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    I'm outa here

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    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    I'm outa here

    Pics ?
    Here's a pic for you Helge...

    I walked past a graveyard on the way back from the shop last night and noticed that most of the graves have been decorated with little lanterns. I've never noticed this before in the UK... is it a Swedish thing or a Scandinavian thing? Is this for Christmas or something else?




    Meanwhile I've developed a problem over here...

    Two of my four pairs or socks have developed holes. Usually on work trips I worry about the toothpaste lasting the full four or six weeks, but never in thirty years have I worried about socks lasting a trip.

    And yes Ootai... I appreciate that may sound miserly, but it's not an unwillingness to buy a new pair of socks, it's about getting the opportunity.

    I left Korat four months ago now and reckon I have another four to six weeks work left if I want it, so no problem working up to Christmas. Then I have a decision to make... do I visit my mum in Somerset over Christmas? She wants me to stay but I'm very worried about taking Covid back to her as she's 84. I've thought about getting a test on arrival at BRS (if that's even possible), then staying 2 or 3 days in a hotel while waiting on the results, and then staying at my mum's house over Christmas which would also be the 14 days self-isolating period.

    But of course that small risk of picking up Covid on my journey and passing it on (or having it anyway but not knowing)? I wonder if anyone in the UK has any advice on this, or what the exact rules are for self isolating with someone else? For now I'm going to wait until the lockdown finishes on Dec 2nd and see what the rules are before making a plan, but I'm only putting the decision off. And of course it's not only about the rules, it's about the chance of passing Covid on to my mum for the sake of one Christmas....

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    Buy some socks.

    Personally, I would avoid visiting mom unless you have no where else to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    I left Korat four months ago now and reckon I have another four to six weeks work left if I want it, so no problem working up to Christmas. Then I have a decision to make... do I visit my mum in Somerset over Christmas? She wants me to stay but I'm very worried about taking Covid back to her as she's 84. I've thought about getting a test on arrival at BRS (if that's even possible), then staying 2 or 3 days in a hotel while waiting on the results, and then staying at my mum's house over Christmas which would also be the 14 days self-isolating period.

    But of course that small risk of picking up Covid on my journey and passing it on (or having it anyway but not knowing)? I wonder if anyone in the UK has any advice on this, or what the exact rules are for self isolating with someone else? For now I'm going to wait until the lockdown finishes on Dec 2nd and see what the rules are before making a plan, but I'm only putting the decision off. And of course it's not only about the rules, it's about the chance of passing Covid on to my mum for the sake of one Christmas....
    The current rules for England are on the NHS website.

    New National Restrictions from 5 November - GOV.UK

    It's a bit of a moving target. I believe Boris is going to anounce new rules today. Who knows what they might be a month from now?

    I can understand your dilemma. At her age, your mum is wondering how many more Christmases you might have together and you are wondering if it is safe. Very tricky decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Buy some socks.
    and a nail cutter..

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    Mendip could just buy 2 cheap jumpers,cut the sleeves off one,use them as socks.
    Then use the sleeveless one as a vest under the other jumper.

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    ^ Yes, there is of course that option...

    Maybe I could also fashion a spare pair of boxer shorts I have into a hat, as my head has also been getting a bit cold!

    I'm working in the second largest city of one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated countries in the world, and I don't really want to walk around looking like a tramp.

    But if it keeps me warm of course...

    Besides, I've heard that my French friend may be coming back for a second rotation so I'm thinking of trying to raise my game a bit. I don't think she'll be so impressed to see me walking around in home-made clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Besides, I've heard that my French friend may be coming back for a second rotation so I'm thinking of trying to raise my game a bit.
    Will she be covid-tested before and after arriving? The daily number of new cases is very much up in France.

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    Buy a smart cloth cap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    Meanwhile I've developed a problem over here...

    Two of my four pairs or socks have developed holes. Usually on work trips I worry about the toothpaste lasting the full four or six weeks, but never in thirty years have I worried about socks lasting a trip.

    And yes Ootai... I appreciate that may sound miserly, but it's not an unwillingness to buy a new pair of socks, it's about getting the opportunity.

    ...

    OK I apologise for calling you a miser but I am now gonna say you are totally daft.
    Cold and need a Jumper, head cold so need a beanie, toes sticking out of the socks so need new socks!!!
    I am starting to see a trend here.

