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Yesterday, an envelope which looked like junk mail arrived in the mail. It was a single sheet of paper in a generic envelope with pre-printed second class postage. It told me that, a scant five weeks after applying, my application for British citizenship had been accepted, and that I should schedule the ceremony which would make me so within six weeks, and here was the address and phone number to contact. It was surreally anti-climactic.

Today, a nice, thick envelope arrived from the county council, sent first class. It contained a map of Chelmsford and another, hand-drawn map of the county hall. I love maps! I have never been to Chelmsford! A touristic opportunity awaits! The envelope also contained lots more information, on the actual ceremonial part which completes the process of gaining a second citizenship.

The enclosed letter was addressed, ‎"‎Dear Future Citizen".

As of yesterday, this process all felt like a bureaucratic function. Today, I am rather delighted to hold this relatively rare, liminal, transient status I must surely share with not much more than around a thousand people (at most!) at a time: that of future citizen.


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Nov. 20th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Do you get flying cars and a moon base?
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I hope so! My letter promises me two gifts at the ceremony. I'm hoping that at least one of them is a flying car, but I could settle for a moon base.
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I think a flan base is more likely. I hope you enjoy the day!
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
One of them used to be a photo of Gordon Brown (before he became PM!)... don't get your hopes up too high!
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
The church at Chelmsford is rather nice, and the shopping is great, but you may find the county hall a bit of a disappointment.

Oh, and I should have said: HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS.

Edited at 2010-11-20 05:08 pm (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
my application for British citizenship had been accepted

I have never been to Chelmsford!
Me neither. What little I know about the place comes from an extremely dubious source.
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
That is very exciting!
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Nov. 20th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
this relatively rare, liminal, transient status

And one that the governmet apparently wants to make rarer (though possibly no more liminal or transient). Congratulations on getting in before the portcullis comes down!
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your future citizenship!

Incidentally, how do you pronounce the name Chelmsford? I find myself unable to read it except by beginning the name with an uvular fricative, a la Chelm, the legendary town of Jewish fools.
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

it's a ch not a kh. er. if that helps.
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

you should send daisho an email, if you're planning to be in Chelmsford
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
See now, the rest of us can only claim to be living in the future...

Also, Chelmsford! How exciting!
Nov. 20th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on coming over to the Dark Side on becoming a True Brit. Liminal indeed. I'm impressed by how smoothly it seems to have gone, considering the normal habits of bureaucracy all over the globe.

So, you'll become an Essex Girl. A rose amongst thorns?
Nov. 20th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I hope the ceremony is suitably ceremonial.

I haven't been to Chelsford either so I have no idea what there would be to see in the way of touristy things, but I hope you managed to find some.
Nov. 20th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Nov. 21st, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It's great to be one step closer.
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
The UK Citizenship test in full:

1. Do you have a strong opinion on Marmite?
Nov. 21st, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
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Nov. 21st, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Are you going to start wearing shiny silver bodysuits and taking nutrient pills instead of eating lunch?
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Greetings, Fritizen!
Nov. 22nd, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Mazel tov! (this means, I think, that I'm part of your erstwhile Empire and that we share a Queen)
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Several years ago, a friend invited me to attended her ceremony to become a US citizen. It was a marvelous experience to attend this event and see this microcosm of the world (60 people, including 1 Brit, became US citizens in Des Moines that day). A judge administered the oath, and gave a lovely talk. Then, they handed out voter registration cards so people could sign up as voters right away. I don't know whether yours will be a private ceremony or a group, but the group one I saw was very exciting and full of joy.
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