Archive for April, 2016

Bird and a glimpse of Burma

April 29, 2016

More from a Burmese village. When it is wet and the winds are roaring and trees are being thrashed by lightning and boomed at by thunder? Where to go? A motor bike!

Nobody will touch the bike. They’ll feed the birds. One very good reason I will miss Asia!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 12:22 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject:

Bird

Myanmar: Car

April 29, 2016

Great post from Chang and every reason to get swimming lessons!

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
No bridge they do like this

Has big conservation gone astray?

April 29, 2016

Thanks for forwarding the article, Hugh.

Certainly what the article refers to as the "traditional" approach of setting aside areas off-limits to humans (national parks, etc.) is one way to protect biodiversity. It’s also true, however, that indigenous people and other local inhabitants can often do a great job of protecting biodiversity, provided that their cultures have worked out a way of achieving symbiotic relationships with their local environments. Once the big companies come in, though, and start razing old-growth forests to plant monocultures (palm oil plantations, etc.), everything changes. My idea would be that we need to preserve as much biodiversity as possible, by not converting any more biologically diverse land whatsoever into monocultures. In fact, we should be trying to rewild areas and to increase habitats, especially for endangered species. If indigenous people can be good stewards of biodiversity, then they shouldn’t be excluded from living in biologically diverse areas. But by all means keep out the companies rather than form alliances with them! We also need to think about ways to achieve human well-being that are based on meeting basic needs in ecologically sustainable and socially just ways instead of promoting economic growth, industrialization, and consumerism. Rather than revise the traditional approaches to conservation, we need to revise our approach to development. Focusing on new genuinely sustainable models of development would probably enable us to dispense entirely with the "new conservation."

Richard

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Hugh Paxton <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Hello everybody!

This is a very spontaneous spot poll to get your opinions on the following article.

Should wildlife conservationists be saving wildlife species or helping local communities to dig toilets? To possibly help diminishing wetlands becoming contaminated to preserve them? Or what?

A lot of ideas here in this article? What are your ideas? Please let me know! The world awaits your thoughts!

Cheers!

Hugh

http://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/

Has big conservation gone astray?

April 28, 2016

Many thanks Hugh,

This is a great series which we are reading with interest, as it raises many key issues about applying the precautionary approach
to protecting the environment.

Kind regards,

Allan

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 2:18 AM, Hugh Paxton <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Hello everybody!

This is a very spontaneous spot poll to get your opinions on the following article.

Should wildlife conservationists be saving wildlife species or helping local communities to dig toilets? To possibly help diminishing wetlands becoming contaminated to preserve them? Or what?

A lot of ideas here in this article? What are your ideas? Please let me know! The world awaits your thoughts!

Cheers!

Hugh

http://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/

Has big conservation gone astray?

April 28, 2016

Hello everybody!

This is a very spontaneous spot poll to get your opinions on the following article.

Should wildlife conservationists be saving wildlife species or helping local communities to dig toilets? To possibly help diminishing wetlands becoming contaminated to preserve them? Or what?

A lot of ideas here in this article? What are your ideas? Please let me know! The world awaits your thoughts!

Cheers!

Hugh

http://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/

Dog Days

April 27, 2016

Well this has been a rollercoaster! I let the wildly yelping puppy that screwed up my evening by arriving unexpectedly into my house! There was a scrabble to recue it – it was clearly in a state of terror! Recuing it from a clump of impenetrable bamboo was clearly an issue.

I let the whelp free today reasoning it had come from somewhere and come daylight it could fend for itself. No pythons here until darkness. So off it went! Free as a wobbly but suddenly confident puppy! Then I had emails.

I began to concentrate on my writing. It pays for my bread, butter, and my fish food! I am encouraging my pond and there are some seriously uncanny eel-like fish. Also I have to pay for beagle food. And other things!

Chang came and asked where the dog was. “I let it go! I don’t like dogs! If it stays here too long I’ll bung it in the pond! The monitors will do the job. ”

“The owners are missing some dogs!”

“This one?”

