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  1. 4 weeks - at about 3 weeks things begin to get repetitious and by week 4 my need for decent wine and pizza is nearly overwhelming. Since I am looking at a 12 hour time zone change it makes no sense to go for less than 2 weeks as you just about get your internal clock reset just in time to go back.
  2. Money of Scotland The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the United Kingdom in that it is also consists of British Pounds (£), although Scottish banks print their own versions. These "Scottish notes" are widely accepted throughout the United Kingdom, although cases have been reported of a few shops outside Scotland refusing them. You will, however, not have a problem when using English notes anywhere in Scotland. If you are visiting from further afield, it is usually wisest to exchange your money into the local currency. Scotland is a well developed country with a good economic infrastructure. For the average tourist, this means that they will find it relatively easy to get about and to exchange their money. Scotland also does not have any import or export restrictions on any form of money so visitors will not have to fret about whatever currency they carry into the country with them. Banknotes of Northern Ireland From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Banknotes have been issued for use specifically in Northern Ireland since 1929, and are denominated in pounds sterling. They are legal currency, but technically not legal tender anywhere (including Northern Ireland itself).[1] However, the banknotes are still widely accepted as currency by larger merchants and institutions elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Issuing banks have been granted legal rights to issue currency, and back the notes with deposits at the Bank of England.
  3. Hang in there - the pound is in a far better position than the Euro. Between Deutsche Bank, Monte de Paschi (but I repeat myself), and the state of the Mediterranean economies, I think you will see the sterling recover nicely by December. On the other hand, I would be reluctant to be holding either Scottish or Irish pounds.
  4. Which may mean that the US got caught selling it's Syrian allies out to save face, Assad has pretty much a lock on the country, other than whatever oil can be smuggled out through Turkey, Assad has the country. It will be interesting to see how the Kurds were dealt with (perhaps dealt out) by John F'ing Kerry. Wonder if Europe will repatriate the million or so "refugees" (80% male) back to Syria now that peace has been declared.
  5. The best medical exams money can buy.
  6. BANGKOK (Reuters) - Twenty-one new cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in central Bangkok, including a pregnant woman who later gave birth with no complications, Thailand's public health ministry said on Sunday. Residents in the Thai capital were urged not to be alarmed after the cases were confirmed in the Sathorn area of the city, an up-market neighborhood popular with the city's expatriate community and part of the capital's business district. http://www.businessinsider.com/r-thailand-finds-21-new-cases-of-zika-in-bangkok-including-pregnant-woman-2016-9
  7. I am stunned - IMHO Britain has made the right choice - the pound will recover very quickly as the Europeans realize that the EU is now packed with deadbeats (Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece) and a single solvent creditor (Germany).
  8. Yeah - the duplicity is amazing - Here's a little Eddie Murphy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zON0o_d51E
  9. Not sure this is news - it is pretty much accepted that it was a Russian built SAM but not at all clear which side (Ukrainian or Russian or Freedom Fighters) launched. A much more interesting (tinfoil hat conspiracy) question is "Was there a fighter jet using that airliner to hide behind, and if so, whose?" (The Ukrainian air traffic controllers directed the course change into the war zone at a very specific altitude.) Net net, I am not sure what happened, but pretty sure that the whole story has not been told.
  10. What good is a used up world, and how could it be worth having? - Sting Hmm, a country wants to maintain super generous pensions while not paying into the pension plan, Nah, Greece is toast - no one cares. The excitement begins when Spain and Portugal start asking about their free deals. The EU currency was a hugely bad idea and long overdue for a "correction" Angela Merkel got 4% German unemployment for a decade - as Germany loaned money to the EU to buy Deutsche products Spain, Greece, and Portugal got free loans to buy German shit France got to argue that at least they were not Spain, Portugal, or Greece In the words of Ms. Thatcher (cunt) - "Everything is fine until you run out of other people's money." It will be fun to watch the next few weeks - bend over, you are about to experience anal probulation.
  11. Funny, when evil Bush was President these atrocities were front page news for days on end, guess it is not "new" news anymore.
  12. yeah - um, it seems that Spain decided that at 81% voting for separation that clearly the election was invalid..... Dunno if this trend is good or bad - Scotland, Catalonia, Northern Italy, seems that a lot of locals are re-thinking the whole "we belong to a greater group" thing. (I'll not mention Ukraine.) Question for brighter minds than mine: If Catalonia or Northern Italy did break away, would they have to petition to join the EU or would they be "grandfathered" into that wonderful union whether they wanted in or not?
  13. Dunno, There is something to be said for having an asset that is not easily trackable. Of course, it'd never happen, but suppose one forgot to mention any gold when going through a divorce - since there's no electronic record (unlike say a savings or money market account) it could easily be accidentally overlooked. In a similar vein, suppose the US instituted "means testing" to determine if you were eligible for social security (of course this'd never happen, social security is almost fully funded when you count the IOUs from the US government). With dementia prevalent, one might forget to mention these assets and then accidentally qualify for benefits when the US gov't would normal decide that one was ineligible. In this horrible scenario, one would get the stipend based on the taxed paid into the system and be able to sell a little each month - clearly having an unfair higher standard of living. (i.e., ketchup and Alpo for dinner). Naturally, no one would ever consider just giving gold to a female friend just to make her happy. Net net, any store of value is at risk - do due diligence, make your own choices, and accept the outcomes. BTW - I've had numerous tragic boating accidents and have no precious metals.
  14. Hi all, My best friend and his Thai wife (they met a New York University back in 2005) are expecting their 4th child in December. They both work and after maternity leave expires, they'll need an Au Pair to care for the infant - probably starting in March. Does anyone have any actual experience with bringing over a Thai Au Pair for a year? With a monthly salary as well as room and board I'd think that this is a better deal than one could get while in LOS. Has anyone gone this route? Thanks