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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Now its lay it all out and she will, with tendering loving care, pack it for me.
    Exactly the same, apparently men don't know how to pack bags despite doing it successfully for their entire lives
    Then there's the clucking of the tongue after getting back from work too, as men don't know how to unpack either by all reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I can't risk taking Covid back to my mum in the UK
    I'm sure you're following the news Mandip, it looks like vaccinations of the most vulnerable will begin in the UK next week. Perhaps there's a chance your Mum could be vaccinated before Christmas?

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    I agree with Willy on this one, stay put and milk the work for all that it's worth. I, as I'm sure you have, have spent many festive periods working, either offshore or onshore. Offshore is always a write off, though onshore in more normal times can be good with parties etc (making sure you're still getting the day rate of course). My last three years working, each Christmas/New Year I was in Luanda, Angola (warm/hot), and the year before those in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Far Eastern Russia (freezing). I'm sure there will be others in a similar situation to yourself so find out what social activities are taking place, and don't stint on treating yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Then there's the clucking of the tongue after getting back from work too, as men don't know how to unpack either by all reports
    OH Yeah. She opens up my suitcase and says "What's this, why didn't you put that in a hotel dirty clothes bag" then the "Did you wear this?" Its a complicated return process. I used to just pour it all out and toss in the dirty clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    it's been way too much work and I'm starting to feel a bit ragged, and it's not a nice feeling just now to be considering working through the festive season. A pretty shit feeling in fact.
    I feel ya Mendip. These are not ideal times. Its not like you can just grab a flight and go home. The entire process is complicated now. I was recently asked to fly to our other factory in Malaysia. I said "No can do". The path back home is likely twice as long as the trip to go assess the issues and I would have zero patience to be stuck in a hotel for 14 days, eating Bento box food watching crap TV.

    Strange world indeed. Hang in there buddy. As most know, Holiday time is silly time and many get depressed and stressed out. Never understood it but I know many that have been seriously impacted by it. Find a few activities. Taking up running naked in the park. That will get you some needed exercise and you will meet some new friends.....

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    Mendip ... stay safe out there. Sweden Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing (Grey line in the middle).

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    ... and FFS, buy some socks!

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    ^ Yeah, Covid is definitely on the up in Sweden. I spoke to my manager yesterday who had made a rare trip into the office... and she says that people are starting to get very worried. The Swedish authorities don't make rules about Covid, they just offer advice... and make the pubs shut at 10pm. It's not working and personally I think they need a rethink.

    And my sock situation is OK. To be honest in these cold climates you don't have to worry so much about personal hygiene and a pair of socks will easily last for two days... even three is no problem with an empty office to work in.

    And as for packing... I often wonder how I survived all those years fending for myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Pull yourself together, you work loving fukkin scratcher ... ... you wanker
    I'm not a work lover mate!

    And thanks for the Christmas song! I thought of you today by the way... once I eventually managed to get on the Debenhams website to do my Christmas shopping on their closing down sale...

    This is the sort of thing you northerners would like?

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    There's no escaping Christmas here...

    Even the ferries have gone festive.

    The Stena Jutlandica on her way in from Frederikshavn this morning.



    My rough plan now is to work through to middle of January or so... if there is enough work. This may get taken out of my hands if the work dries up, but if they want to keep me busy I'm up for it. Going back to the UK doesn't seem worth it... North Somerset is in Tier 3 and the thought of isolating in a hotel room before spending a few days over Christmas with my mum isn't very appealing. One of my sisters has two kids returning from Uni over Christmas and the other is a peripatetic violin teacher and every one of the schools she teaches at has had Covid outbreaks. Neither will be visiting my mum over Christmas and we're all in pretty much agreement that with a vaccine for the over 80s just around the corner now to forget about Christmas this year and not take the risk.

    But, all subject to change of course.

    I had a disastrous day at work today...



    I'm now down to my last box of Yorkshire tea but it should see me through to the end. And let's face it, doing another month or so here is an awful lot easier than travelling for a month's offshore work from Korat sometime next year, with taxis, buses, long haul flights etc etc, not to mention stopovers in Bangkok. I'm in the routine now... I'll just carry on.

    I can spend January/February in the UK, renew my Non O visa and organise travel back to Thailand, all of which can be done via the internet, by which time there will hopefully be a reduced quarantine time?

    It's good to have a plan!



    And yes, I'm aware of the mirror... and noted... before I take JP's advice and go running naked in the park later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Funny stuff. Long before I met my wife I traveled a lot for work. I never went without, always had what I needed and learned many tricks to packing business attire to avoid having to iron them but really didn't care as it was a business trip and if all else fails call house keeping and have them iron it for me as the company pays.

