When the direct grant was abolished in 1975, the HMC schools within the scheme became fully independent.  At the same time, local authorities were ordered to cease funding places at independent schools, which accounted for over 25% of places at 56 schools, and over half at 22 of them.  In addition, between 1975 and 1983 various local authorities withdrew funding from 11 voluntary-aided grammar schools, which became independent schools and full members of the HMC. [a] The loss of state-funded places at all of these schools, coinciding with the recession, put them under severe financial strain, and many became co-educational in order to survive.  The direct grant was partially revived between 1981 and 1997 in the Assisted Places Scheme , which provided support for 80,000 pupils attending private schools. 
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Ladyboys: The #1 way to spot a ladyboy. If you look at a girl, maybe her ass, then do a double take and say “wow! That’s the hottest Thai girl I have EVER seen”. If you do that you’ll know 2 things right away. 1) It ain’t a lady and 2) You’re a homo.
Hotels: Millions of them, this is a very touristy country.
Gyms: You just find the best one closest to you.
Cultural Differences: Too many to count. Each time the Thai’s do something that doesn’t make any sense (always) we have a little saying: . (This is Thailand).