When I focus on a story I storm in, it takes a bit of time to even start writing – I want the story to go, not dither with its first wordings but then storm in! So there I was conjuring the smells and chat with the tiger rangers or my Rajahstan story…and pouf! Like gone!

“He’s a plumber but has gone with the mummy dog. I think it hot for him!”

“Can you find the dog?”

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:51 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Dog

Hi khun hugh I found the dog hiding in plants pot.Now he crying all the time looking for his mummy.I give the food and keep crying.

Me: “Well bring him back here in his dog box! We can have lunch and make a plan!”

Chang: “I come now!”

I hit the kitchen. Hot coffee, sweet, and food for Chang. Yesterday’s tuna pasta herbs’ de frog, anchovies, grated serious cheese. Capers, this and that! Great for dinner but I want Annabel off to school with a traditional bunch of peeled apples, bacon, toast, jam, whatever else in the fridge that hasn’t gone rotten and that she just didn’t have for dinner. Gherkins are always a hit! Annabel thinks beans on toast are best cooked in England and Al is the fried sausage king! So I steer clear of that minefield!

Chang ate and thought and the dilemma was the puppy. Chang gets too Buddhist! He respects life! My plan was to leave it with me more one more night.

Khun Den, the estate manager provided the solution. He arrived with documentation asking if I could approve the municipality inspection of my electricity bills which involved lots of guys checking my meters and climbing up poles and getting electrocuted. He looked briefly disapproving of Chang and I having a lunch, a rather decadent lunch with sauces and coffees but said “Workers are entitled to half hour lunch break.”

“Khun Den, I have paid all my bills and Chang is not having a lunch break! He is helping here with a serious problem! I was wondering if you would like a puppy?”

Chang vanished.

Khun Den, bless him, has a sense of humour. He knew that Chang had been goofing around trying to find the bloody puppy. And that it was all Annabel’s fault. And Khun Den and I have shared enough lengthy drives to and fro airports and other places. Dignity is important.

End result? One of the guys checking the top of the pole meters (and everybody else was intrigued by the puppy story). Khun Den explained his problem was that the far side of the khlong was too sheer so any damn puppy that decided to go swimming or fell in and haul itself out only had the option of emerging on his pier. They try to get back they struggle and drown.

One of the electricians has a young boy who wants a dog. He got one. With a carrying box and water bowl. And a blanket and towel. While Khun Dhen and I discussed. Chang just sorted it out and delivered a stern lecture to the new owners that a puppy isn’t just for Song Khrang!

All was cleared up! No dog, no fuss, just a potentially tedious day enlivened! It has screwed up my concentration on the maneaters. But I’m sure I can re-focus on the tenth century looming plateau fortress overlooking the rugged tiger prowled forests.

Unless the electrician brings the puppy back!

Love from Bangkok!

Hugh

, sphahetti with And a quick conference with Chang. Khun Den arrived asking if I could spare Chang for my conference and Khun Den said “Chang can half an hour to relax for lunch!”

“Khun Den, Chang is not relaxing over lunch he’s helping me sort out a dog problem! He is saving Thai Village time!”

From The Girl FW: New post A Lost Boy

April 24, 2016

The Girl makes watching soap operas rather dull. Hugh Paxton’s Blog hopes that all goes well but if it doesn’t it’ll be more interesting!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

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Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 7:07 PM
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Subject: [New post] A Lost Boy

TheGirl posted: "It is a few days left until I move into my apartment in London; an exciting, scary, and new stage I’ll enter. Although moving doesn’t sound exciting to everyone (the stress of carrying luggage, and transferring things to another address etc…), this is t"

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A Lost Boy

by TheGirl

It is a few days left until I move into my apartment in London; an exciting, scary, and new stage I’ll enter. Although moving doesn’t sound exciting to everyone (the stress of carrying luggage, and transferring things to another address etc…), this is the first apartment that I acquired and will live on my own – so its a big deal that I get it "right". And maybe soon I’ll have a housewarming to show off the new digs once I paint and stuff.

