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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

27 Aug 2022
08:03:41pm

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Late morning watched Rabbitohs v Cowboys from the Australian NRL. It was a good game. Rabbitohs won 20 -10.

Attacked one of the hedges in the garden, filled the garden waste bin and a couple of rubble sacks with the clippings.

Watched the movie Top Gun Maverick. The photography of the flying was superb.

Just watched the Storm v Roosters from the Australian NRL. A good hard game. Roosters won 18 - 14.
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27 Aug 2022
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Early grocery shopping, intermittently followed Test match, F1, and soccer, got our lunch, planted 80-100 garlic cloves, cooked Baked Haddock for supper walked around yard took a few flora and fauna pics. Deadheaded flowers, picked some Milkweed seeds to plant. Uploaded some photos to FB. Made multiple cups of tea.
Oh yes sorted some stamps to send to Dave for his Holocaust stamps project, just to keep him from getting bored on the golf course.

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27 Aug 2022
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Yesterday was better, made the yearly trek with my two sons and one of their friends to the race track at Saratoga...we had a winner this year my son Steven hit a trifecta for $125.00 Good time. Today up at 7 a.m. to pick up 3/4 ton of day of expiration groceries at local supermarket then unloaded it at the Church hall..then i was tired and went home for breakfast. A team will deliver the food to about 30 needy families Monday...how needy ? Its not for me to question.

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27 Aug 2022
09:42:20pm
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Try this again!

Today, I continued celebrating my 67th birthday. It was yesterday, but the weather didn't look good. But then it magically cleared in the afternoon. So dinner was last night and cake today. Brother (left) brought over a cake to me (right) this aft. I can't believe I ate ½ that cake today! Good thing he took ½ back with him!

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For dinner, I finally made a pot of spaghetti, and had almost ½ that cake for dessert. It was some good!

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28 Aug 2022
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It's 11AM on Sunday morning here. I finally finished the first draft of the online sales pitch for two books I will be publishing this coming week. It's a bit of a labour of love as I consider the author who is ten years older than me a friend, but it does keep me away from my stamps. I will let you all read it. (Ha-ha, I'm still editing it as I format it on SoR.)

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It is hard to overstate the impact that Pira's Monsoon Country had on the outside world when it was first published in 1988. Regarded as a classic by many, yet is was classic in a genre of just one novel.

Pira Sudham and Monsoon Country are close to unique in so many ways. He wrote in the English and never published novels or short stories in his native Thai language. A justifiable comparison could be made to Joseph Conrad writing almost a century before.

He came from a peasant family in the northeast, the country's poorest region where a third of Thailand's population live. With Monsoon Country there was suddenly an international voice for the peasants, long exploited by both governments and provincial godfathers. The story tracks Pira's own life, a poor youngster taken to Bangkok as a temple boy and winning scholarships to end up studying English in Thailand's leading university followed by overseas universities in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Many kids born in this century, growing up in NE Thailand wouldn't recognize the 1960s and 1970s region called Isan. (Sometimes Esarn, Issan, Isaan and other spellings.) Their grandparents would know the life lived in poverty well. Young girls moving to Bangkok to work in its notorious nightlife industry in order to support their parents and siblings. Development has taken place. The inequality and local godfathers may still be there, but now politicians and army generals have to remember the insurgency of the 60s and 70s and at least pay lip service to improving the living standards in Thailand's largest region.

Maybe, again like Conrad, English being a second language forces authors to be meticulous in their use of the language and finding the exact right words and phrases to use. If you have never read Monsoon Country, or last read it back when it was first published, now is a good time to read it for the first or second time to see why it was so widely praised back then.

Pira is still with us and living back in his home village. The sequel to Monsoon Country, 2002's The Force of Karma has a new final chapter written in 2022 bringing the story up-to-date. There are good reasons why Pira Sudham is regarded internationally as the leading Thai author of his generation.

