October 12, 2005

Things I Like About England - II

I love the fact that England has people who can, and do, write like this.

Just one great quote amongst many:

For one thing, the whole trope about a grateful nation looking to our political class to serve as our models of moral excellence is clearly a complete dead-end. We know this, because the last Tory administration gave it a try, and it ended up with us all having to read about the sex-life of David Mellor over breakfast. No party which contributes to such gastronomical stresses can possibly have popular appeal.


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  1. I was surprised to read that you’re back in the Bay Area.

    My husband, 2-year-old and I moved back to Cornwall (outside the village of Luckett near the town of Callington) one year ago from Santa Cruz down the road from you. I came upon your website in the summer when broadband came to our area. I’m just revisiting the site now.

    I’m an American and my husband is Welsh. After meeting him, I left San Francisco in 1994 for Sicily where he was working. The following year, we moved to Malvern in the Midlands and, eventually, Cornwall in 1996. We’ve lived and worked in several countries. Most recently, we lived in Santa Cruz County from 2001 until we came home last year.

    Didn’t one of your earlier entries talk about living in Cornwall temporarily until you moved to another country? I’m curious about your return to the U.S.

    You know how easy it is to romanticize a place when you’re thousands of miles away from it. I’m curious to read about your re-entry to the States.

    With regard to newspapers, most - tabloids and broadsheets - have been giving away DVDs in their weekend papers to boost circulation. The Observer, which I read on Sundays, has not. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s because of ethics but rather because it can’t afford to do so.

    I believe that reporters at 10 Downing Street are even more rigorously controlled than the ones at the White House. It’s a sadder situation in Washington, D.C. because reporters and newspapers censor themselves.

    I also liked the newspaper quote. Very witty.

    Good luck to you and your family!!


    Comment by Cynthia — December 4, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

  2. Hello, I have been reading through your site, finding it very interesting.
    I am about to make a move from california to England ( not sure exactly yet, somewhere between Newcastle and London) but I wanted to know what legal documents are needed to work lagelly in England?
    This , for some reason, is the hardest bit of info for me to find. Can you help?
    Otherwise I have found alot of great and useful information on your site besides being greatly entertained in reading it. Thank you.

    Comment by Peggy — April 5, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  3. Hi Peggy,

    Do you know about http://www.britainusa.com/? It’s a great site for finding out about almost anything you need to know. And if that doesn’t work, call your closest embassy, the Brits are amazingly friendly on the phone (at least the ones we’ve dealt with).

    As for finding out about working legally, I can only tell you about my experience. My wife Rachel is British, and so I was able to get a 2 year work permit. The permit cost about $300 as I remember, and allowed me to not only work in the UK, but anywhere in Europe. We came back just within the 2 year period, so I didn’t renew it, but I think it would have been pretty easy to do.

    If you figure out how to get a work permit with a UK spouse, do let me know and I’ll post a piece about it.

    With kindest regards,
    – Frank Leahy

    Comment by Frank Leahy — April 5, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  4. What an interesting site! I’m moving the other way, though - out of UK and over to Algarve (about which I spotted a mention somewhere in one of your archived blogs).
    There are many things that I love about British culture, but one of them, basic consideration for others, has declined rather rapidly over the last decade.
    The thing I like about Portugal (and the Algarve especially) is that people there are as polite and considerate as we used to be in Britain many years ago.
    I’m hoping it stays that way!
    Hope you’re enjoying Cornwall to the full. Beautiful place!

    Comment by Jennifer — December 7, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  5. Does anyone know the number of pets which can be brought into the UK?

    Comment by Roberta Yates — December 18, 2007 @ 3:07 am

  6. hi .
    my father is about 48 years old he has PHDin civil engineer . we wana emigrant to england . i want to know is there any job for him. thank u.

    Comment by pouyan — October 25, 2009 @ 8:00 am

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