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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

Do you need to go through security again when changing terminals?

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Yes. Once you've gone through immigration and customs you are in the UK. It doesn't matter if you're just going to the next terminal and leaving in an hour, or spending years travelling the length and breadth of the country.

So when you get to the terminal for your departing flight, as far as they're concerned you might well have been in the country all your life. So you will need to go through security to get to the departure gate.

Living wage in most cases.

You will get tips, but they won't be on the same scale as in the US or Canada. On the other hand, when you're employed at living wage then that's what you're paid, any tips are on top of that (it's illegal for employers to use tips to "make up" your wages to the living wage).

Some employers pool all the tips and then share them out between the waiting and kitchen staff, some employers allow individual waiters/waitresses to keep whatever tips they collect. That policy depends entirely on the restaurant.

We're far more likely to call someone (either enemies or friends) a cunt than the yanks are.

Whether that counts as "politeness" possibly depends on your point of view.

5 points · 5 days ago

Which country.

We arent in Schengen, so unless the answer is Ireland, then yes.

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That's incorrect. While we're still a member of the EU, EU citizens can travel here using either a passport or their government-issued ID card, if they live in a country which has such a thing.

-5 points · 6 days ago

America would respond by declaring war on England and the Queen would find her country conquered and herself and her family facing a lot of pissed off Trump supporters who want to see them all hanged

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Why just England?

Yup. They would bill the stolen plate, who would then report it stolen and tell the camera company that the car in the picture is not your registered vehicle.

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And then as soon as the vehicle/plate is reported stolen, it will end up on the police database of suspect vehicles.

I can't speak for anywhere else in the world, but in the UK at least there is a network of automated cameras, covering almost every major road in the country, which read the number plate of every vehicle that passes through. If any of those plates match one on the "wanted vehicles" database then the local police will be informed and cars will be sent out to intercept the vehicle.

More details about the ANPR camera network:

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I see absolutely no reason why it wouldn't be permitted. The restrictions on importing pets are to prevent the introduction to the UK of rabies and other nasty diseases that we're free from so this obviously doesn't apply to cremated remains.

However given that you will be bringing what is essentially a powdered substance through airports, you might want to see if you can get some kind of official letter from your vets and/or animal crematorium certifying what you've got. The last thing you want is his remains being taken away for drug testing.

Also would a mining family have a TV set? If they did, it would probably from Radio Rentals. Black and white, 405 line, and you had to leave it a minute or so to warm up, then tune it to one of the three stations by turning a knob.

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Yeah completely agree with that. We were probably more lower middle class than working class, yet we still rented our TV right up until the late 70s. Although it came from Rumbelows not Radio Rentals -- we had some standards!

45 points · 8 days ago

A few Airfix models hung from the ceiling.

Wallpaper - maybe some cowboy or Star Trek or Thunderbirds themed rolls if done recently, or some faded 1950s design - slightly cubist, or Jackson Pollock inspired.

Floors - floorboards stained/painted dark brown probably with a mat or rug - perhaps a rag rug - at the bedside.

No heating

Some 1:32 scale Airfix soldiers - WW2 units

Some Annuals: Doctor Who, Beano, Topper, Star Trek etc.

Some comics: Beano, Beezer, Topper, Dandy, Buster, Eagle, The Rover etc

Windup alarm clock. A Penknife

A cap gun or two - maybe a pistol and a rifle

possibly a catapult.

A scrap book, a drawing books and coloured pencils.


Maybe a transistor radio

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Also quite possibly a poster (or even newspaper cuttings) of a favourite football team or in the north a rugby league team. And given it's the late 60s, a poster of the 1966 World Cup team would probably be almost mandatory.

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Why isn't this made clear?

Because it's a clickbait headline. The entire intention (regardless of the nature of the story) of clickbait is to be deliberately unclear so that you click through to the article, thereby generating money for the site (which by the way, being Breitbart, is at best peddling a very specific political point of view, and at worst is downright lying).

1 point · 9 days ago


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Well you're going to be shit out of luck on that, I'm afraid. That's not the sort of thing that the police are going to be releasing.

