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House for sale

How to advertise a small French property in the classifieds ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Apr 21, 2013 - 2 answers

 

What's broken: shower, tank, pump, thermostat, boiler, or all??

I live in rented accommodation in the UK. The hot water is scaldingly hot. The radiators burn to touch. The shower temperature is hugely unreliable -- scalding or freezing. The landlord is worried that a plumber will rip him off, based on bad experiences in the past, and unwilling to pay to investigate. Can you help me understand what's going on? I'd like to put my landlord's mind at rest regarding plumbers, and set his expectations regarding likely diagnoses and solutions -- and hence cost. I also suspect this situation is wasting energy and hence driving up the cost of heating bills. I'd like to persuade the landlord that fixing it might be a good idea. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Owning a car in Ireland as a Dual Citizen (USA and IRELAND) living in US

Is it possible for a person with dual citizenship (USA and Ireland; residing in the USA) to register and get insurance for an automobile in Ireland (the north of Ireland to be specific) if the person does not reside in Ireland? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Apr 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Appropriate corporate travel policy for cost conscious SME in the UK?

You run a growing private limited company in the UK. Turnover between 2 and 5M with a close eye on costs. Your employees sometimes need to travel at weekends or in their own time in evenings. You keep them happy, and remain profitable. How? [more inside]
posted by BOfH on Mar 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Visiting the Forest of Dean

Looking for travel advice on going to the Forest of Dean. Complication: no car. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Mar 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Investing while in the US on a fixed term contract

I know I should be talking to an financial planner/adviser about this, and I will do, but... I am British. I'm going to be living and working in the U.S. for somewhere between one and three years. I will probably return to the UK afterwards, but there is a chance I will stay in the U.S. forever. I would rate that chance at about 50/50. I would like to save a fraction of my income while in the U.S., and I would like those savings to grow. I would like to retain at least the possibility of suddenly withdrawing them if and when I leave the U.S. I understand there will be fees and taxes involved in such a withdrawal, but I would of course like to minimize them. And I would like to balance this possibility against the possibility that I will be staying forever, and should make a start on saving for retirement. [more inside]
posted by caek on Mar 25, 2013 - 4 answers

What UK Legal Implications are there with documenting bad service online

What are the legal implications if I start a blog documenting the poor service my property manager provides, and asking others to share their opinions of this firm? I can speak for the factual accuracy of my own experiences (I have their letters and invoices etc, as well as my responses), but what about others? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Easter Weekend, starting in London, going where?

Due to a last-minute work trip and a big difference in plane ticket prices, I have from Thursday evening through to a 2 PM Heathrow departure Monday free to go exploring. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Mar 19, 2013 - 7 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

The Transatlantic Librarian

Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Mar 12, 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

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Please recommend interesting/funny/awesome TV series to a bored shut-in

I've finished watching all my favourite things and am televisually lost while I wait for Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire to start again. Can you suggest English/American/Australian etc series (will also accept interesting BBC documentaries) that are actually watchable? [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie on Mar 6, 2013 - 61 answers

Help me plan my stay in Reading, UK!

Mr. msmanners is being sent to the UK for 2-3 months and he's bringing me and the kids. We're staying in Reading and he's commuting to Newbury. Help us figure this out. We leave in 1 week, my head is spinning! [more inside]
posted by msmanners on Mar 5, 2013 - 12 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

Why Does Ready To Wear Mensware From The UK Fit Me Better Than US Stuff?

I've noticed that the bog-standard off the rack/department store menswear items (button-up shirts, slacks, etc) from UK brands bought in the UK tends to fit me wildly better then their counterparts in the US. I have to alter them a lot less and they just hang off my body better. I'm wondering if there's a technical/fashion-nerd reason for this and if so, what should I be looking for in the US department store brands to get this same effect? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 3, 2013 - 6 answers

UK immigration - Tier 1 extension refused - need to appeal urgently

I applied last year to extend my Tier 1 (General) Visa and it was refused last week. The Home Office's refusal letter said the evidence to support the income claimed did not meet documentary requirements. I need to appeal by Tuesday next week or lose my right to appeal and face deportation. Panicking and wading through masses of contradictory advice. Please help... [more inside]
posted by MrChuckles on Feb 20, 2013 - 3 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

Small claims in the US from the UK?

How can I file a small claims court claim in Philadelphia when I am in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Posting polish, potions and pongs

I found out at the post office today that it is no longer possible to ship nail varnish or perfume (containing alcohol) from the UK to overseas. What are the rules the other way around? I asked at the counter but the lady selling me my stamp didn't seem to be sure. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Are the comedy clubs The Stand NYC & The Stand in Edinburgh affiliated?

