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BRITISH women have been branded the ugliest in the world in an ­international poll

“They were slated for their bad behaviour, dress sense and drinking habits when on holiday. Many are accused of being “rude”, “drinking pints of beer like men” and “ending up drunk in the gutter”. They also shamelessly broke wind and belched while lying around hotel pools or on beaches, according to the survey for a respected holiday website.”

You can read the rest of the story via: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/197439/British-women-tourists-are-the-ugliest-in-the-world

The survey might give a certain impression about these ladies. On the other hand, there are also plenty of ladylike British tourists who I have encountered from time to time while holidaying in Thailand. At the end of the day, it is simply an international poll; it does not represent how the world perceives the entire species or does it?

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My perspective, as a Thai, on the programme

Much is being discussed and debated about a television programme called “Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand”. The programme has been broadcast on Bravo, a British television channel, every Monday at 10 p.m.  for the last couple of weeks. I watched the first two episodes and I will carry on watching the rest of the series. Personally, I see nothing wrong with the programme. Given the title of the programme it is guaranteed to feature scenes depicting the bad behaviour of some tourists and locals. To my surprise, many people have been making a big fuss about it. The Thai authorities are not pleased to see what features in the show and have been taking action. Some expats are also not very keen to see their fellow citizens behaving badly in the Land of Smiles. Having watched quite a few programmes on Bravo, I am aware of the fact that this channel caters for a particular kind of audience. There have been programmes before on the channel where British tourists have gone abroad and got into trouble. Although this show about Thailand comes across as cheap entertainment, it also provides good advice to foreigners on how to steer clear of trouble when they visit certain places in the country and also how to deal with the locals in sticky situations. Here is a list of websites and blogs that discuss the show:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Big-Trouble-Tourist-Thailand-t291222.html

http://absolutelybangkok.com/big-trouble-in-tourist-thailand/

http://www.bangkokdiaries.com/2009/09/10/big-trouble-tourist-thailand/

http://jamie-monk.blogspot.com/2009/09/phuket-jet-ski-debate_12.html

http://jonnytheforeigner.blogspot.com/2009/09/big-trouble-in-thailand.html

http://leosia.com/2009/09/16/big-trouble-video-nasties/

http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php/2009/09/12/thai-police-ganja-scam-on-big-trouble-in?blog=8

http://www.tfs2m.com/main/2009/09/11/from-the-producerdirector-of-big-trouble-in-thailand/

http://soi1114.blogspot.com/2009/09/big-trouble-in-thailand.html

I bet the people behind the programme have been beaming with pleasure to see it being widely discussed. Hats off to them, I suppose!

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Blood, Sweat and Takeaways

To understand how food is produced and imported to the UK, six young Brits, three men and three women, travelled to south east Asia to live and work with the people who produce the food that they daily consume in the UK. In the two previous episodes, they had had to work in remote areas of Indonesia in the tuna and prawn industry respectively. In their latest journey the Brits had to go to the rural area of Isan, the northeast region of Thailand, to live and work with the locals and earn a living as the Isan people do.

To do this, they had to rent a house and work in the rice field as the local workers do to earn money for the rent and food. They had to plant rice all day to earn their wage. On the first day they did not do very well. The owner of the rice field had to ask Thai workers to help them out. Because of this, the Brits were given only half of the wage that they were supposed to get. On the second day, despite the struggle and moaning, they eventually did well and received their full pay. When the summer arrived there was no work for them in the rice field. Like the Thai locals, the Brits had to find other work to do to get money to pay for food and rent. They went to work in a mill. As they were not used to the working conditions, as usual, drama arose. Only one guy, a British farmer, never complained about anything. He just got on with the job. He even did the work that a couple of the Brits could not do. At the end of the day, even though they did not finish by the deadline, the owner of the mill decided not to pay them less than he had promised them. They earned the full 750 baht, hence they had enough money to feed themselves and pay the rent.

When the rice season finished, they had no work to do. One again, they had to find other ways to support themselves. Because they did not have enough money left, they could not afford to buy food. The Thai neighbours even gave them a chicken, but they had to catch it and kill it first. There was no choice for the Brits except to travel to Bangkok to find alternative work, just like the Isan people do. They thought they would encounter better conditions. Instead, they ended up living in Khlongtoei, Bangkok’s largest slum. The final part of their journey is broadcast next week on BBC Three, in Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, in the poorest area of Bangkok and they will have to work as Thai migrant workers do.

