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  1. Yesterday there was a very interesting article in the Asia Times about the forthcoming ceremony. It gives detail about the procedures and the beliefs behind the Hindu/Buddhist event. It is over 70 years since the last ceremony so readers who are interested in what is about to happen may like to read the article. http://www.atimes.com/article/otherworldly-send-off-revered-thai-king/
  2. The BBC has just reported her 5 year sentence.
  3. I'm wondering just how many other news outlets deemed to be 'pro red' will be shut down before Yingluck's verdict is delivered.
  4. This appears to be the latest in a series of attacks on persons and vehicles in this forest reserve. The elephants there appear to be particularly aggressive. Speak to most locals here and they avoid the place. Only last week I was speaking to a local whose relative was charged by an elephant. She avoided injury by lying down flat and feigning death. You really are asking for it if you go there particularly on foot, although the elephants have been known to attack cars. Numerous reports just Google 'Elephant attacks Dong Yai Buriram'
  5. The Southern rubber producers are lucky to be getting 40baht a kilo, the current price here in Buriram is 19baht a kilo. Some producers are not bothering to tap their trees, saying it's not worth the effort for such a low remuneration.
  6. This has just been reported on the BBC news. Whatever spin the authorities put on it it's not a good advert for Thailand and it's all important tourism industry.
  7. Please let me tell you about what has happened to my family in the last month or so. My wife and I are the guardians of a 14 year old girl, a relative of my wife's whose father died and mother did a runner. We have brought her up since she was 6 months old She regards us as her 'parents' and addresses her as such. She is attending the local high school. Unfortunately she became infatuated with a local man. He is 29 years old (over twice her age) and seduced my daughter and took her back to his village. Incidentally he is as poor as a church mouse, He has no real job and lives in a hovel. It took my wife some time to locate them. I'm in a wheelchair and so couldn't really assist. My wife demanded she come home and informed this guy that he was breaking the law and would go to the police. He begged my wife not to and offered her 30K baht compensation. My wife accepted this and he managed tt raise the money from his mother. Despite this the temptation to carry on was too strong, the attraction of a 14 year old (she looks about 12) overcame his moral sense (if he had any in the first place). He lured her away from home again and they fled to Bangkok.I don't know where they lived (probably in some slum hovel or a building site shack), he didn't give her any money, made her switch off her mobile so she couldn't contact home. I wanted my wife to go to the police but typical poor Thai she was very reluctant. A couple of days ago she returned. She hated Bangkok, was afraid of the place. What 14 year old child from Issan wouldn't be. I insisted my wife go to the Police, reluctantly she did so and the bloke was arrested in his village and locked in the police cells. He tried to buy his way out of it by paying 60K baht. I told my missus 'I will not accept one satang from him'. The police of course wanted this course of action (a) they would take a cut of the money (b) they wouldn't have he trouble of having to prepare a docket of case for the prosecutor. I was adamant, I wanted no money from a man who deliberately seduced a child against the express wishes of her parents He is at present languishing in gaol awaiting trial' I know this post has been somewhat off-topic (perhaps should have been in Family and Children) but it is likely to get more views on here. A warning therefore to parents of young girls, the predators are out there..
  8. Sincere advice & opinion sought

    If you own property in Australia, are resident abroad and you rent out that property, the Aussie tax-man will slug you for 48% of your rental income.
  9. Approximately 15 years ago I bought 15 rai of land in my area (S. Buriram). It was simple rice paddy. Since then we have only used one third to grow (hom malee) rice. This rice is simply for consumption by my wife's family. None is sold on the market The other 10 rai my wife rents out to a local who grows sugar cane thereon. As to what sot of profit he makes I have no idea - you would have to ask him. What has been very noticeable over the past few years is that a lot of rice farmers have or are switching to sugar cane. It's difficult to tell but I estimate that over the last few years at least a third, maybe more farmers have made the switch. With the appalling prices being offered by the millers for the last rice crop probably many more farmers will be making the swap. Wonder how long before there is a sugar surplus and prices tumble?
  10. With the large volumes of traffic on Thai roads during the Songkran period the traffic (especially on major roads) wil naturally tend to travel a lot slower, therefore reducing the amount of deaths due to speed, but not the accident rate which will rise. Considering the great numbers of pick-ups on the roads their contributing less than 9% of accidents the banning of passengers riding in the tray (although right in principle) is an over-reaction which will greatly inconvenience a vast number of Thais especially in rural areas. Far better for the authorities to concentrate on enforcing the drink driving rules, ensuring that roads rules are adhered to, driving licences, insurance etc.
  11. At present only Thais can cross, farangs are prohibited from doing so, even if they only want to visit the market on the Cambodian side and are not interested in the casino. This may all change when the border post becomes an official crossing point manned by Immigration Police instead of the border guards as it is at present. I've lived in Ban Kruat for 30 years and this crossing point has been on the cards for all that time. Looks like it will now eventually really happen. Things grind along slowly in LOS.
  12. I live just down the road from this temple. Went there one year to see this phenomenon, it was so crowded that it was very difficult to get to a position where you could see through all of the 15 portals.
  13. Value of rubber trees

    This bloke is having you on. $4000 a tree, I wouldn't pay 40 much less 400. What age are these trees, how big is the piece of land encroaching on yours? I might pay 250000 for the land itself if it were big enough and provided it had a full chanote.
  14. Ill believe it when I see him standing in a Thai court of justice wearing handcuffs!
  15. Are all elephants in Thailand not supposed to be electronically tagged by law? If so should be quickly identified, unless the tag has been removed.