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  1. As with so many topics on Thaivisa, a wide range of opinions and advice. My own would be to forget about online dating. Come over and head straight for somewhere with a well-developed expat community (probably avoiding Pattaya and Phuket as they seem to attract the dregs of Thai society - also the Sukhumwit area of Bangkok for similar reasons). Restaurants catering to Europeans and Thais are probably the best bet for striking up conversations with couples - if the lady speaks good English it is normally a good sign. Let them know your situation, and it is very likely she knows someone (or knows someone who knows someone) looking for a Western boyfriend, and will be only too happy to make an introduction, maybe over a meal as a foursome, with no commitments. Take it from there - personally I would avoid anyone from Isaan (they tend to come with baggage), anyone too tied to their family or anyone who seems over-interested in your financial situation. I would also take her back to the UK before committing yourself. I personally took my girlfriend back, married her there (once I knew she could handle the culture difference) and lived there for 10 years, making sure she did not immerse herself solely in the Thai community. Now we are living in Thailand, she can see the plusses and minuses of both ways of life, and we can move effortlessly between the Thai and expat communities.
  2. You can take a guy out of the cage, but you can't take the cage out of the guy.
  3. Please enlighten us, which departments are ready for Brexit? Apart from the Department of Lost Causes, that is.
  4. "Grounds for hope". Hardly a ringing endorsement.
  5. Good idea, perhaps we could rid ourselves of Trump and Brexit. (Sorry - off topic).
  6. I gave Myanmar as an example as it is a Buddhist country adjacent to Thailand and is therefore a better comparison than the middle East, africa and Latin America. By the way, what has happened to all the military dictatorships we used to have in Africa? If it such a great form of government, wouldn't they be flourishing?
  7. Myanmar is a good example of what can happen to a country under military rule for any length of time, as well as showing how democracy can be rendered ineffective when the generals won't let go. Your reference to teachers is also interesting. It was the junta who ordered teachers to force Prayut's propaganda down the throats of the children; I don't remember previous governments indulging in such brainwashing tactics.
  8. Of course it's obvious - whoever has the biggest guns should be the criterion for holding power in every country.
  9. It's Only Just Begun (Solution)
  10. Makro usually stock cases of Beer Lao. A few branches scattered around Bangkok.
  11. Don't think the final toll booth is at Khao Yoi. The map shows two Khao Yois about 30 km apart, and it's only a little place. The last one is almost in Cha-Am.
  12. Dictionary.com announces word of the year

    My word would have been 'leverage'. Not the traditional noun, with a long inital 'e', meaning the force applied by a lever. I mean the new word, short first 'e', used either as a noun or verb, and seemingly inserted into every business-related article solely to make it appear that the writer knows what they are talking about.
  13. Sorry, I didn't realise we weren't allowed to air opinions. I'd better shut up then.
  14. I've given you 3 sources - how many more do you want? - but you could always try googling something like 'Brexit results analysis' if you want more, although most reach the same conclusions. Perhaps you should provide evidence that I am wittering, which I believe means talking rubbish.
  15. Where do I start? Detailed analysis of voting patterns is in the public domain, much of it done by universities (Loughborough, Kent and the LSE spring to mind). Whilst not naive enough to take treat any single source as gospel, when the same results are repeated it becomes a matter of using common sense to join up the dots. Pollster post mortems to explain why a 48-52 'poll of polls' prediction became 52-48 on the day generally centre on turnout. The mobilisation of the so-called "dormant" voters I mentioned (I have seen a figure of 3 million quoted, although this appears rather high) is one example. Flooding in generally pro-remain London, which caused a relatively low turnout there is another. The polling date - just after the end of the university term, meaning many students who had registered at their term-time address found themselves unable to vote - is a third. I was not trying to make any particular point - after all, many people do not bother to vote in general elections because the result in their constituency is a foregone conclusion - but was just trying to find some explanation as to why the polls got it so wrong.
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