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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Roger on July 14, 2019, 04:31:33 PM »
Thanks for that TW - great report.
Let's hope it goes our way next week then !
ATB
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Korat & Isaan News / Re: KLANG PLAZA 2 CLOSING END OF APRIL
« Last post by Alfie on July 14, 2019, 12:22:12 PM »
I can remember the owner of Klang Plaza saying that he was not worried about the likes of Central and Terminal 21 opening in Korat because he felt that there's enough room for ten shopping malls in Korat.

It seems that even The Mall Korat is paying its share of the toll. Today I took a walk in The Mall's new wing. My last visit on all 3 floors of the new wing was over a year ago, "Uniqlo" being the only store I ever cared about in there. Surprise: I never expected meeting so many vacant shops on all 3 levels! I took photos... Please note that, although they may look alike, each photo below shows a different vacant shop or row of vacant shops. All photos were taken today, Saturday. One sign on level 2 announces the opening of a "Discount outlet", does anybody know what it is going to be?













Some of those restaurants have been closed since February and I posted about their closure in the Front of the Mall thread in April. 

I went to the Mall yesterday and I really liked the new wing. So much more choice of eating places and coffee shops. Too many now? I think some businesses will struggle to survive, and I think, at least initially, the shops in the old areas will lose out.

I was at the Mall a couple of months ago and ventured into the new wing again. Despite my post above, I was surprised to see so many restaurants closed. Ten were closed. I think more were closed than open. Some were clearly closed for good, some were closed but no notice was posted to say why, and some were closed with signs saying 'closed for refurbishment. However, in Thailand, shops that post signs saying 'Closed for refurbishment' often don't actually ever open again.

Ones I can remember closed:

Cheese Me
Let's chick
Ruway Sep (gway tiaw)
Kim Kun
Tama Yakiniku
Baan Ya
Sushi Hiro
Mae Il annyeong Everyday Eatery

So what's the real story? Are they still closed?

The ones I remember seeing closed that are in your photos are: Cheese Me, Ruway Sep (gway tiaw), [unknown name] , Let's chick, and Kim Kun.
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 09:51:20 AM »
Dateline 13th July 2019

 FT NRFC 3 Ratchaburi 3

Attendance; 8976

The Swatcats started with Henri, Amadou, Hartmann and Assumpcao - a bold statement of intent!!

The hosts began on the front foot with Amadou threatening. His fine tantalizing cross, 5 minutes in, was met by Hartmann who headed wide.
 It soon became apparent that a fast passing and quick thinking Ratchaburi would be causing problems on the break and sure enough, in the 11th minute, Lossemy Karaboue lashed in a humdinger from 22 yards to give the visitors the lead.

The Swatcats responded quickly as Amadou put Hartmann clear but he shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Ratchaburi continued to look dangerous, with Karaboue going close in the 26th minute, as the Swatcats huffed and puffed looking for the equalizer.

Amadou again was the provider as he set up a chance for Assumpcao in the 30th minute but his low drive went inches wide.
As the half ended, despite having most of the play, the hosts found themselves one down.

The Swatcats came out in the second half with great intent and they were quickly rewarded as Assumpcao equalized when he blasted into the roof of the net from 6 yards. This was the Brazilian’s 100th TPL goal aided by a delicious, teasing cross from guess who … Amadou.

The Swatcat jubilation was short lived as Ratchaburi regained the lead in the 57th minute as Steeven Langil headed in following a parried save by Cunningham. Ratchaburi’s rangy strikers continued to torment the Swatcat defence and Langil scored his second to put the Dragons further ahead.

Game over, or so it seemed, as a crestfallen Swatcat outfit, with heads down, kicked off.

Assumpcao had a superb free kick well saved as the hosts pressed and with the Ratchaburi defence sitting deep, perhaps there was hope after all. Assumpcao had yet another free kick superbly saved in the 76th minute as the Swatcats flooded forward.

With the visitor’s defence tiring Amadou shot into the side netting, then on 89 minutes, the Swatcats pulled one back when Henri nodded in from a corner. Unbelievably, in the 93rd minute, the Swatcats equalized when Amadou blasted the ball into the net after outfoxing two defenders.

Well, a point salvaged after being thoroughly outplayed for most of the match. Things are just not going the Swatcat’s way currently. A fighting finish but the host’s defence was exposed far too often. I cannot fault the team for their endeavour and fighting spirit, but it is becoming clear that the current team is not as good as I thought it was.
Things are very tight mid table and we are becoming perilously close to the drop zone… on the other hand, we are 2 points off 6th place in the table!!!
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 09:46:18 AM »
Decha Strangdee played his 100th game for the Swatcats in yesterday’s match.
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 06:37:32 AM »
Seems like I was wrong about Assumpcao's demise as he storms back to score his 100th TPL goal!!
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Korat & Isaan News / Re: KLANG PLAZA 2 CLOSING END OF APRIL
« Last post by Anton on July 13, 2019, 09:26:54 PM »
I can remember the owner of Klang Plaza saying that he was not worried about the likes of Central and Terminal 21 opening in Korat because he felt that there's enough room for ten shopping malls in Korat.

It seems that even The Mall Korat is paying its share of the toll. Today I took a walk in The Mall's new wing. My last visit on all 3 floors of the new wing was over a year ago, "Uniqlo" being the only store I ever cared about in there. Surprise: I never expected meeting so many vacant shops on all 3 levels! I took photos... Please note that, although they may look alike, each photo below shows a different vacant shop or row of vacant shops. All photos were taken today, Saturday. One sign on level 2 announces the opening of a "Discount outlet", does anybody know what it is going to be?
























































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General Discussion / Re: Brexit
« Last post by Roger on July 13, 2019, 06:48:10 AM »
''Boris Johnson has attacked the BBC for “conditioning” the public with “gloom and negativity” about the chances of a successful no-deal Brexit. The Tory leadership front-runner was accused by the BBC’s Andrew Neil of pursuing “mission impossible” in saying the UK could still trade tariff-free with the EU if it left without a deal on October 31.

(BJ) responded by accusing the BBC of bias in controlling the “mindset of people in this country”
''.

Allelleuh to that !

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/07/12/boris-johnson-attacks-bbc-conditioning-public-brexit-gloom/
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Roger on July 11, 2019, 04:05:33 PM »
Maybe the Japanese script is for TW, practising for his coming sojourn  ;)

TW perhaps we'll see Sergio Aguero at the King's for a season or two before he hangs up his boots !

Hoping the Swatcats hit top form at Ratchaburi - (I've always thought of them as a bogey team) - before clobbering Trat on 21st. TW I know you can't go but B'muff/anyone ?

Home game for me . . . .
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Coolkorat on July 11, 2019, 03:44:20 PM »
Are you learning Japanese, CK?

 :)

No Alfie, Google translate. It might be rubbish for all I know! Just curious to see if putting Japanese into posts makes them more visible to searchers. It's a little experiment.
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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Thaiwolf on July 11, 2019, 11:50:23 AM »
Confirmed, the Swatcat's match on saturday will be shown live on Truevisions Ch.357.