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(Guardian)   Britain's tourism minister says wannabe vacationers trapped in the country due to huge passport backlog take "staycations", under the motto "when life gives you lemons, you can always trust the government to come and shove them up your arse"   (theguardian.com) divider line 88
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2014-06-20 01:12:50 PM
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Yes, well, they do that, benders.
 
2014-06-20 02:05:10 PM
Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?
 
2014-06-20 02:05:24 PM
It's a good thing then that life never gives you Jack fruits.
 
2014-06-20 02:06:03 PM
That's a pretty good motto.
 
2014-06-20 02:06:18 PM
"when life gives you lemons pickles, you can always trust the government to come and shove them up your arse"
 
2014-06-20 02:06:18 PM
I think there's a lot to be said for the 'staycation'.

Sure. If you live somewhere worth visiting. These poor limey bastards live in England.
 
2014-06-20 02:06:49 PM
In before "Lay back and think of England"
 
2014-06-20 02:07:00 PM

BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?


I know right? What are they, American or something?
 
2014-06-20 02:10:16 PM

Resident Muslim: In before "Lay back and think of England"


Daily Fail made some articles about that.
 
2014-06-20 02:10:55 PM
Or you could, you know, always have a valid passport.
 
2014-06-20 02:13:53 PM
Isn`t it in the international human rights that you have the right to return to your home country AND ALSO LEAVE IT

which America handily forgets in the case of Haiti for example...
 
2014-06-20 02:14:13 PM

BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?


I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.
 
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2014-06-20 02:15:28 PM

BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?


I was wondering the same thing. My now-wife strongly encouraged me to get mine not long after we met and started dating, and it's coming up for renewal in a couple of years. It was a few years before I actually needed it, but I have used it three times now.

The United States is big enough that it's easy to experience a lot of differences in geography and even in culture without needing a passport, but the UK is small enough that I guess I figured that passports were damn near ubiquitous there. The island is only about 600 miles wide at its widest point.
 
2014-06-20 02:19:20 PM
Had to google cheeky sod. That cheeky sod had no problem flying to Brazil.
 
2014-06-20 02:22:23 PM

Nogale: Or you could, you know, always have a valid passport.


I just renewed my Canadian one, and I had to hand in the old (still valid) one with the application. For about 6 weeks I had no passport.
 
2014-06-20 02:23:11 PM
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d23 [TotalFark]
2014-06-20 02:23:44 PM
This is a good enough excuse to break out the David Cameron memes...

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2014-06-20 02:25:07 PM

spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.


Illegal to not tell the government where you live...ha! no thanks!
 
2014-06-20 02:25:27 PM
What a staycation may look likei1.squidoocdn.com
 
2014-06-20 02:25:28 PM
So, lemon partycation?
 
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2014-06-20 02:25:41 PM

H31N0US: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I know right? What are they, American or something?


We saved yer ass in WWII

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2014-06-20 02:26:09 PM

BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?


While the article utterly fails to disclose the current wait time, the comments make it sound like the backlog is about half a year if not more.  Hardly last minute.
 
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2014-06-20 02:27:10 PM

dpzum1: spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

Illegal to not tell the government where you live...ha! no thanks!


OMG! SOCIZALISM!
 
2014-06-20 02:31:55 PM
Could always go to Scotland, since it's still the same country and such.
 
2014-06-20 02:35:24 PM
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2014-06-20 02:36:40 PM
opencondomstore.com
 
2014-06-20 02:38:35 PM
I don't know if this exists in the U.K., but in the U.S. I've seen the occasional ad for a "rush passport" service, in case you need to travel outside the country, you didn't (or couldn't) plan a few months ahead, and you're willing to pay someone extra to get a passport more quickly.

As for me, I applied for a passport about a year before I knew I was going to need it, just to be absolutely sure.  And I used the State Department website to fill out all the paperwork at home, so when I took it to the acceptance facility (a nearby post office) I had everything submitted in about five minutes.
 
2014-06-20 02:39:30 PM

spawn73: its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.


