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Post by Ben Reilly Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:36 pm

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So I'm back in England already, in what Maddog observed was barely enough time for me to change underwear! (Not only did I change my underwear each of the 16 days I was in Texas, MD, I even began a new job and worked nearly four full-time shifts before quitting -- so there.)

The why is the interesting part of this story, so I'll start there:

It all began on Tuesday of this week, when eddie got a text from our solicitor asking if we both could visit his office later the same day. She explained that I was out of the country until next month, but could we schedule a meeting then?

He rang her straight away, saying basically that I needed to get my ass on a plane as quickly as possible so that we could try an entirely different strategy of getting me legal residency in the UK.

Because of a convergence of factors including the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, there now seems to be a unique opportunity to argue before a court that as I've spent most of the past 18 months in the UK, I'm an integral part of my family in the UK and that it's my human right to remain with them.

This argument wouldn't work, obviously, if I hadn't been living this weird back-and-forth life since the last week of 2018. And it wouldn't work without my 8-year-old stepdaughter needing me around to make sure she's fed and safe going to and from school.

So that's what we're going to try now! Our lawyer is a very measured, careful man, and I'm very excited because he's not the type to try to shoot the moon.

Eddie's mother came through with the airfare, and I was back on a now-familiar journey that I found goes much more smoothly when you start by going to the right airport. The entire trip was hitch-free, and I learned I really should stop worrying about the UK authorities letting me back into the country.

I saw eddie again and it was like we'd been separated for a year. I'll leave it at that, actually ...

But from the moment I could see out the windows of Heathrow, I felt calm, like I'd finally come back home.

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Post by Tommy Monk Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:49 am




Lidl are paying £10 an hour... Could easily get 50 hours work a week out of them (£500 a week), and you'd only be paying tax on about half of those earnings... Plus they give 25 days paid holiday as well as a store discount card!



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Post by Syl Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:06 pm

My son became unemployed a few years ago.

He became so despondent scouring every available avenue, writing for interviews, travelling back and forth to them, which actually cost him in postage and travel more than the government pittance he was allowed every 2 weeks, it wasn't a very happy time for him at all.

He was looking for specific work because he is a qualified scaffolder, but back then he would have taken anything.

Ben, only yesterday it was reported that many pubs and restaurants are desperate for staff, at least in this area, it may be the same where you are.
So many catering people were laid off last year and for one reason or another haven't returned now places are open again.
Some restaurants here are 40% down on staff and have to close for one or two days a week because they just don't have the staff cover.

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Post by Ben Reilly Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:58 pm

Funny enough, shortly after making my last post, I've gotten a part-time job and some sporadic cash-in-hand labour. It's definitely starting to look better. Just goes to show, don't let a long wait lead you to lose faith!

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Post by Syl Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:51 pm

Good news, and once one door opens, often others follow.

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Post by eddie Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:33 am

Syl wrote:Good news, and once one door opens, often others follow.

I agree. Life just seems to work that way funnily enough. It’s like when you’re skint and then all of a sudden money just seems to come all at once from different places. PART THE FOURTH!!!! Of my England diary, or, a Texan in Old Blighty - Page 2 2190311264

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Post by Ben Reilly Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:34 am

I don't say it nearly often enough, but the support I've gotten, and that eddie's gotten, from so many of the members of this forum means an awful lot to me. Thank you all for being such above-and-beyond, warm, caring people. <3

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Post by HoratioTarr Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:39 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:Funny enough, shortly after making my last post, I've gotten a part-time job and some sporadic cash-in-hand labour. It's definitely starting to look better. Just goes to show, don't let a long wait lead you to lose faith!

I'm so glad things are looking up for you. I don't know if you remember Shell, who used to run CM and was part of E of E forum? She has MS, and the UK would not let her live here in spite of her husband being British. There was no way it was going happen because of her illness.
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Post by Maddog Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:43 pm

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Ben Reilly wrote:Funny enough, shortly after making my last post, I've gotten a part-time job and some sporadic cash-in-hand labour. It's definitely starting to look better. Just goes to show, don't let a long wait lead you to lose faith!

