Archive for October, 2015

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

October 31, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is forwarding more on the fires that are still raging in Indonesia and are hideously disfiguring the lives of 40 million people as well as wrecking biodiversity, causing extinctions. This from George Monbiot. We went to the same college at Oxford. He’s been a tireless greenie ever since. There must have been something in the BNC water! I think there’s still an arrest warrant pending for his apprehension should he return to Indonesia. And Malaysia.

Given the current air quality he’s better off writing and working in England! The Haze hasn’t reached Bangkok yet.

Monbiot writes well!



Tuk Tuking

October 30, 2015

My wife and buddies heading off for another day, another traffic jam.

Thai Days: Hair cut

October 29, 2015

Classic! My wife suggested I was looking stale and not the man she married. She suggested a hair cut. And I found the place. It’s not so hard to locate. You barge through a great fat lot of oil rich indolent Arabs milling around the Buttercup cake shop and you tell em to move. They stumble away looking feeble. There’s a Thai security looking at me with “Kill em!” in his eyes. We are in perfect accord. I shrug. His job is to protect them.

Move on for my hair cut. I like unattractive women. There’s something attractive about them!

She gave me a hair wash and cleaned my ears. It was a bit like a dentist’s visit. Lie down. Don’t move.

An hour later I was being pampered and was bored.

She said ‘What are you doing?”

Me: “I’m sitting here having my hair cut. What do you do?”

Her “ I cut your hair. I had no food today.”

That was just so good! I bought her lunch and the snaggle toothed receptionist, also starving, got lunch too. An Arab woman wrapped tight in black arrived and she wanted a shampoo. Her daughter was explaining that she had optical problems and I was busy gathering my hair from the floor for my bird nest plan. The old buzzard began unwrapping herself. Optical problems an understatement!

Me and the girls exchanged glances and our two hours were over. I ran away! There’s unattractive women and freakshows! The girls hadn’t had breakfast. Now time to deal with a different sort of client!


29 October, 2015 15:37

October 29, 2015

I think this cat is an amateur. Maybe the breakfast was good but living in a bird nest is unlikely to attract lunch. Or dinner.

If the cat is as stupid as mine it will need Chang with a ladder to rescue it. Or if the bird is big, comes home sees the cat it might use its fierce beak to fight through the twigs and flap away with a cat for lunch.

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Chang Htoo []
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:34 AM
To: Hugh Paxton

Cat stay in bird nest. Near swimming pool gate.

Thai Days:Wildlife Photography in Thailand and Southeast Asia WPB2D – Weekly Digest Email

October 28, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog hasn’t heard from Bruce for a while. I assumed he’d been killed in a ranger poacher cross fire incident while holding a long lens that everybody involved thought was a new sort of rocket launcher. He’s still alive. And he still spends weeks covered in leeches taking pictures. Very good ones.

You know what happens when I write a blog like this? The person I am applauding dies. Bang. Plane crash. Breast cancer. It’s like that creepy Japanese movie The Ring.

I hope this won’t happen again!

For some reason I can’t transfer his images. You’ll have to check Bruce Kerkule and sort it out. Worth your while.

Thai Days: A typically abnormal day

October 28, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog expects the unexpected in Bangkok. I missed this performance. But everybody in Bangkok’s Nana district didn’t. I’m amazed the scooter driver picked her up and delivered her. She must have paid in advance. She clearly has no pockets, no wallet.

Whoever she is I admire her for making a day more lively. Her shoes are questionable. Her motives remain unknown. I guess she got stoned and there was an “I dare you” challenge in the Khao san road and she went right away and did it.

Her timing might not have been the best. Sun burn an issue. Also it was a Buddhist holiday. A time for solemn contemplation.

I applaud her decision. I’d rather see a naked woman than a holy monk with a begging bowl.

I reckon the cops will let her go. A fine. A night in the cells. She certainly doesn’t have any illegal drugs on her person. Perhaps in her system.

I’m sure her Dad and Mum will be proud of her Thailand tour! Most kids send one postcard or phone asking for more money.

This girl shatters that tradition. Her parents now know exactly where she is. Sort of. She’s in Thailand. And is probably the most popular woman in the Kingdom!

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Chang Htoo
To: Hugh Paxton


October 27, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog got this from Chang. Green! No arguments there! Green!

From: Chang Htoo []

National geographic

International Symposium Leads to Commitments to Save Indian Ocean Sharks and Rays

October 27, 2015


Barbara. Yes. I get that. Cvrkel. ??? I can’t phone her. I know she means well but who do I ask for? They’ll think I’m having a coughing fit!


From: Barbara Cvrkel []
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:15 PM
Subject: REL: International Symposium Leads to Commitments to Save Indian Ocean Sharks and Rays

International Symposium Leads to Commitments to Save Indian Ocean Sharks and Rays

The island nation of the Maldives showed its commitment to preserving the world’s sharks in 2010, when it established a shark sanctuary in its waters. To build on that, the Maldives government and The Pew Charitable Trusts brought leaders from nations in the region together on Oct. 25 and 26 for a ministerial symposium focused on shark and ray conservation in the Indian Ocean.

