PLEASE NOTE: This website will be inactive until early May due to the editor/publisher being ill. PLEASE NOTE: ALL E MAIL requiring answers etc etc cannot be answered until then. Thank You. Ken Seymour Ed/Publisher.
Welcome to the 'BRITS ABROAD' Website, the award winning website (See 'About Brits Abroad') for British people who have emigrated abroad, who are working abroad or have retired abroad. We maintain a great respect for Britain, its heritage, and all it stands for in the world today.
We are situated in Rosedale, British Columbia, on Canada's west coast.
The great British fry-up gets praise from tourists worldwide! Now 70,000 pubs can 'stagger' closing hours! The UK Old Age pension (State Pension) qualifying age is to rise to age 68. How we perceive other races is all wrong say the experts. And lots more.
Chris Cook is no longer our sports editor. We now have a DIRECT LINK to BBC Sports.
THIS OTHER EDEN Updating this month
John Chandler takes a close look at our fear of 'class consciousness' and our social levels.
GONE TO THE PANTO Updating this month
Walter Munns is retired and living in Somerset.
EMIGRATING (The Pros & Cons) Australia needs skilled trades people
This very popular article, that was refered to as 'a reality check for those who are thinking about emigrating' on a recent BBC TV programme, is now listed on five other websites and explores the pros & cons of emigrating from Britain to: Canada, Australia, the U.S.A., New Zealand, and South Africa.
TEN POUND POMS A review of the new book just published
This well written and well researched book about the exodus of British migrants to Australia from the late 1940's to the mid 1980's is a must read for all Brits who emigrated to Australia, and a very good reference book for ALL Brits thinking of emigrating - to any country, not just Australia.
POMS - PART TWO
This follow-up to the above mentioned book is about what the book left out, and about my personal experiences in Australia. It's also a broader look at the 'Brit Abroad' and what lies ahead for new migrants.
WRITE STUFF (from your e-mail and letters - updated weekly)
Homesickness is only part of it. What about making a wrong choice - writes John Bradley from Australia. The bashing of Britain comes mainly from Brits - but why? The book 'Ten Pound Poms' is not about Britain or Australia today, it's about a bygone era. A timely report on the suicide epidemic a reader writes about our article. An Aussie gives us his point of view about 'Poms.' As far as this world goes we Brits are looking pretty good, writes Sam from California. And many many more e-mails & letters.
It's okay to feel homesick. It's an occupational hazzard for us Brits when we go abroad as emigrants, or go abroad to work, so don't feel so damn guilty. Face up to it and realise home is home no matter where you are.
'Donor Fatique' is a snappy new term but a very real problem for everyone. Islam, in the name of Turkey, wants in to the European Union, all 73 million of them. Got something you really have to get off your chest? Send it to us. Let's take a look. Britmail@aol.com
WOMEN'S WORLD Jane Farley Isherwood
Everybody is doing it, as often as they can, so why is it looked down on - sex I mean. Read my frank look at the pursuit of sexual pleasures. Also: MA and BA might just lead you to SA, so why not pursue the really well paid jobs - Trades. Not just for men, there are so many unfilled jobs out there crying out for highly paid trades people.
MEMORY LANE - Updating this month
Readers recall a single event in their lives that they will never forget.
GHOST STORY - Updating this month
The creey happenings we recall in our life!
SUICIDE The Secret Epidemic
Chances are you know very little about the hundreds and hundreds in your province, state, or the thousands in your country that end their own lives daily. The real figures are kept from you - but here they are in detail.
BAD AD AWARDS (North American Edition)
Proctor & Gamble's TAMPAX PEARL has won the 2005 award. Runners Up: Histori.ca & Car Rental Insurance Rip-offs. Last years winner was HONDA CANADA for their TV commercial about their 'pedestrian friendly' car that doesn't kill pedestrians - only puts them in a wheelchair! They cancelled the ad after they got the award!
Bill Young has returned to live in Lincolnshire after living 35 years in Australia. He arrived back permanently in the autumn of 2004. Follow his ongoing story of readjustment into English society. Christmas spent alone last year.
LONG ISLAND TEA
William Hawksford came to the United States in 1962 and settled in the New England area. With humour and insight he looks back over his four decades in America and the idiosyncracies of that great country.
FOR YOUR HUMOROUS ENJOYMENT
NOW THAT'S FUNNY
A true story about those cans of 'pork & beans' sold throughout north America. Three men in a pub talk about those damn immigrants. A wife's last gesture of kindness. A Canadian joke about a moose! Read some of the other funny jokes our readers send to us each month. If you've got a joke send it to us at: Britmail@aol.com $25 prize every month for the funniest one judged by our panel.
