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Cram school! Yay!

My books arrived today! And no, they weren’t free!

I’m coming up on two years in the UK — time to prepare for the next (and final) visa. To clear that hurdle, I’ll have to pass an exam called the Life in the UK Test. This delicious morsel was whipped up by Labour in 2007 in the hope it would convince the wider British public that honest to god we haven’t just thrown open the doors and walked away.

Didn’t they, fuck.

Anyhow, the joke is, most Brits would have a hard time passing this thing. Free sample:

True or false: you should not ask questions in an interview.


True or false: half of all young people in the UK have taken part in fundraising or collecting money for charity.


Since 1979 the number of refugees from South East Asia who have been allowed to settle in the UK is: a) less than 2,500 b) between 2,501 and 10,000 c) between 10,001 and 25,000 or d) more than 25,000

And on and on. There are a stupidly large number of questions about Scotland (the last government had an inordinate number of Scots) and about school (honestly, I am never going to need to know at what age to take which exams) and about how to apply for various kinds of benefits (what every new citizen needs to know). Still, I suppose I’m learning stuff.

Did you know the head of the Church of Scotland is called the Moderator? Makes the church sound like a gameshow or an online discussion forum.

¡Noticia! tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteor showers. Look to the Northeast between midnight and dawn.

sock it to me

August 12, 2010 — 11:07 pm
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