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by rick
January 8, 2021, 1:59 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Udon Traffic
Replies: 143
Views: 8044

Re: Udon Traffic

Easy way to beat those temp checks - especially if just using your hand - liberally spray with sanitiser and rub hands - will lower temperature by about 2 degrees!
by rick
January 8, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Where to Buy Things in Udon
Topic: Beware of Lazada.
Replies: 234
Views: 23756

Re: Beware of Lazada.

Have had some issues with Lazada lately. Last 2 orders i get told order dispatched, next i hear order cancelled as unable to deliver. Very annoying.
by rick
November 21, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: General Debates & Discussions
Topic: Solar/Wind energy for the future. Forget it
Replies: 121
Views: 4308

Re: Solar/Wind energy for the future. Forget it

As to solar thermal power stations (i.e. using parabolic mirrors) the biggest is in Morocco, and most of the rest are in Spain. Australia only ever had the Port Augusta project, which was cancelled. Their may have been experimental projects, but no commercial ones. Quite a few of these plants have b...
by rick
November 11, 2020, 12:48 am
Forum: U.S. Politics
Topic: Will Trump concede?
Replies: 478
Views: 13966

Re: Will Trump concede?

Ironically it is not the votes for Biden which lost Trump the election, but votes for the Libertarian candidate. They got up to 2% of the vote in some states, due to Republicans voting for them because of Trump's abrasive style. At least 3 marginal states would have gone Trump's way instead of Democ...
by rick
November 8, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: General Debates & Discussions
Topic: Solar/Wind energy for the future. Forget it
Replies: 121
Views: 4308

Re: Solar/Wind energy for the future. Forget it

In the UK they are building a 50 MW liquid air power station to store excess wind energy - it will liquidise air under pressure, and when demand rises release the air through turbines to generate electricity. Emission free and no issue of batteries requiring scarce minerals or needing replacement. B...
by rick
November 8, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Udon Thani Accommodation
Topic: Nicest place to stay in Udon these days
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Nicest place to stay in Udon these days

There are twice as many options compared to 10 years ago. About 5 on soi Sampanit, and just as many around the Nutty park area. All an easy walk from Udon Thani station. Going further afield many more. Also some bargains to be had. Just checked on Agoda, and Prajaktra reduced from 2,000 baht to 659 ...
by rick
October 28, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: New fines start 1of November 2020..
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: New fines start 1of November 2020..

Looked at that list and saw at least 12 different rules broken today, some many times ...........

I always consider it a good day if i do not get involved in an accident (about 3500 days running so far)
by rick
October 28, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: The dreaded virus........
Replies: 29
Views: 939

Re: The dreaded virus........

Well considering there's about a million deaths and less than 10 million infections out of a population of nearly 8 billion you'll find the odds of knowing someone who has died from the virus are very slim.also sitting in a country with near to nothing infection rate you won't come across many deat...
by rick
September 11, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Money, Banking & Investments
Topic: Help, need Bank card reader
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Help, need Bank card reader

My UK Nationwide card reader has decided to die, and need for internet banking. Has anyone got one? Apparently any banks card reader will do. Can anyone help?

Not super urgent, but need to do some banking this month. Please Pm me.

Rick
by rick
September 8, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Bank of Thailand Warns of Tourism Meltdown
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Bank of Thailand Warns of Tourism Meltdown

So far have seen little evidence of an impact on Udon. Maybe more rice planted, that's all i can see. No extra homeless so far, or hoards of unemployed wandering around. Maybe just quietly staying with family. Spent the long weekend in Pattaya. First thing i noticed, while Udon Thani airport was ope...
by rick
August 14, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: school fees
Replies: 96
Views: 5153

Re: school fees

St Mary's not quite so bad. They did refund the 'optional' summer school fees for the April-May holiday, and did provide some token online learning for June. They went back at beginning of July, full-time.
by rick
August 4, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Where to Buy Things in Udon
Topic: Exercise Bike
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Exercise Bike

Makro have some, but no idea about quality.
by rick
August 4, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: World News
Topic: England: Ahead or Behind The Curve on Containing the Virus?
Replies: 29
Views: 1702

Re: England: Ahead or Behind The Curve on Containing the Virus?

Contact tracing in the UK has been royally screwed up. Initially, it was done successfully by NHS at first but they had only a handful of trained staff. Once the outbreak took off they were overloaded, so middle of March the government decided to outsource the contact tracing to a private company (a...
by rick
July 1, 2020, 11:54 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Udon Immigration office lately
Replies: 266
Views: 15477

Re: Udon Immigration office lately - 90 second report

Went to do my 90 day report today. Waiting to the end of July with the amnesty maybe not a good idea as could be a bit of a backlog. 2.50 p.m, arrived, only customer, out in 90 seconds!
by rick
June 17, 2020, 12:31 am
Forum: U.K.
Topic: Bristol, England and its slave trading benefactor
Replies: 54
Views: 2671

Re: Bristol, England and its slave trading benefactor

Interesting fact - most of the wealthy 'old' families of the UK made a lot of their money either from Slave trading, slave plantations producing sugar, tobacco or cotton, and opium. Oh, and piracy. When the British decided to do something they usually cornered the market ..... Many of them became ph...
by rick
May 18, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Weather in Udon ?
Replies: 725
Views: 45309

Re: Weather in Udon ?

Here just NE of Udon still 39 Centigrade today and not a drop. Just one hour of wind (and still hot afterwards.

No Udon is not in the Sahara. The Sahara is cold at night. Not need Air conditioning!
by rick
May 18, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Education/Schools
Topic: St Mary's school
Replies: 93
Views: 11631

Re: St Mary's school

Yes, my daughter did her first online session today for St Mary's. Mind you i had no idea how it was going to work first thing this morning because there had been practically zero information on how it would be done. Any Information on the St Mary's rather limited website was in Thai, and my wife di...
by rick
May 18, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: The source of the coronvirus??
Replies: 371
Views: 14877

Re: The source of the coronvirus??

In totalitarian countries officials aren't free to report the truth to their political masters. It can endanger their livelihoods and even their lives if they go off the party line. In the Cold War this was an important advantage that the US had over the Soviet Union. The CIA and other US intellige...
by rick
May 10, 2020, 12:42 am
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Weather in Udon ?
Replies: 725
Views: 45309

Re: Weather in Udon ?

Rain would be nice. Only one day under 40 in the past week, with a maximum of 43 centigrade. Rain? Not enough to even wet the roof.

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