Back in the 1980s and 90s, my Dad used to collect cigarette coupons which got exchanged for free stuff (the arrival of the catalogue was much anticipated! ). Does anyone remember how the scheme operated (I.e how much coupons were worth) and in particular, when the scheme ended? I am particularly interested to know whether this was before the advertising of cigarettes was banned in the UK. Thanks!
Do other countries have (past or present) an equivalent to the UK's old 'National Record of Achievement' for pupils? [more inside]
Do tea purveyors give worse tea to the US market (versus, e.g., the UK) or are other factors at play? [more inside]
I've got a slightly complicated question about mortgages in the UK... [more inside]
I am Swedish and worked in London during 1996-2002. I was just contacted by some dever-group or similar (and will ignore that) but it made me wonder if I DO have a UK pension. How do you know, or check? Is it something I can just cash out? (I will presumably get Swedish pension, and/or, Japanese if I live here long enough).
I've recently moved to London and have heard only horror stories about neglectful landlords and agencies. After a couple of months here, our flat has required major repairs (due to neglect of previous tenants) and the agency has been responsive about getting them done. By being vocal with the disrepair of the house, are we setting ourselves up for a drastic rent increase, termination of tenancy, or a reputation for being too needy for future lettings references? [more inside]
In late December, I managed to land myself an interview and a new job at an awesome small company (50-60 employees) in the space of 4 days. I start the new position on 1 February, but I've failed to mention that I have a two-week trip overseas already planned for mid-March, around Easter. Have I missed my window on telling my new employer about my holiday? Should I tell them now or wait until my first day? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian citizen, resident and working in the UK, but I also want to go home eventually and to work more in Canada. How do I plan for old age and retirement? [more inside]
A friend recently left her beloved new hat (this one) at a restaurant. When she went back to look for it, a server said that someone had already taken it, claiming it was theirs. I'd love to find her a replacement. [more inside]
I really really really really want this exact hat, which is only available in the UK. Do I have options? [more inside]
I am looking for a straightforward British economic business plan financials calculator for Excel so that I can look serious! I found a similar thing from startupmodels.com but it is really for the USA. Any signposting to something comprehensive with built in calculations?
What gift can I offer my anglophile 13-year-old niece ? [more inside]
I'm wondering what forms of online dating are most popular in the UK. I joined OKCupid but have only gotten copy-and-paste messages from creepy dudes and I get the impression that maybe this website is not as popular here as it is in the US (though I haven't used it in the US). Have dating websites become outdated? Is everyone on Tinder? Is Tinder only used for hooking up? Any thoughts or experiences with the current online dating scene would be appreciated.
Aldeburgh to London via public transit, on a Sunday next March: possible? (Google Maps is not listing any option at all on Sundays during the next few weeks, and while Google doesn't have March schedule info yet, I assume March is no better than October.) Hoping this is a glitch or missing info since there are so many options for other days of the week.
We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
My team is finally in the Postseason!!! Only one downside: They may be playing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on a night when I'll be in the UK. How and where to watch it? [more inside]
I have applied for a job which will mean I will be self employed and have some questions about it. Please help this Noob navigate these waters... [more inside]
Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
I'm an American man who just proposed to a British woman and I am wondering what pitfalls to watch out for in applying for a visa to enter the UK to marry. [more inside]
I volunteer for an educational charity and got a DBS check at their request in 2013. At that time, they didn't have a process in place for checking volunteers so I found my own provider. Last year, the new administrator was collating the DBS checks for all the trustees and the board. In the intervening time, they'd chosen a specific provider for the charity to use going forward and got everyone to bring the requisite documentation in person. I brought in my actual DBS certificate. They were confused, and they said they weren't sure it would be valid if they hadn't done the check themselves. [more inside]
My S.O. and I are traveling to England next month for ten days (Oct 16-26). What should we do? [more inside]
I'm a US citizen applying for jobs in London. I've excited to have been shortlisted and offered a couple of interviews. What should I expect? What should I wear? More below the fold. [more inside]
My boyfriend is looking for an office chair that will be comfortable for his height (6'3") and long torso (34" from hip bone to top of head). What options are available in the UK? [more inside]
What's the best way to get an adventurous family from the UK to the US that does not involve an airplane? [more inside]
My brother has to go to London on short notice, and his trip promises to be a long and stressful one. I'd like to give him a going-away present, but not clutter or something to haul around. He already has an Oyster card, which was my first thought. What else might be nice to have if you suddenly found yourself in London and in a rush?
