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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The natives are proving very resistant to eating peas...
    When I grew up there were peas in the meals every now and then, of course not as frequent as it seems to be in England. We don't overdo things and we have other vegetables than carrots and peas so we can vary with the accessories..

    Most of my friends hated both of those and then they grew up to cook for their children remembering the promise they gave when young, "I will never force my kids to eat carrots and peas" and that is where we are today.

    Peas should be a voluntary, by request, accessory and not a requisite
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Ruddy hell, you're fighting them off with a stick mate!
    Get onit like car bonnet
    I won't be fighting anyone off... believe me.


    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    How come the French girl gets to stay in a hotel?
    That is a very good question... The grotty student digs I'm staying in have six dirty bedsits, and they're not all occupied. The office says that they keep it only half full due to Covid isolating so it seems that I was just unlucky in my timing when I turned up. Some of these people actually prefer this social arrangement for their accommodation rather than having a hotel room to lock yourself away in and drink cheap red wine... go figure... But I must admit, it's handy to have my own fridge and a microwave to use.

    I offered to swap accommodation with a couple of people but they thought I was strange. I offered to share with one, but she thought that was really strange!

    Hotels aren't that great over here... long stay guests only get their rooms cleaned and bedding changed once every two weeks 'due to Covid...', and they have to find their own towels from the hotel laundry. Covid seems to be used as an excuse to lower the already dreadful customer care in Scandinavian hotels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    When I grew up there were peas in the meals every now and then, of course not as frequent as it seems to be in England. We don't overdo things and we have other vegetables than carrots and peas so we can vary with the accessories..

    Most of my friends hated both of those and then they grew up to cook for their children remembering the promise they gave when young, "I will never force my kids to eat carrots and peas" and that is where we are today.

    Peas should be a voluntary, by request, accessory and not a requisite
    I don't know how yet another thread has become about peas - or petite pois as I may soon be calling them - I eat loads of different veg but peas are my favourite, it's as simple as that.

    I'm in difficult circumstances just now... you try microwaving a bowl of sprouts or a cabbage. You'll soon go back to peas.

    Fruit is certainly no problem here... I'm usually first in the office and today at 6:30 there was the weekly consignment of milk and fruit waiting on the doorstep. I reckon the delivery man must have forgotten to put his clocks back. I carried them all up to the office kitchen and helped meself to a couple of the huge plums for my efforts.



    Today marks a major milestone. Yesterday I finished the box of 240 PG Tips that my mate brought to the boat on August 25th, exactly two months before. I make that 120 teabags a month, or 4 a day... which ain't right and doesn't add up. Someone has been pilfering them.

    This morning I started the long awaited Yorkshire Tea, with my Great Yarmouth mug sans chewing gum.



    Tomorrow will mark an even bigger milestone... I'll finish the big project I was put on and can start thinking about the future. They've thrown a couple of small projects at me but I should be finishing up here sometime next week.

    Now I'm going to have to really start thinking about what I'm going to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I don't know how yet another thread has become about peas -
    Sorry, I see the thread is about your commute to work. What is it, 30 meter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Now I'm going to have to really start thinking about what I'm going to do.
    Why do you sit in their office and do job for them? Why don't you do it from an office in your home?

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    In the past I used to work a lot from home but for a number of reasons now find it easier to keep home life and work separate. I'm very busy at home anyway.

    But... Covid has changed everything. At the moment my project coordinator sits somewhere in The States and some document control girl who gets involved is in the Caribbean. The broadband in Thailand is perfectly good enough for me to log into and work on the office network so I may have to start looking at this. I just need to get a half decent desktop and a couple of big monitors.

    I'm not established enough yet with this company... but if the opportunity arises then yes, this is the way to go. They are doing more work for Equinor in Norway just now and it'll all need finishing up. Who knows, could even end up working from quarantine in a hotel room. If I could get that sorted then two weeks lost could turn into two weeks work.

