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Extracts from my book. “A #Thailand Diary”

Originally posted on Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer:

Extracts from my book. “A Thailand diary”.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc and in paper form at Createspace. This is the Apple iTunes link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-thailand-diary/id672942149?mt=11

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Five very different aspects of Thailand

Five very different aspects of Thailand

Five very different aspects of Thailand.

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I’m working to a tight #writing deadline and won’t be able to read or write blogs on http://www.mattowensrees.wordpress.com until next week.

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I’ll catch up on the blogs and my followers and re-tweeters on #Twitter early next week

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The Monks Do It Their Way

Originally posted on Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer:

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Can you just see the tip of a telephone booth in blue near te electricity pole?

13 July

One metre foundations have been laid along the roped off area around the wat next to Sengdeuan’s property. The monks are obviously going to build a wall. The telephone cubicle is inside the perimeter. Will the telephone company have to remove it: there will be no public access? No one feels able to comment.

The soi between the temple and Sengdeuan’s will now be much narrower. Cars certainly won’t be able to drive along it. Motor bikes and pedestrians will just about get through.
Not that Thais walk any distance. Bikes, motor bikes and trucks are their preferred means of getting where they want to go, even over short distances.

23 July

Builders have erected a wall around the new sala at the temple, closing direct access to the telephone box…

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The Monks Do It Their Way

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Can you just see the tip of a telephone booth in blue near te electricity pole?

13 July

One metre foundations have been laid along the roped off area around the wat next to Sengdeuan’s property. The monks are obviously going to build a wall. The telephone cubicle is inside the perimeter. Will the telephone company have to remove it: there will be no public access? No one feels able to comment.

The soi between the temple and Sengdeuan’s will now be much narrower. Cars certainly won’t be able to drive along it. Motor bikes and pedestrians will just about get through.
Not that Thais walk any distance. Bikes, motor bikes and trucks are their preferred means of getting where they want to go, even over short distances.

23 July

Builders have erected a wall around the new sala at the temple, closing direct access to the telephone box. Whether it had been erected on temple land or not is still unclear. People can still use the facility but they need to enter the wat precincts to do so. I doubt the telephone company will move it or complain.

Sengseuan has checked the factory land deeds and can see that they own 3 metres of the land outside their boundary. How much of the remaining land is owned by the wat and how much by the amphur, the local authority, is not known and nobody is inclined to ask. It’s unlikely the amphur would want to get involved. There is just enough room for pedestrians and small vehicles to move along the short cut between the two sois if they use the 3 metres of Sengdeuan’s land and the land outside the temple wall.

Only in Thailand would matters like these be left unresolved; the logic presumably being that it’s best to leave well alone and not cause a fuss.

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Matt Owens Rees:

A good and honest summary. I’m pleased to reblog. A change from the usual one-sided anti-junta comments which are anyway not held by the majority of Thais. There are issues which are not wholly liked of course and it’s a pity a coup was needed to address some of the problems

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The last time I wrote about the political situation in Thailand, it was just after most of the dust had settled surrounding the May 22 coup and included a bit about the run up to the declaration of the coup by General Prayuth Chan-ocha. There has been some developments in the last couple of months, including an interim prime minister and constitution, that I thought would be worth chronicling for my readers who are interested in what is happening here politically.

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