However, I have been hesitant about this, as it shows how invested I am in staying in London — a two year lease and some intensive interior decorating. However, any doubts that I had about moving from my shared-house to my own place was wiped away last night.

I was very fortunate through a friend in New York to be introduced to a girl a year younger than me, but who had a room in her mother’s house that I could rent. I am staying with her mother and brother. They have been very welcoming and I always consider myself lucky that I found her; it helped with my transition and gave me someplace stable and affordable while I looked to step up.

The daughter lives on her own, not too far away with her own young family, and the mother is a nurse who is a workaholic. The son, who is 30, stays at home. When I talked to him, he told me he was out of work and had been for two years — it had gave me anxiety about how difficult it must be to find work, especially skilled work (administrative, professional etc..); and I expressed this to my landlady who is more like my UK mom now, and she always told me not to worry, I will find something– a month later I did.

Now before ya’ll accuse me of being that immigrant that comes and steals local jobs; this job was asking for a specific language skill-set that I have, although they do have positions there for people without being fluent in another language.

Anyway, things have been fine. Really. I did noticed some things about him that really seem strange.

· Like sleeping all day but up all night "watching TV".

· The strong smell of cannabis from his room and from whenever he returned from the garden.

· As well as up to this point, there has been only two times that I’ve seen him leave the house.

The first time, he escorted me to the post office to exchange my money to GBP currency, and the second time he was on his way to the job center. I assume it is like the United States when you are receiving benefits, every once in a while you have to go and speak with the counselor and show them that you are looking for work etc… but I mean, even the average person wouldn’t want to stay in their house for weeks without leaving? As well as he tended to get "visitors" more often when his mom wasn’t home. Now these visitors never stayed, except for the 1 or 2 friends that he sits on the couch with; most often the doorbell rings, and he goes and gets it, says a few words to someone and they leave.

I guess these Jehovah Witnesses are really active in this neighborhood, and dedicated too! They will come to the door at all hours of the night.

He finally got a job about a month ago, a temporary rolling contract that seems all too common here; but he’s only working until they remove sanctions from him receiving the benefits. So if the job lets him go through no fault of his own, then he can go back on welfare.

What can I say? The benefits system is very strong here; I know there are people who abuse the system in the U.S. too, but I never had an inside knowledge of this.

On Friday, a family friend from France came to visit me for the weekend. I put her up in my room and slept on the floor of the living room. Friday night was fine, although my roommate had to come in two or three times to get to the garden to smoke. I was gone most of Saturday for a tournament, but my friend and him seem to get along very well, they even shared some wine together that she brought from France. So we went to dinner and came back very late – after midnight — and I was completely exhausted. Between playing five softball games and then having to "look alive" for a night in Camden Town I was dead.

**Good news is, my team went into the semi-finals and won the final tournament!!**

He was sitting in the living room, with one of his friend who actually comes to stay, and when I asked where all my belongings were so I could lay them out, he responded that he collected them and put them in my room. I asked him why, and he said he is using the living room and I needed to sleep upstairs. I was surprised, and then his friend — who seemed to understand what is happening — got up quickly to leave. I asked "where? In your room?" I was really confused what he wanted me to do. Because my guest was in my bedroom, and then there is his room and my landlady’s bedroom. So I explained that we have a guest sleeping in my room, and I was going to take the living room for just the next few days, he got very angry and said that it he didn’t know about this, and he didn’t care that there was a visitor here and I said. "Well, she’s here now and there’s nothing we can do…but I need somewhere to sleep – so if you won’t give me your room, and my landlady hasn’t said its OK to use her room, then I have sleep downstairs. He ended by saying I can sleep there, but he will continue to watch TV every night on, no matter what; and I know he watches until 4 or 5 a.m

So I’m wondering if this is cultural, where if I guess is invite over, you share the bedroom together, as oppose to American tradition when you "give" someone your room for his/her stay?

Or is this gentleman not normal?