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    Dill meant to keep thinking of my daughter's welfare 'in general' while doing the dirty. Words can be misconstrued.

    My daughter is similar in age to Dill's daughter... they're friends on Roblox!

    And anyway, it's a moot point. My idea of 'age appropriate' seems to be a lot different than this 30 year old's... I think she's just after me for my Yorkshire tea bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And anyway, it's a moot point. My idea of 'age appropriate' seems to be a lot different than this 30 year old's... I think she's just after me for my Yorkshire tea bags.
    "Share your brew" it says on the box.

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    She might have been the pilferer??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I think she's just after me for my Yorkshire tea bags.
    Didn't know you're from Yorkshire, but this girl sounds like fun

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    ^ I've been called a lot of things, but never a Yorkshireman before... red owed!


    ^^
    To be honest I don't care if she was the pilferer.

    I've forgiven her already... I like a girl with low morals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    could even end up working from quarantine in a hotel room
    Available at my AQS hotel in Bangkok. Beats watching Thai workers building the new BTS bridges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    If I could get that sorted then two weeks lost could turn into two weeks work.
    Make sure the hotel has 24hr room service.

    Here is one list:

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-t-02-list-approved-alternative-state


    Check for an updated list maybe one out of Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    I've forgiven her already... I like a girl with low morals.
    EXcellent point!

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    ^^ Thanks OhOh... I really need to start making some kind of a plan...

    With complete European lockdowns imminent I'm not sure what to do... an Italian friend of mine working here in Gothenburg has just cancelled a two week break back in Milan because his return flight here has just been cancelled. He's going to stay working with so much uncertainty around, as I think I will if there's work on offer.

    I hit two major milestones today... I finished the big project I came here to do, so now I can leave once I've had enough. They're throwing small stuff at me which is fine... I'm into my 13th week but still holding it together and will just take it a few days at a time. Work is work after all, and I can't get home...

    And... the second milestone... my French lady friend brought me in TWO croissants this morning, a chocolate one and an apple one. I think it's time to make my move, and clearly she doesn't worry about a guy carrying a couple of extra pounds...



    But first things first... Wednesday has turned into the Red Lion night... and I've always thought that a thread can't have too many pictures of a pint of cider.



    An Englishman, an Italian and a Swede walk into a pub...

    And they all have fish an' chips with peas as an extra side! I'm finally teaching these heathens...

    Apart from the Swede of course... he had extra sauce... go figure. They're not the most adventurous race.



    And damn fine it was too.



    What a great night until this guy came in with his beautiful dog... and I became all maudlin. How I miss my dogs and what I'd have given to have my five sitting at my feet.



    But you can't hold a good man down!

    Have I mentioned how odd the Swedes can be? Very nice... but odd at times.

    Since the clocks went back I've noticed a few people walking around in the dark evenings wearing shipping lights. Much as I like my maritime stuff, the day I start wearing port and starboard lights on my elbows, please someone just shoot me.



    This cheered me up no end!
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    Shipping lights? Is it a special vest? If so buy one, just for laughs.

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    I think they're just red and green lights that strap to your arms with velcro...

    There's a difference between laughing with people and just being laughed at... but I will have a look around.

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    Makes sense though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Who knows, could even end up working from quarantine in a hotel room.
    The quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days now

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    ^ To be honest a reduction of 4 days quarantine isn't really an incentive for me, and besides I've got my watch to pick up in the UK now.

    I reckon I should be finished up here in a week or so, and one of the managers has already mentioned I should take some time off... I'm not sure if she's worried about my welfare or worried about the comeback if I lose the plot - the hours I'm working are completely illegal in Scandinavia... it's day 90 tomorrow but I want to try and make it to 100! And they've already hinted at more office work over the winter...

    When I started this work trip in late July off northern Norway it was perpetual daylight and a midnight sun. That seems an awfully long time ago now.

    Today when I started work in the office around 6:30am dawn was just breaking...



