Where is the windmill?

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Where is the windmill? class="tr2">- September 22, 2007
Above is a view from Two Pacific Place on Sukhumvit Road. It appears
there is a building bordering Lumpini Park that has a windmill…

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Thai email forwards: “Mr. Thaksin Life in London”

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Thai email forwards: “Mr. Thaksin Life
in London”
- September 22, 2007
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More: Thai email
forwards

class="tr4">Thaksin says he’ll return home but not soon class="tr2"> – The Irrawaddy, September 20, 2007
…”I love my people, I love my family. I will
definitely go back to Thailand, and I will find the right timing,”
Thaksin told British Broadcasting Corp radio…

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Car-free day

Car-free day - September 22, 2007
Right: Sign at the Sala Daeng Skytrain Station
The
official website

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Refusing to Stand for the Royal Anthem

Fisticuffs over anthem The Nation, September 22, 2007
Anti-coup activist Chotisak Onsueng and a female
companion were attacked and verbally abused after they refused to stand up for the Royal anthem at a Bangkok cinema on Thursday night.
Chotisak, a coordinator of the September 19 Network Against the Coup, told The Nation yesterday that he and his companion had had to call the police in order to end the feud after someone in the audience shouted at them and a slight physical skirmish took place…

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My Thai colonic irrigation

href="http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/article2503425.ece"
class="tr4">My Thai colonic irrigation - Times Online, September 22, 2007
… We can, however, swallow 35 bentonite clay drinks
and 105 herbal laxatives to help the cleanse, along with 105 vitamin
and mineral supplements. We’ll also consume 560 pints (318 litres) of
coffee, squirted up our behinds to flush out toxins…

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Transsexual Association of Pattaya discussed at City Hall Meeting

href="http://www.pattayacitynews.net/news_21_09_50.htm"> class="tr4">Plans to form Transsexual Association of Pattaya discussed
at City Hall MeetingPattaya City
News
, September 21, 2007

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Burning down Myanmar’s Internet firewall

href="http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/II21Ae01.html"
class="tr4">Burning down Myanmar’s Internet firewallAsia Times Online, September 21, 2007
Myanmar maintains some of
the world’s most restrictive Internet controls, including
government-administered blocks on foreign…

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Truth vs truth

Above left: TrueThaksin.com
Above right: TodayThailand.com

Truth vs truth - November 5, 2007
After 14 months, the coup government has finally come up with the website they promised to counter Thaksin’s savvy politicing–www.todaythailand.org.
The domain was created on September 20, 2007 by Dr. Wittayatorn Tokeaw, an MCOT board member. The registrant organization is "RakMuangThai" which is probably the government publicity center (and here). And amusingly, the name servers are CHARLIE.NOBODYKNOW.COM and DELTA.NOBODYKNOW.COM.

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No sign of stem-cell scientist

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/search/page.news.php?clid=3&id=30049596">No sign of stem-cell scientist - The Nation, September 20, 2007
Thai stem-cell experts were unaware of South Korean
cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk’s very existence, much less his plans
to do research here.
Looking into records for the past three months, the Immigration Bureau
said nobody by that name had entered the Kingdom…

Earlier: href="http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2007/September/theworld_September508.xml&section=theworld&col"
class="tr2">Disgraced cloning scientist flees to Thailand – Khaleej Times, September 17, 2007
[Anyone know where they might be doing this research?]
…Hwang and some 10 other researchers have been in
Thailand for two months, focusing on research into the cloning of pet
animals and the production of stemcells that could be used for cell
treatment, they said…

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Old ads

Old ads
Ads from A New Guide to Bangkok–a guidebook to Bangkok from
1950.



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Old ads: ‘Thailand’s
Coolest Store’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950. Below are photos of the
building from 1964 and at present.


(Photo: Charlie Sullivan)

Above:
A photo of the building from 1964-65 from our Daily
Tram series
.
Below: The building today. Recently the building was
mentioned as part of the Rattanakosin
reclamation
to be developed into a 4-star hotel.


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Old ads: ‘The Thai Farmers
Bank Ltd.’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.
Old ads: ‘Liberty’
Right: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950. Any reader know what this
publication is?

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Old ads: ‘All rooms with private
bathroom’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘All rooms with private
bathroom’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

More photos of the Ratanakosin Hotel area are here: Phan
Phiphop Lila Bridge over the years


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Old ads: ‘Bangkok Bank,
Limited’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘The Bank of
Asia’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘The Thai Danu Bank, Limited’
Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘The Siam Commercial
Bank Ltd.’

An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a guidebook to
Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘Banking Business of Every
Kind Transacted’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘Dehydrated Bananas’
An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a guidebook to
Bangkok from 1950.


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Old ads: ‘Direct from the Virgin
Jungle of Siam’

Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘Maker of Niellowares’
Left: An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a
guidebook to Bangkok from 1950.

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Old ads: ‘Complaints are attended
to at the spot.’

An ad from A New Guide to Bangkok–a guidebook
to Bangkok from 1950. This type of building was often
used for Thailand’s earliest movie theaters. Below is
Saha Theater (Sahapappayon), a similar theater
building still standing in Songkhla.


