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Brigitte’s Pick: NEW WALMARTIANS!!!

April 12, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is as horrified as usual to receive the latest batch of Walmartians from Brigitte.

Over to her (and THEM!)

Is the last one for real? ?? ???!! ?

The Latest Walmartians!

This is why they are called handles.

She lost her pants playing Strip Poker on Aisle 3!

He found out the hard way that Karma certainly is a bitch!

Do you think he knows his toupee fell off?

Must be raining outside?

God, I can only hope so!

Moe Howard’s redheaded step-child with a "Sexy" tattoo on her chest!

She sat on her probation papers before the ink was dry!

I sure hope those are his Speedos and not his underwear.

No matter how much my knee hurts in the future,
I will NEVER ride one of these carts again!

It’s orthopedic. It keeps her from becoming any more hunchbacked!

Now available at Walmart – the all new Samsung OMG Crack Phone!

If Donald Trump & Rick Flair had a baby this is what it would look like!

Thai Days: Elephant dung coffee

December 13, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog was in Bali recently and had the pleasure of meeting a civet whose job it was to eat coffee beans and then defecate. The owner then stepped in with a sieve, a bowl of water and a charcoal stove and a wok. The end product was a bag of coffee costing $US 50. The civet’s digestive tract, the man explained, assimilated the coffee fruit but left the inner bean not just intact but enriched with a blend of subtle flavours unrivalled in the coffee drinking world. Hence its ghastly price.

Unrivallled? Pehaps not.

In northern Thailand a herd of 20 elephants have taken up the gauntlet and with a little help from eco-entrepeneur, Blake Dinkin and John Roberts, director of the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, the herd is producing Black Ivory – a bargain at $US 1,100 a kilo.

Elephants, explains Dinkin (who has invested $300,000 in R&D on the project) act like slow pressure cookers. It takes between 15 and 30 hours of gastric stewing alongside bananas, sugar cane, hay, veggies etc. before the Arabica beans see the light of day after their incredible journey. The mahout’s wives then break up the dung, retrieve the beans and they are shipped south to Bangkok where a gourmet roaster knocks the Black Ivory into shape.

Elephants cost roughly $1,000 a month to maintain and a kilo of coffee not just maintains them but also keeps Hill tribe coffee growers fed and watered. Elephants don’t absorb caffeine from the beans, for some reason, so there is no hyperactivity or stampeding and everybody seems happy about the whole thing. The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation gets eight percent of profits which goes to providing healthcare for injured elephants and other noble deeds.

The maiden batch of Black Ivory Coffee (70 kilos) has already sold out and is currently being served ( at about $US50 a cup) in exclusive resorts and hotels in the Maldives and Abu Dhabi. You can also pick up a crapuccino in the Elephant Foundation’s neighbouring hill top lodge.

Dinkin hopes to increase output six-fold next year catering to customers who are “relatively affluent, open-minded and adventurous with a desire to tell a good story.”

I like the man’s style. And if replicated elsewhere it could help elephant sanctuaries wherever they occur. Rhinos might put a new twist on the brew. Something for Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust to mull over! Get on it Rudi!

Sadly I can’t vouch for the taste of Black Ivory. I’m adventurous, open-minded, have a desire to tell a good story – but fifty bucks for a coffee? I’m not that relatively affluent.


December 12, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog had a lovely piggy bank but never wondered why. Blog correspondent Brigitte, explains. And adds other interesting facts!

Over to Brigitte and her interesting facts!



Some interesting facts

Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?

This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?

In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?

Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the center of attention.

Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?

Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?

When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’

Why are many coin collection jar
banks shaped like pigs?

Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

Ten tons of dog shit in one house (plus one Japanese woman and 160 underfed dogs) and an arrest

December 12, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog admits that from time to time this house becomes smelly. The cats pee on this, and that (mainly my daughter’s school bag), the hedgehogs tend to crap in their water bowl but I think we have the pet scenario under as much control as is possible if one elects to invite animals into one’s home.

In Japan, things went wrong.

A lady has been arrested for keeping 160 dogs, described by police as “scrawny” and vets say they were under nourished.

There was ten tons – ten tons! Of dog shit on the premises!

How did that come to pass? Did nobody notice? 160 dogs? One house? Ten tons?

Ten tons?

Thai Days: Grass at the Bangkok Turf Club

November 29, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog, like anybody else, would expect a Turf Club to have grass. That’s the point. But Bangkok’s prestigious Royal Turf Club has taken the concept a little further. Raised the bar so to speak. By 14 kilograms. The grass in question had been compacted into blocks and has an estimated street value of 140,000 Baht. The police think it may not be home grown (by the Royal Turf Club) but originated in Laos. Why somebody left it in a sack in the Royal Turf Club’s car park has yet to be explained. And probably won’t be.

As the Thai Tourism people say, “Amazing Thailand!”

Brigitte’s Pick: Ek trek sonder om te pak!!

November 8, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is not taking a position on this one.

Over to Brigitte and her pick: Ek trek sonder om te pak!!

Brigitte’s Pick: ARE THEY CRAZY??!!

October 31, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog’s answer to Brigitte’s question is an unequivocal YES!

Insane Bar

Time For a Break!