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Why do you think the govt is so keen on smart meters in homes in the uk? When majority are electric cars, smrt meters can tell authorities what you are using your electric for and can tailor the price. Also so called 'smart motorways' are nothing more than preparation for 'pay per mile' charging.

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smrt meters can tell authorities what you are using your electric for

They really can't. They know exactly how much leccy you're using at any given minute of a day (or night) but they've no way of knowing if that consumption is because you've switched on your kettle, turned on all the lights, or plugged in your car.

For me it's got to be The Glorious Revolution.

Most people know (although a surprising number don't) that in the 17th century we had a civil war, chopped off the King's head, and were a republic for 10 years or so.

But a lot fewer (well, outside N.I.) seem to know that just 50 years later there was effectively a coup d'etat, where the King was more or less ordered out of the country by Parliament, and replaced with a foreigner, more-or-less picked at random, because he had the qualities Parliament wanted in a king (Protestantism and a guarantee he'd never do anything Parliament didn't want).

You do want a return ticket. It will most probably be a LOT cheaper to get a day return.

Ask for a day return to station X.

It would have been cheaper if you’d booked it earlier, on the day will be much more expensive, usually.

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It would have been cheaper if you’d booked it earlier,

Depends on where OP is coming from. If it's somewhere within about 10-15 miles of Manchester, then it'll make no difference, especially at a weekend. They don't do Advance or Superadvance tickets for those sort of journeys.

You might want to try /r/IWantOut, it's as much for people temporarily emigrating for studies as for permanent would-be emigrants.

Because English universities have their fees capped at around £9,000 per year for permanent residents (and it's less than that in other UK countries) and because loans are effectively provided by the government, there are very very few scholarship schemes available for undergrads in the UK, and even fewer that are open to foreigners to apply for. As you're not a permanent resident of the UK you wouldn't be eligible for the £9k cap, and would be paying full whack for fees, which can run in excess of £20 grand a year, depending on the course.

So really you will have to arrange all the financing yourself, including arranging any loans or scholarships, in the US before you arrive. It's absolutely vital that you prove you've got enough money to pay for the course and for rent/living expenses in the UK, otherwise you'll be denied a student visa.

Original Poster-4 points · 16 days ago

Offal is illegal in America or I would eat it.

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You're still talking bollocks. Give up while you're behind.

Original Poster-9 points · 16 days ago

How am I talking testicles? Which are called Rocky Mountain oysters btw & I would like to try them just haven’t had the opportunity. But back to offal I really wanna try Haggis or lungs but both are illegal in America so I’ll never be able to try them unless they change the law.

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Or you could ... you know ... travel?

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Yeah, grass is a weird plant. Basically as long as the roots are alive you can do anything you want to the part above ground and it'll just keep coming back. That's why it's perfect for lawns, and why it's the staple diet of so many herbivorous animals: you can munch on grass (or mow it) right down to the ground time and again and it'll quickly grow back again, every time.

So even in this super dry weather we've been having, just because the visible part of the grass has turned yellow and brittle doesn't mean the actual plant is dead. Once it gets a good solid downpour brand new green shoots will come up and within a week everyone will have lush lawns again.

Original Poster-29 points · 16 days ago

WHat a tiny little country. How quaint

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/u/Vucufigigudes posted about the centralisation of policy in the UK. To which you posted a reply mentioning the size of the country.

I'm not sure you understand how a conversation actually works.

Sounds like what someone would say if they couldn't afford to live in London.

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I lived in London for 40 years before moving up north. It's the best thing I've ever done, both in terms of quality of life and access to high-quality jobs. Yes, there are more jobs in London but there are far, far more people chasing each one. If you've got a professional qualification then being outside of London is far better for multiple reasons.

Maybe you're just not very good at your job?

I've never had a problem getting a job in London.

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Maybe you're just not very good at your job?

Possibly. Although my salary would seem to indicate that my current employer doesn't agree with you that I'm not very good. And I regularly (as in weekly or more) get speculative head-hunting emails from recruiters on LinkedIn, so at the very least my CV is impressive.

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"Freeview Play" is the branding for systems that not only receive broadcast Freeview channels, but also have built-in capabilities for ondemand for the main Freeview channels (i.e. they have BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD, and Channel 5 Player built in). Most Freeview Play boxes also come with recording capability.