I'm so glad things are looking up for you.    I don't know if you remember Shell, who used to run CM and was part of E of E forum?  She has MS, and the UK would not let her live here in spite of her husband being British.  There was no way it was going happen because of her illness.  

I remember her. Even talked to her on the phone. That's a shame about her not being allowed to live there. I asked Syl about her awhile back. Are they living here in the states then?

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Post by Syl Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:57 pm

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I'm so glad things are looking up for you.    I don't know if you remember Shell, who used to run CM and was part of E of E forum?  She has MS, and the UK would not let her live here in spite of her husband being British.  There was no way it was going happen because of her illness.  

I remember her. Even talked to her on the phone.  That's a shame about her not being allowed to live there.  I asked Syl about her awhile back. Are they living here in the states then?

I haven't heard from Shell for ages. It must be well over a year, maybe two, since she posted on CM.
I hope she is well, she is a lovely woman.

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Post by Maddog Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:09 am

Syl wrote:
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I remember her. Even talked to her on the phone.  That's a shame about her not being allowed to live there.  I asked Syl about her awhile back. Are they living here in the states then?

I haven't heard from Shell for ages. It must be well over a year, maybe two, since she posted on CM.
I hope she is well, she is a lovely woman.

Where was she living then?

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Post by Maddog Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:11 am

I actually still have her number on my phone, assuming she still has the same number.

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Post by Syl Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:21 am

I think she was back in the US, tbh I think Digger knew Shell better than I did, she might know.


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Post by Tommy Monk Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:32 am

Ben Reilly wrote:I don't say it nearly often enough, but the support I've gotten, and that eddie's gotten, from so many of the members of this forum means an awful lot to me. Thank you all for being such above-and-beyond, warm, caring people. <3



Plenty of work on construction sites at the moment... And not only fairly good money for basic entry level stuff... But easy enough to get the required 'tickets' (qualifications) to do these things too.


Eg, hoist driver .. can get the tickets very quick and cheap... £140 a day wages...


Also... 360 excavator operator... About £1000 to get license... Can then earn at least £150 a day...



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Post by HoratioTarr Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:39 pm

Syl wrote:I think she was back in the US, tbh I think Digger knew Shell  better than I did, she might know.


I think she's living with or near her daughter in the States, and is fine as far as I know.
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Post by Maddog Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:27 pm

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Syl wrote:I think she was back in the US, tbh I think Digger knew Shell  better than I did, she might know.


I think she's living with or near her daughter in the States, and is fine as far as I know.

Back in Missouri then I guess.

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Post by Ben Reilly Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:31 pm

I'm posting from the shop that my boss told me this morning I'll hopefully be running before long!

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Post by Syl Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:32 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:I'm posting from the shop that my boss told me this morning I'll hopefully be running before long!

Couldn't be happier for you Ben. cheers

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Post by Original Quill Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:11 pm

Syl wrote:As I remember being made redundant years back and took a temp role in a large company doing manual work. Once in the door, other opportunities opened up and within 6 months I applied for a roll within planning and was accepted.

This is true, Ben.  My managing attorney, a Canadian, first took a lesser job to get in the door.  Once there, she showed her stuff and now she runs the whole thing.

Get in their face as much as you can.  Be polite...but make them realize they'll miss you if you go.

Gd. luck...and remember, 'Mericans got talent'. We don't land at the top of the GDP chart for nothing.

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Post by Syl Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:54 pm

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Syl wrote:As I remember being made redundant years back and took a temp role in a large company doing manual work. Once in the door, other opportunities opened up and within 6 months I applied for a roll within planning and was accepted.

This is true, Ben.  My managing attorney, a Canadian, first took a lesser job to get in the door.  Once there, she showed her stuff and now she runs the whole thing.

Get in their face as much as you can.  Be polite...but make them realize they'll miss you if you go.

Gd. luck...and remember, 'Mericans got talent'.  We don't land at the top of the GDP chart for nothing.


I didn't say the quote you quoted above....been some mix up somewhere.

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Syl wrote:
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This is true, Ben.  My managing attorney, a Canadian, first took a lesser job to get in the door.  Once there, she showed her stuff and now she runs the whole thing.

