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September 17, 2014 by

It’s called life in the slow lane! Or the Namibian lane! Or the Twilight Zone lane.

They’re all rather similar! But mainly they are lanes in Namibia!

Hugh!

From: Andre Gast [mailto:imagine1@iway.na]
Subject: speedometer

Just noticed when I got into my car where the speedometer reading was standing – had to take a photo.

Kind regards
Andre Gast

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Japan Times: More dolphin and whale killing

September 17, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog believes that some Japanese are completely unaware that their behaviour is a complete disgrace to their nation. The stubborn fishermen of Taiji village are once again butchering dolphins in a “hunt” that is nothing I would like my daughter to see. It’s a crude slaughter conducted by savage primitives. It shames a nation that has many virtues. The scientific minke whale hunt has also begun. Japan should reign in its poisonous ocean going ambassadors and its local dolphin butchers. Nobody welcomes them and their bloody acts reinforce the idea that Japanese are killers and enjoy killing. Why allow a tiny minority to perform in such ways? Come on Japan! Stop it!

Thai Days: Koh Tao murders

September 17, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog, like almost everybody else living in Thailand, is revolted by the murder of two young British tourists on a beach in Koh Tao. Somebody killed David and Hannah and did it brutally. Every time something like this happens I stress that this is not the norm. It occurs from time to time and anybody visiting this wonderful country should exhibit a degree of caution. The murderer will be caught and his life expectancy is highly unlikely to extend beyond his arrest. My condolences to the families who have lost their treasured children. But this lamentable incident should not deter you from visiting Thailand. I love it here. Most visitors do.

Leonie’s View: The price of gas in France – a response!

September 16, 2014 by

This is getting worse! But at least it is artistic!

Subject: The price of gas in France – a response!

Your attempt at humour fills me with INGRES….

I am about to MAGRITTE my teeth!

You must COURBET your enthusiasm….

or I will have to send for the

CONSTABLE….

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Malayan tiger now critically endangered, numbering as few as 250 – Nation | The Star Online

September 16, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is in complete agreement. Sad.

Namibia photos

September 16, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests that anybody designing a calendar or thinking about visiting Africa or buying a rather exceptional photograph to make a study wall extraordinary have a look at this lot!

Paul took many wondrous photos of Namibia before he died in a plane crash. His plane. He crashed it.

There is a tremendous photo library.

You will need to pay for a Paul image of course but that will be money well spent!

Think on it and if you want something special get in touch with Elmarie.

From: Elmarie [mailto:elmarie@mac.com.na]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Re: Photo request for UNDP publication

Set 3

Elmarie van Rensburg
Managing Agent – Paul van Schalkwyk Photography
elmarie
Tel: +264 81 277 3334
www.paulvans.com

www.tala.com.na

On Sep 15, 2014, at 2:55 PM, Hugh Paxton <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Thanks Elmarie!

Hugh

From: Elmarie [mailto:elmarie]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 2:06 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Re: Photo request for UNDP publication

Hi Hugh,

Good to hear from you.

Will see what I can find today and mail to you.

Regards,

Elmarie van Rensburg
Managing Agent – Paul van Schalkwyk Photography
elmarie
Tel: +264 81 277 3334
www.paulvans.com

www.tala.com.na

On Sep 13, 2014, at 1:46 PM, Hugh Paxton <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Looking for a stunning photo for cover for The Protected Area Tourism Concession publication of UNDP. The publication is going to be launched at the World Parks Congress in November in Sydney. Can you send a few photos involving tourism and parks? We need startling images of nature but with some people in parks. We need to appeal to a global audience.

ASAP? We need to decide on an image mid-week.

A rush job as usual.

Hope all’s well!

Hugh

Thai Days: Our bat is dead

September 14, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog regrets to inform readers that Tod, our fruit bat, has died. It just did it despite our best efforts. It was a weak little thing and I loved it. But it gave up.

One wing was deformed. Tod would never have taken flight.

I fed Tod to the monitor lizards by the shrine pond by our house.