Ministers and senior officials from the Maldives, an archipelago southwest of India, welcomed counterparts from Sri Lanka and the Seychelles to talk about the global crisis facing these animals. With 100 million sharks killed annually around the world, attendees discussed the urgent steps needed to safeguard these iconic species.

The Maldives exhibited global leadership by declaring its waters a shark sanctuary, where all sharks and rays are fully protected and used for profitable ecotourism. Shark and ray ecotourism is now a key part of the country’s economy, with one study estimating its annual value at $2.3 million dollars. Research has shown that sharks are worth far more alive than when killed for their fins and meat.

“It is highly encouraging to see Indian Ocean island nations come together to discuss the economic benefits of sustainable shark and ray ecotourism,” said Daniel Fernando of the Manta Trust, which advocates for conservation of manta rays and their habitats.

The Four Seasons resort in Landaa Giraavaru hosted the symposium, which drew shark experts from around the world to one of the epicenters of sustainable shark and ray ecotourism. Presentations and discussions allowed the region’s ministers to witness firsthand why tourists travel from all over the world to see the manta rays, reef and whale sharks that are abundant in the protected Maldivian waters.

“It’s fantastic to see these governments gather and work together to develop solutions to protect sharks and rays,” said Luke Warwick, who directs Pew’s shark conservation efforts. ‘”Through the development of shark sanctuaries, such as the one here in the Maldives, along with international protections and strong legislation wherever sharks and rays are caught, these imperiled species can survive.”

The Sri Lankan government announced at the symposium that it has submitted a proposal to list all species of thresher sharks on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for consideration at next year’s meeting of the wildlife trade convention in South Africa. This international conservation leadership from Sri Lanka builds on the listing last November of thresher sharks on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Thresher sharks have been identified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as the world’s most vulnerable family of sharks, so the proposal by Sri Lanka is badly needed.

“This action will help ensure that thresher sharks survive,” said the Honorable Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Sri Lanka’s minister of sustainable development and wildlife. “We see severe declines in our waters and have acted to fully protect these slow-growing sharks. We want to make sure that governments around the world work together to either fully protect or limit the catch of thresher sharks to sustainable levels, so that they survive for generations to come.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, the ministers agreed on a declaration stating their joint aim to protect the Indian Ocean’s sharks and rays, both in their own waters and through collective, international action. This declaration included further leadership from the Maldives, which committed to support this Sri Lankan thresher shark proposal, and also take decisive action themselves by proposing that the silky shark is also offered protection under CITES.

“With huge quantities of sharks still killed in the region annually, the commitments made in this declaration, and the follow-up actions that need to happen in the coming months and years will be crucial if sharks are to survive and recover in the Indian Ocean,” said the Honorable Mohamed Shainee, minister of fisheries and agriculture for the Maldives.

“The Maldives has already taken a lead in regional shark management through the creation of a shark and ray sanctuary, so these species are protected in our waters. We now are reaping the benefits of a thriving ecotourism sector. We now want the world to join us in protecting sharks and rays, starting with the adoption of these CITES proposals at the [Conference of the Parties] next year,” Minister Shainee added.

“As noted in the declaration, the Maldives will be proposing that silky sharks are protected through a CITES Appendix II listing. These are key sharks that keep our tuna fisheries healthy, and we want to see them protected and sustainably managed globally,” added the Honorable Thoriq Ibrahim, the nation’s minister of environment and energy.

Sony in Myanmar back to life

October 26, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog could have thrown this lump of junk away! The face powder on the child’s face isn’t to cure anything. It’s decoration. You’ll see it all over Myanmar. Works really well actually!

Like my defunct computer!

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Chang Htoo []
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 12:48 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Sony

Hi Khun Hugh.The computer I give it to my young boy he very very happy to watch cartoon.and he said thank you very much.

TIP drama Rocky turns 40. Probably horror show

October 26, 2015

In Brief: Tokyo International Players (TIP) is proud to present its spectacular 119th season opener, RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Book, music, and song texts by Richard O’Brien, directed by Jonah Hagans. The world’s favourite rock ‘n roll musical is turning 40
– Happy Birthday, Rocky! It could be the best birthday party Tokyo has ever seen. This iconic production will run for six shows over Halloween. Featuring well-known and crowd-pleasing tunes such as “The Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite,” it is guaranteed to be flirty, fun, and fabulous! For mature audiences only. Audience participation and costumes are encouraged. Enter a lottery after purchasing your tickets to win a chance to dance on stage as a party guest! At Theater Sun-mall (Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi line), Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at 7pm; Saturday, October 31st at 1pm and 7pm, and Sunday, November 1st at 12pm and 6pm. Tickets are
¥4,500: visit

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