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by rick
March 28, 2020, 12:39 am
Forum: Thailand Visas & Migration to other countries
Topic: 90 DAY REPORTING WORKING WELL..
Replies: 27
Views: 3012

Re: 90 DAY REPORTING WORKING WELL..

Did my 90 day report at Udon Thani immigration today. Was a bit concerned by the queue OUTSIDE - there were about 15 people waiting at 2.30 pm. An awning had been erected and chairs put outside (with social distancing) . A desk with staff is outside. Had to wait a couple of minutes while someone was...
by rick
March 20, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: Worth a Read - Coronavirus Hoax
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: Worth a Read - Coronavirus Hoax

Not a hoax in Italy or Iran. Just wait till April.....
by rick
March 2, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Songkran cancellations
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: Songkran cancellations

I did say rumour. And remember the test is only about 70% accurate. The main issue in Thailand is actually getting tested ... and then only the government is allowed to actually publicly to confirm a positive case. Limit the testing, you limit the number of confirmed cases ....
by rick
March 2, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Money, Banking & Investments
Topic: bank loan to buy a house
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: bank loan to buy a house

Can you get a cheap loan in your home country? You can get loans cheaper than a Thai mortgage (i borrowed money last year at 3%, though not for buying a house). Also removes exchange rate fluctuation issues.
by rick
March 2, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Songkran cancellations
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: Songkran cancellations

Rumoured to be at Don Bosco school .....
by rick
February 9, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: U.K.
Topic: The all-new "Getting BREXIT Done" thread.
Replies: 102
Views: 6567

Re: The all-new "Getting BREXIT Done" thread.

A relative is a civil servant, working in part on state aid to industry.... last week he was told 'we are no longer allowed to call it state aid, we are now the subsidies team'. More political double speak being dumped on them. There was a 2 page list of words they were now not allowed to use! And o...
by rick
January 25, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Rain, where art thou?
Replies: 345
Views: 33049

Re: Rain, where art thou?

Heard the Thunder, but we could count the rain spots yesterday. Lasted about 1 minute...... (Sam Prao)
by rick
January 25, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: Coronavirus Now in Thailand !!
Replies: 503
Views: 25569

Re: Coronavirus Now in Thailand !!

The first doctor in China to die of coronavirus has been reported ....
by rick
January 15, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Education/Schools
Topic: St Mary's school
Replies: 49
Views: 5253

Re: St Mary's school

Yes, our daughter failed the kindergarten entry test at Don Bosco 4 or 5 years ago, but got in to St Marys. More to do with the fact she was terrified of the crowds at Don Bosco and wasn't functioning. I have heard plenty of stories of demands for under the table payments at Don Bosco, certainly in ...
by rick
January 11, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Udon Thani News
Topic: Overpass/tunnel Udon Ringroad Nongkai Hwy
Replies: 346
Views: 48989

Re: Overpass/tunnel Udon Ringroad Nongkai Hwy

If I remember correctly the last stat from the Thai Govt stated that Tourism ( which includes us ) was approx. 11% of GDP, now if you even take a conservative estimate of 7K farangs living in Udon Thani Province , each minimum 40 k per month the figure is startling over a year of Income brought int...
by rick
December 17, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Solar Power
Replies: 325
Views: 39728

Re: Solar Power

Agree batteries are the weak link. I have an emergency power system running off of a globatt AGM battery, just a small one (45 Ah i think). 2 years , and now battery dead. I will admit maybe neglected regular recharging, but we didn't get out usual outages this year plus illness meant not charged fo...
by rick
December 17, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Money, Finance & Investing
Topic: Pound looking good.
Replies: 33
Views: 2040

Re: Pound looking good.

Back to under 40 again, realisation that Brexit WILL happen.....
by rick
December 17, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: ATM Withdrawal Change ??
Replies: 18
Views: 1352

Re: ATM Withdrawal Change ??

There are some fee free cards available from some banks - e.g. Clarity credit card from Halifax in the UK. NO fee from Halifax to use abroad, cash withdrawal or when used to purchase something - just the Mastercard exchange rate (which is competitive with Transferwise). Still get the Thai ATM fee - ...
by rick
December 4, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Weather in Udon ?
Replies: 191
Views: 13452

Re: Weather in Udon ?

My thermometer dipped below 20 centigrade for the first time yesterday in 2 years! (location of my maximum-minimum thermometer means it is protected from lower temperatures by an overhanging roof). Was 18 C this morning at 5 a.m.
by rick
October 27, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1742

Re: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...

Yes, the search option is pretty terrible. My issue is that they do not have any larger items unless they are boring stuff like fridges and washing machines ....
by rick
October 27, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1742

Re: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...

Lucky you. 9 out of ten things i look for on there, they do not have. Suppose my interests are a bit weird.
by rick
October 27, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: RECESSION?
Replies: 90
Views: 8154

Re: RECESSION?

Earlier this week in BigC Suzuki had some cars on display. The prices seem to have been cut by up to 100,000 baht (i am not really up on Suzuki prices, but cheaper than equivalent Nissan were last time i looked).
by rick
September 26, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: World News
Topic: ClimateGate busts things wide open
Replies: 3012
Views: 290050

Re: ClimateGate busts things wide open

The problem with global warming, is that you cannot stop it by just putting your hand out, any more than you can stop a steam roller. The momentum already in place will mean that if we stopped emitting CO2 now warming will still take place for decades to come - we have just been storing the heat in ...
by rick
September 25, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Things to do in Udon Thani
Topic: Public Swimming Pool Deep End
Replies: 17
Views: 2441

Re: Public Swimming Pool Deep End

Siam Grand hotel. Near Big C. Not sure of the depth, but more than me!
by rick
September 25, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: World News
Topic: UK Economy
Replies: 95
Views: 6844

Re: UK Economy

And today the UK's last bus manufacturing company is now in the hands of the receivers. They used to make the 'Boris bus'. Brexit and the value of Sterling are linked. I am one who believes, (rightly or wrongly) that a clean break from the dictats from Brussels will see Sterling thrive. The finacial...

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