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    Wow, thank you so much Gary! Thank you, and great...

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    Cheers Greg! I've not seen that, but even if you...

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    Caller! Good to see you again! And 5 years in...

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    Thank you so much! It's so nice to see an old...

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    Hello again! And a few quick questions...

  6. Thank you DorsetNick, I'm sure this route will...

    Thank you DorsetNick, I'm sure this route will give hope to lots of people!
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    Yes, I believe it does. When my ex-wife (Thai)...

    Yes, I believe it does. When my ex-wife (Thai) came to Britain she worked and paid NI long before she eventually got citizenship, and that all counts towards her eventual British state pension.
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    I see, they are talking about something called a...

    I see, they are talking about something called a "married person's allowance". It's a bit clearer now I think.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22423878

    But it is the issue of what happens after you...
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    Linne, is your wife British? In which case, as...

    Linne, is your wife British? In which case, as far as I understand, if you die first, she will recieve your pension (no matter where she lives) based on your contributions. Not her contributions or...
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    Thank you everyone, And thanks Gary, yes, life...

    Thank you everyone,

    And thanks Gary, yes, life here in Japan is good, if a bit busy. Much busier than Thailand ever was for sure! And as for the pension, yes I'm paying in to keep my state pension...
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    Overseas UK pensions 'blocked for spouses'

    Hello everyone,

    I just saw this in the news and thought I'd come here and see what discussion is going on about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22423878

    I don't really understand the state...
  12. Thank you Linne, Gary, Caller, the_link, Colin,...

    Thank you Linne, Gary, Caller, the_link, Colin, and IanB!

    Much food for thought there. Thank you all.

    The siutuation in Japan is, for myself at least, going in the wrong direction. The good...
  13. Financial requirements. Not a question, just an observation.

    Hello all,

    First off, I do apologise if this is in the wrong section of the forum for this dicussion.

    I don't have a question and I'm not looking for advice. It's just that earlier today I was...
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    I met Dave a couple of times, once at Jomtien,...

    I met Dave a couple of times, once at Jomtien, and once after he'd been to a hospital visit in Bangkok. I had the same impression of him as Dan - he would go right out of his way for you, the man was...
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    Oh, didn't see that! :(

    Oh, didn't see that! :(
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    New passport fees from 3rd Sept 2012

    Sorry if this has already been covered, but I just noticed the new fees.
    The amazing thing is - they are gojng down!
    Not by much.... but down!
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    Elephants belong in the jungle untouched by...

    Elephants belong in the jungle untouched by humans.
    Tame elephants are tamed through the use of the most disgusting torture soon after they are born.
    Elephants are creatures that deserve our...
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    "Shoot the messenger"? I don't want to shoot...

    "Shoot the messenger"? I don't want to shoot anyone! LOL!
    No, seriously, you're right - and point taken.
    And sorry Allan if I was a bit much, it's not you (or the DM!), it's me. I really feel...
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    Hi Allan, at your prompting I did look at the DM...

    Hi Allan, at your prompting I did look at the DM comments, and the comment given the highest rating by DM readers was this one: Written by "mal".

    Seems like a natural and reasonable response to...
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    Allan, the only Thais getting bashed are the Thai...

    Allan, the only Thais getting bashed are the Thai elephants.

    How on earth do you think elephants are "tamed"?

    This is how:


    http://youtu.be/snMYdGPTZrw

    http://www.helpthaielephants.com/
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    :bah: Rubbish! Yes, Norfolk is nice, but...

    :bah: Rubbish!

    Yes, Norfolk is nice, but everyone knows that Suffolk is England's finest county!
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    Yes, the firms I've looked at will check the...

    Yes, the firms I've looked at will check the flight. But there's no accounting for how long immigration/baggage/having a nice cup of tea and a sit-down/going to the toilet/last minute duty free...
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    Thank you Phil! I like this bit: But they do...

    Thank you Phil!
    I like this bit: But they do charge 20 pounds an hour if they have to wait while you're in immigration. Still, that's reasonable I suppose, after all, it is someone's time.
    So, yes,...
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    Hi, Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I...

    Hi,

    Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I wondered if anyone knows if it is possible to get a taxi from Heathrow without booking first.

    I'm looking into taking a trip back home and the best...
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    Dan, what's your target weight? You could...

    Dan, what's your target weight?
    You could sponsor your weight lose to raise some cash for the next Thailand-UK charity donation!
    And yes, I just had to have a try on the veggie stuff!
    (Brian -...
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