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DUSIT ZOO

Part of the Royal Dusit Garden Palace,where Chulalongkorn built himselfa great golden teak palacewith the cutting edge technology of 1900,was a private botanical garden,full of rare plants and lakes. In 1938 the Revolutionary Governmentmetamorphosed itinto Municipal Zoological Gardenswith animals and … Continue reading

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ECONOMIC CRISIS

BE SMILE DENTIST advertises down onSoi Anuman Rajadhon.Next door Anglo East Surety Brokerinsures diamonds and gemstones.Having struggled with the world’s economic crisis,faced with a shortage of government bailout schemes,Anglo East has decided on a fundamental solutionand invited ninety-nine monks to … Continue reading

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ID CARD

The coloured poster on the bus shelter is specific;the Cremation of the Great Teacherwill be held at the Temple of the Celestial Jewel.Donations are invited for coffins, funeralsand scattering the ashes in the river. In the middle of Chulalongkorn Hospital,is … Continue reading

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UNDERTAKER

Saeng (Light) is forty two.“When I was twenty five, I died.”Four men in white with red capsled him away along a gravel road.On either side were sālās,evidence of his good deeds.At the end of the road were monksand he gave … Continue reading

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IMMIGRATION THAI STYLE

The Tree of Life is flowering;clusters of yellow showeringgolden petalsin seasonal abundanceon bare roads. One hundred and twenty-one Burmese,including fourteen children,travelled east looking for workin a locked air-tight container;twelve square metresof standing,enduringjolting pot-holed tracksand double- backs. When the ventilator failed,they started … Continue reading

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BODY SNATCHERS

Under a bridge,white vanblue overalls,accidentblack spot. The spirits of those who die violentlyspiral around in turbulence,causing more accidents. The Buddhist Association, funded by public donations,collects the piecesand pacifies the spiritswith chanting and cremations. It is an unconnected factthat, even if … Continue reading

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MALINEE

Malinee’s father took her to China.There was a reception in their honour.A monkey was brought inand put on the table. It was alive. Its body filled the cage;the head stuck out of the top. Everyone watched.The monkey’s headwas carefully shaved.The … Continue reading

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STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

Phuket is blessed with theHAPPY TOOTH DENTAL CLINIC,which offers Preventative Dentistryand Pediatric Dentistry. It seems that by preventing teethgrowing in the first place,they will save you a lifetime’s dental fees. Like the Jesuits they believe,“Get them young enough and you have … Continue reading

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THE DEVA

Sawang sits meditatingin front of the large Buddha image.His loose top is gold,his trousers gold and green.He has short hair and a pleasant face.He has been the Guardian deityfor five hundred years.In the beginning there were many tigers.The last tiger … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS DAY ON SAMET ISLAND

begins in the half darkwith a six inch huntsman spiderexploring my chair,ends with a Laotian girl,with all the charmof sibylline eyes,wearing a fourteen inch centipedeas a writhing, living braceletthat digs its claws into her slender arm. In between, courtesy of … Continue reading

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