I realize Denmark was a rather unique case among the countries that were occupied by the Germans during WWII, but as a general principle, a law like that doesn't pass the "Jews in the attic" test.
 
2014-06-20 02:45:53 PM
Did you mean lemon party?
NSFWNSFWNSFWNSFWNSFWNSFW
could be NSFW.
did I mention NSFW anywhere but government offices?
http://www.lemonparty.biz/
 
2014-06-20 02:46:29 PM

H31N0US: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I know right? What are they, American or something?


If you expedite a US passport you can get it in about a week. I used to work in a congressional office and sometimes the turn around was three days.
 
2014-06-20 02:52:14 PM

dpzum1: spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

Illegal to not tell the government where you live...ha! no thanks!


So, you think that if the "government" came to you for some official reason, and wanted your current address...you could tell them to kiss off?  That's adorable.

I'll give you that "provide information to" is different than "register with"...but still: if they want to know, you're going to tell them.
 
2014-06-20 03:02:05 PM
spawn73:


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything,

Flippant comment aside, you're partly right. A lot of the backlog has been caused by those applying for passports asking for them to be delivered to a different address to their declared address.

As for Staycations, that's pretty much what we've done for the last decade, and if you do your research beforehand, you can have a jolly nice time a few hours' drive from home. You don't have to go to the named resorts and spend a shiatload of money to be able to say you've 'been somewhere'. Just getting away from home and work is enough for me

Course, next year, Disneyland
 
2014-06-20 03:04:28 PM

ontariolightning


What a staycation may look like


Dear ontariolightning,

I hope this post card finds you well.
Thank you for making the reference
to that show. I'm having a great time
here. See you when I get back!

Regards,

Brent Englebert
 
2014-06-20 03:04:49 PM
On the upside, they didn't really miss anything worth seeing in Brazil.
 
2014-06-20 03:04:57 PM

anfrind: I don't know if this exists in the U.K., but in the U.S. I've seen the occasional ad for a "rush passport" service, in case you need to travel outside the country, you didn't (or couldn't) plan a few months ahead, and you're willing to pay someone extra to get a passport more quickly.

As for me, I applied for a passport about a year before I knew I was going to need it, just to be absolutely sure.  And I used the State Department website to fill out all the paperwork at home, so when I took it to the acceptance facility (a nearby post office) I had everything submitted in about five minutes.


Here ya go:  http://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently

You've got to get off your ass and go to one of the main passport offices. But you can usually get a uk passport damn quick. I've never heard of anyone waiting the three weeks quoted for an appointment.
 
2014-06-20 03:06:23 PM

spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.


It helps that you only have about 5 million people.
 
2014-06-20 03:06:29 PM

ontariolightning: What a staycation may look like[i1.squidoocdn.com image 422x325]


Where's the lemon?
 
2014-06-20 03:08:56 PM

Ivo Shandor: Nogale: Or you could, you know, always have a valid passport.

I just renewed my Canadian one, and I had to hand in the old (still valid) one with the application. For about 6 weeks I had no passport.


Which is why you do it in a timely manner and not a week before you go on vacation. Why does Canada, which is mostly empty space, take so damn long to process a passport?

I renewed my U.S. passport last year via a foreign consulate and the process took a week.
 
2014-06-20 03:09:20 PM
I always liked "If God gives you lemons, find a new god".

spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.


Every country has an expedited service I reckon. I've gone to the UK passport office and gotten mine in an hour or so. It's nothing special.
 
2014-06-20 03:10:36 PM
Take a vacation in your own country = vacation like an American.
 
2014-06-20 03:12:10 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: dpzum1: spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

Illegal to not tell the government where you live...ha! no thanks!

So, you think that if the "government" came to you for some official reason, and wanted your current address...you could tell them to kiss off?  That's adorable.


I've done this.

I'll give you that "provide information to" is different than "register with"...but still: if they want to know, you're going to tell them.

I laughed and said they didn't need to know where I lived, or my name, or whatever. And they got lost.

