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Dealing with the UK home office is a mildly frustrating experience in the best of times. We are renewing the passports for the kids, and because they are dual citizens we are asked to send in their non-UK passport as well as their UK passport. But then on the same god damn website it says you can send in a photo-copy. Maybe. No one is really sure. No one at the home office is ever really sure of anything. And then we are attempting to fill out the rest of the form and for some god damn reason they want to know information about both sets of grandparents of said children. This is a renewal form. Wouldn't this information be on file at this point? Shouldn't a renewal form be straight-forward? It just feels a few shades of hinky.
Then there is the business of getting photos countersigned by a middle class British person with the right sort of job. And again this is a renewal... shouldn't information be on file. It is essentially having to apply for a passport from scratch every single god damn time. Fuck you Theresa May and your time at the Home Office as a peddler of motherfucking fascism and hate. And fuck you now as a shady worthless PM who kisses up to those fuckos in Saudi Arabia while bitching about Easter Eggs and ignoring what is going on in Syria.
I have feelings on this subject.

At least getting the photos countersigned was a pleasant experience. I know someone who is a registered translator (counts as a person of good standing) and our kids go to school together. So I came over for tea, Senor Onion played with her daughter, and I brought cookies. It was most civilized. Also she lent me some really cool comic books she got from a friend who runs a comics shop in Normandy. We talked about schools, travel, languages, books, and "Fucking Brexit". (That is now Brexit's official title. Fucking Brexit.) Senor Onion who is usually bored pretty easily had a dandy time helping his friend work on her den. They found some bricks, cleaned them up a bit and began to work on the foundation. Like Minecraft but in real life. I love his friend because she is this wonderfully confident girl, and just so comfortable in her own skin. He was almost reluctant to go home. I am so pleased he had some fun in the sun.

Miss Biscuit remains listless and has this cough that won't go anywhere. It showed up rather suddenly last week. It has meant a low-key Easter holiday break so far. I think if this keeps up I will take her to the doctor and see if there is some kind of infection going on. (she mentioned pain around her lungs this evening.) At least the weather has been rather lovely as of late. It makes running an almost cheerful experience. The other day when I was out, I had to run against the wind for half of my usual run but the light kind of made me forget about a lot of difficulties. The run back was down-right perfect and my mind drifted so much, it was a surprise to find myself back at home.

Date: 2017-04-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Hah! Britain has that stupid countersigning thing on the photos too? Canada had that - they had this SUPER short list of valid occupations that were deemed "good enough" to allow a person to sign off on your photo being really really you. I remember the first time we did our passports, the list was like "priest, doctor, school principal, lawyer" - and you had to have known them for something like 5 years...I ended up tracking down the old principal at my elementary school to sign off, even though I was in high school - I hadn't BEEN in high school for 5 years yet, so the high school principal couldn't do it.
Then when I was in the US, the first time I had to renew my passport - the list is longer now, but I had only been in the US for a handful of years. I ended up having to go to my *dentist* to get him to sign off on my photo.
it feels like this last time I did it, I finally didn't have to do this stupid part for the renewal - I haven't done a US passport renewal yet, so not sure what kind of games that will entail!

Date: 2017-04-06 09:17 am (UTC)
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You can blame the UK for inspiring that nonsense.
The US passport renewal system is a lot more straight forward. You fill in a form, some new snaps, the old passport, and ta-da the state department sends you a new one. Of course things may be different under the regime.

Date: 2017-04-06 06:04 am (UTC)
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We all have that cough, chest pain, listless thing in my dept at work.....It seems to be leftover yuck from the virus we caught about 6 weeks ago which is just hanging around like an uninvited guest. It's not very nice. My boss has bad lungs anyway so he's on inhalers for it.

Date: 2017-04-06 09:18 am (UTC)
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Oh what a bother. I think Miss Biscuit should be okay at some point. She had a bad night of coughing so she is a bit emotional today from the lack of sleep.

Date: 2017-04-06 10:51 am (UTC)
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My husband will have to get his UK Passport renewed soon -- I think it expires in July, and he's a dual national now too. We're just going to photocopy his Canadian passport and send that along with the other stuff because that's what it says to do on the website and we're sure as hell not going to contact the UK Office from Canada. That's going to be the first thing we tackle once we've got our move out of the way.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:52 am (UTC)
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I am so looking forward to be there next week and talking with my friends about the new US president and fucking Brexit.

Date: 2017-04-07 12:32 pm (UTC)
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'Fuxit' for short

Date: 2017-04-07 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I think part of the problem with British bureaucracy is that our governments have long sneered at it (being part of the unionised public sector) and never bothered to fund it properly. The whole registering EU residents is such a pig's ear because, er, the UK never bothered to register its EU residents in the first place, which it could have done perfectly legally under EU law, or have an ID card system, and rules are changed for political reasons but with no explanation of how to interpret them, as with the 'comprehensive sickness insurance' clause in the residency criteria. It's just a big game.


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