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  1. News: Re: Thai Transport Dept Rules Uber Taxi Service Illegal

    I think all taxis should be subject to the same regulations. I totally support London cabbies who want Uber and co to comply to existing regulations. It's a bit different in Bangkok where standards...
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    Opinion: Re: i'm worried - My forefathers.

    I've been in Thailand since 1988 and I don't think things now are really any different to the way they were then. There was a period following the 1992 demonstrations when things looked like they...
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    Re: Hunger Games - Mocking Jay Part 1

    I'm hoping that it ends up with the Capitol and the rebel leaders all being blown away in favour of something completely different.
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    Re: Hunger Games - Mocking Jay Part 1

    I went to see the film on the opening day: sold out at Mega Bangna but no protests at all. If they had banned it, there would have been much bigger protests from all the people waiting to see it than...
  5. News: Re: Missing Redshirt Ends Up As Militant Suspect

    Yes, actually. It depends what exactly you mean by 'Redshirt' of course. But a lot of people and groups had their fingers in those demonstrations and it's certainly not far-fetched to suggest that...
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    Re: Worried sick about my girlfriend

    Living together without being married (as in going through a ceremony, rather than marriage registration) is a huge issue for the family, especially as you have only known each other for such a short...
  7. News: Re: Four killed, 59 injured in police-demonstrator clash

    It will also be interesting to find out who gave the orders for police to use lethal force and if they will face murder charges.
  8. News: Re: Four killed, 59 injured in police-demonstrator clash

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2014/02/18/bpr-thai-phillips-police-clashes.cnn
    This report mentions that the first medics on the scene of the grenade explosion that injured the police...
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    Re: the infamous 'no have' hummingbird

    OK .. but she was right to start with. Do a little more research I would suggest:...
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    Re: the infamous 'no have' hummingbird

    No hummingbirds in Thailand. That's a sunbird, a female olive-backed sunbird perhaps?
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    News: Re: 'People's revolution' declared

    It's very difficult to see how we get out of the cycle. It's such a shame when the 1990s seemed to be a time for great optimism for Thailand's political development. The 1997 constitution was a great...
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    News: Re: Yingluck offers House dissolution Sunday

    To date it's an issue that's really only been debated by academics. The idea and its wider ramifications have not yet hit broad public consciousness. It's not the issue that has brought people onto...
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    News: Re: Yingluck offers House dissolution Sunday

    I think you're misjudging the mood of the country. I would expect Yingluck to be able to win an election but with a reduced majority and I think the Democrats would pick up seats. The main issues...
  14. Re: The Democrat's (Opposition's) Winning Platform

    Political parties in Thailand rarely have a platform as such. They just look at what's popular near election time and come up with pretty similar manifestos. Not much different to many western...
  15. News: Re: Politics Puzzled social media tries to get a grip on 'victory'

    I don't think that's how it happened. The demonstration leaders were clearly well aware of what was going on as they had their own response well prepared. They made sure the demonstrators could enjoy...
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    Re: Parents queue up for English classes

    I know that British Council recruitment policy varies by country but I'm pretty sure full-time positions in Thailand require at least a CELTA, and they prefer DELTA-qualified teachers. Experience...
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    Re: Parents queue up for English classes

    Thailand is full of English teachers but seriously lacking in the qualified variety. Parents know they'll be getting fully trained and qualified teachers from the British Council. Obviously they...
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    News: Re: Abhisit, Suthep face murder charges

    Because it's not the way it's done in Thailand. It's neither here nor there whether they sign the papers or not. The whole point of the exercise in summoning them and asking them to sign is to...
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    News: Re: Abhisit's draft-dodging case ruled: Guilty

    I don't care tuppence about Thaksin. But he's hardly irrelevant while his sister's following his directions. And you believe this is a genuine attempt to bring a wrongdoer to justice? Very naive. I...
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    News: Re: Abhisit's draft-dodging case ruled: Guilty

    It would be good news if it was a sign that this kind of thing is going to be taken seriously. But of course it doesn't mean that. It's just politically motivated, Thaksin showing his clout.