So, I have been thinking about this and I feel that his behavior adds up to something abnormal. I mean if your entire life involves around sleeping, watching TV, and smoking — and you take away one of those things then the stable triad becomes an unstable being. To me, I thought it would be a minor inconvenience, but nothing to ever write about — but my life revolves around many different things that breaking a routine for a few days wouldn’t make me angry.

However, this isn’t just a "he"problem its a family problem. This morning I suspected that my landlady doesn’t want to talk about it, or maybe she is just tired. Even his sister seem nondescript when I texted her about how upset he became in front of everyone. So, it sounds like they know or its happened before; because I would have expected a stronger reaction — why is a grown man acting like this?

Its true what they say — that when you have nothing left your family will be here for you. And at one end you have to admire that, it takes a lot of patience to deal with someone who is "stuck" and based from what I was told, has been "stuck" or "lost" since he was teen. We have all been lost at one point, whether its for the 6 months you are looking for a new job, or the two years after that divorce. But how long is too long? Why can some people say its enough and try to find their own way, while others do not? And how do families/social network help with finding one’s way?

So what motivates you to do the things you want to do in life? What are your dreams, hopes, and aspirations? How will you attain them– basically whats the difference between sitting on the coach — waiting for things to happen and pushing you to reach for them?

Tell me @ReporterandGirl or Facebook.

TheGirl | April 24, 2016 at 8:06 am | Tags: blogging, inspiration, lost, man-child, motivation, moving on, Relationships | Categories: Musings and Life | URL: http://wp.me/p2MqP7-Bz

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Global Trash Hits Crisis Level – An article published by LA Times today

April 24, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s blog doubts the accuracy of these graphics. Global trash? Yes? Horrid!

This may sound heretical but we accumulated a lot of garbage and the results were biologically stimulating! We have more large tokay geckos than anybody I know and I haven’t seen a cockroach!

Hugh

From: Midori Paxton [mailto:midori.paxton@undp.org]
Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:05 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: FW: Global Trash Hits Crisis Level – An article published by LA Times today

Terrible…

From: Yuqiong Zhou
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2016 2:47 AM
To: BPPS SDEV ALL <bpps.sdev.all>
Cc: Nik Sekhran <nik.sekhran>
Subject: Global Trash Hits Crisis Level – An article published by LA Times today

Colleagues, sharing with you a great article published by LA Times on the occasion of Earth Day. The article highlights one of the most daunting issues facing the world – waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity. http://www.latimes.com/world/global-development/la-fg-global-trash-20160422-20160421-snap-htmlstory.html

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

April 20, 2016

Definitely! Bruce’s pictures are top class. His Gharial knocked my socks off. XXXX
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New post from Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog: The Land of Lost Content

April 17, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is always happy to hear from Anilbalan. Today’s submission is of typical high quality!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

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ghostcities posted: "For a whole host of children born at the tail end of the 19th century the First World War marked a terrible frontier between innocence and adult worldliness. First-hand experience of the horror of war consigned blissful childhood visions to doubtful memor"

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The Land of Lost Content

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For a whole host of children born at the tail end of the 19th century the First World War marked a terrible frontier between innocence and adult worldliness. First-hand experience of the horror of war consigned blissful childhood visions to doubtful memory, and post-war technological and economic changes seemed set finally to dismantle an already crumbling rural culture, leaving much that was good behind. One of England’s most gifted poets, Edmund Blunden, seeing perhaps the cultural and spiritual consequences for the nation of unnaturally accelerated fundamental change, and at the same time trying to make sense of his own terrible war-time experience, sought to bring to mind – to his and ours – what at root really mattered in life. Unsurprisingly, he turned to his pre-war childhood vision of the village of Yalding in the Garden of England, his very own ‘land of lost content’. In his poem Old Homes, it was Yalding that he described: ‘O happiest village! how I turned to you / Beyond estranging years that cloaked my view / With all their heavy fogs of fear and strain; / I turned to you, I never turned in vain…’.

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ghostcities | April 17, 2016 at 2:00 am | Tags: Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves, The White Goddess | Categories: Folklore, Mythology, Poetry, Writer | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-ra

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