Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Great News,

our camera was ready for collection!

it seemed ages ago that I dropped it off at the NumChai Service Centre, well it was ages ago, I dropped it off in mid August as it happened, so it took two weeks of August, all of September, all of October and 3 weeks into November for it to be repaired, every-time I telephoned or called in it was the same stock line, '3 - 4 weeks waiting for spares',

 but the good news was that it is here now, just a good job my living did not depend on my camera to put food on the table! first shot above of one of the staff at NumChai, 

 and if you are wondering what 7,000 baht of spare parts and labour look like,

this is it, at today's rate £165.90 or $212.13, the next time it goes wrong I might think about throwing it and buying a new camera! whilst I picking up the camera and running a few other errands, Diana was in town looking around the market, after our evening meal Alex called by for a wine and a chat, he and his family had been away for a few days, after saying our goodbyes it was feet up,  

for a marathon session of The Last Ship,season 4, the Keystone Navy were at it again, just a small example of the comedy, entering a cave known to have the enemy inside, keeping totally quiet the team from the Nathan Jones switches on all of their electric torches and shines them as far as possible in to the passage way in the cave, letting the enemy know exactly where they are, a few hundred yards away! but it was not a problem, the enemy never looked behind them to see the origin of the torch beams of light, we are so going to miss this humorous series when it finishes, so with a laugh and a chuckle we were off to bed.

If You Go Back Far Enough,

in our blog you will see,

pictures like this, they are the work of Riusuke Fukahori

 for his new Irobukuro series his inspiration has turned to imitating the vessels and scenery of Mong Kok’s Goldfish Market in Hong Kong, 

 where rows of colorful fish line stall after stall, 

 for the included works he molds resin to resemble plastic bags filled with water, instead of realistically depicting the detailed scales, eyes, and fins of the fish Fukahori paints abstractly to capture how a goldfish glides through the water,

 these works, along with some of his more traditionally painted pieces are included in his third solo exhibition with Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City, 

as well as a wooden oke tub previously used at a restaurant he frequented as a child,

 Fukahori will present paintings in black bowls used at a Buddhist temple,  

 and other items in his studio,

 the exhibition opens on December 13, 2018 and runs through January 19, 2019, all image courtesy of the artist and Joshua Liner Gallery, what an exceptional talent, they all look so real.

I Thought I Had Heard Of Most Forms Of Tourism,

but this is a new one for me,

 wedding tourism, for a fee you can attend a wedding in India, it might sound a bit bizarre going to a strangers wedding, but think of this, you get to put on traditional Indian clothing, taste exotic food, witness and take part in beautiful wedding customs, and soak up the unique atmosphere, as for the couples getting married, they get to share the happiest day of their lives not just with family and friends, “but with the world” and make some extra money in the process,

“If you think about it, there’s nothing more cultural than a wedding because you have every cultural element present: The local people, local food, customs, the outfit, the music, basically every cultural element is right there,” Orsi Parkanyi, the founder of JoinMyWedding, told CNBC, tourists interested in attending a traditional Indian wedding through JMW have to pay a fee of $150 for one day’s attendance, or $250 for two days, which covers the entrance to the wedding plus food and drinks, as well as a dedicated person to welcome them and explain all the traditional customs, transportation to the wedding, accommodation and traditional costume rentals are extra,

“The first time that we got tourists to attend an Indian wedding was two years ago and since then we have helped scores of international travelers – around 100 at least – attend over 25 weddings in India,” she told India Times, "The demand is growing. There are hundreds of travelers who we know are keen to attend these weddings", one Hungarian tourist said, "the monetary contribution I made was the best and easiest way to thank the couple for their hospitality and this extraordinary experience," couples, on the other hand, are excited to know people from other countries and the extra money doesn’t hurt either, despite the increasing popularity of wedding tourism, entrepreneurs like Orsi Parkanyi are aware that such ticketed weddings are vulnerable to fraud, which is why companies facilitating these arrangements have a validation procedure for both couples and guests, so paying to attend a strangers wedding, would you go for it, as a guest? or as the bride or groom would you want strangers to attend your day of days?

