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  1. Thread: Dinner

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    ^^ Yeah yeah... I should have maybe worded that...

    ^^ Yeah yeah... I should have maybe worded that better.

    But it's amazing... we get a bowl of prawns and she peels them, gives me all the meat and then just sucks the brains out of the heads with...
  2. Thread: Cottage pie

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    ^^^ What a palava... but I can't help feeling you...

    ^^^ What a palava... but I can't help feeling you made it needlessly complicated.

    Practice makes perfect... try a proper leg in your air fryer next time. Shoulders are (should be) easy!

    Oh......
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    ^ Thanks Lom, I wasn't aware of that. ...

    ^ Thanks Lom, I wasn't aware of that.

    Hopefully this is just a temporary measure during Covid, although the option of an annual, multiple entry Non O visa does seem to be disappearing from many...
  4. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ How do you mean OhOh... poured across the step...

    ^ How do you mean OhOh... poured across the step every day?
  5. Thread: Dinner

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    ^ That looks great. I'll wager those weren't...

    ^ That looks great.

    I'll wager those weren't your hands peeling those prawns.

    My wife peels those things so fast... and one of her good points is that she loves to eat the heads. I buy some...
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    Thanks Edmond... I may look into this as my work...

    Thanks Edmond... I may look into this as my work will be onshore for a couple of months, maybe longer, so there will be time to post of passports and stuff.

    Ican never understand getting these Non...
  7. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ This is the plan Baldrick. To pre-drill all...

    ^ This is the plan Baldrick.

    To pre-drill all the holes in the wood and then use these phillips head screws. They should only require a tiny bit of countersinking to get the head flush with the...
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    Since I caught that big rat snake I've been...

    Since I caught that big rat snake I've been seeing signs of snakes all over the place in the garden.

    In between the usual news stories of trapped frogs being released from drains and people...
  9. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    Then that is what I will do! I'm not too proud...

    Then that is what I will do!

    I'm not too proud to take advice from a competent engineer... and failing that, your idea sounds pretty good.


    I just looked back through this thread and...
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    ^^ Better still, let out an SBD in the queue and...

    ^^ Better still, let out an SBD in the queue and then look around disapprovingly at the person behind.
  11. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    I'm sensing a bit of 'jetty fatigue', but I'll...

    I'm sensing a bit of 'jetty fatigue', but I'll press on.

    I've started so I'll finish, and all that.

    The very last stage will be to install the wood onto the frame. The wood stain is taking an...
  12. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    Before welding into position I wanted to check...

    Before welding into position I wanted to check the attitude of the frame.

    This was just like being back at work, although instead of taking measurement on a structure sitting on the seabed it was...
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    ^ Look closely...

    ^ Look closely...
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    Anther quick working lunch today courtesy of the...

    Anther quick working lunch today courtesy of the gardener.

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=70387&d=1623667753

    I rarely eat alone.
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  15. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^^^ Speaking of which... they always say it's bad...

    ^^^ Speaking of which... they always say it's bad luck to Christen a jetty before it's finished... but I just couldn't wait. And besides... what else are you gonna do on a wet Isaan afternoon.

    I...
  16. Thread: Are you drunk?

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    BLACKADDER II _ YOU HAVE A WOMANS HAND.avi -...

    BLACKADDER II _ YOU HAVE A WOMANS HAND.avi - YouTube
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    ^ They certainly will. I'll be along before...

    ^ They certainly will.

    I'll be along before kick-off. Don't worry, I'll bring along some Isaan snacks.
  18. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ Thank you. Praise from a fellow Teakdoor peer...

    ^ Thank you. Praise from a fellow Teakdoor peer meams a lot!
  19. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    The rotation went well, and following some...

    The rotation went well, and following some necessary final readjustments we were ready for the most delicate part of the entire lift... lowering the frame into the L-piece supports. This was also the...
  20. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ A stack of 3 was the most the vice could...

    ^ A stack of 3 was the most the vice could take... but yeah, way ahead of you!


    I awoke this morning to a cool, overcast day with a gentle sou' westerly... in short, perfect conditions for a...
  21. Thread: Breakfast

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    Today it was circular saw-cut black pudding with...

    Today it was circular saw-cut black pudding with eggs.

    This was the first time I've had black pudding for as long as I can remember, and it was delicious.
    ...
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    Never the twain shall meet... But the Brits...

    Never the twain shall meet...

    But the Brits are correct on this.
  23. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    I bet it was cleaner than Harry's fridge. I'll...

    I bet it was cleaner than Harry's fridge.

    I'll fry it up anyway... that'll kill any germs.
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    ^ She had boiled eggs with soldiers. There...

    ^ She had boiled eggs with soldiers.

    There were in fact three breakfasts on offer... but I didn't want to show off.

    Although there is obviously something going on and I need to be wary...
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    There were two breakfasts on offer in the Mendip...

    There were two breakfasts on offer in the Mendip household this morning...

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=70270&d=1623497579

    Normal food (with Brook baked beans)...
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  26. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ No I didn't. I'll just have to scrape it off...

    ^ No I didn't.

