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  • Five questions about British comedy—Quick Quiz
    Everyone enjoys a good laugh. But how much do you know about British stand-up comedy and comedians? Try British Expat's Quick Quiz and find out!
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  • Emigrating to Australia with a pet Emigrating to Australia with a pet
    "When we first told acquaintances that we intended to emigrate from the UK to Australia with our dog in tow, we had to contend with expressions of astonishment and disbelief. The less charitable people suggested it would be cheaper to shoot him. Our belief was that if we’d had children we’d have had to take them with us, so Odo was emigrating too, whether those people liked the idea or not." Rachel Amphlett looks at the challenges and rewards of emigrating to Oz with a beloved pet.
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  • Today’s expats benefit from a revolution Today’s expats benefit from a revolution
    "More than 100 years earlier, emigrants were all but cut off from home. Outward journeys lasted weeks or months on sailing ships rather than a few hours aboard a jet plane. Returning home was a rarity and upon departure many emigrants were convinced they would never see their place of birth or extended family again." Things have certainly changed for the modern expat when it comes to keeping in touch—and more!—as Murray Watson explains.
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  • Strand Hotel, Rangoon Strand Hotel, Rangoon
    The Strand Hotel in Rangoon (Yangon), one of three luxury hotels in South East Asia built by the famous Sarkies Brothers in the late Victorian period
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  • Being prepared Being prepared
    "I remember not being able to sleep well for days when I arrived in the West Indies. It was not the suffocating heat but the unexpected and scary sight of lizards chasing fireflies across the bedroom ceiling. I was also kept awake by thinking about the tarantula I saw scurrying over the garage floor before I came to bed and there was the incessant noise of frogs, cicadas and packs of barking stray dogs chasing bitches on heat. No guide book had prepared me for that." Murray Watson reckons that no matter how much research they do, prospective expats are always going to be surprised by something in their new home…
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