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British Expat Newsletter: February 2015

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In this issue

This month

In our January newsletter, we announced our new-look forum. We think it’s much easier to use now and several of our regulars have written in to say so.

If you haven’t visited the forum for some time, do pop in some time soon—you’ll notice quite a few changes when you do! And if you’ve never visited the forum before, why not try it now? As well as providing information on a wide range of expat issues, there’s also the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people all around the world. So, why not take a break from Facebook and join in with us?

This month we’ve had more opportunity to add some new content. We’ve published several new articles and have lots more in the pipeline.

In last month’s newsletter, I wrote about people creating portable careers, and we explored writing for a living as one possible means of achieving this. To this end, we’ve interviewed another top novelist in the latest of our series of Expat Interviews (and we have more of these coming soon too).

This month we put author Alex Shaw in the spotlight and he’s given us the lowdown on living in Ukraine and being a writer. Again, if you’re interested in creating such a career for yourself, or even just finding out about life as an expat author, this is a must-read!

Our latest Pic of the Week was supplied by Ken Barrett—also an expat journalist and author, among other things. This time the photo is of The Strand Hotel in Rangoon, at one time one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. No surprise as it was a Sarkies brothers’ hotel and in the same league as their other hotels, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang.

We also have a new quick quiz for you. This time it’s five quick questions about British stand-up comedy. Are you game for a laugh? Try the quiz and see how you get on.

Our partners, OzForex, whom we use for our own money transfers, sent us an article explaining how to transfer money safely and cost-effectively. (Clue: it’s not usually through the High Street banks.) So, if you’re needing to exchange some money into foreign currency, you’ll find this useful.

Murray Watson, the author of various books about immigration, wrote not one but two articles for us! The first is about being prepared for the expat life and the second about changing global communication. Interesting stuff!

Olly Sampson, co-owner of a Brighton-based removals firm, wrote about the five most popular countries which Brits choose to emigrate to.

And last, but certainly not least, we managed to squeeze another article in at the last minute this month. This time author (yes another one!) Rachel Amphlett tells us her story of emigrating from the UK to Queensland, Australia with a pet dog. She also sent us a pic of Odo the dog to illustrate the article. Even if you’ve no plans to go to Oz, it’s worth a look just to see such a beautiful dog.

Whew, and that’s about it for the shortest month of the year. Not bad, eh?

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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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