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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    And your dick?
    Being a soap-dodger, I am replete with pot-belly and haven't seen such sights in a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Some interesting info in that link Sid.

    That explains why the roads have been like the Tour de France..
    Dusting off old bikes
    Trade industry bodies had previously said that bicycle retailers and repair shops had seen a spike in demand as people "clean the cobwebs off" their old bikes in an attempt to avoid public transport during the pandemic.

    Jonathan Harrison of the Association of Cycle Traders told the BBC that "there had been an uplift in sales across the board, with larger retailers also reporting more 'entry-level' bikes going."

    However, he pointed out that with more consumers staying in due to the new government restrictions, "it's difficult to know whether or not that trend will continue."
    Saw some "investment expert" talking recently about converting all money into gold or silver, and keeping it stored somewhere "within a bicycle ride away"..

    Doubtless he has a book to flog / barter.

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    Digging in for the long haul. New USB solely for obscure music downloads, a bluetooth headphone, and a supply of an aromatic herb said to make time go quicker and obscure music sound even better. She'll be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    obscure music
    Guessing this is more likely to be 'Lindisfarne' than the latest hit in Papua New Guinea.

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    801 Live, Shahban Yahyah, Burning Spear, Amanda Lear etc- real Top 20 stuff. Never heard of Taylor Swift.
    ^But you've given me a thought- some J Tull. Ta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    chocolate black


    Cocoa pod.

    White, until "roasted" to make chocolate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Some interesting info in that link Sid.
    "Halfords is covered by the essential retailers list. Boss Graham Stapleton said the chain

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    had "an essential role to play in keeping the country moving
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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Had a bit of a premonition about that. Picked up a case of tall cans today. I only have one or two a day, but they are an essential food group in the early evening.
    C'mon aging one, don't be so hard to yourself

    "Eighth day of self isolation and it's like Vegas in my house. We're losing money by the minute, cocktails are acceptable at any hour, and nobody knows what time it is."




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    H, 20 months now I have laid off the alcohol and done at least 15K in two walks daily. I have a can or two a night after my evening walk to "hydrate". But in all honesty have not been drunk in all that time. Never felt better. Physically and mentally. A two beer night is a happy night..

    "Its five oclock somewhere was my theme song... Things change, this was a big one for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Mrs T and I decided to cut short our 4 month stay in Thailand by a month and return to the UK, so last week we used the excellent travel agent in the Emporium Bangkok to find a flight for us asap. (Better price than online btw) and18 hours later we were on our way home. Thai airways to Heathrow and then after a 2 hour stopover it was BA to Leeds, out of the tiny airport in 10 minutes and a couple of hours later we were firmly ensconced back at Taxexile Towers.

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Who knows.
    These are unusual times, but I would not want to be a foreigner in Thailand during a health crisis such as this, having to deal with curfews, restrictions, immigration and of course the possibility of health care.

    Things in the UK are pretty calm, today is the first day of the big lockdown, but food and even toilet paper is plentiful, takeaway deliveries from local chippies, italians, indians, etc. are available and easy to obtain, we are like everyone else here self isolating and the empty streets and lack of traffic make a refreshing change. We did a food shop yesterday and it was bizarre to see people actually obeying the social distancing advice, but nobody except mrs.t and I were wearing masks and gloves. We are both relieved to be back, got out just in time I think, my wife will miss her family over the next few months, normally they visit us during the summer, but I doubt if that will happen this year.

    All the other long stay foreigners in our condo left within a week of us leaving, and the condos gym, pool and sauna were declared no go areas. I gather Hua Hin in general is slowly going into hibernation with restaurants and malls closing down and now I read the Generalissimo is declaring a state of emergency.

    Interesting times.
    Was that TVAir Bookings?

    I see Qatar are still operating outbound flights from BKK via Doha at reasonable one-way prices - 14,000 baht - and their booking portal is still accepting flights thru April.

    I did ponder it for a moment but, frankly, which is best: quarantined by a beach in 34c with easy access to supermarkets, a nice balcony overlooking the bay and a fine vantage point from which to drink my beer until dinner, or ensconced in a dreary English suburb limited to one excursion a day to some supermarket and endless pap on TV and the prospect of the Tory government spouting egregious shite interminably - health wise, if the cytokine storm strikes you down it is pretty academic where you might be, your number will be up but, yes, if it comes down to a ventilator being available or not, then perhaps best if you are in Blighty rather than LoS, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition which I assume you have Tax with your incipient dementia and whippet's lung syndrome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I have laid off the alcohol and done at least 15K in two walks daily. I have a can or two a night after my evening walk to "hydrate". But in all honesty have been drunk all that time
    Jesus effing christ

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Amanda Lear etc- real Top 20 stuff. Never heard of Taylor Swift.
    oh god!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    A two beer night is a happy night..
    it's still a lot, 2 beers every night, that's having a drinking problem

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    That's an alcoholic.

