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    No safety net, those are reserved for the top end.

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    Haven't decided where to go next weekend, bedroom or living room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Talk with anyone in the healthcare industry and to a person they will tell you the number is far more than reported.
    Not just Thailand, Norton...

    ...this is happening everywhere.. Concealment - some a little more obvious than others but..it is happening.

    KSA and Qatar obviously stand out - not one single death reported (did not die of COVID, apparently) but in general, look at the countries reluctant to report how many critical / serious cases they have (cases most likely to led to a death) because they do not want to draw attention to the potential....Iran a classic case of this.

    In the top half of the table, it is overwhelmingly Muslim countries doing this though I am definitely not trying to say that these countries want to hide figures, blame their 'enemies', bring up western conspiracy theories, pretend that it will 'leave us soon', etc to deflect attention from the fact that they did not take it seriously at the start..no.. definitely not saying that.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

    ...for anyone interested and not aware of this site....it updates every 30 minutes or so... really depressing if you keep pressing 'refresh' which I have now stopped doing. so much.

    I am now stuck in UAE, btw, thanks to the closure of BKK. ooops... it's not 'closed' just... no one from anywhere can fly there unless they get the COVID-test with evidence and result certificate, which is nigh on impossible to obtain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Was driving down Beach Road after dinner yesterday, feeling very sorry for the mass of wenches plying their trade. Far more than usual, many appeared albeit from a distance uncomfortable with the new situation and driven by need since their bars were closed, some probably wondering what they would need to do for the next meal, and I would guess quite a few were there by circumstance having lost respectable jobs rather than by trade.

    Just like animals on a farm needing to be tended regardless of the direst situation, these ladies have their standing exes of rent, food and money to be sent home for the family.

    I'm sure there are many Thais far worse off than these, so spare a thought since those at the lower end tend to suffer most.
    What a crock of shit. They're bone idle slappers, utterly workshy, who prefer to whore in an environment that affords them the daily opportunity to get pissed with their mates and talk bollix before hooking a farang or going back to their feckless chickenhead boyfriends. There are thousands of jobs available to them where they can earn a steady wage on average of 12,000+ baht per month but they chose the soft option of touting for sex customers.

    No sympathy at all for them; its a fucking business and they're investing their time in the hope they hook a farang for the big dividend but for most the ship sailed on that ambition years ago but they still can't bear to accept the reality and hang on in some deadbeat beer bar.

    It's an ill wind that blows some good and this COVID storm will hopefully end the beer bar Pattaya sex industry for good.

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    You're a sick bloke, and Nature compensates with verbosity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post

    It's an ill wind that blows some good and this COVID storm will hopefully end the beer bar Pattaya sex industry for good.
    How on earth did an educated man such as yourself end up in the biggest shithole on the planet?
    Who sold you on that plan?

    Get yourself and the wingman back to Blighty - same sex marriage is not as frowned upon these days.

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    What on earth are you dribbling on about. I am quite content here and enjoy the ambiance. The messing facilities are fine and both I and the wingman want for nothing. Although it is true we are now preparing for a new posting, a base in BKK will remain on the cards.
    We are billeted in Wongamat with front rank access to the beach and enjoy all the amenities of a top condominium development, beach/ bay view, infinity pool, several rai of gardens and communal areas festooned in well cultivated herbage and arboreal splendour with good security and easy access to central Pattaya with its Central Festival mall, Hilton and Terminal 21 facilities.

    What the fuck is the difference between that and Bangkok in terms of a good environment in which to while away one's time spent in feckless indolence funded by secure pensions except of course the balmy onshore zephyrs currently wafting in are much cleaner than the polluted airs of BKK, Chiang Mai etc. - the main reason why we decided to up stumps from BKK to the coast whilst still retaining proximity to th capital.

    Any relocation will be based on a careful analysis of the socio-economic-political environment but so far the choice seems to be focussing on Ireland or the Franco/Iberian border region encompassing Perpignan/Girona. We have quite a few chums in France and Germany so it is nice to enjoy the obvious benefits of such a location with the ease of travel that it affords around the Continent.

    Living in the UK, again, is not a pleasing prospect given the country seems to have been taken over by lumpen oiks led by fascist snake oil salesmen and two-bit charlatans in hock to carpetbagging, hedge-funding, tax evading scum.

    Also, as a more leftfield choice we are looking at Holland not least because of its fine people, conservative but hugely tolerant, and the ubiquity of English as the spoken language which is better for the wingman.

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    Anyone been to Hooters lately?

    Story from a mate who was there yesterday, police ordered them to close in line with recent measures, but Hooters insisted it is allowed to stay open as a restaurant serving food, not a bar. Police countered by demanding to examine every bill to see if people are indeed eating there, which would qualify Hooters as a restaurant, while any bills that are for drinks only would qualify Hooters as a bar and subject to closure.

    Problem is, Hooters food is crap and expensive, and if it was put to the vote as one or the other most would agree it's a bar, albeit one that serves pretentious food. But to get around that, every bill they issued since yesterday or whenever the bar closure ban kicked in, includes an amount for food, say onion rings or whatever for cosmetic/police purposes, and which is deducted at settling time.

    The puzzle: I could see this going hand in hand with a wad of notes, ie the Thai way, for police to turn a blind eye while covering their ass having done due diligence with bill inspections. But it's hard to swallow that every non-diner at Hooters would be privy to the scam while the police, experts at zeroing in on easy earners and with thousands of bills constituting hard evidence for some serious extortion, are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    KSA and Qatar obviously stand out - not one single death reported (did not die of COVID, apparently) but in general, look at the countries reluctant to report how many critical / serious cases they have (cases most likely to led to a death) because they do not want to draw attention to the potential....Iran a classic case of this.
    Saudi have not been shy in reporting and they certainly haven't been shy in acting.

    They reported their first death today.

    If they haven't reported deaths earlier, it may be because the people in the Shi'a enclaves buried the dead before they could be autopsied, and it's there where most of the cases are because they virtually all came from Iran.

    Don't know about Qatar, they probably are keeping the true extent under wraps, they have this "global image" they are desperate to protect.

    Bahrain have been reporting, another victim died today.

    The UAE are reporting in a timely fashion.

    Oman have been filtering a lot of the Iran traffic into quarantine, which is paid for by the other Gulf states.

    And Kuwait was one of the first to shut airspace, send people home, etc.

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