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    Fascinating cold water corals.
    disgusting class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    I concur, Mendips nails are inhumane
    Nails and feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Nails and feet.
    Yours are better?

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    ^ There's a lot of foot-critical people on this forum I've noticed. Mine have never looked better after a few weeks away from Isaan... apart from the toes of course. My heels have cracked again as well which is pretty annoying.

    Anyway, a couple of boring work pics to get them out of the way...






    Yesterday the Filipino night cook laid on tilapia along with the soup and rice... but I didn't come all the way to Norway to eat yet more pla nin, not when there's cod on offer some days. Minimal effort seemed to have gone in to preparing these tilapia, they'd just been chopped in half.




    It is now conformed that I'll be staying on board for the transit down to the Black Sea to finish up an existing project... this gets around the impossibility of now working in the Norwegian office thanks to... ah, what's the point. LOL Katie!

    In fact I'm quite looking forward to the voyage... I'll be the only person from 'survey' on board and it'll just be me, the marine crew and a couple of ROV types doing maintenance. The boat will feel deserted and so long as I get the project finished I'll be able to do as I please. There are a few notable landmarks to see on the way to Istanbul although sod's law usually dictates that we will pass them during the night.

    Some time the week after next we will make a port call in Haugesund for a few days to demobilise this project and mobilise for the Black Sea work. But forget that stuff, my mission while we're alongside in Haugesund will be to get meself some new trainers for the gym and try and get my first Covid jab.

    My research is starting to look promising. I approached the seaman's welfare organisation and received the following response...


    Thank you for your mail!

    Sjřmannskirken is not directly involved in any kind off vaccination, nor do we have any kind of medical staff in our organisation. We would recommand you to get in touch with Haugesund kommune:
    phone: 815 xx xxx

    vaccinesRus@haugesund.kommune.no

    They can answer if you can show up for a vaccine/drop in-vaccine.
    The best of luck to you!


    I also tried the survey manager for this company who is an old friend, and a Brit living in Norway so he will have gone through this already...


    Hi Mendy,

    Nice to hear from you, all good my side �� I did a bit of research, and it looks like it is possible….

    Based on the feedback from a few people, you can use the drop in centre for it and but you need to register, but you can do this with your D Number. You can maybe email these guys as a start - vaccinesRus@haugesund.kommune.no


    Both lines of inquiry led to the same email address which is hopeful, so I've sent my request and am awaiting a reply. I have a 'D' number (Norwegian tax number) so fingers crossed. I've been told that Norway are mixing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines... if you get Pfizer first, you get Moderna second and vice versa. My hope is to get a Pfizer next week in Haugesund and then a second Pfizer around 10 weeks later in the UK after the Black Sea work is finished.

    It's a plan at least, all subject to change.

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    ^your problem will be documenting full vaccination for future travel.

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    ^ Even if I have a certificate from both Norway and the UK?

    I must admit I hadn't really considered that.

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    You're improving, Mendip. Boris may indeed give you that medal!

    Went to the supermarket recently and I made it my mission to go to the Spam section.

    Spam is 180 pesos, same price as Topper's supermarket.

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    Beside Spam was Ma-Ling, a popular & cheaper alternative to Spam. It's from China.

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    A few years ago, Pres Du30 said he was cutting ties with the USA and drawing closer to China. Because of that, this meme became popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Beside Spam was Ma-Ling, a popular & cheaper alternative to Spam. It's from China.
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Even if I have a certificate from both Norway and the UK?

    I must admit I hadn't really considered that.
    I think you will find that you will only get a certificate after being fully vaccinated, so you would have to show proof of the Norwegian jab somehow, and persuade NHS to accept it, before getting a UK vaccination certificate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    You're improving, Mendip. Boris may indeed give you that medal!

    Went to the supermarket recently and I made it my mission to go to the Spam section.

    Spam is 180 pesos, same price as Topper's supermarket.

