Tsunami remembered with tawdry displays

Tsunami remembered with tawdry displays - The Nation, January 2, 2006
...There was notably little focus on genuine condolences in the proceedings. The shallow tone of the events was well symbolised by the souvenir given to relatives of foreigners killed in the disaster and VIP guests: a gold-plated chart of the foundation-stone-laying ceremony for a tsunami memorial, prominently featuring the name of the prime minister.
Seeing the big poster welcoming Thaksin, receiving the gold-plated astrological time-chart with Thaksin's name on it and hearing Dr Sax Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's rather upbeat "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" that afternoon on the pristine beach one might have been misled into thinking that this was the foundation-stone-laying party of the premier's newest resort home!...
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