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  1. Diversion, diversion, stick to the argument. Guess you can't...
  2. What rubbish... how many times are you and eric loh et al going to trot out this silly unproven hogwash. You really think large numbers of foreigners analyse / think seriously about the Thai situation? How many Americans realize their so called 'perfect democracy' is in fact way way short of perfection from a number of angles, including massive lobbying (vote buying), and more?
  3. None so blind as those that don't want to see and who have an obvious bias. New trial(s)? Not true, many of his cases haven't yet been processed, so lets get on with the initial process. And lets' get on with the process for all outstanding cases regardless of colour or linkage to the elites (whatever that means, a convenient phrase trotted out again and again. Every time in the past I've asked for an explanation of what it means - silence).
  4. "I find your words deeply offensive". I find your comment the most laughable, most ironic statement of the century.
  5. Others officials (i'll leave you to guess which ones) have ignored accountability in this country for decades.
  6. Be pragmatic, don't ride your bicycle on roads, regardless of whether there is a marked bike lane, only ride on internal paths in parks or whatever.
  7. "...What is the purpose of going through a trial where everyone knows that the verdict is preordained? Or does someone (ANYONE???) think he will be found not guilty?" Of course he won't be found not guilty because the ere is ample evidence to show he is guilt, and you know it. Given that their is ample evidence of guilt your nicely biased claim of preordained is just your bias showing.
  8. And Reuters trots out, word for word, it's usual phrases which are less than balanced, less then honest.
  9. Teaching English to a Thai child

    Can always start with development of the question works, often using sign language and/or arm waving etc. E.G: where, when what. Later this can be extended to incorporated the pronouns: I, you, your, her, him, etc. To be a bit more structured visit a Thai book shop which stocks professional English teaching books, aim for the right age group and at starting level. Most of these books are well developed in terms of step by step progression and have good pictures, cartoons, photos etc. The books I refer to usually come with: - A teachers book (worth having) - A structured workbook for writing practice, vocab. development etc. Which also provides variety. One extra point - never speak in broken English, always keep the grammar correct and use full sentences, but simple to start with.
  10. That's not what I meant and I suspect you know that's not what I meant. In Thai culture there is a strong deference to be polite in the Thai way, not ask abruptly for confirmation of time, date, location, etc., etc. Further, in any management consultancy junior staff politely request that a question from the client be referred to their senior, especially if it's a question about content of a proposal or a next step in the work, etc., etc. On the other hand I've seen plenty of staff, all levels, all working situations in western countries who have no clue as to what 'customer service' means.
  11. Further, for years I was a local director of an international management consultancy. We did on several occasions employ young Thais who had lived most of the live abroad, but by company policy they had to read, write, comprehend and speak very advanced Thai. But in most cases they had difficulties to fit into the the local office environment, their on-the-job attitudes and behaviors were American or English. They were the same with clients (mostly Thai companies and Thai government agencies). Their directness shocked their work peers and clients. Many times I had to take them aside and counsel them - fit in, respect clients and local culture, or leave. Two staff had great difficulties with this and did quickly resign and return to the western countries where they had lived and been educated all of their lives. On the other hand there were some who were naturally astute and respectful and made every effort and did fit in quite well.
  12. And there's no guarantee that it won't happen!
  13. Yes, it's not always like you remember. I've been in Thailand well over 3 decades and in all that time been back to my birth country just twice, last time 24 years ago. I occasionally have a meal or a drink with a couple of local farang and 1 or 2 visiting tourists (long-term old friends) from my home country. Often I've started to say things like ... "in XXXX (my home country) folks tend to do this or do that etc. The visiting tourists laugh and say 'you are so way out of touch about social desires, current beliefs, vale, behaviors etc., at home.'
  14. Is adapting so cut and paste, blanket can or cannot? No, different for every human being.
  15. Final point in your post is very interesting. My guess is that your saying locals who grew up here are naturally street wise to the 'local conditions'. Whereas Thais who grew up and graduated abroad abroad may well have impressive degrees from famous off-shore universities but that doesn't mean they are street wise about Bkk.