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    ^ There should be a 500 metre exclusion zone around that foul smelling stuff.

    It permanently stains the bowls an orangey shitty colour. God knows what it does to the stomach lining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm not squeamish and will try a nibble on most stuff... but look at that!

    It's certainly not hangover comfort food to take to the sofa on a wet Isaan Saturday afternoon.
    Pussy, give me that and a few Isaan sausages with a bowl of those tiiiinnnnyyyy garlic and ginger slivers to wash down my Chang and their won't be complaints from me.

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    ^ Noted.

    I've stuck it in the freezer and await your visit.

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    Believe me i have eaten a lot worse and a lot worse uncooked.....thank Christ for tablets
    Last edited by strigils; 01-05-2021 at 10:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I have a feeling if rats were served at Thai restaurants worldwide, peoples' appreciation may change.

    I'm not squeamish and will try a nibble on most stuff... but look at that!

    It's certainly not hangover comfort food to take to the sofa on a wet Isaan Saturday afternoon.
    Perhaps you happen to be not in the most tasty part of Thailand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ There should be a 500 metre exclusion zone around that foul smelling stuff.

    It permanently stains the bowls an orangey shitty colour. God knows what it does to the stomach lining.

    I love that stuff! Hungry for it right now, best with sticky nice and bbqd bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    some comfort food
    You're too well fed, unlike many Thais.

    Have a few more beers and go back.

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    The gardener was supposed to be doing the school run yesterday to free me up for a good day of pond jetty work, but there was no sign of him at 6:30am so I set off through the Korat traffic and lost another hour and a half from my life. I'd paid him the day before so this was no real surprise.

    On my return I set out on the first dog walk to be confronted by this.



    I mean... how the fuk???



    He says it was raining... but the cause of this can be put down to two words...

    Ja Dong

    I see now why Anna and Vigo have moved back into the old kennel, closer to the house. They must have felt a bit vulnerable here... I mean, it's only a couple of metres off the driveway.



    His van was well and truly stuck with the offside wheels wedged in the drainage ditch and it was resting on the diff. I'd have thought the gardener would have remembered about this ditch... I only got him to dig it out a couple of weeks ago because of all the rain we've been having.



    He could see I was annoyed so didn't ask to use the Vigo to try and pull the van out. I left him to it..



    No harm done I guess... apart to a banana tree and Anna and Vigo's food bowls which are in pieces.

    There's a 12 inch clay pipe under the ditch, just hope that is OK.


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    Never underestimate the sheer stupidity of a Thai (drunk or otherwise) in control of anything with a combustion engine. To be truly horrified, see what they get up to on a daily basis here Bad Driving in Thailand

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    I'm amazed you dont yell and scream everyday, Mendip!

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    ^Was it the facebook link?

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    ^That link and what lays within should be mandatory viewing for 1 hour while renewing your licence here, instead of the ridiculous video we have to sit through. I've never seen such stupidity with motor vehicles outside of cartoons, and am on full alert driving here even on a road without another vehicle within 200 meters of me.

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    Driving here is not only exciting but entertaining. The stuff I would see driving from the North to Korat and to Chonburi was never a dull drive. I still always wonder how in the middle of nowhere a car can be completely upside down and no one anywhere near it or the delivery truck in a ditch with its load thrown all over the place while another truck and a group of people putting it on another truck like its a relay event.

    Consider yourself lucky Mendy that your Van still has straight panels...

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    ^I've seen footage on that site of a car merrily driving along an expressway with no other vehicle in sight, then a pickup literally appearing out of nowhere from the dividing nature strip and 2 meters in the air flying into them. Like I say, there's things happening daily here that are only normally seen in cartoons.

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    ^

    The web is full of various countries' car crash videos, only the Antarctic appears to be missing.

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    I drive regularly in BKK and into the outer provinces. It's fine and safe. Sure you get the odd speeding twat but you do in the UK too.

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    ^Indeed...

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    Generally CM is OK too.

    Out of town drivers tend to stand out, not in a good way.

    The only place that's been unusually bad ime is Pattaya.

    I do avoid driving after dark whenever possible.

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    I find city driving in Thailand ok... generally moderately paced and if you're forceful, no problem. In fact when I go back to the UK I'm always amazed at the speed of traffic... if you're in the wrong lane in Bristol then good luck finding someone to let you in.

    I find open road driving in Thailand much worse... speed and constant undertaking... but it's not helped by the road design... these U-turns on dual carriageways are lethal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    constant undertaking.
    Is there not a keep left "rule" on highways/dual carriageways?

    Or is it the buffalo carts on the hard shoulder that surprise you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Is there not a keep left "rule" on highways/dual carriageways?
    You're new here aren't you. The only rule on the highways or anywhere else on Thai roads is the are no rules and if you get caught doing anything that could be deemed as dodgy, just pay the cop and keep going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    You're new here aren't you.
    Yes, just a half dozen or so years, how many is required to be an old hand?

    Personally if the inside lane is clear and has similar potholes or tarmac surface condition I use it. My moan would be the cars staying in the outside lane, along with failure to indicate.

    I saw recently the highways around Bangkok appear to have indicators that allow higher speeds in the outer right-hand lanes. Which suggests the intent to keep left.

    But 360 vision is essential.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Yes, just a half dozen or so years, how many is required to be an old hand?
    Enough until you realise there are no road rules that the locals take seriously or even know about, that about 95% of them with a licence would fail their test in any country that takes road fatalities seriously, and that the vast majority believe the amulet hanging from their necks and/or rear view mirrors will protect them from danger so they can do whatever they want on the roads with absolutely no fear of being in an accident. You do know that Thailand ranks right up there with the most road fatalities in the world right? And that their figures are fudged because they only count people who die at the scene at not those who succumb to injuries? Don't make me laugh talking about road rules here, it's every man for himself and nobody gives a shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Enough until you realise there are no road rules that the locals take seriously
    That was realised within the first three months.

    That doesn't stop any individual obeying their own inbred rules, if not contradictory to Thai rules.

    Has anyone a link to a Thai "highway code", in English or a Thai pdf version?

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    As I started today's work on the pond jetty a delicious aroma of roasting meat and garlic drifted across the still, sweltering, morning air.

    My first thought was, 'shit... the telly has broken', but when I looked in the house the tv was still on and the wife was multi-tasking... by watching some Thai soap opera from the kitchen.

    I couldn't resist a quick peak at the source of the delicious aroma...



    I really should know fukkin better by now... just one time I'd love to see a chicken roasting away, or even a leg of lamb.

    But anyway, if I need a snack the bottom shelf of the fridge is full of them... we currently have not one but two Tupperware containers full of ant's eggs, courtesy of my wife's recent trip to the Phimai countryside.



    I despair at times. And yes, I know it's the country way and all that... but just once I'd love to find something appetising in our kitchen.



    When I was a kid we used to have a cat that would leave a mouse's head, tail and feet on the doorstep as a kind of trophy. I guess he'd eaten all the other parts.

    I couldn't help noticing the contents of the dog's bowl at lunchtime... it brought back some long forgotten memories.


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