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Half as serious and less / Re: Joke
« Last post by jivvy on September 15, 2018, 06:39:29 PM »

Joe was a lavatory cleaner
Now Joe was a lavatory cleaner
He cleaned them by day and by night
And when he got home in the evening
He found he was covered in...
He worked many years for the council
About twenty years and a bit
Keeping the floors nice and shiny
And the lavatory bowls free from...
Found dead in the toilet one evening
In a cubicle dark and unlit
With his trousers rolled down to his ankles
And his head in a bucket of....
Now some say he died of a fever
And others they say of a fit
But we all know what old Joe died of
He died of the smell of the....
Some say he was buried in a graveyard
And others they say in a pit
But we know where they buried old Joe
They buried him in ten ton of...
Now there's a job going spare on the council
Will keep you young, healthy and fit
Just running around with a bog brush
And cleaning up piles of...
Now the council says it pays good wages
And the workers their teeth they all grit
They argue and argue for ever
Buttttttt we all know the wages are SHIT.
General Discussions / Re: expats woes
« Last post by surbition on September 15, 2018, 03:44:01 PM »
very informative nan, females sucking the blood out, thanks for that, my knowledge is increasing by the day.

jivvy a cure for the MIL bighting, you, put a 1,000 bart note over the mouth of the attacker, stops them in their tracks instantly, the only problem is when they tend to return for another snack. rolf rolf

do you good people remember the 6 funerals i posted about, everyone getting a bit jittery, thinking will it be them for no. 7. we had another death of an elderly person a fews days ago, making it 7 in total. when the news was given over the tannoy by pyb, local people rushed off to help only to find the old lady woke up after 20 minutes, some being very superstitious, having to touch and prod the poor old girl, who didn't know what all the commotion was about, with a crowd of people wai ing her. 

reading up on alternative medicines at the moment, beware
Half as serious and less / Re: cheap charlies
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 15, 2018, 03:22:58 PM »
Hitch hikers, of course. It's still pretty much in use in Europe and some other parts of the Western world, where public transportation costs a fortune. It was extremely popular for college kids once. Often you met people who not only gave you a ride, but were hospitable in many ways. But once you looked beyond that age most people expected you to pay for your rides, take the train or bus or organize a shared ride over the local newspaper etc. The share-a-ride traveling became popular. The internet helped that with social media like, a way of traveling considered much safer than hitch hiking.

In Thailand hitch hiking isn't only in conflict with the image of the rich foreigner. For college kids over here it might be dangerous; for adults inappropriate.
Half as serious and less / Re: cheap charlies - Foreigners with "no money"
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 02:27:48 PM »
So what would you call these guys wandering round different countries, begging lifts, beg packers, back packers or hitch hikers cheap charlies or scroungers even. the question being, have they really got no money or are they saving their money to buy other things. does it make the farang/expat look good in the eyes of some people. foreigners trying to get money to pay for their travels have been in the news a lot lately. I hitch hiked when i was a teen in my country, nobody seemed to think it was wrong, although i don't think i would of done it here. But people will video anything nowadays, who knows they might get 5 minutes of fame.


Expat News / Re: Western expats in Thailand – why are so many leaving?
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 02:03:22 PM »
fewer Western expats in Thailand

A survey published earlier this month has shown there are fewer Western expats in Thailand.

This may have a follow-on impact for Thailand’s property and real estate sector, especially for property rentals.

T.Visa surveyed 1,429 Western expats in its Expat Survey 2018 and noted a “significant” fall in working Western expats.

It revealed a “significant number of working expats under 60-years-old” left Thailand since its previous survey in 2016.

If the numbers are repeated more widely, this will add to the current supply/demand imbalance in the rental sector.

There are far more units for rent than potential tenants right now.

The popular website for expats added that the rising cost of living in Thailand combined with the influx of Chinese and Indian tourists is changing the expatriate dynamic.

There was also some useful information for real estate agents and developers that emerged in the survey.

The average age of arriving expats had increased to 60-years-old, up from 50-years-old from just two years ago.

There are also younger, unemployed, expats arriving according to the survey results.

Just one in 5 Western expats is now under 50-years-old, with two percent under 30-years-old.

According to the survey, this indicates that Thailand is moving quickly back towards its previous position as a retirement destination for expats.

Just 23 percent of survey respondents indicated they were working, almost half of figures seen during 2016.

In terms of monthly budgets for Western expats, one of four said they have been THB 25,000 and THB 45,000 per month. Some 48 percent have monthly budgets of more than THB 65,000 per month while 10 percent said they have more than THB 145,000 to spend.

