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  1. Guys...... as at 3pm (GMT) today we are talking about at total of 3042 infections and 57 deaths in over 4 months. I doubt there is any other country that would still have its borders closed with figures like that.
  2. I'm not disagreeing with your figures (although the secondhand smoke issue is contentious) but you wish to ban smoking completely. Whilst I agree that nobody else should have to breathe in my smoke - that is not the issue. The issue is your statement that smoking should be banned. Provided I don't harm others, I have just as much right to smoke as you have not to. I am aware of the risks, just as I'm aware that every time I cross the road, every time I get in my car........I'm at risk. By the way, if smoking is as filthy and harmful as you say it is, please explain how my grandfather lived to 89 years old - most of his life smoking 60 Capstan full strength per day. The fact is that some people are genetically pre-disposed to lung disease. whilst others are not. Those that are, need to avoid all types of air pollution - not just smoking. I note you failed to reply to my comments regarding anti smoking policies in Thailand vs Air Pollution. Why? I suspect its simply because your just plain anti smoking and think you have the right to impose your views on others. And by the way, not even the WHO know enough about Covid 19 to comment on the effects of smoking/Covid 19 yet - nobody does, as we are told almost every day.
  3. All of those parts will fit in your suitcase - that is when you're allowed to fly again. Yes, there's supposed to be import duty and I'm not recommending you break the law but......... this is just a small list of some of the things I've taken - either in my suitcase or on the flight in a cardboard box over the last few years. 28 Double plug sockets and back boxes. Black and Decker workmate. 5 ring gas hob. 30m roll of 10mm copper wire. 1/4 suitcase full of brass plumbing fittings, pipe clips etc. Front and rear seats for my bike. Headlight for my bike. Not saying I won't be checked if I continue importing stuff but I haven't been stopped yet. The gas hob was a worrying time though. As has already been said, forget importing the complete bike - the taxes made it a waste of time and apparently the cost of registering an imported vehicle went through the roof a while back but as far as I know - secondhand vehicles can no longer be imported (except for a very tight list of categories).
  4. Yeah right! "Doctor I have a pain in my thumb" - "How many cigarettes do you smoke?" Same old same old - smoking is to blame for all illnesses...... poppycock!
  5. What rubbish! The Covid 19 virus is spread by droplets of moisture from coughing or sneezing either being breathed in or falling on surfaces and then being touched by others. How many droplets does smoke contain? None!
  6. Actually, I find gobbing off about other people's personal choices far worse. Before commenting on how many people die from smoking or how much it costs healthcare systems, you might want to check your facts. Firstly, alcohol is responsible for far more deaths and secondly, certainly in my home country, the revenue from taxes on tobacco is far greater than the cost of treating any related illnesses. On Thailand in general, the recent/current anti smoking legisltaion is a totally hypocritical. Thailand's cities are amongst the most polluted in the world but little is done about it - a lot of talk but no action as usual. Then there's the burning of crop waste in some provinces - its against the law but it still goes on every year. So, its OK for people to breathe in all the sh&te that's in the air from pollution but not for them to smoke? If the Thai authorities were carrying out these measure out of genuine care for their citizens, it would be more understandable but given the pollution problems above - its clear to me that its just the same old self righteous anti smoking bunch promoting this. I respect other people's rights not to breath in my smoke but people like you have no respect whatsoever for my rights to make whatever choices I like. Should I get ill from smoking and need to use my country's heathcare system, the hideous taxes I and other smokers have paid on tobacco over the years will more than pay for my treatment. People like you are not really interested in people's health - you just have a bee in your bonnet about smoking. The claims you make have been disproven many times - you simply use them to promote your own selfish agenda. I sincerely hope that anyone who supports the anti smoking lobby doesn't drink alcohol. In the UK, now they've achieved many of their aims, the very same groups that promote anti-smoking agendas are now turning their attention to alcohol.
  7. I'm not going to tell you that as a foreigner, you lose everything if things go wrong because that's not always the case. However, you need to remember that things in Thailand are different. For one thing depending on the location second hand houses in Thailand don't sell like they do in the West. Then you have to consider where the house is - let's say for example its surrounded by other family houses/land. If things go wrong and you end up calling in your loan, your wife can't pay so you re-possess the land. You may still be able to control it if your the majority shareholder with full rights over the company but would that work in practical terms? How would you feel living there surrounded by potentially hostile family members? Productive farmland will usually sell quite readily but buyers could be put off by the situation - obviously depending on what that is. There are a lot of things to take into consideration - the type of title the land is held under will also affect matters. I said earlier that it should be possible to grant a foreign mortgage over the land but as far as I know, that only applies to land on a channote title. Obviously I know nothing of your situation but I would suggest that you firstly check out the type of title and if its not on a channote, find out if it (or part of it at least) can be upgraded to channote - some land cannot. I would forget any claim over the farmland - try to hive off part of the land to build a house on and take any security out over that land. If you are able to do that, make sure that you reserve access/utility rights over the farmland to the house site - another potential future problem. You could also protect yourself further by limiting your investment to machinery etc. - things you can own. To illustrate what I mean about the location of the house/land - here's my situation. I 'owned' my house before I met my wife - its detached and 100km away from where she lives. Therefore there is no family involvement, the house is not connected to her or her family in any way. Even if I didn't currently 'own' it, its the sort of place/location that I would be prepared to invest in, in her name but protected by both a mortgage and a usufruct agreement. Being remote from any family interests, it would sell relatively easily without problems. Contrast that to her house - that's in a village, surrounded by family houses and relatives. No way would I invest anything that I wasn't prepared to lose in that property because it would be of no use to me whatsoever. The family may become hostile if we broke up and even if I called in my loan and tried to force a sale, it would be easy for them to put any potential buyers off. You're right to be cautious and try to find ways to protect yourself - not easy with the Thai land laws, but you will have to accept that you might not be able to get all the protection you want or that such protection may not have much value in practical terms.
