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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    I have just heard form a normally reputable source that Mad Dogs bar by the moat has closed down as the landlord has sold the building without telling Nick. If true this would be a very sad end to one of Chiang Mai's longest standing Farang bars. I really hope this news is incorrect. Can anyone confirm or deny it?
  2. Listening to my (Thai) wife has kept our marriage going strong for 16 years. After all that time I may still only have a rudimentary understanding of the nuances (I still use that word) of the Thai thought process. You, however, clearly have none.
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    The girls who were performing back then are probably the mothers of those performing nowadays! Mind you after a few beers it wouldn't really matter if it was still the mothers!!
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    When I last went to Spotlight which is about 15 years ago, the gals were mostly chunky farmers daughters from Phayao!
  5. My wife says that this package shows due deference to the fact that the motorcyclist died. that it does not make light of this fact and that they were just reporting a news item in a manner that their viewers would understand. I trust that those who have jumped on their keyboards in the posts above speak fluent Thai and understand the nuances of the story from a Thai perspective.
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    Despite stacked odds, election is essential

    Election not fair in Thailand See what happen? People drink bottle of Lao Khao. Wait till next election!
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    So it looks like my informant was kind of correct but somewhat premature! When you say Spotlight is still the best Go-Go bar in Chiang Mai......isn't it the only Go-Go bar in Chiang Mai? Know ye of any others?
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    Despite stacked odds, election is essential

    We have been here before. There is all this debating and posturing by the chattering class and The Nation. But unless there is widespread manifest fraud in the elections, Puea Thai will win. This will surprise The Elite as usual because they have all forgotten to ask their maids and butlers and other servants how they will vote and there are millions more of them than there are in the Thonglor wine bar set. Things do not look too hopeful however as the NCPO is now trying to take action against Puea Thai for "holding a press conference where it criticised the NCPO's performance in administering the country." (This according The Nations rival English language organ). The merry-go-round continues....another coup within 5 years!
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    BobBKK 'You stupid boy!' Seriously: I've got every episode downloaded, but I confess I can't remember which episode it was......another excuse to start watching them all again! It would have been a reaction by Walker to one of Corporal Jones' reminiscences about the Battle of Omdurman or long forgotten battle!
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    '1900 and Frozen Stiff' was a phrase coined by Pte Walker in the British TV comedy Dad's Army to describe an indeterminate time in the distant past. I hope that clarifies things for you!!
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    Mad Dog's Closed?

    Thanks for that sanemax! My apologies for the false alarm, TV people! Great news though. Mad Dogs has provided decent food and beer since I first came to Thailand back in 1900 and frozen stiff.
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    Wine cask prices...

    The price has risen because the cask wine producers were exploiting a loophole in the law that taxed 'fruit wines' lower than regular wines. So by adding fruit ( or possibly just sticking a label on the bottle saying 'fruit wine') they paid less duty and so could charged less. our puritanical military dictators just closed that loophole meaning all wine is now taxed at the punitive rate of 450% which is scandalous.
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    Christmas Day Lunch

    Thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Dinner at Anantara. Great buffet food: in addition to a full turkey dinner with lots of trimmings, they had some nice seafood; Thai, Chinese, Indian and Peruvian (yes, Peruvian) choices. They also had cold meats - prosciutto, ham etc and some excellent cheeses. More cakes and chocolate than you could poke a stick at. All washed down with as much Prosecco, half decent Chilean white, very approachable Chilean red, chocolate Martinis as you could drink. A shot of Vodka was offered to accompany the salmon. Santa came along with a couple of very pretty helpers with legs up to their armpits and there were some very nice Christmas carols and songs performed by children from Dara Academy. There was room for my 10 year old and his mate to run around when they got bored and a very pleasant setting by the river. All this cost a hefty 3,531Baht (3,000++) per head (half price for kids), but in my view it was well worth it!
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    visit Dalat Vietnam

