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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by EngrSaks(m): 6:46pm On Aug 27, 2021
Advisable to book 10 lessons first with a driving tutor and see how things go...everyone is different and learn at a different pace.

Anything between 10 to 40 hours should be enough to brush you up as there are alot of different rules and regulations...the faster you are in dropping old habits and picking up clean driving methods, the shorter time you would need...

Also beware of money loving instructors, some can delay you just so they get more money from you


Summary:

watch alot of driving videos on YouTube,get a result oriented instructor (an instructor with a high pass rate for first timers) and adapt fast in remembering new skills...also watch videos of the test routes on youtube, that helps too

Be patient, dont rush yourself....learn without pressure...the better driver you are, the safer it is for you and other road users


I used these methods and passed the practical test in one attempt in a town with a 40% pass rate


Bluetherapy:

Just curious, did you do some brush-up classes to do away with the naija style of driving or you just registered for a practical test straightaway?

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 7:03pm On Aug 27, 2021
Preshyi:
Dont know if this is applicable to this group but I have been on quarantine and getting food has been a challenge. I order with just eat but not so much African cuisine there, can anyone please recommend how I can order for good and affordable familiar cuisines this period?

https://instagram.com/thebukachef?utm_medium=copy_link

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by umarwy(m): 8:30pm On Aug 27, 2021
Bluetherapy:

Just curious, did you do some brush-up classes to do away with the naija style of driving or you just registered for a practical test straightaway?

You can't pass the practical test without doing any lessons.


You will fail.


Truth is sometimes bitter

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by umarwy(m): 8:32pm On Aug 27, 2021
Preshyi:
Dont know if this is applicable to this group but I have been on quarantine and getting food has been a challenge. I order with just eat but not so much African cuisine there, can anyone please recommend how I can order for good and affordable familiar cuisines this period?


What location?
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Captaincool1(m): 8:33pm On Aug 27, 2021
Please is it only british airways or virgin atlantic one can book to heathrow airport?
in case i book KLM or air france what is the disadvantage

Thanks
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by captainhoo: 9:24pm On Aug 27, 2021
Preshyi:
Dont know if this is applicable to this group but I have been on quarantine and getting food has been a challenge. I order with just eat but not so much African cuisine there, can anyone please recommend how I can order for good and affordable familiar cuisines this period?

If you finacially buoyant, google african restaurant around you and order from them

If you want to save money, order groceries online and cook at home

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Bluetherapy: 10:44pm On Aug 27, 2021
newdawnnewlife:


Altogether I did about 10 hours of practice, should not have been up to that but they kept postponing my test date. I wouldn't advise going for a test straightaway, it is important to learn the principles of driving in the UK from the tutors. It costs a lot but I have no regrets at all and passed the first time.
Okay, just wanted to confirm grin
umarwy:


You can't pass the practical test without doing any lessons.


You will fail.


Truth is sometimes bitter
Sure cheesy
EngrSaks:
Advisable to book 10 lessons first with a driving tutor and see how things go...everyone is different and learn at a different pace.

Anything between 10 to 40 hours should be enough to brush you up as there are alot of different rules and regulations...the faster you are in dropping old habits and picking up clean driving methods, the shorter time you would need...

Also beware of money loving instructors, some can delay you just so they get more money from you


Summary:

watch alot of driving videos on YouTube,get a result oriented instructor (an instructor with a high pass rate for first timers) and adapt fast in remembering new skills...also watch videos of the test routes on youtube, that helps too

Be patient, dont rush yourself....learn without pressure...the better driver you are, the safer it is for you and other road users


I used these methods and passed the practical test in one attempt in a town with a 40% pass rate


I agree, there are alot of helpful YouTube video.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by claremont(m): 11:23pm On Aug 27, 2021
Chukwuka16:
Midnight musings: you would own nothing and be happy


“C’mon Chukwuka, don’t be a conspiracy theorist, the government is doing this for our safety, it’s all for the greater good.” This is the typical response I get from some folks within my circle. According to them, the issues of mandates, vaccine passports and other emerging crazy government policies are all for our safety.

Children have been receiving vaccinations against other diseases for years, Covid-19 shouldn't be any different. If you are worried about the long term side effects of a vaccine, you should be more worried if your child caught covid, suffers the consequences of ''long covid'' and/or infects other children in their school. There are children dying from Covid in Florida due to the right-wing Governor there and his ridiculous views regarding Covid. These are kids who would still be alive today if they were vaccinated against Covid.

I keep on hearing about Covid vaccine and ''personal liberties'', facemask and ''personal liberties'' etc. I fail to understand how a free vaccine meant to prevent you and your family from dying and/or a piece of cloth over your nose to protect others around you is an infringment on your personal liberties as a human being. I'm open to being educated on this point as I could be wrong. My opinion on this is that where your sense of personal liberties ends is the exact same place were the right to life of another person begins.

