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    I am moving to the UK (Reading to be precise)
    (yes be afraid, be very afraid )

    While looking for houses I found a couple of good websites, but have few questions:
    -what does No HB mean?
    -what does No DSS mean?
    example: http://www.whiteknights.co.uk/homesa...plier_No=17075
    -do rental places have carpets and curtains?
    -know any good website that advertise rental housing in the Reading region?
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    They don't want anyone who's on Housing Benefit or on the dole (Department of Social Security) neither of which should apply to you. Some mates of mine used to rent a flat in Reading, I'll ask them how they found it. it should come with carpets and curtains but any other furniture would be stated as "Furnished". If it's "fully furnished" then you don't have to provide anything, including cleaning equipment. It's probably best to go for somewhere that's managed by an agency so you won't get screwed on the contract or anything. There aren't really any national agencies though so I don't know who's best in reading. Have a look on yell.com, that should give you all of them.
    Animo et Fide
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    Thanks mate (they do use 'mate' over there too right?)

    So far I found 2 estate agents (I guess here there are a lot of fake ones, because we call them 'real estate agents' here )
    Romans and white knight (which btw I discovered today is a choclate bar here )

    Any tips for fitting in in the UK society?
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    wear neon pink trousers.
    Animo et Fide
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    Genuine tips: be sceptical, drink beer, laugh at yourself and your country, read your local free papers (these will get pushed through your door every week) and watch channel four news (if only for Jon Snow's ties and socks.)
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    wear neon pink trousers.
    mmm I thought that would be more Sydney, Amsterdam or San Fransisco

    but then again England is behind in fashion... didnt know they were still stuck in the 80's though
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Genuine tips: be sceptical, drink beer, laugh at yourself and your country, read your local free papers (these will get pushed through your door every week) and watch channel four news (if only for Jon Snow's ties and socks.)
    Drink beer, check
    free papers, check (heck a dutchie will go for anything free!)
    channel four, check (I guess, cant be worse than channel 7 or channel 9 over here)
    Laugh at myself or country, check (book tip: the undutchables)
    be sceptical..... mmmmm greatest gift of aussies is to be open and friendly..want to keep that attitude if you dont mind..
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    Survival tips:
    The free papers will tell you who in your area has recently got an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order). These people generally belong to the underclass called 'Scallies', or 'Chavs' or 'Neds'. Probably Chavs in Reading. Reading is ok-ish but it's not the best place in the world to go out, if you want a big night you're within distance of London on the train though.
    Chavs can be distinguished by their love of Burberry clothing (particularly baseball caps) and socks pulled up over their trousers. Steer clear at all costs! There's a good guide to them on www.chavscum.co.uk
    Also, you know that scene in American Werewolf in London where he goes into a pub in the middle of nowhere and everyone stops talking and stares? Well until you get to know pubs' characters don't go in alone!
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    socks pulled up over their trousers.
    You are joking I hope..
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    It's not all that common to see but it does happen. In France (well, Strasbourg at least) their version of scallies roll up one leg to the knee...
    Animo et Fide
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    One look you will definitely see is the baseball cap perched on top of the head. Yes, I mean perched. It is just placed there in order to give the impression your head is four inches taller...
    Animo et Fide
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    You could even support a Dutch team. In fact, do you?
    Animo et Fide
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    surely we should be encouraging support of the local Reading football team.......

    anyhow, I'm not that far from Reading. Can't say I've ever lived there but I'v found a couple of sites that might be useful:

    http://www.buyreading.co.uk/reading-estate-agents
    http://www.getreading.co.uk/leading-agents.asp

    a couple of local newspaper sites (the current headlines might put you off the move but I'm sure it's not always that bad!)
    http://www.getreading.co.uk/
    http://icberkshire.icnetwork.co.uk/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markmat
    surely we should be encouraging support of the local Reading football team.......

    anyhow, I'm not that far from Reading. Can't say I've ever lived there but I'v found a couple of sites that might be useful:

    http://www.buyreading.co.uk/reading-estate-agents
    http://www.getreading.co.uk/leading-agents.asp

    a couple of local newspaper sites (the current headlines might put you off the move but I'm sure it's not always that bad!)
    http://www.getreading.co.uk/
    http://icberkshire.icnetwork.co.uk/
    Absolutely, support your local football team! I support Stockport. As a supporter of a small club or your local team people tend to have reasonable chats with you, whereas if you support Arsenal, Man Utd, or Liverpool and have never been to a game you can get some hositilty as people think you're just a 'glory' supporter.
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Absolutely, support your local football team! I support Stockport. As a supporter of a small club or your local team people tend to have reasonable chats with you, whereas if you support Arsenal, Man Utd, or Liverpool and have never been to a game you can get some hositilty as people think you're just a 'glory' supporter.
    ha ! Stockport County it is then Broonie !! I thought for a horrible minute it was Man Utd..then realised after your Fergie comments it couldn't have been. Toolkit, you should come and live in bonny Scotland mate, see all the lovely lassies....half of your country seems to come here to work in the summer !! I have to admire your considered and restrained savaging of that young strumpet on some other thread recently...the growler !!
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    Murrat, bear in mind he's Dutch, not aussie! Half of your country seems to be in Blackpool in August, at least Glasgow does. God knows what they see in the place (except seedy strip joints, watered down beer and a good fight)...
    Animo et Fide
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    oops....apologies all round then...you're right about Blackpool and the Weegies though, it's apparantly a sort of tradition with them, plus gives the great unwashed hordes the chance of a free bath in the sea.
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    Weegies?
    Animo et Fide
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Weegies?

    aye, from Glaswegians...a term of ahem...deep endearment
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    I am so sorry to hear that, Toolkit. I have all sorts of questions for you concerning Sydney! A friend of mine would like to start a business out there, but has little understanding of what it takes for a non citizen to do such a thing. What are rents like out your way, tips for getting along well. Now you're moving? I was counting on ya
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