"With his rich command of the English language Pira Sudham possesses the unique gift of being able to convey the cultural evolution of Thailand through the eyes of a poor farmer’s son. Pira’s insightful observations make fascinating reading and the lad who once tended buffaloes has become a significant voice for the people of the Northeast." Roger Crutchley, Bangkok Post columnist and author of The Road to Nakhon Nowhere

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28 Aug 2022
03:46:42am
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It's 8.30 am here. Must plug in the electric line to the caravan to get the fridge down to temperature ready for our next trip on Tuesday - to Ross-on-Wye where Ros and I and Sean our elderly lurcher will canoe down the Wye to Symonds Yat. Hope the fine weather holds. Yesterday was great - we went into London to the National Theatre. It was a difficult journey, with the direct rail route closed for works, so replacement bus to Beaconsfield, then train to Marylebone, then tube to Embankment and finally a walk over Hungerford bridge. I do like London, and quoted a bit of Wordsworth's poem On Westminster Bridge to Ros, who was unimpressed - she prefers the daffodils. At the National we saw All of Us, a new play about disability and social attitudes. And today we are off to the Towersey Festival to see assorted folky groups and singers.

What I should be doing is .. tending the allotment, and like everyone else, worrying about how to pay the fuel bills which will double in a few weeks' time.

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28 Aug 2022
10:09:52am
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10am Sunday - Pennsylvania USA

I got up at 8am since we were at a friend's grandson's Christening party yesterday. Funny thing... I remember when the father was that age. That's when you know you are old! Happy


I am flying to Des Moines, Iowa this afternoon on business. I'll be flying back on Thursday morning. So I packed my stuff, and am now killing a little time until I need to leave for the airport!

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28 Aug 2022
12:08:25pm
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I will be playing baseball in Newburg New York, in an over 40 league. BTW I'm the only 71 year old 2nd baseman in the league Big Hug

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28 Aug 2022
03:47:49pm
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How many 71 years olds are in the league?

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29 Aug 2022
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I am the one and only. I'm called the "OLD MAN "

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29 Aug 2022
06:51:16am
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Doing some landscaping and planning for a garden box for next year. I have cleared the area and brought in some soil to supplement in the perimeter soil where foundation plants will be put but will need much more soil when garden boxes are built.

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29 Aug 2022
11:47:07am

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We have been trimming 4 palm trees out front and 2 palm trees out back every 6 mons. for 22 yrs. A new neighbor has just moved in next door and filed a formal complaint against us for not requesting and obtaining written approval for doing so. Geez, can you believe it?? This is a bigger deal than you might think. Has to go before the HOA Board. To answer your question, we spent most of Sun. fretting about the absurdity of this.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

29 Aug 2022
05:26:28pm

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Today has been stamps, stamps, stamps!

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29 Aug 2022
06:22:45pm
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Early grocery shopping, irritating because the shops here never seem to have what I want for the recipes, wife is t2 diabetic so have to be reasonably careful on diet. No low fat Mozzarella, no smoked salmon, no butter beans, no marinara (got chunky salsa instead). Never any rabbit, no smoked Haddock or Rock Salmon. Forget creme fraiche, did stock it but now do not!
Early in the year we were paying $6 for two punnets of raspberries and Blackberries, they are now, in season, $6.99 each.
Really miss the deli counter in Tesco etc, fruit basically is dry like cardboard and no chance of a greengage or Bramley or Russet Appple.
Did pick and freeze a pound and a half of fresh peas, saving some to go with supper.
Oh well, such is life.
PS, Ian, thought you would have a part time job as dustman by now. Cue Lonnie song.

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29 Aug 2022
08:35:32pm

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" Ian, thought you would have a part time job as dustman by now. Cue Lonnie song. "



Here's the song Sheepshanks refers to:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cTqYyIt ...

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29 Aug 2022
09:37:21pm

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Image Not FoundImage Not FoundWhile taking a brake from my stamps I've been decorating my garage door, started about a month and one half ago and I'm about 95% done.
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29 Aug 2022
10:28:54pm

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Ian, on the 27th - Saturday, when you asked, I was here:

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I was doing nothing, as doing nothing is better for our environment. (except burning fuel to cover 35km of forestry road and come back). I had my bicycle with me, so once I got to the general area, I jumped on my bike and with my dog beside me and a fishing rod in my hand I went upstream to promising places.
Luck was not on my side, and I only caught one tiny and one small fish. However, I managed to briefly hook a monster at the tailout of one hole and he came up to the surface and rolled before the hook came flying my way. That's about as good as catching him, as it is catch and release anyways.

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30 Aug 2022
09:16:58am

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StampCollector - If you did that in our community you would probably go to jail. Gated communities are fun (not).

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30 Aug 2022
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Cougar:-

I am green with envy.

I have had to curtail my fishing over the last few years due to a dodgy hip.

