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About Stupooey

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  1. Fining people for allowing their dogs to roam free goes against the culture of dog ownership in Thailand, where most homes do not have surrounding fences or walls, unless you expect the owners to keep the dogs permanently chained up. Also, neutering male dogs does make them less aggressive through reduced testosterone levels, and females are usually only aggressive when protecting puppies, which again would not happen if spayed. My experience as a frequent cyclist is that the stray dogs usually ignore me. The ones who chase after me tend to run out from roadside properties, as they think I am invading their territory, which seems to include the area in front of "their" house. I believe catch/neuter/vaccinate/release is the way to go. There are many people running such schemes here, constrained mainly by lack of funds. Perhaps the "something must be done" brigade writing on this forum should actually do something themselves by contributing to these schemes - the one I have personal experience of has certainly gone a long way to controlling the situation where it is operating.
  2. After scrolling through post after post proclaiming that "something must be done", it was a relief to reach no. 139 to find someone who was actually doing something to tackle the problem. Unfortunately the capture, vaccinate, neuter, release solution does not appeal to the "flog 'em, hang 'em, shoot 'em" TV brigade, as subsequent comments on this post have all been scathing. My experience tells me otherwise. Our village has a relatively minor soi dog problem, which we have gone a small way to alleviating by adopting eight stray puppies and having them vaccinated and neutered. Cycling round the area has shown that the strays tend to ignore us - it is the dogs who think we have invaded their territory by cycling past their houses that tend to be aggressive. However, a nearby town did have a stray dog problem. On enquiring, we found out that a local lady was running a capture, vaccinate, neuter, release programme in conjunction with a local vet, constrained only by lack of funds. We have therefore helped her financially and also with food to give the dogs in her care. We also discovered that a local organisation had an excess of funds which they wanted to donate to a good cause. Having seen how the programme operated, and noticing the positive effect it was having on the local dog population, they were persuaded to lend their support. This type of action certainly works at a local level. Maybe if the almost 200 posters who have advocated a more radical, but probably unworkable, solution were to actually take some action instead of just blustering, then it would go some way to solving the problem.
  3. I was impressed that I was identified as West London, as that is where I lived for my last 30 years in the UK. Not so impressed now, as it seems half the world are West Londoners.
  4. Bangkok - Hua Hin by scooter

    Provided you remain aware, you shouldn't have a problem. However, I would suggest: - between BKK and Samut Sakhon keep to the Frontage Road to avoid traffic filtering in from the left. - after Samut Songkhram take the coast road (marked 'Scenic Route') as previously suggested, for both safety and aesthetic reasons. - be extra careful when riding through Ban Laem, as I have found bike riders in the town to be somewhat unpredictable in their movements. Enjoy your trip!
  5. Nine of the top ten are in the Americas, so I suspect most votes came from the US.
  6. Experts rank Trump as worst president in history

    But would you have been happy for your friends' mommies to represent your country on the world stage?
  7. As with so many topics on Thaivisa, a wide range of opinions and advice. My own would be to forget about online dating. Come over and head straight for somewhere with a well-developed expat community (probably avoiding Pattaya and Phuket as they seem to attract the dregs of Thai society - also the Sukhumwit area of Bangkok for similar reasons). Restaurants catering to Europeans and Thais are probably the best bet for striking up conversations with couples - if the lady speaks good English it is normally a good sign. Let them know your situation, and it is very likely she knows someone (or knows someone who knows someone) looking for a Western boyfriend, and will be only too happy to make an introduction, maybe over a meal as a foursome, with no commitments. Take it from there - personally I would avoid anyone from Isaan (they tend to come with baggage), anyone too tied to their family or anyone who seems over-interested in your financial situation. I would also take her back to the UK before committing yourself. I personally took my girlfriend back, married her there (once I knew she could handle the culture difference) and lived there for 10 years, making sure she did not immerse herself solely in the Thai community. Now we are living in Thailand, she can see the plusses and minuses of both ways of life, and we can move effortlessly between the Thai and expat communities.
  8. You can take a guy out of the cage, but you can't take the cage out of the guy.
  9. Please enlighten us, which departments are ready for Brexit? Apart from the Department of Lost Causes, that is.
  10. "Grounds for hope". Hardly a ringing endorsement.
  11. Good idea, perhaps we could rid ourselves of Trump and Brexit. (Sorry - off topic).
  12. I gave Myanmar as an example as it is a Buddhist country adjacent to Thailand and is therefore a better comparison than the middle East, africa and Latin America. By the way, what has happened to all the military dictatorships we used to have in Africa? If it such a great form of government, wouldn't they be flourishing?
  13. Myanmar is a good example of what can happen to a country under military rule for any length of time, as well as showing how democracy can be rendered ineffective when the generals won't let go. Your reference to teachers is also interesting. It was the junta who ordered teachers to force Prayut's propaganda down the throats of the children; I don't remember previous governments indulging in such brainwashing tactics.
  14. Of course it's obvious - whoever has the biggest guns should be the criterion for holding power in every country.
  15. It's Only Just Begun (Solution)