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    Heading for Blighty

    As I need to get a new passport and can't be bothered jumping through all the hoops to get one here i thought i would go for a visit back home and get one whilst there. First time back in 8 years. I imagine I'm going to be in for a shock. Up to BKK today and a direct flight with BA into heathrow in the morning. I then have to get to Kings cross train station via the tube around 5-30 in the afternoon which should be fun.
    I wonder what I am going to miss first once I get back ?
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    Get a nice scotch egg, pork pie, maybe a ploughman's lunch, arrrrrr...

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    A friend recently went back and he said he couldn't get over how much things had gone up. I can't even think of how much getting from Heathrow to kings cross on the tube is going to cost these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella View Post
    A friend recently went back and he said he couldn't get over how much things had gone up. I can't even think of how much getting from Heathrow to kings cross on the tube is going to cost these days
    About 500bht

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    Thiefrow to Kings Cross tube. This is from April 2013.

    The cheapest option (excluding buses, which would be ridiculously tedious) would be the tube, which will cost 5.50 per person each way - assuming you are paying cash (you can save money if you get an Oyster card, which drops the price to 3 or 5 depending on the time of day).

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    Have a safe trip mate and make sure you see your Mum and Dad.

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    Should be 5.70 for a single paying cash oyster card is 3 off peak.
    Last edited by klong toey; 19-10-2014 at 02:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella
    I wonder what I am going to miss first once I get back ?
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    Its alright down South stoker still warm not sure what its like past the Watford Gap though.
    Its grim up North.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    not sure what its like past the Watford Gap though.
    I sat in a park and became practically dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Get a nice scotch egg, pork pie, maybe a ploughman's lunch, arrrrrr...
    A Cornish pasty from the train station is pretty much always my first food buy when I hit UK....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    A Cornish pasty from the train station is pretty much always my first food buy when I hit UK....
    Pasty is regional fare. Stoker had the ideal opportunity landing at an English sea port. Traditional fish and Chips.

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    I can never understand why people fly over to Blighty this time of year okay visit family but other than Autumn colours not the best of time for a visit.
    We have a bit more common sense and leave for the warmth of Bangkok on Friday.
    Getting near Gerts minimum temperature level requirements now.
    Fascists dress in black and go around telling people what to do, whereas priests... more drink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey View Post
    I can never understand why people fly over to Blighty this time of year okay visit family but other than Autumn colours not the best of time for a visit.
    We have a bit more common sense and leave for the warmth of Bangkok on Friday.
    Getting near Gerts minimum temperature level requirements now.
    Work is taking me there next week. Over the last several years, it always seems to be October or November. No planning, just bad luck. Last trip back, had to invest in a winter coat. Sat in the closet for a year. Really farking useful thing in Thailand, a heavy winter coat, but got tired of freezing my nuts off.

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    If you smoke the price of a pack of ciggies will be a shocker, getting close to 10 for the top brands. Petrol has always been a rip off in the UK currently about 1.25 a litre for your 95, was higher. Taxis are a total rort.

    On the plus side though with all the supermarket wars constantly on going grocery shopping is reasonable, and from reading about the prices of drinks in Bangkok and Pattaya bars getting pissed up in the UK will probably only cost about the same.

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    I decided I have to have a weekend at Robin Hoods bay near scarborough. I used to love a day out there. Just found my old Oyster card as well so see if it still works when I get there

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    If you smoke the price of a pack of ciggies will be a shocker, getting close to 10 for the top brands
    Which is a good thing in a roundabout way - because it makes you give up, or severely cut down.

    I'm currently tooting my way through one 12.5g packet of Amber Leaf a week - apprx three smokes a day - as oppose to the fucking chimney I used to resemble to Siam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    If you smoke the price of a pack of ciggies will be a shocker, getting close to 10 for the top brands
    Which is a good thing in a roundabout way - because it makes you give up, or severely cut down.

    I'm currently tooting my way through one 12.5g packet of Amber Leaf a week - apprx three smokes a day - as oppose to the fucking chimney I used to resemble to Siam.
    When in Thailand I didn't smoke a lot if wasn't drinking but when on the piss would basically chain smoke, get through 2+ packs easy on a session. Back in the UK a box of 20 lasts me 4 days although on the rare occasions I do go out for a drink i'll go through a box especially in the summer if sat outside.

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    Well I arrived
    I took the slow train up to BKK and stayed the night in the Convenient resort 5 minutes from the airport. Clean, comfortable and they have a drop off service every hour. Relaxed breakfast and off to the airport. Took BA direct this time. No queue for flight check in just walked straight up to the counter. Same with security check. A few minutes in the passport check and that was it.
    In the queue for the passport bumped into someone I know from samui. He was looking a little worried and it turned out he had 2.5 years overstay. Just after the passport check is the overstay place so I sat with him whilst they sorted it out.
    All very friendly and polite and when he came to pay the 20,000 fine the officer even spent 5 minutes telling him how to get the right visa to stay in Thailand long time when he came back.
    It seems all the scare stories on the forums have been just that.
    The flight was good. Comfortable, good food and a good supply of beers throughout the flight. The entertainment was also first class. lots to choose from and made the time pass quickly.
    Getting to Kings Cross also was a breeze. My old Oyster card still had some money left on it from years ago and the guy said just wait 5 minutes and it will cost you just 3 pounds.
    On the tube and off at the station without having to change. That was when the prices shocked me. nearly a fiver for a cornish pasty for crying out loud. Needles to say I just couldn't do it so went for the 4 pack instead.
    The train up to Darlington was quick and comfortable so again no drama's. Got up this morning and it is pissing down and freezing cold.
    Still nice to be back though

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella View Post
    The train up to Darlington
    Darlington, now there's a blast from the past, I lived in Low Coniscliffe a small village about a mile outside Darlington from the age of 1 till 14.

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    I've just ridden to work in a fucking hurricane.

    Ain't nothing nice up in this bitch.

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    It looks like I made it just in time. reading this morning that heathrow has had to cancel lots of flights due to hurricane Gonzo

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella
    hurricane Gonzo


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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Ain't nothing nice up in this bitch.
    Yup! I switched to Air France to avoid stop overs in Heathrow during my commuter days in the Middle East...sometimes twice a month back and forth from Houston...fucken cold and damp all year with the exception being July.

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