There is nothing better than to be on the river. It is amazing what you can see and be chased by!

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30 Aug 2022
05:01:22pm

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I probably would, but not for the graffiti, but for arguing with city officials or HOA cronies. I live in the country and now and then I get a visitor like this one, BTW did I say that I'm also an amateur herpetologist? don't like fishing or hunting, I do all of my shooting with a camera, now a days with my phone.
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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

18 Sep 2022
06:50:16pm

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I was off to the Scottish Gift Fair in Glasgow. Up at 6 am. The road was nice and quiet so made good time.

She who must be obeyed found 3 new suppliers for her shop and spent a rake of cash so it will be back to bean on toast for dinner.

On the way home we stopped off for a picnic at a nice quiet spot I know. 40 years ago when I was there last I had spotted a red squirrel and blow me down while having our picnic there was another red squirrel running up and down the trees.

It was great to see that despite the passage of time and all the changes in the world that the squirrels had survived in that area. Isn't nature a wonderful thing!

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18 Sep 2022
07:32:07pm
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Went to breakfast at a local restaurant (The Esquire) that I frequent on a regular basis - ham and cheese omelet, fried potatoes, toast and jam and coffee. Thursday lunch is also a regular for me there since their special is corned beef and cabbage.
Read my book for a couple hours in the afternoon. I'm reading the Joona Linna detective series by Lars Kepler now, an excellent series!!! Also watched a bit of Game of Thrones on DVD. I'm into season 7 now.
Had my usual Sunday night supper with Catherine and Paul in Queensland, just down the road, two people I went to school with may years ago. Paul does excellent ribs with salad.
Got home at about 8:00 to give my diabetic cat, Obi, his second needle of the day.
About 9:30 I will go to bed and read for a couple more hours.
This is my typical Sunday!!

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18 Sep 2022
09:21:07pm

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Spent the afternoon cutting up a side of beef and getting it ready for the freezer.

I totally sympathize with Sheepshanks about missing Tesco. We were in England for about 3 weeks and could not believe the quality in Tesco. The great fruit, variety of produce, all fresh and GREAT flavour....and bread...I want to go back. The prices were ridiculously low compared to Western Canada where we grow the darn fruit....most of which is hard as bullets and tastes like sawdust.

Oh well, our beef is still fabulous.

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19 Sep 2022
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Yesterday most of the day was spent dealing with an old uncle who has Alzheimer and bluntly says that he has no reason to go on and hopes that the grim reaper comes from him soon. It is hard when you want to help someone who clearly needs help but refuses to accept it, and the only help he wants can't be given or you'll end up in prison.
Still we (my mother, brother, sister and myself) do what we can, but today I am exhausted.

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Tom in Exton, PA

24 Sep 2022
09:10:45am
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I'm finishing up construction of a new floor of office space. Move in is Monday so it's been all hands on deck this week!

Here's a photo of furniture I ordered for an informal meeting room. It shows up right on schedule yesterday morning. Bunch of "assemble it yourself" boxes dumped on the loading dock. We move it all inside and then upstairs in the afternoon... there is one odd size box so I take a closer look at it... it's a bedframe someone ordered from Walmart.com and it's addressed to a man a few towns away! FedEx Ground just dropped it with my shipment.

So here's this poor guy who got the "Your item is out for shipment" email and he's been checking outside every hour all day long. And he never got anything at all! And that's what happed to the eBay shipments you sent out!



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And here's the final dumpster! Dual monitors at every desk, so that's 154 boxes.... I was criticized for ordering a large dumpster... I sent this photo to the guilty party and the response was "Oh My Gosh!" I think I was vindicated.

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24 Sep 2022
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So why have you not deconstructed the boxes ready for recycling? They would also have taken less space.

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24 Sep 2022
03:24:26pm

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The boxes contained monitors threfore the boxes also contained polystyrene and single use plastic. You would need to hire two dumpsters rather than one.

I wouldn't like to dis-assemble 154 Boxes all at once. Do you know the labor costs of doing it? Any additional labor cost reduces profit.

Its dead easy to do it at home when you are only disposing a single box.


