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  1. Stickman

    Future of this board

    No, that's complete nonsense that it is poorly run and moderated. I'd actually say it is far and away the best moderated board. Social media changed things a lot, and the mix and profile of expats in Thailand has changed markedly too.
  2. Stickman

    Future of this board

    I think it works well enough as it is. Obviously, you might have some concerns as as perhaps it is costing you more money to run it than you want to spend / is causing you grief or worry etc. Unless there are any problems that perhaps we might not be aware of, it would be a shame to see it change and a real shame to see it close down.....perhaps it's nice just knowing that it's still here and if you want to go and say something then you can?
  3. Stickman

    New Zealand Thread

    It's kind of a little different to that. Christchurch folk don't see themselves as superior, rather they just don't like rather a lot of people including many of their fellow countrymen.
  4. Stickman

    New Zealand Thread

    Generally speaking in New Zealand, the further south you get, the friendlier the people are - and Christchurch is a long way south of Wellington (where I was born), Auckland (where I grew up . consider my hometown) and Napier (where I currently live), all of which are in the North Island. But Christchurch is a bit of an anomaly. It feels very provincial even though (by NZ standards) it's a big city. I find the people of Christchurch have a chip on their shoulder about people from Auckland and from the North Island generally, and many are anti non-white. This is not paranoia - a good friend from Christchurch who lived in Thailand for many years often tells me of the feelings of many in Christchurch which are anti-Maoris and anti-Asians. Ok, not everyone in Christchurch is like that of course and I am sure you will find non-white immigrants there who love it and feel welcome, but it is much less cosmopolitan than say Auckland and there is a feeling of anti-outsiders there. I visited Christchurch for the first time in 1996 on business and made the mistake of saying I was from Auckland....big mistake. The anti-Aucklander sentiment was strong. I don't care for that sort of crap and hence I don't care for Christchurch.
  5. Stickman

    New Zealand Thread

    No, I didn't go. I am not a fan of Christchurch at all and it's a city I'll be quite happy not to visit again.
  6. Stickman

    New Zealand Thread

    Errr, one of "the few" journalists that went to Chch? This was the biggest news event in the world at the time and pretty much every journalist in New Zealand who could get on a plane was there within hours of it happening!!
  7. Stickman

    Nasiadai will be back again

    I'm not in the least worried about these US billionaires. They are spending a lot of money and most will probably never relocate permanently. Like I say, migration is good if it done right - the most basic example is attracting people who have the skills to make up for where there is a shortfall locally. If there are a few American billionaires amongst them, I say "Welcome!"
  8. Stickman

    New Zealand Thread

    Ditto that. Who is this guy?!
  9. Stickman

    Nasiadai will be back again

    I'm pro Immigration BUT with the proviso that migration is managed. You want the right sort of people coming to your country. Opening the border up to all and sundry as seems to be happening in parts of the world seems like a recipe for disaster....and I guess that is one of the reasons why Germany has a few issues. Of course, Western countries need to acknowledge that birth rates are low and if they don't encourage migration then they face a similar situation to Japan, population-wise...and all of the economic issues that a stagnant or falling population brings with it.
  10. Stickman

    Nasiadai will be back again

    Ever so minor correction made. Citation: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html
  11. Stickman

    Nasiadai will be back again

    Many developed countries have governments that have moved strongly to the left....and many of the problems you outline are the consequences of that happening. I don't know much about the government in Germany but I gather it is somewhat left-leaning.
  12. Stickman

    Disaster! The Pig and Whistle is now closed

    I heard that it's closed and there are banners hanging on the exterior saying space for rent.
  13. Stickman

    Nation - is set to shutter its printed editions

    The original branch near sois 17 and 19 closed at the start of this month.
  14. This 6-minute video doing the rounds has been viewed by millions and shows what happens when a Thai woman doesn't pay the taxi fare and is followed by the cab driver who curses her and records it all. Speakers of Thai will have a chuckle at this this, I know I sure did! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=493521561051758
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