Perhaps surprisingly, 20 percent of expats questioned in the survey claimed to own a condominium.

When looking at the levels of attrition and levels of condo ownership, this would seem to indicate a business opportunity for agencies that can penetrate the Western expat property sales market.

Although the survey sample size was relatively small, it does provide some useful indicators that can be used in Thailand’s property and real estate sector.

Whilst this survey indicates there are fewer Western expats in Thailand, they have likely been replaced by both Japanese and Chinese nationals given the most recent data regarding the number of work permits issued in Bangkok, which is still rising.
Breaking the taboo: the director who has filmed the moment of death

Shooting a real death is a line cinema rarely crosses. Steven Eastwood, whose new documentary follows hospice patients confronting their final days, explains why this squeamishness does us a disservice. What happens to a body that is dying? A taboo-breaking new documentary filmed inside a hospice on the Isle of Wight controversially features a seven-minute scene of the final moments of Alan Hardy, a retired north London bus depot manager.

lots more here from

Expat News / as suicides grabs the headlines - the ways farangs choose to kill themselves
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 01:36:25 PM »
Suicides grab headlines, but not an epidemic in Pattaya

They jump 50 stories, slash their own throats, set fire to apartments and hang themselves with plastic bags over their heads: Pattaya’s suicide victims often choose spectacular ways to die but, in fact, the city’s suicide rate is lower than Thailand as a whole.

According to 2017 statistics from the Department of Mental Health, 6.03 people per 100,000 killed themselves in Thailand. In Chonburi, registered residents committed suicide at a rate of 4.33 per 100,000.

In 2017, 96 people committed suicide in Chonburi, although not all of them actually lived in the province. That translates to a rate of 6.33 per 100,000 people.

The country’s highest suicide rates were, unsurprisingly, in some of its poor regions. Mae Hong Son is the country’s suicide capital at 14.55 per 100,000, followed by the central, Issan and southern regions.

Depression is the most-common reason for killing oneself, followed by heartbreak and stress, be it from school, work or family problems. Chronic illness also is a leading motivation.

Suicide methods had remained consistent over the decades – drinking poison, gunshot, jumping from high buildings and jumping in front of cars or trains – but as technology and mass media spread, the ways in which people chose to kill themselves in Thailand have gotten more creative. And foreigners are the most-common victims of the extreme measures.

Examples include tying plastic bags on the head, lighting a fire in a closed room, connecting a hose to a car’s tailpipe and even drowning oneself in a bucket of water.

That was how Swede S, 62, died in Pattaya on July 6, 2016. Police arrived to find his corpse sitting on the floor, his head drowned in a 50-liter bucket of water with a golf bag on his neck to ensure he couldn’t escape.

Conspiracy theorists would immediately claim the foreigner was murdered, but he left a note, saying he was broke and asking that his relatives be contacted once he was dead.

Five months later, American F, 52, was found dead under water about 200 meters off Koh Larn. The scuba diver had tied himself to a concrete post and slashed his own neck. Even police suspected murder, but found enough evidence to confirm it was an elaborate suicide.

Manoon Jaitong, a volunteer with the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation, has been collecting dead bodies for 20 years and seen his share of suicides.

He said suicide methods often depend on race and nationality. Asians – except for Thais – often choose asphyxiation, either by strangling themselves with a plastic bag or burning charcoal inside.

Chinese national J, 27, did just that July 6. He lit two barbecues inside his South Pattaya condo and died of carbon monoxide poisoning. His suicide note claimed he was having massive family problems.

Manoon said it’s westerners who grab the headlines by taking spectacular dives off towering condos or high floors of shopping malls. Or they slash themselves with knifes, sometimes creating a bloody mess but survive.

“Bill”, a 60-year-old Englishman living in Pattaya, admitted he recently attempted suicide by cutting his arms and stabbing himself because he was slowly dying of a chronic disease.

But Bill said his friend found him and got him to the hospital in time for doctors to save his life. He said relatives came afterward from overseas and he now doesn’t have the urge to kill himself.

As for Thais, they’re still quite “old school” when it comes to suicide, Manoon said. Most still shoot themselves, overdose on drugs or hang themselves.

No Thai government agency, local or national, operates a suicide prevention hotline and even the Pattaya police don’t want to talk about it. Police Chief Pol. Col. Apichai Kroppech declined an interview request, saying outrageous suicides have become a “social trend”.

Samaritans of Thailand, a non-governmental organization founded in the United Kingdom in 1953, is the main group offering suicide counseling and intervention in the kingdom.