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24 Sep 2022
07:16:17pm
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Grocery shopping, breakfast for me, and lunch for my wife at a local pub where she normally has some kind of dark beer and I have a Diet Coke followed by an intense afternoon of packing mostly fragile items in preparation for an upcoming cross country move. Yesterday I sold and assisted with delivery of our bedroom set and four teak veneer bookcases to the buyers. I managed to load the bookcases by myself into our real estate agent's van to do their delivery! Fortunately I had had help previously moving them from the third floor of our townhouse/condo to the bottom floor garage. So far the sale of the unit has been going well. An amazing amount of stuff accumulates over 12 years (including 13 plastic tubs of items related to my stamp collecting activities which is what was left after I felt that I had stripped everything to the bone, Happy !).

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25 Sep 2022
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I’ve been stitching this counted cross stitch piece as a favor to my cousin, Annie. Her beau is from the Ukraine and he had fond memories of this stitched/beaded piece hanging in his father’s home back in the Ukraine. My cousin was determined to find a copy after listening to him talk about how much the picture meant to him. She hunted down a kit for this (instructions are written in Ukrainian) and then asked if her mom would stitch it for her. Her mom, one of my closest cousins laughed and said that she hadn’t done cross stitch in 30 years and suggested that she talk to me. Annie asked if I could have it done in a few weeks - I also laughed and explained that a piece like this takes MONTHS not weeks! So now the plan is to surprise him for Christmas. I’m almost done - mostly need to do the beading. I named her “Berenice”.



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25 Sep 2022
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That is a really lovely image for cross stitch, presume the background is printed. My wife is heavily into cross stitch and it does take ages to do the larger ones.
Her newest purchase was a composite of London, UK landmarks, by Thea Gouverneur. I have just had to make a 4 foot by 1 foot frame for the Aida to be rolled onto. That one is going to take ages.
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25 Sep 2022
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Making my famous Pad Thai sauce for our friend Mary’s 55th birthday. May post a picture of the finished product later.

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25 Sep 2022
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"The boxes contained monitors threfore the boxes also contained polystyrene and single use plastic. You would need to hire two dumpsters rather than one.

I wouldn't like to dis-assemble 154 Boxes all at once. Do you know the labor costs of doing it? Any additional labor cost reduces profit."



This is a "single stream" dumpster. It gets dumped on the floor of a sorting center where low cost labor will do the sorting.
I had one week and two $100 an hour IT guys to get the job done.

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27 Aug 2022
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Late morning watched Rabbitohs v Cowboys from the Australian NRL. It was a good game. Rabbitohs won 20 -10.

Attacked one of the hedges in the garden, filled the garden waste bin and a couple of rubble sacks with the clippings.

Watched the movie Top Gun Maverick. The photography of the flying was superb.

Just watched the Storm v Roosters from the Australian NRL. A good hard game. Roosters won 18 - 14.

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27 Aug 2022
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Early grocery shopping, intermittently followed Test match, F1, and soccer, got our lunch, planted 80-100 garlic cloves, cooked Baked Haddock for supper walked around yard took a few flora and fauna pics. Deadheaded flowers, picked some Milkweed seeds to plant. Uploaded some photos to FB. Made multiple cups of tea.
Oh yes sorted some stamps to send to Dave for his Holocaust stamps project, just to keep him from getting bored on the golf course.

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27 Aug 2022
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Yesterday was better, made the yearly trek with my two sons and one of their friends to the race track at Saratoga...we had a winner this year my son Steven hit a trifecta for $125.00 Good time. Today up at 7 a.m. to pick up 3/4 ton of day of expiration groceries at local supermarket then unloaded it at the Church hall..then i was tired and went home for breakfast. A team will deliver the food to about 30 needy families Monday...how needy ? Its not for me to question.

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27 Aug 2022
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Try this again!

Today, I continued celebrating my 67th birthday. It was yesterday, but the weather didn't look good. But then it magically cleared in the afternoon. So dinner was last night and cake today. Brother (left) brought over a cake to me (right) this aft. I can't believe I ate ½ that cake today! Good thing he took ½ back with him!

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For dinner, I finally made a pot of spaghetti, and had almost ½ that cake for dessert. It was some good!

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28 Aug 2022
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It's 11AM on Sunday morning here. I finally finished the first draft of the online sales pitch for two books I will be publishing this coming week. It's a bit of a labour of love as I consider the author who is ten years older than me a friend, but it does keep me away from my stamps. I will let you all read it. (Ha-ha, I'm still editing it as I format it on SoR.)