E MAIL OUT-TAKES
Some of the funny, sad, and interesting things taken from the hundreds of emails we receive every month.
OLD SONGS - NEW MEANINGS
Read the new words Julie Andrews herself has put to her favourite song: 'My Favourite Things' Check out these familiar old songs that now have a different meaning (and slightly altered words!) as we older Brits approach the twilight zone!
We all know there is great animosity between the religions. Read some of the worthy comments they've made about each other over the last few years.
A detailed in-depth look at the idiots that make up this world - in ever increasing numbers! Check our list, you will definitely know someone who fits! Or even be one!!
OLD AGE HUMOUR Read the interesting list of what an elderly lady has learned about life.
Read the new words Julie Andrews herself has put to her favourite song: 'My Favourite Things' Also: You know you're getting old If you can recall just a few of the things listed in our list of things gone by.
FOODS* RECIPES* HEALTH* PENSIONS* POEMS*
Where to get them when you're abroad and missing those old favourites. Tom Hanks thinks traditional black English tea (PG Tips) is the best tea in the world. And British food, no matter how much the 'culinary experts' knock it, IS, AND REMAINS, an international success. More cooking shows from Britain, about British food, are shown worldwide than any other international cuisine!
Fish & Chips you do not have to deep fry - and they taste almost as good. Send us your recipes - see 'Brits Abroad Kitchen.' New recipes: - Salisbury Ground Pork Apple & Sage Meatloaf, and, Pork Pies. Aussie Curried meat balls & Jamaican - real Jamaican patties, and, a Meatloaf in Pastry. Also, lots of great traditional British soups, stews, casseroles, and hotpots. Plus some great English 'afters' recipes.
Not sleeping properly? Who isn't in their later years. Read out 'Sleep - Perchance To Dream!'' That indoor forced-air heating is killing you. Three things you must do to stay alive: see the new ways to beat the flab and the flob. Also: Allergies are mostly in your mind not your body. And are you really sick, or do you just think you are! Doctors say over half their patients are malingerers!
STRETCH EXERCISE This Exercise Is Now BIG BIG News - Get Yours FREE
Our very popular STRETCH EXERCISE featured on CNN and other US & Canadian networks can now be copied right off our website - FREE. It's a 2 page text only document - you can copy with your cursor and paste onto your text programme: Wordpad etc etc. Absolutely Free!
PENSIONS (All about UK pensions paid abroad)
The UK Old Age Pension (UK State Pension) qualifying age is to rise to age 67. We now list in detail just HOW your un-indexed pension is calculated. Also, we have added our own PENSION HELP service. Read our Pension FAQs. Just email Jim Andrews with subject: 'Pensions.' See also the kind of email inquiry from exBrits we & Pensions UK receives that makes us shake our heads!
Poems include: An English river, An English Wood, This England, An English Country Church, An English Garden, Do You Remember, and, a Tribute to London 'There Is A City.' Many more poems, including a tribute to England by the million seller writer Bill Bryson.
SHORT STORIES (Really short - quick easy reads - honest)
Read several award winning Short Stories: 'Other People's Houses,' 'The Gallery,' and 'The Bully.' And read about how I and my dogs survived six months quarantine in the UK back in 1985. Got a short story?
LINKS TO A WORLD OF INFORMATION
LINKS UK Stuff Updated weekly with NEW websites for Brits Abroad
Links to all the British websites that sell UK groceries, magazines, books, newspapers etc. etc. etc.
LINKS UK TRAVEL Stuff. Links to Air Fares, Accommodations in the UK, and to Car rentals. Plus a 'We'll find it for you service.' Just ask our travel experts.
LINKS UK All Other Stuff
Links to all the information you want on EMIGRATING and getting a JOB ABROAD plus many more websites of interest to Brits abroad.
Find ALL this past years featured articles, essays, and series, that have appeared on this website such as:
BACK TO BRITAIN - CANADA'S CREDIBILITY - FINDING MY FATHER - SEE YOU SOON - COME INTO MY PARLOUR - OH CANADA - HOWARD KEEL Book Review - TO BE IN ENGLAND
Save animals by just visiting this website - no catch, no strings, no registration, no email collection, not a sales or selling website. www.theanimalrescuesite.com
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Brits Abroad International Newsletter & Website
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