Sunday, 25 June 2017

Saturday,

has raced around again,


 so maintenance for the aquarium, 

 40% water out and replaced,

 meanwhile in the kittens room, Cable was watching Mariana,

 who was watching Diana,

 as she cleaned and then refiled their pool, 

 which was all too much for Hogue who decided to look from afar in the kitten cave,

 then I was off, to the vehicle testing station on the Sumkivitt Road, it is located just before the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on the same side of the road, 

 it was at this stage I realised I had committed a Zer,

 in fact back at school in the H¡-soq society of which I was a member it would have been a Double The Zer, I had brought the correct log book, but the wrong motorcycle! D'Oh!

 so on my way back I called into NumChai, the service centre,

 is behind the main show room and I paid 1,800 to start the repair of our small camera,

 then back to the testing station with the correct motorcycle and book,

 which passed the test with colours flying, I will pick up the tax certificate next week,

 on to our evening meal, garlic bread,

 followed by scallops,

 with bacon bits in garlic,

 next lite the barby, 

 and then the fireworks began, 

 there must have been something in this batch of charcoal,

 as again and again,

 there was a bang and showers of sparks filled the air, 

after the light show had died down it was on with the chicken,

 for our main course, 

 we were having satay chicken, Diana had made some peanut sauce and dish of cucumbers, onions and peppers in a spicy sauce,

 delicious, 

for our desserts cherries and dates, but the dates were not dried as they normally are, they were so much nicer than than ones we normally have which are dried, we listen to music till nearly midnight and the for us we were off to bed.


I Am Sure We Have All Heard Of The Word,

used to describe the pleasure derived from the misfortune of others,


the word is Schadenfreude, and here is a great example of it, 

Deric Ó hArtagáin of TV3 was giving a weather report Friday morning on the show Ireland AM when some weather happened to him, now remember not to exhibit any Schadenfreude!


Do Not Mess With Fish 238,

and you thought fish were fun!


well Eric did when he caught this beauty, on a fly-fishing trip to Iceland last week, He landed a 28-pound salmon on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for reeling in the biggest salmon of the summer, the massive fish measured 42.5 inches, working with Vatnsdalsá guide Sturla Birginsson, Eric had to run over half a mile downriver after hooking the monster, and spent two and a half hours reeling it in, the local fishing association enforces a strict catch-and-release policy on the Vatnsdalsá River, but Eric was able to snap a picture of his record-setting catch before setting it back into the river,

Eric has always liked fishing, but after recovering from drug addiction more than 30 years ago, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum got him hooked on fly-fishing as an alternative, since then, Eric has even designed his tours around the availability of fly-fishing, He's been travelling to Iceland to fish for salmon since 2000, in case you do not recognise him it is Eric Clapton who like myself enjoys fishing.


Here In Thailand,

at many sets of traffic lights there are people that sell garlands of perfumed flowers,


 in the Philippines cigarettes and sweets, but in Brazil Aílton Manuel da Silva takes the traffic light street service to a new level, after losing his job as a lathe worker and with no other jobs in sight he turned to traffic light vending, but was amazed at the indifference of motorist, 

so He changed his casual attire with an elegant one, trading the shorts for creased pants, the tank top for a white shirt, the slippers for lacquered shoes, and even added elegant accessories like a black bow tie and a hat to protect him from the sun, people’s attitude toward him changed radically and he now earns enough to support his family and even put his wife through college,

over the past two years, the traffic waiter has become a local celebrity in his neighbourhood, and that has attracted the envy of his competitors, Genilson Luiz, who owns a self-service restaurant near Aílton’s usual spot, told the Diario Pernambuco that he often heard talks between other street vendors about how the traffic waiter was monopolising the area and putting them out of business, “They never got physical with him, but we had to warn another street vendor to leave him alone, explaining that it was Aílton’s attitude and elegance that was winning over customers,” Luiz said. “He always treats people with respect and they always look to him when they want to buy something.” what an enterprising chap.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

As Regular As Clockwork,

the bug-men arrived,


 or I should say bug-man,  

and lady, they always telephone the day before to make an appointment and always arrive on time, if not a tad before,

 the outside and inside are sprayed,

 next stop Friendship,

 the building next door, coming on a pace,

 the shrine dwarfed by the crane,

 we stopped at the rear of TukCom for a take home coffee, in the afternoon we received a telephone call from NumChai, my calling in on the off chance of my camera being ready must have paid off, I was told as soon as I call in with 1,800 baht they would repair the camera, so I will call in tomorrow,

 we were soon at the Thepprasit Road weekend night market,

 where there were lots of mobile food stalls by the shrine,

 for a change nice blue skies looking towards Jomtien,

 until I zoomed in, then a slight grey tinge to the sky, 

 looking inland a slight touch of cloud,

I admit it, I do not have a clue what these are, looking at the back of them they seem to have a speaker but that apart a total mystery,

 a nice colourful stall with lots of hairbands,

 the mobile fruit seller doing his rounds,

 opposite the bar this evening a stall selling jeans and leather bags, next to it a 50 baht stall,

 for as long back as I can remember there was a fruit stall here, but not anymore,

 I had expected to see a few more support beams in place this week, but it appears no further work has been completed on the steelworks,

 a quite pet section, two stalls in both now closed and locked up,

 I called in for another couple of packs of dry food, 

 and was surprised to see the petting stall closed and locked up, it seemed fairly popular,

 sunset over the market,

 at the far end no more work on the steelworks,

 I made my way into the last row of stalls and walked towards the bar,

 and took a closer look at the jeans and leather bag stall opposite the bar,

 tonight we were joined by Brian, who unfortunately has to return to the USA for a couple of months, he will be flying back this weekend, 

 looking inland some cloud was moving in, we chatted to Brian then wished him a safe trip and made a move for home,

where we were greeted with the delicious aroma of a chicken casserole, 

then it was feet up for the second half of Godfather II

we then watched about a half of Godfather III and then for us we were off to bed.