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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

Does my UK passport tell me how many people share my name?

The machine-readable code at the bottom of the id page of a UK passport (starting P<GBR) contains a name on one line, and on the second line a long string of numbers, lots of chevrons and then a two-digit number. My mum claims that this two-digit number indicates the number of people with the same name as me already registered as having a passport. This seems unlikely, but is there any truth in it? [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 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'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

How best to come calling at Downton Abbey?

Highclere Castle has become quite famous due to the success of Downton Abbey. As a result, the castle is open to ticketed tourists on particular days over the year, mostly the summer. Now, this is all well and good, but for folks visiting from across the Atlantic, a loaded question arises: Given that Highclere in and of itself is a very small village, which of the surrounding cities would serve best as a base of visiting operations for a day or two? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jan 10, 2013 - 12 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

Very long question on things to see/do in the British winter

Spending a month in the UK during winter, our first time there. Need your ideas and recommendations on interesting things to see/do! [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Sep 17, 2012 - 33 answers

BBC for a newbie

Just moved to the UK. What TV should I watch? [more inside]
posted by superfish on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Help my parents find a hotel in London

Help me find a hotel in London for my parents' vacation. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Did my grandma really take on the whole British government?

Please help me try to find information about my grandmother and her suit against the UK in post WWII. [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Nov 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Why are all the cars in the UK new?

Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Looking for quality British "reality" programming

Looking for quality British "reality" programming.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Feb 18, 2011 - 34 answers

Trying to track down a 1980s comic story...

Help my husband find this comic strip he remembers from his childhood (UK, 1980s, his words below)... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Dec 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Not that it's any of my business...

BritishRoyalMarriageFilter: I've seen the tabloid rumors about Prince William and his longtime girlfriend and it made me curious. Is he 'allowed' to marry her and still be in line for King? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes on Jun 30, 2010 - 29 answers

No True Scotsman punches an American in the face.

A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 31, 2010 - 48 answers

Three Months in Birmingham

On Friday I'm going to Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) for three months (until early may) for an engineering internship. What should I know? What's the Birmingham area known for amongst Britons? What should I absolutely not miss in my down time? What social norms (at work or otherwise) might be unusual to me? What do locals do for fun? What parts of the city should I wander around in to get a sense of the place (and in which areas would doing so get me killed or served with an anti-social order)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jan 27, 2010 - 14 answers

British Lumber Prices

How much does a 2x4 cost in London? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I find a long-lost relative living in England?

Trying to track down my uncle, who lives somewhere in England. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 16, 2009 - 12 answers

UK Fringe Resources Wanted

What are some great resources, preferably online, of fringe arts (burlesque, cabaret, circus, improv, street theatre, etc) in the United Kingdom? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Help us find a Labrador Breeder

Looking for a good Labrador breeder near London. [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Jun 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again?

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Mar 21, 2009 - 9 answers

How to shop online in the UK?

What are some good places to shop (online) in the United Kingdom? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Mar 10, 2009 - 15 answers

The Dean Dome is so very far away now

Is there any way to watch UNC basketball in the UK? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Feb 20, 2009 - 4 answers

London calling; can I answer?

The documents that the UK wants from me for a visit are extensive and horrifying. Will I be able to get into the country? [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 11, 2008 - 26 answers

Help me understand how to top up my PAYG account.

Idiot-Cellphone-Filter: Oh God, oh God, I do not understand your UK cellphone-topping up technology. I just got a UK cellphone (with Orange) and I do not understand how to get money into it. (Waving 5 quid in front of it while shrieking "make my balance go up", strangely, does not work.) [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Nickel and dime stuff

I've got a quantity of US coins, maybe $30-40. I'm in the UK, specifically London, and not likely to be visiting the US again. How can I do some good with this money? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Will I be allowed back into the UK?

Can I leave (or rather re-enter) the UK before I've gotten my Residence Permit? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Aug 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Can a Canadian journalist make it in the U.K.?

