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Walking in the Lake District

My mom and I are planning on taking a walking trip in the UK's Lake District in May. We're currently considering booking with Contours Walking Holidays to walk Cumbria Way. They provide maps and routes and arrange accommodations and baggage transportation. However I haven't been able to find much in the way of reviews for them -- possibly because each person's trip is so different. My question is basically whether using Contours is the way to go here (perhaps someone reading this has personal experience with them?) or if I should be looking at a different company or some other way to make arrangements. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Feb 4, 2014 - 10 answers

buying non-adulterated olive oil in the UK

More expat-in-UK filter: Widespread adulteration of Italian olive oils is in the news again. US consumers are usually advised to buy domestic (Californian) olive oil instead to increase the chance of getting a pure, properly-labelled product. Unfortunately, olives don't seem to grow so great here in the UK. What kind of olive oil should I be buying? More Details: I am in Cambridge. I use mostly virgin olive oil for everyday cooking but might buy EVOO once in a while. I am mostly concerned with avoiding contamination with higher-PUFA oils, rather than getting a lower grade of olive oil.
posted by homuncula on Jan 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Best UK hosting company for email addresses with an external domain?

An organisation I volunteer for has been hosting the local chapter's email inboxes for a while now, but they have announced that they will no longer be doing so. I have been tasked with finding a hosting company that will let us have 10-20 email addresses with an external domain. In your experience, o Hivemind, what's the best hosting company for this? Hit me with your anecdata. Thank for kind.
posted by tel3path on Jan 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Moving to the UK from the US: How do we avoid buying new phones?

We are moving to London and we'd like to bring our American mobile phones to use with whatever British network provider we decide to sign up with. We will no longer have a contract with our US carrier once we move. What do we have to do in order to use UK (and other European) SIM cards in our phones and have them work as well as they did in the US? Complication: Verizon [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 24, 2014 - 4 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

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Where can I go searching for a volunteer non-executive board member?

My small business needs an independent 3rd party to keep a weather eye on us and ensure we stop slacking. Where should I go looking to find someone experienced who could give us 2 hours of their time every month for next-to-do nothing? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jan 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Second-hand office laser printer with good quality prints.

I am looking for a laser printer for our studio / office. A second hand one seems sensible and I understand the page count is important, but it's hard to find decent information on the internet about which companies are reliable and which machine produce good copies and have cheaper spares and toner. A3 is important and so is a high quality print. I was looking at a Ricoh Aficio CL7000, but I don't really have any idea! Any help would be fantastic as would suggestions of where I should be buying this thing.
posted by debord on Jan 8, 2014 - 3 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

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Life after Teaching?

I have surpassed the statistical average and have taught (Mathematics) in NYC public schools for over 10 years. I have an MA in Psychology and a need for a change. Any suggestions Mefites? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Dec 30, 2013 - 16 answers

The realities of online dating in the UK?

I'm concerned that I might have unrealistic expectations of online dating, and that this might be why I'm not having much luck with it. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Dec 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Can I use my sister's US Verizon phone in the UK?

My sister just replaced her US-based Verizon Motorola Droid Razr and I want to know if I can use it in the UK. That is all.
posted by stinker on Dec 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to live in the UK this summer

My spouse and I are interested in living in the UK next summer. We'd like to stay for three months, and we're looking for ideas on where to live and how to approach organizing this visit. [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Dec 23, 2013 - 14 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

where to shop for women's business casual in the UK?

UK mefites, help a new transplant out! I need to put together a business casual wardrobe essentially from scratch. I hate shopping so I would like to do this as efficiently as possible. Which shops should I be trying? [more inside]
posted by homuncula on Dec 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me figure out how to build an idle life.

I've recently become unemployed and am taking this opportunity to rethink my lifestyle. Help me figure out how to build an idle life. [more inside]
posted by 1d2d3 on Dec 8, 2013 - 11 answers

A comprehensive schedule for Christmas Music specials on BBC for 2013?

Every year I look forward to BBC Radio's Christmas music specials (especially choral concerts), including the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. In 2005 the Beeb broadcast a concert called 'Carols by Candlelight' by the Chapter House Choir that was delightful. And so every year, I scan the schedules of the various BBC Radio services to see what I can find, but I invariably miss something or other (I'm in the US, btw). For all you radioheads in the UK: is there an all-in-one place to go that has a complete list of that kind of thing?
posted by DandyRandy on Nov 20, 2013 - 3 answers

How to make an appointment with a UK GP for mental health issue?

OK, I know how to make an appointment with a GP, but I need a bit of advice with how to navigate the logistics of making the appointment and getting the best out of that appointment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2013 - 7 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

The alternative is removing either the dashboard or my knees...