    Later after I got married my wife all of sudden just "Took Over" the packing of things anywhere we traveled. When I said I will pack my own shit that did not go over to well for some reason. Apparently all the years prior to meeting her I had been doing it all wrong....

    Now its lay it all out and she will, with tendering loving care, pack it for me.
    I no longer even need to lay it out. She chooses what I will need to wear. And tbf she get's it right. (or even better than I would)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm in the routine now... I'll just carry on.
    You have skills in demand worldwide and a professional attitude to your employers and their employees.

    There are many whose boat has been sunk and are really struggling.

    Keep busy and well over Christmas and beyond.

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    A standup comedian from Iceland which you may enjoy.

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    Australia thanks you Mendip for standing (or staggering) in defence of wonderful western liberal democracy, upon which may the sun never set, by guzzling our lovely shiraz by the box




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    ^ No problem Looper, it is a pleasure to help out... although I think I'll be going back to the French wine next (despite the problems their bladdy fishermen are causing us just now).


    It's now looking like I'll be here until January and there really is no escaping Christmas. I may have to give in and get meself a santa hat.


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    I doubt your missus would have packed that for a. Summer trip. I hope your daughter and her are getting on ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ No problem Looper, it is a pleasure to help out... although I think I'll be going back to the French wine next (despite the problems their bladdy fishermen are causing us just now).


    It's now looking like I'll be here until January and there really is no escaping Christmas. I may have to give in and get meself a santa hat.

    On the plus side, there's a fair chance you may see snow this Christmas.

    On my only ever visit to Gothenburg it got gradually colder each day until I felt like I was about to become an icicle. And that was in November!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Neither will be visiting my mum over Christmas and we're all in pretty much agreement that with a vaccine for the over 80s just around the corner now to forget about Christmas this year and not take the risk.

    But, all subject to change of course.
    I thought they were handing out the vaccine next week?

    You should be around family at Chrimbo mate, not lapping up Benny and Bjorn's meatballs.









    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    On the plus side, there's a fair chance you may see snow this Christmas.


    I might well be making a snowmendip today,with a holey jumper and socks, with peas for teeth and swedish meatballs for eyes, pulling on a Chantenay carrot





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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    I doubt your missus would have packed that for a. Summer trip. I hope your daughter and her are getting on ok?
    No, she forgot my santa hat... and my Christmas shirt. I knew I should have packed myself.

    But they are doing fine thanks KW. Skype makes things easier, but I think my daughter is getting tired of me calling her as it disturbs her Roblox. She threatened to block me, the little bugger.


    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    On the plus side, there's a fair chance you may see snow this Christmas.

    On my only ever visit to Gothenburg it got gradually colder each day until I felt like I was about to become an icicle. And that was in November!
    Aah thanks Hal, that makes me feel better. See, there's always a positive!


    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I might well be making a snowmendip today, with a holey jumper and socks, with peas for teeth and swedish meatballs for eyes, pulling on a Chantenay carrot
    What a wonderful gesture, I've never had anyone make a snowman of me before!

    But hang on... ain't Chantenays those tiny little carrots? Give it a courgette at least!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It's now looking like I'll be here until January and there really is no escaping Christmas. I may have to give in and get meself a santa hat.
    So to get a bit of christmas feeling I suggest you try some seasonal specialties:

    Rödvinsglögg is red wine with christmas herbs (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom seeds, orange peel) you can buy it on Systembolaget. Make sure you buy starkvinsglögg (the alcohol % is important)
    Should be served hot in a coffe glass where you also add in raisins and almonds (boiled in order to soften them up and get the skin off).

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-22603822-t3hft-png


    Snacks to be served with the glögg is pepparkaka (pepper cookie) looks like this
    My post-lockdown commute back to work-pepparkake-640x285-jpg


    or like this in your ICA shop


    My post-lockdown commute back to work-7312220000054-jpg



    Swedish christmas buffet:

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-hn3xdvbqidgb8qoss2niuz8x6ycakhw-jpeg


    Various kinds of herring (pickled herring, onion pickled herring, mustard herring, garlic herring, tomato herring ) smoked salmon, collared brawn, head cheese/fromage, meatballs, small sausages, homemade sausages , christmas ham, smoked pork belly, spare ribs, Jansons temptation, beetroot sallad, seafood sallad and various kinds of bread to mention some of it.

