Living in the UK

Advice, mostly for foreigners, on how to live in this strange country

Am I caught by IR35?

July 29, 2014

I just called the HMRC IR35 number, 03002003885, and they are incredibly helpful. They can provide advice over the phone but recommend that I email them my contract and lots of information to help them decide whether I’m in or out. This service is free! and can take a month and then the decision they make is […]


Giffgaff APN settings for the Nexus 5

May 10, 2014

Go to: (System) Settings>Wireless & Networks (more. . .)>Mobile Networks>Access Point Names. Create new APN by pressing on the plus symbol with a circle. Enter the following information: Connection Name: giffgaff APN: giffgaff.com Proxy: Not set Port: Not Set Username: giffgaff Password: password Server: http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002 MMSC: http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002 MMS proxy: 82.132.254.1 MMS port: 8080 MCC: 234 […]


Phone number for Worcester High Street Post Office

May 8, 2014

This number is ex-directory. It took me ten minutes in the Post Office phone menu to get to speak to a person who could tell me it. +44190523608


What to do in Newport while your passport is being made

May 7, 2014

In Newport for the “premium” passport service. The premium service consists of an initial five minute appointment, followed by four hours of waiting for the passport to be made. The passport office is on the outskirts of the city centre, next to a massive Asda. The Asda car park allows parking for up to three […]


How to get things for free in the UK

April 8, 2014

Freecycle Gumtree Notice boards in local shops and supermarkets Car boot sales Networking, especially with old people Find out what local companies are getting rid of


My car buying checklist

September 3, 2011

When I buy a car, or help someone else do so, I always check everything on this list.


Visiting a doctor in the UK

August 5, 2011

Go here to find a doctor: http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pages/servicesearch.aspx I don’t remember what ID you need to take; I would take all ID cards and proof of home address and of where you work. I’m sure you don’t need all this but best to be safe. When you get there you’ll have to fill in a form […]