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  1. Jesus, what sort of place did you buy into, and where is it? It sounds to me like you're in some kind of slum, or near-slum. Sorry, not trying to denigrate you, just trying to understand the whole picture as I feel a lot of sympathy for you because some parts of your story resonate with me: the whisky for the kids is one issue which I have encountered, and the bitchy stories which are aimed at driving you out. I hope you can sort out your access situation -- as others have pointed out above, and reinforced by a friend of mine who encountered a similar situation outside of Pattaya, you should be able to win some rights to access. Mate, once you have that, sell the frigging property and cut your losses (if any), as your situation will never, but never, improve because these people have marked you and they will despise you for life - they will never change their minds about you as I have learned from personal experience and the experience of others.
  2. https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-admits-corruption-vatican-wide-ranging-talk-men-religious
  3. An easy -- not to mention much-deserved -- target for the intellectually minded as well, I would have thought. Ditto for all the other religions (none of which should ever be treated as anything but businesses and forced to pay taxes).
  4. I know this is bloody serious. (But no one's looking and I can't help but have a little chuckle at the audacity. )
  5. New point system aims to weed out bad drivers

    I sincerely hope you live for another 50 years, Briggsy. But as I would like to see this system implemented, I have to, sadly, hope for your early demise. No offense, matey -- I hope you'll let me buy you a beer. Sooner rather than later, of course.
  6. New point system aims to weed out bad drivers

    Mark my words: They won't be able to do this, so the points system will have to be put on hold for another year or two. (No, I'm not clairvoyant, just aware of the history of these things. ) Anyway, there's another hurdle to be overcome first. It starts with: "Do you KNOW WHO I AM?"
  7. There's absolutely no doubt about it. Prayut is on the campaign trail already. Just in case he decides to call an election. There's no guarantee of that, of course, but hey, let's be safe rather than sorry, right Big Guy? Take a leaf from Thaksin's book. Pretend you're a man of the people. Surround yourself with smiling sycophants and the rent-a-crowd mob.
  8. A self-obsessed despot and megalomaniac at the height of his powers. The enormous number of "warnings" he has issued over the past couple of years indicate that this man is well along the path to being a genuine banana republic dictator.
  9. Ummm ... if you care to visit the beach sometime, you'll notice that a lot of the "tourists" are Thais. So Phisit is mostly correct: it is tourists (of all hues, shapes and sizes) who are committing this offence. The rest are obviously locals. Some of the trash might blow in from offshore. Phisit might manage to get the beach cleaned up today, but will he bother tomorrow? After all, he's now had his 5 minutes of fame and impressed everyone with his manly authoritarianism -- time to strut off back to the adoration of his colleagues and lots of pats on the back.
  10. Spare me the lecture. I've been riding bikes and driving cars in Thailand for 30 years and, as you can tell, I'm still here (and in one piece) to testify to my superlative driving capabilities. . But what you're trying to establish is survival in the jungle -- that doesn't equate in any way to "proper" -- totally different meaning. Sorry.
  11. Huh? By what definition is "proper driving" in your book? It certainly can't be anything to do with obeying the law, common sense and consideration.
  12. It was put together 25 years ago. However, he can still attend it's inaugural meeting.
  13. The problem is the kindergarten mentality, and I mean that in all seriousness. I don't care if people slam me for calling Thai drivers childish because that is exactly what they are. Every single minute I am out on the road I see behavior that no adult would be proud of. This is an incontrovertible fact, and is the biggest hurdle to improving driving standards. You need to get Thai drivers to think like an adult first before you can ever get them to act like one. (I include male temper tantrums in that childish behavior.)
  14. Bangkok Post website taken offline by hackers

    Why the "upgrading" and "enhancing" "to serve you better" BS? Clearly a question of "face" here as it appears they do not want to admit they have been hacked. Newspapers are supposed to tell the truth. But then, shopkeepers probably don't know that.
  15. And still I say, wow! What a life. If that is what you have to do to live in the country ... !!! Wow! I lived in suburban Thailand for 30 years and never once felt the need for that level of security.