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  1. 1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

    Not much in the way of local substitutes for English breakfast tea.

    "Heldive" (Sri Lankan import into Big C) does a pretty good Breakfast tea. But most businesses catering for Western customers will have to rely on the expat community, which away from Pattaya/Bangkok/Chiang Mai is pretty thin on the ground in most areas - even if you disregard the curmudgeons who never...

  2. 6 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

    Then there was Hungary's flag carrier, Malev,

    Gosh yes, I remember them. They were one of the cheap charlie options when I first started globetrotting to this neck of the woods; along with Air Uzbekistan, Biman Bangladesh (the aircraft interior smelt and looked like a  Curry house in Campbeltown after a particularly rough Saturday night) and of course Aeroflot - flying with the latter was about the equivalent in terms of comfort, cabin service and (perceived) risk as a trip to Berlin in a Lancaster bomber in 1944.

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  3. 2 hours ago, Greg O said:

    Horribly mismanaged and too many fleet types for one thing. A380's ? Ya gotta be kidding 747,777,787, A350,  320 etc...The logistics and duplication of parts and spares is completely illogical and a logistical nightmare. Nothing is common between those fleet types. It seems they will order anything (some incentives may be involved)

    This is the case with just about any procurement process in this country, from buying airliners, equipment for the military, railways, down to buying textbooks for the schools.


    There is one reason - kickbacks.


    The tentacles of corruption get everywhere.

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  4. You can get an OK (Realmi/Oppo, Huwai or similar) for around ThB3000 from one of the online suppliers. DTAC will sell you unlimited Internet at 580mbps, plus free calls to DTAC numbers for ThB100 a week. It works out much cheaper - my last phone lasted 4 years. If you buy one of the offers from the companies not only are you locked in to their plan, but the phone will only work on their network, which makes it useless if you travel, and renders the dual sim option fairly pointless.

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  5. Opinions in this forum vary across a broad range, from those expecting (relishing even) successive waves, with massive death tolls globally. possibly ending life as we know it; to the "grow up and put your long trousers on, it's only a nasty bout of flu" brigade! Both sides seem to have marshalled statistics and collected expert opinions to support their hypothesis - perhaps a result of having too much time on their hands during "lock-down" and the astonishing amount of contradictory opinion on the internet. I am somewhere in between, aware of the deaths, but conscious of the fact that in societies where more exhaustive records have been kept many were elderly, with other health problems - put callously, they were likely to die from many causes soon anyway!


    I am also like many struck by the disparity between the effects of the virus in South East Asia and Western Europe, and even more so the USA. I am sure that geographical factors (climate, social habits, open air living, diet, comparative lack of access to air conditioning [in my mind perhaps the biggie] and general genetic and population wide immunities) play a very wide part in this. I am sure that social distancing, personal protective habits and school closures have played a part as well - I teach primary and junior secondary so I know what a disease incubator a classroom can be.


    There are so many variables in play here, that I expect it will take a long time before any definite answers emerge, perhaps never as they will inevitably be viewed through various political prisms. But as I said, I tend to the middle view, and have some confidence in humankind and natures ability to come through it; perhaps despite our political establishment's best efforts.


    I am also concerned, like many, that over authoritarian responses could lead to massive damage - greater than maybe the effects of the epidemic - on our societies. Again, I am sure that I am not alone in questioning some of the motivations of those in power.


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  6. 52 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

    This makes me think they know something they're not telling us. If everything is under control as they continue to tell us with extraordinarily low numbers of infections and deaths one has to wonder why. Of course I may be wrong by thinking covid-19 centres are about testing, indentifying, isolating and tracing rather than setting up committies and then give the fat cats big bonuses for 'being on the frontline'. Mmm! Having re-read the article it's definitely the latter.

    They will, I think, be a jolly useful tool. Let's face it, if you feel the need to control the population, which this regime clearly does, then having a network of regional offices, unaccountable, with seemingly unlimited powers to dictate how life is lived and to impose sanctions at will, even as a form of collective punishment; all set up without any judicial or parliamentary oversight has clear advantages - George Orwell and Aldous Huxley would wish that they had thought of it when writing their novels.