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Speechless

I briefly saw a report on the Sky News channel about a pregnant British woman who has been sentenced to death in south east Asia for drugs smuggling. I did not know which country this woman was to be executed in. I thought it was Thailand, so I decided to check out the full details on the website. But it is not Thailand.

According to the news, this story is happening in Laos. I reiterate: the case is taking place in Laos, not in Thailand. There has been a campaign to save her and her baby from being shot by firing squad. However, that is not what I am discussing in this topic. The thing I want to say is that some of the Brits who commented on the story do not even know that Thailand and Laos are totally different countries. One person even called on people in Britain to boycott Thailand if this woman is executed! And I want to know why exactly people should boycott Thailand? What has this frigging incident got to do with Thailand? If the person who posted that comment requested a boycott against ignorance, I would definitely join the campaign, given their stupidity. You can read the news and comments via the link.

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It might only have been an S&M game

“A MALE escort told a court yesterday how Boy George handcuffed him and chained him to a bedroom wall after a drug-fuelled erotic photo session at the pop star’s home.” according to the Daily Express.

I know that I should not laugh at the misery of this rent boy. But the story is just amusing and who knows whether or not the guy was really into this sexual, bizarre game. If the dude did not agree to take part in this kind of session, I must apologise profusely for being amused at the news. Reading about this story just reminds me of the many stories of other well-known people whose behind the scenes antics were discovered e.g. George Michael convicted of a lewd act in a Los Angele public toilet or the story of Mark Oaten, a married man and a former contender for the Liberal Democrat leadership, who quit his job after being confronted with allegations of a gay affair with a male escort. In the case of Boy George and the Norwegian bisexual rent boy, this might have been just an incident of sadomasochism that went wrong. It is hilarious to read this kind of thing on the news and it clearly illustrates that people are ready to try anything sexually. Though they have to make sure that whatever they do with their buddies is not going to go against their consent, otherwise they could end up in court like the former lead singer of the Culture Club. There’s nowt so queer as folk!  🙂

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An interesting book about English behaviour

What a coincidence that Yodmanudying happened to be reading a book called “Watching the English, The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour”, by Kate Fox, a social anthropologist. I came across this book three years ago at Waterstones while my Chinese friend and I were searching for something to buy. The book, as seen in the picture, immediately caught my attention. I did not need to think twice that I wanted to read it since it might help me to understand the local people a bit better.

The book is divided into 2 parts, excluding the introduction, conclusion and epilogue. Part one: Conversation Codes and part two: Behaviour Codes. In each section, there are some interesting topics. e.g. Humour Rules and Pub-Talk in the Conversation Codes part; Food Rules and Rules of Sex in the Behaviour Codes part. However, I must admit that I have not got round to reading the book from cover to cover yet, though I have skimmed through some of the pages. There are some entertaining topics that I like, such as Emerging Talk Rules – the Mobile Phone on page 84. What the writer describes about people on the train talking loudly on the phone about banal business and domestic matters, in the section on mobile-phone etiquette, is quite true and commonly seen. To me, it is a bit embarrassing to hear these people conversing about private matters in a public place. As funny are the Food Rules. As a matter of fact, I was very surprised to learn that there are rules regarding gastronomy in the UK seeing as people’s tastes are a bit limited here. Some foreigners have mentioned that people’s relationship with food is more like a loveless marriage, which is not surprising to know. But I also must agree with the author about the quality of English cooking. It is neither as awful as some people said, nor as tasty as the natives would like foreigners to believe. It is neither bad nor delicious; it is just bland.

This is a very well-observed and amusing anthropology. The book speaks eloquently and is a comprehensive study of people in one of the most interesting societies in the world. If I had enough time, I would love to indulge myself with this book. A fascinating read.

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Student debt and so what?

Nikki left university half way through her course as she felt the amount of teaching she was getting didn’t justify the fees.” says the BBC. Oh dear! How sad! Bless her!

I do not get her and some other British students at all. I do not understand what they have to moan about, especially when the cost of their study at university is far less than international students – those who are not UK or EU students – have to pay for the same course. The tables highlight the fees charged by different universities for overseas students studying arts and science courses, compared with UK and EU students. All overseas students studying at UK universities are expected to make a full contribution towards the cost of their education, unlike a Home/EU student who is subsidised by the government. On average, foreign students, including myself, have to pay course fees of between £5,500 and £12,000 per year depending on the university and course, and we have to pay it upfront without delay. That was the case several years ago. I would not be surprised if the fees for foreign students have gone up in the past few years.

I just do not get the native kids at all. Why do they need to whine about something that we foreign students do each year without complaint? I suppose it is just they way they are or maybe it is in their psyche.

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