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Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 18-Jun-09, 02:06am
Replies: 65
Views: 6,130
Posted By elbraddo
At airports, I've seen a little contraption that...

At airports, I've seen a little contraption that basically ads wheels to a backpack. I think it straps onto the bottom of the pack. Seemed like a good idea to me, although I didn't really check it...
Forum: General 08-Jun-09, 07:43pm
Replies: 67
Views: 2,028
Posted By elbraddo
For some very funny memes, go to this facebook...

For some very funny memes, go to this facebook group - in the photos section....
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 01-Jun-09, 08:16pm
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By elbraddo
I waited 40 working days for the approval email,...

I waited 40 working days for the approval email, then another 48 hours for my passport.

Sponsorship may be easier (cheaper and shorter wait time), but Tier 1 is a much better visa to have. There's...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 29-May-09, 05:36pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
link's defo working for me. Interestingly - when...

link's defo working for me. Interestingly - when I was in Aus on Monday, it didn't work. However it works fine since I've been in the UK (since Tue night), so maybe there's some trouble accessing it...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 29-May-09, 05:06pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
inthemash - not sure what you mean. 600 mins over...

inthemash - not sure what you mean. 600 mins over 30 days = 20 mins per day. I used this plan when I first go to the Uk in 2007 and it was perfect. If you go over the 600 mins, then you get...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 28-May-09, 05:19pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
None of the Pay and Go (prepaid) plans in the UK,...

None of the Pay and Go (prepaid) plans in the UK, offer much in the way of talk time. As mentioned earlier in the thread, there are some decent deals as far as texts are concerned (ie. Virgin you...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 28-May-09, 05:15pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
well I landed back in LDN 36 hours ago, and until...

well I landed back in LDN 36 hours ago, and until I start up with my job again, I needed to sort out a simcard. Looked at all the deals, and really - the O2 pay monthly is perfect. 19.58/month for...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 27-May-09, 04:08pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
Read my posts near the start of this thread. For...

Read my posts near the start of this thread. For an O2 pay monthly plan, you need to have a chip n pin debit card issued by a UK bank. So you can't get it on your first day in London. however it's a...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 27-May-09, 04:03pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
Do you pay fees each month to keep the account?...

Do you pay fees each month to keep the account?

My understanding is that it's about 6/month....
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 24-May-09, 08:51pm
Replies: 8
Views: 827
Posted By elbraddo
1. you do NOT need a job to get an NI number 2....

1. you do NOT need a job to get an NI number

2. I didn't get my NI number until a few months after I started my job and I never had to pay an emergency tax rate - and my company did everything...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 23-May-09, 11:45pm
Replies: 8
Views: 827
Posted By elbraddo
its no hassle at all. ring up for an appointment...

its no hassle at all. ring up for an appointment and go to the appointment. phone call costs a few squid. NI number is free. Just take all documentation that they tell you to bring. You'll need a UK...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 22-May-09, 12:08pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
actually yeah that voda deal does look great if...

actually yeah that voda deal does look great if you're doing a backpacking stint. I'd go for it as well!

I'd still say that an O2 pay monthly plan is the best option for when you're based in...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 22-May-09, 11:01am
Replies: 60
Views: 4,583
Posted By elbraddo
leave your heroin at home

leave your heroin at home
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 11:13pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
in general I thought 1st contact staff were about...

in general I thought 1st contact staff were about as useful as tits on a tennis racquet, but for the seamless bank account setup, they were well worth the $70 I paid. You're right though - the...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 05:58pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
so if you're in Barcelona and ring your hotel,...

so if you're in Barcelona and ring your hotel, you're still gonna pay the UK to Spain rate which won't be cheap. You're just gonna save the 75p connection fee. Not really a massive saving. Or...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 05:13pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
sounds like a possibly misleading promotion. Read...

sounds like a possibly misleading promotion. Read the T&C's. Lots of restrictions. Although the incoming calls with no surcharge seems pretty cool
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 01:38pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
unless your name is on a bill, then it really...

unless your name is on a bill, then it really doesn't matter that you have a friend's address to have stuff posted to. As I said before, really look into it THOROUGHLY. Ask what proof of address...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 12:08pm
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
Holeinthewall - you may well be correct. My info...

Holeinthewall - you may well be correct. My info on setting up a bank account is based on my experience in mid 2007.

If it was me doing it now, I'd contact Lloyds and make 100% sure that what you...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 10:47am
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
I cannot stress enough, the benefit of getting a...

I cannot stress enough, the benefit of getting a bank account organised ASAP. Pay 1stcontact $70 before you leave Aus - they'll have an appointment for you the day after you land in London, and the...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 21-May-09, 10:38am
Replies: 46
Views: 872
Posted By elbraddo
Right - here's the info you need. It was a...

Right - here's the info you need. It was a major hassle for me when I got to London, so I'll try'n help.

Firstly - in the UK, pre-paid is called "pay and go". In general, "pay and go" have...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 20-May-09, 12:10pm
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By elbraddo
Visa Approved. Just got the email. For those...

Visa Approved. Just got the email.

For those who may be interested.

Sent App - 20 March
App received by Brit HC - 23 March
Approval Email received - 20 May
passport Received - ?? (we'll see...)
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 16-May-09, 10:01pm
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By elbraddo
You serious, Jaymin? Have they heard any word...

You serious, Jaymin? Have they heard any word about their application(s)? Received any type of update? Did they make any errors? Were they straight forrward app's?

A bit more info would be great,...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 15-May-09, 04:56pm
Replies: 23
Views: 6,222
Posted By elbraddo
Thanks for the reply mate. Great to hear you got...

Thanks for the reply mate. Great to hear you got yours and are enjoying the miserable weather in Londres.

Still no word on mine. 35 working days, and counting....

Mine was submitted at a bad...
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 13-May-09, 10:07pm
Replies: 120
Views: 5,716
Posted By elbraddo
oh and take a real pillow, as well as the...

oh and take a real pillow, as well as the horseshoe one. It can be good to sleep against a window, with a real pillow for cushioning
Forum: Food, Photography and Travel 13-May-09, 10:06pm
Replies: 120
Views: 5,716
Posted By elbraddo
1. Do not drink. Being hungover whilst flying is...

1. Do not drink. Being hungover whilst flying is terrible.

2. Definitely do not drink.

3. Sleep as much as you can. Use a sleeping tablet or two if you can. They work well. Even 3-4 hours sleep...
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