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    'Journey to the West' by Cheng'en Wu

    Made famous by the 1970's Japanese television series 'Monkey'

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    Great stuff folks, keep it coming.

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    'Applied chryptography' by Bruce Schneier

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    A little dated isn't it? Or is there a revised edition? Or, are you just reading it for the historical perspective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Does it mention the North American communications company he shat on to get his empire rolling?
    I didn't find that, Marmite, but the book has an index.

    Do you, or anyone know the name of the company?

    (I've also tried to find this story by googling it in the past and nothing ever comes up, but it must be there.)

    MMTD, I'll go through the book and try to dig it up, but it was never mentioned, or hasn't been so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Does it mention the North American communications company he shat on to get his empire rolling?
    I didn't find that, Marmite, but the book has an index.

    Do you, or anyone know the name of the company?

    (I've also tried to find this story by googling it in the past and nothing ever comes up, but it must be there.)

    MMTD, I'll go through the book and try to dig it up, but it was never mentioned, or hasn't been so far.
    I suppose they wanted the book published it TL, so left it out.

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    Just finished Dan Brown's Deception Point - excellent read.

    I may try that one about that code now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
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    I agree, recently read chasing sheep
    Is that a "practical handbook of" CMN ?

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    Actually I got the name wrong....

    It was/is called a "a wild sheep chase" by Murakami.

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    oh the Japanese do that too!

    that's nice, I like a bit of culture

    oh yes, I am trying to read Graham Greenes "The end of the affair" but it is a bit tedious, not like some of his other stuff

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    Reading Thai history. Comparison between old and new Bangers and the 97 economic crises and its impact on the SE countries.

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    Cambodian for Beginners by Richard Gilbert
    Learning Chinese by some lady
    Relief Wood Carving by Chris Pye
    The complete book of Wood Carving by some other bloke
    Another book about wood carving by someone else
    The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
    The Devils by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    and might start Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Thai Language) by Jeff Lindsey (?)

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    [quote=Marmite the Dog]
    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman
    I suppose they wanted the book published it TL, so left it out.
    re: Thaksinization of Thailand:
    I just checked the publisher and it's published by NIAS, based out of Denmark.

    I'm not done reading the whole thing yet, but I would have thought the theft would have been covered near the beginning. I'll still look.

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    run spot run - its a bit of a struggle

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    run spot run - its a bit of a struggle
    That Jane is a cutie though, isn't she?

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    Attica, by Garry Kilworth. (Got a signed copy of this one free from the author which was cool.)

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    I'm just looking again at Siam Smile/s by Hugh Watson. Ignore the stupid cover illustration. This is a very funny, very insightful guidebook for farang living in Thailand. The author is a former university instructor in Bangkok, now retired to Chiangmai. He's got some wonderful insights into life in LOS.

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    Having just come back from the wilds I have been through a few in the last couple of weeks....

    Norwegian Wood - That Marukami fellow. A departure from others of his I have read in that it's a straight forward story with no talking cats or mysterious sheep....Still v.good nonetheless.

    It's a long way down - Nick Hornby.....comic novel sort-of-about suicide from the ever-reliable Mr H.

    The Accidental - Ali Smith - This one the Whitbread best novel award....Didn't really do it for me - bit of a curate's egg. I can never relate to these middle-class-angst-fests what with being the oik that I am.

    Moon Dust - Andrew Smith....Stories of recent meetings with the surviving Apollo Astronauts....Excellent so far 10/10.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    I am reading...

    Voices Of S-21 - My Dad has read that book twice and enjoyed it. I decided to give it a read after visiting the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum a few days ago in Cambodia but after getting to page 10 I dont think it is for me.

    Page after page of factoral notes, no story there. Yes it is true life but I expected more of a story to it not just dates and names.
    Welcome to the jungle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    another thread from TV what is next... What animal would you like to be ?? <yawn>
    Too late, some prat has already started one....

    https://teakdoor.com/the-captains-lou...size-of-a.html

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    Fear and loathing on the campaign trail....

    meaning to read it for ages but too tight to buy it, my mate Bob lent it to me.
    Hilarious.

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    I just finished the "Thaksinization of Thailand," and there is (Marmers) no mention of the 'Merkin who got the 10 million stolen.

    I just started, "Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond. I'm on about page 50 or so. Very interesting, but also hip.

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    I just started, "Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond. I'm on about page 50 or so. Very interesting, but also hip.
    I read that one Snaff. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it as I found it interesting to about page 50 and then though that he just kept repeating his original argument....which I think has something to do with the geography of horizontal continents being beneficial....

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    I just finished "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton.
    Blows "global warming" out of the water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    I just started, "Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond. I'm on about page 50 or so. Very interesting, but also hip.
    I read that one Snaff. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it as I found it interesting to about page 50 and then though that he just kept repeating his original argument....which I think has something to do with the geography of horizontal continents being beneficial....
    I hear you, Danbo.

    Diamond does pound his point: geography made people to what they are and do today.

    I (as a laymen) have always believe that if can even study and research the reasons for differences among humans that many factors are involved that we DON'T even know about.

    There is a very good different view by an author named David S. Landes who disagrees with Diamond to the degrees Diamond places Geography and expansion West-East-West influence.

    I will buy and read Davis S. Landes book shortly.

    I'll keep ya posted.

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