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    Re: Simply Picture Posts - No Particular Context

    20486Here are a couple of pics from yesterday:

    A camellia in my front garden

    and a Black Winged Stilt at Karkarook Park (which has a big lake and a system of smaller reedy lakes), 15 mins bike...
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    Re: Do you ride a bicycle?

    The big roads are very scary in Chiang Mai.

    Phrae is a great town for cycling around and Nan would be too (although I haven't cycled there yet).
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    Re: Do you ride a bicycle?

    I ride for both fun and transportation. It is my main means of getting from A to B but I also do it for fun whenever I can.

    I always wear a helmet. They are compulsory here, although free spirits...
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    Re: Photography questions & tips for beginners

    Some close ups using my new macro lens:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153213302113084.1073741894.794348083&type=1&l=0c0c2d353e

    and a portrait/ candid:
    ...
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    Re: Photography questions & tips for beginners

    For context, I guess I am a small "a" atheist. I think it all just is, without having been created by any creator with a human-like mind. However, I think militant atheism is incredibly foolish and,...
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    Re: Photography questions & tips for beginners

    Certainly : )

    Here are two albums from Sunday's rally for action on climate change and the trip home after. Militant atheist climate change denialists may prefer not to look at them.
    ...
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    Re: Photography questions & tips for beginners

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    If you are happy with the idea of a manual focus only lens:

    Voigtlander 55mm F1.4 or 40mm F2 (which comes with a screw in attachment that makes it a close up lens - great for floral...
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    Re: Photography questions & tips for beginners

    That's a great shot but, if you really want sharper, here are a few ideas:
    1. Tripod mounted shots are always sharper than hand held. Whenever you can do a shot tripod mounted, that's the way to go,...
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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    18mm-55mm is a very versatile range. It works for lanscape vistas, landscape details and most people photography.

    The other figure you will find on the lens is its widest F stop. A zoom lens that...
  10. Re: Thailand animal performances boycotted by UK travel agencies

    There is some sensible middle ground:

    1. If people ride on elephants' necks, it doesn't damage their bodies the way those seat/ saddle contraptions do. That should be the standard.
    2. The...
  11. News: Re: Australian couple abandon surrogate Down's Syndrome baby

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-06/ford-gammy-and-surrogacy-an-ethical-dilemma/5651300
  12. Re: Can someone please help me translate this from Thai to English

    One more thing that may or may not be helpful.

    What often appear to Westerners as issues about honesty and telling lies, appear to Thai people (and other Asian people) as issues about "face."
    ...
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    Re: Your first trip to Thailand

    My first trip to Thailand was to do reconstruction work, five months after the tsunami. I'd been vaguely intending to go on a climbing safari for years and never quite taken the final step of buying...
  14. News: Re: Despite Army Officer's Fiery Rants, Anti-Coup Protest Largely Peaceful

    Making claims that you have photographed all the protestors and will visit them in their homes is chilling. It happens in Tibet and probably quite a few other places too.
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    Re: Good Tip for Bangkok Taxis

    I find buses the best way to get to most places around BKK but forget it if you don't speak Thai.

    I haven't had any major headaches from BKK taxi drivers.

    I agree with Curt's comment above....
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    Re: What is Russia Thinking?

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/russian-occupation-opens-old-wounds-for-ukraines-crimean-tatars-20140311-34jn7.html
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    Re: What is Russia Thinking?

    There was a territory swap in 1954 with what were previously parts of Ukraine becoming offically Russia and Crimea becoming Ukraine.

    One group getting left out of discussions are the Tatars, who...
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    Re: I no like falang!

    Oops, I left out Bhutan!

    Smoking is officially banned in Bhutan. I'm not sure how much happens in back sheds, as it were....

    Bhutan was an absolute monarchy until a few years ago and is now a...
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    Re: I no like falang!

    I think those might be monthly or more frequently figures for the UK, rather than daily. (There has been an increase in less than daily smoking - especially Thurs to Sun smoking - in recent years...
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    Re: I no like falang!

    Female daily smoking in Thailand is around 2%.

    Male daily smoking in Thailand is around 30%.

    Amongst the lowest rates in Asia, thanks partly to the role of the Royal family (which has been much...
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    Re: What the British really mean...........

    In Australia "Let's do lunch" actually means let's do lunch. A friend who moved to LA discovered it means something different there. What do Americans and Brits say if they actually do want to eat...
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    Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller

    It would be worth considering wouldn't it?

