Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Here is the paragraph from the email in question……
“Planning this in as a regular get together meeting, apart from communicating where we are, what other things do you think would be valuable to use this time to cover off?”
What on earth does “cover off” actually mean? Why not simple use the word “cover”….is there anything else that you would like to cover in the meeting?
The people who use the phrase “cover off” are the same cretinous morons who litter their communications with corporate buzzwords and pointless jargon, such as “proactive, value-added, deliverables, incentivise, and core competencies”, not to mention the profoundly annoying “moving forward”.
I think those in positions of authority use this gobbledygook to try and deflect attention away from their own failings. In an endeavour to cover up their shortcomings, they foist meaningless words and phrases on their employees. These unfortunate lackeys then use this “management-speak” in their own communications, thus creating an on-going cycle of drivel.
I would just like to advise my boss that you can do the following:
Kick off, tee off, face off, blast off and even jerk off, but you can’t “cover off”, it just doesn’t make sense!!!!
Make no mistake, we are fighting for our lingusitic lives!!! There are battles raging everyday between the defenders of plain English and dark forces of verbal diarrhoea!!!
I urge you to take up the struggle and help rid the world of jargon, waffle and guff!! You can begin your noble quest, by logging on to the "Plain English Campagin" website........
Monday, June 21, 2010
Back-street gambling dens are a fixture in most Thai towns and betting reaches epidemic proportions during major sporting events. The football World Cup is no exception and these underground bookmakers will see huge increases in the sums of money changing hands and number of people using their services.
I have often stated that Thai people are very short-sighted when it comes to their financial affairs and managing their money. Although, I’m hardly one to be giving advice in this field, as I have also been guilty of spending beyond my means on credit cards. But, the lack of financial planning displayed by most Thais is mind-boggling and makes me look a shrewd hedge-fund manager.
Thais have the ability to spend money like it’s going out of fashion and this trait crosses the social divides, from the poorest rice-farmers to the ϋber-rich. I describe it as a “live for today” mentality and the Thais love of gambling fits in nicely with this idea.
But why do the Thais love to gamble? Is it means of escapism, from their harsh way of life and the dire economic realities? Is it simply that they want to have fun? Or is there another reason?
In my humble opinion, it is to do with the fact that while all Thais want to be rich, the majority of them don’t want to work hard for the rewards and they are looking for away to make as much money as possible with the least amount effort.
This is understandable, because in Thai society, enormous emphasis is placed on money. By acquiring wealth, Thai people can acquire status, power and quickly improve their social standing.
The government has become increasingly concerned at the level of gambling and a recent poll of students suggested that nearly 60% of them had placed a bet, despite knowing they’re committing a criminal offence. I read these statistics in a recent article in the Bangkok Post and if you want to view the article please click here……..
I like a flutter now and again and I will certainly be paying my turf accountant a visit during the course of the South African world Cup. But, as a wise man once said “you never see a bookie cycling to work” and heeding this advice, you won’t see me re-mortgaging my house or selling my parents, just for the pleasure of winning a fiver when Wayne Rooney gets sent off!!!
For more on gambling in Thailand the following links are very interesting.....
Monday, June 14, 2010
Usually, the man will curse all Thai bar girls, maybe join a few internet chat forums to bemoan his misfortune and to vent his anger, but will then say “c’est la vie” and go to the travel agent to book his next trip to the Land of Smiles!!! That would normally be where the story ends.
But, on this occasion the man in question was Derrick Bird, who went on a wild-west style “shoot ‘em up” less than a fortnight ago, through the streets on Cumbria, using his twin brother, family solicitor and work colleagues as live target practice.
Newspaper reports suggest that he had recently sent 50,000 baht (about £1,000) to a girl he met at a bar in Pattaya. It seems that he was hoping to start a new life with this young lady, but only days after sending the money, he received a text message from her ending their relationship.
There were also indications of family feud regarding a will and it appears that he was being investigated by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion. So, being jilted by his Thai girlfriend seems to have been the final straw for poor old Derrick and sent him into psychological meltdown.I think it’s a shame that Thailand is in the news again, for all the wrong reasons and that Pattaya is being linked one of the UK’s worst mass murderers, in the last 50 years.
Although, I will readily admit that Pattaya attracts its fair share of scoundrels, rouges and reprobates, I don’t think what happens in the city can be used to try and explain the actions of a deranged lunatic.
However, I will now think twice about hailing a taxi in the UK in case it’s being driven by someone who’s mentally defective and might try to “pop a cap in my ass”.
Finally, I won’t mention the joke I heard about Derrick Bird being called up to the England football squad because he shoots better than Emile Heskey, as it’s a little bit insensitive!!!
For more on this story please these links.............
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Two years later he was commissioned by Peter Sellars, to create a movie for the “New Crowned Hope Festival” in Vienna and the result was “Syndromes and a Century”. The film was shown at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, to huge critical acclaim.
However, the film brought him into to conflict with the Thai authorities. The “Thai Censorship Board” refused to allow the film to be shown in Thailand unless 4 scenes were removed that they had deemed to be “inappropriate”. Joe refused to compromise his artistic integrity and displaying the same spirit and free-will that he applies to his film-making, he and a number of other directors founded the “Free Thai Cinema Movement”, in order to challenge censorship laws.
Joe was propelled to superstar status this year, by winning the coveted “Palme D’or” at the Cannes Film Festival. His emotional and atmospheric film, entitled “Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives”, portrays the last days of dying man and shifts from scenes of real life to a phantasmagoric dream-world inhabited by ghosts and spirits.
The following article also gives you some more background on Joe……
If you would like to know more about the Cannes Film Festival, you can access the official website through this link….
Saturday, June 5, 2010
If you cannot prove you have an onward ticket and have enough money to to cover your living expenses you will be refused entry.
- A current passport sized photo
- The appropriate fee to cover any charges
Please be aware it is not possible to obtain this visa when you are in Thailand!!!
Category ED - This is basically a visa which allows you to study. For example, language courses, thai boxing, scuba diving, but it also permits you to attend conferences, seminars and exhibitions. It does not allow paid employment.
Category O - This visa has many purposes and allows you to visit friends and family, to do voluntary work and attend training courses. If you're a pensioner and wish to stay in Thailand or you have a Thai wife and are looking to stay for an extended period then this is the visa you will need. This category does not allow paid or unpaid employment without a work permit. Even if you are volunteering you will need to obtain a work permit!!!!
Non-immigrant visas come in two forms, single and multiple entry. The single entry visa has a validity of three months from date of issue and the multiple entry visa has a validity of twelve months from date of issue so they must be used within that time.
On arrival you will be granted a 90-day stay and you will receive a stamp in your passport giving the date you enter and the date by which you must exit.
- An application form correctly completed and signed
- A passport which is valid for at least six months from date of travel
- The appropriate fee to cover any charges