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    Chernobyl and Priypat trip report 2017

    firth1974
    By firth1974,
    So, the day started nice and early at 7am, just as the sun is starting to rise over Kiev and Maidan Square. Met the guide, paid the rest of the cash and waited for the rest of the group to turn up. Total for the trip, lunch and the hire of the Dosimeter came to $100 for 1 person, which i thought was not too bad a deal. Trips into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are restricted each day, and unless you are part of an organised tour like this one, you have ZERO CHANCE of getting into the Zone!!   Absolutely crystal clear bluebird day today, so you know its going to get hot at some point, but the temp this morning was nothing short of 5oC, just chilled correctly. To get into the Zone, you have to clear the 30KM control point, where inspection and passport checks are the order of the day. In this zone are  around 450+ abandoned settlements and also the town of Chernobyl. To get anywhere close to the Reactor you have to clear the 10KM control point. Once inside this zone, you are next to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and also the town of Pripyat, the town that has become the infamous symbol of the 1986 incident. You can get to within 270 meters of Reactor #4 (thats the one that exploded). It is now encased in a all new protective coat weighing a grand total of 35,000 tonnes!!!! (The heavyist movable structure in the world).   Then onto the abandoned town of Pripyat. This place is just simply amazing. So quiet walking around here, and HIGHLY radioactive in certain spots, of which our guide took us to visit. General background radiation in most cities around the world is 0.14-0.15, when you start recording readings of 3 to 4, then you need to start worrying a little bit. Most spots in this town were from 0.9 to 10/11, nivce anf high, but our guide took us to a spot that recorded 48.55!!!!!!!!! Now that's highly radioactive and not healthy to hang around for too long!!   To see all the places you have seen on TV or on the 'net before is surreal. Its an amazing sight to behold.   The view from my bedroom balcony overlooking Maidan.................                                          

    Taking a push bike to Thailand

    joelonghair
    By joelonghair,
    Hi, looking to see if any of you guys know the best, and most economical airlines with which to fly when taking a push bike to Thailand? I have bought a proper hard case bike box to transport it, a Trico Iron case, and don't mind if I could check this and just take hand luggage - but it is probably oversize. I'm looking to fly Manchester to BKK in May. Cheers!

    Gulf Air

    thinkingallowed
    By thinkingallowed,
    When I mentioned some time back that I'd booked a flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok with Gulf Air there was a chap or two interested. They do some very cheap business class deals at times, I paid just over £1000, so I'm not expecting Qatar or Emirates standard but got to be OK for the money.  I booked through an agent, can't remember which one but I'll have found the fare searching Kayak.co.UK and Skyscanner. This brought up a small problem for me as I couldn't select seats and I'm a window licker. When I want to select seats I usually use seatguru to get a bit of info but for some reason they don't show the correct seat plan for the Gulf Air flights I've booked but expertflyer.com do. A quick call to Gulf's London number and I've got a window seat on all sections.  They were having terrible punctuality problems with GF152, the flight from Bahrain to Bangkok, but a slight change in the schedule seems to have cured this as it has been on time since. GF2 LHR-BAH isn't the most punctual flight but there's four hours ish in Bahrain so that shouldn't be a problem.  So today was online check-in day. I tried this on a mobile using the link supplied by Gulf in the email saying online check-in was open. Basically a pretty painless experience but when you get to the end it all goes wrong. Firstly there's no option for a mobile boarding pass only print now or receive in an email. OK, I'll have the email but when you click that a pop up box appears that isn't quite on your screen so I'm stabbing at the edge of it and finally manage to hit something as the keyboard pops up. I guess I'm putting my email address in here and auto fill does that for me but I don't seem to get any further. Ah, me thinks, auto fill some times has an annoying habit of putting a space after it so more blind stabbing and delete the space and yes I can press send. Immediately the email arrives but the boarding pass is just the type you can print out and useless for a mobile.  Tomorrow we'll see what the check-in experience is like for Falcon Gold passengers, especially those who's carry on bags are overweight and pushing it on size 'cos they've overdone it on the Cadbury's creme eggs. Plus a look at the lounge where a very smelly Thinkingallowed, going straight from work, will be trying out the showers and having a few sherbets. 

    Defamed online - How to proceed?

    dan
    By dan,
    There are many stories of Thais suing for online defamation. I am curious what are the next steps and costs?  *I am not a victim. Only curious. Thanks.

    Tbilisi by night.

