Archive for June, 2012

Shaun’s Bit: Dog joke

June 30, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s blog got this gem from Shaun in Namibia. I love the punch line!



Thai Days: French Canadian Sisters Deaths in Phi Phi Unresolved

June 29, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog regrets that there is no closure on the deaths of two Canadian sisters in a hotel room on the holiday resort island group of Koh Phi Phi. The young women died in the same room and the symptoms were the same. Vomiting, sub-cutaneous bleeding. Autopsies conducted in Thailand exclude narcotics.   

The family is obviously upset and the father is suggesting that there is a police cover up.

This isn’t fair.

There may have been some confusion but the bottom line is that the police don’t have anything to cover up and no motive to cover anything up.

The scary thing is that nobody has any idea how the two young ladies died. The doctors are baffled. My theories about tainted drinks are wrong.  It’s a mystery.  Any suggestions welcomed.

Best, hugh

More Pangolin Crime

June 29, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog posted a petition requesting the Chinese authorities to get their arses in gear regarding regulation of the illegal trade in pangolins. Unsurprisingly there has been no shift in policy but that’s not their fault. I only signed the petition three days ago. I’m not sure that they’ve even got around to reading it yet. But the pangolin trade continues.

Hong Kong customs seized 208 kg of pangolin scales on Tuesday in Sai Kung town from seven men who were loading them onto a speedboat. The criminals fled in their speedboat and were chased (at high speed) but made it into Chinese mainland waters.

If you haven’t signed my pangolin petition please do! Speed boat chases? Gangsters? Pangolins boiled alive? Extinction?


I think not!

Brigitte’s Pick: Charging a cellphone – Dangerous

June 29, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog received the following on exploding cell phones from blog correspondent, Brigitte. I’m not sure whether it’s a hoax or not. The photos look kosher but specific facts are lacking – where, who, when, that sort of thing. Make your own mind up but erring on the side of caution perhaps it might be an idea not to use your cell phone while it is charging! Cheers! Hugh


I do this all the time! I guess I won’t be doing it ANY more !

A few days ago, a person was recharging his mobile phone at home.

Just at that time a call came in and he answered it with the chargingInstrument still connected to the outlet.

After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrainedand the young man was thrown to thefloor with a heavy thud. As you can see,
the phone actually exploded.

His parents rushed to the room only to find him unconscious, with a weakheartbeat and burnt fingers.

He was rushed to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cell phones are a very useful modern invention.

However, we must be aware that it can also be an instrument of death.

Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the electrical outlet! If you are charging the cell phone and a call comes in, unplug it from the charger and outlet.


Whether or not they have a cell phone. They can also inform others who do……

Leonie’s View: Taking politically incorrect to a totally new level ….

June 28, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s blog loves politically correct. And here’s a winner thanks to Leonie!

Just heard about a guy in Canada who just started his own business in Afghanistan.
He’s making land mines that look like prayer mats.

And, he is doing well …

He says prophets are going through the roof!

A Village Holiday in Cambodia

June 28, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog did a bit of village tourism in Cambodia. It was delightful! Really nice people, a gentle pace, opportunities to see Cambodian rural life – try Buffalo Trails You won’t regret it! The ox cart trundles and creaks and smells nice in an ox  cart sort of way. You have spectacular views not just of the landscape but of two bovine bums. Speed is not the cart’s priority. You can hop off if something grabs your eye. Then hop back on after a brief chase. I loved the village skills. The incence makers were artists! although truth be told their incence didn’t smell of anything but choking smoke. Good for keeping mozzies away! And everything else away.

I felt happy and interested and charmed! And that is what makes for a good holiday!

 Cheers! Hugh

Ghastly video from the Chinese food market I took

June 28, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog seems to be dwelling on Chinatowns. An unhappy topic. Live scorpions on sticks this time. Beijing. Ghastly.

Thai Days: Going Chinatown!

June 28, 2012

Yesterday Hugh Paxton’s blog visited a foreign country. In Bangkok. No air tickets, no visas required. Just a drive down to the central river and then forty minutes trying to find somewhere to park.

