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  • Birthday 06/05/1946

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  1. Like any country, going to the UK as a tourist is very different from living there. Take trains for example – I bought a senior railcard which gives me 33% off the fares, and if you book in advance, check out the best routes and avoid rush hours, the prices are remarkably cheap. For example, to visit my brother in Tonbridge, Kent from Oakham is about double the price if I take the train from Oakham to London, rather than taking a free bus to Peterborough and going from there. I have plenty of time so it's no bother and I have found the buses and trains nearly always bang on time. So for the first 6 months, I relied totally on public transport and managed to get around really well, with free buses and low train fares. Now I have nice little 2nd hand Peugeot 107, with only £20 annual car tax and amazing petrol consumption I reckon will be even cheaper than public transport. when my family gets here. Good used cars are really cheap here – unlike Thailand. Even fully comp motor insurance to include a Thai wife with Thai licence and zero no claims bonus didn't break the bank. Although I have been to London on earlier trips here with my wife, I have avoided London so far this time around and I don't miss it. I much prefer rural or semi-rural England in the Midlands or north. Oakham suits me fine but I may end up somewhere in the nearby countryside – depends on what I can find in the way of house rentals. It's only a 40-minute drive to Leicester, and even nearer to Stamford, Peterborough or Corby. I might even end up in the Birmingham suburbs near my other daughter who lives there. Birmingham isn't at all bad and they have lovely green suburbs packed with lovely parks. And of course, the huge plus is the NHS. Don't believe all the bad press, it's still pretty awesome and has taken care of my many medical conditions, including a recent stay in hospital, really well. I have no complaints. I dread to think where I would be now if I had spent the last 9 months in Thailand – almost certainly dead –or broke - or both!
  2. Yes, I have been very lucky with my family, but I find that in rural and semi-rural locations, people are much friendlier and you are more likely to make new friends, but this doesn't apply if you move into an upmarket community which I'm sure you won't. Again, I don't know what your interests are, but there are so many ways to meet people at clubs or special interest groups. One of these days I might join a local writing group but I'm not in any rush. Of course, if you bring your Thai GF/ wife with you she will probably make friends quicker than you – both local and Thai. There are Thai communities everywhere in the UK. Just a thought...
  3. Mobi's life of Drinking (Part 1) - 8th January 2018 A Nong Khai Lake - close to Lek's home Mobi-Babble - 8th January 2018 Christmas and New Year have come and gone, and here in wintry Oakham we are 'enjoying' bitterly cold weather that tumbles well below freezing at night, and barely rises above freezing during the day. Although, believe it or not, there was a day recently when it was actually colder in Nong Khai (when they had one of their seasonal cold snaps) than in Oakham, where the weather warmed up briefly, but not for long. Ah well, this is what I signed up for when I moved back to Blighty, and on the positive side, it is less than 3 months to spring - in my opinion, the best time of year. Hopefully, I will then be able to get out and about and post some glorious pictures of Rutland in springtime. Meanwhile, apart from a 'Christmas dinner special' in Birmingham, I will post some recent photos from Nong Khai. To read more, including part 1 of "Mobi's life of drinking", please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going...
  4. With Brexit imminent, I think you can probably rule out the Spanish option. I don't know your precise circumstances so I can't really advise, but even without family and friends to support you, it is not impossible to return to the UK - even with limited funds available. Anyway here is some general advice/info that can apply to anyone thinking of making the move. Accommodation will be the biggest headache, and the best way to overcome this is to find a small property to rent, and then go to the government and claim housing relief. They will assess your capital and income and subsidise your rental costs. (Do not go to the UK and declare yourself homeless as they will put you in some grubby B & B for years. Find your own place first). Assuming you are receiving a state pension that is frozen, the rates will be unfrozen from the day you touch down in UK, and as stated above, you may well be entitled to additional assistance to help with living costs. I recently received an unsolicited £200 winter fuel allowance payment, even though I am staying at my daughter's house and she kindly pays all the heating bills. Once you have an address you can register at a GP which will entitle you to completely free medical care. You can also get a free bus pass which can be used throughout England and a senior railcard which makes rail travel remarkably cheap. These days you will be very surprised to find how cheap it is live here if you shop wisely and use places like Aldi, Liddle, the Pound shops, Wilkinsons etc. Good quality fresh food and household items are amazingly cheap - often as cheap as, or much cheaper than Thailand. OK, the weather is often not great, but at least you don't have to live in fear of your next medical emergency or being thrown out of the country due to non-compliance with new or unenforced immigration laws. And in the UK there is so much to see and do - unlike in Thailand, where you have the choice of vegetating at home or drinking yourself to death at the local bar. The copy and paste from another thread is absolutely spot on. I knew many such men who were basically waiting to die - not having the money to pay for doctors or to go out, or to relocate back home. It was sad to see them and I was determined not to be one of them.
  5. Thanks, George, and a Happy New Year to you and indeed everyone at Thai Visa - mods, admin and the many thousands of members. Let's hope something good happens for a change in this wide world of ours.
  6. I did hope that a nice little friendly debate here in the home country forum would be free of unprovoked, and unfriendly cyber-bullying. Sadly I was wrong. However, I see the posts have been removed, but just for the record, I contributed full employee's NHI contributions to the UK Government for 45 years, which entitles me a to a full state pension. For the years 2000- 2006 (when I fully retired at the age of 60) I paid tax to the UK government in excess of £500,000, and on a conservative estimate, I have probably paid well over £1m of taxes to the UK exchequer during my working career. If that qualifies me as a sponger… then so be it. Also for the record, I did hold 1st class private health insurance until the age of 65 when the rates sky-rocketed and it could no longer be cost justified in view of all the exclusions that were put in place. A few hundred baht a month is a fraction of what they were asking. Certainly, the worries about my health were top of the list when it came to making the decision to return to the country of my birth, but it was far from the only reason. Thailand has changed so much since I first settled there back in 2002, and it is no longer a place I wish to live. As GinBoy2 says, a great place to visit, and some wonderful people to spend time with, but not a good place to live anymore. - IN MY HUMBLE OPINION - and everyone is entitled to their own.