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Old ads: ‘Ed & Joe’s Shops’

Any reader know who Ed and Joe were?

A reader comments: I was doing a search for "Ed
and Joe’s"
and your site came up and I saw
an ad from the 50′s
(left) and you asked
who they were. They were a import/export company for
jewelry and other stuff. If you want to see what kind
of jewelry go to Ebay.. this
is one of my listings that I am selling

Old ads: ’3 1/2 days to England’

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Old ads: ‘Fly POAS’

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Year on, Thailand’s “good coup” gets failing grade

class="tr4">Year on, Thailand’s “good coup” gets failing grade - Reuters, September 19 2007

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‘To Return to a Democratic Thailand’ by Thaksin Shinawatra

href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119015623106831667.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">Commentary:
‘To Return to a Democratic Thailand’ by Thaksin Shinawatra
class="tr2"> – WSJ, September 19, 2007
…One year before, I had been overwhelmingly re-elected
as prime minister of Thailand. Thanks to the people of my nation, I was
the first leader in the near 100-year history of Thailand to be not
just democratically elected, but democratically re-elected. Under my
administration, we had cut poverty almost in half, provided universal
access to affordable health care for the first time, balanced the
budget and paid off our debts to the International Monetary Fund. In
addressing the United Nations, I intended to emphasize to the world the
success and maturity of our democracy.
I was never able to deliver my remarks, however, because I awoke on the
morning of Sept. 19 to the news that my government — and Thailand’s
democratic constitution — had been overthrown in a military coup.
The coup came as a shock to me and to most Thais. Democracy appeared to
have become well entrenched in Thailand following adoption of the
Constitution of 1997. Also known as the “People’s Constitution,” this
charter was universally acclaimed as the most democratic constitution
in the history of Thailand…

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Disgraced Scientist Moves Research Base to Thailand

Disgraced Scientist Moves Research Base – AP, September 19, 2007
Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk has relocated
his research base to Thailand to avoid the ethical disputes his work
would cause in South Korea, a scientist close to Hwang said Wednesday.
Hwang and some 10 associates have been working at a national university
laboratory in the southeast Asian country since June, said Park
Se-pill, a Cheju National University professor and well-known stem cell
scientist.
Park declined to further identify the university, but added that the
school is providing active support for Hwang…

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Crown Property Bureau Razes Suan Lum Under New “Profit Insufficiency Theory”

NottheNation: Crown Property Bureau Razes Suan Lum Under New “Profit Insufficiency Theory”
…“Obviously we’re delighted that the Crown Property Bureau is following the noble and wise Profit-Insufficiency Theory,” said Central Pattana president Kobchai Chirathivat. “We at Central Pattana have been advocates of it for years. Making money is what matters, and having more money makes you better than those who don’t. This is the heart of Thai culture and the CPB exemplifies it better than anyone…”

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Murals on public housing by the expressway

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Murals on public
housing by the expressway
- September 18, 2007

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On-Two-Go statement

On-Two-Go statement - September 18, 2007
Ton notes: I’m sure you’re getting emails galore about the plane
crash down in Phuket, but I just wanted to href="http://www.fly12go.com/">point something out from the One-Two-Go
website. I had expected an apology statement, and below is how it
has been translated in English. Not sure who issued this statement –
is it me, or is “corpse transportation” a rather inappropriate direct
translation from a cultural perspective?

From
the site
:
…For any inquiries such as
names of passengers on board, how to pick up passenger’s relatives to
the point of accident including responsibility of corpse
transportation, please directly contact the following One-Two-GO
hotline numbers.

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Something about China Airlines Flight 611 in 2002

Something about China Airlines Flight
611 in 2002
- September 18, 2007
Martin writes: I am a regular reader of 2Bangkok and just wanted to
point out, that I remember a fatal accident of a 747 of China Airlines
in 2002  in the Straits of Taiwan and know that Orient Thai
Airways was named in the news of being somehow involved. After some
research I found the following article at href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_611">Wikipedia.
Orient Thai Airlines had a purchase contract of an old 747 Boeing Jet
from China Airlines subject to fly for them from June 2002. The jet was
built in 1979 and used by China Airlines. During the last flight of
this plane for Chinese Airlines on 25th May 2002,  the plane broke
apart due to metal fatigue just after taking off in Hong Kong.
The purchase contract with Orient Thai Airlines was canceled after
that, which was supposed to pay 1.4 Mln US$ for the plane. I always
remembers this accident, when visiting the Donmuang Airport, after
seeing Oriental Thai Airlines and One-Two Go.

