawal

How can I easily and reliably bypass the IWF blacklist and Cleanfeed in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Mar 15, 2014 - 8 answers

TEFL in the UK.

I am looking for an additional income source, and understand that combining a home stay with teaching English as a second language is a possibility, because it is relatively well paid and there is a fair amount of work available where I am (Oxford, UK). Has anyone done this? Are the above assumptions correct? What teaching qualifications are required? There is not a lot of info that I can find on the language teaching websites. Thanks.
posted by Kiwi on Mar 11, 2014 - 2 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

Requirements for open job advertisement by universities in the UK?

I have been told that publicly funded Universities in the UK are bound by certain requirements when they want to hire for a position: for instance, that the job be advertised for a certain amount of time, and the competition be open and on the merits of the candidates. What *exactly* are these requirements, and where can I read about them? I'm thinking specifically of Lecturer-type posts, if that makes any difference.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Mar 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Researching family UK WWII history

I've been looking into certain aspects of my family history and I'd like to learn more about one particular person, who I'm told left Poland in about 1941, after members of his family were sent to Theresienstadt, and went on to serve in the British army as a cryptographer. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 1, 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

British alternatives to Already Pretty

Already Pretty would be my ideal fashion blog if the author would just kindly move to the UK. What should I be reading instead? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Feb 22, 2014 - 5 answers

is there a hardware solution for improving the signal quality of my S3?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 3. I get extremely little reception at home and a signal booster doesn't help. Is there a hardware solution, like a special case, wire, foil, etc I could use at home to boost my signal? homemade ideas and commercial ones welcome.
posted by Mistress on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Bringing our US electrical devices to the UK / also NTSC-PAL question

It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Where are your hidden gem small festivals?

Where are the best small music festivals in Europe this summer. In my ideal world there is a reasonably priced festival with a half decent line up that hasn't got too big for its britches. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Feb 18, 2014 - 9 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

[UK-filter] Employment Issues - Where to go for help?

I have had an accident at work through no fault of my own. You are not my lawyer - but I'd like some UK people tell me where to go and how to approach this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2014 - 4 answers

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