- In “Mobi-Babble” we have: “Hotter than a whorehouse on nickel night!” , “A dog’s life”, and “Everything goes in threes…. I hope not!”
- In “Notes From a Tainted Paradise”, we have: “Crime and Punishment – Songkran style”, “Superstition is still alive and hissing in the land of the tainted paradise”, “Trapped souls are haunting the living”, and “Thai knicker-nicker nicked 4,000 knickers in a ten-year knicker-nicking spree.”
- In “Two Mobi-Reviews”, we have: the movie ” Danny Collins” (2015) and the book “Doctor Thorne” by Anthony Trollope.
Hotter than a whorehouse on nickel night!
Back on 2nd April, I wrote that the weather seemed to have taken a turn for the better, and temperatures had dropped a little. Hmm I should have held my pen, as a few days later the temperatures started to soar and we have been suffering in heat of over 40°+C ,(105°F), for at least three weeks now and there is no end in sight.
Strangely, it is hotter out here in Pong than in Pattaya City where the afternoon temperatures are only in the low-mid thirties; but it is cooler here overnight, with lows at 24°, but in Pattaya, they only drop to around 29°-30°.
The high humidity makes it feel even hotter, so 40° feels like around 45°. At these temperatures, electric fans don’t make any difference as they simply blow hot air at you, and I have been finding it very hard to work in the afternoons. Everybody is suffering – including the poor dogs, who seek out the coolest place in the house, (usually the downstairs toilet) and lay there, panting away.
The master bedroom contains the only air conditioner in our house, and a few days ago I gave up the unequal struggle and the whole family, including our 4 dogs, decamped to the bedroom in mid- afternoons and we all luxuriated in air-conditioned comfort for a few hours until dusk blissfully arrived.
We are still going out every day for a walk with the dogs across some nearby fields. We do this just before sunset when the sun is very low in the sky and the fields and roads are cast in shadow. It’s about a five-minute drive from where we live, and for the past week, I have been walking back home by myself to get more exercise.
I am really pleased with this, as I am now walking for a good 30 minutes a day. It isn’t much fun in this heat, as you can imagine, and by the time I get back home I’m dripping with sweat and pretty exhausted…..
Notes From a Tainted Paradise
Crime and Punishment – Songkran style
It is disappointing to learn that during the 7 days of the 2016 Songkran Festival, the road accident statistics showed a substantial increase of 24.1 % in deaths over 2015. All told there were 3,447 road accidents in which 442 people lost their lives and 3,656 were injured, many very seriously.
Sadly, the number of daily deaths on the road during Songkran is not a lot higher than it is on any normal day. As I have written on several occasions, the death count on the roads of Thailand is second only to Libya in the entire world.
This mayhem continues unabated, year, after year, after year, despite the fact that every year the Thai government and the police department announce all manner of measures and punishments designed to reduce the number of accidents.
In a new 2016 initiative, a programme to educate drivers on the error of their ways was mounted across the country. Large groups of drunk drivers were given tours of morgues, to see what happens to those who paid the ultimate price; and to prisons where drunk drivers had been incarcerated, and then to hospitals where they heard the harrowing tales of accident victims. I hate being a pessimist…
Two Mobi-Reviews – 1st May 2016