New functionalities for our blogging interface
We have improved our blog service by upgrading to the latest version of LifeType, the blogging interface we are offering for free. (More)
Non-domiciled: our worst non-UK domiciliaries tax nightmare is happening
In April 2007, non domiciled residents had a warning: filling in a self-assessment tax return they were, for the first time, asked to declare on what date they changed their domicile. They will also have to confirm if they have ever been domiciled in the UK as well as stating the date on which they came to live in the UK.
Following the proposal of the Conservative Party to tax non-domiciled residents, saying they would levy a fixed £25,000 annual charge on anyone claiming non-domicile status, the Labour government had been under pressure to bring in new legislation. (More)
Allow comments on your blog
You can always allow automatically comments on the blog by logging into the Admin area ->Control Center->Blog setting and change it to put:
If you receive spams, you can always untick Enable comments in your articles at a later stage, and spammers won't be able to post new comments anymore. This is a very strong method, and instead you may prefer to Moderate the comments, so displaying only comments that you validate before.
EasyExpat on CouleurFrance.net
Couleur France is a web radio, in French, for French people living abroad. You can listen to its programmes on the Internet 24 hours a day.
On the 9th of May, you will be listening a short interview on Easy Expat.
You can listen (in French!) to my performance directly below:
BlogExpat is back
After months trying to migrate to an other server, we eventually (cross fingers) made it working on a new machine... We appologize for all the inconvenience and issues it might have caused.
It did not only affect BlogExpat but also all the services provided by ExpatGroup.
Hopefully everything is back to normal now ...with improvement even such as more security against spams for your blogs (you can see the AuthImage at the bottom of the comment form) ...
How to display videos on BlogExpat
BlogExpat allows you to easily embed videos in you articles.
The video can be inserted via a popup window (button YouTube in the edit form for posts) where users can type the video page URL (like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8GoJw-7Q7Y&mode=related&search or the movie URL http://www.youtube.com/v/-8GoJw-7Q7Y)
On top of this, users don't need to worry about XHTML compliancy as the plugin will generate the right code using only <object> tags. (More)
Interesting reports on the BBC News website about the British expats.
An estimated 5.5m British people live permanently abroad – almost one in 10 of the UK population. The emigration of British people has happened in cycles over 200 years. The trend is now rising again: some 2,000 British citizens moved permanently away from the UK every week in 2005. (More)
How to prevent spams on Blogexpat /2
We talked previously about several ways to secure your blog.
With the new version of LifeType blogs (the system used on BlogExpat) we have implemented 2 new features:
It prevents spambots from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots. It goes far beyond User-Agent and Referer, however.
It is activated by default on your blog.
Akismet checks your comments and trackbacks against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. (More)
Guide to the new rules for hand baggage in airports
Guide to the new rules for carry-on/hand baggage in European airports (EU+ Switzerland, Norway,...) from the 6th Nov. 2006
Liquids and liquid substances in your carry-on baggage must be packed in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml (1/10 litre)
You may pack more than one container, but no more than you can fit into a one-litre plastic bag
Authorities specify that the bag must be a ‘transparent, re-sealable bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. The closing mechanism must be an integral part of the bag. You may for instance use re-sealable “freezer bags”, available from many major supermarkets.’
Get hold of a bag that meets the authorities’ requirements – and pack your liquid containers in this
At the airport, help is at hand
At the airport, signs, information flyers and airport staff will remind you of the new rules
In the initial period, bags will be available at the airport free of charge, but please regard this as an option of last resort; the more passengers packing correctly before they leave home, the quicker passengers will be able to pass through security.
Be prepared at the security checkpoint
Have your bag of liquids ready for separate x-raying at the security checkpoint
Remove computers and other large electrical items from your carry-on baggage – such items must be x-rayed separately
Remove your coat at the security checkpoint. It too must be x-rayed separately
Duty-free: you can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual
You can buy goods as usual beyond the security checkpoint
Articles bought at the airport beyond the security checkpoints (including spirits, perfume and other liquids) are exempt from the new rules
You can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual, but please be aware that your will receive your goods in a sealed bag, which must remain sealed until your final destination
For passengers in transit from non European countries, items bought in duty-free might be confiscated as it is difficult to trace their origin.
See also for more information European websites such as:
In addition you have still specific rules for British Airports:
Passengers are allowed to carry ONE item of hand baggage, no larger than:
* 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches)
* 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches)
* 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches)
through the airport security search point. This is the maximum bag size allowed through security.
Please note that other bags, such as handbags, may be carried WITHIN the single item of cabin baggage - not in addition.
More information: http://www.baa.co.uk/
Easy Expat Event in Milan - 9th October 2006
The meeting point, recommended by a friend, was Solci's, a famous wine bar in Milan). Very good choice as the wine was excellent (I recommend a Negroamaro Maime 2003). And last but not least, it was served in the traditional Italian style of aperitivo: with plenty of ham, saucisson and cheese with bred to eat with.
It was the occasion to meet with Massimo, Simona, Alberto, Tiziana, Brigitte...etc. Most of them actually meet regularly in events organized by partyamo.com in Milan (you will recognise some people here and there and here also).
You can see all the photos of the event in the album section.