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BANGKOK 17 February 2019 12:16

Andrew Dwyer

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  1. Ha ha , sounds like a good idea for a sitcom !!, although if you come from Bradford just another daily occurrence !. I arrived first in line to present docs but got set back because I needed 3 filled in copies of the form to apply for O-A and only had one, luckily I had blanks in my folder.
  2. Yup, I went through it a couple of years ago, works out a little expensive but worth it IMO especially with the new immigration regulations coming ! £125 for the visa , going up to £150 shortly. £45 for police report. Medical certificate can be done in Thailand ( download form from Embassy website, it’s in Thai and English), cost me 360 baht. Transpot to London and possible overnight stay depends on your location. Plus notarised docs varies in cost. The Thai Embassy in London is changing the procedure soon ( April 1st I think ) and from then on you apply online and pick up in person ( not sure if registered return post is available) so best to check on this before gathering docs .
  3. Where I have lunch sometimes is opposite a B Quik and it’s a constant stream of cars waiting to top up their tyre pressure, some pick ups but mainly cars, it’s like a drive thru , most don’t get out of their vehicles !! They definitely don’t adjust the pressure for different vehicles, it’s whatever the compressor delivers .
  4. So did I !! But it does pay to check !! I paid 40 years but still needed a further 6 years to achieve full state pension ( I assumed it was because I was non resident for many years but not really sure). There were changes made and it depends if you were contracted out or not. Last year I contacted them and got the details: Basically I would receive £26 a week short of Full State Pension = £1,352 a year. I paid £740 a year for the missing years so I figured it worth my while. ( as long as I live to 70 1/2 years old ) !! In my case I had not paid NI for 1 1/2 years so I paid a lump sum for 1st year and then another lump sum to get back up to date and monthly from then on . You can do it online via government gateway and then contact them via phone to get your repayment options. OP , log on to HMRC, create a government gateway ( your personal username and password) and you can get all your information instantly using only your NI number. You will get a forecast as shown .
  5. Another great child actor was David Bradley , his performance in this touching/funny/gritty story about a young lad and his trials and tribulations suffered on growing up in late 60’s Barnsley and his friendship with his pet kestrel was legendary. The humour in the school football scene is masterful and brings back memories of 1960’s Yorkshire. ( sub titles might be required for anyone not familiar with a strong Yorkshire accent ). [emoji51]
  6. One thing about living oseas is you do miss some good stuff from your home country , thank god for TVF and IMDB !! Just watched Dead Man’s Shoes (2004), a gritty violent movie about revenge. From IMDB: “Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become.”
  7. UJ has already answered this, but just to confirm I received my bank letter to enable my retirement extension from a bank close to my Immigration office. My original bank where I opened the account is in another province, also Bangkok Bank.
  8. Sounds like a great deal. Did you get hatchback or sedan ?, I like the look of the Mazda 2 sedan or the Mazda 3 hatchback.
  9. Spoke to an expat yesterday and he stated he doesn’t use an agent, pays 15k baht directly to IO at immigration and has done for a few years now !! I had no reason not to believe him, anyone else heard anything like this ??
  10. Just binge watched the first 6 episodes ( season 1 ) of Sneaky Pete on a plane, started off a little unsure but when Bryan Cranston appeared things started to hot up and now can’t wait for the next flight to finish season 1 off !! Hopefully season 2 was as good ( anybody ?? ) and season 3 should be starting soon .
  11. That would be the Ayothaya Riverside or the Krungsri River hotel very close to each other and near the railway station overlooking the river. I can’t really comment as I’ve never stayed in either but options for the OP to look at . The only hotels I’ve stayed in were Kantary ( for 5 weeks ) and Classic Kameo ( for a few nights ), both excellent hotels ( same owner I believe ) but further out from tourist attractions, couple of km from Floating market but about 5 or 6 km from historical park, not a problem obviously if you are going to use your car for getting around. Can’t comment on price as room was paid for by company, but I would imagine not cheap. Just thinking, hiring a tuk tuk to see the sights would be an excellent option for a family of five .
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