Goodbyes and Sheep
Posted at 03:40 on Wednesday 15 May 2013
We've had some bad news about one of our long time members, Fatbrit, who recently passed away. Fatbrit has been hanging around the corridors of BE for 9 years, and love him or leave him he was an integral part of this community and will be missed by many.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
Over the years David has imparted lots of information and wise words on BE and reached out to many a person to help them transition in their new lives abroad. Amongs many things he is also the author of Fatbrit's Guide to Credit and Finance in the US and endlessly answered queries about finance/credit (and many other topics) in the USA forums.
He was strongly opinionated on many issues, (as many of us are), didn't tolerate fools gladly, and loved to debate and discuss topics of interest in many sections of the forum, but he was mainly found in the USA forums and Take It Outside.
He will be missed, and he will leave a hole, and to explain the sheep ... in his honor many of us have donned his bouncing sheep avatar.
I also wanted to share the news of a past member. Although he hasn't been around on BE for a few years I would to send my condolences to the family and friends of British Expats member The OH (Richard) who joined our community in 2006.
If you would like to pay your respects, or share your memories of David and Richard, you can do so here:
New "Member Services" section added to the BE free Classifieds
Posted at 05:14 on Wednesday 16 January 2013
As you know we've got some really great members who have been with this community for many years, and who despite having businesses themselves, do not try and use BE for free advertising. So I wanted to add a section for those loyal members to be able to share the details of their services; after all BE is about members helping members.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
To that end, I've added a "Member Services" section to the Classifieds.
In order to deter spammers, or people only joining to post in that section, we are going to limit it to those members that have contributed to the community by sharing and interacting with other members. So in order to have an ad approved, members will need at least 50 forum posts and have been a member for at least 3 months.
As this is a free service for established members anything that looks like spam will not be approved, nor will your ad be approved if you do not meet the time/post limit.
We will do it as a trial run to start with and see how it goes. Ads will run for 90 days.
If you have questions about this please let me know by sending me a message via the "Contact Us" link that is at the bottom of every page on BE, or PM me.
British Expats End of Years Polls!
Posted at 05:08 on Saturday 15 December 2012
It's become somewhat of a tradition on BritishExpats.com to run "End of Year Polls." It's all just for fun, but a great way to reflect on the past year on BE, and lots of people get in the spirit of things.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
Mainly this consists of "Best Thread" "Most Helpful Member" or "Best Newcomer" etc etc.
We also have two categories to remember previous members who died, but who we honour each year: The DollyLlama Award for the nicest member, and the Terry Pardoe Award for the most helpful member
Here are some threads from around the forum started by members who have very kindly (and bravely) taken on the polls this year. (Big thanks to kimilseung, rasen78 and mandymoochops for doing this)
Australia Forum and Rules
So get your thinking caps on and make some nominations, or if you are feeling up to it, take up the cause in your own country forum.
Have I missed any polls? If so let me know and I'll add them to the list.
Christmas Avatar Competition
Posted at 05:15 on Monday 3 December 2012
Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with this last year, so we are going to do it again this Christmas.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
We are look for the most original, funny, imaginative Christmas avatars. So get your Santa hats on and get in the Christmas spirit. :)
Everyone is going to be able to participate in the voting process. So PM me your nominations by December 21 and the ones with the most nominations will be added to a poll for you all to choose your favorites. The top three will win Premium Memberships and a BE mug!! See, we spoil you here don't we :D
PS. Please remember that whilst we want you to have a lot of fun with your avatars you need to stick to the Site Rules regarding what is, and is not, allowed as an avatar :)
Why Should I Be A Member of BritishExpats.com?
Posted at 07:46 on Friday 25 May 2012
... because our members are the best. They are people who unselfishly share their tips and experiences about living and working abroad, and in turn those who were once the recipient of such information pass on to others. People have been doing this on BritishExpats for 12 years and our community is still going strong.Comments (1) | Permanent Link
We connect on personal levels, and many have made lifelong friends.
The banter here is second to none.
We laugh, cry, argue, and support each other.
We have sensitive types, and not so sensitive types.
We have funny members, serious members, members who come for a rant, members who come for a moan and members who come for the humour.
We have a wide range of experiences and many years of living abroad under our belts, and there is always someone around who knows the answer to your question, and if they don't they can point you to someone/somewhere that does.
Some of us are still living in the UK and getting anxious about the move abroad.
Some of us are living abroad and getting anxious about the move back to the UK.
Some of us are so funny you laugh until you cry when you read their posts.
Others don't seem to have checked their sense of humour chip at the door.
We help each other though the bad times and the good times.
You may be wondering how you fit into our motley band of members, but wonder no more, sign up (a pretty painless process I promise) and dive right in.
Chris did and he didn't regret it.