Get in their face as much as you can.  Be polite...but make them realize they'll miss you if you go.

Gd. luck...and remember, 'Mericans got talent'.  We don't land at the top of the GDP chart for nothing.


I didn't say the quote you quoted above....been some mix up somewhere.

Sorry, it was a quote of Didge's.

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I didn't say the quote you quoted above....been some mix up somewhere.

Sorry, it was a quote of Didge's.

No problem.

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Post by Ben Reilly Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:52 pm

I've already had a number of people tell me that my accent is going to do a lot for me, which I find really funny because it's probably the same thing Brits get when they move to America.

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Post by Ben Reilly Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:46 am

I decided to put this here because it's about my observations and experiences as an American living in England regarding both countries, but it's going to be political, so feel free to skip.

One thing living in the UK has cemented for me is that the Americans and the British mean vastly different things when they talk about left and right.

In America, the right-wing Republican Party calls the Democratic Party socialist (among many other things), but they'd say the same about the Tories if they knew what the Conservative Party really stands for. For example, the Tories don't tend to be climate change deniers. They also support universal, government-funded, socialized health care. And I haven't heard any of them saying that people should be allowed to carry firearms openly in public, as the Republicans do.

All those positions are considered by American Republicans to be evil, basically. They think climate change is a hoax, that universal health care would be an unforgiveable infringement on their rights, and that you should be free to own a gun and take it anywhere you wish.

On the other hand, members of the Labour Party would look at the Democrats and see right-wingers -- Democratic leaders tend not to openly support, or at least fervently push, for universal health care. Democrats are also a lot more friendly with corporations and business owners than Labour is, and don't tend to advocate workers' rights nearly as much as Labour does.

While very few Tories advocate banning abortion, many (many) Republicans make that the single-most important issue to them, and they literally will fight to ban abortion as long as they live.

I just think these are things we should try to keep in mind when we talk politics with people from the other side of the pond.

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Post by Didgee Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:42 am

Ben Reilly wrote:I decided to put this here because it's about my observations and experiences as an American living in England regarding both countries, but it's going to be political, so feel free to skip.

One thing living in the UK has cemented for me is that the Americans and the British mean vastly different things when they talk about left and right.

In America, the right-wing Republican Party calls the Democratic Party socialist (among many other things), but they'd say the same about the Tories if they knew what the Conservative Party really stands for. For example, the Tories don't tend to be climate change deniers. They also support universal, government-funded, socialized health care. And I haven't heard any of them saying that people should be allowed to carry firearms openly in public, as the Republicans do.

All those positions are considered by American Republicans to be evil, basically. They think climate change is a hoax, that universal health care would be an unforgiveable infringement on their rights, and that you should be free to own a gun and take it anywhere you wish.

On the other hand, members of the Labour Party would look at the Democrats and see right-wingers -- Democratic leaders tend not to openly support, or at least fervently push, for universal health care. Democrats are also a lot more friendly with corporations and business owners than Labour is, and don't tend to advocate workers' rights nearly as much as Labour does.

While very few Tories advocate banning abortion, many (many) Republicans make that the single-most important issue to them, and they literally will fight to ban abortion as long as they live.

I just think these are things we should try to keep in mind when we talk politics with people from the other side of the pond.

That sounds a very fair summary

You know you should start your own YouTube channel of your experiences in the Uk and difference's you find between the countries

See plenty of videos like this on YouTube all the time

I would certainly subscribe if you did, as I am sure others would also here

Here is an example of one such channel


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Post by Ben Reilly Yesterday at 9:49 pm

I actually think I might really enjoy doing something like that! No idea when I'd find the time to do it, but that's a trifling matter.

Since Americans and Brits mostly experience one another's cultures via TV and films, I think there are a lot of things that each group doesn't know about the other. I could mimic practically everyone I know in England and use the phrase "get the 'ump," and they don't tend to realize that's not something that's said in America. And I'd bet that most Americans have no idea that's a very common English idiom.

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Post by Syl Yesterday at 11:11 pm

If you came up north you would find a whole new/different language as to what you have found in the south.
Even local area to area, language can differ quite a lot.

And if you want a real language change, visit Wales,. Laughing

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