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    A country in mourning - your stories.

    Following the recent passing of the King, who I consider to be a real decent sort of bloke - I am really interested in some personal stories / reflections from people on the ground witnessing this amazing period of mourning.

    I am in Australia and watched events unfold on twitter and then watched the announcement of his death live on TV sitting alongside my Thai wife, Thai niece and a visiting Thai friend. All three are practical sorts and there were no tears and not much comment to be honest but looking online that is obviously not the case on the streets of Thailand.

    Any Thai people on the forum? How are you feeling?

    For those married to Thai nationals - what was the initial response in your house hold?

    For people working in Thailand - what was the response from your work colleagues? What was the feeling like on the BTS on the way to work? How was your regular motorbike taxi man feeling?

    For tourists - how have you found things?

    Any personal anecdotes? What amazing things have you witnessed? I lived in Thailand during a couple of uprisings and was amazed with what I saw - but this is far far different and I am missing it. Would love to read your stories.
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    Expected.
    Dejected.
    Accepted.

    Carry on.

    But do wear black.

    Would describe the folk up here in the north.
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    Everything normal here. You really couldn't tell that a certain person had departed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    Expected.
    Dejected.
    Accepted.

    Carry on.

    But do wear black.
    Same in Isaan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Everything normal here. You really couldn't tell that a certain person had departed.
    Yeah...
    Might the norm rather than the exception that's being promoted.

    Calm and rational respect and sorrow, yet not deep melancholy.
    Pragmatism dictates.

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    The first rule of coming to Thailand is dont talk about a certain person to Thai people. And likewise they dont talk to Farang about him too.

    Just been a normal weekend here.ive seen no emotion from any Thai ive bumped into. The security guards, taxis, shopkeepers and bargirls seem pretty chirpy

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Calm and rational respect and sorrow, yet not deep melancholy
    Except for a couple of unpleasant incidents in the south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    looking online that is obviously not the case on the streets of Thailand.
    If you are on about online news.....

    If you were a reporter who would you be taking photos of?

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    How many you bumped into this weekend Dill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    I am in Australia and watched events unfold on twitter and then watched the announcement of his death live on TV
    Considering that certain people felt it necessary to block the BBC because they reported "thousands of mourners" and not "hundreds of thousands of mourners" lining the streets, I congratulate you on seeking first hand anecdotes and not relying on media.
    Currently, anything on Thai-controlled media is unreliable.
    (Yes, not just currently, but particularly now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff
    How many you bumped into this weekend Dill?
    Not as many as usual, due to some tosser on here telling everyone to stock up on booze

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    Nothing much out my way. fireworks, Buddha lent on the 24th have been canceled and the wife has bought me some dark colored shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    telling everyone to stock up on pies

    Wasn't me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Asked my wife if she was sad:

    No

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    Can't hear a thing now there's no loud music being. played.The sound of loud 4 stroke moped exhaust is much more noticeable than before.

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    Very few are mourning.

    The King handled it perfectly by stepping back from the public eye for the last 3 years.

    What a great man and we will remember him for years to come.

    For me he is a legend that sacrificed everything for his Thai people and will stay in my heart forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Asked my wife if she was sad:

    No
    Commonplace, actually.

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    There were tears in this house the ladies all went in to meditation mode after the announcement.

    In BKK today very few colored clothes all black or white, when I got home the lady boss had her hair cut off and is talking about wanting to go be the female equivalent of a monk for a month or two.

    A serious business for the country and trepidation as to what lies ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    There were tears in this house the ladies all went in to meditation mode after the announcement.

    In BKK today very few colored clothes all black or white, when I got home the lady boss had her hair cut off and is talking about wanting to go be the female equivalent of a monk for a month or two.

    A serious business for the country and trepidation as to what lies ahead.
    An exception, not the rule....

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    She went out to the Wat at midday.
    Came back around 18.00 pissed, 2 beers and that's it

    Apparently they all gathered around and agreed that black clothing was good and exchanging views on social media was a mine field. So they wouldn't, so much.
    I think the reports from the south caused a bit of scare.
    So, it's black shirts, discrete boozing and keep off twitter and facebook a bit.
    Other than that it's delightfully quiet, for a change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    what was the initial response in your house hold?
    We were on rail between Paris and Nice when the news broke. After reaching Nice and checking-in the first thing we did was hookup to the net (in the suite) to make sure things were working.

    After a bit I saw the news and got up to check on her.

    She was seated on the floor up against the wall with her Surface in hand, whimpering.

    Later on she told me stories how she used to visit KKU with some family members (for 15 years) and try to catch a glimpse (sneaking around) of the King at KKU and one year the King handed her her diploma. That was a proud moment for her and she still has that picture receiving the diploma at her place in Khon Kaen, in full display.
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    Why not on her Surface pro 4?

    Make a great homescreen

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    I doubt we have any ultra-Royalists in my ban nok, so there has been no competitive grief syndrome or public gnashing and wailing of teeth. I would describe the overall reaction to the news as either quiet, contemplative sadness, or 'matter of fact', depending on the individual. Lets face it, the public was adequately primed about the impending event- it did not come as a bolt from the blue.

    When the news was 'officially' announced on TV, I was having a beer at a local village shop. The lovely old lady shopkeeper started quietly sobbing (I already knew). Frankly, that is the most public demonstration of grief I have witnessed. She shut up shop early(ish) and went home.

    Yesterday was a Buddha holiday, although I was still miraculously able to imbibe my morning ale at a nearby rural shop (some shops still sold, others not). I noticed distinctly more people proceeding to the nearby forest Wat than I would normally have expected to see- dressed in the appropriate colors.

    As far as wearing black goes, it is far from ubiquitous around here. Several do, but more others do not. Government employees, school teachers etc, are much more likely to be dressed this way- I guess there is a degree of peer pressure on them. Market traders, rice farmers etc, usually not.
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    I thought this thread was going to be about Brexit or the American Election.

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    I went to Siriraj hospital on thursday afternoon. Four ferry trips and an eight mile walk.

    Wore my pink shirt and was apparently the only farang there (though I wasn't looking out for westerners). People all very nice in the courtyard, and some took my photo as the pink-farang in attendance. We all looked up to the 16th floor where his suite is.

    I stayed a few hours and also took the opportunity to visit the Siriraj museum. That meant I had to go round the back of the building, where there was a serious-looking Police presence guarding the vehicle's entrance to the King's block.

    At about 3pm, a Police lockdown of those buildings began. But, I wanted to go in one of the shuttered doors to see the Ban Chiang pots, so I asked if they could relent - and they did.

    After that, one more session out in the courtyard, where chanting had begun, and I then made my way home to Wireless Rd. Put my photos up on social media at 5.15pm, by which time the rumour mill had started.

    And that was confirmed on the intro sequence to the 7pm News. 'Sadet savannakot' (or something like that). He'd passed away at ten to four.

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