General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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smith
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11414 posts since 5/5/04

posted 26 Aug 2021 14:41, edited 26 Aug 2021 14:41
T.o.m wrote: Yeah, I can understand people's differing working situations, but if positive you'll have to stay indoors when back to the UK, in which case someone who does WFH could be able to still WFH while abroad. If your job is that important, making contingency plans (take laptop or tablet)for if you get stuck abroad should be part of your holiday plans?

I got Covid travel insurance at £20 to cover any unexpected overstays.

Hence if you're able to cheat the test abroad, you can then decide if you're sick enough to get further tested when back home or just get on with life after a couple of days off. Day 2 tests are hardly chased up anymore and you can just say it was lost in the post if NHS do call you (Drop off box, no tracking). Had an interesting conversation at golf this morning with someone who is in property and always out and about with work, says he can't even afford to isolate, let alone get stuck in a country abroad. I imagine there are many people like him who would look at cheating the system due to the huge inconvenience of it all and potentially having almost a whole month off work.

They should just make testing compulsory at the airport. Only way to fully know and make flights safe for everyone. You can have a negative test 3 days before flight home and then be positive in the next couple of days and you wouldn't know if symptoms haven't kicked in that much yet.

I was in Morocco for their rising cases and now they are about to go on the red list when their cases are finally coming down. Meanwhile here in the UK we've opened up sports venues,seeing COVID cases climb again and we have the audacity to pick and choose what countries to ban based on their cases. Makes zero sense to me.
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

26 Aug 2021 15:36
^ it makes zero sense because the whole thing makes zero sense.

The PCR tests DON’T WORK.

Read what the inventor of the damn thing said about them before he ended up dead.

https://youtu.be/j8pFuEIYKPw
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

1 Sep 2021 13:47
Back in the skies again… new strap on the Speedy for row 30 this time Cool Laughing out loud P

joeyjojo
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4632 posts since 24/8/06

1 Sep 2021 14:23
Looks distinctly economy which is ban worthy
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

1 Sep 2021 14:26
^ It was I’m afraid.

Giving the fact there was about 12 people on the plane and no first/business class section, I decided to hog the last several rows to myself.

Still, better than being in shithole London eh?

Sticking out tongue
Sholto
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650 posts since 25/12/12

1 Sep 2021 14:31
heading to france soon, fully vaccinated. I understand I don't need a test there but will do when I get back to UK? Anyone got any experience/info to share?
ismvil
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1880 posts since 16/9/11

1 Sep 2021 15:23
Flying business short haul in these neorona times is retarded to be fair.
maximus
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1747 posts since 13/7/06

5 Sep 2021 14:35
Staying on portobello road for a few nights next week, any fukers recommend some decent bars/pubs with a good selection of craft and wine?
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

13 Sep 2021 17:23
Sholto wrote: heading to france soon, fully vaccinated. I understand I don't need a test there but will do when I get back to UK? Anyone got any experience/info to share?

Just grab a £30 lateral flow test to take with you. Do it over there, send them a pic, and they send a result back within 20 mins…. Message me if you need any more info.
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

posted 13 Sep 2021 17:25, edited 13 Sep 2021 17:25
Also if anyone needs any help to avoid the quarantine on way back from amber countries, give me a shout. Perfectly legitimate.

I’ve been away 5 times since May this year, every time to an ‘amber’ country and never had to test or quarantine.

