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    I think that belongs in the Daily Cheer thread....

    I think that belongs in the Daily Cheer thread.
    :-)
    No wonder the things are expensive.
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    Interesting you say that. A few hundred banana...

    Interesting you say that. A few hundred banana trees have just been planted in fields near me. It is the only banana plantation I know of round here.
  3. Well, they already abducted those HK booksellers,...

    Well, they already abducted those HK booksellers, one in Thailand and one in HK. Booksellers ffs, not exactly the Mr. Bigs of international crime.
    I think for those people who hold HK ID and a...
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    53756 Is that brickwork keyed in anywhere?...

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    Is that brickwork keyed in anywhere?
    The lintel looks like it is hanging in space.
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    ^ Heartwarming. My daily cheer is not up to...

    ^ Heartwarming.

    My daily cheer is not up to that standard. I went outside this morning and the gf pointed out that a truck tyre was far from round. Distinctly soft. So I made my way slowly to a...
  6. On a more serious note, my first post on this...

    On a more serious note, my first post on this thread was before the full text was widely available. It is in fact a lot worse than I first thought. There will be mainland officials who are not...
  7. The best chippie in Chelmsford was run by HK...

    The best chippie in Chelmsford was run by HK Chinese.
  8. One of the things that I see as most sinister in...

    One of the things that I see as most sinister in all this is that HK will need to set up a new court alongside the existing courts to hear certain cases. Exactly what cases remains unclear, time will...
  9. Thread: I made wine

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    Just stick it in the juice with some sugar. It...

    Just stick it in the juice with some sugar. It will be fine....
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    I liked Ottawa. For a capital city it is a...

    I liked Ottawa. For a capital city it is a comfortable size. Nice in summer. My abiding memory is of a winter visit, leaving the hotel and the doorman advised us no to step outside. We did, but I was...
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    That is quite a big hole. Please post a pic of...

    That is quite a big hole.
    Please post a pic of your wife holding a newspaper with today's date.
    ;-)
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    Is that Château Laurier on the left of the pic? I...

    Is that Château Laurier on the left of the pic? I stayed there 2 or 3 times when I visited Ottawa.
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    Romeo So when you are looking for him you can...

    Romeo

    So when you are looking for him you can call " O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
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    I did not know that. I shall be sourcing an...

    I did not know that. I shall be sourcing an ultraviolet lamp for the gf at the earliest opportunity.
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    53553 Talk of the devil. Went out this...

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    Talk of the devil. Went out this afternoon and this guy was scuttling towards the shoe rack.
    An imperfect specimen, I am sorry to say that I whacked it first and took a picture later.
    This...
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    I used to work for a firm with a large site in...

    I used to work for a firm with a large site in north London. There was a pond and a resident flock of Canada Geese. They were best kept at a safe distance.
    One very senior executive had a small...
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    53545 Went outside and slipped on my shoes....

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    Went outside and slipped on my shoes. One didn't slip on. Gave it a shake and this fellow dropped out. Seemed okay despite my having kicked him in the head.
    It could have been worse, the gf...
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    Do you have any roses? I had chives planted under...

    Do you have any roses? I had chives planted under a rose bush in UK. Companion planting, the chives are supposed to keep pests away from the roses.
  19. Thread: Dinner

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    Sprouts: Yes! Funny how I wasn't keen on them...

    Sprouts: Yes!
    Funny how I wasn't keen on them when I was young. Love them now, especially fresh. The frozen ones are just okay. It is a while since I had fresh sprouts.
  20. David, I think yours was a very fair question and...

    David, I think yours was a very fair question and I am a little surprised at some of the rather dismissive replies. As has been said, experiences vary. These are mine:
    I moved to Thailand five years...
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    Certainly age and hair loss are connected. Our...

    Certainly age and hair loss are connected. Our friend the Internet says that by the age of 60 some 65% of men have visible hair loss. That isn't quite the same thing as having no hair, for which I...
  22. Yes, we can agree on that.

    Yes, we can agree on that.
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    Six years is taking the piss. Gives all farangs a...

    Six years is taking the piss. Gives all farangs a bad name.
  24. I have never known much about NZ history. I have...

    I have never known much about NZ history. I have an open mind and it is difficult to form an opinion when sabang posts an apparently factual piece and you dismiss it as wank revisionism.

    Sabang's...
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    A similar story was on the front page of the UK's...

    A similar story was on the front page of the UK's Daily Star on June 6th. They reported that nearly three quarters of men who had been hospitalised had no hair on their heads.
    Because it was the...
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    Fair enough. I didn't know they had them too. I...