    Doing it at a local level is jolly clever too - it will allow for much better targeting of particular areas, very useful given the territorial aspect of the Thai political scene. Sanctions which may be need to be applied in, for example Issaan and the North may be less desirable, counterproductive even in provinces south of Bangkok!

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  7. On 5/6/2020 at 6:52 PM, Lacessit said:

    Today in Chiang Rai, I was eating ( not takeaway ) with my GF in a Japanese restaurant. That's been going on there for two weeks, so lockdown requirements are either not being enforced, or are at the whim of individual governors.

    I'm sure that permits which allow exemption from the requirements are available. It will just depend on the amount of "influence" you can muster...

  8. 2 hours ago, lee b said:

    It makes alot of sense, the scenes from a few days back were shocking.

    Have they been repeated?


    Is it now a permanent problem?


    Or were they a one off, the result of the lifting of a ban which had been imposed for a few days at short notice, and then arbitrarily and considerably extended? Whilst many, vendors and buyers, may have reluctantly accepted the initial ban, they saw the subsequent extension, and the lack of transparency over relaxing or further extensions, coinciding as they did with the regime effectively asking for "a bung" from the producers and sellers, as likely to mean another arbitrary ban would be imposed shortly. Hence the urgency, particularly on the part of small businesses, to restock.


    As so often, the consequences of their inchoate actions, make the problem worse.


    You see, it does make quite a difference doesn't it - unless you were too shocked by the appalling scenes to consider that.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Lacessit said:

    Khun Wissanu should come up and take a look at the day market in Chiang Rai. About as much social distancing as a litter of puppies.

    Something is protecting Thailand from the infection rates seen in other countries. Various hypotheses as to why.

    Khun Wissanu should reflect on the fact that for the past few decades he and his ilk have presided over a social and economic system which has ensured that the only way that probably the only way that the majority of the population can afford to trade and buy is in crowded, cramped and insanitary environments like the Chiang Rai market, where social distancing is simply impossible. If he closes them he cuts off both the source of food and goods, but many businesses.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

    What troubles me is why punish all for the sake of the guilty, this is dragging Thailand back to the "Dark Ages"; it is the guilty people who should be punished then you would not upset the whole nation by a thoughtless decision.!!!!!!! 

    That would involve patrolling, observing, raiding, arresting, processing, bailing or remanding in custody, prosecuting and taking to jail/collecting a fine - which as it is awarded by a court is not subject to the less rigorous informal accounting procedures favoured...


    Much easier and more satisfying to dress up in your tightest uniform and go on the telly to announce a ban - although you will have to practice your "stern, regretful but you leave me with no choice" mode of delivery. That shows that you have real power and influence. The ban also may provide your chaps, who are quite hard hit now so many businesses which they "looked after" have closed, with the opportunity for some informal accounting procedures.


    Bear in mind, you wear a uniform, and so are not accountable - to anyone really.

  11. 59 minutes ago, Mattd said:

    I wish somebody would explain to me the logic behind the curfew in terms of COVID-19, what purpose does the curfew achieve in useful COVID control, other than reducing the opening hours of businesses that are normally open for 24 hours and therefore making these shops etc. busier during the shortened opening hours.

    The only advantage I see it is that it possibly helps to reduce the criminal element.

    The police force, and indeed most state agencies here are primarily tasked with controlling rather than serving the population.


    The imposition and enforcement of a curfew is an effective and salutary reminder that "the uniforms" remain in charge.

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  12. 21 hours ago, userabcd said:

    The elevator is a necessary equipment to transport passengers in the building.


    The pool is for recreation and socialising.


    I'm sure person's responsible in the building are doing what they can to put in some rules to maintain safety for most everybody and not just a selfish few.

    As I understand it, it is up to the building management as to whether the pools are open or not.


    Maintaining, cleaning and staffing the pools costs them money.


    Now, why are the pools closed?



  13. 44 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

    Not really. No-one is ever fined 500,000 or jailed. Just posturing and totally meaningless.

    It is just another official bumping his gums, and getting on the telly so everyone knows he is important. 


    Working out what they really mean is like listening to short wave radio - you have to filter out lots of extraneous noise before you can get the actual message!

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