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It is hard to overstate the impact that Pira's Monsoon Country had on the outside world when it was first published in 1988. Regarded as a classic by many, yet is was classic in a genre of just one novel.

Pira Sudham and Monsoon Country are close to unique in so many ways. He wrote in the English and never published novels or short stories in his native Thai language. A justifiable comparison could be made to Joseph Conrad writing almost a century before.

He came from a peasant family in the northeast, the country's poorest region where a third of Thailand's population live. With Monsoon Country there was suddenly an international voice for the peasants, long exploited by both governments and provincial godfathers. The story tracks Pira's own life, a poor youngster taken to Bangkok as a temple boy and winning scholarships to end up studying English in Thailand's leading university followed by overseas universities in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Many kids born in this century, growing up in NE Thailand wouldn't recognize the 1960s and 1970s region called Isan. (Sometimes Esarn, Issan, Isaan and other spellings.) Their grandparents would know the life lived in poverty well. Young girls moving to Bangkok to work in its notorious nightlife industry in order to support their parents and siblings. Development has taken place. The inequality and local godfathers may still be there, but now politicians and army generals have to remember the insurgency of the 60s and 70s and at least pay lip service to improving the living standards in Thailand's largest region.

Maybe, again like Conrad, English being a second language forces authors to be meticulous in their use of the language and finding the exact right words and phrases to use. If you have never read Monsoon Country, or last read it back when it was first published, now is a good time to read it for the first or second time to see why it was so widely praised back then.

Pira is still with us and living back in his home village. The sequel to Monsoon Country, 2002's The Force of Karma has a new final chapter written in 2022 bringing the story up-to-date. There are good reasons why Pira Sudham is regarded internationally as the leading Thai author of his generation.

"With his rich command of the English language Pira Sudham possesses the unique gift of being able to convey the cultural evolution of Thailand through the eyes of a poor farmer’s son. Pira’s insightful observations make fascinating reading and the lad who once tended buffaloes has become a significant voice for the people of the Northeast." Roger Crutchley, Bangkok Post columnist and author of The Road to Nakhon Nowhere

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28 Aug 2022
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It's 8.30 am here. Must plug in the electric line to the caravan to get the fridge down to temperature ready for our next trip on Tuesday - to Ross-on-Wye where Ros and I and Sean our elderly lurcher will canoe down the Wye to Symonds Yat. Hope the fine weather holds. Yesterday was great - we went into London to the National Theatre. It was a difficult journey, with the direct rail route closed for works, so replacement bus to Beaconsfield, then train to Marylebone, then tube to Embankment and finally a walk over Hungerford bridge. I do like London, and quoted a bit of Wordsworth's poem On Westminster Bridge to Ros, who was unimpressed - she prefers the daffodils. At the National we saw All of Us, a new play about disability and social attitudes. And today we are off to the Towersey Festival to see assorted folky groups and singers.

What I should be doing is .. tending the allotment, and like everyone else, worrying about how to pay the fuel bills which will double in a few weeks' time.

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28 Aug 2022
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10am Sunday - Pennsylvania USA

I got up at 8am since we were at a friend's grandson's Christening party yesterday. Funny thing... I remember when the father was that age. That's when you know you are old! Happy


I am flying to Des Moines, Iowa this afternoon on business. I'll be flying back on Thursday morning. So I packed my stuff, and am now killing a little time until I need to leave for the airport!

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28 Aug 2022
12:08:25pm

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I will be playing baseball in Newburg New York, in an over 40 league. BTW I'm the only 71 year old 2nd baseman in the league Big Hug

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28 Aug 2022
03:47:49pm

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How many 71 years olds are in the league?

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29 Aug 2022
06:00:46am

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I am the one and only. I'm called the "OLD MAN "

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29 Aug 2022
06:51:16am

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Doing some landscaping and planning for a garden box for next year. I have cleared the area and brought in some soil to supplement in the perimeter soil where foundation plants will be put but will need much more soil when garden boxes are built.

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29 Aug 2022
11:47:07am

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We have been trimming 4 palm trees out front and 2 palm trees out back every 6 mons. for 22 yrs. A new neighbor has just moved in next door and filed a formal complaint against us for not requesting and obtaining written approval for doing so. Geez, can you believe it?? This is a bigger deal than you might think. Has to go before the HOA Board. To answer your question, we spent most of Sun. fretting about the absurdity of this.

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29 Aug 2022
05:26:28pm

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Today has been stamps, stamps, stamps!