Thank you ajw and mrsgreenstar76!!!
Posted at 07:59 on Thursday 24 May 2012
Please join me in sending a BIG thank you to members ajw and mrsgreenstar76.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
ajw has kindly agreed to help out the BE community by becoming a Concierge for the Malaysia forum and mrsgreenstar76 has also been kind enough to say yes when asked to become a Moderator for the Australia Immigration forum.
ajw has been a member of BE for six years and mrsgreenstar76 a member for three years and we can't thank them enough for being such a great part of the BE community and for graciously giving their time to help BE members.
Thank You IndianFriend
Posted at 09:41 on Tuesday 20 March 2012
A big thank you to IndianFriend who has very kindly agreed to become a Concierge for the India forum.Comments (1) | Permanent Link
He's a very knowledgeable chap on India, so if you have questions about living and moving to India he's your man!!!
Thank You IndianFriend ... you are a star!!!!
Thank you sonlymewalter!!!!
Posted at 02:11 on Monday 5 March 2012
One of our wonderful Moderators, sonlymewalter, has handed in her mod gloves.Comments (2) | Permanent Link
I just want to take this opportunity to publicly thank her for all she's done on BE.
Don't be a stranger sonlymewalter!!!
Posted at 09:01 on Monday 6 February 2012
A big thank you to the following members for their Wiki contributions so far this year:Comments (0) | Permanent Link
It's wonderful people, like the members above, who have helped the Wiki grow. By sharing their tips and experiences they provide a place for others to source information about living and working abroad. If you have some tips to share please add them to the wiki. If you get stuck, or don't know where to start send me a message via the Private Message system and I'll be happy to help you get started.
Update: Christmas Avatar Competition and Christmas Cheer Campaign
Posted at 02:56 on Sunday 1 January 2012
Thank you to everyone who got in the Christmas Spirit this year by adorning a Christmas Avatar.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
The winners this year are:
Congratulations to you all, you win a Premium Membership.
Christmas Cheer Campaign
A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported the BE Christmas Cheer campaign this year. Thanks to your generosity the BE community has raised $3,357 to help the children of the Westfalia Orphanage in Peru. These funds will go towards helping making the lives of these children a little brighter. You can read more about the orphanage on this page
You've truly shown how a community can come together to make the difference in a child's life. Thank You!!
Happy New Year to each and everyone of you. Wishing you nothing but good things in 2012!!
Merrry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Posted at 02:33 on Tuesday 20 December 2011
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At this special time of year I want to wish each and everyone of you (and your families) a wonderful Christmas and I wish nothing but good things for you during 2012.
Britishexpats.com has been part of our family's life for 12 years. My son has grown up with the site always in the background, and now he's off to university. Life certainly does flash by quickly and times change and people move on. But BE has been a constant in my life and I'm sure in the lives of many of you. You've found laughter, tears, arguments, banter, frustration, information and friendship here, and I hope you all get as much out of BE as I enjoy putting into it. You make BE the great community it has become and it's a privilege to get to "speak" with you all on a daily basis.
I also want to take the time to thank our wonderful Moderators and Concierges who volunteer their time to help out all the members of BE, without them BE just wouldn't tick along as well. They are a terrific bunch of people and I really enjoy interacting with them everyday. So if you see any of them around please give them a little Christmas Karma and a pat on the back!!!
Merry Christmas to you All and a Happy New Year!!!
Birthday wishes to ......
Posted at 01:56 on Monday 19 December 2011
Please join me in sending Happy Birthday wishes to British Expats members blue mondays girl & jimmygill, & to our wonderful moderator Noorah101.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
We hope you all have a terrific day!!
It's That Time of Year: Polls, Avatars and Other Stuff
Posted at 03:16 on Sunday 11 December 2011
Well it's that time of year when members get together and vote on end of year polls.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
So join in the fun and add your nominations for:
2011 Australia Forum Honours List Nominations
BE 2011 Lounge Awards
Canada Forum 2011 Awards Suggestions Please
New Zealand BE 2011 Awards
Take It Outside forum awards
Still taking nominations for the best Christmas Avatar. If you see a fun avatar please PM me and let me know.
Our Christmas Cheer Campaign to aid an orphanage in Peru, is still going strong. The support you are showing these children is terrific. Thank you soooo much to those of you who have made donations and helped bring them some Christmas Cheer!
BE's 2011 Christmas Cheer
Posted at 11:03 on Wednesday 30 November 2011
Each Christmas for the last couple of years, some of the BE members who hang out in the Lounge have come together to bring a little Christmas cheer to people in need. One year we raised money and sent cards to a family of orphans who a member of British Expats had taken under their wing. Another year we helped bring a little Christmas cheer to a sick member of the British Expat community.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
This year we wanted to bring the British Expats community together as a whole to help the Westfalia Orphanage in Peru. Dakota44, a member of BE for five years, has become involved with the orphanage and brought it to our attention. Dakota44 shares a lot of his own time and money to help the children of the orphanage, and in a recent thread he told BE members more about the orphanage and the work he does for the children in its' care.
