Creeping ever closer
virtualsue at pennine.com
Wed Aug 23 12:08:51 BST 2006
> On Wed, 23 Aug 2006, Sue Spence wrote:
>> Years ago I obtained a similar visa at the consulate in LA. Nice plush
>> place on Wilshire Blvd. When I went to Cr*yd*n to obtain Indefinite
>> Leave to Remain, the contrast could not have been more stark. I
>> suspect there may have been some redecorating done at the Home Office
>> premises there since that time. I hope so, at any rate - what a shithole.
> I was there about 2 years ago. It wasn't too bad -- seemed fairly clean
> and modern. But depressing? Yes. It's the bloody immigrations
> department of the Home Office and a great huge waiting room at that. And
> in Croydon!
> But otherwise...nothing exceptional.
It has been done up since I was there, in that case. When I went there,
the walls & floors (esp the floors) were filthy and there weren't nearly
enough of the grimy plastic chairs to go around. This matters a little
if you are going to be required to be there for many hours.
> Consulates do more than immigrant meet and greet. They do diplomatic
> things, too, right? The day they start bringing ambassadors for tea and
> cakes in Lunar House in Croydon is the day you'll start seeing plush.
I didn't really want or expect plush. All I said was that there was a
stark contrast, and there was. It not having been quite as disgusting
would have been just fine. :)
> Anyway, I go to this very place the day after tomorrow for the same
> reason: ILTR. I will do a better recon this time, though I hope to never
> have to go back there again after that.
Happily, I only went the one time.
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