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    Was that TVAir Bookings?
    Yes, it was TV Air, and they were brilliant. Very helpful and very knowledgeable. They even managed to arrange for our luggage to be checked in through to Leeds. Normally a change of airline een route means you have to collect your luggage at the stopover and check it in again for the second flight. The Thai Inter flight was good, although the A380 looked as if it had seen better days, filthy carpets, bits of trim falling off, blinds not working and the toilets were disgusting. Helpful service though, Much like most of Thailand really.
    BA staff at Heathrow were excellent.

    As to which is the most preferable location to be quarantined in for the duration, well as a falang, a filthy unwashed virus laden foreigner, as I understand we have been described by a government minister, I would take the UK over Thailand. I would take Boris' daily chats anytime over the dumb generals ignorant hectoring rants, and I would take English generosity, the sense of fair play and the rapidly evolving community spirit that is happening here to the Thai penchant for greed, price gouging, self interest and nationalism that Im sure you will encounter if things continue to go downhill, and god help you should you need to visit an immigration office bursting at the seams with coughing burmese and sweaty cambodians in order to beg for a seven day extension to your permission to remain, along with any paperwork required from the British Embassy.

    We are happily settled in our gaff, we walk clean rodent free streets to exercise, netflix, google and books keep us entertained at home and for one who has always valued a stable home life over the superficial loud booze fuelled socialising in bars and clubs, this quarantine is no hardship at all. In fact we both find it a welcome break from the incessant demands of socialising with acquaintances.

    So lets hope this crisis passes quickly with as few deaths as possible, but I will see it out the English way rather than the Thai way.


    We left just in time and are happy and relieved to be away from Thailand right now in these uncertain times.

    Stay safe.

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    hydrating with 2 beers a night in a tropical country, is that how we call it these days for drinking alone and miserable at home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    books keep us entertained at home


    Well good to hear you're doing OK I suppose taxi. Though that sure is a lot of personal info you're posting! I thought you abhorred that sort of thing.

    Also you're not a falang are you. I mean, not really.

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    stop stalking me you retarded idiot.

    if you had even an iota of common sense, instead of wasting your days posting the trash that you are famous for, you would be making an effort to remove yourself and your precious fukking family from the lung and brain destroying poisonous miasma that envelopes the north of thailand right now.

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    ^ He's to busy being a complete knob on TD......

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    We left just in time and are happy and relieved to be away from Thailand right now in these uncertain times.
    Think its much safer in your home country at present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    It hasn't affected me at all and I don't expect it to.
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    Ha ha 😁
    What a dim wit ,,

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    Well the first of what will no doubt be many restrictions has come into place. Not allowed to travel on the roads between 20.00 and 05.00 allegedly. No inter Provence travel, and all land borders shut.
    In a word, I is fucked.

    Assuming it's true of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    stop stalking me you retarded idiot.
    I don't think you know how forums work.

    Go have a lie down and take some more meds for that senile agitation there old fella (and self-loathing aside you're still not a falang, never will be ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    hydrating with 2 beers a night in a tropical country, is that how we call it these days for drinking alone and miserable at home?
    You're kidding right? 2 beers barely qualifies as 'drinking', and what makes you think he's miserable? I love sitting on the balcony in the balmy tropical evening having a couple of coldies (alone).
    You can't compare to drinking on a cold miserable northern European evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Well the first of what will no doubt be many restrictions has come into place. Not allowed to travel on the roads between 20.00 and 05.00 allegedly. No inter Provence travel, and all land borders shut.
    In a word, I is fucked.

    Assuming it's true of course.
    It's been more than a week of total lockdown here in PI, specifically Luzon island. Lockdown of Metro Manila 15 March, entire Luzon 17 March. Other provinces/ islands followed. Curfew from 8 pm to 5 am. Can't go out to main streets unless with village pass - only 1 pass per household. The gate of our subdivision (mooban) is locked, will open only during designated times. Same for other places. Only frontliners allowed to travel to workplaces. Checkpoints all around. When going out, ppl should wear masks. It's the new reality - TH is a bit late in enforcing the lockdowns.

    Good luck re: your health, CJ. All the best...

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