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    Beside Spam was Ma-Ling, a popular & cheaper alternative to Spam. It's from China.

    -img_20210911_161259-jpg

    A few years ago, Pres Du30 said he was cutting ties with the USA and drawing closer to China. Because of that, this meme became popular.

    -screenshot_20210912_153736-jpg


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    ^^ I originally wanted to get vaccinated for ease of travel but tbh I have started accepting that I may be in an at risk group due to bordering on overweight and also I'm prone to elevated blood pressure when back home with the wife... so if at all possible I'll get jabbed up ASAP and try and sort out any certificate issues if and when they arise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenot View Post
    I think you will find that you will only get a certificate after being fully vaccinated
    If Norway is anything like Denmark (and they are almost similar ) he'll get a paper proving first jab.

    Denmark now gives vaccines to seamen, people in transit, tourists, passers through, at concerts, shopping malls etc.

    They have even started supplying New Zealand ??????

    All restrictions are off.

    We don't need our Coruna-passports.

    There is reason to believe, that it'll be the same in Norway soonish

    But when you want to get on a plane........it all starts again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm prone to elevated blood pressure when back home with the wife...
    Thai wives have a god given duty to annoy their husbands, falangs or otherwise.

    Smile back, but be ready to run.

    Bilbo's Mithril shirt


    "The origins of the shirt are largely unknown, though it was said to have been made for a young Elf prince long ago. It eventually came to be part of the Dwarven treasure hoard of the Lonely Mountain. It was found by the dragon Smaug and added to his treasure heap. Here, it was given by Thorin II Oakenshield to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who wore it during the Battle of Five Armies.[1] After returning to the Shire, Bilbo loaned the shirt to the Mathom-house. Before departing the Shire for Rivendell, Bilbo reclaimed the shirt and wore it on that journey.

    Many years later it was given by Bilbo to his nephew Frodo Baggins as Frodo set out on his quest to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.[2] Frodo wore the chain shirt under his tunic, unknown to the rest of the Fellowship.

    It was discovered when, during a skirmish in the mines of Moria,

    An Orc chieftain stabbed Frodo with a spear. The shirt prevented what would have been a lethal wound, leaving Frodo badly bruised but otherwise uninjured"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    try and sort out any certificate issues if and when they arise.
    Your local temple will arrange the compulsary blessing ceremony and give you the beautiful embosed certificate.

    Last edited by OhOh; 12-09-2021 at 10:14 PM.
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    Mendip, it seems a worrying episode has returned from the past, if you feel like solving it I am sure TD will support you in the investigation.

    Somerset couple report latex-clad masked man spying on them at night | The Independent

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    Mendips got it well cushy on that vessel, single cabin a gentle cruise down to the Black Sea.
    It's a bloody health camp with that gym and salad bar and he's getting paid!

    Spare a thought for the less unfortunate that have to endure a Saturday night freak show on the piss pop north and have to eat utter filth...

    Its grim oop Norf..
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    Lady boys and cobbles..
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    FFS, effing freak show..
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    Utter filth..
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    Ended the weekend on a high, look at them peas...
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    Can't beat some Swedish horse meat balls.
    Btw...How do you make a Venetian blind?



    Poke him in the fvcking eye!


    All the best Mendy, oh and sort your feet and footwear out!
    Shalom

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    ^ You can keep your pole dancing Joe but I wouldn't mind a go on that kebab!

    And it goes without saying that those peas look superb.

    Yes, a health camp indeed... it would be nice to step off this boat with a healthier body, not just a healthier bank account. I've missed just a couple of nights in the gym and I haven't had a drink for 3 weeks now. I'm getting worried I may lose too much weight.


    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Denmark now gives vaccines to seamen, people in transit, tourists, passers through, at concerts, shopping malls etc.

    There is reason to believe, that it'll be the same in Norway soonish
    Fingers crossed Helge... I'm eagerly waiting for an email from the local Kommune. You make Denmark almost sound worth visiting!


