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  1. I'm learning spoken Hmong because many of the...

    I'm learning spoken Hmong because many of the hilltribe villagers in my region don't speak Lao very well. I go up the hills on my off-road motorbike and want to chat with the old grannies, maybe...
  2. English is my mother tongue. My second language...

    English is my mother tongue. My second language is Thai (I did an MA at Chulalongkorn). French is my 3rd language now (I learnt French at school and worked in France and Belgium). My current daily...
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    Phase, not frequency :) @Fondles, wow, those...

    Phase, not frequency :)


    @Fondles, wow, those anus grommets look amazing. Mine don't have the hole in the middle... :)
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    More me than bike. Bought this Kawasaki KLX140...

    More me than bike. Bought this Kawasaki KLX140 to ride in the hills around Luang Prabang. The bike has been converted to street-legal and has all correct Lao documents.

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    Update: Maybe I...
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    Not a photo but a drawing - and a very funny one...

    Not a photo but a drawing - and a very funny one at that...

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  6. Lock-down crazy: Tied up in his underwear and stroked with a broom

    Men hired for sexual fantasy break into wrong house - BBC News

    Having read several sad stories in the media where lock-down crazies have killed their families, this one had me laughing....

    WTF...
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    I'm happy just watching old episodes of Dad's...

    I'm happy just watching old episodes of Dad's Army and Are you Being Served..... fcuk this modern stuff.
  8. What is the best thread you've started? Post a link!

    I completely forgot about my thread from 2012 about living and teaching in Yangon, complete with some interesting photos.....

    Here's the link:
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    I think the lock-down in Laos ends around May...

    I think the lock-down in Laos ends around May 18th, unless it is extended again. Some outdoor cafes are already open in town, but waiting for the night market food stalls to open again. I also need...
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    That borehole is the subject of some of my...

    That borehole is the subject of some of my science lessons. Apparently, it is located in what is now a corner of a disused car park in Murmansk.........
  11. My grandfather was born before radio, airplanes, cars and telephones were invented.

    I was thinking about my grandad, who died a few years before I was born. In my family, the generations reproduce only in their 40's (just how it is).


    My grandad was born in 1875, my dad in 1918,...
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    Unpopular opinion? That 20 year old Thai cutie...

    Unpopular opinion? That 20 year old Thai cutie really doesn't like fat, old, ugly foreigners with BO..... But your money.........
  13. Surely the best area of the body to achieve a...

    Surely the best area of the body to achieve a good mask fit for most body types is around the neck - it's round (ish), and should be easy to seal. God knows how many times I've nearly asphyxiated...
  14. https://teakdoor.com/attachments/the-teakdoor-loun...

    https://teakdoor.com/attachments/the-teakdoor-lounge/49133d1587306298-things-you-wish-youd-bought-before-doll-jpg
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    I just love this meme..... ...

    I just love this meme.....

    https://teakdoor.com/attachments/the-teakdoor-lounge/49045d1587206758-how-has-coronavirus-affected-you-meme-jpg
  16. I don't think planes had been invented..... at...

    I don't think planes had been invented..... at least my parents seemed to think not!
  17. What country gives you your fondest memories from long ago?

    I'm British, lived in south-east Asia for 20 years. But my fondest memories are of taking long holidays in Greece during the 1960's. My father was a university lecturer, which meant a long summer...
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    I make my own kefir milk every day. I wonder if...

    I make my own kefir milk every day. I wonder if I can persuade the kefir bacteria bugs to make a bit of alcohol as well.....
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    Yesterday, the Lao government sneakily announced...

    Yesterday, the Lao government sneakily announced a ban on alcohol at 11 am in the morning, but backdated to 6 am that morning! I rushed out of my house in a cold sweat, ran to the nearby ma and pop...
  20. You watch porn on a split-screen? If I did that,...

    You watch porn on a split-screen? If I did that, I wouldn't know if I was coming or going.....
  21. I teach science online from home anyway - so no...

    I teach science online from home anyway - so no changes for me, except that my 5am jog has been curtailed. I teach 3 hours in the morning, then have a break for about 5 hours, then another 3 hours...
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    Also, Islamic State teachers probably want to...

    Also, Islamic State teachers probably want to keep their masks on. Oh, and Muslim women of course.
  23. What diseases or nasty ailments have you picked up in south-east Asia?

    Me = giardia, dengue, dysentry....

    And you? (No need to mention STDs)
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    Totally off-topic, but in a previous career, I...

    Totally off-topic, but in a previous career, I used to pay 2,000 quid a week to place full page adverts in the Star of women with their tits out.......
  25. Life goes on for me, teaching science online. ...

    Life goes on for me, teaching science online. New students signed up from Brazil, Korea, China and Hong Kong. Not enough hours in the day to teach them all - my lesson calendar indicates there are...
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    The nearest restaurant to my house is an Indian...