Canadian journalist wants to work in the U.K. - does this sound remotely feasible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 - 1 answer

Which Right Honourable Gentlemen first said 'cheese'?

Who was the first British Prime Minister to be photographed? [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Feb 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Does being a citizen of a Commonwealth country make it easier to get citizenship or legal resident status in the UK?

Can Canadian citizens become permanent residents or citizens of the UK more easily than, say, a U.S. citizen? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Oct 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London?

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Help This American Student Navigate the NHS

NHSFilter: I'm going to be studying in the UK for a year, and I have some questions about my coverage under the NHS. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Oxford: Parking for myself and a car?

Oxford UK: Want to know where I can park myself at an inexpensive B&B and my car. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jul 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom?

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on May 14, 2007 - 25 answers

Reading an unwritten constitution?

Reading an unwritten constitution? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 29, 2007 - 14 answers

U.K. Christmas

As a child, I was an American expat, growing up in Scotland. This time of year I have many fond memories of Christmas Pantomines, Christmas Pudding, Paper Crowns & Crackers, 'Cadbury's Christmas Selection Boxes,' etc.' I also remember getting copies of year-end "annuals," particularly the 'Beano Annual' and the 'Blue Peter Annual.' There were many others, but I am at a loss for remembering their titles. What are/were some of the others published at Christmastime?
posted by ericb on Dec 16, 2006 - 14 answers

No surrender?

If Blair called for a referendum in Northern Ireland on joining Eire, which side would win? Has the higher birth-rate of Catholics made a difference? Is the increasing paramilitary disarmament indicative of a political climate in which a democratic handover could take place with an acceptably low level of violence?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 9, 2005 - 18 answers

Music insurance in the UK?

[UK Music Insurance] I always felt that my record collection was too personal/horrible/crap for anyone to bother stealing it, but a friend of mine who lives just round the corner has had most of his collection pilfered so now I'm not so sure. While my collection doesn't include many items that are in themselves valuable, just the number of CD's and records would make them very expensive to replace. Any ideas on what insurance options are available? [more inside]
posted by dodgygeezer on Dec 17, 2004 - 3 answers

Skeet shooting in UK?

Any UK Shooters? Inspired by an earlier question about shooting - I was reminded of a long standing ambition of mine mine, to take up Clay Pigeon (Skeet) shooting.

Does anyone know of a good place to begin Clay Pigeon Shooting - to the West of London preferably - and not exclusive/expensive - I know the West London Shooting Club and Holland & Holland...but both are prohibitively expensive...
posted by mattr on Dec 17, 2004 - 5 answers

Radiator Help

RadiatorFilter. I live in a student flat in the UK built in the last two years, that has a radiator with a large turning knob and a small dial on the end of the knob. How am I supposed to set it? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Dec 2, 2004 - 11 answers

Getting tickets to a football match in the UK?

UK Mefiers - Need advice on how to procure tickets to a proper football match. [more inside]
posted by Wolfie on Nov 14, 2004 - 11 answers

Ways for an American to become a permanent resident or citizen of the UK?

UK immigration: My cousin (an American) is investigating ways that she can become a permanent resident or citizen of the United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Oct 26, 2004 - 13 answers

UKFilter: Where can I find a list of Olympic qualifiers for the UK track team (womens)?

UKFilter: Where can I find a list of Olympic qualifiers for the UK track team (womens)? I found plenty of information online -- but no comprehensive list.
posted by RavinDave on Aug 5, 2004 - 2 answers

Fabric orders

How i would go about getting fabric (for clothing) straight from the manufacturer, in bulk quantities, rather than having to pay retail prices? I'm in the UK.
posted by armoured-ant on Jan 10, 2004 - 3 answers

Looking for the 2004 Beano Annual

Could someone in the UK send me the 2004 Beano Annual before Christmas? It's for my 5 year old. If someone knows how to get it in the US that works too. I'd pay via Paypal or whatever.
posted by putzface_dickman on Dec 17, 2003 - 3 answers

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