I've signed up with the UK Labour party (via the £3 registered supporter scheme) to support Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader. I also get to vote for deputy leader, and as I'm London, the Labour London mayoral candidate. Who should I put my nominations towards for these? The key criteria is a commitment to the same leftist beliefs as Corbyn, but also of a concern is who could tactically support him should be become leader. [more inside]
Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
My American (East Coast) friend likes to bake. I'd like to send her a small domain specific UK specific gift. Any ideas? [more inside]
My young cousin is on her first international trip and also one of her first trips away from home in London on a short study abroad trip. She is supposed to travel home Monday but unexpectedly ran out of Lexapro this week, which she takes for anxiety. She's now incredibly anxious. She was able to alleviate the anxiety by going to see Wicked last night, but now the rest of her weekend is looming ahead of her and she's alone. No earlier flights available. Study abroad program can't/won't help. Can anyone provide advice on emergency NHS assistance for a non EU citizen on a weekend? We're just trying to get her through to her flight home Monday.
My wife and I are taking a trip to the UK in late August/early September. The primary purpose of the trip is for my wife to attend a conference in Exeter, but we're turning it into a bit of a vacation. Nonetheless, I will still have a few days in Exeter essentially by myself. What can I do? Is there enough in Exeter to maintain a tourist's interest for three full days? [more inside]
Can I (a US citizen) leave and then return to the UK and stay as a tourist for several weeks shortly after a Tier 2 work visa expires? [more inside]
Are you or have you ever been a Magistrate in the UK? If so, can you tell me what it is like? [more inside]
Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
I am a non-resident Briton who has built up a substantial amount of savings while working abroad. This money was earned from employment in foreign countries and was taxed in those countries. Are there any tax implications if I transfer some or all of this money from my offshore bank account into my UK bank account? Is there a limit to how much I can transfer into my UK account? From what I have read so far, this answer is "no" and "no", however I am nervous about tax and would appreciate some reassurance...
I'm renting a car in England this summer and I'm a little anxious about driving on the opposite side. Added to my concern is left-hand shifting. I don't know if left-hand shifting is difficult to master... especially in an airport carpark. Should I pay the extra $100 to get an automatic or am I worrying too much?
My girlfriend is graduating university and she's heading to London for a well-deserved holiday later this month. I'm looking for a great gift idea of a fabulous experience that she can have while there! [more inside]
I have noticed that in the UK people will sometimes refer to the (head) office of a company as "[Company name] Towers", even if the building is not in a tower, and it's not officially called a tower. Where does this come from? [more inside]
A few weeks ago, may be a couple of months, I saw a trailer for a documentary on UK television that was mainly footage of a guy free diving / swimming in the sea. [more inside]
Expats living in London, renting the ground floor flat of a house. We don't have much in the way of high-value possessions aside from laptops, TV, bike, clothing, but we should probably get them covered. Please recommend a good policy or insurance company. [more inside]
So I find myself in a bit of an awkward position with a former friend regarding a tenancy I arranged for them and having to consider what options to take. [more inside]
Why would someone not pay off their mortgage? [more inside]
I recently bought a flat in the UK and am a little confused by the Buildings Insurance policy taken out by the freeholder. I'm a first time buyer so this is all new to me. Can you help me? [more inside]
Tomorrow, I'm off to the UK to sit in the British Library and read bad religious novels by authors you've never heard of! But when I'm not doing that, I may need to eat occasionally, lest the lack of nutrition make me fall asleep over triple-deckers by Mme. de Genlis. I'm staying in the Highgate area, relatively close to the cemetery. Any recommendations for good but not luxurious fare? Most cuisines are fine (Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc.).
Since the UK elections last week, I've realized that I only really know the surface of British politics. It seems like a worthwhile thing to get deeper into, but recent events have rendered non-party sources rather...breathless, and official sources never actually talk about what they do or plan on doing directly. So, I turn to you all - where can I read good, in-depth information on the agenda of the major UK political parties?
Is there an equivalent to NPR's Election Party that I could keep an eye on while the UK returns cone in tonight? [more inside]
I'm a US person currently living in the UK, specifically Cambridge, and this is the first election I've been present for. I like to watch election coverage on TV in a pub with a bunch of left-leaning politically-clued-in people. I've sampled a lot of Cambridge pubs and I've noticed that among their many charms is an absence of televisions. Is there a place where I can watch election coverage over a pint (or several)? The closer to the city centre the better, but I'm not picky.
I was just wondering if the MeFi Hive Mind might know of good places in Los Angeles to watch the live election returns for the British General Election (May 7, and running into the small hours) ? Preferably a British pub.... Thanks!
When we moved here from New York last Spring we noticed the plane trees along our new street in London had been pruned back to only the largest limbs. It wasn't until late summer that any significant foliage sprouted back. Now the city has done it again and I'd like to know why they do such heavy-handed pruning seemingly every year. There are so few large trees in much of London to begin with... why would you want to limit the lovely leafiness to only a couple months of the year? [more inside]
Heading to East Anglia for a couple weeks in late May; have lined up Cambridge (Scott Polar Research Institute!) followed by Cromer and the north Norfolk coast, Holkham, King's Lynn. Any local six-fingered denizens with suggestions for off-beat or interesting things to do and see? [more inside]