TROYBOY
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921 posts since 28/2/12

13 Sep 2021 17:33
quarantine back in england or quarantine in the country you are visiting??
fudge.dredd
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1698 posts since 15/12/12

13 Sep 2021 18:52
TROYBOY wrote: quarantine back in england or quarantine in the country you are visiting??

The ‘traffic lights’ are only for when you come back to UK…
TROYBOY
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921 posts since 28/2/12

13 Sep 2021 23:27
ahhhhhh
MoB
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37203 posts since 31/8/04

14 Sep 2021 09:25
We got back from spain last week, did all the tests and the verifly shit BA advised us to do and it wasn't checked once on the way back. Even the reference No we gave for our departure tests were for the pcr(out fault) and it wasn't even checked Laughing out loud

Good to see some companies adopting the charge of the tests, obviously not a new revelation and i get testing but the charge when they're no different to the NHS ones is just a scam.
swede
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9886 posts since 21/3/09

14 Sep 2021 09:41
tbf the prices have come down a bit for the tests. going to mallorca on fri and only spent like £60 on the pre-return and day 2 tests (i live walking distance from a randox drop point - makes it easier)
MoB
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37203 posts since 31/8/04

14 Sep 2021 10:04
swede wrote: tbf the prices have come down a bit for the tests. going to mallorca on fri and only spent like £60 on the pre-return and day 2 tests (i live walking distance from a randox drop point - makes it easier)
I dropped my day two off too think that cost me £44 and the anitgen was £33 with the BA discount. Still a piss take considering you can get the same tests for free they're just not accepted. Looks like he's gonna announce today the day 2 is kiboshed anyway
Goldie
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4822 posts since 17/10/07

14 Sep 2021 10:58
swede wrote: tbf the prices have come down a bit for the tests. going to mallorca on fri and only spent like £60 on the pre-return and day 2 tests (i live walking distance from a randox drop point - makes it easier)

Where you going swede? In Pollensa next Monday-Saturday. Chin rub across the beach.
swede
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9886 posts since 21/3/09

posted 14 Sep 2021 11:38, edited 14 Sep 2021 11:38
staying north of palma in the hills Smiling chin rub if you see me on my bike on the ma-10!
blackham
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1858 posts since 17/7/13

15 Sep 2021 05:59
Any recommendations for Lisbon? Good food and bars/clubs a preference, thanks
MoB
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37203 posts since 31/8/04

posted 15 Sep 2021 07:32, edited 15 Sep 2021 07:32
few more years old now but still worth a look to see if the places are still open
Edit: definitely check out the time out place, some of the food is amazing and it's cheap as chips as it's mainly smaller dishes from all the top restaurants.

MoB wrote:
MoB wrote: few years old now but this is a lisbon list from when i went, all the gaffs came recommended by a lisboa.

Restaurants

- LX Factory it’s an area, about 10min cab from the centre of Lisbon. It’s tiny but has loads of cool restaurants inside:
o A Praca (Portuguese type food I think, )
o Moules and Wine (mussels – amazing!)
o Chef Nino (super cute and cheap brunch)
- Mercado da Ribeira it’s a market right next to cais do sodre/bairro alto, where you have loads of really good mini restaurants to choose from.
o Prego na Peixaria (steak in a bun)
o Honorato (burgers)
o Café de São Bento (AMAZING steak)
o Etc – check here or search for Mercado da Ribeira, they’re all great - http://www.timeout.com/city-guides/time-out-mercado-da-ribeira-lisbon/
- Mercado de Campo de Ourique – similar to the one above but with different restaurants, also good so you can choose one of both markets depending on where you’re staying

If you want to go to more specific restaurants and google the names here is my favourite list that includes the above:
- Prego na Peixaria
- Cervejaria Trindade (steak and seafood)
- A Praca
- Moules and Wine (there’s also a Moules and Gin and a Moules and Beer)
- Las Fitcheras (Mexican)
- El Tomato (tapas)
- Hamburgueria do Bairro (burgers)
- La Siesta (Mexican by the river)
- Portugalia
Expensive good ones:
- Belcanto (Chef Jose Avillez)
- Cantinho do Avillez
- Olivier

Bars

- We mainly stick around cais do sodre for drinks, there’s loads of little bars – one of them is quite cool named O Bom, Mau e o Vilao.
- Meninos do Rio (by the river)
- Urban Beach (bar/club)
- Lost In
- Lux (proper club)