    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Mendip, it seems a worrying episode has returned from the past, if you feel like solving it I am sure TD will support you in the investigation.

    Somerset couple report latex-clad masked man spying on them at night | The Independent
    Yes Mike, I read about that... Gimp Man is back!

    Claverham is just a few miles from the village I grew up in and I know it well.

    This time around though I have a watertight alibi... I'm on a boat! He does look abnormally thin and should be pretty easy for the police to pick up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've missed just a couple of nights in the gym and I haven't had a drink for 3 weeks now.
    Nice job Mendy. Keep it up. I have lost a few kgs in quarantine primarily from self discipline on portion sizes, exercises in the room. I had considered renting a stationary bike or a treadmill but the cost is as much as buying new. Total rip off so I passed and just do isometric type activities. I will say it's very easy in quarantine to eat out of boredom then sleep. I have avoided that completely so far.

    Good luck on your vaccine quest. Quite honestly I would just be worried about not being vaccinated at all. One miscue on a boat and it could be big trouble.

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    Lets close out the Spam branch of this thread:

    Regarding Spam [May 1], is it true, as travel writer Paul Theroux claims, that the people of the South Pacific love their Spam because it tastes so much like…people? –Mary E. Sage, via the Internet


    Marketing Spam must present some unique challenges. Imagine the conversation in the boardroom:

    Spam Product Manager #1: I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Spam is hugely popular among the people of the South Pacific. The bad news is that, according to the famous travel writer Paul Theroux, the islanders dig it because they’re ex-cannibals and they think Spam tastes like human flesh.


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    I still say do your own smell test with SPAM. Open a can of dog food and a can of SPAM. They smell the same or very close. Probably similar ingredients. I did find it interesting that Katie says it's an upscale food and reasonably expensive. Shocking quite frankly.

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    Well, it might be if you’re unfamiliar with Filipino ‘cuisine’

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Well, it might be if you’re unfamiliar with Filipino ‘cuisine’
    Well Cyrille after being married for 20 years to a Filipina, I am quite familiar with their cuisine. In the US its cheap but my wife never bought it as she knew it was bad for you. However some of her family would bring some when they infiltrated our home for a week. They were told to cook it outside. I admit on my 3 trips to visit family in the Philippines, SPAM was never offered.

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    ^ I'm amazed at the controversy surrounding SPAM... surely deep water corals are more interesting?

    Sure, it's not the healthiest of foods and it's not as though I grew up eating it morning, noon and night, but SPAM sandwiches were a staple to take on a day's fishing trip. It is perfect for sandwiches... it stays together and doesn't make the bread go soggy. Try making corned beef sandwiches, they can make a hell of a mess.

    I must admit I've never really noticed any smell to SPAM either... try opening a tin of sardines if you want a strong smell... and who doesn't love sardines on toast? Although to be fair our kitchen in Isaan has an awful lot of other smells to compete with a tin of SPAM.

    I think you need to lighten up a bit on the SPAM front JP and I've got you a welcome home present to wear next time you're cooking up a fancy steak on your barbecue.


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    ^^If the Filipino side of the family was told to cook their food outside of your house then why is SPAM a ‘shock’?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Sure, it's not the healthiest of foods and it's not as though I grew up eating it morning, noon and night, but SPAM sandwiches were a staple to take on a day's fishing trip.
    Handy if you ran out of maggots?

    I’m from that generation too though, kids of war children. Our mothers got used to tinned food, so cooked with it when they got older, I guess.

    I remember spam fritters watching the Sunderland vs Leeds FA cup final on the telly.

    A visit to my granny’s usually featured tinned fruit and condensed milk at some point.

    BREXIT might bring it back into fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    then why is SPAM a ‘shock
    My shock is that Katie mentioned it is an upscale food, that's all. I guess when we visited, we weren't served the best. .

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