AOB – December 2018

31 December 2018

Christmas week with my Mum in Abingdon. Mild weather. Nice for walking. Christmas Eve diner with brother Tim and family.

Mum is in her own world – not unhappy. Just a different place from the rest of us.


We were in Paris from 18-22 December. Always nice to walk around and for the most part the weather was kind. Paris is a walking city – even if Tai doth protest!

Though the walk from the Champs Elysee to Galerie Lafayette was maybe a bit too far.

A few pictures from the phone. 


Of course Paris is also a city of romance – or an excuse to keep your hands warm!


16 December 2018

A day out in Folkestone. Enjoyable. Sunny start to the day. Nice walk and lunch.

Took the high speed train from St Pancras which uses the Eurostar tracks – and gets to Folkestone in an hour.

15 December 2018

The coldest and wettest day ever! And we had tickets for Watford v Cardiff City. SO off we went. Just as we got to the ground the deluge started. For gbp40 there really should be a roof over the seats. But no. We were able to move into a covered high corner for the second half as other people left.

We did score three terrific goals – but the weather was foul.

Dinner in the city afterwards and the train back from Watford High Street.


14 December 2018

Arrived in London last night – it is literally freezing here.

Flights on Qatar from Chiang Mai via Doha – both on 787s. There were just 17 passengers (including the one lonely figure in Business) on the flight from Chiang Mai to Doha. Great for passengers – awful for airline economics.

Qatar really does need to do a better job marketing this flight in Northern Thailand.

As for the 787; the food is ok – the ife is average – the legroom ruined by the huge IFE boxes, the ones in the window seats are especially intrusive and mean that it is very hard to stretch your legs and the 3-3-3 seating means very narrow seats – if you are sitting next to anyone you will be filling eachother’s space. The A350 with 3-3-3 is so much more spacious. The 787 is an accountant’s airplane – the A350 is a passenger’s airplane.


4 December 2018

The new Bangkok apartment is fitted and furnished. It is cosy! Just 30 sq metres. One bedroom, bathroom and a very small living, dining and kitchen area. But there is plenty of storage; a decent bathroom, a view of the large pool, space for a washing machine.

Small but perfectly formed!

And it appears well managed by the Major company.

We took ownership on the Friday morning; then had deliveries and installation of tv, washing machine, fridge and water heater in the afternoon. Saturday was the day for wallpapering and curtain hanging. Sunday was Ikea – and Homepro – and Index Living Mall. Tuesday was deliverday day for carpets and other Ikea bits. And on Wednesday – a holiday – I rested with a migraine the size of Texas and then went back to Chiang Mai.