    firth1974
    By firth1974,

    A tale of big money and false hope

    Happy Falang
    By Happy Falang,
    Robbie Fowler in Thailand: A tale of big money and false hope They thought they were signing God – what they got was an ageing star with a paunch who in the fag end of his glorious career had come for one last big pay day. Robbie Fowler’s bizarre stint at then reigning Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United back in 2011 is a rather strange tale of footballing hype over reality, of fat pay cheques and shattered illusions. The fairytale for Thai football fans was short-lived, with Fowler back in England seven months later, significantly richer but a somewhat diminished figure. He was never to don his boots competitively again. It had all began with much fanfare and hope in Thailand, though the warning signs were there if you cared to look. Fowler’s previous club was Perth Glory in Australia’s A-League, who he had joined from North Queensland Fury the previous season. Fowler, who netted 183 goals in total for Liverpool over two spells, didn’t exactly set the world alight in Perth, scoring nine times in 28 matches, with his team finishing second from bottom. He was still expected to stay another year in Australia, but surprisingly told the club’s chairman in June that he was returning to the UK to “spend more time with my family” and “pursue my coaching badges”. To the football world’s (and Perth Glory’s) general astonishment, just a month later Fowler, then 36, announced he had signed for Muangthong on a one-year contract, in a deal reportedly worth 25-27 million baht (around £500,000). The deal was apparently wrapped up in just a week. He turned down a player-coach role with Peter Reid’s Plymouth Argyle to come to the Land of Smiles. “Fowler-mania” immediately hit Thailand, a country in love with the English Premier League, and Liverpool in particular. Fowler flew into Thailand alone one evening in early July, with a huge press pack there to greet his arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Excited airport staff got him to sign their shirts, and he was “educated” on Thai football in front of the cameras by Muangthong general manager Ronnarit Seu-vaja, who took him through a club programme and pointed out some of the team’s players. Fowler looked suitably bemused. Muangthong fans, albeit in small numbers, chanted “Fowler, Fowler” in the arrivals hall. Fowler offered awkward bowed wais, the respectful manner of greeting in Thailand. Three days of meet and greets and interviews continued, including a press conference with then newly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her son Pike. The slog tested Fowler’s patience – one particularly excruciating interview with Thai star “Woody” involved him asking whether Robbie was going to a be a “good boy” in Thailand. The happily married father of four managed to keep his cool and retain a friendly manner throughout, but his understandable discomfort was clear. Platitudes largely reigned in interviews. “The professionalism of Muangthong is unbelievable,” Fowler remarked, which may have brought a wry smile to those in the know to the chaos of Thai football. But Muangthong were surely happy with the publicity, raking back a little of the striker’s wages by flogging 10,000 No.9 Fowler shirts in the first week. One excited Muangthong fan While Fowler may have hoped to find refuge in his football, it didn’t happen. His first job was to get fit, and to his credit Fowler brought over his own trainer from the UK. He hadn’t played competitively since the A-League had ended that March and it showed in his rather rotund appearance. But he didn’t make his debut until August. Worse, it took him a full 250 minutes of playing time before he finally scored, a simple header from a few yards out in his side’s 4-1 win over Chiang Rai United. By that time, in a bizarre turn of events, Fowler found himself as player-coach. At the end of September Henrique Calisto was sacked after Muangthong’s loss to Kuwait in the AFC Cup. His first game in charge was a 3-1 win at Samut Songkhram, and then followed the 4-1 home thumping of Chiang Rai. But things began to unravel. While famously uncritical Thai fans were not overtly hostile, they were clearly underwhelmed. Fowler looked badly off the pace in games and the team were not even winning, let alone winning in the style Muangthong had become accustomed to. Expat fans especially were not impressed by Fowler’s frequent absences from Thailand and apparent indifferent attitude. He was happy to tweet about English TV but rarely talked about his club. The English language Thunderdome fan blog started a “Fowler out” campaign. Fowler attended former Liverpool player Gary Ablett’s funeral back home in England – but stayed on for another two weeks, missing two league games in total. Under Fowler, the team suffered more defeats in half a season than the two previous seasons in total. Particularly ignominious was a 3-1 home defeat to lowly Navy FC, their first home loss since their Division 1 days back in 2008. The club’s owner went public to express his dissatisfaction with performances. Fowler had inherited a sinking ship, but was going down fast with it. Muangthong eventually finished third, a disastrous 25 points behind their bitter rivals Buriram, who won the title. Fowler’s swansong was the 2012 Thai FA Cup Final in mid-January, which Muangthong lost in extra-time. Fowler actually lasted the full 120 minutes, and drew some praise for his improved performance. But with talk that Fowler was in continual talk with other clubs – including in India – it was clear this was not a marriage made in heaven and the commitment was not strong on both sides. A few weeks later, it was announced he had departed the club, with current Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović taking over as manager. Fowler’s time in Thailand didn’t seem to put him off management, with him pursuing his coaching badges, in between TV work and running his property empire, back in England. He is set to complete his Uefa Pro Licence, the highest available qualification for coaches, this year. Fowler starred this year in The Jump on Channel 4 in the UK “I loved it,” he told World Soccer Talk in 2014 of his time as a manager in Thailand. “It really whetted my appetite.” Thai fans were, however, left more than a little shortchanged, especially by his time on the pitch. The sixth-highest goalscorer in the history of the English Premier League could barely hit a barn door. He scored just twice in 13 appearances. FourFourTwo Thailand judged him thus: “Fowler did not play well. He’d lost his desire and was slow in his responses. He had no speed and looked ill at ease on the pitch. His once mighty left foot that was feared all over Europe had disappeared.” Fowler never officially retired as a player – and was linked to lower league moves in England – but perhaps deep down realised the chance for more fat pay cheques was over. The time had come to call it a day.

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    lanzalad
    By lanzalad,
    I've just installed a colour picker that lets you pick your own colour for the forum. Just go to the bottom of the page and select splash: Once you have selected splash then go to the top of the page and click on the colour picker:-   You can pick any colour you like:-

Portal by DevFuse · Based on IP.Board Portal by IPS
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