If there is a healthcare condition preventing someone from having the vaccine, then that's a different matter. However, the idea that a vaccine that has protected millions from dying is some sort of Government conspiracy theory designed to take away ''personal liberties'' is utterly ridiculous. This might be one of the reasons why they say there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy amongst black people in the UK as compared to other racial groups.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6cNtS6fHHM

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Lexusgs430: 3:21am On Aug 28, 2021
Captaincool1:
Please is it only british airways or virgin atlantic one can book to heathrow airport?
in case i book KLM or air france what is the disadvantage

Thanks


With KLM, you transit at schipol (Amsterdam) ...... With Airfrance, you transit at CDG or ORLY (if you transit THROUGH ORLY , (YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR CHECKED IN LUGGAGE). Before you make your way to CDG.... You still end up at LHR..





With all this transits, ensure you check your last mile return flight, before you book. Not checking could mean your return flight is either within an hour or 8 hours......

You could also book either KLM/AF, and checkout via LCY (London city airport)....... If you reside in the east/SE...... LCY, would be your best last mile stop......

NB : Also ensure you have a transit visit, if your flight stops at ORLY.....


I don try........ cheesy

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TheGuyFromHR: 5:49am On Aug 28, 2021
Lexusgs430:



With KLM, you transit at schipol (Amsterdam) ...... With Airfrance, you transit at CDG or ORLY (if you transit THROUGH ORLY , (YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR CHECKED IN LUGGAGE). Before you make your way to CDG.... You still end up at LHR..





With all this transits, ensure you check your last mile return flight, before you book. Not checking could mean your return flight is either within an hour or 8 hours......

You could also book either KLM/AF, and checkout via LCY (London city airport)....... If you reside in the east/SE...... LCY, would be your best last mile stop......

NB : Also ensure you have a transit visit, if your flight stops at ORLY.....


I don try........ cheesy


Richdee1:


Google would do

Too much oxygen, sir, too much oxygen.
When someone asks a question whose answer is clicks away from them on the internet, just ignore it.
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by humblemoi: 9:00am On Aug 28, 2021
Lexusgs430:



With KLM, you transit at schipol (Amsterdam) ...... With Airfrance, you transit at CDG or ORLY (if you transit THROUGH ORLY , (YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR CHECKED IN LUGGAGE). Before you make your way to CDG.... You still end up at LHR..





With all this transits, ensure you check your last mile return flight, before you book. Not checking could mean your return flight is either within an hour or 8 hours......

You could also book either KLM/AF, and checkout via LCY (London city airport)....... If you reside in the east/SE...... LCY, would be your best last mile stop......

NB : Also ensure you have a transit visit, if your flight stops at ORLY.....


I don try........ cheesy


Will the issue of transit visa be applicable if outbound is from the UK to Nigeria via KLM and inbound is via Virgin Atlantic from Nigeria to the UK?

Currently having issues with flights at the moment *long story
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Lexusgs430: 9:40am On Aug 28, 2021
humblemoi:


Will the issue of transit visa be applicable if outbound is from the UK to Nigeria via KLM and inbound is via Virgin Atlantic from Nigeria to the UK?

Currently having issues with flights at the moment *long story

Yes, if you have a night departure from UK and afternoon departure from schipol....... Not unless you are prepared to sleep on the chairs at schipol, for almost 14 hours........... Schipol got good WiFi, toilet, bathroom, shops and restaurants.......... cheesy


VA zooms direct, so transit visa not required......... wink
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by icon8: 9:40am On Aug 28, 2021
Gosh, I missed the tsunami cool

Justwise, ki lon shele? cheesy grin
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Lexusgs430: 9:41am On Aug 28, 2021
TheGuyFromHR:




Too much oxygen, sir, too much oxygen.
When someone asks a question whose answer is clicks away from them on the internet, just ignore it.


Indeed, Sir.....

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by fatima04: 4:15pm On Aug 28, 2021
Ticha:


No citizens don't need a transit visa - they're a visa waiver country - max 3 months stay as a tourist

Okay, thanks sis. Na to dey count down to citizenship remain grin
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Raalsalghul: 4:43pm On Aug 28, 2021
icon8:


One by one, dem don dey land shocked angry

Please go and read part 1 from page 1 to 750.


Lol! grin grin grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by dustydee: 8:49pm On Aug 28, 2021
umarwy:


You can't pass the practical test without doing any lessons.


You will fail.


Truth is sometimes bitter
Looks like you know him/her outside nairaland for you to reach this conclusion.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by umarwy(m): 10:33pm On Aug 28, 2021
dustydee:

Looks like you know him/her outside nairaland for you to reach this conclusion.