    Fair enough. I didn't know they had them too.
    I have a vague recollection of the one at Birmingham airport although that was long ago and I never actually used it.
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    The idea behind maglev is that because it has no...

    The idea behind maglev is that because it has no wheels it is much more energy efficient than a conventional train. The wind resistance is still an issue and the hypothesis is that if it ran in a...
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    The Chinese have been running their Pudong maglev...

    The Chinese have been running their Pudong maglev train for nearly 20 years. I have seen it but never used it. It hits 400 km/hr, the locals tell me. It has in effect been a long-term test track. The...
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    I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that we...

    I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that we could make a better world. Or maybe everyone else is happy with the status quo.
    We could have a poll.
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    I was looking at the sort of set-up you describe...

    I was looking at the sort of set-up you describe recently. There is one shop in this Isan town offering a full package and the shop owner, who is a very smart lady, speaks some English. She has a...
  31. Thread: I made wine

    by Shutree
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    I was trying to support you here! The OED...

    I was trying to support you here!

    The OED says:

    wine

    1An alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.


    1.1with modifier An alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of specified...
  32. Thread: I made wine

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    Yes. In the dictionary, 'wine' is made from...

    Yes. In the dictionary, 'wine' is made from grapes.
    Other alcoholic drinks from other fruits are usually called 'fruit wine'.
    I only know this because I was recently trying to unscramble the...
  33. Thread: Where's Coco?

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    Oh, already explained. And not 10 minutes....

    Oh, already explained. And not 10 minutes....
  34. Thread: Where's Coco?

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    The watch and the clock look to be about 10...

    The watch and the clock look to be about 10 minutes different.
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    Sticky: I have both of these visit the garden. I wasn't...

    I have both of these visit the garden. I wasn't sure why they didn't all look the same. Only after seeing these pics did I figure out they were two different birds. We are surrounded by rice fields,...
  36. I wasn't thinking competitively. If I count the...

    I wasn't thinking competitively. If I count the UK as 4 and the UAE as 7 that would add 9.

    I have no plans to add any more to my list. If I were to travel in the post-Covid world I'd probably...
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    I enjoyed that reading very much. Kipling was...

    I enjoyed that reading very much.

    Kipling was popular during his lifetime and "If" has been a national favourite. I don't find it difficult to accept that he was writing of the world as it was and...
  38. Visited Cairo a couple of times for work and...

    Visited Cairo a couple of times for work and Sharm and Tunisia on holiday. Sorry not to have taken the opportunity then for a short side trip to Libya. Further south than that in Africa I have not...
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    So, what's the verdict. We are all agog.

    So, what's the verdict.
    We are all agog.
  40. I hadn't ever thought to count before. 57...

    I hadn't ever thought to count before.

    57 visited.
    Lived in 6.
  41. I don't understand the maths behind the Rich...

    I don't understand the maths behind the Rich Tourist idea.

    Thailand will have the same number of expensive rooms in the same number of expensive hotels as pre-Covid.

    Meanwhile, all the cheap...
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    23/40 Must try harder.

    23/40
    Must try harder.
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    Kitchen table. As mentioned on the Unamusing...

    Kitchen table.
    As mentioned on the Unamusing Pics thread.
    :)
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    Climate, poverty and modern slavery. I can...

    Climate, poverty and modern slavery.
    I can empathise with the angst of those who feel that their lives today are unfair because of past injustices (although they will probably deny that I can) but...
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    I heard Canadians use 'indigenous', I never heard...

    I heard Canadians use 'indigenous', I never heard 'native'. I didn't investigate after I got called out on my 'Eskimo' faux pas, just steered clear. Actually I never met any Inuit there. Many Chinese...
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    Indeed. I worked for a Canadian company in the...

    Indeed. I worked for a Canadian company in the 1990s and Eskimo was already considered a pejorative term. We were allowed to use Inuit, although it apparently gets more complicated because the...
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    90-day report time. I had filed online and it was...

    90-day report time. I had filed online and it was pending for 12 days, so I girded my loins and set off for a personal visit. This was my first visit to the new Nongbualamphu Immigration building....
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    "Every record has been destroyed or falsified,...

    "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process...
  49. Not surprisingly, I don't agree that it is flawed...

    Not surprisingly, I don't agree that it is flawed or stupud, although it is logical to avoid getting mown down. I don't challenge truck drivers when I am crossing the road, even when I believe I have...
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    Sticky: UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple...

    UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple model - BBC News

    UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple model

    I believe that I reported earlier that there was a likely technical problem...
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