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    Quote Originally Posted by DaffyDuck
    Is it me, or does he look like an escapee from Planet of the Apes in that picture?
    Was thinking exactly the same Duck but gotta luv the suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post
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    strong in your support for a bunch of crooks klongmaster , little onesided ?
    I'm not supporting them Mid:...just wish they would settle down and give the country time to recover...it's all very well lauding the rights or wrongs of it but in the meantime the country is going to the dogs...

    on a personal level I am still getting daily cancellations for tours as people look elsewhere for their vacations...
    Totally in your camp.........Mrs. DF and thus our entire lively hood is based on the tourist industry, people have a tendency to forget that not ALL of us are comfortably retired and many are poor working stiffs with families to consider. In my case it is even more complicated with 2 different nationalities to consider and nothing to fall back on in either of our original countries, pretty grim to say the least...

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    He's certainly more foreigner-friendly than any of the others

    Could be a good thing.

    Let's wait and see eh.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Three of the most heartbreaking pictures of Abhisit.

    I've met him, heard him speak several times, had hopes for him.

    To get power you have to have some very nasty bed fellows in this country.

    He's got a bad case of fleas now.

    Reminds me of the frog and the scorpion story when involved with Chidchob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    I come from years working as a hotel manager in a number of countries and can tell you that Thai staff are streets ahead of Europeans and Antipodeans in terms of service and also regarding their personal honesty...
    Definitely not in terms of professionalism and training . . . for subservient service yes . . .
    Can't comment on personal honesty, but by what method of measurement can you compare honesty? In Europe and Oz/NZ a dishonest employee will be charged with whatever he was dishonest about, in Thailand they get chucked out or run away

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    in Thailand they get chucked out or run away
    But seldom charged with sodomy.

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    ^ true, true . . . luckily those demonic deviations almost never occur here

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    every tour I lose hurts people down the line...vans...drivers...hotels...restaurants...gui des etc...
    An overdue wake up call for the entire tourism industry to improve itself.

    However it may be the case that the industry will wallow in self pity and delusion and do nothing but raise prices and further antagonise visitors with scams and dishonesty, instead of improving services, offering incentives to attract potential visitors and addressing and acting on many of the concerns previous visitors have aired.

    In the current economic crisis businesses have to get ship-shape or ship out! Separate the wheat from the chaff.
    Thai tourism is going to be one tough market this year, and for the foreseeable future.
    Are you intentionally being obtuse here ET or just trolling, your way off base on this one I'm sorry to say. What is happening here has fuck all to do with separating out the wheat from the chaff unless your referring to the corrupt over the more corrupt..

    In the end though the little guy is the loser... no matter how good their quality is.. Fewer tourists, since they feel threatened or unsafe as no one wants a stress ridden holiday and everyone suffers at the base from the excesses of the top and it all crumbles regardless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    What a load of clap-trap...can you actually say anything without resorting to such tired old cliches..
    And can you have an adult discussion without resorting to calling someone a "cvnt"?

    Continue defending the Thais in the tourism industry though, you probably don't see the irony that they are the ones that have shot themselves in the foot and have put you in the current predicament.

    Good luck in the coming months keeping your business afloat.

    Quote Originally Posted by mediamanbkk
    Have you ever posted anything positive?
    The outlook for the Thai tourism industry is not positive. FACT.
    Mortals you defy the Gods, I sentence you to travel among unknown stars, until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.

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    Can't see that anyone has shot themselves in the foot, it's the country that's been given both barrels by those charged with looking after it, and once the dust settles the powermongers will be no worse off than they were before it kicked off. I agree the outlook doesn't look too bright for the tourism industry, but IF the leaders have learned anything these months things will pick up again, which is itself positive given the alternative...if not, then recent events may turn out to be little more than a dress rehearsal for what happens when the impending calamity occurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    it still does seem like a thin case
    Cooking on telly was pretty flimsy but look what happened.

    With all this talk of dissolution every five minutes it might be a good idea to fill a bangkok swimming pool with strong acid and toss in ALL the politicians. Dissolve every one of them. Thailand would be a better place in an instant

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    Considering Abhisit is supposed to be educated I struggle to remember one thing he has said about the direction of the Democrat Party. Don't they bother with a manifesto?

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    give 'em a chance , having trouble bothering with democracy currently .

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    The Bangkok Post posts Abhisit's mini-CV on the front page, in a stand-out box that re-counts that Abhisit received an "MA from Oxford".

    Anyone with any knowledge of the Oxford MA knows that it is a meaningless bit of paper given to ALL undergraduates on the payment of a nominal fee (at the moment, I believe it is 20 or about 1050Thai Baht). The wikipedia entry on this qualification reads - "The degree of Master of Arts is awarded to B.A.s ...without further examination, upon the payment of a nominal fee. Recipients of undergraduate masters' degrees are not eligible to incept as M.A., but are afforded the same privileges."

    a sort of price you would pay on the Khao San Road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    With all this talk of dissolution every five minutes it might be a good idea to fill a bangkok swimming pool with strong acid and toss in ALL the politicians. Dissolve every one of them. Thailand would be a better place in an instant
    now your talking like a PAD member....isn't that basically what they would like to do under the surface of it when you get right down to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by britmaveric
    Actually they were legitimate and should never have resigned or forced out.
    They were elected, but didn't run their official mandate, and that's why they got banned by the court. No matter how you want to spin it, this is perfectly acceptable, legally, and democratically.
    Yes - but Dems should have been dissolved too - caught with same hands in the cookie jar. The EC just ignored the cases of corruption against them which was obvious to everyone they were guilty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Three of the most heartbreaking pictures of Abhisit.

    I've met him, heard him speak several times, had hopes for him.

    To get power you have to have some very nasty bed fellows in this country.

    He's got a bad case of fleas now.

    Reminds me of the frog and the scorpion story when involved with Chidchob.
    Brief and insightful Bob. But wouldn't any prosepective candidate have to rub elbows with the same shaggy dogs to gain any position? Certainly here, historically that's how it's done. This is universally accepted in political circles worldwide. Regardless of the political identity and ideologies, I wish him well for the future and the hope for a struggling country.

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    I am puzzled, why was it OK and all Democratic when Thaksin was rubbing shoulders with those thieves, and then it suddenly becomes unacceptable when it's someone else doing it

    some great logic at work here

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    butterfly logic ,

    'cause T was doing it its OK for A .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    I am puzzled, why was it OK and all Democratic when Thaksin was rubbing shoulders with those thieves, and then it suddenly becomes unacceptable when it's someone else doing it

    some great logic at work here
    Thai Magic, BF!

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    ^^ I apologize if my English is not good enough for you, Mid, or if you have a reading comprehension issue

    this is exactly what I am saying, T doing it and it's acceptable and great according to the usual Democracy supporters, but suddenly it's not when A is doing it ? comprende or should I draw pictures for you ?

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    pictures please

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    ^ I can't draw

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    Could you consider that perhaps Butters has a fundamental point? {I'm not taking sides here}

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    there was a time when Butterfly was an ardent supporter of a dissolution , what happen to that ?

    his man ( market orientated ) snuck in the back door.

    consequence , silence on the dissolution call .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    there was a time when Butterfly was an ardent supporter of a dissolution , what happen to that ?
    I don't think I did in this context, only when the PAD was at the airport and Somchai was hiding cowardly and there was a case of civil war coming

    they had a chance to stop that madness then, and they didn't. They missed that opportunity, big fucking deal. The game has changed.

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