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    If only one had a factotum to deal with these...

    If only one had a factotum to deal with these tasks.
  2. Thread: Pudding

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    Nutmeg or cinnamon? Sugar and butter? Jam is...

    Nutmeg or cinnamon? Sugar and butter? Jam is optional, I like blackcurrant or raspberry.

    Rice pudding is deceptively simple on paper. Like the dry martini, not at all complicated until you make...
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    Well, it looks pretty good. Your premix should be...

    Well, it looks pretty good. Your premix should be strong so the rebar work isn't really critical.
    The workmen are still building the concrete road in the lane outside my house, their rebar...
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    I am waiting to see the rice pudding show up...

    I am waiting to see the rice pudding show up here.... :chitown:
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    Very true. It is not exactly farming but to your...

    Very true. It is not exactly farming but to your point: I have seen a good few food shops and coffee shops open here in the past two years - and then close. Last night I went to the football with the...
  6. He'll probably get charged with drinking in...

    He'll probably get charged with drinking in public or failing to hire a jetski or something.
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    Very interesting thread and pics, a little bit of...

    Very interesting thread and pics, a little bit of imagination and organisation can make a big difference.

    There is a large plot near me on their third, back-to-back cassava planting. I wonder how...
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    In UK there is guidance for different birds. I...

    In UK there is guidance for different birds. I made one of these which was successful for Blue tits. I haven't yet experimented here in Thailand.

    Where To Put A Bird Box | Nestboxes - The RSPB
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    How about 'factotum'? Like wot Figaro was. He'd...

    How about 'factotum'? Like wot Figaro was.
    He'd be the first gardener in Isan with his own theme song, 'Largo al factotum'.
    (You'll be humming it by the end of today, sure.)
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    After a few dry weeks I can at last close my...

    After a few dry weeks I can at last close my front, wooden double doors without kicking them. Local craftsmanship at its finest.
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    Sticky: The red ginger is in the ground and not yet dead,...

    The red ginger is in the ground and not yet dead, which is promising. I guess it will be a while before it flowers. The young trees that I think are the Bauhinia because of that distinctive leaf...
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    Do you mind? I was eating lunch when I read...

    Do you mind?

    I was eating lunch when I read that and came over quite unwell. I'm not saying you're wrong, it's just that this thread is already fairly gloomy and some things are simply too vile to...
  13. Why? It's not like the existing bridge is nose to...

    Why? It's not like the existing bridge is nose to tail traffic.
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    I started looking around recently and an expat...

    I started looking around recently and an expat Belgian recommended this Dutch outfit. She said they were very good to deal with. I haven't got around to comparing their rates/cover. They offer local...
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    My ex was smarter than that, unfortunately....

    My ex was smarter than that, unfortunately. Straight after the divorce she bought a house that cost more than my 'equal share'. Anyway, I don't miss what I never had, I am debt free and don't need...
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    I remember that. Did they not spray paint over...

    I remember that. Did they not spray paint over the tail markings to save the carrier some face? Or is my memory just inventing that?

    Edit, just looked at the vid. They sprayed out some markings...
  17. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: That is the gf. "They are dogs, that's what dogs...

    That is the gf. "They are dogs, that's what dogs do."

    Erm, no it is not, get out there and tell them to stop. They usually will stop when told. She gets right grumpy when I tell her that her dogs...
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    Best way to be. Mr. Micawber had it right: ...

    Best way to be. Mr. Micawber had it right:

    "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty...
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    That is HKD, of course, not USD. She actually...

    That is HKD, of course, not USD. She actually bought two adjacent units for a total price of HKD 1.2 Billion.

    The point being that HK is not leaving us, it is not good-bye. Buyers are still...
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    My funds did eventually arrive in the Krung Thai...

    My funds did eventually arrive in the Krung Thai account on the 10th. This was after the 7th, obviously, and over B50K, but it went through okay, if somewhat slower than usual. I gave them some...
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    Golden tree snake back again. I guess somewhere...

    Golden tree snake back again. I guess somewhere in the world they are golden, here in Thailand I only see green ones.

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    Do you remember who supplied your windows?

    Do you remember who supplied your windows?
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    Sticky: If all goes as planned, I'll travel to UK and...

    If all goes as planned, I'll travel to UK and return with about 9 months to run on the visa. Does that mean I'll need to buy 9 months of insurance before I come back?

    Does it only kick in when you...
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    Squirrels are fast. My ex's sister had a...

    Squirrels are fast.
    My ex's sister had a lurcher. Ugly dog but fastest thing in the park. It used to tease big dogs by getting them to chase it.
    Then one day it chased a squirrel. Squirrel straight...
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    We have a s/s gate maker in our village and he...

    We have a s/s gate maker in our village and he was our first port of call. He gave that 'so busy' nonsense and of course no discount for being local. Maybe he was looking for a farang premium. The...
  26. The area smells wonderful.