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29 Aug 2022
06:22:45pm

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Early grocery shopping, irritating because the shops here never seem to have what I want for the recipes, wife is t2 diabetic so have to be reasonably careful on diet. No low fat Mozzarella, no smoked salmon, no butter beans, no marinara (got chunky salsa instead). Never any rabbit, no smoked Haddock or Rock Salmon. Forget creme fraiche, did stock it but now do not!
Early in the year we were paying $6 for two punnets of raspberries and Blackberries, they are now, in season, $6.99 each.
Really miss the deli counter in Tesco etc, fruit basically is dry like cardboard and no chance of a greengage or Bramley or Russet Appple.
Did pick and freeze a pound and a half of fresh peas, saving some to go with supper.
Oh well, such is life.
PS, Ian, thought you would have a part time job as dustman by now. Cue Lonnie song.

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29 Aug 2022
08:35:32pm

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" Ian, thought you would have a part time job as dustman by now. Cue Lonnie song. "



Here's the song Sheepshanks refers to:-

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29 Aug 2022
09:37:21pm

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Image Not FoundImage Not FoundWhile taking a brake from my stamps I've been decorating my garage door, started about a month and one half ago and I'm about 95% done.
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29 Aug 2022
10:28:54pm

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Ian, on the 27th - Saturday, when you asked, I was here:

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I was doing nothing, as doing nothing is better for our environment. (except burning fuel to cover 35km of forestry road and come back). I had my bicycle with me, so once I got to the general area, I jumped on my bike and with my dog beside me and a fishing rod in my hand I went upstream to promising places.
Luck was not on my side, and I only caught one tiny and one small fish. However, I managed to briefly hook a monster at the tailout of one hole and he came up to the surface and rolled before the hook came flying my way. That's about as good as catching him, as it is catch and release anyways.

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30 Aug 2022
09:16:58am

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StampCollector - If you did that in our community you would probably go to jail. Gated communities are fun (not).

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30 Aug 2022
10:06:10am

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Cougar:-

I am green with envy.

I have had to curtail my fishing over the last few years due to a dodgy hip.

There is nothing better than to be on the river. It is amazing what you can see and be chased by!

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30 Aug 2022
05:01:22pm

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I probably would, but not for the graffiti, but for arguing with city officials or HOA cronies. I live in the country and now and then I get a visitor like this one, BTW did I say that I'm also an amateur herpetologist? don't like fishing or hunting, I do all of my shooting with a camera, now a days with my phone.
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18 Sep 2022
06:50:16pm

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I was off to the Scottish Gift Fair in Glasgow. Up at 6 am. The road was nice and quiet so made good time.

She who must be obeyed found 3 new suppliers for her shop and spent a rake of cash so it will be back to bean on toast for dinner.

On the way home we stopped off for a picnic at a nice quiet spot I know. 40 years ago when I was there last I had spotted a red squirrel and blow me down while having our picnic there was another red squirrel running up and down the trees.

It was great to see that despite the passage of time and all the changes in the world that the squirrels had survived in that area. Isn't nature a wonderful thing!

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18 Sep 2022
07:32:07pm

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Went to breakfast at a local restaurant (The Esquire) that I frequent on a regular basis - ham and cheese omelet, fried potatoes, toast and jam and coffee. Thursday lunch is also a regular for me there since their special is corned beef and cabbage.
Read my book for a couple hours in the afternoon. I'm reading the Joona Linna detective series by Lars Kepler now, an excellent series!!! Also watched a bit of Game of Thrones on DVD. I'm into season 7 now.
Had my usual Sunday night supper with Catherine and Paul in Queensland, just down the road, two people I went to school with may years ago. Paul does excellent ribs with salad.
Got home at about 8:00 to give my diabetic cat, Obi, his second needle of the day.
About 9:30 I will go to bed and read for a couple more hours.
This is my typical Sunday!!

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18 Sep 2022
09:21:07pm

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Spent the afternoon cutting up a side of beef and getting it ready for the freezer.

I totally sympathize with Sheepshanks about missing Tesco. We were in England for about 3 weeks and could not believe the quality in Tesco. The great fruit, variety of produce, all fresh and GREAT flavour....and bread...I want to go back. The prices were ridiculously low compared to Western Canada where we grow the darn fruit....most of which is hard as bullets and tastes like sawdust.

