This Week in Thailand: 6th-12th August 2010

This is a review of what happened in Thailand during the last week based on topics that I tweeted. You can follow me live for latest news about Thailand @RichardBarrow.

Friday 6th August 2010:

  • The Bangkok Post today, including the front cover picture, is in 3D. http://twitpic.com/2by5kt #
  • King Power is going ahead with it’s deal to buy Leicester City FC, an English football team, for 2 billion baht /BkkPost #
  • Singha paid Chelsea 400 million baht & Manchester United 350 million baht to be it’s official beer supplier /BkkPost #
  • I’m at Samut Prakan Provincial Court for student activities for Rapee Day. http://twitpic.com/2byv4g #
  • Picture of Chief Justice of Samut Prakan. A judge told me they have 8000 cases in one year. http://twitpic.com/2bywuj #
  • Students inside a courtroom in Samut Prakan. http://twitpic.com/2bz81r http://twitpic.com/2bz80d #
  • The witness stand inside a Thai court. http://twitpic.com/2bz8ct http://twitpic.com/2bz8d0 #
  • Samut Prakan Provincial Courthouse has 36 judges, 20 courtrooms & about 8000 cases per year. http://twitpic.com/2bzgbb #
  • VDO of witness in court being questioned. Verbal notes are taken by judge after each question. http://twitvid.com/4REMG #
  • In a Thai court they don’t have a jury. http://twitpic.com/2bzvt9 http://twitpic.com/2bzvsh #
  • Here is a story I wrote about “A Day in a Thai Court” http://bit.ly/anf8zg & a foreigner in court http://bit.ly/bOFiq1 #
  • Photo album of students activities at Samut Prakan Provincial Courthouse this morning http://bit.ly/d7m81X #
  • PM to meet with PAD leaders today to discuss Preah Vihear. They plan to rally at Govt House tomorrow /BkkPost #
  • Video I shot this morning inside a Thai court room showing procedure during a courtcase http://bit.ly/bohDPS #
  • CRES confirms PAD rally doesn’t violate emergency decree; gov’t prepared to listen to all parties on Phrea Vihear /TANN #
  • After deadly clashes, Thai opposition regroups (Reuters) http://bit.ly/9xiZtg #
  • Thai elephant believed to be one of the oldest in the US has died at Missouri Zoo http://bit.ly/dAxMrZ /via @babyfishie #
  • Thai Kings “Rain Making” Technology Set for Australia http://bit.ly/91v8I2 #
  • CRES bans PAD’s Saturday rally at Government House, citing law violation, group can send rep to talk with govt /MCOT #
  • Bangkok Dangerous Map updated with places to avoid this weekend due to yellow shirt rally http://bit.ly/b1nolL #
  • 6 companies of police and 3 companies of soldiers will be deployed to maintain law & order at Government House /BkkPost #
  • Thai police arrest Japanese man accused of faking own death for millions in insurance money http://bit.ly/94K8dQ #
  • Thailand aims to have the largest solar farm in Southeast Asia (CNET) http://bit.ly/aAMHw9 #
  • NATION: Yellow Shirt Rally will now be at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng on Saturday. Map – http://bit.ly/agh1GG #
  • Map showing restricted area around Government House. Face 2 years in prison if you enter now http://bit.ly/aRAJMK #
  • Civil society groups move to gather at Dindaeng’s Thai-Japanese Stadium (MCOT) http://bit.ly/bJ2tpI #

Weekend 7th-8th August 2010:

  • Defiant PAD group to go ahead with rally at Government House (The Nation) http://bit.ly/crlG8s #
  • PM Abhisit said he would go to the yellow shirt rally in Din Daeng & listen to PTN’s demands this afternoon /BkkPost #
  • Will PM Abhisit be arrested for attending a political rally today? Did he go to listen to the demands at Ratchaprasong? #
  • 7th August: Today is Rapee Day (??????) commemorating Prince Rapee Pattanasak, father of Thailand’s modern legal system #
  • US Embassy warns of possible bomb threats against foreign embassies on Wireless Rd. Map: http://bit.ly/cklRAm #
  • I’m at the Provincial Courthouse in Samut Prakan. Everyone is wearing black for the wreath laying ceremony for Rapee Day. #
  • I seem to be the only media here so far. The Chief Justice came over to thank me for coming which was nice of him. #
  • RT @swongjitt: He didn’t go to Rachaprasong but he did invite those leaders to discuss live on tv. #
  • Small crowd at Government House in Bangkok despite SOE http://yfrog.com/necu5vj /via @vaitor #
  • Two rallies going on in Bangkok at the moment by yellow shirt supporters. Map marks places to avoid http://bit.ly/a1TqCq #
  • 10.15 a.m. Chaiwat on mobile stage at Government House http://tweetphoto.com/37303689 /via @nikhon_ #
  • Veera Somkwarmkid at the barricade at Government House http://twitpic.com/2cb3vf /via @_Willowtree_ #
  • Civil groups start gathering at Thai-Japanese Sports Complex and Government House (MCOT) http://bit.ly/98aOYf #
  • So far a low-key turnout of 100-150 protesters in front of Anti-Corruption building near Government House /via @thaicam #
  • Some great pictures from Government House rally by @_Willowtree_ Also there @thaicam & @fishmyman. #
  • Chamlong: PM Abhisit will come to meet members of TPN rallying against Cambodia at Thai-Japanese Stadium /BkkPost #
  • Police will allow protesters to rally at Government House until noon & will take action after the deadline /BkkPost #
  • Crowd with large flag moving to Police HQ http://twitpic.com/2cbq2x /via @_Willowtree_ Also map: http://bit.ly/c1sRIg #
  • RT @champkris: What does TPN stand for? ==> Thailand Patriot Network #
  • Live pic and map for Region 1 Army base in Bangkok http://tweetphoto.com/37327963 http://bit.ly/duQp5m /via @nikhon_ #
  • Activist Veera says his group ready to prolong its rally, gives PM 7 days to answer on Preah Vihear dispute /MCOT #
  • 12.35: PM Abhsit arrives at Thai-Japan Stadium in Din Daeng, ready to talk with Chamlong-led group via @veen_NT #
  • RT @forestmat: At Rama V monument approx 300 people. None at Gov House. Just saw a man with PAD guard shirt #
  • Photo album by @thaicam of the yellow shirt rally this morning in the Government House area http://goo.gl/photos/afh7 #
  • RT @Juarawee: PM is going to answer the Preah Vihear issues with protesters of Love the Nation network in a few moments #
  • PM Abhisit confirms that both protesters and government have same stance to protect the land /via @Juarawee #
  • Abhisit: “If I don’t protect our territory, I don’t deserve to be a Thai PM nor to be in this country /via @Juarawee #
  • I am on my way now to Ancient Siam for their Thai Culture Fair. But it looks like a storm is coming. Wind is picking up. #
  • Thailand Patriot Network rally confirms overnight stay on Ratchadamnoen Road near Government House (MCOT) #
  • Not easy to take pictures in the rain holding an umbrella! http://twitpic.com/2cey65 http://twitpic.com/2cey68 #
  • Parade about to start at Ancient Siam. Still raining. http://twitpic.com/2cfaai #
  • Rainbow at Ancient Siam. Waiting for the Governor to come so we can start the parade. http://twitpic.com/2cfgxg #
  • Sun setting behind the palace building at Ancient Siam, Samut Prakan. http://twitpic.com/2cfjz1 #
  • Governor of Samut Prakan has to go to the airport every time a member of the Royal Family comes or goes. Even at 3am! #
  • It’s raining and I am wet and cold. No fun taking pictures in the dark. I wonder if I can sneak away? #
  • Photo album for the wreath laying ceremony this morning for Rapee Day (??????????????????) http://bit.ly/aEbTnY #
  • Someone asked if I could post comings and goings of the Royal Family which I will do for a couple of weeks starting today. #
  • Today, HRH Princess Srirasmi, returned from a trip to Chiang Mai http://bit.ly/b01gRe #
  • Bangkok Post: Thai tobacco officials ‘took B62m bribes’ from US companies – http://is.gd/e804p #
  • Bangkok Post: Kicking drugs the army way – http://is.gd/e80JO #
  • There are more than 500 volunteer firefighting teams in Bangkok http://is.gd/e814S #
  • The Nation: PM reminds PAD Thailand lost Preah Vihear in 1962 – http://is.gd/e81Gt #
  • Shawn W Crispin, a “social danger” to Thailand & rep for Committee to Protect Journalists http://bit.ly/a5nC6r #
  • I’m at the Old Bang Phli Riverside Market in Samut Prakan for the opening of a new museum. http://twitpic.com/2cpp28 #
  • ‘Thailand Patriot Network’ continues rally outside 1st Army Region HQ, will announce next move this afternoon /MCOT #
  • Month long Thai-Myanmar border closure leads to shortages in Yangon – http://is.gd/e8lyv #
  • Phuket Lifeguards Search for Tourist off Karon – http://is.gd/e8tNv #
  • Network of Thai Patriots ends its rally in front of Army Region 1 HQ due to low number of demonstrators /BkkPost #
  • RT @netphoto: Red Shirt at a parkl near victory monument. http://twitpic.com/2crkeb #
  • PM: Can’t deliver response to activist temple demands within week http://bit.ly/9LHltQ #