    Now the sub-group of Australians with the longest life expectancy (or thereabouts) are Vietnamese-Australians and I'm sure it is partly due to retaining...
  23. News: Re: Phuket LIVE: Phuket Police, Immigration Are Corrupt, Says China's Ambassador

    Thais have every right to respond that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Thailand is just not in China's league for corruption. Thai police - even the corrupt ones - are very...
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    Re: Criminal Doctors.

    I think the use of chemotherapy for bowel cancer is a more recent development and may not have been avaialable in the 1960s. In earlier years bowel cancer was one of the types where the success rates...
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    Re: Criminal Doctors.

    Paul, I work in cancer control and I can assure you that cancer survival rates have increased dramtically for most types of cancer and continue to do so.

    For many types of cancer, there are...
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    Re: Criminal Doctors.

    This links up with another thread about what is going wrong with the forum at the moment and seems to me to be a great prescription. A little more will to learn about other opinions seems to be what...
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    Re: How Will You Celebrate Songkran 2013?

    I will be participating in the Buddhist traditions and after that will get a little wet washing dishes. Anyone coming near me with a water pistol will be firmly told "Mai ao krub."
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    Re: View through my window

    Make that 35C and some out of control bushfires. : (
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    Re: Briton denies Buddha tattoo was 'disrespectful'

    It doesn't make for a good photo of either you or the statue to put both in the same frame. So I would say on aesthetic grounds don't do it, then the question of whether or not it is taboo won't...
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    Re: View through my window

    It is 34 Celsius here in Melbourne today. It would normally be around 20C this time of the year.

    It was a non-stop summer of heat, rainfall and flood records falling and it just keeps rolling on...
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    Re: Briton denies Buddha tattoo was 'disrespectful'

    The Abbott at the Wat I regularly stay at in Bangkok said there are no rules prohibiting being photographed in font of a Buddhist image. Obviously climbing on a Buddhist statue is a no no. Otherwise...
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    Re: Super Bowl or Downton Abbey?

    Union is a very complex game! It must be difficult even for League players to cross over. So you would be asking a lot of American footballers.

    There are mixed rules tournaments of Australian and...
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    Re: Just sharing photos QLD Australia

    That's a bit boring isn't it? :laughlong

    We love our wildlife here in the West Island. Keeps us on our toes.

    I think you can sell NZ a bit more positively as having among the most gorgeous...
  34. Thread: R.I.P. Mum

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    Re: R.I.P. Mum

    Condolences Paul.

    I hope you were able to spend plenty of time together at the end of her life. I'm sure she would have felt much loved and you would have felt much loved by her. I'm sure you...
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    Re: Happy Holidays 2012

    Pretty interesting corner of the world, the Carolinas.
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    Re: Favourite song ...

    Another very popular musical film starring Jessica Mauboy is Bran Nue Day. Well worth a look.
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    Re: So how old is old ?

    Many years of teaching first year university students enlightened me as to their view that old age starts at around 23 (around five years away for them) and, after that, it's all the same.
  38. Thread: Tongue Thai'd

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    Re: Tongue Thai'd

    Also worth checking out the "Learn Thai with Mod" videos on youtube. She speaks both Thai and English very clearly and explains the tones particularly well.
  39. Re: Looking for amazing honeymoon resort in Southen Thiland

    Are you sure you want a luxury resort? If you want great dive spots, comfort and a relaxed environment, you might find it away from the madding crowd on one of the quieter islands.

    Check out Ko...
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    Re: Five phrases a traveler should never use

    Throwing money around is all of a piece with not giving an expletive deleted about how you are dressed.

    In the first case the message is: "I can own you lot!' and in the second it is: "I don't...
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    Re: Five phrases a traveler should never use

    It plays incredibly badly down here when tourists do it in places that are not beaches or swimming pools. However, "ugly Australians abroad" (I mean their conduct not their looks) do it at the drop...
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    Re: Five phrases a traveler should never use

    When I was in Japan last time, the guy at a tourist information office told me that visitors from a European country (which will remain nameless) spend a lot of time explaining how underwhelmed they...
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    Re: Happy Birthday David!

    Going to a Thai restaurant?
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    Breaking News: Four dead in Thai nightclub fire

    Four dead in Thai nightclub fire

    Date August 17, 2012 - 12:37PM

    A fire ripped through a nightclub popular with foreign tourists in Thailand today, leaving at least four people dead and more...
  45. Thread: Olympics

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    Re: Olympics

    I like the cycling road race, another cycling event called the Madison, the marathon and the 1500m freestyle swimming. Any event that takes less than 15 minutes to run isn't worth watch and the best...
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