Now Here Is A Novelty,

a heelless running shoe,

which it is claimed can help cut down on injuries, it appears that by removing the heel, athletic trainer Franc Beneyto came up with the idea for a heelless running shoe five years ago, after reading the book “Running with the Kenyans”, by Adharanand Finn, a journalist and amateur runner who lived for a few months in Kenya with athletes and coaches to investigate why they were able to run more, faster and get injured less frequently than others, and found that removing the heel cushioning of the running shoes “at an anatomically strategic point to allow good mobility in the ankle” and went out for a run, 

the trainer and project director at FBR describes the sensation of running without the support of the heel as ‘incredible’, “The feeling of power and freedom were incredible,” Beneyto told Spanish newspaper El Mundo, “The ankle acted like a spring that catapulted me forward with every step, so I just decided that I had to implement this concept as it was.” FBR (Faster & Better Runners) was founded by Franc Beneyto in collaboration with a team of researchers in biomechanics, designers, podiatrists, physiotherapists, lawyers, journalists and athletic trainers, Beneyto said that the decision to create their own company to produce the heelless running shoe was taken after numerous companies, both Spanish and foreign showed little interest in developing it, a pair of FBR heelless running shoes costs 139 euros ($158) and can be purchased via the FBR website, and no I am not on commission, I just thought for runners prone to injury this could be great idea.

Keeping To A Running Theme,

now you have your heelless running shoes,

how abut enrolling for this little jaunt? it is the Marathon of the Sands, also known as Sahara Marathon - or as it is better known, Marathon des Sables, or MdS, it is a 6 day, 250 km (156 mi) ultramarathon (equating to the distance of six normal marathons). The first race started in 1986 after being initiated by French concert promoter Patrick Bauer. In 2009, the longest single stage was 91 km (57 mi) long. This race is held every year in the southern Moroccon section of the Sahara Desert. It is no surprise to note that Moroccan men won most of the races (Men's division) with Lahcen Ahansal winning from 1999 to 2007, his brother Mohammad winning from 2008 to 2010, then again in 2013 and Rachid El Morabity, winning in 2011 and then consecutively from 2013 to 2018, I wonder how the heelless shoes would stand up in these conditions? that I do not know, but what I do know is that I will not be entering!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

When Writing And Posting Our Daily Blog,

most times I look at the sunrise,

 and this morning it was more colorful than most,

 as the sun peeped over the horizon,

 Diana went to the hairdressers during the day, and in the evening we were out,

 to the Au Bon Coin,

which is located on Pratumnak Hill, between Soi 5 and Soi 6, the easy way to find it is to enter from Soi 6 (Family Mart on Corner), as Soi 9 is clearly marked on that side,

 we had arranged to meet Barry and Bill there, 

we had a nice corner table, 

 an amuse bouche before our meal,

 on to our starters, a crab salad for Diana,

 a huge cold meat selection for myself,


 for our main courses Diana decided on pork and chips,

Barry went with a steak, 

 and for myself a beef kebab, 

 which was so nice,

 Bill, Barry and myself,

 to round off the meal, a few complimentary desserts, 

 outside we waited for our grab taxi,

I should say that the entrance is easy to miss, so if you do decided to visit, and we would both recommend it, look out for the overgrown sign on the right of the picture, 

arriving home it was feet up for Hickok,

and Outbreak, by now it was late, so for us we were off to bed.

I Forgot!

whilst having lunch with Mr.Tony on Sunday,

I mentioned the Boom Oo Yata Ta Ta song, neither Mr.Tony or Diana had heard of it, in fact Diana said I was making it up as I gave a short rendition of it, I meant to post it in the Sunday post, but I forgot, well here it is, a sketch from Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, arguably Britain's to best loved comics,

bare in mind this is from the mid 1960's, so of course it is in black and white, it is silly I know, but at the time knowing Eric and Ernie it was so funny.