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Beedubya Apr 25th 2011 12:29 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Mallory (Post 9324806)
The UK is only the size of Texas. To compare to USA you would have to have free calling all over Europe.

My sister in law has some package deal which enables her to phone her sister in Australia, which she does every single day!! :lol:

sallysimmons Apr 25th 2011 12:55 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by dunroving (Post 9324504)
I can understand why a desire to come home includes commentary on why you're not happy in the US, or Aus (usually these are the two that come in for the most grief) but we do seem to get off-topic a lot condemning our adopted homes and their politics/lifestyle/culture.

Then again, this is the thread that people were shunted off to to stop that stuff happening in the main thread. Maybe we need a third spin-off thread :lol:

I think complaining about where you are is all part of the process of moving home for a lot of people. Just as complaining about Britain is all part of the process of moving away for people I know in the UK. Partly, it's a psychological process of separation and of self-validation. Some go through it and some don't.

Pistolpete2 Apr 25th 2011 1:15 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9324876)
Then again, this is the thread that people were shunted off to to stop that stuff happening in the main thread. Maybe we need a third spin-off thread :lol:

I think complaining about where you are is all part of the process of moving home for a lot of people. Just as complaining about Britain is all part of the process of moving away for people I know in the UK. Partly, it's a psychological process of separation and of self-validation. Some go through it and some don't.

Absolutely agreed! And we have seen here a determined effort to avoid the grass in greener problem. You yourself have said "come up with the list of pros and cons ranked in order of precedence" which is a good way to come up with a proper critique. The only trouble is that we are pretty clear as to what it is that gets our backs up sufficiently to want to move back but for those of us gone from the Uk for a good long term we don't really know what the return offers, even if we've returned on vacation on a regular basis, and it could be more of the same unless we are very careful.:confused:

windsong Apr 25th 2011 1:18 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by dunroving (Post 9324473)
If it's what I think it is, it's not a "thumbnail" so isn't just a case of right-click-open, I think it is when the file is corrupt, is too big (i.e., file size) for your computer to show, or is in a format you can't open.

However, sometimes the person who saved the picture didn't save it with the correct extension (e.g., .jpg) in which case your computer just doesn't recognise it's a picture. In that case, double-clicking or right-click-open will work.

Most of the time, though, this icon means the file can't be opened.

Dunroving said it all :)

sallysimmons Apr 25th 2011 1:20 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Pistolpete2 (Post 9324922)
The only trouble is that we are pretty clear as to what it is that gets our backs up sufficiently to want to move back but for those of us gone from the Uk for a good long term we don't really know what the return offers, even if we've returned on vacation on a regular basis, and it could be more of the same unless we are very careful.:confused:

I think it depends why you're going home. For me it's all about friends and family. So it doesn't matter whether the lifestyle here is better, or my house is bigger or the sun shines more. I just want to be close to family - especially our parents as they age.

But for those going home for a better lifestyle, yes, that's a tough one. For everything you hate here, there may be something you hate there too.

Pistolpete2 Apr 25th 2011 1:25 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9324938)
I think it depends why you're going home. For me it's all about friends and family. So it doesn't matter whether the lifestyle here is better, or my house is bigger or the sun shines more. I just want to be close to family - especially our parents as they age.

But for those going home for a better lifestyle, yes, that's a tough one. For everything you hate here, there may be something you hate there too.

Indeed! I'm a para 2. candidate but add less isolation and more varied lifestyle when aging and not working. Too much family pain over all of those years for it to be para 1.

dunroving Apr 25th 2011 1:45 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Pistolpete2 (Post 9324922)
Absolutely agreed! And we have seen here a determined effort to avoid the grass in greener problem. You yourself have said "come up with the list of pros and cons ranked in order of precedence" which is a good way to come up with a proper critique. The only trouble is that we are pretty clear as to what it is that gets our backs up sufficiently to want to move back but for those of us gone from the Uk for a good long term we don't really know what the return offers, even if we've returned on vacation on a regular basis, and it could be more of the same unless we are very careful.:confused:

Actually, I think I am one of the old timers who actually hasn't said that piece of advice, :rofl: although it is definitely good advice for anyone - it helps to un-jumble the jumbled mind of a wannabe returner (or leaver).

chriswinter Apr 25th 2011 3:23 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 9324063)
If we lived a 1/2 mile over, we could have AT&T internet for $19.99 a month, it stops one house over from my friends house and she was super PO'd that she couldn't get it, they have no immediate plans to extend their lines any time soon, maybe when the economy takes off again, it stopped extending in 2007.

