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  1. I am very conversant with prices for copying and printing - it's the logic, not the price that prompted me to post. I'm expecting to have to pay 1 to 2 baht for the job because it needs to be done at 1200 dpi and some of the pages are a bit tatty so an ADF will need watching carefully. At 30 seconds a page it's still 4 hours work.
  2. I pretty much thought I'd seen it all. From the landlords who increase the asking rent because they've had a void period due to the original price being too high, to the idiotic double pricing guaranteed to lower the total income in national parks, but today I got surprised... Scene: A commercial copy/print/design shop in a busy shopping area. I have 500 pages of A4 that need scanning. Me: Do you do scanning? Clerk: Yes (looking at the stack of paper I'm holding), it's 5 baht a page. Me: Are you serious? I don't want a print out as well. Clerk: It's normally 10 baht but since you have a lot.... Me: Hang on. How much is a photocopy? Clerk: 2 baht.... Me: ...and for that you not only have to scan it but give me a sheet of paper too. How much is a sheet of copy paper? (As if I didn't know) Clerk: 20 satang Me: I see, so you normally charge five times the amount and save money on the paper too. (Deep breath...) Why is that? Clerk: Well, once you have the scan you can make lots of copies from it. I really couldn't think of anything to say to that. LOS - Land of Surprises (or sometimes Land of Stupid).
  3. Your income isn't enough to make a go of it unless you're prepared to accept a very, very basic standard of living. Forget it.
  4. If true it's just another impossible to enforce law put on the books to give the impression that the government is doing something. Much of the economy would grind to a halt if it were to be seriously enforced - it's the only way low paid construction workers have to get to their jobs and without provision of some viable alternative nothing will ever change. Contempt for the law is built into the system here.
  5. "...and I believe you've met Dr. Somchai who heads up the purification and hygiene division as well as the labeling department."
  6. This is by far and away the best solution. Cleaning a condo the size you mention is likely only a half day's work and you'll be hard put to find anyone reliable interested in coming just for your place. Two condos at three or four hundred each is a decent proposition for a cleaner and someone who has other customers in the building known to you has a more vested interest in doing a good job and staying honest and reliable. You may be tempted to pay more but tipping well on the appropriate holidays seems more appreciated for some reason.
  7. One of the CMPG members reports a missing Leica camera, most likely kept as a perk by a Tuk-Tuk driver who won't make the front pages of the media in one of those heartwarming "Jai Dee Driver" news stories that TAT love so much. It's a Leica C (Typ 112) similar to the one in the picture below. These are very unusual and it's unlikely there's more than one in Chiang Mai. The details have been reported to the police and the used camera dealers here in town but should you see one for sale please send what details you can to me in a PM and I'll pass them on right away.
  8. Any lease worth its salt should define who can occupy the property, prohibit subletting and the operation of a business of any kind without the express (written) permission of the lessor. It's not just Chinese tenants who feel that it's OK to move their extended family into a rental, I have heard this sometimes happens with Thais and others too. Other cultures may have a different view about renting and an agent or a landlord to let a property without specifying what they expect of a tenant is simply asking for trouble.
  9. Not in a country where the electric wires are measured in mm² and lengths in metres and the plumbing pipes are inches in diameter and metres in length....
  10. If Global House has failed, I'd try the water tech place (don't know the real name) on Hang Dong Road near to Airport Plaza. Heading out of town from the Mahidol Road junction, look for a big tyre retailer about 500m on the left and the water place is immediately next door. You can drive in off the road. The owner speaks perfect English. Failing that, I'd take a trip to the Koi stockist at Kamptien Market - opposite Grassylands, the irrigation shop.
  11. Well run show but could have used a bigger venue today - very hot and crowded. Some of the participants were just asleep at the wheel....
  12. Monochrome, colour, inkjet, darkroom? No one can help without clearer details!
  13. I believe that the proposal to start 24 hour operations was dropped in the face of significant opposition by those affected, and rightly so. Just so readers understand, I am not against the expansion of the facilities for air travel serving this area but approving often poorly thought through plans due to apathy or inaction is a really bad idea. The 24 hour flights business shows that the public is not entirely powerless and although as guests we have little in the way of influence, we can at least do our best to understand the issues and lend our support to those who do.
  14. ......then he'd do better to stay quiet, don't you agree?
  15. The problem is that even though the figures seem, shall we say optimistic, expansion on the scale envisaged is a one way street. Much of the damage will be done regardless of whether the targets are met although the flow of cheap flights from China shows no sign of slowing so who knows. To other posters: Read the Citylife article before commenting as many of the points raised are covered there. Yes, the plans were unveiled last year but they've been through some kind of ratification process and are now back on the table looking a step nearer happening. That's what makes this worth taking seriously. Sure, the airport pre-dates all of us (although KKK will probably claim to have been here first) but it's recently turned from a real convenience to a potential nightmare in my view. Yes, great to have arriving friends call when they reach the baggage claim and be able to pull up just as they exit the terminal, but a move towards 300% more aircraft movements? No thanks, I'd sooner have a 30 minute cab ride or better still a rail link (so would the cab drivers, I expect). An expanded airport needs to cater for more than the next phase and take into account supporting infrastructure to deal with all those extra people. Spending the money to enlarge a facility in the centre of town is short sighted in the extreme and will diminish the quality of life for huge numbers of people. To those who point out the jobs that a bigger airport will bring.... It will bring them wherever it is situated and it could just be that a less urban area could use the employment prospects more than the city dwellers. Please try to keep this on topic. Who in the world cares about the order of Ready Aim Fire, particularly given the inane post that introduced it.