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"Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel." Horace Walpole (1917 England)
Which one are you?
We have a new email address
Can you send all correspondence to the new address
This is the title of this picture I saw on a site about Thai food
Crap meat fried rice- the best seafood fried rice I ever had :)
I won't say where I saw it!
Until next time take care George
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Wildflower Home is a womens' shelter In Chiang mai, Thailand run by an American woman and her ex-refugee husband from Vietnam. The women are often refugees themselves, fleeing abusive homes or governments, homeless, passportless and otherwise disenfranchised. At Wildflower they learn English and skills for jobs and getting care and housing for themselves and their children while waiting for U.N. refugee status. The home aspires to self-sufficiency, raising fish for food, chickens for eggs, pigs for bio-cooking fuel and various fruits, vegetables and rice. Housing is basic thatch huts, but they make mud and straw bricks which they are using to make beautiful buildings which will hopefully one day house all the residents.
Thanks to Byron, a volunteer at the home, for today's post
I like this cartoon for two reasons. One I love silly play on words jokes - vowel/valve and two last year I was diagnosed with an enlarged left ventrical - fortunately it was not correct.
Copyright Bizarro http://bizarrocomic.blogspot.com
In the first of an occasional series Sue posts a book review. Can you spot the idiom?
Andrew Collins. Where Did It All Go Right?
If you would like to know what it was like to grow up in an English town (Northampton) in the 1970s, then this book is very good. Nothing very dramatic happens but you will learn a lot about English people and what makes them tick.
Andrew Collins had a normal childhood but he kept diaries of every year from the time he was six years old. He records what he and his family had for dinner, what sweets they ate, where they went on holiday and what he was doing in school. He grows up through this documentation but his sense of humour shines through and his affection for his family underpins the book.
It is full of nostalgia, what toys he played with, who is friends were and where they played and what inspired him to grow up to work in journalism and the media. It is a very funny book and very well observed.
For more information go to www.wherediditallgoright.com
Thanks Sue. Until next time take care George
I have Kun Patcharin's permission to tell this story.
AlterEnglish's trio of George, Byron and Kun Patcharin were out on the town catching some live music. We went in a bar, ordered our drinks and Byron and I sat down at a table. Kun Patcharin remained standing. The conversation went something like this:
George: Where are you going?
KP: I'm going to buy some bin
KP: I want some bin
George: (confused) why do you want a bin?
KP: I want to eat a bin
George: (totally confused) you want to eat a bin!
KP: Yes, like we used to last time
George: Hah, (as the light of understanding dawns) you want a bowl of salted peanuts.
KP: yes, of course.
To a Thai this makes perfect sense.Peanuts are beans, they don't worry about plurals, articles are a bit of a mystery so " I want to eat a bin." Easy when you know. Until next time take care.
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