Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

June 21, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests this might be intriguing. Particularly if you like textiles.



From: Indian Cultural Centre Bangkok []
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:31 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

Greeting from ICC!

Indian Cultural Centre in collaboration with Thai Textile Society would like to cordially invite you to a lecture and presentation on

“ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare, a freelance writer and playwright

on Saturday 9th July 2016 at 10.30 hrs. at Indian Cultural Centre, 23rd Floor, Lake Rajada Building, Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey

RSVP – 02 2615301-2
Email – iccbangkok1

Malathi Rao Vadapalli

Indian Cultural Centre,

23 Floor Lake Rajada 193/101

Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm

Mob: 089501 7088


Chang’s View: Dog

June 16, 2016 by

Makes our beagle look intelligent!

From: Chang Htoo []
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Dog



June 15, 2016 by

Very, yes!

On 6/14/2016 9:27 PM, Hugh Paxton wrote:


June 15, 2016 by

Oh cripes….and crimes…, so sad and wasteful…….is this for palm oil plantation clearance?
I feel like photocopying it and putting it about the supermarkets.
Thankyou for sharing…
The world ought to know.

On 15 Jun 2016, at 03:27, “Hugh Paxton” <paxton.bkk> wrote:


June 15, 2016 by

So sad. Yes.


From: Chang Htoo []
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:25 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Sad

So sad

Changs view: Birds

June 14, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog finds it hard to believe these will ever fly. But they will. My thanks to Chang for spending all day on a roof and sharing these rather ghastly images. When the feathers come we will marvel at their splendor and magnificence!

Right now they might appear a bit unattractive!

We all started that way. Bald wet, scrunched up, purple blue, pink, noisy, all that! And look at us now!

Chang will let us know how this nest gets on. I reckon the pit viper gets there first.

Cheers from Bangkok


From: Chang Htoo []
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Birds


Chang’s View: 4

June 14, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s blog got this from Chang. Never a man of many words this image shows current living conditions in his house by the canal. Guests from Myanmar (friends relatives) doing some painting here before going back. My esteemed wife showed little interest. She remarked that’s how she used to live in Japan. Come to think of it that’s how I lived in Japan during my first years! Only I slept in the cupboard. My beloved daughter was also unimpressed. “We had ten in one room during my sleepover.” OK. Maybe overcrowding not a big deal. But along with no elbow room he’s only got a microwave and a one ring stove. I’ve slipped him 200 baht for rice takeaways. I did offer him use of one of our guest rooms but he graciously declined. These chaps are in his charge and I think he wants to make sure they feel safe and protected. If he was swanking about at our place it would leave them feeling vulnerable. A nice fellow is Chang! And I like his men. Not to the extent that I’d plan to move in. But what I really like about the Burmese and Thais is that they work hard, don’t complain and can always summon a smile. Even if five of them are sharing one sleeping bag.

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Chang Htoo []
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: 4

4 and me.

The ReporterandTheGirl : New post Waiting for Tomorrow

June 13, 2016 by

Good stuff from TheGirl. She speaks from the heart and I generally agree with about ten percent of what she’s saying. And then I re-read it. Roughly fifty percent. A third read…I begin to disagree.

Hugh Paxton’s Blog reckons this makes her a good thinker, a thought provoker, and when I’m in London in August I shall invite her for a pub crawl.

Perhaps she can interview me. And , should she permit, I will interview her. We’ll see what happens! But before this dramatic encounter and meeting of minds have a look at her latest! Of course she can’t change the world! My beloved wife and I, and colleagues at UNDP and GEF are doing that! UNEP too! The NGOs. WCS – brilliant! I can’t mention them all. There are tens of thousands of men and women slogging through red tape or forests fighting violent criminal poaching gangs and horrible corrupt business interests and sleazy pirates. It isn’t easy. Nothing is.

But if TheGIrl stops trying to change the world then that’s one less piston in the engine for a happier planet. This said, if she wants to enjoy life I’d strongly suggest forgetting about it for a while, snuggling up against somebody warm, drinking too much wine and watching silly movies while nibbling olives, crisps, toast and Bovril, finger snacks, cups of tea…

I tried that with my daughter. Scary Movie 4. We just laughed – The Grudge bits are particularly funny – and procrastinated and who gave a damn about Panama? We didn’t. Then the movie stopped. Annabel tried to prolong the moment by bringing up Scary Movie 1 (vulgar) Scary Movie 2 (coarse) Scary Movie 3 (infantile and not funny) then Scary Movie 5. Less said about that the better! It was a sad moment but we both knew it. Prevarication was over.

Time to do something useful. Although I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than sharing a couch with my daughter watching a Japanese demon having a fight in a bath while eating toast and letting the world get on. But duty pulls us!

As it does TheGirl!

Read on!

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Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 12:44 AM
Subject: [New post] Waiting for Tomorrow

TheGirl posted: "I came to the realization this week that I’m not going to be able to solve the world’s problems, and that most problems are very complex. Surprise! I’ve worked in politics and grassroots advocacy for fairer housing, health, and education policies in New"

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New post on TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperMan!

Waiting for Tomorrow

by TheGirl

I came to the realization this week that I’m not going to be able to solve the world’s problems, and that most problems are very complex.


I’ve worked in politics and grassroots advocacy for fairer housing, health, and education policies in New York City; but it’s nothing like doing so in developing countries. Silly me for even trying. So now I have a literature review due this week, and all the ideas in my head are roaming, but I lack the energy to put them into coherent sentences on paper.

