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richatthecroft

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    richatthecroft got a reaction from Tn21 in Can you bring gold coins to the airport?   
    I recently traveled to Istanbul on holiday for 10 days and as well as taking Sterling in cash I also took 4x Gold 20 French Franc coins with me as well so that I could determine what got me the best exchange rate to swap for Turkish Lira- the cash sufficed just fine. 
    I just put the Gold coins mixed in with a bit of loose change in a little bank money bag and carried it in my jeans pocket- chucked it in the tray to go through the scanner along with my wallet, fags, lighter and phone at both Manchester and Istanbul Airports.  
    I think you’ll be fine bringing back your three coins. 
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    richatthecroft got a reaction from MickB in Today I Received.....   
    Good Lord! 
    This is one of the nicest lumps of Gold I have ever owned. 
    Thanks @SilverMike¬†and great meeting up again today ūüėɬ†
    Anyone who is unfamiliar with this 1897 Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal, further information can be found here:  https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces122989.html

     
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    richatthecroft reacted to HighlandTiger in Pubs   
    As someone who was a publican for about 15 years, I wouldn't advise anyone to buy a pub. The industry was dying pre-covid, supermarkets have taken the early evening trade, and you are left with people already half cut, giving you grief every night, post 10pm. Pubs are closing at a huge rate. 
     
    Holiday pubs are even worse, with no winter trade to rely on, and if its a village pub and you are an outsider you will struggle, (I did for a while, I was an Englishman running a Scots pub. However they did accept me eventually, but only because I married in a local family) 
     
    I too have run village shops. If working from 5:30am to 11:00pm 7 days a week gets your blood pumping go for it. Of course, you'll have no hair left thanks to the constant shoplifting, the occasional burglary, and the even rarer armed robbery. I say rare, but in a 10 year spell running convenience stores in Kent and SE London, I have been held up with 1. A gun, 2. A knife (twice), 3. A hatchet, 4. A machete, and 5. My favourite  A sharpened garden rake.
     
    I am so glad that I am neither in the pub game, nor running convenience stores anymore.  
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    richatthecroft reacted to Roy in Pubs   
    Indeed, it was pure folly to think of myself as a Publican. 
    I have no experience in the pub trade, not from the wrong side of the bar anyway, and I've never worked in retail. I'm told my customer service skills need improvement too.
    I was surprised though (thanks to @Elements) that it's not a straight forward process as I originally thought. One can't simply buy a pub, shut its doors and live the life of a hermit. If there's a 'loss of community use', forget it and as @richatthecroftsays of the new owner 'they become the village/ town villain- even from the locals who never did or would patronise it!
    No thanks.
    I'd be better off converting a back room or clearing out the garage and building my own.
     
     
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    richatthecroft reacted to Cornishfarmer in Pubs   
    Buy your pub in Wales, but the flag of st George up.    Re brand it as an English pub......... no one will come in so get your cheap home but also your pub without having to work too hard
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    richatthecroft got a reaction from dicker in Pubs   
    Mmm...I can think of better things to do in retirement- drunks, bores & fights,  rates, HM Customs, vat returns & pilferage to name a few headaches...
    What about a small Post Office within staggering distance of a Pub and stay this side of the bar- and just think of all the bags of 50p’s & £2 coins you can rifle through.
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    richatthecroft reacted to GoodAsGold in Can you bring gold coins to the airport?   
    And then you got back to Blighty, nipped into the shop on the way home for some milk, and absent-mindedly tossed your money bag to that beggar when he asked you for any spare change. 
    He’s just joined the Forum and wants to know what his new gold coins are worth!
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    richatthecroft got a reaction from dicker in Pubs   
    Mmm...I can think of better things to do in retirement- drunks, bores & fights,  rates, HM Customs, vat returns & pilferage to name a few headaches...
    What about a small Post Office within staggering distance of a Pub and stay this side of the bar- and just think of all the bags of 50p’s & £2 coins you can rifle through.
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    richatthecroft reacted to RacerCool in Can you bring gold coins to the airport?   
    That's a great idea. No one will examine every single coin. They're just a bunch of coins and they see that every day.
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    richatthecroft got a reaction from dicker in Pubs   
    Mmm...I can think of better things to do in retirement- drunks, bores & fights,  rates, HM Customs, vat returns & pilferage to name a few headaches...
    What about a small Post Office within staggering distance of a Pub and stay this side of the bar- and just think of all the bags of 50p’s & £2 coins you can rifle through.
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    richatthecroft got a reaction from Roy in Pubs   
    I guess it’s not insurmountable Roy but as @Elements already pointed out was what I was thinking but moreover, if the incumbent buys and applies for change of use, they become the village/ town villain- even from the locals who never did or would patronise it! 

    Depends how thick ones skin is! 
     
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