    And after a pretty shitty 11 hours today I left the office in the dark to be faced with this...



    And no... it's not a half mile queue for a loaf of bread in cold war USSR... this is a queue for a bottle of wine in 2020 bicycle and scooter happy Sweden at the state run Systembologet... at 6pm. OK, admittedly Covid social distancing Sweden, but even so...

    I nearly got the hump and leave empty handed, but it was a half an hour walk to get there and I've got a weekend to get through, so I soldiered on...

    I've been boycotting French produce since the 1980's but this was cheap (209 SEK) and besides, I have a French project at the moment so this may be perfect!

    Tres bon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    this is a queue for a bottle of wine
    holy heck.

    You need to stock up on the quiet weekdays. 20 euro's is not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    holy heck.

    You need to stock up on the quiet weekdays. 20 euro's is not bad.

    Mendip
    I doubt there are many times I agree with TRW but I do this time.
    Why, if you have to queue to get your fix, didn't you buy half a dozen bottles?

    If you weren't mad before then after working 100 days you will be now.
    You won't know how to function in a "normal" society like back here in Isaan!
    I was in Korat 2 days ago and it was raining like mad, rained the whole 90km trip from my place to Korat and the whole 90km trip back.
    So you might not have enjoyed being here after all.

    I just found out a married couple who I have known for 20 years are now working in Sweden at LKAB mine, they are both Mining Engineers.
    He sent me a picture looking out of their apartment window and it was all snow, fukk that to cold for me.

    Take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    this is a queue for a bottle of wine in 2020 bicycle and scooter happy Sweden at the state run Systembologet... at 6pm.
    Is the alcohol sale still restricted, allowed only in special shop and after 5pm? I was shocked to learn it while staying for some time high in the North some 40 years ago.

    I was said it's very essential to govern the sale, having so many deep drinkers hence suicides during the long lonely nights in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Have I mentioned how odd the Swedes can be? Very nice... but odd at times.

    Since the clocks went back I've noticed a few people walking around in the dark evenings wearing shipping lights. Much as I like my maritime stuff, the day I start wearing port and starboard lights on my elbows, please someone just shoot me.



    This cheered me up no end!
    It just let you know if they are coming or going.

    As opposed to cumming and going

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    ^ I guess it's a good idea, so long as you know red is port and green is starboard, but not everyone's an old sea dog like meself. I could instantly see that this chap was dangerously close to the rocks off his port bow.

    I would have thought a simple red light on your back and white light on your front would be better on land, maybe with some indicator lights for turning?

    Although it has to be said that being run down by a cyclist or scooter rider is an ever present threat in Sweden.



    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    holy heck.

    You need to stock up on the quiet weekdays. 20 euro's is not bad.
    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Mendip
    I doubt there are many times I agree with TRW but I do this time.
    Why, if you have to queue to get your fix, didn't you buy half a dozen bottles?
    There is method to my madness... I'm not getting nearly enough exercise with my accommodation only 100 metres from the office. The dark evenings, shitty weather and only summer clothes to go out in, stop me going for pleasant evening strolls. But, I'll always make the effort for my wine! It's about an hour round trip, and one box at a time guarantees I get a regular walk.


    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Is the alcohol sale still restricted, allowed only in special shop and after 5pm?
    For anything over 3.5% you need to go to the government run Systembologets. These are open until 7pm weekdays and 3pm on a Saturday... so 6pm Friday evening is rush hour.

    To be fair the queue did move fast... the Swedes don't mess around in these places. And it was restricted to a certain number at a time due to Covid, hence the queue. I was all done 10 minutes after taking the photo, so credit where credit's due.

    Despite a different attitude towards Covid than most other European countries, and a complete absence of face mask wearing, Sweden are quite strict at applying social distancing. Inside, the Systembologet was near deserted. The office I work in is also deserted with most working from home and just coming in for the occasional half day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I would have thought a simple red light on your back
    Too close to a 'Rent Boy' advertising to me

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