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    Think it was commonly called war effort. Both...

    My father & siblings were evacuated from downtown Birmingham (pretty heavily bombed) to rural Stroud- he had a great war! Grandpops stayed behind, making widgets for guns. Seems kinda strange to move...
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    Well put. As a small child I saw Coventry the...

    Coventry

    Dresden

    Thousands of civilians died in horrific circumstances for no other reason than to weaken morale.

    Merchant seamen who endured harsh conditions and in many cases...
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    Sabang. thanks for editing your original post...

    Yes, including those on the 'wrong' side. But many who didn't serve paid the price too.
    It would be nice if we could put soldiers together on a big muddy field to go slug it out together at the...
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    We all know this but lord help you and all your...

    Yes, including those on the 'wrong' side. But many who didn't serve paid the price too.
    It would be nice if we could put soldiers together on a big muddy field to go slug it out together at the...
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    Well done 'the old man' I am sure he had his...

    I've heard that as well even with the constant drum beat from the Left how horrible the VA Hospitals are and the numbers of Vets on Food Stamps.

    My old man was held captive by the Japs for 48...
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    I cop't a piece of shrapnel in my left leg whilst...

    I cop't a piece of shrapnel in my left leg whilst serving in Aden (yemen) in the Radfan mountains during 1960. I was out of 'action' for about three months but thanks to the care given by the RAF...
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    Kevin2008 post # 66

    Kevin beautifully put and exactly right.
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    Nothing wrong with the average German populace...

    Nothing wrong with the average German populace only members of the National Socialist Party of the 1930's and 1940's even a lot of them were gullible and very misguided and really did not realise...
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    Troy post # 42

    Troy. Well said and to the point.
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    Rainfall post # 39

    Rainfall I do not know where you originate from (you say expat) but you have just about rewritten the history regarding the second world war. Admittedly some of what you say is true but a lot is not....
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    Rick if you are over weight on your check in...

    Rick if you are over weight on your check in luggage as I was about 4 years ago (29 KILO) I actually found it cheaper on the return leg to Thailand to upgrade (at the airport) for their 'superior...
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    Wars

    Having read some of the posts made I just wonder just where some of these people are coming from.
    War and the destruction and misery it causes to anyone involved is not romantic but utter sheer...
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    Terry 57 - Burma Railway

    Not sure that it is true re Thai deaths while constructing this infamous railway. Although they were not 'enslaved' like many others hundreds of Thai nationals perished while 'working' for the...
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    UK and Europe during the early 1940's had a lot...

    UK and Europe during the early 1940's had a lot more heavy and dirty industrialisation than today (coal mines/steel works/foundries/shipyards/factories etc) but workers in those days usually had only...
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    Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance

    Just finished watching the Service of Remembrance from the Albert Hall on UK T/V as usual very moving and well organised. It makes one realise just how lucky we are to have had service men from many...
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    Not liking Thailand - Ralphlsasser

    As an able bodied person I can quite see how you have become to dislike Thailand when having any sort of disability. Despite the hype on T/V etc Thailand definitely is not set up to accommodate any...
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    Assurance companies

    Assurance Companies are are all the same got screwed by PRUDENTIAL for 18,000 due to very convenient "market forces" when I was sixty when my policy 'matured'. Nothing illegal but I considered very...
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    EVA Air

    Rick. I and my family have used EVA AIR on several occasions, comfortable aircraft no real frills or gimmicks but service has always been good. However for tourist class they are quite sticky about...
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    Road Safety in Thailand

    I know this is an old and much bashed thread but on a visit to our local town (Nakhon Sawan) yesterday I noticed what appeared to be two fixed speed cameras about five KLM from the city on one of the...
  20. Warning re water filters as sold by retailers and...

    Warning re water filters as sold by retailers and hawkers.
    They are only good for filtering out organic matter such as minerals and salts etc. they are absolutely no defence against water born...
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    Post office box

    Piwani,
    I have mulled this over but nearest office with post boxes is 50KLM away in Nakhon Sawan. However had "test air mail" letter sent from UK about a month ago recorded delivery dammed...
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    JPPR2 Hope all goes well for you but the tools I...

    JPPR2
    Hope all goes well for you but the tools I shipped were mostly small hand tools with a couple of larger items which most people class as 'workshed' tools not manufacturing equipment.
    AS...
  23. Water in Thailand

    We are all banging on about safe drinking water and ice (me included) in Thailand but a not very charitable thought passed my mind yesterday. One assumes licenses or permits are required in Thailand...
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    Tools in Thailand

    About four years ago I imported a number of my specialist tools which I could not source (good or poor quality) in Thailand. Got stung heavily on import duty but had no real choice.
    Most of these...
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    Dislikes in Thailand

    To be honest there is nothing I actually dislike about Thailand but two things do irritate me.
    1) Litter and 'fly tipping'.
    I live on a small concrete come dirt road which only leads to our...
  26. A little scarey had this turned out to be...

