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    Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

    Sorry girls for what must seem a terrible impasse. However, have you ever considered that such entertainment recognition is based on ability, not gender. I also note that there is no mention of the lack of artistic recognition of dwarfs, bisexuals, tall people, bald people e.t.c. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves and produce a product that no-one can deny. It reminds me of the Labour Party criterion of 'must have' 50% female Ministers, regardless of ability, knowledge or integrity. When does that suddenly change to include a % of small people, deaf people, blind people, non-white or non-black people. Recognition should ONLY be based on the criteria of ability, productivity and relevance.
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    Legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd dies at 90

    Fortunate to work backstage on two of his Christmas Specials at the Royal Court Theatre. A gentleman, with a great sense of humour and equally importantly the knowledge and acceptance of who he was and where he came from. Still have the signed handkerchief he gave me...the Diddy Men will be no more. RIP
  3. Queenslander

    Nightlife in Korat?

    The Oasis at 3120 Dech Udom Road, Nakhon Ratchasima 3000 isn't too bad with live music and almost live girls...
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    Swiss man gets bashed after turning off noisy bike

    The first two actions are action v reaction Action - A Swiss man wrongly things he can interfere with another persons property and there will be no consequences Reaction - A Thai man decides to respond immediately by giving the Swiss man a smack Matter settled - Thai man then rides off But NO, we are forgetting the childish (possibly cowardly) Thai male mentality Thai man goes and gets a weapon....luckily not a gun...possibly because he hasn't got the balls to fight fair and proceeds to attack (again) the Swiss man First reaction possibly not unexpected maybe even acceptable...but the second attack should see some serious police intervention (555 I know not in my life time)...
  5. There has been more people killed in the name of 'Religion' than any other cause...all religions...
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    Plan to cede police powers to agencies

    Yes...but they do it well...
  7. This says it all about American logic...
  8. Sadly, the truth is closer to home, as Thailand is most definitely a patriarchal society. The home is totally dominated by the male species with boys allowed to do whatever they like without any obvious parameters. An examination of a Thai home demonstrates that boys do very little, if anything, to assist in the management or maintenance of the home. They cry they are picked-up, they scream they are cuddled they display an unnecessary tantrum they immediately get whatever it is they want. Because there are no behavioural parameters and even less disciplinary action taken, they grow to believe that they are ‘entitled’ to everything and can do anything without punishment. They therefore rarely mature, remaining that spoilt little boy in the bigger body, with little if any rational thoughts or ideas. Instead they maintain the childish belief, I want I get. Blaming society, the schools or the police is ludicrous; the basic concepts of maturity – self discipline, responsibility, respect and knowing right from wrong - starts at home, unfortunately, that is where it doesn’t occur! Perhaps the answer is to fine the parents, heavily…
  9. Sometimes the difference is between 'racial profiling'…and bombs on buses…no easy answer to it.
  10. Queenslander

    Have you seen these Russians? Phangan police and hotels want a word

    They even kept my TM6 'Departure' part…isn't that causing headaches…!
  11. Many will advise against any financial involvement with a Thai lady for a very good reason, many cannot be trusted. On the other hand if you have done your due diligence (on your Thai lady) then it can be a rewarding experience, however as many contributors warn, buyer beware. I have been married for the past 12 years in a house and on land bought by me and in my wife's name. Am I lucky, in a way yes, but I did do due diligence for a long time before committing myself or any money. And I ONLY invested what I could/can afford to lose. My personal advice is similar to others - invest ONLY what you can afford to lose, should it go pear shaped ensure you get a 30 year lease both of you have a WILL so that the family cannot evict you should something happen to her most importantly…chose the lady wisely…
  12. I went to my local immigration office where they had a similar situation, though the students were doing 'work experience'. One young lass assisted me in correctly filling the necessary forms. At the end she said in English, how was that. I replied that it was much easier with her assistance and thanked her. She replied, 'what no tip'…my laughter could be heard everywhere. I thought, you are not even a permanent employee, but already you have mastered the essential language of a Thai government employee…555…and no she did not get a tip!
  13. It was said 30 years ago, it stands today…Thailand is all 'Smoke and Mirrors'…say it, get your name in lights…then forget all about it.
  14. We as concerned non-citizens can all provide answers or reasons for this phenomena, but if the truth be known there is only one answer and 'Jag" provided it. Thailand needs a real police force that is there to 'protect and serve' rather than 'collect and desert' the people of Thailand. If such actions were formerly and regularly punished (despite the financial status of the offender) with heavy fines or long gaol sentences, instead of backhanders to the police, then possibly Thailand could curtail such abominations. However, this will never happen as too many police officers and court officials are reliant upon their weekly ‘brown envelope’. ALL of the anti-social, discriminatory and corruption problems associated with Thailand are down to one thing and one thing alone, the lack of a genuine (almost) corruption free police service. A police service where one can make a genuine complaint and have it thoroughly and properly investigated and, if necessary see action taken. A police service that is there to honestly serve the people of Thailand regardless of race, colour, creed, status or financial standing, and provide justice for all. Unfortunately, we will never see it in my life time…