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siftasam

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  1. And buy what we call in Northamptonshire a couple of 'bluddy grut dugs'? Scare the ### out of anybody who goes near. Put the kennel as near as possible to the bloody place. They won't like the noise either and neither will the customers like theirs!
  2. I live in a small village too (although only a few kms from Lamphun). Don't give up, Will! The police have clear responsibilities when you pay them monthly money!!
  3. I had a similar problem. 1. Get an official police box on your gate/fence as near to the noise as possible. I pay 500 baht a month. It's well worth it, especially when I'm away. 2. Be at home when they fix it! Tell the police then and there before you pay any money, to enquire into the nuisance. Ask/'insist' that they speak to the proprietor immediately. (Give them a few baht for some beer?) 3. It is the duty of the police to check your house every day and they and you can write in the official little red book kept in the box. It is their duty to respond.
  4. Many people, I'm sure, might think my life very boring. My life long passions have remained the same since I was a kid, so I can't complain, can I? I've been lucky and, because they are simple passions I've always been able to feel that I can fulfil them, and I have. They are reading, writing, movies, theatre, comedy, drama, history, sport and music. By the time I was 13 (in 1959) I was hooked on great novels, genius comedy shows like 'Hancock', the 'Goons' and 'Bilko'; and on Jazz. I still am. Every day! (Oh, and on girls! - but not, sadly, every day, even
  5. Even after 13 years in Thailand, I'd never (I hope!) be rash or stupid enough to think that I understand Thai girls and the way that they think and sometimes behave. Girls from the Doi seem even more an enigma. I have a new friend from near Mae Hong Son and I'd love to understand her and (in dreadful modern parlance) 'relate' to her better. She can speak a little English - but can she speak only a little Thai? Would she ever admit to not speaking it? Surely (?) education for youngsters from the Doi must be very rudimentary? She will not tell me if she is fro
  6. "Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down." (Woody Allen) No, I don't fear it. I'm a Raymond Chandler fan, so death is only 'The Big Sleep'. 'Where did it matter where you lay once you were dead? in a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that...not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.' But, like so many others here, I fear the pain. Dad went through terrible years of cancer. I am not that brave. His father had an inoperable
  7. "When it comes to burn as much money in a short period of time, then Switzerland is indeed an excellent choice. One of the most expensive countries on the planet." As you say, khun swissie, The only way I can afford it is to take advantage of any discounts and pay for as much as possible before going; in my case, for instance, a Bernese Oberland Travel Pass which will certainly save some money, and the train tickets from Zurich. I hope to book a hotel half board at as 'cheap' (!) a rate as possible given that retirement gives me some scope for dates. Fortunately, Oberland hotels s
  8. I wouldn't cross the road to listen to Bocelli. I'll stay at home and listen to Caruso, Gigli, Martinelli, Schipa, Bjorling, Bergonzi, di Stefano, Corelli, Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras, Lanza, Tauber, McCormack etc. Really good singers.
  9. Terrible voice. Blunders about the stage. All publicity hype. I think Lisa's good though.
  10. Great, Will! Problem is getting her a Visa. The last time I tried to get a Visa for a Thai girl she was refused and I had a heated exchange at the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok. I filled out all the forms correctly. You've had considerably more success than me. Should I have also attached a pleading letter? The attitude of the Embassy then was very disappointing; so sad, because, like you, I love Switzerland. And, my God, I do want to take her to the 'heaven' that is Wengen!
  11. For the first time in my life (I'm aged 75 now) I have serious medical problems: a blood clot in my leg and I'm awaiting an operation to take out my gallbladder. When I get over all this <deleted>, I'm heading off to Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland next summer. Mindful of my leg, I'm going to lie on a flat bed in Business Class (having flown Economy all my life). And I'm going to take a young pretty Thai lady with me (if I can find one). I guess it will be my last trip to Europe so <deleted> the expense!
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