Category Archives: Humour

How I got stuffed by a Christmas turkey

Believe it or not this story is true – Well, almost.

This is my favourite personal Christmas story which brings back memories of when I was a pretentious thirty-something. Then I believed, rather foolishly, that roasting the biggest turkey you could get, at Christmas, was a status symbol of note. Thank the lord those days are now long gone. Continue reading How I got stuffed by a Christmas turkey

How I survived a jungle trek in Thailand

Rohun Bevan, is an ex-English tennis player, amateur jungle trekker, swims like a shark and until yesterday was a friend of mine. Over a glass of wine a week or so ago he suggested that I may like to enjoy a leisurely Saturday followed by a couple of beers and join him on the ‘Hash House Harriers’ Saturday run, which he quickly changed to walk as I choked on my drink. I hesitantly agreed and at 3.15pm on the following Saturday we assembled, along with 100+ others, at a clearing in the forest behind Tesco supermarket in the Chalong area of Phuket. Continue reading How I survived a jungle trek in Thailand

Excitement in the village

The term MPV has just taken on a new meaning in our village. Why spend a fortune on a conventional four wheel MPV when you can get a great ‘Platinum’ three-wheeler like this for a fraction of the cost?

I nearly fell off my walking shoes when I turned the corner at 6.45am this morning and saw this really cool dude selling dried chilies and garlic from the back of his hot-rod.

But that’s not all. He was baiting his line by serenading the farmer’s wives with some very smooth modern Thai music which he played at a very acceptable volume. What a pleasant change from the, normally, ear-splitting, distorted stuff that gets blasted at us several times a week from the tops of telegraph poles linked around the villages.

Unfortunately, even since the alarm clock was invented, successive governments seem to think that we need to be scared shitless before dawn just in case we forget to get out of bed. It has obviously not occurred to the authorities that there is a distinct possibility that one or two, frail, older folk or those of nervous disposition might die from the shock.

Back to the MPMB. I was so taken with the vehicle, which was indeed multi-purpose, that I forgot to ask the vendor where he came from. Everything was brand spanking new; the sides dropped down for loading, the PA system was ‘state of the art’ and his leather bomber jacket and suede trilby set the whole thing off to perfection.

Then I had to rush after the monk who was just finishing his morning alms round as I needed to ask him something before he got back to his temple hideaway.

Home at last
Home at last

If you live in New York you probably think this is trivial stuff but, here in Northern Thailand, we don’t get excitement on this level very often!!

7 dangers of new mobile devices?

English: Picture of George Orwell which appear...
English: Picture of George Orwell which appears in an old acreditation for the BNUJ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may believe that mobile devices are not a health hazard. But are they becoming the new Big Brother predicted by George Orwell in the book 1984? It could be argued that there are numerous anti-social threats posed by modern technology and mobile devices in particular.

It’s even possible in a bizarre situation that an I-Pad, I-Phone or Smart-Phone could actually land you in hospital or, even worse, kill you? Continue reading 7 dangers of new mobile devices?