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  1. Bill Miller

    Louis Vuitton scarf in London lands PM in the soup

    I bought a lovely hand made woolen scarf, much more attractive, for my fan in a hill village in Mae Son for 800 baht. The general might consider appearances a little more carefully in the future.
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    Fleeing Thaksin hit with second arrest warrant

    One problem is that the junta controlled judiciary seems to find it convenient to pass retroactive laws to target specific persons. Just not generally done in most nations, and unlikely to receive much co-operation from other countries should extradition requests, etc., be made.
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    Fleeing Thaksin hit with second arrest warrant

    Very few seem to understand Interpol,in addition to the Thai government. Interpol does not "switch" on and off. Interpoll does not have arrest powers. They are only a communication and training organization. They will, if it meets their own criteria, communicate to other member nations a variety of police requests including a request for an arrest, which will then be carried out by the police force of the nation receiving the request, IF they agree. Generally the arresting nation will conduct their own investigation, including what amounts to another trial, before agreeing to an extradition, Again, Interpol does not have "deportation" powers.
  4. I believe it is purely rooted in ignorance, on the part of the vendor. What I find disturbing is the probable target market. Where was the set up? In Pattaya. What is the greatest market for "souvenir" items? Not Thai people. Interestingly, perhaps, the Chinese sector is the most numerous, and Chinese folks are fond of that shade of red, and can be expected to be equally ignorant of european history. Eh?
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    Spreads for toast, what's available in Thailand?

    Yeah, they are! Wish I could get plain, or some tinned kippers locally. I just scrape most of the tomato sauce to one side, Here is a video for making some really good fish paste at home. Not for every one, this "cooking" thing, I suppose. It does answer the question, though, of "Where can I get..." for many items.
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    Spreads for toast, what's available in Thailand?

    There's lunch sorted, then: Tesco sardines on buttered toast.
  7. Bill Miller

    Spreads for toast, what's available in Thailand?

    Great little gadget with my blender, a smaller "grinder" deal that lets me whirl up all kinds of spreads, pastes, what have you. If you care for it don't forget egg salad.
  8. Bill Miller

    Is your Thai companion averse to questions?

    Thanks! Will ask Beloved if she would like to go....
  9. Bill Miller

    Is your Thai companion averse to questions?

    I will look into this fer sure! I could use some dental work. Like to visit Hanoi... last visit was Saigon, (Ho Chi Min City... old habits!). Where did you have your work done?
  10. Completely incorrect. The article you set a link to indicated that Puigdemont was arrested upon arrival back in March. The German government has just now applied for extradition back to Spain upon reciept of eveidence. The "renegade" monk has been demanded to be turned over to the junta in three days. How can you possibly state "foot dragging" and "double standards"? In both cases Germany is acting in accordance with the rule of law.
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    Is your Thai companion averse to questions?

    No trip cost. I live here.
  12. Bill Miller

    Is your Thai companion averse to questions?

    My little Beloved will frequently change the subject, and I will forget that I have asked a question. I am pretty sure it is frequently due to not understanding what I have asked. When pressed sometimes I get "My English no good.", which is not entirely true. I do believe loss of face enters in at some point. We have some "spirited" discussions at times, because of the "face" deal. I was recently trying to explain that US medical costs are roughly 10 X for the same procedure in even the high end Bangkok hospitals. She was insistent "Same same". I very much know better having done some comparison "shopping". I was in 2011 charged a total in the neighbourhood of $300,000 for a triple bypass procedure at a high end Phoenix heart hospital, air ambulance, several road ambulance rides, angiogram diagnostic, etc. Fair broke the bank as Medicare was not "on" for me yet, and the cardiac diagnostic guy gave me a 20% probability of living with his best efforts until it did take effect. So, "Same same " would have meant somewhere around 9,600,000 baht. Showed her some "Package" deals from Bumrungrad, etc, for 280,000 baht... about one tenth. Along with the "face" thing, and perhaps the same syndrome, is the absolute inability to admit to error. "Okay, I wrong!" , obviously meaning the opposite, Not meant one bit to "bash" this lovely and fascinating small person, with whom I am deeply in love, but I think there is a very interesting cultural phenomenon at work here, the real "Thainess".
  13. Actually, according to most common measures, a "glass" is eight ounces, or 240 ccs. That would mean an increase to 1,750+ liters/year. Unless Thai "glasses" are different.
  14. Well that is all as clear as mud. I buy "Cokchai Farm" milk from Tesco Lotus all the time. Is it or isn't it? It is quite normal practice globally for a dairy "brand" to be the result of a dairy collective operation, and some will have a nominal "farm" to headline the operation. That is what I thought the deal was here, but now totally confused with "Umm" in the mix, etc. Where in heck does Chokchai Farm milk, as in the above photo, come from if not from Chokchai Farm? I mentioned mMilk in an earlier post, but that is a bit confusing, too, as it is actually produced by "Mary Anne", which has five "factory" locations in the north. Same deal, I expect, where the milk is from a "normal" dairy cooperative and processed at plants within reasonable distance of the collection points.
  15. There is no "European level". There is a range from $0.64/litre in Poland to $2.05/liter in Norway. Thailand currently is ranked at $1.65/liter. I suspect a more accurate article would be that the intent is to increase milk consumption in all forms, not necessarily expect lactose intolerant Thai adults to "drink two glasses" daily. Chockchai Farms provides one of the most consistent quality products, IMO. Meiji is also quite good. Some of the others I have suspected of adulteration with reconstituted powdered milk. Purely subjective based on my perception of the flavour. A "new comer" of excellent quality is marketed as mMilk. Square plastic bottles that fit a liter comfortably into the oddly sized (IMO) lower door rack in my refrigerator. Like Chokchai they are a northern operation, with five locations. I have been a sometime dairyman, and like milk. I think an increase in domestic butter and cheese production, real cheese, not that plastic crap, would be good. Decrease the amount of pricey imported goods.
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