These signs were put up to combat the rampant vending around Nakhon Sawan Road.
Sapan Han - November 17, 2007
Last week we asked: Do any readers know where this was located? And when was it demolished?
Wisarut notes: That’s good old Saphan Han Bridge … across city Moat near Wang Boorapha.
Paul notes: Hi, Just started reading your site this week, never knew of it’s existence before. Very impressed.
The bridge is a Paharut but called Saphan Hun not Hung, the old postcard got it wrong.
Here’s a few sites that mention it. Here, here, and here.
hdamm mentioned on the forum: "Saphan Han was on Sampheng Lane where it crossed Khlong Ong Ang east of Pahurat Rd. The name (Saphan means bridge and Han a pivotal point) referred to a small boardwalk that could be turned to let boats pass… In the 1950s the shops were removed and it became the quite unimpressive bridge that you can see today."
Opening ceremony for Outer Ring Road Bridge - November 15, 2007
Jerry writes: This is a far-away shot at 10:20 this morning–1 minute after opening.
Thailand ‘loosing investor appeal’ - Asia Property Report, November 15, 2007
Bangkok airport: Who can identify this security officer? - Mathaba, November 15, 2007
Thanks to Anthony for pointing this out.
From Pattaya City News - November 15, 2007
We investigate the Elephant Tree in Sattahip
A unique way to stop stray dogs using the front of your house as a toilet
[This must be an urban legends... Does anyone know?]
…It appears this works because the animals approach the bottles and sees a reflection of, what they think is another dog, which causes them to leave the area. However, the villagers have another problem, because street workers who collect these plastic recyclable items are stealing the bottles on a daily basis and villagers are running out of the empty containers. So, if you are having a similar problem and don’t care about surrounding your house with plastic containers, try this proven method for yourself.
Unity - November 15, 2007
It reads: Unity has never made Thai people in discord.
Time changes, the society changes. Yet, Thais’ love for the Kingdom remains.
Let’s unite for the King.
World Bank urges next Thai government to rebuild, clarify policies - TNA, November 15, 2007
The World Bank has called on the new Thai government to be formed after the December elections — probably in February — to take assertive steps to clarify state policies to quickly restore the country’s waning investor confidence and to move ahead quickly with already planned mega-investment projects to stimulate the sagging economy…
Yellow shirts – November 14, 2007
THe entry page on the AsiaSoft website shows video game characters in yellow attire to honor the King.
Bad weather mars Thai king’s Everest gift - IANS, November 13, 2007
Inclement weather marred Thailand’s ambitious plan to give a remarkable gift to its king on his 80th birthday – the first Thai Everest Expedition has been forced to abandon the attempt to climb Mt Everest…
It’s time for the government to initiate a welfare strategy to defeat populism - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit, November 13, 2007
This year’s discussion at the annual conference of the Thailand Development Research Institute, held November 10-11, tended to indicate that it is time for the Thai government to initiate a definite strategy to improve the welfare of its general public.
Such a strategy would help improve the lives of ordinary Thai people, and allow them to live sustainable lives – with fewer living in poverty. This strategy would also help to rid the country of the strong populist strain that has wracked it in recent years. Greater government welfare provision would involve improving the lot of ordinary citizens, helping the underprivileged and easing poverty. The government would thus be required to exercise much greater responsibility for the care of its citizens, from cradle to grave. Any government – that undertook to create such a welfare system – would also find it necessary to systematically guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens. Such a government would also be duty bound to help ordinary Thai people face their various social problems.
The golden years of Thai ‘populism’ were during the Thaksin regime. The Thaksin government used a populist strategy for its own political ends, rather than to actually help the poor in any real sense. It provided poor people with loans that vastly increased their indebtedness. Populist policies could only solve the problems of poverty in the short term, and these policies have since also created a great deal of trouble for the country’s financial system.
The maturity of the candidates for the prime ministerial position - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, November 12, 2007
At present, many parliamentary candidates are fighting hard to get a healthy share of the votes in the December 23 General Election. There are – however – some candidates who wish to garner as many votes as possible from people, but who conduct themselves in an improper manner. An infamous example of such behavior is Samak Sundaravej, the leader of Palang Prachachon Party (PPP). Khun Samak has taken to talking to journalists in an impolite manner, and it is often said that he is a complete anathema to the media corps. Indeed, his actions and his words seem to reflect negatively on both his level of maturity and the integrity of his political views. He has also scolded – with rude words – those TV stations that have reported his conduct to the general public.
Thailand’s ‘human zoos’ - Times Online, November, 2007
…Yet conditions in the villages are “worse than prison”, the women say. “Our men are forbidden to seek work, we cannot grow our own food and if we try to leave, we are beaten,” says Mun Mun, who lives in the village of Nai Soi. “We have no privacy. We are like animals in a zoo.”
Officials who run the villages deny that the women are exploited and say they are free to leave. But six who recently tried to flee were allegedly kidnapped and returned to work in the tourist village…
Authorities apprehend two men attempting to set fire to the Democracy Monument – PRD News, November 12, 2007
…Police Station authorities apprehended the two men along with 6 gallons of thinner fluid, 2 gallons of gasoline, 50 square slices of tire rubber and 20 candles as well as pamphlets opposing the election and the constitution…