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    Some 20 years back i used to commute on a route that took me up through Cirencester cross country. Lovely countryside but if you timed the run slightly wrong you came a cropper with a farmer who would move his milkers from the fields to the farm to be milked. The process of getting the cows from field to parlour was a 20 minute ordeal, sat there whilst he wrangled the last stragglers who always found a tasty patch of hedge to nibble on and refused to budge. On a bad day you got caught both ways. I swear he'd mix times up just to catch you out.

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    ^ We used to have lanes round here regularly blocked by cows going to and from milking in the mornings but I haven't seen that for years. I don't know if that's due to changing farming practices or the area now swamped with intolerant townies. A shame either way.


    My wife seems to think I have negative tendencies but sometimes it's a good thing. I've just had my fourth negative Covid test result in two weeks so I'm outta here!

    What a day... Bristol City beat Derby County 1-0 and now my return home is confirmed. I've been doing this working away shit for as long as I can remember but it's still a great feeling to be heading back. This time next week I'll be sitting with me dogs by the pond!

    Now it's definite I can start acclimatising meself for the heat of Korat and the carefree, expat lifestyle so I started the process with a new cider. Tomorrow I think I'll go back to some proper stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    course.

    The 4 hour turnaround rapid RT-PCR test at Bristol Airport cost 120 quid, ker-ching!

    I've also had to do a 2 day and 8 day home antigen test after arriving in the UK two weeks ago... that test kit had to be ordered prior to arrival and cost 60 quid
    The home test kits are approx Ł1.50 here!

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    The cost of these things in the UK is criminal.

    To be fair this wasn't just the standard home testing kit...I had to order it online to be posted to my mum's house before I could complete the 'Passenger Locator Form', mandatory for me to enter the UK from Turkey. The two kits arrived with two pre-addressed Jiffy envelopes to send the swabs off to a lab somewhere... but 60 quid!

    No wonder people are getting pissed off with this stuff in the UK.

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    Anyway, good luck on the trip home mate.looking forward to the pond pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    No wonder people are getting pissed off with this stuff in the UK.
    To re-enter the UK now i have to do a PCR test before leaving Thailand and another upon arrival. I reckon when i add the costs of COVID up inc re-booking my flight for the cancelled trip a couple of years ago, tests and quarantine its doubled the original cost of travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    I used to go ferreting along those hedgerows many years ago. Sometime around the mid 80s a wave of myxomatosis swept threw this area and the rabbit population has never recovered



    A few days after Christmas when I was around 12 or 13, I was doing some head-first sledging down this hill when I lost steerage and hit that b@stard telegraph pole squarely with my head. I knocked myself out and apparently I was unconscious for a fair few minutes. Why put a telegraph pole in the middle of a field?

    I was badly concussed but the village was iced up and my parents couldn't get me to hospital. I lost all memory of that Christmas and it never came back, but I guess I was lucky... it could have been a lot worse. You need a bit of luck growing up, that's for sure.

    I think that was the aim of myxomatosis i.e. to wipe out the rabbits, at least it was in Australia. Slowed them down but didn't wipe them out. Calicivirus did a bit better job though but they haven't totally gone.

    As for you headbutting the pole at least we now know the reason for your disability.

    Have a good and safe trip home, hopefully I will be allowed to visit you, the dogs and the pond but no way am i getting into the water unless it is substantially cleaner than last time I was there.

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    @mendip - don't worry, you're not alone (in the UK) re: high prices of RT-PCR tests. I've read that in Canada, it costs 150 to 200 cad and in Japan, around 200 to 300 usd. The ones in Japan are usually written in Japanese script, so it's another trouble & cost to get it translated. It's now the problem of returning Filipinos from Japan. PH now has required the test prior to the flight (just recently, due to the Omicron variant). Prior to that, passengers had a choice. If with test result, shorter quarantine (3N), if no test result 5N. Some travelers preferred the latter because of the cost of the test in their countries.

    Agree that the cost of international travel is significantly higher due to the multiple required tests. Sigh.

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