Monday 9th August 2010:

  • Phuket Day of Beach Tragedies: One Tourist Drowns, Another is Missing, Feared Dead http://is.gd/e8tNv #
  • Global tourism industry wooing Indian weddings including Thailand’s TAT http://is.gd/e8RcS #
  • David Thompson, a world expert on Thai cuisine, opens a new restaurant in Bangkok http://bit.ly/cpQ4Ve #
  • Cambodia has written to the United Nations saying it’s ready to defend its territory http://bit.ly/9iQOaB #
  • Opening of Airport Link on August 23 a Potential Tourism Bonanza http://bit.ly/cmBVLA #
  • Teaching Thai orphans not to fear strangers by Richard S. Ehrlich (@CNNgo) http://bit.ly/bDzX2J #
  • Suthep: Foreign Ministry will inform UN that Thai troops are prepared to protect the country’s sovereignty /BkkPost #
  • ABAC Poll: Gross domestic happiness of Thai people increased slightly from 6.52% in June to 6.77% in July #
  • 18.8 billion coins are in circulation in Thailand, half of which are 1 baht coins /BkkPost #
  • Suthep denies govt used double standard in favor of PAD demonstrators (The Nation) http://bit.ly/b8Zz53 #
  • Thai Treasury expects to issue 1.2 billion new coins into the economy in 2011, a 15% drop from this year /BkkPost #
  • Finance Minister Korn has ordered a probe into the alleged tobacco scam at the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly /BkkPost #
  • Thai court opens trial against ruling party http://bit.ly/avsTxF #
  • Yet another drowning in Phuket http://bit.ly/a0Dikv (and yesterday’s story updated http://bit.ly/cqndRn) #
  • Police arrest Iranian man after 10kg of crystal methamphetamine, worth Bt30 million, found in his room in Asok area /MCOT #
  • Thai Superstar Bashed & Robbed on Pattaya Beach Road http://bit.ly/cXt3NU #
  • Wichean voted as next Chief of Police in Thailand (Bangkok Post) http://j.mp/bvZ122 #
  • Thai police arrest German graduates in Pattaya for internet banking theft http://bit.ly/9q64Il #
  • Thai health authorities are urging women not to wear fashionable black leggings to avoid mosquitoes http://bit.ly/agSAWD #
  • 25 Juvenile detainees escaped from a detention Center in Nakhon Pathom last night. 15 still on the run /via @Tulip_Oum #
  • 17 Red-shirt Leaders Face More Charges http://bit.ly/9lvQEK (TANN) /via @Juarawee #
  • Aussie chef (David Thompson) takes on the Thais by opening a restaurant in Bangkok http://bit.ly/cR1C9E #
  • Why is the David Thompson book “Thai Street Food” 2,295 Baht but in USA it’s only $37 (1,200 Baht)? http://amzn.to/9sDm7V #
  • Thailand all set to fight Somali pirates (Bangkok Post) http://bit.ly/b2lpBY #
  • According to Metropolitan BKK, Nahm will open beginning of September due to construction delay /via @ChrisWidmer #
  • Cambodian PM warns of possible violence over border dispute: “It may cause bloodshed” http://bit.ly/aQMuc4 #
  • A darling at Cannes for his starring role in “Uncle Boonmee”, Thanapat is a field hand in Thailand http://bit.ly/aX2jtJ #

