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Why is Birmingham City Council so large? by [deleted] in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 3 points4 points  (0 children)

why the Greater London Council (GLC) no longer exists and all of its responsibilities were devolved to individual boroughs

The main reason for that happening was that the people of London kept voting for Labour while Margaret Thatcher was in power. In particular they kept voting for Ken Livingstone who, from his office in County Hall on the other side of the Thames from Parliament, would regularly hang out huge banners about how his policies were delivering more benefits for Londoners than Westminster managed to do.

Seriously, the abolition of the GLC is seen by most people as nothing more than a fit of pique by Thatcher: "if they won't vote for my party, I won't let them vote at all".

Why do you guys shit on Birmingham so much? by aidsfarts in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Just off the top of my head:

As others have said, the accent is very distinctive and fun to copy (although usually people doing a cod-Brum accent actually sound more like their trying to do a Black Country accent).

Its location means that southerners don't consider it part of the south and northerners don't consider it part of the north, and those are the two really large regional identities in the UK England.

It's a major city (vying with Manchester for the title of second city in England) yet somehow has never hit the popular zeitgeist in the same way that Manchester has.

Many people's sole experience of Birmingham will have been staring at the tower blocks and post-industrial sites that surround the M6, while stuck in a traffic jam, which is unlikely to leave them with a pleasant recollection of the city.

Is there a simple/"for dummies" guide to taxes as a US citizen moving to another country? by ThiZ in IWantOut

[–]buried_treasure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the clarification. It's my other half who has to do US taxes, not me, so I just glean bits and pieces from whatever she says :-)

Is there a simple/"for dummies" guide to taxes as a US citizen moving to another country? by ThiZ in IWantOut

[–]buried_treasure 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You're slightly misinformed.

A US citizen is required to file a tax return with the IRS every year. However the US has double-taxation treaties with many countries, meaning that if you are living and working overseas, and paying the same taxes there that any citizen would, you don't also get taxed on that income in the USA (up to a certain threshold).

For example I live in the UK with my US wife. She has to file a tax return every year, but because her income is well below the double-taxation threshold (approximately $100kpa) she never has to actually pay any taxes to the IRS.

Are there any indicators of English or Irish ancestry in a person’s appearance? by ConsiderateObjector in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not with any high degree of confidence. There is no documented phenotype for British/Irish nationals that is not also found at a significant level in other countries. Unless you count wearing a Union Jack vest as part of a phenotype :-)

Are there any indicators of English or Irish ancestry in a person’s appearance? by ConsiderateObjector in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 22 points23 points  (0 children)

The answer to this is an emphatic "no".

That's simply because there's really no such thing as a native English ethnicity, separate from the rest of the world.

Modern England is of course made up from people from all over the globe, but immigration has been happening here for thousands of years and so any attempt to define "indigenous English" just means you're picking a specific set of foreigners who invaded and saying they're the archetype. Which they obviously aren't!

Ireland's a bit different in that it's not been nearly so much invaded (other than by the English) but there are still plenty of Viking genes mixed in with the earlier Celtic ones.

What are some top national British stores that you shop? by 94122 in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'd say middle middle to upper middle. Didn't it emerge during the expenses scandal that MPs had an approved list of John Lewis products that would be automatically approved?

What should your annual income be before you even consider sending your kids to private school? by jjake101 in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They're optional. I went to a private school on a scholarship, there was no way my parents could ever have afforded the foreign trips. So I didn't go on any.

US->UK - What differentiates a resume from a CV? Is there anything I should definitely include/omit? by taliewood in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Cut out all the waffle at the top, nobody cares.

Replace it with a couple of bullet points about your background including, very near the top, the words "I have the right to work in the UK" or something very similar.

If you don't do this, plenty of recruiters and HR teams will simply think "overseas national, could be potential visa issues, can't be arsed with all that, file in the bin". Seriously, this happens a lot. (Assuming of course that you do have the right to work here, otherwise you're on a one-way hiding to nothing).

ELI5: why do nice guys finish last? by [deleted] in explainlikeimfive

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Hello Manchester by KadusFUCK in manchester

[–]buried_treasure 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fazenda in spinningfields

That style of cooking (meat served at your table) is known in Brazilian Portuguese as "churrascaria". I'd be amazed if there were no similar restaurants in London if you search using that term, although I bet the prices would be higher (not that Fazenda is cheap, Bem Brasil is similar but slightly less expensive).

This might be a silly question but ... how do you dry your clothes properly!? by dirtymilk in london

[–]buried_treasure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tumble driers exist in the UK, and if you have a family and you're doing lots of laundry they're definitely a worthwhile investment. The majority of people asking this sort of question are young singles or couples in a small flat, who can usually get away with drying their once-weekly wash on a clothes horse.

We have a tumble drier next to the washing machine in our utility room and at this time of year both are in use almost constantly throughout the weekend. Some people dislike them as they're expensive to run but I'd rather spend an extra £2-£3 on electricity each week than have a house strung through with drying clothes for half the week and turning the whole place damp and filled with mould.

Work in Ewloe but live in where? by gecelerinyargici59 in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chester is OK-to-posh, depending on exactly where in the city you live. Wrexham somewhat less so.

For the money you're talking about you'll certainly get more in Wrexham, but it's further away and there's somewhat higher general social deprivation than Chester and certainly less to do in the town centre itself.

To be honest if you're not bothered about going out in the evenings, then why not live in Buckley or Connah's Quay and then it's just a 15 minute walk to work?

Anyone heard of Purple Aki? by JoshuaHimemiya in manchester

[–]buried_treasure 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The BBC did a huge article about him a year or so ago, which they then turned into a programme (you can still watch it online). I'm surprised anyone hasn't heard of him by now!

How much savings to have before coming to UK on a working holiday? by Keziy in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure you can get a tenancy less than 6 months minimum

If OP's just looking for a room in a shared house, there won't be any problem.

Quick advice! About bringing a guitar for a four month trip to england by penguinchange in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It's absolutely pointless to spend $200 to ship a hundred-dollar guitar. The UK is chock-full of guitar shops which are themselves chock-full of ads for people selling their kit second-hand. For £100 you'll probably get a cheap-but-functional Squier Strat plus an amp. Or even use this as an opportunity to try something different, maybe a Les Paul or an Ibanez.

I lost my job and have run through my savings, but not entitled to any benefits. How to pay rent? by helpimpoorinlondon in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 20 points21 points  (0 children)

he's saving every penny he can

And sometimes the savings piggy bank has to be opened for unplanned reasons. This is one of those times.

I lost my job and have run through my savings, but not entitled to any benefits. How to pay rent? by helpimpoorinlondon in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 23 points24 points  (0 children)

it's serious, but not to the point of sharing finances.

If it's serious enough that you are cohabiting, then in the eyes of the government (and I would hazard of most people in the country) then it's serious enough that you can be expected to help each other out when money becomes tight.

Transferring credits from one uni to another. Possible in the UK? by Smokeandmirrorshere in AskUK

[–]buried_treasure 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's possible, but not compulsory. Essentially you'll have to contact the admissions officer at the universities you're interested in, give them the details, and let them make up their own minds.

Telling them you left for family reasons will be fine, but you can't stop them getting in touch with your previous university and asking questions. Academia is a fairly insular world and there's a lot of people who have good working relationships with people at other unis.