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  1. "Its just that when it comes to Thai democracy, the ironically named Democrat Party is among the worst practitioners. Tens of thousands of Yellow Shirts are marching across the country, but demanding the establishment of royalist councils is hardly a peoples revolution. If anyone has been exercising people power, its the 15 million voters who elected Yingluck and her Pheu Thai party in July 2011.

    Read more: Thailands Democrat Party Is Hilariously Misnamed | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2013/11/28/thailands-democrat-party-is-hilariously-misnamed/#ixzz2nKP84g00"

    This is what the world thinks of the Dems and this idiot and of course it reflects very badly on Thailand.

    Yawn. Yawn. Post something new

    Democracy - is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equallyeither directly or through elected representativesin the proposal, development, and creation of laws

    PTP Democracy - is a form of government where the friends and family of Thaksin participate as Skype-controlled lackeys and the laws are changed for the massive benefit of the few

    As has already been pointed out endless times, the 'form of government' being proposed by this man is known as 'dictatorship', which is the exact opposite of democracy.

    Historically, true democracy has always been hard-won, but going backwards is not the way, whatever the supposed provocation. Not, of course, that it's any of our business, but I know which side I'd be on if this was happening in the UK.

    I believe he has stated that after a revised framework has been out in place to deal with corruption and cheating by MPs, the committee will resign and members will be ineligible for reelection for 5 years

    Cool! So I guess Suthep should lead by example and have himself arrested for Corruption, Treason, incitement to vandalism and murder. Following that a large chunk of the "Dems", then perhaps the courts can impeach the elected ministers et al (like they do in other parts of the democratic world) and in the meantime, we can still have an election.

    Sorry dude, but I do not see how removing the right for people to vote even for one day can help stem corruption and it sure is a very, very dangerous precedent to even consider this form of so called solution. How can you even trust this Mad Dog on his word when he has been embroiled in corruption scandals way before Thaksin ever was? How do you know for sure that if he gets his way, the so called "honest people" appointed to the council are not more of the same at best, or worse still some dangerous lunatics with no way of getting them out of office? What guarantee have you been given that power will return to the people if Mad Dog gets his way?

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  2. Perhaps drunk with what they believe is power. However, the turnout for the major protest was quite poor. The Nation seems to want to talk-up the numbers. After weeks of planning, 100,000 people is not huge in a city of more than 8,000,000 ( and many of the supporters came from other parts of the country). PDRC is completely out of touch with the sensible majority of the Thai population; they do not want an unelected committee running the country but WOULD like these issues resolved through dialogue and elections.

    The current government has bent over backwards to facilitate dialogue, to avoid violence, to keep the economy functioning. Sadly a small group of fanatics and despots seem determined to engage in brinkmanship and push Thailand to the edge. Every Thai I speak with about the situation, expresses extreme frustration that certain groups are pushing PDRC proposals as consensus rather than what they represent on truth: a full-frontal assault on democracy. MDM Shinawatra must be allowed to rule as caretaker until the election on Feb 2. If that does not happen, Thailand will have given in to mob rule and have taken a giant step backwards in the eyes of the international community

    You conveniently fail to say who started this brinkmanship and not only on one front. Sad to say you are biased and delusional, very much like your hero overseas. Thai politics needs a comprehensive shake up and before any election, otherwise we are stuck with the same corrupt system and then the same corrupt politicians. This is what Suthep, in his rather ham fisted way, is trying to prevent. There also needs to be comprehensive checks and balances installed with every Government Department liable to audits, not only of their fiscal dealings, but their performance as well. This way, the many inefficient beurocrats can been weeded out when they fail to perform or are found fiddling the books.

    So in your opinion in order to "resolve" this it is OK to remove a legitimately elected government and install a 'quasi' dictatorship? How about following what other countries do? Let a government run it's term and go for elections. In the meantime, the opposition can draft up policies to actually win an election freely and fairly - and please spare the banter of vote buying. A government which care's for its people by enabling low interest loans, lifting it's people from poverty, giving some form of social welfare (which still lags behind many western countries may I add) and trying to create social equality is doing it's job and deserves to be elected. This is not vote buying.

    In the west, we are used to governments promising just these things - more jobs, les social injustice, better health care services, reforms etc.. How does Thailand differ from the west? If the Dem's are so sure they should be in power, then prove it through the polls and if (when) they loose, then they should work hard on proper people policies from opposition in parliament, rather than from the streets. There is a reason, they have not won an election in 2 decades and it has nothing to do with corruption or vote buying.

    Oh and for the record, I have no doubt that the Shin's et al have had a hand in corruption in some way or another but I have no doubt that the opposition is just as bad and are simply power hungry. Rooting out corruption does not come from installing another government. It comes from a democratic process whereby an elected parliament AND opposition vote for proper legislative measures and then make sure they are enforced together with proper education.

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  3. I am amazed that there was actually an Insurance Agency prepared to cover SuperCheap for a single Stang let alone 620 million baht. As my wife say's - "anything can happen in Thailand". Good luck to whoever was the undertaker - I think he/she should have his/her brain and eyes checked. Hope everyone else is OK and that there are no casualties.


