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Just-in-time knowledge

A very exciting thing (for me - also a very trivial thing -) happened at dinner tonight after the BSFA meeting. In conversation with four British men, a question came up to which I knew the answer - and I only knew it thanks to having idly browsed the Life in the UK booklet last week. I had no previous certainty that browsing for this exam might ever again me Actually Relevant Trivia!

Note that I was the only non-British person there.

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On the way home on an already crowded train, we pull into Holborn, where the massed throngs of humanity are waiting to board. Someone on my carriage called out, ‘Here come our new friends!‘

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easterbunny
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
What was the question? (Or three gold Alex Trebeks if, in honor of apple pie and the fourth of July, you can pose the answer in terms of a question so that your loyal readership may state the meat of the query.)
owlfish
Jul. 1st, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
I am starting to believe that I am incapable of posting anything true about the Life in the UK exam. I cannot find this statistic anywhere now, which makes me think I picked it up from a BBC article which I cannot now find. The answer is "33% of UK young people go to university."

Arrrgh.
marzapane
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Where are you in the citizenship process? P's application is moving along. Just got notification of his biometrics (fingerprinting/photo) appointment so they are at least starting to process it. He hasn't started studying for the civics test, but it's a list of 100 questions, of which they will ask 10, so it's not too strenuous.
owlfish
Jul. 1st, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
I haven't started yet. I'm not eligible for another seven days. But I can go ahead and book this exam now at least, which is a pre-requisite.
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