    And...
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    Re: trip to thailand

    Mostly the limit is around 20,000 baht.
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    Re: trip to thailand

    Most banks in Thailand add 150 baht for ATM use with a foreign card. That adds up if you use it often. I think you should be able to use Mastercard at a lot of places for accommodation. If you can...
  23. News: Re: Briton murdered trying to save his girlfriend from sex attack in Thailand

    He wasn't murdered, fortunately. The dive shop owner mentioned in the story posted on ThaiVisa a couple of days ago, when it happened. He'd followed up and the guy was recovering. Some bad injuries...
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    News: Re: B1m bounty put up for men in black

    Why is it a witchhunt? They were there. They should be held responsible for the murders and violence they committed. They were clearly brought in to ensure that there were deaths, as that hadn't...
  25. Re: Where to Find Cheap Food and Drinks at Don Mueang Airport

    Note that flightside before you reach the gates for domestic flights, there's both McDonalds and Burger King, among others. But I can only recall seeing Burger King flightside for international...
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    Re: Long Queues for Taxis at Don Mueang Airport

    The good thing about Don Mueang is that it's a very short walk to the road outside. Follow the signs for the bus stop. I was there the other day and the queue was bad but I immediately got a taxi...
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    Re: 200 Things You Didn't Know About Thailand

    Not actually recruiting female officers for the first time, but allowing them to go through the academy for the first time. Previously, like the armed forces, female officers were only recruited...
  28. Re: How much per day can i get paid if I get a part time job in Thailand?

    The Indian tailors generally have Thai nationality. I sometimes eat in Italian or French restaurants in Bangkok and I haven't seen many non-Thai waiting staff. I think it's possible for a chef to get...
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    Re: Numerical Classifier for Ice Cream Cones

    I think it depends on how you buy the ice cream. If it's a cone use ⤹/١ (cone/luuk), if it's in a cup with a spoon, I think you can use (tuay). If it's from the freezer in a box use ͧ...
  30. News: Re: Killer cops face execution: 3 get death penalty for 'war on drugs' murder

    Incredibly, despite receiving the death penalty and life sentences, these guys are now out on bail. There are actually about 20 murders and disappearances that local people attribute to this police...
  31. Re: Dating Thai Girl in UK - Relationship vs Family

    This is so true. She will be under so much pressure to live up to the ideal Thai girl (however unrealistic that may be), from home, from the family she's living with. You need to listen to her and...
  32. Re: Dating Thai Girl in UK - Relationship vs Family

    It's positive if she's told them about you. And under the circumstances you've described she's probably right to be cautious - she has her good name to lose, and you have a good name to establish! I...
  33. Re: Dating Thai Girl in UK - Relationship vs Family

    How is it that the family can keep close tabs on her? Has she told them anything about you? I know many girls living with their families in Thailand who can still find ways of spending quality time...
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    Re: jobs for singaporean in financial services?

    I don't think it's impossible. But you need something that can't easily be found in Thai employees so you need to think about what you offer a Thai institution. Most Thai graduates in 'finance' will...
  35. Re: the perils of IM chat with non english speaking family

    Most Thai kids pronounce the 's' and you'd think she was going to Iceland! So good on your neice for not coming out with that one.
    'Island' v 'Ireland' I'd be happy to put down to your...
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    Re: How to get my bike from bangkok to khon kaen?

    Another vote for the post office! My BIL found the post office was cheaper than the guy from the village who does a transport run to and from Bangkok every week. Probably it would have taken up too...
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    News: Re: Court set to begin 2010 riot inquests

    This is very true. They'll let them all off the hook anyway. But there are so many precedents already, including of course, Tak Bai, which happened under whose government? ... But then I suppose that...
  38. News: Re: Slain reporter's sister calls for 'truth before amnesty'

    Political enemies are rarely permanent enemies in Thailand. They never spill the beans on each other because it could come back to bite them and their own crimes could be revealed. And they never...
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    Re: 200 Things You Didn't Know About Thailand

    In the opening sequences of the video for Blondie's song 'Atomic', the banner in front of the building is in Thai. Blondie played 2 concerts at the Ambassador Hotel on 31st December 1977 and 1st...
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    Re: Is It Just TV or for Real?

    I think this is still quite true in real life, with some qualifications.

    I have a very close friend who got a girl pregnant and was obliged to marry her. Other Thai friends teased him (seriously,...
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    Re: does anybody know what does this t-shirt says?

    Yes, it's Lao script, which I don't know, but from some Thai/Isan knowledge can work out:
    "Champasak / I've been there () / Had a great time (guessing this part but maybe ǹ = enjoy...
  42. Re: Why does Thailand impose such high taxes on imported cars?

    I think partly it's a luxury tax. But in the main, it's to protect the domestic market.

    Successive governments have done a lot to encourage the development of vehicle manufacturing in Thailand. A...
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    Re: Should I give up?

    This recent piece of news is very encouraging:
    Chocolate 'may help keep people slim'
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    Re: I want a Thai Passport

    I think I read that the PR qualification (a 3-year unbroken working record in Thailand, not 10 year) is no longer necessary. The PR process has had a backlog for a few years and stopped taking...
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    Re: Wearing red in Bangkok

    Just wearing a red shirt won't mark you down as a "Red Shirt". Unless you're at a gathering or around Red Shirts causing trouble, you'll be perfectly safe. There's a lot more to it than just wearing...
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