BLOG TRAVEL ADVISORY: Somewhere legal to park! The wheel clampers operate in Chinatown territory overtime. Some of the clamps might even be applied by honest policemen but I really doubt it. Some wheels may be clamped by local civic minded citizens anxious about traffic congestion and global warming. They will have stolen the wheel clamps to save the earth. You will need to pay them before you can get home.

BLOG TRAVEL ADVISORY NUMBER TWO: Bag slashing. Some furtive individuals mingle with the crowds of shrewd and canny shoppers wielding razors or knives. Their plan, and it doesn’t seem very succesful, is to slit your bag open and do a blunder off with the contents. My beloved wife’s bag was sliced open and the culprit escaped with nothing at all. If the alley hadn’t been so crowded and if he and his razor hadn’t been swept away by mobs of shoppers he could now be in posession of credit cards, mobile phone, a cuddly toy and all that makes life worth living. But the sap blew it. End result? My wife now has a bag with a razor slash through its message “I Love (slash) Body (another slash) Shop”. If the scumbag had cut Midori then that would have been a very different matter. She would have noticed, given a shriek and I would have killed him. Or everybody else would have killed him first.

This is the first time anything like this has happened to us in Thailand and if you are visiting do not live in fear. Just keep an eye on your bag if you are in Chinatown.

I really like Chinatown. I’ve been a few times but my previous visits were purely to obtain something. A large rubber mummy for a Halloween party, a Christmas tree with lights, 30 bouncy rubber balls, and other essentials. I dived into its seeting alleys and fought my way to the right shop and then fought my way back out, mission accomplished clutching my rubber mummy or my Christmas tree. Or other crap.

These missions were motivated by need. On my latest visit I decided to buy lots of plastic rolling eyes, some felt, five yards of tiger and zebra striped fabric, and cheap but excellent root ginger. Just a whim! And a daughter! I also wanted to wander about a bit.

I found all my shopping in no time. Everything is for sale here. Everything. The wandering was much more fun. Chinatown is huge and it seems to be made of lots and lots of cramped alleys bulging with shops selling screws, dildos, dried sponge, flutes, wigs, really peculiar things in buckets that might be intestines, Hello Kitty toys, fruit, nasty looking gunk in buckets that smell tangy and rotten, piles of pens, gold, heaps of shrimp on ice (but I wouldn’t trust them), motor parts, sewing machines, matches, skewers, snails, cars, pearls…

Worth a visit?


Brigitte’s Pick: Some days I’m the Lone Ranger

June 27, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s blog reckons this will raise a smile…even if you’ve encountered something along similar lines before. Thanks for this Brigitte!


The Lone Ranger and Tonto

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, ‘Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see? ‘

‘The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I see millions of stars.’

‘What that tell you?’ asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, ‘Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you, Tonto?’

‘You dumber than buffalo shit. It means someone stole the tent.’


Petition Time: Save the Gentle, Endangered Thai Pangolin!

June 26, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog urges readers to sign and circulate the following petition on the pangolin trade.

From: Kathleen J., Care2 Action Alerts []
Sent: 26 June 2012 12:09 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Save the Gentle, Endangered Thai Pangolin!

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Hi Hugh,

The pangolin is an adorable and gentle creature, shy and nocturnal. It is also one of the most tortured and abused animals in the world.

Stand up for the pangolin. »

The little-known pangolin is killed wholesale for local medications and even as an ingredient in hard liquor.

Captured pangolins are frequently drowned by people who don’t care that, as mammals, their central nervous systems register every iota of fear and pain.

Because they offer so little resistance, these harmless anteaters have been hunted to the brink of extinction in their native Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Customs officials recently intercepted a load of 110 illegally poached pangolins from Thailand. And this shipment is believed to be part of a larger criminal smuggling operation.

China is currently the biggest market for poached pangolins. Tell Chinese authorities to crack down on illegal imports of pangolins! »

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