Archive for October, 2013

New post Crazy Days!

October 29, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thought my editors were a bit unusual but always on time. My Japan Times guy continued editing while the doctors were discussing amputating his foot. We were in touch throughout the process and the page layout was fine!

The Girl sent me this. My advice would be find a new editor. Dog ate my editing, my Mommy died, l’m allergic… Kiss my arse!

Read on. Would you fire this editor?

New post on TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperMan!


Crazy Days!

by TheGirl

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The last two weeks have been a little wild and close to overwhelming here on the peaceful river. First, my allergies got out of control, making me wheeze for days. Then my birthday rolled around and I added to my troubles by eating "treats". My food allergies are worse than the reactions I have to the environment. Add to that, three days of overtime between the barn and the store.

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My editor is having crazy days!!!

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Thai Days: Starbung Takes on Starbucks

October 28, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has to admire the ambition (not to mention stupidity) of road side coffee maker, Damrong Maslae. He decided to call his stall “Starbung” and to attract the crowds designed a logo that bore an uncanny resemblance to that of Starbucks.

“Amazingly similar” in fact according to newshounds who gravitated to Starbung in the hopes of finding a potential David and Goliath legal story.

Starbucks asked the owner of Starbung to remove the sign. A few Bangkok journos followed the drama that ensued after Darong refused. Starbucks upped the ante, stopped asking and “demanded” the sign go (but seemed quite happy not to mess with the Starbung brand name, which after all is no more ridiculous than many a Bangkok street stall name). Again Damrong stuck to his guns. The sign would stay.

Goliath thumped his massive corporate chest, hired a lawyer and then threatened to sue. David reached for his slingshot and let loose with an offer that Starbucks couldn’t refuse!

Starbung would relinquish both sign and stall if Starbucks bought both off Damrong for three million Baht. I’ve not been following the exchange rates recently but that’s roughly in the region of $US100,000.

This was an offer Starbucks refused.

“I can serve a jail term if I have to,” stated Damrong, currently facing the Intellectual Property Departent and its court.

But for the media the show was moving from heroics to farce and although Damrong’s photo appeared in the Sunday edition of the Bangkok Post it was rather small. And it came next to the “Losers” column.

David has I regret slingshot himself in the foot and is already yesterday’s news.

Thai Days: Charge of the Heavy Brigade – elephants to besiege Government House

October 27, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog wonders what the police will respond with when 100 elephants (plus mahouts) besiege Government House tomorrow?

They’ve just been issued with a snappy new arsenal of anti-riot gear – 2 meter tall bullet proof barriers, truck mounted water cannon with a range of 65 meters and capable of firing 1,650 liters per minute (the trucks also have tear gas mortars capable of firing seven rounds at a time 100 meters), and Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) that unleash targeted sonic blasts that “can be harmful to auditory nerves and can permanently destroy people’s hearing” according to an unrepentant Pol Lt Col Sarayudh Arunchai of the Crowd Control riot squad). Most of this stuff is coming in from South Korea where frequent violent demonstrations offer the perfect environment for field tests. Orders from China have dropped off – Chinese stun guns, tear gas, pepper spray etc. have proved sub-standard.

Yup the cops seem to have almost all a riot control officer needs.

The word here is almost.

Nobody seems to have got around to ordering elephant repellant. A bit of an oversight given tomorrow’s demo.

Elephants will also be blocking highways south of Chiang Mai (somebody said he was expecting a turn out of 700 but his name was just too long and complicated to spell for you at this time of night) and a southern highway. Elephant rides are being suspended in various parts of the country officially as part of the protest, but more likely because all their elephants are marching as to war.

I’ll let you know what happens.

Leonie’s View: Political spin.

October 27, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests EVERY politician and spin doctor reads this one! Absolutely priceless!

Cheers from Bangkok!


Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

Harry Reid
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research: ‘Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.’

Now that’s how it’s done, folks! That’s real political spin!

Invitation for 25th and 29th October at Indian Cultural Centre

October 22, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s blog suggests that if you live in Bangkok and have time on your hands, give this one a go!

The ICC always makes an effort!

Give it a whirl! You get magnets! Free!


