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British Expat Newsletter: January 2015

Hello, welcome to those of you who have recently signed up, and a Happy New Year! In line with BE tradition, we’ve skipped the end of December newsletter to avoid cluttering your inboxes with yet more end-of-year stuff.

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This month

Our big news of the last two months is that we’ve updated the BE Forum software and reorganised all eleven forums (or fora) to bring them under one roof, and to bring the “look and feel” into line with the main site. Several of our regulars have told us how much nicer they find the new-style forum. 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!

With all the upgrading work going on, we haven’t had time to add a lot of content over the last two months. But we’ve managed to add a bit of new stuff.

One of the consolations of the return to Blighty has been the better-than-average panoramic view of suburbia out of our “office” window. As well as being able to see several square miles of reasonably varied rooftops, we’ve got quite a few trees at the bottom of the garden, where we can see the resident birds: chaffinches, magpies, collared doves, parakeets… Yes, really! Quite a surprise, considering that the last time we’d seen them was in New Delhi. You can read more about them in our Expat UK section.

While we’ve been overseas, we’ve been investigating at first hand the possibilities of truly portable careers. One of the options is writing, of course, and the latest instalment in our series of Expat Interviews is with Jake Needham, an American author who’s been described as “the best-known American writer almost nobody in America has ever heard of”. He’s had a fascinating life as an expat, and has some really useful advice to would-be writers, so this is a must-read!

Our latest Pic of the Week takes us to Bruges, one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities and yet another contender for the title “Venice of the North”.

And our latest Quick Quiz is a “pot luck” mix of general knowledge questions. Are you a stalwart of your local pub quiz team? Do you know everything about nothing? Then you shouldn’t have any trouble with these. Should you?


We’ve decided not to write an editorial this month. There’s just too much going on elsewhere in our lives at the moment. (If you miss the editorial, why not write and tell us?)

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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…

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