    I checked a few restaurants, they don't serve it as buffet this year but instead serve you at your table, I would choose Fiskekrogen (not far from The British Shop) 695 or 895 SEK. Yes I know but there's only christmas once a year.
    Some restaurants have home delivery for the lonely souls but then you are not able to eat as much as you want..
    May the bridges I burn light my way

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    Stay strong, sounds like you have it sorted. Beer and good food. TD zoom based Christmas drinks meetup?
    Despite a lockdown pics of crowded stores are doing the rounds on Mongolian FB news sites. Apparently a cracking deal on apples is well worth a dose of Rona. Lawdy.

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    ^ a virtual pub? Sounds good! I might even join, depending on the schedule. I won't be on cam, but I can be in the chat-box. I've seen it done in some YT live streams. Someone would have to be the "host" and send the link/ URL though.

    There's a news article which came out here in PI that the country will still be in some form of quarantine next year. I understand the virus, the risks, the possible hyper immune response, the long covid. But yeah, oh lawdy. I'm tired of the pandemic. Cheers all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    TD zoom based Christmas drinks meetup?
    In the new normal that does not sound bad at all mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post













    I might well be making a snowmendip today,with a holey jumper and socks, with peas for teeth and swedish meatballs for eyes, pulling on a Chantenay carrot




    Latest odds in from Ladbrokes:

    All that stuff ending up on the snowman: 10/1
    All that stuff ending in Dil's belly: 1/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    So to get a bit of christmas feeling I suggest you try some seasonal specialties:

    Rödvinsglögg is red wine with christmas herbs (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom seeds, orange peel) you can buy it on Systembolaget. Make sure you buy starkvinsglögg (the alcohol % is important)
    Should be served hot in a coffe glass where you also add in raisins and almonds (boiled in order to soften them up and get the skin off).

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-22603822-t3hft-png


    Snacks to be served with the glögg is pepparkaka (pepper cookie) looks like this
    My post-lockdown commute back to work-pepparkake-640x285-jpg


    or like this in your ICA shop


    My post-lockdown commute back to work-7312220000054-jpg



    Swedish christmas buffet:

    My post-lockdown commute back to work-hn3xdvbqidgb8qoss2niuz8x6ycakhw-jpeg


    Various kinds of herring (pickled herring, onion pickled herring, mustard herring, garlic herring, tomato herring ) smoked salmon, collared brawn, head cheese/fromage, meatballs, small sausages, homemade sausages , christmas ham, smoked pork belly, spare ribs, Jansons temptation, beetroot sallad, seafood sallad and various kinds of bread to mention some of it.

    I checked a few restaurants, they don't serve it as buffet this year but instead serve you at your table, I would choose Fiskekrogen (not far from The British Shop) 695 or 895 SEK. Yes I know but there's only christmas once a year.
    Some restaurants have home delivery for the lonely souls but then you are not able to eat as much as you want..
    That' just mulled wine, aint it?

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    ^^ He's welcome to eat my sweaty socks but I don't want him munching on my Chantenay carrot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    So to get a bit of christmas feeling I suggest you try some seasonal specialties:

    Rödvinsglögg is red wine with christmas herbs (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom seeds, orange peel) you can buy it on Systembolaget. Make sure you buy starkvinsglögg (the alcohol % is important)
    Should be served hot in a coffe glass where you also add in raisins and almonds (boiled in order to soften them up and get the skin off).

    Swedish christmas buffet:
    Various kinds of herring (pickled herring, onion pickled herring, mustard herring, garlic herring, tomato herring ) smoked salmon, collared brawn, head cheese/fromage, meatballs, small sausages, homemade sausages , christmas ham, smoked pork belly, spare ribs, Jansons temptation, beetroot sallad, seafood sallad and various kinds of bread to mention some of it.
    Thanks again Lom!

    I was going to ban all mention of Christmas on this thread but instead I've decided to go for it and have as good a Christmas as possible. Today I'm ordering some Bluetooth speakers so I can play Christmas songs from Spotify!

    I have a Systembologet run to make next week so will also pick up some of this Rödvinsglögg stuff along with my French red wine and cider, and maybe even a bottle of malt. I won't be adding any raisins mind, cos I can't stand 'em.

    I'm thinking of buying a chicken for Christmas Day and having a proper UK style mini Christmas late lunch... then I can get into work in the morning and justify my day rate!

    Maybe I should also try a Swedish style meal as well... would seem like the right thing to do.

    Lom, in Norway, Christmas Day is on the 24th, is that the same in Sweden? How about the shops (ICA), do they stay open through the festive season?

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