/I really don't like that PD
//they were looking for a punching bag and I wasn't about to have that problem again
 
2014-06-20 03:12:38 PM
Hubby renewed this year. Got an appointment at the Durham passport office the same week, passport renewed in one day. New one sent to house within the week. #Londonproblems

Part of the problem here is the short 6 week summer break for schools which means everyone in the UK wants to go on their Thomsons flight to Lanzarote at the same freaking time.
 
2014-06-20 03:13:01 PM

dpzum1: spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

Illegal to not tell the government where you live...ha! no thanks!


So how's the weather in Somalia.

Oh wait, I know that.
 
2014-06-20 03:14:31 PM

dittybopper: spawn73: its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

I realize Denmark was a rather unique case among the countries that were occupied by the Germans during WWII, but as a general principle, a law like that doesn't pass the "Jews in the attic" test.


It passes the examples given.

But who really cares about a test written by nutjobs?
 
2014-06-20 03:16:47 PM

Stantz: spawn73:


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything,

Flippant comment aside, you're partly right. A lot of the backlog has been caused by those applying for passports asking for them to be delivered to a different address to their declared address.

As for Staycations, that's pretty much what we've done for the last decade, and if you do your research beforehand, you can have a jolly nice time a few hours' drive from home. You don't have to go to the named resorts and spend a shiatload of money to be able to say you've 'been somewhere'. Just getting away from home and work is enough for me

Course, next year, Disneyland


England is in many ways similar to Denmark. But fark yeah, I'd love to go to ie. Cornwall.

I hear they have palmtrees (something I'll check out for myself some day).


It doesn't really help the lady who bought and paid for a cruise ticket. Not the most imaginative vacation though.
 
2014-06-20 03:19:36 PM
"Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way..."
 
2014-06-20 03:19:41 PM

spawn73: I hear they have palmtrees (something I'll check out for myself some day).


You can grow oranges in Denmark.

\Vancouver has palm trees, too.
\\Palms are actually pretty hardy.
 
2014-06-20 03:19:57 PM

Slaxl: I always liked "If God gives you lemons, find a new god".

spawn73: BalugaJoe: Why do you wait till the last minute to get your passport?

I did that once.

From applying to having it my hand took 20 minutes.


Of course, England doesn't have a clue who lives there, so they have to double check everything, vs. me, I just produced my government medical card, that everyone gets in the mail, since its illegal to not tell the government where you live.

/Denmark.

Every country has an expedited service I reckon. I've gone to the UK passport office and gotten mine in an hour or so. It's nothing special.


Dunno what people are whining about then?

Wasn't expedited service in my case. All they do is take your photograph, print on the one page they laminate and then charge you the equivalent of 20UK pounds.

Obviously, such a thing only works if everyone doesn't suddenly decide they need a passport at once. Maybe that's the problem.

---

When I did that passport thing. I had two Turkish exchange students along (I was their assigned mentor from university), and they were flabergasted that you could do such a thing. I guess, well, I kinda knew, that Turkey is very different.
 
2014-06-20 03:20:44 PM

FiggyPudding: Hubby renewed this year. Got an appointment at the Durham passport office the same week, passport renewed in one day. New one sent to house within the week. #Londonproblems

Part of the problem here is the short 6 week summer break for schools which means everyone in the UK wants to go on their Thomsons flight to Lanzarote at the same freaking time.


That might be a problem for finding good deals, but I assume your government offices work year-round, right? So people could renew their passports in November or February or whenever and have everything ready for the summer.
 
2014-06-20 03:28:46 PM

Nogale: FiggyPudding: Hubby renewed this year. Got an appointment at the Durham passport office the same week, passport renewed in one day. New one sent to house within the week. #Londonproblems

Part of the problem here is the short 6 week summer break for schools which means everyone in the UK wants to go on their Thomsons flight to Lanzarote at the same freaking time.

That might be a problem for finding good deals, but I assume your government offices work year-round, right? So people could renew their passports in November or February or whenever and have everything ready for the summer.


That's just crazy talk
 
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