    A little scarey had this turned out to be anything really serious there appears to be no apparent attempt at a 'culture' to find out which 'bug' was causing the problem and which type of antibiotic...
  27. At 75 I find it is impossible to get health...

    At 75 I find it is impossible to get health insurance at any price. Until I was 68 no real problem but after that even my current company at the time would not extend my cover. I had never made a...
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    Tools in Thailand - Terry57

    I agree never really found a problem finding decent tools in Thailand, (some even marked "made in England"???) just the odd specialist tool not available, some excellent good quality tool shops in...
  29. Amazingly it does not appear to be endemic in...

    Amazingly it does not appear to be endemic in Thailand of late, but this is surprising as our local "toilet soakaway emptier" simply pumps his raw waste from his mobile 'tank' into public irrigation...
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    Thai Marriage visa

    Rick.
    Just looked up situation on Thai Immigration web site. Current situation regards reporting at 90 days for Thai Marriage visa unchanged (You do not have to leave Thailand every 90 days).
    If...
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    Rick. Yes you do have to leave Thailand if using...

    Rick. Yes you do have to leave Thailand if using a non-immigrant 'o' visa but definitely only report for a marriage visa or for that matter a retirement visa which incidentally is more expensive but...
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    marriage Visa Thailand

    Rick.
    A marriage visa should be no problem to obtain at your local immigration office the rules are quite clear where ever you reside. I have obtained one through Bangkok,Tac and now use Nakhon...
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    Retiring to Thailand

    I know this is an old post but the way rick went about it makes a lot of sense for anyone retiring to Thailand.

    Rick just read your post on your forthcoming retirement to Thailand makes a lot of...
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    Thanks ENT. My province is Nakhon Sawan which is...

    Thanks ENT. My province is Nakhon Sawan which is roughly 300 KLM due north of Bangkok but we reside 52 KLM further north of Nakhon Sawan town and Changmai is about 350 KLM north of us.
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    Are Thai's better off

    Ref. Koman's (#22 post) Absolutely agree with your analysis it is spot on.
    My wife owns quite a few plots of land (her pension) value has increased 10 fold since she purchased them (not farm land)...
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    Vehicle searches

    This happens on a regular basis in the area in which I live (Nakhon Sawan), including what appear to be random check points on rural back roads, usually no real problem. Asked my local 'friendly cop'...
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    UK Passport BKK

    When I did mine a year or so back I had them deliver to the embassy in Bangkok and picked it up from there. This way their problem should it go astray (which i do think unlikely) until the passport...
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    BKK Passport renewal saga

    It is not posting my passport to Hongkong which bothers me too much but the return of the new passport, through Thai post, which does. I have received only three out of dozen or so air mail...
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    Are Thais doing better

    I agree with Beazalbob69's comments entirely. When I described peoples houses as "hovels" I did not mean this in a derogatory manner but to illustrate that the money spent on a vehicles for which...
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    Thai Opulance

    I sincerely hope that the financial collapse which happened in the western world does not occur in Thailand but I fear that with all the personal and government debt being 'racked' up in Thailand it...
  41. Health and Welfare in Thailand

    Having worked and lived in the Far East since the early 1980's I forgot to mention one thing in my last post - WATER. I have found that this plus raw salads are the biggest cause of digestive tract...
  42. Local hospital clinics

    Good advice from both Eliminator and Rickscoppers. However treatment varies considerably from one local hospital to another I am lucky where I live there is a small local clinic with visiting doctors...
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    Diving as a career

    Back in the 70's I was a qualified licensed diver in the north sea oil fields.With specialist training for under water medicine in case of emergencies. In those days there was very little competition...
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    Translations

    One point to remember when using spell-check programs is that the only programs I have seen actually check spelling against 'American English'. Before any one gets up in arms about American English...
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    Gaffes on T/V

    Just been watching "Hornblower" on ITV3 via UKT/V. About halfway through this episode where Hornblower and his 1st officer were surveying a "French" stronghold in a 'ye oldie worldy thatched cottage'...
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    Google Translations

    May be I am missing the point in all this high powered discussions about translation of a students thesis into English from Thai (or any other language for that matter). I am not a teacher or...
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    [QUOTE=rickschoppers;2577281]^ The BIB must be...

    [QUOTE=rickschoppers;2577281]^
    The BIB must be very hungry where you are to have roadblocks in your area. Do you see any unlicensed bikes around or 8 years olds tooling around on motorbikes without...
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    In the sticks about 50 kilometer north of Nakhon...

    See plenty of police activity in the country side where I live, get stopped in road blocks at least twice a week on relatively minor country roads. Personally never have any problem but see lots of...
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    See plenty of police activity in the country side...

    See plenty of police activity in the country side where I live, get stopped in road blocks at least twice a week on relatively minor country roads. Personally never have any problem but see lots of...
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    [QUOTE=FailSafe;2574648]Isn't this the case only...

    [QUOTE=FailSafe;2574648]Isn't this the case only for bikes of a certain age, like 5 (or more) years old?[/QUOTE

    Don't know one bike 7 years old and one bike four years old but I am told all...
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