    The area smells wonderful.
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    Yep, mine is valid for 10 years and 9 months. Now...

    Yep, mine is valid for 10 years and 9 months. Now that I am alert to the issue it isn't a huge problem, it just means renewing a year earlier than I otherwise would. Still four years away. Unless I...
  28. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: Interesting, I never knew that such things...

    Interesting, I never knew that such things existed. I'll have a look.
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    This is truly government obfuscation at its...

    This is truly government obfuscation at its finest.

    What that link tells me is:

    "How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you’re visiting. Check the travel advice for the...
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    I have no special knowledge, only life experience...

    I have no special knowledge, only life experience of seeing double-glazing become pretty standard in UK while triple-glazing is common in Nordic countries. It must all happen for a reason.

    That...
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    Standard procedure, I believe. My gate maker...

    Standard procedure, I believe. My gate maker wanted to measure for himself and also check how the bottom rail was going to run, was it free of obstruction, those sorts of things.
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    A fair question and yes, a few reasons. As I...

    A fair question and yes, a few reasons. As I think of them, not in order of importance.

    Leaving the dogs is a problem. The gf's daugher is the only person who can come in without being bitten. She...
  33. Thread: Anna the dog

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    Sticky: We have 3 dogs, hers really, I just dogsit all...

    We have 3 dogs, hers really, I just dogsit all day. They are tiny animals and much given to yapping furiously at anything that passes the gate, particularly male dogs, several of which patrol the soi...
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    I got the same message on Jan 6th. I had planned...

    I got the same message on Jan 6th. I had planned to send some dosh and since I am with Krung Thai I decided to do it there and then. More than B50K.

    The app said it would arrive on the 7th, so I...
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    Sticky: I'd say you deserve a beverage or three for your...

    I'd say you deserve a beverage or three for your success with Anna.
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    I think I am not far west of you and here it hit...

    I think I am not far west of you and here it hit 30C yesterday afternoon. Still cool in the early morning, quite hot in the afternoon sunshine.

    Do you buy special seed potatoes? My efforts with...
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    Yes, the range and quantity of detergents on...

    Yes, the range and quantity of detergents on display is astonishing.

    Lotus's made no layout changes at all to our store and I didn't notice any new product lines, just more of the same old items...
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    Coincidentally, I have one on order. Never had...

    Coincidentally, I have one on order. Never had one before and thought it might be a little more environmentally friendly than those Nespresso-compatible capsules.

    After ordering I looked at my gas...
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    Well, I don't spend my days browsing UK...

    Well, I don't spend my days browsing UK government websites and this story was news to me. It is pertinent because my passport has a validity of 10.5 years so I'll need to renew it at least 9 months...
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    To be fair, the pics suggest the tree was leaning...

    To be fair, the pics suggest the tree was leaning a bit. Leaning trees are very tricky to take down. One way is to use that long webbing tape with a ratchet, secured low to the ground to a vey strong...
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    Not keen on naked flames in the bedroom....

    Not keen on naked flames in the bedroom. Especially old flames. I thought electric was the way to go.
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    Congratulations on getting there, Simon. I hope...

    Congratulations on getting there, Simon. I hope things work out well for you. Please do let us know how everything works out. Very interested to hear about prices and see pictures.
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    I'd welcome some input here. The gf sometimes has...

    I'd welcome some input here. The gf sometimes has trouble sleeping so on impulse I bought this elephant thing on Lazada together with some lavender oil. Thought I'd get a bit new age and try the...
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    Remains excavated might assist identifying new...

    Remains excavated might assist identifying new suspect.
  45. Certainly is. Before it was decriminalised in...

    Certainly is. Before it was decriminalised in Hong Kong it was on the statutes as "the abominable offence of buggery"
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    Lunch was finished and we had no plan for the...

    Lunch was finished and we had no plan for the afternoon. 'We' being 'I'. It had not escaped my notice that the gf was dressed in a white blouse with a white skirt and, as expected, this resolved into...
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    When it came time to pay the bill I was a bit...

    When it came time to pay the bill I was a bit disappointed to discover that the restaurant was not part of the government's subsidised tourism scheme. So I had to pay 100%. Being the gf's birthday I...
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    After settling in and strolling around the...

    After settling in and strolling around the grounds, our first priority was food. The 'resort', for want of a better word, was pleasant and breakfast was included but they offered nothing else, except...
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    Nearly. Dry Martinis. :laugh: Tonic in...

    Nearly. Dry Martinis. :laugh:

    Tonic in Thailand is a whole other question. There is only one brand I have ever seen and I am not convinced that it isn't sweeter than the UK recipe. I drink it...
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    Here's an interesting Brexit curve ball. Woman...

    Here's an interesting Brexit curve ball.

    Woman loses PS2k after being taken off flight over Brexit passport rule | Evening Standard

    A woman has told of her frustration after being removed from...
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