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  1. I applied for a Pension Letter a few months back and the Embassy had problems with my UK credit card. They sent through the letter anyway and asked me to get a bankers draft. payable to the British Embassy, and send it to them. Suggest you contact them and confirm as it does seem to be an option. They also note on the web page to contact them for other payment options. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/573863/Pension_7_12_16.pdf
  2. There are two other CCTV videos in the news article. A shuftie at those will answer your question. To assist, the answer is Yes. It will also show that the shop owner did indeed have a lucky escape.
  3. Polls out over the weekend. Opinium- Tory:45% / Labour:26%/ LD-11% / UKIP-9% ComRes - Tory:50% / Labour:25%/ LD-11% / UKIP-7% YouGov - 48 / 25 / 12 / 5 Survation - 40 / 29 / 11 / 11 It may be that the Survation poll is an outlier. I also believe that this poll is the only telephone based poll - the others being internet based. Maybe the return of the 'shy Tories'?!! Scotland only polls Survation - SNP-43% / Tory-28% / Lab-18% / LD-9% Panelbase - 44 / 33 / 13 / 5 The Tories in Scotland seem to be hoovering up the brexit votes as well as a high % of the Unionist votes. Labour in real danger of having a complete wipe-out. How the mighty have fallen. The coming weeks will be interesting.
  4. Another forum has the 'big bugger' as being English with a Thai lady as the driver (wife?). Of course, none of this has been verified and, given the silence from both local plod and press, it has likely been resolved in the time honoured way. We may never know the outcome, although, as the car plates were clearly seen, an ID of the big guy may happen at some stage. Although I would rather not be the one associated with giving out that info...........
  5. Yet another attacker who 'was known to the security forces' Not only that, but he had been released early after being jailed in 2005 for the attempted murder of three policemen. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/20/paris-shooting-policeman-killed-on-champs-elysees Despite being on their radar as a clear threat, this is being reported: 'A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.' Is there no system of checking up on the residences of such individuals with a history of violent crimes. CNN are just reporting that he was on a list of those under 'active surveillance'. Only problem being there are 20k on this list with about 10k being linked to terrorism. Clearly an impossible number to keep track of. Just maybe someone should be thinking of internment as a means to control such threats. Not PC, but just how many similar attacks are needed before someone decides that a new approach should be considered.
  6. As some have mentioned previously, the old guy could easily have suffered life changing injuries based on hitting his head on the ground after being attacked by the big guy. Reminds me of the Regent teacher who was viciously assaulted by Sean Tinsley a couple of years back and has never recovered from his injuries. Slightly similar situation to this with a minor scrape to a car being seen as an excuse to launch an unnecessary attack on a weaker opponent. Only, in Tinsley's case, he made full use of a wheel brace during his attack. I recall that there were one or two posters defending the actions of Tinsley back then. Takes all sorts.
  7. I have seen a train stop at the Khao Talo platform. It was a couple of young backpacker types. I was driving north on the railway road and was a bit surprised to see the train stop for passengers - only seen that happen one time about a couple of months back. As for tickets. No idea, but likely to be a conductor on board selling tickets. Plus, is there an online purchase system?
  8. This is an interesting prediction site. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/soccer-predictions/?ex_cid=rrpromo A month back the chances of winning PL were given as: Chelsea-95% / Spurs-3% Now the chances are indicated as: Chelsea-85% / Spurs-14% Not quite the 50/50 nonsense spouted by Conte, but hopefully the pressure can be kept up.
  9. An opinion piece on this same subject in the UK Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/18/asma-al-assad-uk-citizenship-syria The Guardian also had an article about her husband, just a few hours previously, with the sensationalist headline more normally associated with the DM. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/18/bashar-al-assad-trained-as-a-doctor-how-did-he-become-a-mass-murderer Of more interest are the comments to these articles where, no doubt to the surprise of the Guardian, a number of the comments indicate that the public are becoming more sceptical over the 'Syria Regime bad' narrative that is being pushed by the West. Granted that a number of comments, particularly in the Bashar article, will emanate from the putinbots but there are a number that use evidence, yet to be discredited, from both the UN and an award winning MIT professor (Theodore Postol) that cast extreme doubt on Regime involvement in the 2013 and 2017 gas attacks. Maybe too many inconvenient truths? Bit of a surprise from The Guardian of all papers, given their past collaboration on the Snowden issue, amongst others.
  10. If there are any prizes for guessing the winner, can I have a go? I must have had a rather vivid dream last night and can even recall the 1-2-3 if needed.
  11. My understanding is that reporting can be done anytime from 15days before to 7 days after the reporting date.
  12. Maybe that's why a 22day 'window' is allowed for the reporting.
  13. Looks heavily discounted to me. The cameras that were being ordered for the Bali Hai area a few weeks back were indicated as costing over Bt400k each (ok, presumably including cabling plus monitors, etc). Now, that is steep. The CCTV business is an absolute goldmine in Pattaya.
  14. Just watching CNN and the topic was the sarin attack in Syria. Mention was made of an MIT report that expressed some doubt on whether the attack was air or land based. So, this is the article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/assessment-of-white-house-intelligence-report-about-nerve-agent-attack-in-khan-shaykhun-syria/5584867 I have reviewed the document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria at roughly 6 to 7 a.m. on April 4, 2017. Analysis of the debris as shown in the photographs cited by the White House clearly indicates that the munition was almost certainly placed on the ground with an external detonating explosive on top of it that crushed the container so as to disperse the alleged load of sarin. Yes, Global Research is an anti 'Western' website and, as can be expected, RT is all over this report. However, the author of this article, Theodore A. Postol, is a professor of Science, Technology, and International at MIT, and has recently been given an award by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) for his work in assessing and critiquing the government's claims about missile defense. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Postol It would seem that the professor has had many run-ins with both the Pentagon and US missile contractors, but he seems to be respected by his peers and it would be absolutely no surprise, given the huge amounts of DoD funding at stake, that a rush to action would be the preferred option by players such as Raytheon (cruise missiles++). So, possibly, the professor has an axe to grind here, but would he let that affect his opinion on the matter? We may never know the absolute truth on this incident.
  15. Maybe a quick call to NW might help. I also have a NW CC and, very occasionally, have issues with using it in Thailand but always gets sorted with a call. Tends to be a computer block, even though they have my contact address as Thailand.