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Food for thought if you're thinking of relocating to the UK... some helpful articles to help with the process if you want to go it alone

What Makes Britain Great #14

A round of applause is the usual way we Brits demonstrate our approval for something or recognise an achievement, but dignity, civility and decorum are still important…

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What Makes Britain Great #13

Social kissing is becoming increasingly popular in Britain, but it is by no means an accepted norm, and is therefore a potential minefield…

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What Makes Britain Great #12

Us Brits can be just as warm and friendly as the next person, we just like to be civilised about it. There has to be a dignified distance between strangers, especially in public places. Visitors to our nation can take a while to understand this and some people just stand too close, without any idea how offensive we find it…

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What Makes Britain Great #11

The very unpredictability of English weather always seems to take us by surprise: a few weeks of summer sunshine results in near-drought conditions and garden hose bans; a few days of heavy rainfall causes rivers to swell their banks and disastrous floods; a ‘cold snap’ can bring the country to a standstill…

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Shopping in the UK – Supermarkets

There are a few supermarkets to choose from in the UK – all have a slightly different brand image and price band.  Which of the major chains will suit you best?…

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Shopping in the UK – Department Stores

If you are relocating to the UK and not sure where you’ll be able to purchase all those essential items you’ll need once you get here, you might want to head to one of our department stores…

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What Makes Britain Great #10

Using the WC should be a fairly straight forward and simple exercise so why is the mention of it surrounded by so much social embarrassment? Find out what etiquette is appropriate here in the UK…

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UK Education at a Glance

All children between the ages of five and sixteen are required by law to receive full time education, usually at school but they can be home educated instead…

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What Makes Britain Great #9

There are many foods which are traditionally British: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, pie and mash and of course the great English breakfast fry-up. Fish and chip shops serve all sorts of things these days – pies, sausages, burgers and even curry…

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What Makes Britain Great #8

British pubs aren’t famous the world over for nothing! The ‘local’ (as we call it) is the backbone of social life throughout most of the country, serving pints of real ale, lager and cider alongside continental beers, wines and spirits…

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What makes Britain Great #7

There was a time when Britain was very much a class-ridden society. Today, multiculturalism and a changing economy are gradually eroding the British class system, but some features of the system still remain.

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What Makes Britain Great #6

Since 2011 the Cornish Pasty has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe. Pasties originated in Britain, specifically Cornwall, where for many years they were the daily meal for the miners who worked the tin mines.

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What is a TV Licence?

If you watch or record television programmes as they’re being shown live in the UK, you will need a TV licence. This applies whether you receive Freeview, Freesat or a pay-TV service in your home; whether you rent or own your accommodation; and whether or not you watch BBC channels.

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What Makes Britain Great #5

Chivalry may be the courteous behaviour of a man towards a woman, but when is it out-dated and patronising, and when is it appropriate and well-mannered?

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