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24 minutes ago, 007 RED said:

FYI.....  It may surprise you to learn that it was in fact the Right Honourable Horrible Boris Johnson, who in his position as Foreign Secretary, agreed to the sale of the British Embassy in Bangkok.

 

At the time of the announcement of the sale Boris' stated that the money raised from the sale would be used to renovate other embassies around the world.  The projects which he mentioned included new electrical wiring in the Paris Embassy, refurbishment of the Cairo and New Dehli Embassies. 

 

Boris also stated that the sale price of the Embassy represented more than a third of the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices annual core budget.

The slamming of Trump is takin a break from my British cousins due to another fall of the British Empire. Just joking guys, I know this kinda stuff really knots your knickers 

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Sad really considering the history of the place and who/why it was gifted to the UK. But don't worry, they can run their visa services from a hotel room in India. 

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5 hours ago, sanemax said:

The UK leased Hong Kong from China for 150 years and that lease expired in 1998

looking at the news today HK is a less desirable place to visit 

with protest and such....

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7 hours ago, darksidedog said:

And once they got their 420 Million quid, it seems that they absolutely didn't care. Tragic really, but shows exactly the priorities and values of the Foreign Office. Wouldn't be so bad if they were using some of the money to improve services, rather then cut them.

 

Of course, all about the money. 

 

And sadly the new "embassy" will reflect the likely diminishing importance of the Disunited Kingdom as our once great nation sinks into obscurity. Outsourced consular services to some dodgy Indian supplier and an "embassy" located in a few offices in some obscure tower block likely be the future.

 

As a British subject I felt protected when travelling on business 30 years ago, with my black UK passport and knowing Her Majesty's Government required my safety. Now I doubt they could give a rat's arse about expats. 

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Perhaps it was not so note worthy - anyway the Developer has lost the opportunity to take the building apart & re-build it else where or incorporate it into the new development.

Might of made a good gentlemens club though or up market jail for overstays in another location that is.

 

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7 hours ago, CGW said:

Pure greed, in years to come this decision will be regretted! 😞 

Who's greed? The seller is a the British government because the land belongs to the government that serve the queen.
Buyer is paying 420 million pounds for it as it is not for free.
(The British foreign office said last year that they had sold the embassy's 25 rai plot for 420 million pounds. )

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2 hours ago, Dogmatix said:

They sold the land of the original embassy on the river, which was the centre of Bangkok then, to the Siamese government as the King wished to build his new General Post Office there. The proceeds would have been more than enough to buy the land on Ploenchit from Nai Lert which was only rice fields out in the sticks at the time.  Probably a bridging loan was arranged by Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Presumably the original money to buy the land on the river from the King I think was British taxpayers money.  Not sure how things worked then. With colonies in India, Burma, Singapore and Malaya possibly funds were transferred from one of the colonies. 

 

Brilliant.  A 'probably' a 'presumably' an 'I think' and a 'possibly' . Gotta be on the money.

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Perhaps the Ambassador got tired of filing his TM30 and 90 day report and sold out? He seems to have done a runner without leaving a forwarding address for all us citizens our embassy is supposed to care and provide services for.

 

Another Central shopping center.... such an original imaginative idea.... just what we needed!

 

 

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6 hours ago, TalingChanMan said:

I believe the Queen Victoria monument has been moved to the British Club in Silom.

 

In the 1970s, many newly married Thais, would visit the British Embassy to make an offering to Queen Victoria.

She was a symbol of great fertility, having given birth to 9 children.

After a security scare, access to the gardens was denied to all.

Thai couples were very upset about this, so then Ambassador Sir Arthur de la Mare intervened, and moved the  Queen Victoria monument to a location accessible to the public.

 

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4 minutes ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Perhaps the Ambassador got tired of filing his TM30 and 90 day report and sold out? He seems to have done a runner without leaving a forwarding address for all us citizens our embassy is supposed to care and provide services for.

 

Another Central shopping center.... such an original imaginative idea.... just what we needed!

 

 

Ya....you must be a stand up comedian.
The land of the foreign entity of another government in another country mean a mini country in the heart of another country.
They need not to file anything much because it became a privilege land. 

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1 minute ago, TTL2 said:

Ya....you must be a stand up comedian.
The land of the foreign entity of another government in another country mean a mini country in the heart of another country.
They need not to file anything much because it became a privilege land. 

It was a joke. You are obviously not British.

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Just now, Too young to be old said:

It was a joke. You are obviously not British.

My quote was a joke too.

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Philistines! But perhaps this is a sign of the UK's future. But I won't be around to see it thank goodness.😞  

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3 minutes ago, Gandtee said:

Philistines! But perhaps this is a sign of the UK's future. But I won't be around to see it thank goodness.😞  

Sadly the Empire died long ago. Guess we could blame the Brits (or equally, the Frogs) for not colonising Thailand. Wonder what it would be like today if they had?

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