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  2. Not in Europe. EU law prevents the growing of GM crops. Also, any food containing GM produce must be clearly labelled as such which, in practice, means that very little GM produce appears on supermarket shelves as people won't buy it. The only grains that, generally, make it into the food chain in Europe, are those fed to animals. These are imported from the Americas. Initially, these too were banned, but, after immense pressure from the US government, including a trade war, were eventually allowed. This is due to the fact that the growing of GM grains is the norm in the US. Currently, this is causing some controversy in Europe, resulting in a number of companies being exposed for feeding GM grains to livestock that is used in their meat products. McDonalds being the prime culprit.
  3. Hello, I have a severe flare up with my prostate. I have non-cancer related prostatitis. Can anyone recommend a prostate doctor? Thank you
  4. If you will travel around on highlife style, for a short time and you are not too old, probably you will find many girls willing to escort you for free...Do not ask how much they will charge... Invite them and just be generous and polite. You may have a surprise and a very good time.
  5. Just to explain. With a conventional AC unit the compressor is either ON or OFF When the compressor starts the start up current is twice the running current. Lots of starts means lots of wasted energy An inverter system never stops-unless the whole unit is switched off. What happens is that the compressor alters it speed to suit demand -but never switches off and thus never starts during its total opertating cycle-except at the beginning.
  6. Conclusion: Farangs willing and able to park the 800K in a Thai Bank permanently will have little to worry about. For now, well understood. I don't think that there is an "Expiration-Date" on the 800K deal. But likely it will be raised to 1,6 mill, just to take into account the inflation rate in Thailand over the last 20 years. Not even taking into account the unfavorable exchange rates of today, = Farang Currencies versus the Baht. An "adjustement" long overdue and could not possibly come as a big surprise to anyone. "Grandfathering" the 800K? Very tricky. It would mean that Newcomers would have to deposit 1.6 mill (reflecting the increased cost of living in Thailand), while at the same time implying that the inflation rate over the last 20 years has not affected 20 year Farang residents. Hard to implement in this form and shape. On the surface, it would immediately create a 2 class Farang society. The "Newcomers" would have a hard time to understand why the "Old-Timers" still can get by with the old 800K (increased cost of living not having taken place for them over the last 20 years?) Not that the powers to be would care much about such technicalites, but I am very doubtful that any "Grandfathering" would be applied. - Much more likely, the following scenario would emerge: Long term Farangs will be given the opportunity to improve their financial situation (fulfilling the new requirements) during a period of 2 years. During those 2 years, the Farang can eighter improve his overall financial situation or he will have 2 years time to pack his suitcases. Possible exeption: Farangs over the age of 80, having lived in Thailand without interruption for the last 346 years.
  7. Bosch - season 5, 10 episodes, just released.
  8. If you have a rich Thai wife and she loves you...she will resolve your immigration troubles.... but..I know...she is poor, very beautiful... and 20 years younger. Time to review choices if you are poor too.
  9. Right on! A major problem on top of everything else: The individual interpretation of Immi-Laws by the many Immi-Offices and Immi-Officers. What is acceptable in Immi-Office A is not accepted in Immi-Office B. Worst: What is acceptable for Immi-Officer A is not accepted by Immi-Officer B. This "Phenomenon" is not only limited to Immigration and not soley explainable by "corruption". It's a way of life. A local "Chieftain" is the measure of all things, since "Bangkok" is so far away. Making it utterly impossible to establish the concept of "Legal-Certainty" nationwide.
  10. Observe Trump's diction: very short sentences that get repeated 3 or 4 times over ("no collusions, no collusions, no collusions; it's a witch hunt..it's a witch hunt...a witch hunt.") Symptoms usually seen in seniors at the onset of dementia (or senility - whichever comes first.) How old is Trump now?
  11. Its clear that you don't. Usual right-wing mush dressed up as something else. Dread to think where some of these guys claim to have studied any vaunted economics other than the voodoo variety.
  12. I used to live in the sticks myself and always wondered why are there no Tourists! 555
  13. Only place Sanchez is going to is the bank to count his WONGA!
  14. yeah its actually mainly the cambodians and burmese working in the heat here...