The Stand has been a long-running comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with later-opened branches in Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne. I noticed that there is now a New York City-based comedy club and restaurant called The Stand NYC. I didn't see any indication on the websites of either club that there was a connection. Is this an example of the use of a trade name in another national jurisdiction?
posted by larrybob on Feb 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Question about document legalisation in the UK

You are a UK solicitor, but you are not MY UK solicitor [more inside]
posted by LDL707 on Jan 23, 2013 - 4 answers

British Guitar Fakebook, 1975-today

I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Seeking professional UK immigration advice while living in the US

How can I find a lawyer or similar professional with experience in applying for EEA Family Permits in the UK, while I am still living in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

UK - Inherited a property with development potential. How to sell?

I have recently inherited half of a property that has development potential and am looking for some advice on what to do next. Prior to this inheritance I have never owned a home or even managed to save a small deposit for a mortgage, so I have absolutely no experience of the property market.If all goes well, selling the property could set me and my fellow beneficiary up for life - we each hope to use our shares to buy our own homes mortgage-free! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I'm anxious to get the best possible price for the sale! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for organic cotton shirts in the UK

I am looking for somewhere online (or in Edinburgh) that sells men's organic cotton long sleeve formal shirts with no pattern, ideally slim fit in a 15inch collar. They need to be shipping from the UK, or the EU in a pinch, I really don't want to order from the US. I know, this might be impossibly specific, but I figured after an hour of fruitless google it's worth asking the hive mind.
posted by stillnocturnal on Jan 14, 2013 - 5 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

Looking for your best, most persuasive articles/anecdata on sleep apnea.

A dear friend's husband sounds like he has sleep apnea. His interrupted sleep makes him lethargic and unable to work, meaning his wife works full time and takes care of the four kids, including a special needs child. He is moody, depressed, and has migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. I would like some accessible articles and anecdotes on the risks of untreated apnea; the benefits of treatment; and how treatment is accessed in the NHS (UK). [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Sony PSP screen replacement in London?

The screen on my Sony PSP (2000 edition, not Vita) has stopped working and needs replacing. Can anyone recommend a reputable repair shop somewhere in London that will do this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Another 'critique my online dating profile' question...

New to the online dating game. Late-20s female, London-based. [more inside]
posted by MrChuckles on Jan 2, 2013 - 30 answers

UK Remixes

Can you explain the process behind the official remixes released with UK singles? Examples inside. Not looking for US remixes. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 28, 2012 - 4 answers

t-mobile unlocking in the uk for iphone

How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK? I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking. Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Transatlantic Victorians

Where can I find information about US-British relations between the War of 1812 and WWI? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Dec 21, 2012 - 4 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

Put the Old Bill on me...

[UKMediaFilter]I really enjoy police/detective procedural dramas (series and "movies") from the UK (BBC, ITV, etc). Seen thus far: Luther, Whitechapel, Thorne movies, Inside Men, Sherlock, etc. Recommend me! [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Dec 19, 2012 - 33 answers

What kind of visa do I need to study and telecommute in the U.K. for three months?

American going to UK for 3 months, in need some immigration help. Any specialists here? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel

Where can I download a shapefile of UK House of Commons constituency boundaries in effect for the 2010 elections?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Sending gift baskets to the UK?

Can you recommend any gourmet gift basket companies that ship to the UK? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Best practices for cash house purchase?

Best practices for a cash house purchase please? UK specific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Selling car, meeting buyer, what now?

Selling a car in the UK. Buyer v.keen, wants to see car and buy it ASAP (Monday). What do I need to do, and how can I protect myself against any scam? [more inside]
posted by piato on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Should we move to the Liverpool area.

What's it really like living in the north of England? Liverpool and surrounding areas in particular. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Driving right on the left side of the road

Canadian wishing to drive in Scotland and the Hebrides - never drove on the left side before - how to prepare? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Oct 29, 2012 - 29 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

UK Medical School - Teach Me Everything!

Tell me everything you know about applying and going to medical school in the UK! Also, about possibly going back to the US after medical school. [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Oct 23, 2012 - 3 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

replacement for a non standard tap cartridge

What is the replacement for this ceramic tap cartridge? http://www.imgur.com/2RtXj.jpeg We cant find at B and Q, the sticking point seems to be that the upper part is 25mm from the shoulder instead of 30. This is in the UK.
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 13, 2012 - 0 answers

(UK) Southwest trains advanced tickets - Ashurst or Brockenhurst to London

(UK) Southwest trains advanced tickets - Ashurst or Brockenhurst to London [more inside]
posted by richb on Oct 12, 2012 - 5 answers

UK Employment LawFilter: missus made redundant during maternity leave

I'd like some advice on whether it's worth pursuing an ex-employer to tribunal for unlawful dismissal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 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

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