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  1. Not that kind of cove. The Scottish kind.
  2. I have a friend who was once in a remote cove (in West Virginia, I think) where he noticed folks all sort of looked alike. Children were sometimes born with webbed feet or extra toes. One local encouraged him to stay, saying "We could use some fresh blood up here." p.s. Note this is in the hill country of Appalachia -- east Tennessee, North Georgia, eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, western North Carolina. It's sort of the American equivalent of Isaan.
  3. And now ... get your own Billy-Bob name! http://www.blogthings.com/hillbillynamegenerator/ (I'm Goober Houston.)
  4. In case anybody wondered: "The term "Hill-Billies" is first encountered in documents from 17th century Ireland. Roman Catholic King James II landed at Kinsale in Ireland in 1689 and began to raise a Catholic army in an attempt to regain the British throne. Protestant King William III, Prince of Orange, led an English counter force into Ireland and defeated James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A significant portion of William III's army was composed of Protestants of Scottish descent (Planters) who had settled in Ulster in northern Ireland. The southern Irish Catholic supporters of James II referred to these northern Protestant supporters of King William as "Hill-Billies" and "Billy Boys" -- Billy being an abbreviation of William; the term "Billy Boy" is still used today, mainly in Northern Ireland. The Catholics and Protestants were at war and the terms were not spoken in kindness. Supporters of King William more generally came to be known as Orangemen. "It is believed that the term "hillbilly" in the United States was conferred during the early 18th Century by the occupying British soldiers as a carry over from the Irish term, in referring to Scotch-Irish immigrants of mainly Presbyterian origin, dwelling in the frontier areas of the Appalachian Mountains. These Protestant Irish colonists brought their cultural traditions with them when they immigrated. Many of their stories, songs and ballads dealt with the history of their Ulster and Lowland Scot homelands, especially relating the tale of the Protestant King William III, Prince of Orange." Wikipedia
  5. Sounds about right, don't it ... Al Gore?
  6. In Bangkok you want to position yourself near the pedestrian bridges in the vicinity of universities. Woohoo!
  7. Does Mission do cosmetic surgery? p.s. Years ago I used to go there to get my peanut butter from their shop. (Seven Day folks are encouraged -- but not required -- to be vegetarians.)
  8. Wonder how often they get stiffed for the bill.
  9. Yanhee is very open about double pricing. If you don't think so, compare the websites in Thai and English. At least they are honest about screwing the foreigners. (I think it is about 40% higher for non-locals.)
  10. Yanhee is very open about double pricing. If you don't think so, compare the websites in Thai and English. At least they are honest about screwing the foreigners. (I it is about 40% higher for non-locals.)
  11. << where can you buy rat meat in Bangkok or do you have to do your own hunting? >> Look in any large open air market. You'll see rat meat for sale, usually skinned and dried.
  12. A Brit colleague was in Malaysia a few years ago and got asked by some Malays where he was from. He thought, "Oh, no ... I'm going to get a lecture about colonialism." But when he told them he was English, they replied: "When are you coming back. Things were so much better when you ruled the country."
  13. Dunno about that. I've had Laotians tell me how superior they are to Thais and Vietnamese. The Vietnamese also look down on their neighbours, just as the Cambodians think they are the greatest. But at least they don't think that Farangs are savages -- not after they got conquered and ruled by the Froggies.
  14. Is that Jersey (as in the island) or Joisey (as in the US)???
  15. Typical. My brother-in-law was gunned down in a hit most certainly paid for by a competitor. The gunmen was later killed by the police, but the perp who had hired him got away Scot free. p.s. This had happened so long ago that I didn't even recognise the Wansley's name until I saw the circumstances. The poor fellow didn't seem to realise that honesty is not always the best policy in Thailand.
  16. Chuwit got his BA at Thammasat, but did his graduate studies in the US. It may have been there that he absorbed the American way ... pattern yourself after the Kennedy family???
  17. Some were off duty soldiers -- who just happened to belong to the unit commanded by the officers who were found "not guilty".
  18. As I recall, the victims were offered 10,000 baht to sign an agreement not to press charges. They all rejected it, stating they had over 1,000,000 baht each involved in their businesses. Seems they had indeed been paying rent, but not to the actual owner - which they did not realise. Something similar happened to an ex-colleague, who wondered why he was getting very nasty looks from his neighbour. Then his landlord finally told him that he had sold the house to the neighbour 6 months earlier! He just hadn't bothered to inform the renter and kept accepting the rent. ::
  19. It was an early morning raid, pure and simple. There was no due process at all. By law, if Chuwit wanted them off he had to go to court and get an order confirming his ownership and giving them proper notice -- and time -- to remove their property and vacate the premises. Instead, the Gestapo like raid took place. Notice that there was a internet cafe -- and all of the PCs were removed before demolition. The same happened with belongings in other businesses. (There was a laundromat and a travel agency.) That was out and out robbery. As to the "beautiful park", remember that Chuwit wanted to build a hotel on the site, since Bangkok has such a serious shortage of hotel rooms. If you look at the park, you'll see that the rear of the property is undeveloped. It would be quite easy some time down the road to build a hotel back there and use the "park" as the landscaped access area. TIT
  20. << However, charges of damaging property, intrusion, illegal detention and forcing others to act against their will against Chuwit, Lt-Colonel Himalai Phewphan of the Supreme Command, Army Major Thanyathep Thamathorn and 126 others were dismissed by the court on the grounds that the plaintiffs' testimonies did not carry enough weight. >> Precisely! Who is going to take the word of bar owners over that of a multi-millionaire politician?
  21. I know a certain individual who took a taxi from the Nana Hotel to NEP ...
  22. There should be a seperate thread: What's the farthest you have staggered in LOS?
  23. Just remembered ... Yanhee sponsors a beauty contest every year. The winning gal gets to have her nose bobbed or her eyes rounded or whatever else she wants to do to f*ck up the appearance that won her the contest. p.s. This is the doc that slashed me with the light sabre. Didn't realise he also did the sex change bit! :: Greechart
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