    I'll just have to scrape it off exactly where necessary.

    It's a good system... but not perfect.

    Oh... and 3 layer primer. This is quality.
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    ^^^ PAG, if the serial number starts with an 'R'...

    ^^^ PAG, if the serial number starts with an 'R' the date is 1987 or 1988.

    L... 1989, E... 1990, etc etc

    I have a good document that explains the Rolex serial numbering if you're interested....
  28. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    I see that rather focus on the finer points of...

    I see that rather focus on the finer points of jetty construction the conversation has veered towards my feet.

    I'll admit that they're in pretty poor shape just now, what with the grey primer and...
  29. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    There were many choices of colour to paint the...

    There were many choices of colour to paint the jetty, but in the end black won simply because I found a near full tin of enamel black paint in the workshop. This has been used for all of our metal...
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    ^ Much to my embarressment I don't think I've...

    ^ Much to my embarressment I don't think I've ever tried HP Baked Beans, but if you follow the standard 'any baked bean is a good baked apart from Ayam' school of thought, then they should be good.
    ...
  31. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    Well, this is a bit disturbing Barty... I think...

    Well, this is a bit disturbing Barty... I think this comes under the category, 'I wish you'd said that a week ago'! :)
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    ^ You called!!!?

    ^ You called!!!?
  33. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ Next time! :) But yeah, just don't know why...

    ^ Next time! :)

    But yeah, just don't know why that's never occurred to me before. Obvious when you think about it, and easy with my new circular saw.

    Thanks Lom.
  34. Thread: What it is?

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    ^^ Well... how to judge this answer. Had you...

    ^^ Well... how to judge this answer.

    Had you just said 'ashtray' I could have awarded a full Green.

    Sometimes less is more Nev... it was a ceramic ashtray in my room during a recent stay in the...
  35. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ Easy peasy hey... ya know, instead of...

    ^ Easy peasy hey... ya know, instead of considering the jetty transport to the pond as your 'entertainment', you could become part of the solution.

    Jump in your car and you could be here five...
  36. Thread: What it is?

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    ^ If you do eventually guess correctly at some...

    ^ If you do eventually guess correctly at some point, Green revoked.

    Over 50% of the Kiribati population use these... and yes, I have just discovered that is a country.
  37. Thread: What it is?

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    ^, ^^ I said 'regularly'... I could say that I...

    ^, ^^ I said 'regularly'...

    I could say that I used to use these all the time, but no longer.
  38. Thread: What it is?

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    I'd forgotten about this. I would like to say...

    I'd forgotten about this.

    I would like to say that you're close, but I'd be lying. Not even warm.

    Around 14% of the UK population use these regularly.
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    ^ Beautiful view... you should build a jetty.

    ^ Beautiful view... you should build a jetty.
  40. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ I'm hoping to bring the work forward to...

    ^ I'm hoping to bring the work forward to September, once the daughter has finished her summer hols... it could get hectic!


    Anyway... lots of progress today.

    Although I hate to admit it, the...
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    ^ The house is surrounded by the wall, but the...

    ^ The house is surrounded by the wall, but the rat snake probably came in under the front gate... that's the direction from which the wife said it was travelling. There's also the back gate for the...
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    I was busy Chaindriting the wood for the jetty...

    I was busy Chaindriting the wood for the jetty this morning when the wife started screaming and caterwauling from up by the house. I carried on working hoping she'd stop as I wanted to get the second...
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    This remains my favourite breakfast by far after...

    This remains my favourite breakfast by far after spending a few years living in Malaysia around 20 years ago.
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    I just checked her out on the internet... she can...

    I just checked her out on the internet... she can come and steal my pillows any time.

    It reminded me of one time we were checking out of a hotel in south Pattaya. The wife and daughter were...
  45. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    ^ I was hoping you'd bring one of your fancy...

    ^ I was hoping you'd bring one of your fancy bottles of malt.

    I'll waive the 20 Baht fee for a decent whisky.
  46. Thread: An Isaan Pond

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    I didn't really design it to take three people...

    I didn't really design it to take three people but I guess we can give it a try... I'm only small.

    Just to be clear from the outset... I'm gonna be charging 20 Baht a go. That wood was expensive...
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    ^^^ Very nice HW... I remember lamb chops. ...

    ^^^ Very nice HW... I remember lamb chops.

    There was no time up in Isaan for such fancy food today... it was a quick working lunch of moo palo and then back to it.

    This jetty won't build...
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    It was a late start today and as it didn't seem...

    It was a late start today and as it didn't seem worth getting into the welding I picked up the wood instead.

    I won't bore you with the calculations, but the jetty frame is 3 metres long and the...
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    Probably just a one off... 2 or 3 months...

    Probably just a one off... 2 or 3 months duration.

    Covid intriduces a lot of unknowns of course...maybe by the end of the year I could fly back via Songapore and pick up a multiple entry Non O......
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    Thanks Bogon. A problem is that I'll be...

    Thanks Bogon.

    A problem is that I'll be entering on a single ticket and airlines can be very reluctant to let you board without a return. I'd much rather be entering with a valid visa/extension.
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