  8. Unless the fruit you are tending or picking is solely for your or your immediate family's consumption, you won't be 'getting involved' with any farming activity in Thailand. Agricultural work by foreigners is expressly forbidden.
  9. Yes, that is possible and must be registered with the local Land Office. However, you need to get someone to check with the local office as to whether they will accept a foreign mortgage or not. Its not against the law in Thailand but as usual, the local offices make their own rules up. Refusal comes in many shapes and forms and may vary according to who you talk to - that is why I say 'get someone to check'. I would suggest you get a friendly solicitor to do that and if you go ahead, prepare the documents. If your wife enquires and talks to the wrong person, she might get refused out of jealousy or just plain racism. As I say, foreign mortgages are not against the law but it depends on the office, who is spoken to and who speaks to them. If you can find a solicitor who regularly deals with your local Land Office, you are more likely to get a favourable answer. Be aware of the loan to value that is likely to be acceptable - that's another thing they seem to make up as they go along but you can be sure that you're never going to have a 5 million loan accepted against land valued at 6 million. As a rough guide - 50% LTV is usually accepted but that's against their valuation, not yours.
  10. The options for the survey are too narrow for me. They fail to take account of people (and I'd guess there are thousands) who are married to a Thai national and those with families who don't normally live in Thailand but visit regularly. I'd accept a 14 day quarantine if that could be done at home. I don't think it would be too difficult to police, there will be thousands of Pooyai Baan's who'd love an extra couple of thousand baht (paid by the foreigner) to do a little daily checking. For me, at the moment the biggest problem is the lack of any announcements/plans on this subject. Not seeing my wife until say, December would be hard but at least I'd know.
  11. I haven't seen anyone obsessing about pronunciation but it is important - especially to someone who's native language is tonal. When at home in my local area I speak with a strong Yorkshire accent however, I am perfectly capable of speaking what is known as the 'The Queen's English' - that is English without an accent. I don't find it difficult and don't really have to think about it. I think many people change their speach according to their surroundings - although they may not even realise they are doing it. However, some don't - if teachers speak with an accent whilst teaching then there will no doubt be problems. Consider this - someone with a strong Southern accent will pronounce 'out' as 'aat'. A few years ago I met a guy in a bar in Buriram, he was a bit worse for wear and told me he was an 'Anglish teacha'. How would you expect a Thai to understand those examples? If the above examples are the only ways they have heard of pronunciation, maybe a native English speaker would understand them but another non native English speaker? I doubt it. And that gets to the whole point of this - having an international language is a way for people of all nations to understand each other. It is not a way for only native English speakers to undertstand them. Differences in the meaning of words, different spellings and strong accents goes against the whole concept of an international language. Teachers should not only teach the international language - British English, they should also speak without an accent.
  12. At what point do you think people should be able to visit their wives then? If we are to believe the Thai government's figures then infection levels are close to zero. I doubt they will get much better than that until there's a vaccine. The facts are that until that happens, any opening up will probably start some level of new infections. Are you suggesting Thailand stays closed until the virus has gone completely? The long term effects of that will cause more deaths than the 56 they currently list for Covid 19. Are you aware that before Covid 19, over 4000 people die each year in Thailand from normal (Type A & B) flu. Were you calling for protection from flu for your family before this Covid outbreak then? And no, I'm not claiming normal flu is the same as Covid 19 but we are talking about restrictions and the need for them. If Thailand's figures are so worrying that they have to close the country, why don't they do the same for flu which kills far more people? Yes, in other countries Covid has ripped through the population quickly so it seems to be very contagious but, again if the figures to be believed - it didn't rip through Thailand. That, despite that fact that very little was done in terms of restrictions for almost 2 months following the first known infection on 13 January. They didn't even stop the Chinese from coming in until well into March I believe. With recent infections claimed to range from 0 to 3 and a total of 56 deaths in 4 months, don't you think the hysteria is misplaced? What do they want - a sterile country?
  13. Its been a couple of years since I was down that way and Yorkies may have gone but I got some decent bacon at a little bakery up by Mabprachan lake - about half way round and hang a right, the road that goes to highway 36. I believe its the 3240 and its in a parade of about 6 old shophouses on the left hand side.
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