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  1. Any recommendation for a decent course close to central BKK. Few mates arriving who want to have a round in the new year but really don't want to have to travel too far
  2. Dollhouse New Years Eve is housekeeping's worst nightmare nightmare
  3. Anyone know if Dollhouse are still continuing their New Years Eve tradition? I haven't been since Darel passed away.
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    Australia's version of Bill O'Reilly......say no more
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    Why am I not surprised to see Steve Price aka (Angry Dwarf) on that Facebook page
  6. Although Kiwis beat Wales fairly comfortably they seemed a shadow of their former self. Could be a time of Rugby Wilderness for the mighty All Blacks
  7. I remember in 2015 England put out a bit of a piss take on the Haka loosely based around the Macarina. Lot of good it did them as they never made it further than the Pool rounds and New Zealand went on to win it.
  8. I think it is more protocol than a rule. The rule is a simple one stating the opposition cannot cross the halfway line at kickoff. The Haka is performed at kick-off.
  9. Not long enough .....
  10. What an idiotic comment considering NZ lost
  11. All Blacks didn't show up. Eddie Jones (Aussie) had an obvious game plan and England executed it perfectly. Maro Itoje was outstanding. Wales were gallant in defeat against Springboks As much it goes against my beliefs I will be supporting the Boks as England supporters are just simply too painful when they win 👎
  12. As it stands. England haven't beaten the best in the build up. They've failed to defeat New Zealand in their last six attempts, they were beaten by Wales in the Six Nations and lost a Test series in South Africa last year. Wales have been nowhere near their best and should be on the plane home especially after their performance against France. The French were very unlucky. But they've dug deep, had some luck and have made their second semi-final in eight years. Play like they did against France when they take on South Africa and it won't even be a contest. Still sticking with All Blacks by 10+ against the Boks ✌️🏉
  13. All Black v Boks in the final. NZ will put 30 + on England and SA will dispose of the Welsh without too much trouble. All Blacks to win final by 10 or more
  14. Usually where there is water
  15. I will be in Soi 7 Beergarden from 5 - 15 January 2020
  16. Thanks for that ttm ✌️
  17. I haven't really been following the property scene in LOS for some time. What I want to confirm is a couple of things. 1. Can farang still purchase condo solely in their name? 2. Can a condo be purchased outright and if so what if any are the advantages apart from the obvious of zero mortgage. 3. Are then any conditions on buying and not occupying? 4. Can acquisition funds come from offshore or is a Thai Financial institution required? 5. Best way to avoid paying an inflated farang price. Cheers
  18. I first met DumbSoda at my first members meet up at Gullivers back around 2007. Although I live in Sydney and he in Melbourne we met up often until he moved up to LOS. Went up and visited him in Nong Kai a couple of years ago. Actually walked past him in the street and didn't recognize him. He'd dropped 30Kgs + and he made a joke that I'd gained about the same. That was DS...great sense of humor. A couple of evenings drinking the night away is how I will remember him. One of the good guys RIP old mate
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    Never knew .........😀
  20. Vannak Prum was sold 'like an animal' into modern slavery. This is his story Vannak Prum was born the same year the Khmer Rouge fell, but his earliest childhood memories in Cambodia are of illustrations. "As a young person I always loved being an artist, drawing," he says. It started small: etchings of Bruce Lee in the dirt in front of his house. He couldn't have conceived that, years later, he would use illustrations to convey a story more incredulous than any action film plot — his own. Sold into slavery onto an illegal Thai fishing boat at the age of 26, Vannak escaped after three years, only to be sold again to a plantation farm in Malaysia. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. When he finally made it back to Cambodia, his wife didn't believe his story. Until he started drawing. "I drew my way back into the family home," he writes in his graphic memoir, The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea, which details his long journey of modern servitude at sea and on land. 'People were murdered, beheaded' Vannak's wife was pregnant when he first decided to leave their village. "I needed some money, some finance to be able for her to have the baby, check-ups in hospital," But while searching for temporary work on the Thai-Cambodian border, he was detained and trafficked onto a fishing boat. "Life on the boat was very hard," he says. "People were murdered, beheaded — all sorts of things." Violence was not an uncommon sight, whether it was through the captain's whip or brawls with other fishermen onboard. "The boat was small, but it became my whole world," he writes in his memoir. During wild storms, Vannak was forced to cling to his "floating prison". "I knew that I could die at any moment and just disappear beneath the sea without a trace," he recalls. Jumping ship Vannak and another man jumped and swam to the nearest shoreline when their boat finally came close enough, three years after they had first boarded. But it was an escape that came at a price. Instead of offering safe passage back to Cambodia, the local Malaysian police officials that eventually detained him passed him onto a palm oil plantation. "I no longer worried about beatings, sinking, or storms," Vannak writes in his memoir. "But I was still a prisoner there, a slave, never paid for my labour." It took another year of hard labour, an imprisonment stint and hospitalisation before a human rights organisation, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights, finally helped him return to Cambodia. There are tens of millions of modern slaves Vannak's story isn't an isolated one. "There are more people in slavery now than at any other time in human history, including when 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade was happening," says Jenny Stanger from the Anti-Slavery Taskforce of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. "We've got over 40 million in slavery today across so many different industries, so many different sectors. "And sadly the story that Vannak has put to the page and drawn is a story that is repeated in fishing around the world." In 2018, Human Rights Watch detailed the ongoing forced labour used to sustain Thailand's fishing industry. And it's not just fishing industries, as Minky Worden, director of Global Initiations at Human Rights Watch, writes in the introduction to Vannak's memoir. "Construction work is yet another global industry that benefits from bonded labour," she says. "Workers who originate from poorer nations migrate or are sent to do dangerous work, building skyscrapers and stadiums in wealthier nations." Is your supermarket stocking slavery-derived products? Ms Stanger says "everyone can be doing more" to examine industries where these practices can happen. "Certainly there are huge structural issues around labour, migration, protection of human rights, access to justice, cross-border migration and trade," she says. On a local level, she says, Australians can question the kinds of products they purchase at a supermarket. "You can certainly look at where the products are coming from, and you can ask those companies questions about what they're doing to manage these risks," Ms Stanger says. "Prawns have gained quite a lot of attention because of slavery that has been found in prawns. "But any frozen fish, any fish that has come in from overseas would be potentially risky and consumers should be asking and demanding that businesses are accountable to having ethical supply chains." Last year in Australia, Parliament passed legislation requiring businesses to take steps to address some of these concerns. These new reporting requirements ask businesses to "identify and address their modern slavery risks, and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains". By detailing his experiences in drawings, Vannak — as well as Jocelyn and Ben Pederick, who helped tell his story in the book — hope to bring attention to ongoing modern slavery practices. For Vannak, life is better now, but he writes of the "anger I feel toward the people who sold me like an animal". "My physical injuries hurt less, but my memory is a wound that will never heal," he says. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-10/vannak-prum-account-of-modern-slavery-and-escape/11376990
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