"I am working on this project with an Australian bloke, super guy, to provide for the many needs of the children at Westfalia, but we cannot do it alone. Sadly this orphanage receives no financial support from the government and relies completely on donations to carry out day to day functions and pay the costs involved, provide school materials, clothing and most significantly in terms of cost, food.
As well as food and blankets, they need clothing, school supplies (pens, markers, notebooks etc) and maybe some inexpensive small toys such as: dolls, stuffed animals, toy cars and action figures. Even a good old football (soccer).
It would be so great if BE members would like to help these children. In whatever way you can. Either by sending the children Christmas cards (can you imagine the look of the children's faces as they start receiving cards from all over the world) or making a small donation, or even sending a care package. Whatever you can do to brighten their lives would be greatly appreciated.
You can send cards and care packages to:
Asociacion Peruana "Westfalia Kinderdorf" Aldea Infantil
R.U.C. 20138079148 (This is to show Peruvian customs authorities the orphanage is registered with the government)
Calle Cineraria Mz D, Lt 14
Urbanizacion Villa libertad
Monterrico - Surco.
The page for donations is here. Please consider giving. Any amount, no matter how small, will go a long way to helping.
There is a thread running in the Lounge about the 2011 BE Christmas Cheer here, and you can learn more about the Orphanage on Dakota44's blog here
Thanks for reading.
Thank you Vitalstatistix!!!
Posted at 04:01 on Friday 18 November 2011
I am pleased to share that Vitalstatistix has come back to the Concierge fold and has kindly agreed to once again become the Concierge for the New Zealand forum.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
If you see her around please say thanks!!!
For those who don't know what a Concierge is they are members who volunteer to help welcome new members, and to assist them if they have questions about using the forum. We try to assign Concierges to each forum, and the Welcome Inn. If you are interested in becoming a Concierge you can PM me for more details.
Where's Your Update?
Posted at 11:04 on Monday 22 August 2011
If you haven't been to our "Update" forums in our Australia, New Zealand or Canada forum. You should do, it's a great way to read a first hand account of life as an expat. The ups, downs, good, bad, positive and negatives. So go read, or better still post your own update and share your story of how life is in your new adopted country.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
Oh and if you want to participate in our Interview With series of articles send me a private message and I'll be happy to send you one of our questionnaires.
To start you off here's a heartwarming update by a "Tray" who was one of our members to experience the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand: http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?p=9575762
Thank you to 37100, alistairboyle and Kija!
Posted at 09:15 on Friday 29 July 2011
Just sending out a big THANK YOU to member 37100 who has kindly agreed to become a Concierge for our Italy forum!Comments (0) | Permanent Link
Also I'm happy to report that alistairboyle has re-joined our Concierge ranks as a Concierge for the Australia forum. Thanks so much Alistair!
And last, but not least I'm sending out a shout-out to British Expats member Kija who is our new Concierge for the New Zealand forum. THANK YOU!!!
Thank you so much to all of you for helping out the members of BE, you are terrific!!!
Thank you Soapy©
Posted at 07:23 on Thursday 21 July 2011
British Expats member Soapy© has been with our little virtual expat community for many, many years and is well known around the Australia forum. I've always considered him a "scholar and a gentleman" and I'm sure that many of you will share my sentiments.Comments (0) | Permanent Link
He's arranged many meet-ups over the years, including good old Australian barbies and the odd golf tournament, but this year Soapy© and his lovely wife Pauline, have outdone themselves by arranging a British Expats Christmas in July get together.
Held at Southport Soccer Club on the Gold Coast, on Saturday 16th of July, the food and drink flowed, and events included an England V The Celtic Nations football match, a fantastic disco run by BE member Dtox, and even Santa paid a visit complete with presents for the kids.
There was also a raffle which raised several hundred dollars for a local expat who is fighting cancer.
Attended by approx 200 people it seems a great time was had by all, and rumour has it that they will be another event next July.
You can catch up with all the details (and pics) in this thread.
So please join me in thanking Soapy©, and his wife for organizing the event, Dtox, for providing a groove to jive to, and not forgetting dear "Santa" who seemed to be a big hit with both young and old.
Posted at 01:49 on Monday 30 May 2011
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Please join us in Congratulating member "thedtb" and his wife as they welcome a baby boy into their family!!
A big thank you to .....
Posted at 07:38 on Thursday 5 May 2011
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If you see them around the forum say a big thanks for all they do for BE members.
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