Well, I learned something new today - although not having needed this particular thing before I could be forgiven for not knowing about something I have never needed.
You see a friend of mine has got a great new job where she will be working abroad for the very first time. To say she is excited is just the understatement of the year.
She is ecstatic not least because it means she will be working in a country that is hot (by hot I mean HOT) all year round - so no more horrible english winters with colds and flu and all that the cold and damp bring with it. No more freezing mornings scraping an inch of ice off her windscreen before she can drive out of her driveway.
Nope, just sun and heat all year long.
Anyway, to come back to the point of this post.
You see to complete all the paperwork and formalities she has to produce her legal documents such as her passport, birth certificate etc. but what I did not know was that just because she has got a UK birth certificate does not mean to say that as it stands the new country will accept it. Oh no it has to be legalized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Oh dear - how on earth do you find out what to do about this?
Well, lucky her as she found out about a great company called Vital Certificates who actually specialize in getting all legal certificates such as birth, marriage, death, adoption, decree absolute etc. legalized and not only that if you should happen to have 'lost' one of these they can quickly and professionally get you a legal replacement certificate.
So, I learned something new which will be very useful to me should I decide to seek employment abroad in a warmer place than cold and damp blighty.