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  1. Logically Atheists must have higher IQ's - they, along with ,it could be argued, Agnostics, have somehow become the only "religions" (or non-religions?) who can freely sprout their beliefs on forums, social media and traditional media without being scrutinized. If a Catholic, Anglican, Mormon, etc tried the same on any forum/website/tv/radio/newsprint other that their own (especially here) they would be shouted down, and flamed ad nauseum. Pure genius.
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    Got glasses myself about a month ago now, got to say the difference is amazing. Re the frames, one of my ex clients was/is an optometrist - even the genuine ones they get for a LOT less than the big $$ they charge... think hundreds of baht each rather than thousands when they buy in bulk, that's the name brands - cheap brands even less. Doesn't make the good brands lesser quality though, that's just what the retailers pay..
  3. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
  4. Do a Youtube search on how to open a hotel safe - it isn't exactly confidence inspiring. On a brighter note, one day I'd love for all these characters who don't exactly get along so well to all meet in a restaurant or bar and have a good old fashioned chin wag, oblivious to their monikers on the board and realise they all have a lot more in common than they appear not to - on the board. Mekong, MM, BB, Gobble, and the rest - probably find you would all get along famously in real life.
  5. Must say the Hospital in Phuket we went to in Feb was fantastic. The Good Lady had a migraine - a bad one, not a headache, and I think the hospital staff were grateful to see a patient who hadn't been on the booze all night. She was treated like a princess, really. Had insurance but the total cost wasn't much (less than the excess amount) so just paid for it then and there. Hats off to them all.
  6. 10 packets of a powder, you describe as "bricks"? I'm surprised you weren't strip searched and the long glove bought out. Internal flights (CM-BKK) don't have as many restrictions. Not sure about the US, but down here we aren't allowed to bring many (any?) foodstuff back from anywhere.
  7. The Lone Ranger - Not bad, as one could imagine Johnny Depp did a good job playing Tonto (he seems to like dressing up now doesn't he), and the final 30 odd minutes were fantastic. However a good 30-40 minutes could have been sliced out of the middle and we found ourselves wondering when something was going to happen at that point.
  8. With the possible exception of #'s 2, 3, 5 and 8 - I can't see a negative here...
  9. WB Jack - was speaking of said ponytail with the good lady just last night - has been gone for a decade or more, but may just make a comeback soon....
  10. Well done, think I have read this somewhere else though..
  11. Good on you - i bought my (farang) GF to LOS this year as well, and we both loved it. We just did BKK and Phuket, and she'd been there (without me) twice before so knew what she was getting into. Re : bars. IMO taking the GF to any of your regular old hunting grounds could be recipe for disaster, especially if it's the third or fourth venue, and the bar girls recognize you... again. Re : 3way. As stated, be wary, but if it is on the cards and something you want to do - go for it. The best advice I can give (not knowing you or your girl) is to let her pick the girl. Sure if she picks an ug
  12. Read the link, and I stand by what I said. Even if a re enactment is inadmissible in court, can you imagine an offender of any crime doing a re enactment if they had not already admitted guilt? Think about it.
  13. The re-enactment's a all about getting a bit of publicity, a few photos in the paper - and a confession all in one. Thais love a photo op
  14. Yeah Qantas had a sale not so long ago, $698 to Singapore/KL/HK, $798 BKK - very good value, cheaper than a low cost carrier when you consider what's included.. Often around $900 now (QF), which is still good when you consider anything under $1000 was considered cheap during the SARS days (2004?) nearly 10 years ago?
  15. This comes up every now and then, and I hope nobody on here ever gets stung. We all know things are "a bit different" in LOS, and it isn't illegal to drive without an IDL/IDP, yes it may be possible to hire a car, motorbike, truck bus or plane without one, even with a reputable car hire place (eg Avis). However should you become involved in an accident, without one you may not be covered by insurance, which could become costly. It should be said however, an IDL is useless if not accompanied by the original valid driving/riding license from that country.
  16. In one of the books gobbledonk mentioned a decent sized group held up well in a prison. I think that'd be my plan. Have been watching "Falling Skies" lately and getting a few ideas from there.. Depending on how the good lady's health is tomorrow will be seeing WWZ then.
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    The new Lone Ranger movie looks good.
  18. I used to suffer badly from hayfever. About 9 years ago I got "desensitized" by the doctor. It was a simple process of scratching the skin on my arm about 12-20 times, and the doc putting a drop of known allergy pollens onto each scratch. Within seconds my skin reacted and I had a course of injections over a couple of months to desensitize my allergies. Has worked well since. FWIW I had zero allergies during my 3 years in the UK, as well as travelling through Europe, the US and SEA. When I told my doctor this she wasn't surprised as Australia has one of the highest pollen counts in the wor
  19. Flash, I did the same thing recently, although I got mine online through work. You should have a 25 digit code somewhere (maybe on the DVD case, mine was in the email from the seller). You need to key in that code. Mine was Microsoft Pro Plus 2013 and the going rate for that retail was around the 15,000 baht range (down here), so brace yourself if you need that version. I recently installed Microsoft Word and Excel on my mum's laptop free (legitimately) through Microsoft's website, not sure if you need the whole Pro version, that could do the job.
  20. How do you know it's ruined if you haven't been in 25 years? loving the place - there's a lot more to Phuket than Patong.
  21. In that case I would guess they would simply charge the drink to your credit card, along with some kind of "processing fee".
  22. Still have our trusty laptop cav, one of the main reasons for getting a desktop (apart from being able to do groovier things with it since it's newer) is the bigger screen. Was a bit of fun building it though. Didn't save a huge amount of cash - probably would have cost me another $100 for the computer shop guys to build it but that's not the point (ref model planes). I built exactly what we need, or what we think we'll need, with the ability to add stuff on later should we see the need. Not many of the "packages" available were exactly what we were after. As for that bracket for the monitor..
  23. By George I've done it!.. Piece of piss - granted I spent a bit more time than the "couple of hours" suggested by the lad at work, and a LOT longer then the "20 minutes" suggested by one website guru. When you unbox the thing and there's wires every which way but loose it is a bit daunting, but patience, taking your time and not getting stressed are the keys. Never done it before and it all went without a (major) hitch. Had the trusty laptop and googled a few things along the way. For the life of me I can't imagine why suppliers of pc components supply a DVDROM rather than a printed instru
  24. Thanks lads, baa - on consultation with my "dudes" at work have gone for a slightly groovier case, and the exact PSU you recommend (650w bronze), as well as an extra fan (case only comes with one). Hadn't thought of a silent PSU, KS - have checked out the price list from the shop and looks like it's doable, will investigate. Thanks again lads.
  25. Quick re cap for anyone interested... Have been convinced to build the box myself... I know, I know, but some of the lads at work (computer dudes, not the other kind) have promised it aint too hard if you're patient... hmm.. we'll see. In any case the box I've sort of picked out works for me... saved a few bucks and there's nothing in there I don't need, unlike most all of the ore packaged PC's... have a look. Prices are AUD, which at the time of writing is just under the USD = around 30 baht/$ Motherboard - AsRock z77 PRO 3 = $89 SSD 120GB Kingston V300 = $96 HHD WD Black 1TB SATA 3 FA
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