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  1. I was thinking along the same lines but 'killing two birds with one stone'. Ship 'em all north of the border and then grant Scotland the independence they want - the Independent Scottish Islamic State. Hadrian's wall might need building up a bit but I am sure that the Donald could help to advise on that.
  2. Thanks :-) I don't see his college on the lists but I'll get my wife to contact the Office of the Higher Education Commission on the numbers provided.
  3. Can anyone tell me where I can access a list of higher education institutions in Thailand that are approved and accredited by the Thai authorities? (I think that would now be the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) ). I thought that the UNESCO site had a link for this but it does not seem to be functional. I need to find out whether the institution that my son currently attends is legit. Thanks in advance.
  4. haha ... nice one. If you had said Phuket, Phi Phi or Khao Lak then what you say might be believable. The 2004 tsunami did not hit Pattaya as Pattaya is in the Gulf of Thailand and not the Andaman. This means that the tsunami would have travelled south and would have hit Singapore before reversing up the gulf of Thailand. Get your geography right before you post such crap.
  5. Spot on - and I'm sure most of us were led to believe the same. I won't be signing up for any more any time soon, particularly with outfits like those that sent the email - no website links and a dodgy looking email address either - idiots. I have been experimenting with Kodi, which I find is good for movie videos but doesn't work well for live TV as it keeps lagging, the sound doesn't sync properly and also keeps dropping out. Next I am trying a free IPTV App on my LG smart TV. I'll try and add an m3u playlist for the UK TV and sports channels and see how that goes.
  6. It didn't take long for the 'competition' to try and fill the void left by the demise of Expat TV and Expat Premium TV. I just received the following email from 'Asia Expat t.v.': Product and Subscriptions · IPTV Set Top Box + 6 months subscription. ฿ 15,800 IPTV Set Top Box plus six months subscription to access all our IPTV services. After first 6 months, you can continue with any of our 1, 6 or 12 month subscription options. We will email invoices automatically as they are due. Can be paid at any Kasikorn bank or ATM / online transfer. IPTV Set Top Box plus 3 months subscription ฿ 12,000 Contact: I had a good laugh when I read it - After the Expat TV fiasco do they really think that people are stupid enough to cough up 15,800 baht for 6 months subscription? For my answer to this please rearrange the following words: touch bargepole would not it with
  7. RIP Expat Premium TV .... ... and now it seems RIP Expat TV too. They fraudsters should be enjoying a long stay at the Bangkok Hilton but if they have been given bail then it's likely they will have already disappeared.
  8. OK - So now we can get Expat TV (albeit with a few channels missing from the original lineup), which is really nothing more than the freeview channels one would view in the UK ... and we are being charged 8400 baht per year for the 'service'. So what about ExpatPremium TV? This has also disappeared into the ether and the web site was registered to the same server as 365Sport so this would seem to indicate that it was run by the same outfit. A few days ago it was mentioned that ThaiVisa were following up with Expat TV for an explanation so why has there been no response from these guys here on the forum? It seems to me that the whole business was being run with a business model of not paying out for any services (Sports, Movies etc.) yet charging unwitting subscribers for these services. A nice little earner while it lasted but always destined to go t!ts up at the expense of subscribers. Anyone else feeling like they have been conned?
  9. That's interesting as here are the details for, which now also yields a 404 Not found error: Domain Name: EXPATPREMIUM.TV Domain ID: 111665128 WHOIS Server: Referral URL: Updated Date: 2016-03-28T06:41:24Z Creation Date: 2015-03-29T10:38:14Z Registry Expiry Date: 2018-03-29T10:38:14Z Sponsoring Registrar: PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 303 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Name Server: PETE.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM Name Server: SANDY.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM DNSSEC: unsigned >>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-05-15T10:02:18Z <<< Seems to be the same outfit.
  10. Should have just shot himself up the ar$e - then he would have sh!t himself, problem solved.
  11. Silly me ... and I thought it was an attraction to showcase the growing number of homicides here in the LOS
  12. 2.5 years in the nick for 265,000 quid - At over 100,000 grand a year that's not a bad little earner ....
  13. Looks like he has done a runner ... quite common here
  14. Phuket to Savannakhet for non-imm visa Hi - I have just completed the Savannakhet visa run for a non-imm visa. This is my third time to Savannakhet but the last one was three years ago using the old Thai Consulate. I tried to do this on a budget so the following info may be useful for anyone else planning a similar trip: Monday 27th: 6.20 am - Airport bus from near Boat Lagoon to Phuket International Airport cost - 100 baht considerably safer and cheaper than taxis. 7.50 am - NokAir DD7501 to Don Muang, BKK - 1,450 baht Bought 35 USD at Don Muang for 1,200 baht for Laos visa (If you pay in baht they charge you 1,500 baht so 300 baht saved). 10.20 am - NokAir DD9514 to Nakhon Phanom then by bus to Mukdahan - Total return price 2,850 baht 1.30 pm - arrived at Mukdahan and stamped out at Thai immigration. Got free ride on bus across the bridge (did not have a ticket and driver couldn't change 1000 baht ;-)) Laos visa all processed in ten minutes (pre completed form, just filled in arrival card and handed over 35 USD). Laos TukTuk from border to hotel - 30,000 kip (126 baht) - had some kip left from my last visit to Vientiane last November. 2 Nights at Phonepasued Hotel (booked through Agoda) - 1,566 for 2 nights with breakfast. The main reason I booked this was that they have a great pool complex across the road. I like walking so the location was not a problem. Hotel was very much as expected by Laos standards. Comfortable with air-con, hot water shower, fridge, TV and large bed. Tuesday: Early breakfast at hotel - standard Laos fare - omlette & fresh baguette + orange juice + coffee 8.30 - arrived at Thai Consulate (I thought it opened at 8.30 but does not open until 9 am). 3rd in queue. Once opened my application was accepted with in ten minutes. Documents submitted: Completed application form + 2 photos Copy of marriage papers (showed the originals) Copy of house registration document (showed original) Signed copy of wife's Thai ID card Signed copy of my passport 5,000 baht visa fee I was asked where my wife was and replied that she was at work in Phuket. I also pointed out that we had recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary ;-) 10.00 am - back at the hotel beside the pool with a couple of cold beer Lao. Early evening - decided to try eating at 'Lins Cafe' as I had read some good reviews. Cafe was nice and host friendly but steak was pretty poor (compared with the great steaks at Veena Cafe in Vientiane). Wednesday: No need to get up early as passport collection not until 2.00pm. Same breakfast again and chilled out 12.00 pm - Checked out at midday. 12.15 pm - Lunch at Avalon Cafe (part of Avalon hotel) on way to Thai Consulate. 1.50 pm - Shared TukTuk with two other expat visa runners. The TukTuk waited at the consulate and then took us back to the border - all for 100 baht each. 2.05 pm - Received passport and headed for the border. 4.20 pm - NokAir bus picked me up at Mukdahan and headed for Nakhon Panom. 6.00 pm - arrived at Nakhon Panom and checked in 6.50 pm - NokAir DD9521 to Don Muang, BKK arrive Don Muang 8.00 pm I am staying a few days in Bangkok but my return flight to Phuket is another option that we have nowadays - with Vietjet. They fly from Swampy to Phuket with new planes - One way cost me 875 baht plus tax. Another successful run completed - should be good now until June 2018 :-) Clive R.
  15. Pattaya has always been the 'city of the snatch' .... so nothing's changed there.