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I’m over the moon

I really hate blowing my own trumpet but if someone is kind enough to do it for me then I’m happy to share what is now, after all, public on Amazon.
It takes a lot of hard work and time to write a book. Sometimes authors get it right and give pleasure to a lot of people. Sometimes we don’t however hard we have tried. When someone expresses gratitude, enjoy it, if they criticise you brutally accept it with good grace. Either way you know you have touched the reader.
At the moment I am feeling a warm glow because of the very kind words written by an Amazon reviewer. They will hopefully sustain me when the inevitable happens and some critic lays into me. Hopefully I will be able to learn from the bad reviews as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t pass this amazing book by!, March 13, 2017
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Incredible, I cannot believe this awesome book was free. I learned more about Thailand in this book than all the 6 I purchased! A MUST for anyone who is even remotely interested in Thailand! Thank YOU++++

Are we human?

As Koh Phuket suffers from deliberate crop burning in far-away Sumatra and Northern Thailand prepares itself for the same treatment in February and March each year, I wonder are we obsessed with fire?

Rawai Sunrise – September 2015

Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket
Air pollution drifting in from Indonesia changes the landscape in Rawai Bay, Phuket

Rawai Sunrise – August 2015

Sunrise in Rawai Bay - August 2015
Sunrise in Rawai Bay – August 2015

We are human after all – or are we human at all?

Do those who cause the problems feel guilty that 50% of the people of Northern Thailand suffer from respiratory problems? If they don’t care for their own health then the answer is obvious.

In March 2014 I posted on this topic in ‘Is North Thailand a Health Hazard’  In the light of the recent fires in Indonesia it seems appropriate to air the issue once again.

In that post I wrote:

“Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai only have populations of between 2 and 3 million. Pollution is mainly caused by subsistence farmers employing outdated ‘slash and burn’ techniques used for hundreds of years to clear forest and scrub land and grow crops. The government is well aware of the dangers to health but is failing the people miserably. Together with the many ‘Forest Fire Control Centres’, throughout the provinces, the authorities are once again proving to be either unwilling or powerless to prevent the recklessness of ignorant rural people. It would seem that most have little or no concern for their own or others health and safety.”

We know that the very star that gives us life will eventually destroy us; consuming us in a fire of cataclysmic proportions.

Surely this cannot be the reason we are committed to prior self-destruction by the constant burning of our planet?

Is the knowledge that the Sun will take away the life it gives reason for our own pre-emptive strike on the World.

Forest fires, wars and crop burning rage across the world with never-ending regularity.

Despite the fact that laws are in place governments are powerless to stop the destruction of the planet by its inhabitants. Ignorance prevails and prosecutions are few and far between.

Have we such disregard for our neighbours that we continue to burn our lands and stand by as the smoke drifts on the wind thousands of miles across the seas to choke our brothers?

And let us not forget the never ending environmental problems and the silent suffering animals, birds, sea creatures and insects affected by our actions.

Despite all the knowledge at our disposal it seems we still fail to understand that we desperately need nature but nature does not need us.



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Goodbye Chiang Mai

Goodbye Chiang Mai goodbye.

Just for now, maybe forever.

I’ll miss you so goodbye

But ne’er forget you ever.


Remember you are where I go.

I’ll see you often afore I die.

Not as before for now t’will be

Forever, always, my mind’s eye.


For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountain charms.


Fields of green and gold.

Your fertile earth where seasons play

With scents so subtle sometimes bold.

The food you give us everyday.


Your rivers flood and mountains stream

The lifeblood of your garden fare;

Never sleeping ne’er to dream.

The source of life and love laid bare.


For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountains charm.

Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai
Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai

How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares

An Akha village, with the traditional thatched...

An example of an Akha village, with the traditional thatched roofs, found in Laos and Northern Thailand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sunday market at Tha Phae Gate – Chiang Mai. [Jamoroki Art]
Hmong people
Hmong people (Photo credit: rEkOM)

The Hill-Tribes in the north of Thailand are industrious, quiet and respectful people. Theirs is another world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and rural towns. They live their lives in the mountains, forests and hills that make up most of the landscape of northern Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos. Continue reading How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares

The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (7)


Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.


Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal. Elizabeth Aston, (The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005)  Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (7)