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    interesting skim.

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    Good story, good writing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    I just read abook called "Shantaram" about a guy in India.
    The Movie is due out soon.

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    fairplay to you mate, nice story

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    My mate was cutting his hedge and cut open a red ants' nest. Luckily, his garden backed onto a lake, so he just threw himself in the lake to stop himself being eaten alive by the pissed off ants.
    I find ants quite easy to outrun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    I do not think many of the members here actually thought it was factual
    Just out of interest, why do you think I'd make something like that up?

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    Personally I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the story. Frankly I wouldn't care if it was made up in any event, I enjoyed reading it.

    Ignore the naysayers like 'thegent', somtamslap. You know what they say: those that can do, those that can't act like self-important, pompous windbags, on internet forums to boost their flagging self-esteem... Or something like that.

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    It was quite interesting and amusing. If it was not made up, maybe it was embellished a little, but who cares?

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    Did it take long to get a work permit?

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    Hmmm, this reminds me of a storyteller on TV. NR et al, help me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Personally I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the story. Frankly I wouldn't care if it was made up in any event, I enjoyed reading it.

    Ignore the naysayers like 'thegent', somtamslap. You know what they say: those that can do, those that can't act like self-important, pompous windbags, on internet forums to boost their flagging self-esteem... Or something like that.
    Ant are you itching for a fight or what? I would tell you not to leave yourself wide open like that, but it's gotta be intentional, so I won't.

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    Very enjoyable story. Reminded me of my days picking cucumbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    My dwellings at the time were pretty dire too. 2000 bt a month in a really shitty part of town. I remember thinking to myself " Why didn't I just stay for 2 weeks like normal people???" Going home was out of the question " How much is a plane ticket????" Anyway, plane ticket money would've been pissed away had I had it.

    Working there at times was sheer hell. When you have sweat in your eyes and a red ant eagerly biting your left testical without a free hand to swat it, the sweat nearly became tears.
    But alas, I walked out of there a better man.

    Now, as I sit on my balcony overlooking the lush green rice fields and mountains of Issan, my wife expecting our first child, I can't help but break into a smile.
    The moral of the story is? There are ways for abnormal alcoholics to stay in Thailand forever, I presume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    abnormal alcoholics
    Whats the difference between an alcoholic and an abnormal alcoholic? One can only rack ones brains! I don't know, is an abnormal alcoholic and alcoholic who is only and alcoholic on the weekends??


    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    The moral of the story is? There are ways for abnormal alcoholics to stay in Thailand forever, I presume.
    Nah, shit moral, that mate.

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    I believe him

    i knew a a man just like this in cambodia. there is no reason for me to think they wouldn't or couldn't also exist in thailand.

    congratulations

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    Good on ya. Great tale of guts and toil.

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    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimern on the travel channel just did a Thailand episode and they showed the harvesting and eating of ants nests. There was also a wasp's nest meal too. People in overpopulated places are forced to eat a lot of strange things they find about the land, I knew a guy from Cambodia who used to trap dogs and sell the meat before he came to the US, he also spoke of catching and eating mice.

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    The whole lot is true. I know, because i was the other silly twat that was up there everyday. Somtam left out loads of stuff, like when the strimmer blade came off and nearly decapitated him. O how we laughed at that near death experience

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    Why do people think that this is made up?
    Some people live interesting lives....... and I for one like hearing about them!

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    A very good story, nicely written with a happy ending. Working on the side of a mountain would be very good for my excess flab as well. Not sure about the ants and scorpions though.

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    That was a great read. You should write more and if you are, you should be seeking a publisher.

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    Easy and interesting read.

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    Ta muchly for reading it! My biggest regret of course was that a camera was just tad out of our price range.

    However, I shall endeavour to expand....

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Severe dehydration, my lips went numb
    I think you mean minor dehydration, as the last time my mate had severe dehydration on a oil rig he lost fingers toes damaged liver and kidneys
    But sounds like a good humbling experince

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl2548
    There was also a wasp's nest meal too. People in overpopulated places are forced to eat a lot of strange things
    Wasps nest is considered a delicacy though. We had a wasp nest set up in our garden, and these kind can give you a nasty bite so they had to go. The gardener burnt out the nest, my wife and he then halfed it and gorged themselves.

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