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Thailand accused of deliberate abuse of N. Koreans

href="http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSBKK3284120070918">Thailand accused of deliberate abuse of N. Koreans -
Reuters, September 18, 2007
…North Koreans being held in Bangkok launched a hunger
strike in April over conditions at the detention centre.
More than 300 women, including babies, children and the sick and
elderly, were crammed into cells sufficient only for 50-100 people and
with only four toilets between them, Kim said.
The treatment reflected an apparent policy decision by Thailand’s
military-appointed government to try to stem the flow of refugees
entering the country, he said…

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Plan for sea canal puts Hindu belief in sharp relief

Plan for sea canal puts Hindu belief in sharp reliefWashington Post, September 18, 2007
…The Indian government began dredging the shallow
ocean bed two years ago and is now poised to break apart Adam’s Bridge,
whose demolition is necessary to allow ships to traverse a direct route
between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. But the project has
become entangled in a complex web of resistance from environmentalists,
fishermen, political parties and Hindu activists…

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Regional perspective: One year after September 19: bad casting

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/09/17/opinion/opinion_30049179.php" class="tr4">Regional
perspective: One year after September 19: bad casting – The Nation, September 17, 2007
…Thailand is under a curse. We have tried to do
good things in bad times and bad things in good times. The outcome is
obvious. There is no paradigm shift – only a new vicious circle is in
the offing.

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One year after coup, Thai economy mired in uncertainty

href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iR6Mm0AnuZwrDTVxZOtoLeev_tyA"
class="tr4">One year after coup, Thai economy mired in uncertainty - AFP, September 17, 2007
One year after Thailand’s
coup, the kingdom’s economic growth ranks among the lowest in Southeast
Asia as domestic demand and investment have slumped due to political
uncertainty, analysts said….

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The fate of tragic Aaron was set after he shunned Bangkok

href="http://www.independent.ie/national-news/the-fate-of-tragic-aaron-was-set-after-he-shunned-bangkok-1082366.html">The fate of tragic Aaron was set after he shunned Bangkok - Irish Independent, September
17, 2007
The Irish university graduate who died in the Thai air
crash had only boarded the ill-fated flight because he did not like
staying in Bangkok…

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K-girls to be sidelined

href="http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/09/17/national/national_30049192.php"
class="tr4">K-girls to be sidelinedThe
Nation
, September 17, 2007
…Ladda said she sympathised with women working in the
nightlife industry but added that revealing dresses should not be worn
and openly seen in the streets, even though such venues operated late
at night…

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No Blowing Smoke: Poppies Fade in Southeast Asia

href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/weekinreview/16fuller.html"
class="tr4">No Blowing Smoke: Poppies Fade in Southeast Asia class="tr2">- New York Times, September 16, 2007
…Three decades ago, the northernmost reaches of Laos,
Thailand and Myanmar produced more than 70 percent of all the opium
sold worldwide, most of which was refined into heroin. Today the area
produces about 5 percent of the world total, says Mr. Costa’s agency.
What happened?
Economic pressure from China, crackdowns on opium farmers , and a
switch by criminal syndicates to methamphetamine production, appear to
have had the biggest impact. At the same time, some insurgent groups
that once were financed with drug money now say they are urging farmers
to eradicate their poppy fields…

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First Thai anime cafe may be last

href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=121765"
class="tr4">First Thai anime cafe may be last class="tr2">- Bangkok Post, September 16, 2007
…The cafe opened in April 2006 and was staffed
primarily by female students from nearby Chulalongkorn University.
Police investigated the shop in July after complaints that minors were
frequenting the cafe and viewing manga with adult content. As a result,
two managers of the cafe were arrested on charges of exposing minors to
obscene manga…

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OCM to Thailand: Don’t act like a novice hos

href="http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/9/15/sports/18897821&sec=sports"
class="tr4">OCM to Thailand: Don’t act like a novice host class="tr2">- Malaysia Star, September 15, 2007
The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have taken SEA
Games hosts Thailand to task, saying they should not act like a “novice
host”. 
OCM honorary-secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said yesterday that Thailand,
the hosts of five previous SEA Games and four editions of the Asian
Games, should be more professional and not act like novices… 

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Italian Bangkok blog with interesting photos

href="http://mozart2002-today.blogspot.com/">Italian Bangkok blog with
interesting photos
- September 15, 2007

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Harris Black Watch

href="http://www.harrisblackwatch.com/index.html">Harris Black Watch - September 15, 2007
Website about sometime Thailand-resident…

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Coming soon: $10 million for a flat in Bangkok?

Coming soon: $10 million for a flat in Bangkok? - FinanceAsia, September 14, 2007
…The rumour mill in Bangkok is in full swing.
Benjaporn Chatkaew, director of sales and marketing at rival high-rise
Le Raffine, says, “I understand prices start at Bt200,000 there, but go
up as high as Bt400,000 ($12,000)”. Le Raffine is a recently completed
development into which Hong Kong’s hedgies are known to have bought
million dollar palatial duplexes. Prices in top condo developments in
Bangkok cap out at about Bt150,000 per square metre at present, so the
Sukhothai will set a new upper benchmark.
“$12,000 per square metre is outrageous, this is what you get in a very
well located district in Paris, and even in the Champs Elysees,” says
Parisian Richard Bigg of Star Research in Bangkok. “Which one would you
chose if you had the money? Residing in Paris or in noisy Bangkok near
the dump?”…

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Proud of Sutthisarn: “Sutthisarn Classic”

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Proud of Sutthisarn: “Sutthisarn
Classic”
- September 14, 2007
We like this…

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