  7. Interesting posts from GinBoy2 and AltcarBob. When I left Thailand I had 4 muts to re-home (2 Shih-Tzus a Labrador and a Bulldog) and I did this very successfully by posting on Facebook that I had dogs looking for new homes. I had an overwhelming response and checked out the most promising offers and as a result, the dogs are very happy in their new homes and I keep in touch with the new owners. (All farangs). FB is definitely the way to go on this. Of course, moving back to the UK has not been all plain sailing, but with support from my family and friends, it has been smoother than I expected and all in all, I am settling in quite well, in spite of the weather. (below) It's not only the free health service, which in my case has been a lifesaver –literally –but it is great to be back in a civilized country where people and communities really care. I had forgotten how polite and friendly most Brits are, and where I live, crime is almost non-existent, although I concede that in this, I am very lucky. There is much more, but I will save it up for a future blog. Happy New Year everyone from snowy Oakham. The view from my bedroom window, this morning...
  8. And it's A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mobi – 20th Dec 2017 Mobi-Babble – 20th December 2017. Another year is drawing to a close and in the past 12 months, much has happened in the life and times of Mobi. This time last year, the very notion of moving permanently back to the UK was a very long way from my mind. But as my financial situation continued to deteriorate, along with my health, it became apparent in early 2017 that if I didn’t take some drastic action, there would soon come a time when I could no longer pay my bills. Even worse, I might have been struck down with a death-threatening medical ailment with no money to pay the increasingly avaricious Thai hospitals. I looked around me and saw a number of expats of around my age who were slowly dying, (or had already died), due to lack of funds to pay for proper medical care. I had no desire to become a statistic in the annual embassy death count. To read more please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going...
  9. It's snowing in Oakham - and Mobi's new family Mobi Babble – 10th December 2017 It's sod's law that I decided to relocate back to Blighty in a year when we are experiencing sub-zero temperatures and snow in early December, still 2 full weeks before Christmas. These pics are the best you're gonna get as I have no intention of venturing from my front door until the temperature rises and the snow melts. Yesterday, Saturday, I did drive into Oakham and do a bit of shopping, even though the temperatures were sub-zero. There were several reasons for this – firstly I wanted to stock up on staples before the forecasted snow arrived, secondly because I wanted to try out my newly acquired Balaclava-type headgear, and thirdly because I really needed to get a bit of fresh- freezing - air. I had been cooped up at home for days. To read more please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ (You will also be able to scroll down and read my previous blog, ♫ There’s a hole in your bowel… dear Mobi… dear Mobi…♫ posted on 17th November.) Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going...
  10. Beware! One day your sins will catch up with you… Mobi Babble – 29th October 2017 It's been well over a month since my last blog, and I have to say it's been rather a turbulent few weeks. Family Visa Applications finally lodged I'll begin with the good news. After a long six months of waiting and 'processing', the settlement visa applications for my wife and daughter were finally submitted to UK immigration last Wednesday, 25th. To read more please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ As a change from posting pics of my time in England, (there's still plenty more to come), I have decided to devote this blog to showing pics of my lovely wife and family and what they have been up to during my absence. As you will see, they have certainly been active and participating wholeheartedly in the everyday life of the wonderful Issan folk of North East Thailand. Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going....
  11. Yes, western civilization, despite all its faults, does have some advantages for us older folk. Having lived overseas for some 35 years, off and on, I can say that 3rd world countries are great when you are young - middle-aged, but when you reach the wrong side of 70, then the good bits about England come to the fore - unless you have a ridiculous amount of money, which unfortunately I do not...
  12. If you read my full blog post, you will see that I did indeed go back to WW2 and prior to make the very point you are making...
  13. Reflections On A World Gone Mad - Or Has It? - 15th September 2017 Mobi Babble - 15th September 2017 It's all a question of perspective Like many others, when I look at the state of the world today, I find it truly depressing. It seems difficult to believe that there was ever a time when it was worse than it is right now. Yet all I have to do is take a short ride from my home in rural Rutland to the timeless, magical Foxton Locks, just down the road from Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Here, it is easy to believe that the world is at peace and rural England is much the same as it ever was - beautiful and serene. To read more please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going.... Today, some introspection on UK and world events and the long wait for my Thai family who are still stuck in Nong Khai, waiting for their visas to be issued.
  14. Summertime – and the livin' is easy…3 Sept 2017 Mobi-Babble – 3rd September 2017 Goodness me! It's September and my first full English summer for nigh on 17 years is all but over. Oakham's ancient Town Square Looking back on the almost four months since I arrived in May, I have to conclude it's been a typically English summer. Some really cold days, some extraordinarily hot days, some windy, wet days that felt more like winter, and a great deal of cloudy but mainly dry, mild days. Every now and then we would be rewarded with a few days of delightful sunshine, which would be the invitation we had all been waiting for to explore the great outdoors – England's green and pleasant land. To read more please go to: https://mobithailand.com/ Note: As my website/blog is 100% non-commercial - no ads whatsoever. Although the content is UK related, it may be of interest to my friends in Thailand who may be considering a similar move back to their home country; and also to those on Thai Visa who have asked me to let them know how things are going....
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