In a 2015 magazine article, Samaritans said it received 7,000 calls to its Thai-language hotline a day, with about 10 percent involving an ongoing suicide attempt. The other 90 percent were distressed people who said they had suicidal thoughts.

The group tried to set up an English-language hotline since 2007, but to this day still lacks the funding for the 150 operators it would take to do it as it is done in the U.K. Instead, Samaritans runs a call-back service that receives more than 100 English callers a day.

If you are considering suicide, call Samaritans at 02-713-6793 (Thai) or 02-713-6791 (English). Live operators are available on the Thai line from noon until 10 p.m. with call-back services available on that and the English line around the clock.

Monday, September 10, was World Suicide Prevention Day, an awareness observed every year in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world. Since 2003 the International Association for Suicide Prevention has collaborated with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health to host World Suicide Prevention Day.
Business & Economy / eBay launches new delivery service
« Last post by Newsy on September 15, 2018, 11:39:34 AM »

eBay launches new delivery service

Online retailer eBay has launched the “eBay SeaPass” shipping platform to support eBay sellers in Asean by simplifying retail order fulfilment and providing automated shipping.

In Thailand, eBay said it would enable the faster handling of paid orders, saving eBay sellers time and money through an easy-to-use system that is available to them at no charge.

eBay is also collaborating with Thailand Post to offer special discounts and privileges to sellers who use eBay SeaPass together with Thailand Post’s ePacket service.

Boonphan Boonprayoon of eBay Thailand said: “To help eBay sellers in Thailand and Southeast Asia effectively run a borderless business in our global online marketplace, eBay developed ‘eBay SeaPass.

"Thai sellers will benefit from this automated fulfilment and shipping process when they ship items from Thailand to buyers worldwide, increasing both the speed and convenience of order processing and tracking.

“It enables fast and easy printing of shipping labels, so sellers can pick and pack items more quickly.

Until December 31, eBay sellers will get a special Bt10 discount on the ePacket shipping fee for each item shipped

Thailand Post’s ePacket service is currently available for China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, and the United States. Germany, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Macau will be added to the ePacket service on October
Korat Internet & Technology Forum / SEPO plans TOT and CAT merger
« Last post by Newsy on September 15, 2018, 11:34:47 AM »

SEPO plans TOT and CAT merger

The State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) has suggested TOT and CAT be merged into a single organization and that more effort be expended in transforming Thai Airways into a National Premium Airline.

The most recent SEPO meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha followed up on solutions to difficulties being faced by six state enterprises. The meeting learnt that most of the six have seen improved operations after focusing on building understanding with employees, labor unions and other related groups on the role of state enterprises in the nation.

The PM emphasized that the government’s role is to ensure public access to fundamental services but acknowledged the goal has remained a challenge. He called on state enterprises to gain insight into the national strategy and plan accordingly and while acknowledging their improvements reminded the group that problems still exist. The PM said state enterprises must build organizational cultures that are inclusive and not based entirely on profit as the losses from a failed state enterprise would be great.

The meeting then acknowledged a plan to merge TOT Co Ltd and CAT Telecom Co Ltd, which is to be finalized in November for presentation to the Cabinet.

It then called on Thai Airways to step up its development into a National Premium Airline with strong operations and returns and the ability to serve as the aviation hub for the region, supporting tourism and government policy.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority was told to acquire 3,183 buses to enhance its services and to plot more convenient routes and appropriate fares.

The meeting concluded with instructions for the State Railway of Thailand to better manage its assets and the Red Line, and for the Islamic Bank of Thailand to rehabilitate its finances, reduce non-performing loans and expand its customer base.
Energy & Environment / Re: Floods 2018 - Dams increase water release
« Last post by Newsy on September 15, 2018, 11:32:14 AM »

Dams increase water release

After heavy rain this week, Srinakarin Dam in Kanchanaburi's Sri Sawat district has increased its water-releasing by 1 million cubic metres per day until September 30, as it now contains 91.8 per cent its capacity.

Dam director Prasert Inthap said the dam would release 29 million cubic metres per day and the smaller downstream reservoir at Tha Thung Na would release about 32 million cubic metres until September 30.

He said any change in the dam's water release would be notified to agencies and residents at least three days in advance. Dam checks would also be changed from twice a week to every day, he added. He said there was nothing to currently cause concern.

Prasert said people could monitor the live feed of the dam at or the EGAT Water app.

Vajiralongkorn Dam in Thong Pha Phum district, which now is at 94 per cent capacity, also said it would release 58 million cubic metres per day until September 30.
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