As British citizen travelling on Australian passport do I need to get Australian passport endorsed before leaving UK?

I just got my naturalisation certificate as a British citizen. I want to travel to Australia and retain my right to abode. Do I need to apply for certificate of entitlement endorsing my Australian passport before I leave Uk or can I travel to Australia and simply apply for a British passport from there and re-enter Uk at any time with that? I am confused about having to apply for certificate of entitlement before leaving UK. Is that absolutely necessary? Need a response soon please

air travel – Can I use a Thomas Cook headset on a British Airways airplane?

There was a time when airline headsets had two prongs. These couldn’t be used with your computer, phone or other headset-accepting devices. These days, most airline headsets have a single prong.

If Thomas Cook provided you double-prong headsets, and the BA plane has single-prong jacks, then you won’t be able to use them without an adapter. (While you can buy these adapters, they cost more than the headphones BA will probably be willing to sell you very cheaply. The adapters are useful for people who fly a lot with expensive headphones they want to use on a variety of planes.) It could be the other way around, too: you have single-prong headphones you can’t use on a double-prong plane. There are adapters for these, too, but again I don’t think it’s worth your getting an adapter in advance: if your old TC headphones don’t work on the BA plane, pay the pound or two for BA headphones and relax knowing you now have all the kit you need for any plane you might fly on in future.

What I expect is most likely is that you have single-prong headphones and that’s what the plane takes. If you want to be completely sure about the plane, provide more details of your flight, so that people who care about and know these sorts of things can tell you what to expect on the plane. (To be completely sure about your existing headphones, look at them.)

As for the “may” part of this, if your headphone fits the jack, no airline cares whether you bought it from them on a previous flight, from another airline on a previous flight, or from an electronics store.

air travel – May I use a Thomas Cook headset on a British Airways airplane?

You will be allowed to use them, whether they work depends on the plug on the headset and the actual plane you use.
And on whether BA have an in-plane entertainment system.

When you know which route you will fly you can ask for one us to tell you whether it is likely that it will be usefull.

i have always travel with thomas cook and the inflight headset for the flights can i use them on a british airways flight

You will be allowed to use them, whether they work depends on the plug on the headset and the actual plane you use.
And on whether BA have an in-plane entertainment system.

When you know which route you will fly you can ask for one us to tell you whether it is likely that it will be usefull.

transit – Arriving from Myanmar by Finnair via Helsinki to Geneva Airport. British passport is it permitted to go directly to France, second residence?

Work contract completed after 5 years in Yangon. Want to travel from Myanmar by Finnair via Helsinki to Geneva Airport. British passport is it permitted to go directly to France, second residence? We have no residence in the UK. Our main residence is in central asia and I cannot get a visa as borders closed indefinately.

air travel – Can I get a cash refund from British Airways after applying for a voucher?

I booked my flight back in January with BA, the flight got cancelled in March due to Covid19.

Many people have fallen into the trap they had on the website, where you try to get a cash refund and they force you to fill the form to get the voucher. So they sent me the voucher.

I tried to call in today and they said because you applied for the voucher you can’t get a cash refund.

I am trying to book tickets for this month, BA don’t have any flights available. The company is likely to go bust and fire all their pilots.

Is there a class action suit for this?

Is there a way to still get the cash refund?

internationalization – UK keyboard layout and ` swapped even with ISO keyboard and British PC layout

Normally to get and the right way round for a British keyboard you need to change the keyboard layout toBritish – PC`, and you need to convince MacOS that you have an ISO keyboard, rather than an ANSI one. This is described in this closely related but not duplicate question. The solutions there have worked for me in the past (see my answer to that question).

However, I just got a new Mac, and I am now running it through a Thunderbolt 3 dock and a KVM switch, and that seems to have confused it somewhat.

When I run the keyboard type identifier it says they keyboard type cannot be identified:

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If I click “Skip” it defaults to JIS – I definitely don’t have a Japanese keyboard!

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If I select ISO then the problem remains – @ and ” are the right way round, but and ` are not.

How can I fix this? Note that I do have Karabiner-Elements installed, but unlike in previous versions there are no options to change the virtual keyboard type in it.

visas – Apply for a green card as a British citizen born in Albania?

I was born in Albania. If I apply for a green card (via the green card lottery) and I can't, would I have problems later if I just wanted to travel to the United States as a tourist? Could I be denied entry if they thought I would stay there indefinitely due to the failure of the green card visa? I wouldn't, I have a pretty comfortable life in the UK as a software developer, but I've always wanted to work in Silicon Valley.

I have visited America once for a few weeks (on an ESTA) and have enjoyed it very much. It would be a shame not to be able to go back there as a tourist.

Why do the British have a different version of history from the rest of the world?

The British eked out an empire because of their sea power. That’s what enabled them to carve out an empire. They were never a particularly strong military force as they never had the population to be able to compete with certain societies that could muster up much larger armies. Take a look at these “glorious victories” they love to tout. The defeat of Napoleon? They must be kidding. Even people with only the most rudimentary knowledge of history know that the British were only marginally responsible for his defeat. The Prussians did ninety nine percent of the job. The War of 1812? Bragging about that would be like Mike Tyson going 12 rounds with Estelle Getty and then having the bout called a draw. Any Briton who feels a tinge of pride in that result is a moron. It’s the reason why Brits are predisposed to feel so threatened by the French and Americans. The last successful invasion of Britain was mounted by troops coming over from France. Despite the fact that the British have attempted to paint the French as being a military joke, the French military has had far more success over time than the British. And the British were usually going up against Africans with spears and other peoples who were less technologically advanced.When did they last win a war without allies? They always point out that the French were instrumental in the American victory in the Revolutionary War, but they conveniently leave out that a third of their own troops were foreign mercenaries as well. They can say whatever they like about the past, but the present speaks for itself. What is the UK today? Nothing. America’s lapdog. They produce nothing, they’re not a strong economic power or particularly innovative. All of their culture is imported from the US. The quality of life is horrendous there for a people who dominated such a vast portion of the globe. It’s the reason why they love to espouse this sad myth that Americans are fat and dumb and lazy. That’s what Europe thinks of the British, and they’re right. What does Britain succeed in doing today besides being number one for drunkenness, obesity, violence, arrogance and awful quality of life? British cities are are holes. The cost of living in the UK compared to what people make is shameful. Things are better practically everywhere than what they are in the UK. In time Scotland will jump ship… Economic disputes will do what 400 years of struggle have failed to do and unite Ireland. Not that it makes much difference as America owns the UK. The British government does whatever Washington dictates. Single-handedly defeated the Germans? Is that why they lived on rations until the late 50s? Or is it because we demanded that they repay their loans for all of the bombs, bullets, bandages and everything else they got to stay afloat in the fight? They can rewrite history all they want. Imagine what the history books will say about the UK over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. It won’t be flattering. 

usa – Can I use American Airlines miles to buy a British Airways ticket?

You can use your American Airlines miles to fly on a British Airways flight. Just go to search for the flight you want on American’s web site or mobile app. It will show both American and alliance partner airlines’ flights, and you can choose the one you want.

If you’re flying from the US to Europe (or the reverse) you won’t see partner flights at the lowest award level (Economy Web Saver; 23K miles). Select a higher award level to see these flights.