  4. I live in Phuket and have no idea on the cost of living in hua Hin. However, I suspect that it may cost around the same. The point however is this. It really depends on you and your lifestyle. When I first move to Thailand two years ago I came over with GBP4,000 and around 1400 Euro a month. I found myself a furnished small house to live in at 7,000 baht rent, I don't drink and don't smoke. I ate out at a Farang restaurant once a week, ate at Thai street shops half of the rest of the week and cooked the other half.

    Wife eventually got a job too (20,000 Baht) so now we live on an average 60,000 Baht living in a lovely house at 18k, bought a car on loan and all the usual stuff.

    Dude, if you want to make it here, you can if you are careful. Invest your 50,000 pounds wisely. Live on the rent and that other 10k here without going mad and you can certainly make it.

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  5. Hi Everyone,

    Just went to make a cup of tea in my kitchen and found my two cats playing with this snake. I managed to catch it just in case it's poisonous and bit one of them, but I cannot seem to find what kind of snake it is. Anyone recognise it and know if it's poisonous?

    snake.JPG


  6. Pacific Tsunami Watch Center cancelled Tsunami Watch for Thailand:

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    WEIO21 PHEB 111151

    TSUIOX

    TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 005

    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS

    ISSUED AT 1151Z 11 APR 2012

    THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

    ... AN INDIAN-OCEAN-WIDE TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

    ... A MAJOR AFTERSHOCK OCCURRED AT 1043Z WITH MAGNITUDE 8.3 ...

    ... THE WATCH AREA IS NOW REDUCED ...

    A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

    INDONESIA / INDIA / SRI LANKA / MALDIVES / UNITED KINGDOM

    THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY

    NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE

    DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND

    ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

    ORIGIN TIME - 0839Z 11 APR 2012

    COORDINATES - 2.3 NORTH 93.1 EAST

    LOCATION - OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

    MAGNITUDE - 8.7

    MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

    GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER

    ------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----

    TRINCONMALEE LK 8.6N 81.2E 1116Z 0.04M / 0.1FT 18MIN

    COCOS ISLAND AU 12.1S 96.9E 1102Z 0.08M / 0.3FT 18MIN

    TELUKDALAM ID 0.6N 97.8E 1045Z 0.19M / 0.6FT 10MIN

    SABANG ID 5.8N 95.3E 1010Z 0.36M / 1.2FT 06MIN

    MEULABOH ID 4.1N 96.1E 1007Z 1.06M / 3.5FT 12MIN

    DART 23401 8.9N 88.5E 0956Z 0.03M / 0.1FT 06MIN


  7. Thanks, very helpful post. Shall certainly take it all into consideration.

    you are looking at rather old bikes, 12-20 years old, and most of them with recycled fake registration books, thats books from old honda wave/dreams with "replaced" 400/650/750 engines, and most have been rentals.

    not many showroom dealers want to touch them, so they are sold by pavement workshops.

    Keep your eye on TV classified, phuket gazette, or just ride around and look.

    PM me if you want one now, as I know a couple for sale, nothing promised on condition or legality

    or move up to 300k baht and get an almost new kawasaki 900, legal and hasselfree, perhaps still under warranty

    or get a lighter and much better handling bike like kawasaki er6, at approx 170k baht for a 2 year old. my Gf at 157cm/5 foot 3 rides one


  8. Hi bikers,

    I am looking for a decent bike shop in Phuket which potentially sells bikes like Honda Shadow and Steed. I have seen two showrooms so far but both only seem to stock Harley's. While I would love a Harley, I am still a beginner and I am also not the tallest of persons. So a Shadow (or something of that size and price range) will be a good start for me. Anyone know of a Showroom which stocks these bikes regularly? I am intending to buy in February as I have to go back to my home country for a couple of months now. Thanks


  9. fluke.JPG

    4 month old Black & White Kitten answers to the name of Fluke. Easily recognizable because it has a bent tail and is loosing hair on the head. Should also be carrying a blue collar. In urgent need of medical treatment. Last seen on Soi 4, Tawan Place, Thalang at 11.00P.M. on the 16th October. Please call 0848480135 (English) or 0814055834 (Thai) if found or you have seen him. We are suspecting it got into a car and if still alive got dropped off in another part of Phuket without the drivers knowledge.


  10. Hi all,

    Eight months ago I got a dog from Soi Dog foundation as a puppy. We did all we know we could to get this very badly behaved dog clean up it's act, but as it grows older it just got worse and worse, not only by being highly destructive, but even attacking our cats which were here before she came. We cannot take her out anywhere as she just constantly barks at people not to mention having guests at home is a nightmare too because she just pees everywhere, barks and jumps all over them (this time out of joy).

    Today, I had to, very reluctantly take her back to the foundation as she nearly killed one of our cats twice in a week. Being an ardent animal lover this goes against every principal of mine, but right now, I can think of no other option.

    Anyway, the reason for this post is, does anyone know of a good dog trainer who might get her under control? If she behaves, I would only be too glad to bring her back home.

    Thanks

    M

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