    The solution is simple if you are normal but not if you are daft!
    Take a bloody day off and go shopping!! Then problem solved.

    P.S. If the French lady is gonna be around make sure you check whether you need some new underwear and if yes then add that to the shopping list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    check whether you need some new underwear
    He's got a full box of 10..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    but not if you are daft!
    He's not daft, he's a Yorkshireman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    he's a Yorkshireman
    Mendip is far from that

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    Ain’t Yorkshire men ‘thrifty’? I know he claims to be from Mendip, but his actions speak otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Buy some socks.
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    and a nail cutter..
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Buy a smart cloth cap
    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    The solution is simple if you are normal but not if you are daft!
    Take a bloody day off and go shopping!! Then problem solved.
    Bladdy hell! I'm here to work!

    And by the way, no offense taken Ootai!


    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    He's not daft, he's a Yorkshireman!
    Wow... where did that come from?

    Let's stick with daft... there's really no call for insults like that.

    My only connection to Yorkshire is the tea I'm drinking, but now I'll go back to PG Tips if that's what it causes. I'll use up the last few Yorkshire teabags first mind.

    And anyway, one summer does not a swallow make. There's a world of difference between being a miser and chucking your money away on every latest fashion fad.


    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    P.S. If the French lady is gonna be around make sure you check whether you need some new underwear and if yes then add that to the shopping list.
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    He's got a full box of 10..
    That's quite an assumption there Lom... I bought 'em over two weeks ago


    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Will she be covid-tested before and after arriving? The daily number of new cases is very much up in France.
    I don't know... I was hoping to just stick a mask on her and get my 'profils' out!

    Maybe I need to think this through!
    Last edited by Mendip; 24-11-2020 at 12:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    Mendip could just buy 2 cheap jumpers,cut the sleeves off one,use them as socks.
    Then use the sleeveless one as a vest under the other jumper.
    And people say TD has lost its helpful side!

    Well done, reddog - have a green.

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    Endless greyness and rain... this is why I first drifted out to SE Asia many years ago.



    When I started working offshore in the North Sea 30 years ago all the work was crammed into the summer months due to the weather... back then the boats we used were small so the work was very weather dependent. I worked the summer and then had the long winters off. Overwintering in Asia gradually turned into living there.

    Still, it's not all bad... I'd wager there's not many in Göteburg having a meal like this tonight!

    Steak and kidney pie, chips and beans.



    All I need is my daughter here to watch a movie with and the dogs curled up at the end of the bed and my life would be complete!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    greyness
    We all have the same share of sunshine

    You had the majority of yours up in the Barents

    Not enough peas
    No pies
    The pussy is french
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    All I need is my daughter here to watch a movie with and the dogs curled up at the end of the bed and my life would be complete!
    Understandable and accepted

    Soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Still, it's not all bad... thankfully I'd wager there's not many in Göteburg having a meal like this tonight!

    FTFY



    Mendip, you've surpassed being a Cheap Charlie (and I'm one ... we prefer the term Value Hunter) and now officially, as the Thai's say ... Kee Nok.

    FFS Man, buy a Jumper/Waterproof Jacket!

    Covid, combined with Pneumonia is a killer ... meaning your gorgeous Daughter will have no Dad to love and fuss over her.
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'd wager there's not many in Göteburg having a meal like this tonight!

    Steak and kidney pie, chips and beans.
    That's because they have a choice . . . and wouldn't.

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    Hey Mendip! Just saying hello & howdy. I hope you're hanging on.

    Missing the daughter and the dogs, but not the wife? Hmm... As for the French colleague, be careful of catching covid, as well as other things...

    I know TD is a boys' club, but I'm a woman and this is my opinion, even though it may be unpopular. I've known a lot of ppl in long distance relationships. My generation was the Saudi generation (lots of Filipino dads went to Saudi/ ME as OFWs - foreign workers) and now in my generation, dads & moms are leaving behind their kids (with grandparents/ relatives) to work abroad. Lots of broken families too.

    So remember, in those cold winter nights, think of the daughter, the dogs AND the WIFE.

    Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    think of the daughter, the dogs AND the WIFE.
    In that order? :roflol:

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    Well if the wife didn't put him in the doghouse he wouldn't be burying his bone next door

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