    The nearest restaurant to my house is an Indian cuisine place. I've just negotiated daily takeaways of wobbly food and poppadoms every evening for the next 2 weeks...
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    Luckily, it just caught the overhanging bit of...

    Luckily, it just caught the overhanging bit of the tile. I intended to tell him (cheap repair anyway), but the house is now all shuttered up. Let's wait for the monsoon rains :)
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    With the Lao borders closed, almost all the...

    With the Lao borders closed, almost all the tourists and Chinese have buggered off from Luang Prabang. It's like a ghost town, with massage and bars ordered closed. Most restaurants are also closed....
  29. Huh, I don't have a Twitter account :) As for...

    Huh, I don't have a Twitter account :)

    As for the chart in my OP, note that the source is WHO/Lancet.
  30. You're talking pure BS. My data came from The...

    You're talking pure BS. My data came from The Lancet, (that publication with data and academic papers from real doctors).

    Are you suggesting that Wuhan virus deaths are going to overtake deaths...
  31. And???? We are not immortal. By all means,...

    And???? We are not immortal. By all means, take actions to minimise the spread of this Wuhan virus. But we are all going to die of something. In many cases, such as with heart disease, stroke...
  32. Yes, that chart is from about 10 days ago. I'm...

    Yes, that chart is from about 10 days ago. I'm well aware of that. I'm also well aware that the number of Wuhan virus deaths has increased since that date, but are still totally insignificant when...
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    The local bosses running Luang Prabang have...

    The local bosses running Luang Prabang have apparently told the evening food carts to shut up shop, presumably because they don't want crowds to gather. This is annoying because I usually buy a...
  34. Nothing has changed for me, apart from wearing an...

    Nothing has changed for me, apart from wearing an N95 mask when in the supermarket, and washing my hands if I touch a surface in that shop.

    I'm currently teaching about the 'Wuhan' virus (let's...
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    Fcuk!! Thank heavens I don't have one of those...

    Fcuk!! Thank heavens I don't have one of those :)[/I]
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    Luckily for me, I teach online. Only more and...

    Luckily for me, I teach online. Only more and more demands to teach science to kids in many different countries. I can't teach any more hours, or I'll collapse :) No virus stats issued for Laos,...
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    Any chance of my crypto portfolio increasing from...

    Any chance of my crypto portfolio increasing from it's all time low??
  38. Good heavens, nothing wrong in teaching a 10 year...

    Good heavens, nothing wrong in teaching a 10 year old to shoot! In the UK rural countryside, my dad taught me to shoot a .410 shotgun at that age, albeit I learnt to blow away pheasants, not people...
  39. Cold water in a Songkran gun would calm him/her...

    Cold water in a Songkran gun would calm him/her down....
  40. I downloaded and printed out my application form...

    I downloaded and printed out my application form to top up my NIs. I requested that I be allowed to top up the very cheap Class 2 contributions, based on me being a total layabout and too bolshie to...
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    It's great teaching online. No physical exposure...

    It's great teaching online. No physical exposure to kids laden with nasty viruses - I only have to endure their nose-picking/eating on camera ... :)
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    My old school in Naypyitaw has just cancelled...

    My old school in Naypyitaw has just cancelled their science fair, due to be held next weekend. Students are gutted, (having spent time/effort in making various projects). I've suggested they hold a...
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    Nope, that's what Thais would do ==> put up...

    Nope, that's what Thais would do ==> put up prices because of the short-term high demand, and then get roundly fcuked through loss of business when the Chinese B&M schools reopen.

    I'm in it for...
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    Jeez!, from my Googling of what's in the Ganges,...

    Jeez!, from my Googling of what's in the Ganges, that sounds a bit scary for the kids....

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    Thanks to all on setting me straight about the...

    Thanks to all on setting me straight about the photo size :)

    When I jogged past that car at 4.45am this morning, there were blackout cloths over the windows, so clearly someone is sleeping in the...
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    Since the start of the virus scare, a small...

    Since the start of the virus scare, a small community of Chinese are camped out by the Kham river in Luang Prabang. They're staying in camper vans and cars, avoiding the expense of hotels and...
  47. Actually, my use of the word 'just' was to then...

    Actually, my use of the word 'just' was to then compare it with the amount that I will receive after paying top-ups. Nothing wrong with 400 quid a month for the rest of your life :)
  48. Update: Well, just 3 weeks after requesting my...

    Update: Well, just 3 weeks after requesting my NI # reminder, it arrived in the post and I was able to register an account on the government website.

    That website informs me that I've paid in for...
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    Stupid vegans.....

    Nope, not a personal swipe at vegans, but simply a clickbait headline to go and read this very interesting article from the BBC, where research seems to indicate that vegans have lower intelligence...
  50. Exactly. Right now, I'm 'at the start' because...

    Exactly. Right now, I'm 'at the start' because I'm waiting to receive my NI number reminder letter via snail mail. Then I need to ask for a pensions forecast, (which I already know from the NI...
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