This is a post to file under “things I couldn’t find online so decided I should share”: if you’re enrolled in the UK’s Tax Free Childcare programme then you have (at time of writing) a maximum claim allowance of £2,000 each year, limited to £500 every three months. What’s not at all clear is how those three-month periods are calculated, and when the allowance resets. As I’ve learned, it works like this. Every three months […]
The new online service for renewing a UK passport is pretty simple – until you get to the form above. If you’re filling in the form for yourself, there’s no guidance on what to do with the “Relationship of applicant to intended passport holder” section – should you leave it blank, or write in “self”, or something else? Apparently, the answer is that either works: @tomroyal @GOVUK I just left that bit blank and my passport […]
This Sunday I attended the Jubilee Protest, organised by the Republic campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy in the UK. And so this week I have had, on a couple of occasions, been asked to explain just why I support the Republican movement (no relation to the GOP). This is actually rather difficult, because: A) If you believe that the monarchy is fundamentally undemocratic, and you’re asked why, it’s a little like being […]
Apropos this latest round of ill conceived nonsense, I found this in my notebook where I scribbled it over lunch on the floor outside Number 10, or something. Enjoy.
Some time ago I wrote a review of the rather wonderful 5 Centimeters Per Second, noting that at the time it was nigh on impossible to get hold of a copy in the UK. I ended up importing one from Hong Kong. Cost a fortune. Now, though, good news. It’s getting a UK release on Region 2 DVD* at the end of March 2011, and Amazon’s currently listing pre-orders for less than £9 – which […]