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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post In future there will just be two lines at UK immigration - UK/Eire/Channel Islands/Isle of Man/Gibraltar and Other Passports. I'll start flying into Southend Airport. The queues there should remain manageable.




They still have to figure out what to do on the Eire/Northern Ireland border and the ferrv crossings between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Eire NI border will be the worst..There is nothing to demarcate both places.

In theory the ferries can be monitored but land crossings are going to be a nightmare..

In fact when I first went to Northern ireland in early 2000's while on an Indian passport , the bus route from one town in NI to another town in NI passed through the Irish republic .

I had to get down at Monaghan and change to another bus..I did not even realise that I had crossed the border till I went to a cash machine to withdraw some cash and out came Euros.

Technically i should not have entered Ireland as i was travelling on a Indian passport and did not have a Irish Visa..

Spent around 30 minutes hiding in the toilet of the bus station worried that the gardai would catch me and throw me in jail.


Managed to 'escape' back to NI when the next bus came.

I have never been to Ireland since then
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post Spent around 30 minutes hiding in the toilet of the bus station worried that the gardai would catch me and throw me in jail.
You could have gone to cafeteria and taken photos for lunch thread. At least once in your life try to do some good for others.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post You could have gone to cafeteria and taken photos for lunch thread. At least once in your life try to do some good for others.


I once had a bad attack of paranoia when I realised that I was eating a ham sandwich (from home) in a middle-Eastern airport.

I suppose I should have drawn attention to myself by photographing that for you?
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I once had a bad attack of paranoia when I realised that I was eating a ham sandwich (from home) in a middle-Eastern airport.

I suppose I should have drawn attention to myself by photographing that for you?
As far as i am aware , I dont think that eating a ham sandwich in the transit area of a ME airport is an issue (except maybe in Saudi ). However i can understand the paranoia on the first visit.
I would be more concerned about the poppy seeds on the bread if any.

Pork is legally available in most ME countries ( Definitely in Dubai , Abu dhabi etc )

In fact most of the bigger hotels have pork sausages and pork bacon on the breakfast menu ( However these are kept on a separate table ) . On the normal menu they keep turkey/beef bacon and turkey/beef sausages.

I would ignore most of the horror stories of passengers being put in jail while transiting dubai . In an majority of cases there are other predisposing causes (stoned pax, carrying drugs , being abusive etc ) which subsequently leads to a thorough search and then a spell in prison.
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I once had a pork chop in Tiberia, Israel. The menu didn't use the common Israeli euphemism "white meat"; it said "pork chop". It was very good.

In general, there's a difference between pork and beef. Pork is dirty, so if you want to defile yourself, it's not anyone else's problem. There is no pig protection movement.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post I once had a pork chop in Tiberia, Israel. The menu didn't use the common Israeli euphemism "white meat"; it said "pork chop". It was very good.

In general, there's a difference between pork and beef. Pork is dirty, so if you want to defile yourself, it's not anyone else's problem. There is no pig protection movement.
A substantial proportion of the Arab population of Israel is Christian. They are the ones who handle pork.

At diplomatic receptions in Baghdad in Saddam's days pork dishes had a little paper flag on a toothpick stuck into them. The flag carried the drawing of a pig.

In Kuwait pork is a complete no-no. The hotel served beef-bacon at breakfast.
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Interesting diversion

I think my paranoia was as much due to lack of sleep and travel as to having no actual understanding of Arab culture!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Interesting diversion

I think my paranoia was as much due to lack of sleep and travel as to having no actual understanding of Arab culture!
India is more scary to be honest.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64951375.cms

State rules are often different to national rules. For example for a year or two , I could technically carry 2 litres of alcohol through customs in cochin airport but as soon as i stepped out it became illegal as the limit per person was far less ( 1 litre ) to prevent bootleggers.

I think it has been revised since then..
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post Eire NI border will be the worst..There is nothing to demarcate both places.

In theory the ferries can be monitored but land crossings are going to be a nightmare..

In fact when I first went to Northern ireland in early 2000's while on an Indian passport , the bus route from one town in NI to another town in NI passed through the Irish republic .

I had to get down at Monaghan and change to another bus..I did not even realise that I had crossed the border till I went to a cash machine to withdraw some cash and out came Euros
It was scary place pre-Good-Friday ! You had high Watchtowers, and depending on your sympathies, gun-toting gruff english soldiers. They looked as if they came from a soccer-game where their team was drubbed, and they wore their uniforms, and out looking for some action to compensate
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Reminds me of a Joke...


A priest and a rabbi are sitting Central Park feeding the pigeons. After
a while the priest turns to the rabbi and asks, "Is it still a requirement
of your faith that you not eat pork?"

The rabbi responds, "Yes, that is still one of our beliefs."

The priest then asks, "Have you ever eaten pork?"

To which the rabbi replies, "Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich."

The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his feeding of pigeons.

A while later, the rabbi spoke up and asked the priest, "Father, is it
still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?"

The priest replied, "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith."

The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?"

The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith."

The rabbi nodded understandingly. He was silent for about five minutes.

And then he said, "Beats the hell out of a ham sandwich, doesn't it?"
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An old joke, indeed. An old friend! Thanks for the reminder

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