In other words, I’m procrastinating.

I love and hate deadlines: they keep things on track, but I don’t necessarily get a rush having to do things under pressure at the eleventh hour, although I have to admit some bright ideas do come out at the eleventh hour.

So knowing me I set some early deadlines to get started this weekend, and I swear I’ll get started once I finish this post. I know I’m not the only one who seems to wait until the last minute for things, so I wanted to find out from other folks what their experiences are and how they cope.

New Attitude

If I can wake up every morning with this attitude, it would help me move forward items/projects. I mean hey, no one expected Rome to be built in a day — so it’s very feasible to take things one step at a time each day. But it has to be everyday, otherwise the night before the deadline will feel like running a marathon. So, I’m going to go back to list-making. I love writing things down and having a to-do list where I can cross-off items, helps me feel organize.

When I’m in my mindset — I can cross through an entire list within a couple hours– "Oh hey! Its lunchtime already"? This usually means that all the problems, worries, things to-do were not that big or time-consuming to deal with. I already started by adding key to-do things on my calendar this week. I live and die by my online calendar as it sends reminders to my phone/laptop/email. So once you adopt this new attitude, figure out a system that helps you to take baby steps everyday!

*Tip* Be specific. There’s a different between "I’ll start my report tomorrow" vs " I’ll outline my three main points over lunch".

Stuff Keeps Coming Up

The story of our lives. Even the most mundane life that is centered around Star Wars and and Comic Con will have something interrupt and demand for our precious time. Well procrastinators — let’s be honest, how much of these "really important things" are you looking rather than issues that come out of the blue? Don’t tell me you were about to sit down in front of the computer– when all of sudden– you noticed how dirty the top of your cupboards were and needed to take a half-hour to address that immediately.

The truth is, we all have things that come up: family, work, emergencies, friends, enemies, mini-crises, drama, terrors, and tragedies. Especially the later, sometimes when life hits you– it makes you feel like you just don’t want to "deal". This weekend’s tragedy in Florida is a perfect example of this.

Unfortunately, everyone will have at least one problem/event everyday whether it is a single mother living in rural South Sudan or a wealthy banker living in London. All of our daily struggles are different but real; however we must persevere on! Deal, grieve, solve, or mediate with your family, tragedy, emergency, in-laws…then return to the drawing board.

I’m Not Good Enough

At the risk of sounding like a psychotherapist– this can be the crux of the matter for many procrastinators. We think, dwell, ponder, formulate, redraw, overthink, cry, breakdown, and manage to put something together at the final hour that everyone loves and applauds.

This is an emotionally taxing cycle to have to endure in any work/school lifestyle. We worry about the results not being perfect, and spend days or weeks stressing and feeling guilty for putting things off (I have even done this for months). Unfortunately, I don’t have any straight-forward advice about this except to say that we are all our own worst critics. So let’s be kinder to ourselves; the next time you start something or cross off an item on your list, congratulate yourself! Congratulate yourself everyday whether its with a little social media time, a drink at the pub, or even some ice cream (well, maybe not ice cream everyday…). The point is, you have adopted a new attitude and renewed your motivation to finish a project– today you laid the foundation and tomorrow you’ll be putting up the frame.

Hi, my name is S.C Rhyne and I am a procrastinator. About 1 in 5 people are chronic procrastinators, so I know I’m not alone. So how do you cope with the many things in life that you need to get done?

Tell me on Facebook or twitter, or you can even post it on my Google Plus page!

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Revealed: Cambodia’s vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle | World news | The Guardian

June 13, 2016 by

Angkor Wat. Hugh Paxton’s Blog loves ruins but with ruins on this scale one tends to get slightly tired of them. It’s the ABC tour syndrome “Another Bloody Cathedral”. While I was ABW (Another Bloody Wat) I was thinking of other things. The birds! Exquisite! Alive! Busy!The Chinese woman with the horrid pink pants blocking my narrow stairs, her hideous black underwear as she struggled higher and things became more revealing. Things kept slipping off in her brave fight to extricate herself from her confines. I saw more of her privacy than I needed. It was just a silly incident. But it was in a way quite important.

This Chinese woman was no doubt a success in her way. Family. Good cook. Small business perhaps. Bureaucrat most likely. But she was on a typical Chinese organized tour. A xenophobic herd of jabbering frightened and aggressive sheep following a leader with a flag, taking photos to show to the herds and flocks back home. No interest in anything. Just the prestige of being there.

Many of us feel we are free when we travel. We don’t follow flag waggers! We can find our way! This ineffectual Chinese flab was an obvious target for ridicule.

We are better than that. Or I hope so. But no matter how wise we are there are still things underfoot and very much unexplored.

This is fascinating! Read on!

Cheers from Bangkok!


Andre’s View: Vladimir Putin on Muslims

June 12, 2016 by

Blimey! Hugh Paxton’s Blog is agast! Andre’s siding with a commie! The world is certainly in turmoil!

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Andre Gast []
Subject: FW: Vladimir Putin on Muslims

Vladimir Putin on Muslims

No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world. This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.

I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of USA should pay attention to this advice. How scary is that?

It is a sad day when a communist leader makes more sense than our leaders here in the U.S.A. but here it is!

Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave aspeech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

"In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, nomatter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law andMuslims.

When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslim minorities are not Russians.”

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

If you keep this to yourself, you are part of the problem!

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