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High walls and El Presidente

  • March 30, 2019

Having wasted a week or so with the rebuilding of our Thai kitchen and the construction of pussy steps (which I have yet to see being used voluntarily), I was looking forward to some time inside the house, or on the beach. But the sparkly new kitchen highlighted the shitty state of the adjacent garden wall, and out came the paint brush. Our house is surrounded by a high wall.…

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Eleven steps

  • March 22, 2019

Our refurbished Thai kitchen is bright and clean and sparse, which is how it should be; but it is not an improvement if you are our cat. Allegedly. She who must be obeyed was insistent that the cat enjoyed sitting high up on the assorted rubble that passed as a kitchen, and we had to provide an equivalent facility; and oh look what I found on Lazada, some cute steps!…

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Smaller tracker

  • March 17, 2019

It's almost three years since I put my Timex Rolex in the drawer and strapped on a fitness tracker. It has served me well, but it was a bit of a slab on my little wrist. So when I discovered a smaller version, the Garmin Vivosport, I had to succumb. It's certainly smaller: Apart from the smaller dial, the two buttons are gone, meaning you have to operate everything via…

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Goober gun

  • March 16, 2019

Music festival at a local restaurant offered two stages of music and a host of food and drink outlets, not bad for the "darkside". Unfortunately for those with a camera, the main music stage was "lit" with mainly backlighting of constantly changing intensity and colour; with the overall theme being multicoloured dim. Hard to get a shot; so some processing required. These are of the headline act, Goober Gun:

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The contractor cometh

  • March 15, 2019

She who must be obeyed had been declaring for a while that she wished to refurbish the outside kitchen. For those not familiar with the concept, Thai houses have the usual kitchen inside the house; and then a second kitchen outside the back door where all foul smelling/spicy cooking takes place. To be honest, my wife doesn't do much of that, but the outside kitchen area is a mess and…

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More hooves

  • March 7, 2019

Following the massive positive response to the last post (or at least, an absence of complaint), I returned for some more pony pics last weekend. Turned off the stabilisation in the lens and that seemed to give me more keepers, like this lot: You will be either disappointed or delighted to learn that I will probably not be shooting any more polo this year.

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Horse alert

  • February 28, 2019

To the relief of all, I never went near the polo club in 2018; but I wanted to see how the Sony would cope with horse on horse action.. The answer was "not all that well". The viewfinder is not the best, and the auto-focus was easily confused. I really need the latest A7III, but at 39 baht to the pound that is not going to happen anytime soon. Anyway,…

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Shit shoveler

  • February 27, 2019

She who must be obeyed is always a tidy dresser, but she has normal tidy for around the house, and extra tidy for when we are going out (in comparison, I am barely acceptably scruffy at all times). So when she appeared one morning in extra tidy mode, plus make-up, and there were no published plans to leave the house; I smelled a rat. Turns out this was the wrong…

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls

  • February 26, 2019

Thailand is a wonderful country with delicious food and (mainly) friendly people; but the waterfalls leave much to be desired (mainly, I desire them to be much bigger). In spite of that we stopped off at the Erawan falls while in Kanchanaburi, where you get seven falls for the price of one; although that price is pretty high if you are a foreigner. Each waterfall becomes more difficult to access…

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Jesada Technik Museum

  • February 25, 2019

You know you are close to the museum when you pass a large field containing, for no obvious reason, two trains. The museum itself is contained within a large open shed and is the eclectic vehicle collection of a local businessman. The first thing to note is that entrance is free. The second thing to note is that this is not a considered collection; but a jumble of machines, in…

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