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CK - I got a little confused by this  - ""But as much fresh food as you want! People are even stealing it from public toilets!""
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Trying to tuck away safely and in accordance with Govt. instructions, I was pondering about our own Soi, 7 x 4 bed houses in a row one side only.

1. Iraqi/Swedish - just returned from Iraq (entry refused) and Vietnam, on the day the borders were closed.
2. Thai family, Mum's a Nurse I believe.
3. An infirm Thai couple, the Daughter, another Nurse, lives there.
4. Newly married Couple part of a fruit picking Family, just returned from Chiang Mai and not isolating.
5. Us . . .
6. Grandparents looking after 2 Daughter's kids, visiting from BKK every week.
7. A Surgeon and his Family.

Probably similar to many Soi - it goes to show the scope for infection risks around. We're masked and keeping 3-4 metres away from everyone.

Bereft of my usual watering holes, we've pubbed up the front porch and sit with a couple of Chang and some loud music at 5.30 pm. No 6 sits in the road with the kids and enjoy the music from there - in fact if I'm late down there's complaints. No 2 came by with his Missis and a snake in a bag to deposit at the riverside then stopped to chat about a Freddie Mercury track playing, (he's got a stock of LP's so I'm going to give him my deck). Backing onto our Soi, an Iranian Guy and his son came out to play Badminton in the street, and No 4 clapped the music, (which I have quite loud in revenge for various noise issues we suffer  ;) )

On top of this the Missis, 55 years old and a nimble 46 kg, prances around doing exercise dances beaming like she was 9. Charming.

Normally we only chat to No 6 so it's all a bit more sociable now, if at a distance, than it is usually. Happily no confirmed cases in Hospitals in Chantaburi atm but there's a major closedown here and at Laem Sing beach nearby.
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At a Danish Friends house for a quiet beer last night, he pointed to 7 candles on a piece of wood and asked if I knew why they were there ? When it got dark he lit the candles and explained, it's a Danish custom on May 4th each year - the Day that Montgomery's troops came into Copenhagen. Apparently his Mum, 83 had 100 candles at her house last night.

As a Brit, I was very touched that Denmark remembers the Allied forces that battled away against Hitler. Noticed this in the DM . . .

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8286121/British-tanks-storming-Denmark-days-WWII-Europe-reported-1945.html
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Hi Roger,

Happens also in The Netherlands, 2 minutes silence. Speech of the King and flowers at cemeteries were solders armed forces are buried.

Remembrance of the Dead (Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of the Second World War.


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At Churchills grave, May 27, 2011. I still recall wondering why all the poppies had been placed there at that time. And after all these years, now I know!











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Robert thanks for that and you too Caller - wonderful pics of the Churchill memorial.I'll pass that on to my Friend Kaj.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2020, 04:20:44 PM by Roger »
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Wonderful. Just fantastically wonderful.
Danish, Dutch, British. We are all the same North Sea people.

I must go now, I think I have some pieces of grit in both of my eyes.

Thank you Denmark & the Netherlands.


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As the saying goes, you learn something new everyday. How woderful to see something like this at this time, it makes us realise how lucky we all really are.
If at first you don't succeed you are clearly not cut out for it. Give up and move on.


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Update on 'Our Soi' . . .

* * * * April 2019 - "At the end of our 'cul-de-sac' in Siraporn 2, Chantaburi, there is a palatial 5 bed home in a double plot, which has never been lived in in the 7 years since built - though recently pigeons have gained access. The 'Owner' has decided to adapt the property in some way that I cannot atm visualise. With the whole roof structure removed and the upstairs and downstairs ceilings destroyed, the whole garden is now buried in tiles, galvanised steel and heavy steel from the roof."

August 2020 - progress report . . . Our road is still piled up with large section RSJ from the demolitions. Another large structure built in the other half of the plot. New ceilings fitted but invasion of pigeons again. Original floors dug up. Nothing laid. No windows anywhere. Boundary wall broken all around.  The whole site is a mess. Occasionally one or two workers slave away but it's a sort of 'Forth Bridge minus' situation - the whole site 'worsens' at a faster rate than any improvements are made. The site is now renamed, "Hitler's Bunker', it's a bloody shambles and shame on the Owner who has shown NIL consideration for his immediate Neighbours (not us) throughout. Never mind - it might have been made into a recycling centre or something  ;)

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One Thai chap in the Soi, cleans the concrete road outside - I think he last did it only about a year ago. 9 in the evening, from 5 doors away we can hear he's out there night after night, pressure washing. Truly bizarre, the road is not dirty but - 20m x 7m. Really nice chap but he's refused so far, the invitation to do my stretch.

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Hitler's Bunker is about 60 metres away - we walk the dogs out past there twice daily and LeO, who is superbly fit for 10 years old and can kill snakes and large rats when necessary, is being bullied by a Mynah bird, attacking from the cables above. Hilarious.

During lockdown we got in the habit of sitting on the front porch, for a beer and a chat. Lots of smaller birds to watch but the 'open billed storks' are quite a sight as they head up the estuary to sleep in the trees up river overnight - sometimes a flock of 20 or more - it's fun to watch their lazy progress. And the Brahminy kites soaring.

We're on the move (hopefully) to a smaller property in Siraporn 2, just 500 m away with a hefty saving in rent !
« Last Edit: August 13, 2020, 09:42:58 AM by Roger »
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Apparently there's a Spitfire flying around the South of England this week with 'Thank you NHS' under the wings. Also lots of names on the fuselage of CV-19 victims and some others - (including that of my late BIL who died in January, of something else   ???  )

The Spitfire is at RAF Kemble currently where my Niece used to run the 'Fly to Help' charity for kids with terminal illnesses. Sister and Niece etc. are at Kemble to see the Spitfire take off at 2pm, weather permitting - it'll fly over Bath and Bristol then back.

Haven't seen this on the news yet - apparently it's a UK tour.
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