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Youtube Down?

06 May 2017 - 07:06

Not able to access it on any device in the house. Works okay on the 3G/4G devices but not through the 3BB f/o.

Anyone else on 3BB with same issue, or maybe through other provider?

Shipping A Box?

06 April 2017 - 07:00

Have a box to ship from BKK to UK. Approximately 35x40x20 cm and 10kg. What are my options and likely cost. I seem to recall taking a box about half that to the post office for mailing to the US a couple of years back and they refused to do it. Had to send it by some overpriced courier type service. Contents valued about 300GBP so I don't want to spend the same amount for shipping it.



Taking Child To Uk For Holiday

20 February 2017 - 01:18


Perhaps a little background so we start with some facts which I know can impact things.

My daughter is 15 and due to finish M3 grade in early March. She holds two birth certificates, one Thai one UK. She currently has a Thai passport with a UK Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in UK and so can travel to UK as and when she likes with no limits on stay.

We would like her to spend April in UK staying with her grandmother, both are quite excited at the prospect. Her mother, my wife, also fully supportive of this plan, will remain in Thailand with our son on this occasion. Our wish is to have our daughter fly from BKK, alone and in the care of the airline. I will meet her in transit at Doha where I am working and will then fly with her to London and on to our final destination. The return trip will be similar though she will make the UK to Doha trip alone and then I will fly with her to BKK.

For us this seems perfectly straightforward but I am conscious that so called "authorities" may take a different view and make all kinds of odd and unusual ,or at least seemingly pointless requests. I will be consulting with the airline to see what they need me to do. I know they provide a service for unaccompanied minors.

Has anyone here done similar? I'd like to hear your comments and feedback on the way it worked for you and what you needed to prepare and anything I should think about or get sorted in advance.



Stuttgart ?

16 November 2016 - 09:02

I have to spend this December in Stuttgart. What must I do? What should I do? What should I NOT do? Ideas?


Car Purchase

19 October 2016 - 10:17

Time for some new wheels but this time it's going to be different!

I think since the first one in 98 I've bought about 10 different cars in Thailand, some used, some new. All have been financed to some degree and all straightforward enough. This time it's going to be a cash only deal so I'm a bit curious to know how this is likely to play out in the showroom before I enter.

Is it likely that I can expect discounting off the list price for cash which I've always found somewhat firm when financing? Better priced or free choices from the options list? Bigger smiles and higher wais from the service girls? Or are the wads of folding grey so commonplace that it won't attract a response?