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British Expat Newsletter: July 2015

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In this issue

This month

Our Take Five interview series (just five simple questions: Who? What? Where? Why? and finally Whatever…) continues. Some of you will know the work of Andrew Birch from the pages of Private Eye, The Independent, The Oldie and elsewhere. What you may not have known is that he’s an expat—based in southern Spain, where he eats figs and watches geckos.

Forum regulars may well already be familiar with our latest interviewee, Mike Kingdom-Hockings, though they may not realise it—he’s been posting there since its very earliest days and goes by the name of “ruggie”. A British passport holder who was born in Tanganyika and now lives in France, Mike’s a true world citizen with a fascinating range of careers and pursuits. Well worth a read!

Another forum stalwart, Chris Green, sadly passed away earlier this year at his home on the Maltese island of Gozo. His partner, David, very kindly posted on the forum about the experience of making the practical arrangements, in the hope that the information might be useful to others. He’s also given us permission to turn his posts into an article so that they reach a wider readership.

One of the biggest practical headaches about living overseas is maintaining a UK address for admin purposes—things like keeping a bank account going, managing dealings with the UK tax authorities and so forth. Family and friends aren’t always reliable, and solicitors charge a fortune. The good news is that, thanks to Expat Post, it needn’t cost the earth for a reliable service. In fact, if you enter our competition, it needn’t cost you anything at all for a whole year!

We’re back off to Central Europe for our latest Pic of the Week. It’s another capital city from the former Habsburg Empire, but this time it’s the historic city of Prague, and the Palacký bridge across the “Czech national river”, the Vltava.

Our latest Quick Quiz is on a historical theme too. Britain’s castles are bursting at the seams with history, to the point where it’s knocked some of their walls down. Find out how much you really know about five of them!

Meanwhile, the BE forum provides information on a wide range of expat issues, as well as the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people all around the world. Join in the fun here!

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British Expat Amazon Shopping

Amazon don’t just do books, you know. We’ve teamed up with them to bring you the ultimate in online shopping—from a micro SD card to a garden shed! A great way to do your shopping online, especially if the shops aren’t up to much in your part of the world.
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So there’s a round-up of all that’s been going on. Come on over and see for yourself! Don’t forget…
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Till next time…

Happy surfing!

Kay
Editor
British Expat—the definitive home for British expats

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