Oh well, our beef is still fabulous.

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19 Sep 2022
04:53:25am

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Yesterday most of the day was spent dealing with an old uncle who has Alzheimer and bluntly says that he has no reason to go on and hopes that the grim reaper comes from him soon. It is hard when you want to help someone who clearly needs help but refuses to accept it, and the only help he wants can't be given or you'll end up in prison.
Still we (my mother, brother, sister and myself) do what we can, but today I am exhausted.

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24 Sep 2022
09:10:45am

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I'm finishing up construction of a new floor of office space. Move in is Monday so it's been all hands on deck this week!

Here's a photo of furniture I ordered for an informal meeting room. It shows up right on schedule yesterday morning. Bunch of "assemble it yourself" boxes dumped on the loading dock. We move it all inside and then upstairs in the afternoon... there is one odd size box so I take a closer look at it... it's a bedframe someone ordered from Walmart.com and it's addressed to a man a few towns away! FedEx Ground just dropped it with my shipment.

So here's this poor guy who got the "Your item is out for shipment" email and he's been checking outside every hour all day long. And he never got anything at all! And that's what happed to the eBay shipments you sent out!



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And here's the final dumpster! Dual monitors at every desk, so that's 154 boxes.... I was criticized for ordering a large dumpster... I sent this photo to the guilty party and the response was "Oh My Gosh!" I think I was vindicated.

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24 Sep 2022
10:57:31am

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So why have you not deconstructed the boxes ready for recycling? They would also have taken less space.

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24 Sep 2022
03:24:26pm

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The boxes contained monitors threfore the boxes also contained polystyrene and single use plastic. You would need to hire two dumpsters rather than one.

I wouldn't like to dis-assemble 154 Boxes all at once. Do you know the labor costs of doing it? Any additional labor cost reduces profit.

Its dead easy to do it at home when you are only disposing a single box.


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24 Sep 2022
07:16:17pm

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Grocery shopping, breakfast for me, and lunch for my wife at a local pub where she normally has some kind of dark beer and I have a Diet Coke followed by an intense afternoon of packing mostly fragile items in preparation for an upcoming cross country move. Yesterday I sold and assisted with delivery of our bedroom set and four teak veneer bookcases to the buyers. I managed to load the bookcases by myself into our real estate agent's van to do their delivery! Fortunately I had had help previously moving them from the third floor of our townhouse/condo to the bottom floor garage. So far the sale of the unit has been going well. An amazing amount of stuff accumulates over 12 years (including 13 plastic tubs of items related to my stamp collecting activities which is what was left after I felt that I had stripped everything to the bone, Happy !).

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25 Sep 2022
04:24:10am

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I’ve been stitching this counted cross stitch piece as a favor to my cousin, Annie. Her beau is from the Ukraine and he had fond memories of this stitched/beaded piece hanging in his father’s home back in the Ukraine. My cousin was determined to find a copy after listening to him talk about how much the picture meant to him. She hunted down a kit for this (instructions are written in Ukrainian) and then asked if her mom would stitch it for her. Her mom, one of my closest cousins laughed and said that she hadn’t done cross stitch in 30 years and suggested that she talk to me. Annie asked if I could have it done in a few weeks - I also laughed and explained that a piece like this takes MONTHS not weeks! So now the plan is to surprise him for Christmas. I’m almost done - mostly need to do the beading. I named her “Berenice”.



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25 Sep 2022
10:11:33am

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That is a really lovely image for cross stitch, presume the background is printed. My wife is heavily into cross stitch and it does take ages to do the larger ones.
Her newest purchase was a composite of London, UK landmarks, by Thea Gouverneur. I have just had to make a 4 foot by 1 foot frame for the Aida to be rolled onto. That one is going to take ages.
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25 Sep 2022
01:18:57pm

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Making my famous Pad Thai sauce for our friend Mary’s 55th birthday. May post a picture of the finished product later.

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25 Sep 2022
02:42:38pm

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"The boxes contained monitors threfore the boxes also contained polystyrene and single use plastic. You would need to hire two dumpsters rather than one.

I wouldn't like to dis-assemble 154 Boxes all at once. Do you know the labor costs of doing it? Any additional labor cost reduces profit."



This is a "single stream" dumpster. It gets dumped on the floor of a sorting center where low cost labor will do the sorting.
I had one week and two $100 an hour IT guys to get the job done.

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