That’s the end of this story. I wish it had been a happier end.

Best from Bangkok!

Hugh

Ghost Cities Anilbalan: Don’t Look Now

September 13, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog watched Don’t Look Now and it scared the hell out of me! One of the most subtle, frightening and ultimately “AHHHH SHRIEK!” movies ever made. But that was just me. And my wife. And my sister. And everybody else watching! Maybe you will visit Venice without a shudder! But read further on Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog to learn more!

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Don’t Look Now

by anilbalan

Although Daphne du Maurier is remembered as one of the finest novelists of the twentieth century, she is in many ways an unlikely success story. Daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier, Daphne was educated at home in London, and then in Paris, before writing her first novel in 1931. Three others followed before Rebecca, in 1938, made her one of the most popular authors of the day (much to her own surprise). Nearly all her fifteen novels have been bestsellers, and several of her works became successful films, notably the version of Rebecca starring Laurence Olivier, and the chilling adaptations of her short stories The Birds and Don’t Look Now. Daphne herself was made a dame in 1969, in recognition of her unique achievement of writing novels that were both popular and literary classics. What merits her mention on this website is that she has been credited with shifting the Gothic mode towards romantic fiction with her novels, which were built on the work of the Bronte sisters and inspired a genre that has flourished ever since.

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Green Anole portrait

September 12, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog just got this attachment from an email from beloved brother, Charles in Crawfish Springs. Is this attached? Or really attached! Will he have to worry about mozzies? Or roaches? Or the swamp thing? I think not!

Hugh

Hugh’s Cairn and Leonie’s View: Scottish Independence

September 12, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog with my esteemed wife made a trip to Gretna Green, a small town perched on the border between England and Scotland

And with us we had a sack of stones (quite a small sack but SAS Brecon Beacons heavy survival training exercise heavy, or so it felt, humping them around).

Each stone had been selected for its beauty or interest and had been painted with a picture and a message. The messages were all in favour of a No vote by the Scots when it comes to Scotland becoming independent from the Union, the UK.

Four stones were written by my nephews and nicely designed, very nicely designed, in three cases. One was perhaps a bit cursory. My daughter put her heart into hers. I found a fine piece of Westmorland slate and as a symbol of Union my wife and I signed it and added a few messages on behalf of friends abroad who would like the Union Flag to look as beautiful as it does. There were a few more stones ordered by other people we know and admire.

Gretna Green is on the “First Bridge To Scotland” or “The Last Bridge From Scotland”. It’s a bridge, has a river, and there’s a tea shop beside it. And you can get married in it or near it if you want.

Behind the tea shop hundreds of people were bringing their own stones.

Scots, Ulstermen, Welsh, English, foreign visitors who didn’t know that this wasn’t building a Berlin Wall, it was building a friendship cairn. The stones were being used to build a unity cairn. It is still being added to, although by now it should be visible from Scotland and England both. The Flags still flap – our Union flags, and I think it rather a good idea.

Of course Scotland can choose to go it alone and I suspect some English might like to see them do just that.

I’ve had enough Scots being drunk in my face in London and demanding money. And one Scot spent five or six years living free of charge in my parent’s house, pleading penury, while renting his own house out in secret.

But no nation produces perfection. Graham MacDougall was a constant ugly surprise.

Not Scotland’s finest ambassador. I’ve met many more Scots who have been delightful company.

But this “Yes” I think it might be a bit silly.

If the Royal Bank of Scotland is threatening to move all its HQ operations to London that looks like rather a ‘No’ sort of vote. Lots of other big businesses are planning to leave for England if there is a “Yes” vote for independence.

The 18th.

My wife’s verdict?

“Are they stupid?”

Over to Leonie:

If Scotland gains its independence
in the forthcoming referendum, the remainder of the United Kingdom will be known as the
"Former United Kingdom" ……….or FUK.
In a bid to discourage the Scots from voting ‘yes’ in the referendum,
the Government has now begun to campaign with the slogan "Vote NO, for
FUK’s sake"
They feel the Scottish voters will be able to relate to this.

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