I don't need to know him personally.


In naija we all drive like mad men.

Without practice with an instructor he shall not pass.

I know people that attempted and had to do 3-4 test before passing.

I know someone that failed in less than 10min.


Another way to pass on the cheap side is by watching mock tests and driving faults on YouTube.


DGN driving school
Ashley Neal.

Etc.

Paid version of Theory test pro (the yellow one) for theory test study and practice.

The above will increase the chances for success

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by EngrSaks(m): 6:13am On Aug 29, 2021
Yes o, We have very bad driving habit in naija that will not meet the UK driving standards

Bad habits like How we hold and control the steering wheel

How and when we use the clutch

Lane discipline, expecially at roundabouts

What we do at Meeting situations

Paying attention to and reacting to road signs

How we drive like someone is pursuing us, my instructor was always telling to calm down as nobody dey chase me, lol

If you have driven for a long time in naija your driving would need cleaning up and the best way to do it would be by an instructor watching you and pointing out these incorrect driving habits




umarwy:


I don't need to know him personally.


In naija we all drive like mad men.

Without practice with an instructor he shall not pass.

I know people that attempted and had to do 3-4 test before passing.

I know someone that failed in less than 10min.


Another way to pass on the cheap side is by watching mock tests and driving faults on YouTube.


DGN driving school
Ashley Neal.

Etc.

Paid version of Theory test pro (the yellow one) for theory test study and practice.

The above will increase the chances for success

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by twizzie: 9:44am On Aug 29, 2021
I got the 25% student discount but didn't know even my dependent is exempted. I'm currently checking my council website and I don't see anything. Any link will help please. I am still checking as we speak, this must not pass me by wink wink
cc Lagosismyhome.
fatima04:


A lot of people don't know this. Tier 4/student and their dependants are council tax exempt. If you have been paying, apply to the council for exemption and money paid will be refunded.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by twizzie: 9:52am On Aug 29, 2021
If the only non-student adult in your dwelling is your spouse (husband or wife), civil partner or an adult dependant, the dwelling may still be exempt. The dwelling should still be exempt if your spouse, civil partner or dependant is not a British citizen, and has been given immigration permission to be in the UK with a ‘no recourse to public funds’ condition or a prohibition on employment endorsed in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). This covers almost all spouses, civil partners and dependants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who come to join an international student in the UK.

Some local authorities have refused to recognise that a dependant who has permission to work in the UK but has a ‘no recourse to public funds’ condition is exempt from Council Tax. This generally happens because while the law says that the concession is for a dependant who is prevented from taking paid employment or from claiming public funds, the local authority may interpret the word "or" to mean "and". In May 2012, Mr Justice Sales in the High Court dismissed such an interpretation by the London Borough of Harrow on this basis, in a case specifically about the council tax liability of the dependant of a student. The judgment confirmed that local authorities should be applying the latter "disjunctive" meaning of "or", and that it is sufficient for a spouse to meet one of the requirements, not both. If you wish to appeal against your local authority's interpretation of "or", it is advisable that you seek advice from an adviser at your institution, your Students’ Union, your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau or a local solicitor. and refer them to this judgement (Harrow London Borough Council v Ayiku [2012] EWHC 1200). An earlier judgment by Lord Denning in the case of Crosfield Electronics v Baginsky and Others [1975] 1 W.L.R. 1135 was not specifically related to council tax or to students, but did have the same interpretation of the word "or".

The dwelling will not be exempt if your non-student spouse, civil partner or adult dependant living with you in the dwelling are:

An EEA or Swiss national, or the family member of an EEA or Swiss national, who is exercising a right of free movement in the UK
A British citizen
Settled in the UK (with 'indefinite leave to enter' or 'indefinite leave to remain')
https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Council-Tax#layer-3875
LagosismyHome:



It is not only the student who is exempt... the student dependant as well. So if your wife is a dependent to a student visa person then she too

Making this not necessary . So only if you are on two different visa category. For example if one was on Tier 2 and another Tier 4

Are you relocating from Canada to UK?

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TheGuyFromHR: 10:00am On Aug 29, 2021
twizzie:
I got the 25% student discount but didn't know even my dependent is exempted. I'm currently checking my council website and I don't see anything. Any link will help please. I am still checking as we speak, this must not pass me by wink wink
cc Lagosismyhome.

The property is fully exempt as long as one spouse is a full-time student (get a letter certifying this from your university) and the other spouse is in the situation you referenced above.

Contact your council again and clear this up with them.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Mamatukwas: 1:34pm On Aug 29, 2021
icon8:
Lexusgs430
Omopapa
TheGuyFromHR
Mamatukwas
Rubyventures

New food don land oh! grin

Lol, back oh smiley. Thank you.

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