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Old 01-10-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Been having an adventure courtesy of HM Passport office ahead of a trip to the Czech republic I'm undertaking later in the year.

Been compiling supporting documents for a passport application (weird for a 21 year old to have never held a passport, but I'm proper working class )

So I was mulling through when I noticed my mum has provided her birth certificate as part of the aforementioned supporting documentation, and for some reason it fascinates me.

Main thing I noticed (this was issued in January 1962) was the lack of an 'occupation of mother' which is present on my birth certificate... I already knew that women didn't have much of a foothold in the workplace in the 60s - especially those born in the 30s, but it's just weird seeing it attributed to my family

Other interesting things include that the county has a different name entirely (was renamed sometime in the 70s, and the local councils were amalgamated into a country council around that time too) and that I learned my grandfather was a Lance Corporal at the time of my mother's birth. Since he never really tells the tales of that time in his life it's an interesting thing to know.

Don't mind me, just blathering away about stuff from long ago - whenever I pick up a piece of paper from days of old I get all wistful
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Took my mom and sisters to my aunt and fled to my cousins and played classic video games including Micro Machines, Streets of Rage, Sunset Riders and Ninja Turtles, had grills with them then took my family back home.

That's about it lately

My life is boring, thanks to my stupid 48/6 job.

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... Been compiling supporting documents for a passport application (weird for a 21 year old to have never held a passport, but I'm proper working class ) ...
Why is it weird for a 21 year old to have never had a passport? I'm 62 and never had a passport. Don't see the need to get one in the future either.

When I was in the Army ('71-'74), I spent 13 months in Korea which pretty much cured my desire to be a world traveler. I've also visited our 2 neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico. I know there are lots of other places to visit in the world, I just don't have the desire to go to any of them.

Now that I'm retired, I will probably do some traveling but will stick to traveling within the US.
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I think it's a bit more normal across the pond to not go abroad much, but living on a tiny Island about the size of a single US state with not much on it and crap weather everywhere it's pretty unusual for someone of 21 to have never held a passport :P
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I'm 20 and don't have a passport but will probably need one this year.
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I'm 33 (I think) and had my passport just a couple of months ago.
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I'm from the UK and have also never had a passport xP

It's only a comparatively small country, but to visit everywhere I'm sure it'd still take a lifetime!
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I think it's a bit more normal across the pond to not go abroad much, but living on a tiny Island about the size of a single US state with not much on it and crap weather everywhere it's pretty unusual for someone of 21 to have never held a passport :P
That's a good point regarding the size of the UK vs the US.

Do you need a passport to drive to France via the Chunnel? What about going between Britain and Scotland? We used to be able to cross over to either Canada or Mexico without a passport. I believe that's still true for Canada but not so Mexico.
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That's a good point regarding the size of the UK vs the US.

Do you need a passport to drive to France via the Chunnel? What about going between Britain and Scotland? We used to be able to cross over to either Canada or Mexico without a passport. I believe that's still true for Canada but not so Mexico.
We need a passport to go to France, but to go to Scotland or Wales we don't because they're both part of the UK
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Why is it weird for a 21 year old to have never had a passport? I'm 62 and never had a passport. Don't see the need to get one in the future either.
As the UK is geographically smaller with cheaper access to foreign countries it is more usual for us to go outside the country.
whilst there is plenty to see and do in the UK, it's not quite like the US where you have pretty much all kinds of geography...

e.g I was first listed on my parents passport when I was 7. first time I had my own passport (first time I went out the country without my parents) was when I was 14...

I know the joy of a paperwork adventure courtesy of a government, I've been on one getting a Visa for a trip to the states recently!

Why are you going to czech? business or pleasure?
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Hmm... I never had a passport either and don't see a need for one. The only time I was out of USA was when I and friends went to Mexico to stay the night in boystown.
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That's a good point regarding the size of the UK vs the US.

Do you need a passport to drive to France via the Chunnel? What about going between Britain and Scotland? We used to be able to cross over to either Canada or Mexico without a passport. I believe that's still true for Canada but not so Mexico.
Well, right now half of the UK is underwater and the other half is cold and wet, can't blame all the people who disappear off to Spain and South of France this time of year :P

We can travel around between Wales, Scotland and England passport free since we're all governmentally one country. However I believe one needs a passport to board a ferry to the Isle of Man or to Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland. Being part of the EU we don't need Visas to travel between EU member states though
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Well, right now half of the UK is underwater and the other half is cold and wet, can't blame all the people who disappear off to Spain and South of France this time of year :P

We can travel around between Wales, Scotland and England passport free since we're all governmentally one country. However I believe one needs a passport to board a ferry to the Isle of Man or to Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland. Being part of the EU we don't need Visas to travel between EU member states though
I swear I saw a post of yours saying you were from the US... Maybe I was just tired.
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I swear I saw a post of yours saying you were from the US... Maybe I was just tired.
Well somebody could've told me! I've been living on this dull rock me 'ole life and never knew
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Well somebody could've told me! I've been living on this dull rock me 'ole life and never knew
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Maybe he said UK and you saw US.
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We COULD go to Scotland without a passport, but who on earth wants to go up there where the weather is even more miserable and the mosquitoes are hungrier?!
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We COULD go to Scotland without a passport, but who on earth wants to go up there where the weather is even more miserable and the mosquitoes are hungrier?!
If you go far enough north it's like taking a step back 40 years. Dingwall in Inverness springs to mind... hours from anything, hasn't changed much since prehistory!
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The time I went to Mexico you only needed a certified birth certificate. Of course, that was in 1998. Gotta have a passport now (unless you are jumping the border...).

Family history can be fun. My mom's dad was a moonshiner back in the day. He hauled it in the horses' collars.

My dad's dad was a ridge runner (hauled moonshine). One time he had a whole load of 'shine boxed up and sitting on the front porch when they heard that the sheriff and deputies were coming up the road; since the road is a dead end and he lived at the end of it there was no running. My grandmother grabbed the quilt she was working on, went out on the porch, and sat down on the crates of moonshine spread the quilt out over it. The law pulled up and demanded to search the property. My grandmother let them and sat there and cussed them the whole time... all while sitting on the moonshine. The sheriff didn't find anything because they didn't want to get her ire up anymore than it already was, so they left.

One of my dad's mom's brothers was a gunner on B-52's in WW2. He flew his required missions to come home, then volunteered for one more; the plane was shot down.
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