15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 5

EPISODE FIVE – FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH

Thailand is a fairly short flight for Aussies coming in via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or direct to Bangkok. Probably about half the distance it is from South Africa. So, needless to say, there are more tourists from down under than anywhere else. When the word ‘couth’ was invented some of the tourists I met this week must have been on a very long vacation and ‘cool’ did not feature at all when it came to fashion or style. I’m not the snappiest dresser and I must admit to owning a few garments in the past that have been in and out of fashion once or twice but some of these guys looked like they were on the third or fourth cycle. Even fashion ‘T’ shirts aren’t that expensive but when you are trying to recycle one that you bought in Hawaii 30 years ago which now says

‘I’M –OM OZ AND WE -HAG -HEEP SO WAT– OUT BAA SIL’

I think it’s a little ‘scroogy’. Oz baiting is such fun particularly as they are ‘good on yer’ sports about it and can always have a crack at us Poms without causing offence. I’ve had too many laughs today; it’s time for shut-eye. Oh no look what day it is tomorrow!! Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 5

ATHENS – The Acropolis

Visiting the Acropolis in 2005 was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream I had, ever since I studied Ancient Greek architecture as a schoolboy. I remember how hot it was on that June day and the walk from ground level to the entrance would be tiring on a cool day. Then the steep steps up to the entrance portal left me breathless for a moment. But soon my discomfort was replaced by awe as I walked out of the rear of the entrance and saw the mighty Parthenon looking down on the City of Athens from the pinnacle of the Acropolis. Even in the constant process of restoration the impression on me was just as I had always imagined it would be; breathtaking.

Fruit and Vegetable carving – Thailand

litre à étoiles
litre à étoiles (Photo credit: eric.delcroix)

When converting water into wine became popular about 2000 years ago I don’t suppose it was ever imagined that anyone would want to try to reverse the process. Well, you may be interested to know that it has been successfully achieved in an Irish bar in Phuket. However, I will be surprised if it catches on as the cheapest wine in Thailand is 200 baht a litre and water is 2 baht a litre. But this is child’s play when compared to the amazingly skilful Thai craft of fruit and vegetable carving. Continue reading Fruit and Vegetable carving – Thailand

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 4

 

EPISODE FOUR – RECONNAISSANCE

Fruit, all sorts of resorts and beach life

I was having a real fruit experience and discovered several tropical fruits I’d never had before. I was still trying to find out the names of some of them so I gave those my own names until I did.

‘Mangosteen’ or Mang-koot is slightly larger than a golf ball with a thick purple outer skin. If you break it open you find the most delicious white juicy sweet tangy flesh. It’s fragrant and aromatic and wonderfully refreshing. It reminds me of a white Terry’s chocolate orange with its segments but is much smaller.

Then there’s ‘Rambutan’ which looks a bit like a sea urchin. Red with soft spikes. Inside it resembles a litchi, similar in taste but not so juicy. And of course the best Litchis I have ever tasted; to die for. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 4

The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

Seal of Maricopa County, Arizona
Seal of Maricopa County, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder in the first degree in May of this year 2013 for the brutal slaying of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander on June 4th 2008. I think most people would agree that the way the Jodi Arias trial has been conducted is a very bad advertisement for the adversarial approach to justice and the judicial system in Arizona. It’s difficult to imagine a trial in Europe being conducted in such a manner, whether under the ‘inquisitorial’ system or the ‘adversarial’ system. I have been following the trial closely from shortly after the opening (Jan 2nd 2013). Continue reading The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

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