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About RandG

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  1. It is unlikely that the Swedes would have allowed his extradition to the US and it it is also unlikely that Obama would have requested it. Now the Swedes are out of the loop, and Trump is in power, there is a much higher chance of the US requesting it, and the UK accepting it, so he might be in his little spare room for a while yet. Should have faced up to the charges in Sweden if he was innocent as he says.
  2. If you were evicted (very, very unlikely), you would get yr money back from Airbnb. They cannot afford the hit on their reputation for customers of Airbnb to be losing money.
  3. My wife (German passport) was in exactly this position a few weeks ago. Her existing passport was only 3 years old, but more or less full. She obtained a new German passport outside of Thailand (London) and we entered Thailand at Phuket Airport. Sods law, there was a trainee immigration officer on the desk went to, but the more experienced guy looking over his shoulder took my wife to another counter, spent a bit of time clicking around in the computer, and after a few minutes gave both her passports back, with the entry stamp in the new passport, with a handwritten comment next to it referring to the visa in the old passport. During this time, I went downstairs and collected our luggage from the belts and we were out of the airport in 20 minutes.
  4. Until such time as traffic laws are fairly and consistently enforced, with realistic sanctions for transgressors, then nothing will improve. Just look at the fiasco with helmets. 4 million motorcyclists in Ho Chi Minh City and in a week, we saw 2 without helmets. In Phuket, despite so many campaigns, probably 70% without.
  5. What a ridiculous comment! A huge UK retail bank with branches all over the UK will close their UK business??? They are taking an existing office in Berlin of 300 staff, and adding a few people so they can register a subsidiary in Germany to carry on their EU business.
  6. Make an appointment in the Liverpool Passport Office for first thing (08:00) and pat for the extra service, and you can be out by noon. Also order a 48 page passport.
  7. Do you "send it viral around the world" when it is found in buildings in New York, Frankfurt or London? Probably not.
  8. My wife and I have used them for a return trip between Phuket and Chiang Rai. On time to the minute; staff fine. Very similar to Air Asia. Would not hesitate to fly again.
  9. Merkel and Hollande say "jump!", and the other 25 countries shout "how high". Voted for Remain but seeing how the EU "leaders" (and I use the term loosely) seem to be determined to screw the UK, even at the expense of the economies of other EU Member States, it seems we are right in getting out, despite any short term pain. Clearly trying to create an organisation where countries are terrified to leave, rather than one a country wants be a part of. Desperate to keep the Brussels gravy train going at any cost.
  10. Interesting that in TV forums, it is always the fault of the Thais, lack of enforcement, van drivers etc. A great deal of this is very true, but see plenty of "westerners" riding on the wrong side of the road, drunk, no helmets, no lights, riding around with whole family on bike, despite never having been on a bike in their life, no insurance, etc., etc. What's their excuse? In their own countries would in general not do it, so cannot blame lack of awareness. Only other "excuse" is lack of enforcement, which is zero excuse.
  11. Our daughter has has the right to German nationality (through her mum) since birth (now 22), but since the referendum, we have done the paperwork and got her German passport. No major problem; just a visit to our nearest consulate in UK with relevant documents, and 4 weeks later had her passport. Also went along to Canadian High Commission and sorted out her Canadian citizenship (through my birth). 2 stage process; 5 weeks to get certificate of citizenship and one week for passport. Gives her plenty of flexibility in her future life.
  12. How many "western countries" have 100% 4G? None I have ever visited.
  13. From yr home country. In the UK, either from a main Post Office, or by post from the AA. Do not know about other countries.
  14. This week, my wife (German passport / UK driving license) and I (British Passport / UK Driving license) went along to the Phuket Land Transport Office to get Thai driving licenses for cars (no motorbike). We arrived about 07:30 and found about 15 Thais in front of us. Doors opened a few minutes after we arrived. There is a bit of too'ing and fro'ing required between the first "Information Desk" and Desk 6, but basically they took the following from us: Copy of Passport page, copy of our O-A retirement visas issued in London, residence certificate from immigration, medical certificate we had obtained a few days before (THB 100 from a doctor in Chalong) and a copy of our UK international licenses obtained from a UK Post Office (£ 5.50)when we last in the UK (no interest in actual UK license). We had to fill in one form while we were there (just full name and phone number). Next step was to queue up in one of the downstairs rooms where we had the test for reaction time (basically foot on an accelerator pedal and then brake when a green light changes to red. In the same room, there is a test where miniature traffic lights change at random intervals between Green / Amber (Yellow) / Red, which you just need to call out. While this is happening, other applicants are crowding around watching. When you enter this room, put your bundle of papers from Desk 6 into the blue tray in the middle of room. This is used to control the "queue" and your name is called out when it is your turn. After this, we went back to desk 6 where we paid THB 205 and given a queue number. 10 minutes later we were called to desk 5 where they took our photographs, paid a further THB 110 and a few minutes after that, our driving licenses popped out of a printer. Again, put your bundle of papers into the plastic tray to fix your place in the queue. By 08:45, we were out of the Land Transport Office, with our licenses. All very painless. These "temporary licenses" are valid for 2 years, after which we can apply for 5 year licenses. All the staff spoke sufficient English for us to communicate with no problems and were very helpful. Although we did not want motorbike licenses, we understand that to apply for both a car and motorbike license, you need to take 2 original residence certificates, 2 original doctors certificates, and then 2 copies of passport / visa / international license. Good luck to other applicants.
  15. May have the same label; does not mean it wasn't made in a garage in China.