This is exactly the circumstance for a friend of mine living in a small town in Texas. Finally just a few months ago....progress came to her. She now has broadband internet....though she has had unlimited phone service for a few years now. Here's keeping my :fingerscrossed: for you, that soon, very soon..the AT&T lines will come your way!! :D

dunroving Apr 25th 2011 4:06 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by chriswinter (Post 9325138)
This is exactly the circumstance for a friend of mine living in a small town in Texas. Finally just a few months ago....progress came to her. She now has broadband internet....though she has had unlimited phone service for a few years now. Here's keeping my :fingerscrossed: for you, that soon, very soon..the AT&T lines will come your way!! :D

First place I moved to in the UK, I could only receive 4 TV channels - one of which was in Welsh!

Now I live somewhere that doesn't receive Freeview and the standard channels aren't too hot either.

Luckily, about 3 years back the government introduced Freesat and now I have 100's of channels to choose from! (except my dish stopped working 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting on the repair man :rolleyes:) And Scotland only gets one HD Freesat channel - mind you, STV doesn't screen half of the regular ITV programs so we get Kenneth McKellar re-runs instead of the latest cutting-edge dramas. :rofl:

sallysimmons Apr 25th 2011 4:33 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
When we go back, I'm wondering if we'll even bother with a TV. We only use ours as a screening device for shows we download from the Box and once we're there, we can watch everything online on iPlayer, 4oD etc.

I don't think we've sat down and watched a show on TV at its appointed time for 2 years now.

cheers Apr 25th 2011 4:54 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9325250)
When we go back, I'm wondering if we'll even bother with a TV. We only use ours as a screening device for shows we download from the Box and once we're there, we can watch everything online on iPlayer, 4oD etc.

I don't think we've sat down and watched a show on TV at its appointed time for 2 years now.

Yes I think the days of cable TV are numbered and the TV companies know this and thats why they are playing hard ball when they renew contract offers with the celebrities.

Its a new day.

dunroving Apr 25th 2011 5:08 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9325250)
When we go back, I'm wondering if we'll even bother with a TV. We only use ours as a screening device for shows we download from the Box and once we're there, we can watch everything online on iPlayer, 4oD etc.

I don't think we've sat down and watched a show on TV at its appointed time for 2 years now.

I just bought (about 2 months ago) a digital Freesat recorder and it has changed my world (sad, I know). I think I have already worn down the "Pause" button. :rofl:

It has taken me about 5 years to cave in and buy a digital HD TV, Blu-Ray player, basic sound system and now this recorder. next thing will be to get the new-fangled internet TV and just download - that will be in about another 5 years. ;)

(I'm not cheap, just thrifty)

cheers Apr 25th 2011 5:25 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by dunroving (Post 9325314)
I just bought (about 2 months ago) a digital Freesat recorder and it has changed my world (sad, I know). I think I have already worn down the "Pause" button. :rofl:

It has taken me about 5 years to cave in and buy a digital HD TV, Blu-Ray player, basic sound system and now this recorder. next thing will be to get the new-fangled internet TV and just download - that will be in about another 5 years. ;)

(I'm not cheap, just thrifty)

Its the Scottish influence.

dunroving Apr 25th 2011 6:27 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9325343)
Its the Scottish influence.

I didn't even think of that - I must be assimilating! :scaredhair:

jasper123 Apr 25th 2011 6:43 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Pistolpete2 (Post 9324922)
Absolutely agreed! And we have seen here a determined effort to avoid the grass in greener problem. You yourself have said "come up with the list of pros and cons ranked in order of precedence" which is a good way to come up with a proper critique. The only trouble is that we are pretty clear as to what it is that gets our backs up sufficiently to want to move back but for those of us gone from the Uk for a good long term we don't really know what the return offers, even if we've returned on vacation on a regular basis, and it could be more of the same unless we are very careful.:confused:

Totally agreed ----- with Sallys comment just before yours and your comment here ------ nothing more I can think of adding to them at the moment :)


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