When I chucked in Virgin at the end of last year, I replaced it with a Freeview Play box from Panasonic. As well as the above it also has Netflix and Youtube built in, and various other apps that I don't often use.

It works pretty well and it's faster than the Virgin tivo, although can still occasionally be laggy. The biggest downside is that as a DVR it can only record two simultaneous broadcasts, but it general it's a pretty good substitute for the Virgin Tivo, and although it wasn't too cheap it paid for itself (in terms of now only paying for Netflix rather than a huge Virgin bill) within 4 months.

Everything is closed on Christmas Day; the country almost completely shuts down. I've said this to American friends and relatives before and they often think it's an exaggeration, but it really isn't.

Remember that we don't have July 4th and we don't have Thanksgiving, so for us Christmas is like both of those holidays rolled into one, and everyone who can spend the day with friends or family will be doing so.

What this means in concrete terms is:

  • There is no public transport. None. No trains, no tubes, no buses. There will be some taxis available but they will be charging double or triple fare to go anywhere.
  • There will be no restaurants available. Many of them will be open and serving Christmas Dinner to people, but in almost all cases you will have had to have booked that in advance, often a couple of months in advance. Some fast food restaurants and Chinese or Indian takeaways might be open, though.
  • All shops will be shut, with the exception of a few 24-hour convenience stores.
  • Some pubs might be open but with limited opening hours, or they might be restricting entry to those with pre-bought tickets for food and entertainment.
  • Every tourist attraction will be shut.

If you've prebooked a hotel, and it's a proper hotel (i.e. one with its own restaurant, rather than a Premier Inn / Travelodge type place) they might well be doing a Christmas Dinner for their guests. I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with them to ask about this as you'll have the chance to experience things you've never encountered before (Christmas crackers, mince pies, Christmas pudding, etc).

Alternatively if you're in London on the 25th, it's an amazing opportunity to see the city as if you're the last people on earth following some kind of apocalypse. Empty, deserted streets without a soul or vehicle in sight.

Original Poster-1 points · 22 days ago

I can’t disagree with you on that one, and to think we used to run the likes of the East India Company.

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The East India Company was such a disaster that it was in effect nationalised, with the result that India became part of the British Empire.

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This is incorrect. Gibraltar is not part of the UK, it is a British Overseas Dependency, like Bermuda, the Falklands, South Georgia, and a number of other small islands. In effect they are the last remnants of the British Empire.

So why didn't they all vote on brexit and Gibraltar did

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Because that's what the law said:

I'm not an MP and wasn't involved in drafting that legislation, but if I had to guess I'd assume Gibraltans were given that right because Gib is part of the EU, whereas other BOTs aren't.


My wife has decided after 17 years in the UK it's time for her to begin the process of citizenship. So the first step is to take the Life in the UK test. She's booked in for a couple of weeks time, but we've just got a quick question about acceptable proof of address. The automated email from UKVI (and the site also gives the same information) states that along with her BRP, she must bring (I've added the emphasis in the paragraph below):

One of the following with your name and postcode on it. From 1st January 2015 candidate proof of postcode cannot be any older than 3 months prior to the date of the test.

A water, gas or electricity bill

A council tax bill

A letter or document from the Home Office with your name and address on it

A UK driving licence

A bank statement/credit card statement (this must be an original statement printed by your bank. If you do not normally receive paper statements, you can ask your bank to provide you with one however it MUST have been stamped by the issuing branch).

She has a UK provisional driving licence, but obviously that was last issued by DVLA when we moved to this address, which was 2½ years ago. They surely don't expect that you'd need to get a driving licence re-issued within the last 3 months just to use as ID for the test ... do they?


Also a provisional driving license is accepted, but make sure your name is written in exactly the same way as in your registration for the test. You can find loads of information about the Life in the UK test as well as support from other candidates in this site: Hope this helps.

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Original Poster1 point · 24 days ago

Hope this helps.

It's too late to be helpful for my wife -- she got her citizenship application approved a couple of months back and received her British passport in the post this morning!

But it could still be helpful for others, so thank you :-)

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