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  1. While you get a perfect score in vocabulary, claiming the word has "nothing whatsoever" to do with the biblical gospels earns you a failing grade in diachronic linguistics. The word gospel, which comes from the Old English god spel, "good news," has been used to describe something that is thought to be as true as the biblical gospel (that is, undeniably true) since the 13th century. The current idiom "gospel truth" or "taken as gospel" originated in the1600s, when it referred to biblical truths, and has been applied to truth of a more general nature since the late 1800s. Relax JW...just some light-hearted banter!
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    Birds in your garden

    Strange about Asian Pied Starling here in BKK. It's a species I've never seen in the patch, but always expected. Have seen them in Lumphini Park along with Black Collared as well as the other Mynas. Always assumed it'd be a gimme here, but not the case...though Black Collared/White-vented and Common are abundant in my area. Reading the "Habitat and Status" section of Asian Pied Starling in Round's Birds of BKK Area states that even though still common...declines of this species in recent years and noticed as far back as decades ago.
  3. $75,000 USD is to Musk like 10 baht is to us...NOTHING. He will prob just pay it and move on. The diver should have gone for $1 million...and that doesn't make even a tiny dent in Musk's $20 billion net worth.
  4. You've totally deflected from the real point of my post and obviously have very limited experience with Thailand and it's illogical, irrational, wavering ways. FYI...very few, if any, of the gospels are true and/or accurate. Don't confuse fiction with reality and facts...to do so is just weird.
  5. Must depend on the branch like everything here...ZERO consistency. I opened a Bangkok Bank Acct in late 90s on a 30 day Visa Exempt entry! The branch is on Sukhumvit between Sois 8 & 10.
  6. You're making a huge error assuming logic and reason apply to anything here. While certainly most everyone would agree with your thinking...the reality is that T-his I-s T-hailand. Besides, if UJ says so...can pretty much take dat to the bank.
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    What are you eating? (food porn)

    Veggie fried rice for lunch...
  8. While human assisted climate change is established and accepted, this prob a bit of an exaggeration. If not...most likely too late anyway.
  9. Many talented Thai lady golfers on the tour now! The Jutanugarn sisters leading the way.
  10. Skeptic7

    Birds in your garden

    Enjoy them all too...just my least fave and least experienced group. Well actually pelagic birds were my least experienced group, but did a couple of pelagic trips in the USA. Spent time along the shores of GA & FL and the shorebirds were abundant & fascinating, if a bit tedious...but never did it for me quite like the passerines. Speaking of the States, warblers in the US were my forte' and faves. Could ID nearly 30 sp of warblers alone (and most other sp) by sight as well as by song (rarely ever needed a field guide unless a rarity showed up). Birding by ear in the Springtime saves a lot of steps! Of course warblers are beautifully spectacular in The States...not the drab, torturous, nearly identical duds found here.
  11. Skeptic7

    Birds in your garden

    Shorebirds ...my least fave group as far as ID goes. Cool & interesting but definitely not my forte'. Gimme passerines any day!
  12. Skeptic7

    Birds in your garden

    Go to the link below, then scroll down to Post #34 to see pix of the 2 Thailand field guides described above. Both are very good, but like AN...my go to reference is the first and I own both. Old school though as the Robson guide didn't even come out until 7 years after I purchased the Legakul/Round guide! Also have the a very old Field Guide to the Birds of SE Asia (not Robson), but it is by far my least used and least favorite.
  13. Didn't know Shaq took up tennis...and ladies clothing!
  14. Yes previous posters are correct...Bagworm or Casebearing Moth larvae. There are more than 1000 species worldwide. Metamorphose into something like moth below...