Still in the UK and really furious with the PAD. I was supposed to be flying back to Toyland today but the actions of Sondhi et al in closing suvarnapoom (sic) have forced me to stay here another week.
After paying the British Council about 200 pounds to sit my DELTA exam in Bangkok it now seems as if I will have to pay again to sit it in England.
I was booked on an Emirates flight via Dubai into Bangkok tomorrow (Friday 28th) the Bangkok leg has been cancelled and my only option is flying back on the 4th December via - wait for it - Dubai, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Krabi and then bus to Bangkok.
This is the final nail in the coffin for Toyland; I am now desperate to leave the place forever and quite frankly I would be happy to never see it again. I was unimpressed with Thaksin and his antics but the alternatives are a complete joke. I doubt if their combined knowledge would be enough to pass an 'A' level economics exam; what are they thinking? For a country that depends heavily on tourist revenue they have really shot themselves in the foot; well both feet really. They (the PAD) have condemned Toyland to remain, for the foreseeable future at least, a 'little people'. To draw loosely on a speech of Churchill's, my thoughts can be summed up thus: Never have I seen so many people so proud of so little.
I certainly don't want to be here when the current king meets his demise; I predict that there will be utter chaos and quite possibly fully fledged civil war (throughout the whole country as opposed to just the south).
Toyland, your attractions were not that appealing to me earlier, now the balance has tipped, the things which used to compensate for the heat, corruption and general lack of competence no longer matter so much. I have even given serious thought to taking a six month teaching contract in Afghanistan!
Guiness at 1.50 a pint in Kilburn, despite the weather, seems much more attractive right now; I never did like Singha anyway.