  15. That's the funniest post I read for a very long time. I'll place a sizeable bet you banned the 'Sooty Show' in your house for fear the kids might think the risks which may arise from pushing a cream pie into someone's face must surely outweigh the potential risks and are surely not worth it for the titillation of a bunch of dysfunctional and pathetic children. The funniest death I remember was a lawyer, defending someone convicted of killing someone during a bar fight, he demonstrated to the jury that the dead man had shot himself as he drew his pistol. He faced the jury and demonstrated - but he also shot himself. He acquitted his client, but died from his injury. Surely nobody laughs at lawyers dying, do they?
  16. I'm not being crass. I don't want to pick up a girl for sex. I am a girl and i'm not interested in anything remotely sexual. Do you think I could pay a bargirl to show me how to do stupid stuff like pay my electricity bill or get fish filleted at the market. I have looked up the usual tour guides but they tend to be men and focused on tourist type activities. I really don't want to see the sights I just want someone by my side for a couple of days and I would prefer someone Thai, female, fun and down to earth. Feel free to take the piss but this a genuine question. Obviously I am aware that this will cost the same if I were a man picking up a girl as she'd be losing earnings so what are the rates per day for longtime normally? Someone older would be better for me. Where in Phuket are the bars with older 40+ women?
  17. The big question is how would Rafa be portrayed as the one to deny Liverpool the title? Considering his fine reputation amongst the Liverpool faithful. Your best bet is to hope that Wolves will still be fighting for that 7th spot come the end of the season. But, Brighton could also be fighting to stay up on your last game as well. I think it's going down to the wire and the last kick of the season for you Citeh & Pool fans, it's gonna be exciting though.
  18. Have you noticed how things are changing very fast in the last years ? And they will change faster and faster. Religion is a false problem imo, but time will tell. Back on topic, i'd bet that the average Muslims are horrified by the bombings, just as much as the average people.
  19. Hitachi is okay, I'd go for Mitsubishi Mr Slim. Take care that when the wall is drilled that they don't drill through steel (our neighbour lost the guarantee on their house after an A/C installation guy drilled through a precast wall). The Mitsubishi's are the most simple for maintenance and cleaning - I added a bit of 3M filter to mine (500 baht for a roll at yer local hardware store). I have a Daikin downstairs which is very good, not exactly loud - the main bearing failed in the outside unit within 6 months, got replace and failed again, got replaced and lasted 5 years so far... but the sound of the scroll fan isn't so sleep friendly as the Mitsu and I can't just jump up a ladder and give it a superficial clean as I can with the Mitsu (result - Mitsu requires less full cleaning, as I can clean out most of the fan myself). I think Hitachi and Panasonic are top brands, but so much evidence seems to point to the Mitsu's being 1. best/easiest for maintenance 2. best overall value - that making it also the most likely simple for repair (no problems during the first 3 years to date). Inverters really do save money as long as you use them a lot - I leave mine running 24 hours, I switch to memory mode (29C in hot season) when I go out. Also I put my inverter blowing across our 7x3m bedroom so that the bed gets a fairly direct airflow, but having a fan in the room helps too (just a simple vertical scroll type fan). The Daikin I bought pretty cheap (they were 40k in Central at the time when R410A refrigerant came in, mine was an 18000 BTU 'old' R32 model so I got it for 26k installed). Daikin has an 'eye' and will adjust 2 celcius if you're absent... but with the Mitsu I use a memory button to put the temp up from 26/26 to 28/29 when I go out. Just a tip - I watched installation of the Daikin and one Mitsu, but the other I didn't watch. When I put in insulation, I removed the power cable - the guy twisted his joints in the attic - used up 3 short lengths of cable for that run - so I had to pay someone else to climb up there and pull a new one through for me. Don't trust them...
  20. Tomorrow's London weather predicted: 24C Sunny and a moderate breeze. And then that's our lot as the temp goes back into the teens.
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  22. I wish that was right - but after over 2000 years we still have people who rely on biased interpretations of ancient folk stories to tell them how to dress, what and when to eat and who to hate. Uneducated or badly educated people will always be vulnerable to the toxic influence of the worst religions, and there's an endless supply of under-educated people.
  23. " Wilfried Zaha capitalised on a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi" Tells you all you need to know about Arsenal's season. I saw it coming against Wolves or Leicester but thought Palace was a 3 point banker with our home form.
  24. He made the mistake of not flying out of the country then they can play the we try but cannot get him back game...
  25. They will drag this out for a year or two put the guy in jail for maybe a year or two and then quietly let him out... NEXT....
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