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You're lucky.  The British Embassy doesn't know its way past the nearest golf course.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
« on: September 21, 2015, 03:08:38 PM »
I went there earlier this year with a bladder infection.  I was given an ultrasound, blood/urine test, and then prescribed strong antibiotics.  It was all clear in a few days and I was very pleased with my treatment and the staff.  I can't remember the cost, but it was very reasonable.

Visas, et al / Re: Immigration today.
« on: September 16, 2015, 05:52:49 PM »
My last 90 day was up on 6th September,  but that being a Sunday I went on the Friday before, the 4th.  I wasn't able to do my visa extension at that time  as I had not yet received the income letter back from the British Embassy. As my visa extension was due to expire on 21st September I was then only given a 90 slip dated 21st Sept.  ie immigration will not give you a 90 day reporting date that is past the end of your official permission to stay.

Visas, et al / Immigration today.
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:03:21 PM »
I went to immigration today at 12.50pm for the full set, ie visa extension, 90 day and re-entry permit.  12 numbers were in front of me but two or three of them never responded so go to an officer quickly.

Straight forward, no problems and when I needed copies of the newly granted extension page in my passport for the 90 day report and re-entry permit he sent out one of the young university girls on work experience outside to do it.

Kudos to immigration.  A visit there is always a bit stressful, but if your paperwork is in order you will be OK.  The next 90 day is just before Christmas.  Tempus fugit.

Services for the home / Re: Non-return valve needed?
« on: September 15, 2015, 06:55:20 PM »
If the incoming water pressure is higher than the pump outlet pressure at that time, then I think the pump would stop.  it's when the incoming pressure is low that I wonder.  But I'll fit a non-return valve anyway.  Thanks for the terminology 'check valve'.

Services for the home / Non-return valve needed?
« on: September 14, 2015, 08:45:48 PM »
I've just had some plumbing work done at home and the plumber has joined the output from our pump not only to the inlet to our house but also to the incoming mains?  Gawd knows why.  But i now suspect that when the pump is running and the incoming mains pressure is below that of the pumps output, then we are pushing water back down the mains towards the meter.

I don't know if the meter itself has a non-return valve in it, which I doubt, but does anybody know if there is an inline non-return valve available here in the size of the usual blue pipe they use for plumbing?

And. by the way, under the heading "Services for the home"  for this section spells the word as "pluming".  Could be an Americanism, but I think it should be "plumbing" coming from the Latin word for lead, plumbum.  Which is why the element lead is represented by the characters Pb

I think a taxi would be the best bet.  No doubt there are song taews that go past the station, but I can't think of one.  It's not that far from the bus station to the train station. Down Mittrapharp to the traffic lights near Big C, turn right at the lights, turn left at the end and it's half a km from there.

Services for the home / Re: Internet Service Providers, in KKC
« on: September 06, 2015, 05:53:30 PM »
Well done!  And thanks for getting back to us.  You never know, it might just be one of us with a similar problem next week.

Services for the home / Re: Internet Service Providers, in KKC
« on: September 05, 2015, 03:42:00 PM »
Some time ago I couldn't contact my online UK bank and finally traced it to Firefox and some out of date certificate. Chrome was OK.

New Member Introductions / Re: Another American Family in Khon Kaen
« on: September 05, 2015, 03:40:19 PM »
If you mention the words "Radio Ham" to British people my age you'll probably get the response "Tony Hancock", a British comedian who did a TV show episode of that name in the early 1960's.

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Booking flight tickets Air Asia
« on: August 22, 2015, 07:18:58 PM »
We finally booked to go by Thai Smile, slightly cheaper, more convenient flight times and we know our seat numbers already.  And no identification necessary. 

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Booking flight tickets Air Asia
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:57:11 PM »
We are off on holiday for a few days in October, and as it's school holiday time and a Buddha holiday too we thought we'd book the flight tickets to Bankok and back now.  As we wanted Don Muang in Bangkok we went to Air Asia with money in hand and names of travellers written out exactly as in passports.  First it was no real surprise that the 690 baht advertised price ended up very nearly double that with all the extras.  Then the bored lad, who clearly wanted to get back to texting on his phone when we had rudely interrpted him to get him to do his job, asked for copies of passport for the farang and ID cards for the Thai people.  Of course we had only ours with us, not the rest of the family.  So he gleefully told us to come back with ID cards and went back to his texting.

So be warned: when you book your tickets you will need ID for all travellers.

Services for the home / Re: KTV & Digital Boxes
« on: July 25, 2015, 07:52:19 PM »
Thanks for the answer, Rex.  I'll be doing nothing for the moment.

Services for the home / Re: KTV & Digital Boxes
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:19:23 PM »
Am I right in assuming that if I carry  on and do nothing, I will continue to receive the analogue transmissions, for as long as the provider deems fit? ( And I continue to pay)

But if I choose to go digital then  all I have to do is buy a box and  put it inbetween the providers co-ax cable and my TV.  Is that it?   So both digital and analogue signals are coming down the same cable at the same time but the digital ones need a decoder (the box) to interpret the signal.  Do I have to inform the provider?

It might be worthwhile drawing a line across the reverse side of any future copies to stop them being used again.  When I sign and date a copy of my passport I always write what it's being done for, ie "visa renewal"  or "90 day".

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