I really want to have something small and sporty but I've just had my heart broken by discovering i'm too tall for the MR2, MX5 and GT86. Is there anything available in the UK that I will be able to drive? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Nov 16, 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

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 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

What type of "everyday" items should I bring back from a trip to the UK?

I'm going on a trip to Southeast England soon and I'm wondering what sort of higher quality everyday or household items I should consider shopping for. [more inside]
posted by madajb on Nov 7, 2013 - 36 answers

UK: "Standard" deposit deductions for cleaning a newly-fit carpet?

This is a UK question! I just left the UK along with my old rented flat. My landlord is suggesting some "standard" deductions for cleaning the carpets "because they were newly fitted just before checking in". Can they base this on anything?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2013 - 8 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

Giclée printer in the uk

I need to get 4 roughly A3 sized giclée prints produced from my own digital artwork for an art show and I'm looking for a printing company in the UK. I really need them by the end of the coming week. I live in a rural area so I need somewhere that does mail order. There is a general print shop in my nearest town but I don't think they'll be able to do the quality I'll need from an ordinary print (although I could be wrong I've done this before) I've tried a couple of companies with other things but I was not happy with the quality of one and the other has still not delivered a week after their quoted turn around time. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

What's the best way for a UK company to pay American worker bees?

About a month ago, a British company hired me to work 25+ hours a week for three months, with the possibility to go full-time after that if my coworker and I land a certain number of clients. (We're opening its New York office.) Payment is a clusterfuck. [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 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

My Job As A Sex Worker and British Naturalisation

I am an American national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been here since 2005. I am registered self employed as a dominatrix - yes they seem to have a category for this at Inland Revenue - and it seems that in order to naturalise as a British citizen, I will need to send the Home Office a statement of accounts with my application! So there's no hiding it (not that I would want to). My question is - will being an out sex worker make them pause at granting me citizenship, because of the good character requirement?
posted by Mistress on Oct 13, 2013 - 3 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

Have I been a "continuous" resident of the UK?

Five years ago I immigrated to the UK on the basis of ancestry. I am now applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Since my visa status changed partway through this period, I am worried that my residence may not be considered "continuous". Has anyone applied under similar circumstances? Alternatively, can anyone recommend the best forum on which to ask such a question? [more inside]
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show on Oct 10, 2013 - 12 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

Where are all the ready-to-settle-down men in London?

You are male, single, employed, 20/30-ish, looking to settle down and start a family with a similar lady within the next three years or so. Where in London do you go to find potential dates? (Asking for a friend.)
posted by fix on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 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

Uk autumn/winter based bicycle clothing suggestions please

I have been cycling around 10 miles a day round trip to work and back and have managed quite well in shorts and tshirt all summer. I have just been on holiday and come to the realisation that it is going to be wet and wild in Britain from now on. I need some great clothing suggestions please! Waterproof, cold proof, breathable items are a must!
posted by aqueousdan on Sep 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Potential issues with importing a Wii U from UK to Australia?

If I were to import a Wii U from the UK to Australia, what problems might I face? Inability to access bundled downloads? [more inside]
posted by dumbland on Sep 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Where to buy a good cheap computer for minecraft?

I want to buy a computer, for homework and minecraft, for less than £300 in the UK. Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by Gilgongo on Aug 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Cross-border marriage - what are the issues?

Due to a series of very bad events, my wife and I have ended up employed in two different countries. We are both American by nationality and university professors by profession, currently employed in the Netherlands. Her new position, for which she is applying for a visa now, is in Scotland. She cannot have her old job back, and I do not have a position in Scotland. So we are both foreigners in the countries in which we are employed, and we are (or, rather, will be soon) employed in two different countries. What are some of the immigration issues we need to consider here? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

UK Employment Law for American bosses

I now have an employee in the UK. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Cats on a plane!

What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Investing £12,000 in Britain

Advice please for hands-off medium to long term investment of about £12,000 in Britain, with complication. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Aug 4, 2013 - 9 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

Ill have what the yanks are having.....

If you lived in Britain and were coming back from California with an empty suitcase what would you bring back. Are there things that are a) cool b) curious c) ultra useful d) much cheaper e) unique that you would bring. [more inside]
posted by london302 on Aug 4, 2013 - 50 answers

Help us find a reputable moving company.

We'll be moving from Heidelberg, Germany to Edinburgh, Scotland in September. Help us find a moving company that won't rip us off. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Aug 1, 2013 - 4 answers

That's, like, pretty deep, man

I need over-door hooks that will fit seriously deep doors - about 5cm, possibly a couple of millimetres more. Need to be buyable in the UK. Information about maximum hook depth is incredibly inconsistent and misleading. I have already bought multiple hooks from Amazon that turned out not to have been deep enough. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 answers

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