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  1. Renew UK passport

    I have not applied myself for a while, so not sure, from what I have read, usually around 15 - 20 days or so, but plan on the worse, i.e. 4 weeks. There has been a lot of debate on here before as to whether you can or cannot use the passport after applying, in theory not, in practice people have, as the corners are not cut off until the new passport arrives.
  2. You are a little out of date, that went ages ago!
  3. Renew UK passport

    All the information IS in this link: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/overseas/information/thailand/renew/adult
  4. Renew UK passport

    use this link: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/overseas/information/thailand/renew/adult
  5. Don't forget that your wife must go with you to immigration when you apply.
  6. Agreed, I just want to clarify to the OP that he CANNOT do as he proposes, i.e. get another single re-entry permit on his way out this time, because he already has a valid single re-entry permit, if he does, one negates the other, so his only cheap option is to do number 1, unless he cannot, for whatever reason, get another single re-entry permit between his arrival and the next departure.
  7. @ubonjoe If my take on this is correct and to clarify for the OP, then as he seemingly already has a valid single re-entry permit in his passport, then his options are?? 1. Depart the country this time without applying for any further re-entry permit, upon his return use the one he already has in his passport, then upon his departure the next time apply for a new re-entry permit. 2. Apply for a multiple re-entry permit whilst departing the country this time, which would cancel the one that he has in his passport, but he can use this for his arrival and the following departure / arrival.
  8. It is nothing to do with the availability of the expertise in the UK, I would imagine that the only reason the UK doesn't is down to cost, the cost of developing and then actually building a suitable aircraft would be enormous, especially given the relatively small amount of planes that the UK actually need, it would simply make no sense whatsoever, far better to purchase a plane that has been developed and is being produced and at the same time gain employment / revenue from it. As it happens, my BIL is heavily involved with the F35 via BAE and heads up quite a large team based in Preston. Regarding the leak from the shaft, this, as has been mentioned, is really not uncommon, building something as complex as an aircraft carrier is bound to involve some niggles that need sorting, hence the sea trials and the length of time needed to commission. Exactly why the F35 deliveries lag are so so far behind the carrier itself is a bit of mystery to me, were they just ordered too late, a design change delay or is it just they cannot be produced fast enough? Possibly one of the biggest mistakes made with these two carriers is the power plant, ideally this should have been nuclear, again it probably came down to cost, lets hope that they have learnt from the type 45 design mistakes and resolved the cooling issues in warmer waters, as this is likely where they will be most operational. The other mistake is the defense systems deployed, these are out of date and not really suitable for a large carrier, especially given the lack of available suitable support ships to form a viable carrier group.
  9. The reality is that Thailand's immigration policy for any EU country citizens is in general far easier than it is in any EU country for a Thai. All Thai's must apply for a visa to any EU country prior to visiting, with conditions that are prerequisite and acceptance is by no means guaranteed. All EU citizens can visit Thailand for 30 days visa exempt, then extend for another 30 days very easily. I'd imagine that 99.9% of Thai tourist visa applications are approved. Regarding marriage, as mentioned on here several times by other posters, the conditions of a Thai wife to go and live in an EU country are just as strict, if not stricter than the EU husband living here, the only major difference being that upon acceptance the wife can obtain work, although this is also possible for the husband here, albeit a little more hassle. It really comes down to a matter of choice, if the husband doesn't agree with Thailand's immigration policies, or finds it 'difficult' to comply with them, then he can always get his wife to apply for a settlement visa and take his wife to his home country. I suspect in most cases, that they cannot do this option due to lack of funds / accommodation and so on and complain about Thailand for similar reasons.
  10. I read this such that a person applying for citizenship would still have to meet all the criteria to apply, i.e. be a PR or married to a Thai, this clause just seems to state that the financial requirements are less than those not married or with children / degree from Thailand?
  11. My point was and still is that it is not IMHO safe to follow another vehicle whilst maintaining the vehicles MINIMUM braking distance, to do so would be suicide, there are a lot of factors that would change the braking distance and to rely on the minimum available to you (even if you knew what that distance was for the prevailing conditions) would be stupid, especially on a motorbike, where the mechanical grip is a lot less than a car and you are so much more vulnerable. The safe distance needs to include reasonable braking distance under normal circumstances, not an emergency stop! This is even more pertinent today, whereby vehicles can have huge differences in braking ability, the car in front of you may have 50% better braking ability than your vehicle, which is why it is very important to be aware of what is going on as far ahead as is reasonably practical, drive / ride too close and that advantage is negated, because all you can see is the rear of the vehicle ahead. It is not disputed that conditions change and that folks in front of you can and do make stupid moves, however you are responsible to drive accordingly and should in 99% of cases be able to stop or avoid the vehicle in front of you. A motorbike rider does in a way have a certain advantage, in that they are able to position themselves on the road to allow better vision / escape.
  12. Sorry, but I'd hate to be in or on a vehicle with you driving sir, if you truly believe what you wrote, it certainly is not a safe distance if you leave only the reaction time and the vehicles minimum braking distance.
  13. As an ex. motorcycle rider with quite a lot of experience, then no matter the conditions you should always have an escape plan, unfortunately the Malaysian rider lost his life in this accident, there is little doubt in my mind that this was avoidable, by paying proper attention, being fully aware and riding with due care with a proper distance between the next vehicle, whilst giving yourself a line of sight as far down the road as is possible. One of the things that you see here on a daily basis is the lack of foresight, most drivers / riders barely look past their bonnet / front wheel and their reaction time is badly affected because of this, one of the most important things they teach in advance driving or riding courses is to plan ahead and have an out.