From: Indian Cultural Centre Bangkok []
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:14 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Invitation for 25th and 29th October at Indian Cultural Centre

Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India would like to invite you to a talk on "Health is in your Hands" and Odissi Dance Recital.

Health is in your Hands: A talk by Dr. Kamaljit Singh on Friday October 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m

Odissi Dance Recital: Ms. Meghna Das from India will be presenting an Odissi Dance Recital on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Best regards,

Malathi Rao Vadapalli


Indian Cultural Centre,

No 2, 27th floor, Jasmine City Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok – 10110

Tel: 02 261 5301-2 Fax: 02 261 5303

Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30 am – 7.00 pm



Leonie: Why I still love a newspaper

October 21, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog loves a newspaper. I am usually wrong. And if I’m badly wrong? I check a newspaper. And there it is in my face ! I’m right! I then read it twice before I think “Hang on! I’ve just read this rubbish!”

5 reasons why you should Write Every Day

October 21, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests you follow this invitation and write a poem.

Make sure it rhymes.

I hate free verse! And I hate people who think they can write poetry. They can’t.

But a good poem goes a long way!


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Thai days: I have made people happy!

October 21, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has a very good recipe for making people happy. Wear my trousers (if you are a Yank, that’s pants).

And then put your money in your trousers (pants) and then ensure that there is a hole in your pocket by your balls and wander the streets of Bangkok.

I had no idea that I had been so generous until I came back home.

I inspected my balls. Two. Present and correct. Money?

I had helped the poor! No money! And a huge hole in my pocket.

My money had decided to leave me, give the street a chance to grab it, or, give the street a chance to be honest.

The Street wasn’t honest but I really can’t blame it.

Hugh Paxton has done a lot of stupid things. Distributing money through a hole in my trouser (pants) pocket? I cringe.

A lot of pavement scrapers are now richer. They may have thought the whole event was a prank.

I’m going to buy a new pair of trousers (pants). Without a hole in my pocket!


New post from Anilbala’s Ghost Cities Blog: Nutcrack Night

October 20, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog just says “Yes!” read on and be rather lucky to have the chance. There has never been a sub-standard post from Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog. This one is perfectly timed.

Awful things! Nicely written. And nuts cracked here, there and everywhere.

Read on, snip a cigar, a glass, perhaps of port, stoke the fire and listen to the wind at the casement.

Some cheese, a little sharp but yet I think the ripe will do nicely!

Do not just read this Anilbalan post.

Read em all!

Finish your port, order more cheese and yup! Read em all!

Cheers from Bangkok!


anilbalan posted: "October 31st, known as Halloween to most, is also called a variety of other names in different parts of the world, including Samhain, Mischief Night and the Day of the Dead. In the Gaelic diaspora, the holiday is also traditionally known as Nutcrack Night"

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Nutcrack Night

by anilbalan

October 31st, known as Halloween to most, is also called a variety of other names in different parts of the world, including Samhain, Mischief Night and the Day of the Dead. In the Gaelic diaspora, the holiday is also traditionally known as Nutcrack Night. As the chill of autumn pervaded their homes, people would sit around their fires, eating newly harvested hazelnuts or chestnuts. Several fortune-telling customs grew up that involved throwing nuts into the fire, hence giving rise to the name ‘Nutcrack Night’ or ‘The Oracle of the Nuts’. It was a time, for example, when young people put nuts on the hearth to see if their sweethearts were true to them. If the nut burned normally, all was well, but if it burst or rolled away the sweetheart was, alas, untrue. In ancient times nuts were also an early divination tool, in the absence of more modern accoutrements such as crystal balls, tarot cards, runes and other arcana. The reason for this was simple – around the end of the harvest season, often there was not much left in the fields. However, nuts were often plentiful, making them the perfect medium for divination in the dying embers of autumn.

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African leaders blow it again

October 15, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog asks all readers the following question: “Do you know a democratically elected African leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office in the last three years? Bear in mind they must have displayed good governance.”


Well funnily enough you are not alone for the simple reason that there isn’t one.

For the fourth year in five years The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership – the world’s biggest individual prize worth $US five million, the Nobel Peace Prize carries a purse of just $US1.5 million – has not been awarded.

54 fully recognized African states – no suitable candidates for 2013.

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