Very Lucky Driver

It’s Just Another Day!

Sitting On the Edge

Just An Incredible View!

Just Camping Out!

Sleeping In the Clouds

Insane Construction Worker

Insane Rock Climber

Insane Rock Climbing

Nice Place to Sit!

Chilling On the Edge

Working With No Fear

Just Hangin’ Out!

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STRANGE BUT TRUE: Virginity for sale on Ebay

October 13, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog double checked this story – it seemed so outrageous. But it is true.

Catarina Migliorini, a 20 year old Brazilian student, is auctioning her virginity on the internet. There are lots of people who offer to sell themselves on the internet – lots of websites, including my daughter’s school’s site, deliberately or inadvertently unleash a series of lewd and uninvited suggestions. And trying to delete them only causes more trouble. You all know that…

…but what makes Catarina’s case newsworthy is the auction angle and the huge number of dollars that bidders are offering.

$US190,000 was the latest bid. Auction closes Oct 15.

She says she will use some of the earnings to alleviate poverty in her community.

$!90,000! And pundits predict this to rise!

I guess poverty in her community won’t be alleviated – it’ll be eradicated. But I have a nagging suspicion that this story is only beginning. I hope, but doubt, that it will have a happy end. Quasimodo’s ugly great great grandson is probably reaching for his check book as I write. Will he respect her in the morning? Or will he want his money back?

Haunted Edinburgh – unaccountable fluctuations of EMF support belief in haunted vaults

August 28, 2012
Our EMF reader registered fluctuations from 0 to 3.7 m gauss in the same spot

EMF reader registered fluctuations from 0 to 3.7 m gauss in the same spot

I wouldn’t describe our visit to underground Edinburgh as disappointing. While it is true that nobody saw a ghost or was assaulted by one on our trip, the EMF reader registered a lot of activity in several of the vaults. It is a commonly held belief that ghosts emit Electromagnetic radiation that can be measured by the sort of meter used by electricians, pictured above in my hand in one of Edinburgh’s under city vaults.

For the most part the readings were zero as expected, but periodically they fluctuated between 0 and 1.0 in several locations, which is unexpected because I saw no obvious source, however there was a spot in one vault where there was a relatively large variation.

In this picture I was standing towards the rear of our party and was surprised to see a relatively large fluctuation in the reading that I cannot explain, I was stationary and there were no power cables or obvious sources of EMF nearby.

I’ve used this EMF detector in ghost hunting before, at a plantation house called The Myrtles in Natchez, where it also registered EMF in places like the garden by a pond where there was no obvious source.

I cannot account for the readings in the vaults and my feeling is that these chambers are indeed haunted and that the entities come and go.

Thai Days: A phone call to be regretted

May 30, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog regards the Philippines Supreme Court chief justice as a complete disappointment when it comes to clownishly hiding money. Renato Corona (who has been fired) failed to declare US$2.4 million and being a legal expert sort of criminal cited a 1974 law involving bank privacy as his excuse.

How dull!

Corona should take a leaf out of Thailand’s former permanent secretary for transport, and make a properly serious horse’s arse out of himself. OK, Supoj Saplom did go the Corona bank account way and a very large number of his bank accounts are currently being scrutinised. But Supoj didn’t leave it just to banks to hide his ill-gotten gains. He opted to stick quite a lot of them under his mattress and into his cupboards and on the bedroom floor.

Disaster struck in the form of burglars who broke in to his house last November. The criminals were appalled. There was just too much money everywhere. They couldn’t carry it all and had foolishly neglected to bring a fleet of Mac trucks.

They stuffed their sacks, their pockets, and fled heavily laden and in some cases destined for arrest.

Supoj must be regretting his response to the intrusion. He phoned the police.

He told them that he had lost five million baht in cash.

The police responded promptly and efficiently.

Not every burglar was caught. But arrests were made. Supoj must be regretting these arrests.

18 million baht and a significant weight of gold was found in the possession of the culprits and they explained to investigators that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Claims that a billion baht were in the house I find hard to believe. It would have taken them a week to count that lot. But there seems little reason to doubt that Supoj had feathered his nest to an extravagant degree.

Renato Corona with his legal background fled for inadequate refuge in a banking privacy law. Supoj opted for the wedding present strategy. The money was for his daughter who was getting married (while he was being burgled).


You decide.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has made its own mind up. Supoj the NACC suggests has ‘unusual wealth’. At least for the time being. All the gold and 17.5 million baht are destined for the state, his bank accounts and other investments are coming under painful scrutiny and his wife’s Volkswagen Caravelle has just been confiscated. Supoj claimed that it was on loan from a food packaging magnate who wanted his wife “to drive in a vehicle befitting her status”.

The Corona story has been described as a Manila soap opera and it has certainly kept millions of Filipinos entertained. This Supoj thing is becoming more of a farcical saga of Wagnerian opera length. The NACC is “widening its probe” and the deeper the probing, the lamer and more desperately creative the excuses are likely to be. A lot of business interests are involved.

Supoj has been given 15 days to explain where the tens of millions of baht in his numerous bank deposits have come from. This isn’t the beginning of the end and probably won’t be the end of the beginning.

Hugh Paxton’s Blog will keep you posted!



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