    Not much difference, Bob. To operate in Thailand most firms have to set up a Thai subsidiary with a couple of already wealthy Chinese Thais on the board raking in fat salaries for doing nothing more than legitimising it by giving it the appearance of it being a Thai company. It's the mechanism that allows them to operate domestic flights in Thailand and international flights emanating from Thailand. As for your flights- Thai Viet Jet and Viet Jet dont seem to offer through ticketing, so you'd have to get a ticket from CNX to BKK (that's Swampy remember, not Don Mueang). and then separately from BKK to SGN. From SGN you could fly to Dalat or Cam Ranh on a third separate ticket. Alternatively you could fly directly from BKK to Dalat and then take bus to Nha Trang.
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    visit Dalat Vietnam

    Never done that, Bob, but we're flying CM-HCMC on the new direct flight with Vietjet for New Year. As there are flights from SGN to Dalat it might be worth comparing the prices on CNX-SGN-Dalat vs the even newer CNX-Swampy-Dalat route. Interested to know how they compare as Dalat is on my regional bucket list!
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    Christmas Day Lunch

    Whatever floats yer boat, old chap.
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    Page Of Remembrance

    Thank you Loaded, that fills in a few gaps and seems to sum it up neatly. Anyway he was certainly a character and added to the rich tapestry of life here.
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    Page Of Remembrance

    I've been holding off to see if anyone who knew 'Bruno' better than I would post, but his many friends are probably not Thai Visa-ites. Bruno (I've no idea what his surname was and judging by the photo which was forwarded to me - neither did the Funeral Director), was an affable man who frequented my pub and just about every other bar on and around Loi Kroh Rd. He was a likeable rogue with a winning smile and cheerful nature. I am unaware as to what killed him, but his battles with the demon drink were ones he usually lost. Most recently he drank at Gecko's and a few other places. If anyone who knew him better can post a more fitting obituary, I would love to read it. Until then, Rest In Peace my old friend.
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    Christmas Day Lunch

    For the record, we settled on the Anantara at 3,000++ for all you can eat and all you can drink! Exactly what I was looking for. Happy days!
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    Christmas Day Lunch

    I'm starting to turn my thoughts toward Christmas Dinner 2017 too! I'm quite happy to spend money on a decent buffet but would prefer somewhere with a beer-and-wine-included package as the price of a 2,000 Baht buffet can end up by spending twice that on ridiculously priced hotel plus-plus booze prices. None of the hotels seem to be advertising these on their websites, but possibly that's due to Chiang Mai's puritanical alcohol prohibition laws. Has anyone found a good buffet including alcoholic beverages? Failing a good deal in the hotels I'll probably go to one of the pubs where the food is not as good but the drinks are cheaper.
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    New craft beer place--Nimmanhamin soi 9

    To legally brew craft beer in Thailand you have to be able to brew 10 million litres a year - which no craft beer start up could possibly manage, so they brewed in Savannaket and now some have moved to Cambodia where it is brewed by Kingdom Brewery. Effectively its a Cambodian beer with a Thai label and Thai owners. That is how the government protects the 'crap beer duopoly' -slightly more subtle than you suggest Bruce, but only marginally so!
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    Monday 27th Nov anyone going to Mae Sai

    Why don't you take the bus? Green bus go direct. Also are you quite sure you can do a visa run at Mae Sai?
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    Border runs

    Did you miss the sign? Or do you have evidence that it is possible to do repeat visa runs contrary to the notice? I would hate to think of anyone depending on doing a visa run there and being turned away.
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    Border runs

    That is a misleading post. There is no connection between the two. Mae Sai/Tachilek is now a fully fledged international border. I have seen guys turned away from the border because they din't have the correct visa. When was the last time you were there?
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    Border runs

    I've never been to Naga World in PP, but its definitely more relaxing than the casinos in Poipet. There is no sports betting at Regina where I go (great for low-rollers like me). Maybe there is at the big one a klick or tow further east. I bring a bottle or two of booze back in a rucsac each time and I have never had a fake one yet, nor have I been hassled by immigration/customs. Never witnessed your missionary story either.
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