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New Passports

I renewed my passport this week and after complying with the regulations (mouth cannot be open, eyes cannot be looking away, no shadows on face...), got photographs from two identical looking photobooths with hugely differing results, chose the better set, handed in my application, and waited. Soon enough, and a whopping £95 later, I collected it, turned to the photo page, and discovered that the picture is printed so badly that it's barely distinguishable as me. Apparently the passport office are using such appalling digital scanners and printers that it looks like it's been printed out from a home computer from the 1980's. I can see problems ensuing when I use it, and as Colin pointed out, get accused of buying it on the street in Bangkok.

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