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  1. So here it (almost) is, a merry yearly festive interlude approaching and encroaching on our fonder hopes of sensibleness and sobriety like garlands round our rusty chains. Your favourite faithful histrionic scribbler, fall-down drunk, and bare-faced lying bar-room bore Fiery Jack is booked and bright-eyed bound to spend his coming :hubba: yuletide in Bangkok this very year, and he's looking forward to it like a child looks forward to... well ... Christmastime I suppose, which says more about me than about children, trivia fans. Now, of course I've sojourned in LOS over the end-of-year stretch in the past, but that was several wobbly years ago and I'm damned if I can recall that much about it, so here's your chance to do unto Jack as he'd do unto you, and do old Jingling Jacky a favour, lads. Right. What can I expect in terms of weather and wenching, last week of December through first week of January? Business as usual, barfines (thence knickers ) up or down, bars and thoroughfares busier/quieter than normal? Special stuff on? Xmas eve? Xmas day? New Year's Eve? I really am f*cking clueless, so all tips and/or sarcastic comments will be more than welcome. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. I do. jack
  2. The British boss of Indian car giant Tata Motors has died after falling from a hotel in Bangkok. Karl Slym, 51, was discovered at the foot of the towering Shangri-La hotel in the city’s upmarket Yannawa district yesterday morning after falling from his 22nd floor bedroom. The executive, originally from Derby, had checked into the five-star hotel with British wife Sally on Friday and had been due to check out yesterday. An unconfirmed report in Thailand claimed police found a suicide note in the room. It added that his wife was being treated for shock. But sources close to the company have told India’s Economic Times that Mr Slym’s death was the result of an accident after he ‘lost his balance’ and fell from his hotel room window. Police have launched an investigation into his death and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in Bangkok today. Mr Slym joined ailing Tata Motors in 2012, giving up the role of executive vice-president of SGMW Motors China, a General Motors joint venture. He had headed General Motors in India before that. He was head-hunted for Mumbai to overhaul Tata’s lacklustre manufacturing, sales and distribution operations, including the ultra-cheap Nano car. As well as being in charge of the car maker’s operations in India, Mr Slym was responsible for Tata Motors’ interests in South Korea, Thailand and South Africa. He had travelled to Bangkok to attend a board meeting of Tata Motors’ Thailand unit. He had recently announced a huge retirement programme that would lead to thousands of job losses. Last night, Tata Motors chairman Cyrus Mistry paid tribute to Mr Slym and offered his sympathies to his family. He said: ‘Karl joined us in October 2012 and was a valued colleague, who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry. ‘In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl’s wife and family.’ A spokesman said the company ‘deeply regrets to announce the untimely and tragic death of Mr Slym’. Renault India executive director Sumit Sawhney said: ‘It’s a big personal loss. He was a close friend. We were like family members. It’s really sad. He was one of those people who would go out of their way to help out a friend.’ A car industry analyst said Mr Slym had been instrumental in leading Tata Motors out of its troubles. The firm recently brought out a new petrol engine and is planning to launch new hatchback and saloon models later this year. Anil Sharma, of HIS Automotive, said: ‘His death comes before his efforts bear fruit. We should be able to see the results of his work in a year or two.’ Born and raised in Derby, Mr Slym remained a loyal fan of Derby County Football Club despite a flourishing career that saw him travel around the world. He and his wife have lived in seven different countries. However, he told Forbes India that the couple had found it difficult to settle in there. ‘Both my wife and I have said that India is the most difficult country to get used to. There are some things you fight and you don’t accept when you get here,’ he said. ‘Normally, it takes two to three weeks to set up our house and start living a normal life. But here it took probably two months before our set-up became OK. ‘We do immerse ourselves. We have one house in the world and that’s in India. We don’t have my wife going to her hometown every six months.’ Tata Motors is part of the vast business empire controlled by India’s Tata family, an entrepreneurial dynasty with interests in everything from retail to steel-making. The Mumbai-headquartered firm employs 60,000 staff and racked up sales of £21billion in the financial year 2012/13, making it India’s biggest car manufacturer. http://www.thairath.co.th/content/oversea/399088 http://www.dailymail...ip-Bangkok.html (26/01/14)
  3. The bodysnatchers of Bangkok: Thailand's volunteer emergency service Unlike the UK or US, Thailand operates on a two-tier emergency support system, sending out volunteers, or 'basic teams', to accident or crime scenes first, and only then an advanced life-support ambulance if needed. These 'basic teams' provide a vital service and account for about 60% of the emergency cases Bangkok's hospitals see every year. Most Thais believe that helping others – be it the injured or dead – allows one to earn karmic merit. Here we spend the night with a Noppadon, one of Bangkok's many volunteer body-collectors - also known as bodysnatchers Video: http://www.theguardi...emergency-video
  4. Video of 42-year-old Frenchman 'Sam', selling glass noodle salad with his Thai wife from his food cart in BKK's Chinatown. http://www.bangkokpo...ndor-of-bangkok
  5. http://youtu.be/QRIqbvifMnE Mini tsunami in Bangkok's Khlong Saen Saep canal.
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