Tuesday 10th August 2010:

  • Popeye encourages Thai children to eat fruit and veg, study – http://is.gd/eaeUE #
  • A German flew a yellow-and-red kite in front of Government House yesterday (The Nation) http://is.gd/eaCw1 #
  • Democrat dissolution trial begins (Bangkok Post) http://is.gd/eaCJF #
  • Canada briefed about a Thai ship of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka that could be carrying terrorists http://is.gd/eaD3W #
  • KBank adds Burmese language to some of it’s regional ATM’s to help migrant workers /BkkPost #
  • Bangkok 2010: Phetkasem, Ramkhamhaeng & Kanchanaphisek are most dangerous roads with 9, 8 & 6 fatal accidents /BkkPost #
  • The most dangerous intersections in Bangkok are Asok-Phetchaburi, Soon Wijai and Bang Na http://bit.ly/99c17H #
  • Thai students practicing for Mother’s Day ceremony where they will prostrate to their mothers http://twitpic.com/2d9hdc #
  • Workers preparing the stage for the Queen’s Birthday ceremony this Thursday in Samut Prakan. http://twitpic.com/2d9y8u #
  • Massive traffic jam of coaches coming off expressway at Bang Na. 1000’s of students heading to BITEC for Science Fair. #
  • The National Science and Technology Fair 2010 is on now until 22 August 2010 at BITEC – http://bit.ly/d6NRKG #
  • They’re expecting 1 million people to come here to the Science Fair at BITEC. I believe it! http://twitpic.com/2danb8 #
  • Central World to re-open at the end of September after 2,800 million baht renovation http://is.gd/eaTfW /via @bangkok #
  • I posted 47 photos on Facebook in the album “National Science & Technology Fair 2010” http://bit.ly/cyGWsY #
  • RT @bm_: Is there an off peak for science fair? Looks interesting but also very full. => I guess weekdays more school kids so try weekend #
  • NIDA poll: 69.55% want the government to push Cambodians out of the overlapping area near Preah Vihear temple /BkkPost #
  • ICT minister gets suspended jail term for defaming wife of former deputy prime minister Surapong http://bit.ly/9JWB83 #
  • School girl from Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan wins 10 million baht in the World Cup postcard draw #
  • The name & full address of the Thai schoolgirl who won 10 million baht has already been published on the net #crazy #
  • Teachers face death in Thailand’s troubled south (AFP) http://bit.ly/bJYuFw #
  • RT @GlobalMouthful: Someone should do a story on what she will spend it on! => I am sure she will have plenty of long lost relatives helping #
  • Body of drowned foreign tourist found on Phuket’s Karon Beach this morning http://bit.ly/9nxKfa #
  • PM affirms Thailand’s adherence to peaceful means in resolving the border dispute with Cambodia. http://bit.ly/blhlof #

Wednesday 11th August 2010:

  • 34 cultural Thai heritage items named (The Nation) http://is.gd/ec7SF #
  • Thai schools all over the country are holding ceremonies this morning for the Queen’s Birthday & Mother’s Day. #
  • No Thai visa for more short-stay visitors: Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, Andorra and San Marino http://bit.ly/c4AguZ #
  • Thailand ranked 21 in global malicious activities in 2009 (Bangkok Post) http://bit.ly/9jde9I #
  • Everyone wearing blue at school today for the Queen’s Birthday ceremony. http://twitpic.com/2djloi #
  • Blue is the colour for H.M The Queen of Thailand. Her Majesty turns 78 tomorrow. http://twitpic.com/2djnuf #
  • Short video clip of Thai dancing at Queen’s Birthday celebration at Sriwittayapaknam School. http://twitvid.com/0ZVWN #
  • Some students have already started to cry while listening to the mother’s day speech & songs http://twitpic.com/2djwe7 #
  • Thai students prostrating at the feet of their mothers. http://twitpic.com/2djz84 #
  • Burmese language on ATM’s in Thailand is supply & demand but Thai media slant says “Burmese takeover” /via @Thai_Talk #
  • Early this morning, Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsavali returned from her trip to Denmark http://bit.ly/8X4f01 #
  • I’m on my way to Samut Prakan Immigration to do my 90 day reporting. I didn’t forget this time so don’t need to pay the 2,000 baht fine! #
  • RT @alexqrbkk: 2,000 Baht fine if you forget to report to Immigration every 90 days. 4,000 baht if you are arrested. #
  • You can report to Immigration for your 90 days, 7 days early or 7 days late. Someone can go for you or can send by EMS. #
  • If you leave Thailand for a brief holiday & come back, you start counting the 90 days again from zero. #
  • How we bully our migrant workers (Bangkok Post) http://bit.ly/9uTmpb /via @Giles_iPresume #
  • Supreme Court rejects an appeal filed by Thaksin against the seizure of his assets worth 46.37 billion baht /BkkPost #
  • Officials at Samut Prakan Immigration office hard at work this morning http://yfrog.com/5j7kjlj http://yfrog.com/caecsj #
  • RT @thomasgires: 90 days reset is for residence reporting only? => Nothing to do with visa, it is for anyone staying longer than 90 days #
  • I’m working on official website for Samut Prakan Immigration, but difficult getting accurate info! http://bit.ly/az8Ezq #
  • Villagers work their farms in fear due to tense situation at Thai-Cambodian border (MCOT) http://bit.ly/b0f5hs #
  • Minimum wage from 151 Baht/day ($4.87) in Phayao, Phichit, Phrae & MaeHongSon to 206 B ($6.65) in Bangkok & Samut Prakan #
  • 19 Red Shirt leaders & supporters indicted on terrorism charges but not Thaksin yet (BkkPost) http://bit.ly/cyL5NI #
  • Greepeace were out protesting yesterday about contaminated water in Samrong Canal, Samut Prakan http://bit.ly/bjsNcN #
  • Contract killer from Thailand ‘may die in prison’ for murder of disabled divorcee http://bit.ly/bAtRsi #
  • This weekend is “Smile@Siam” where there will be stages set up at Siam Square, Paragon, Siam Center and MBK #
  • What happens when your motorcycle is stolen in Thailand by @freakingcat http://bit.ly/bK58kC #

Thursday 12th August 2010:

  • Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers in Thailand & around the world! Happy Birthday to The Queen, mother to all Thai people #
  • At 7am a lot of people in Thailand will make merit for the Queen by giving alms to monks. http://twitpic.com/2dtn40 #
  • Live pic from Samut Prakan Provincial Hall of local people getting ready to make merit. http://twitpic.com/2dto1w #
  • Live pic of giving food to the monks in Samut Prakan to make merit for the Queen’s Birthday. http://twitpic.com/2dtwsw #
  • Video clip of merit making this morning in Samut Prakan http://twitvid.com/4UVYX #
  • Releasing 1 million tiny marine animals into the Chao Phraya River for the Queen’s Birthday. http://twitpic.com/2dtz6r #
  • The merit making ceremony for the Queen is over. Next is a formal event at 9am to pay homage to portrait of the Queen. #
  • Photo album of merit making activities this morning in Samut Prakan for HM The Queen’s 78th Birthday http://bit.ly/bNjwGH #
  • [Blog] Merit Making Ceremony in Samut Prakan for H.M. The Queen’s 78th Birthday http://bit.ly/cL3DXP #
  • I am now rushing back to the City Hall for the next ceremony where local government officials will pay homage to a portrait of HM The Queen #
  • The Governor of Samut Prakan & other government officials for ceremony for Queen’s Birthday. http://twitpic.com/2duq2m #
  • Video clip of ceremony going on here now in Samut Prakan for Queen’s Birthday. http://twitvid.com/X7JU0 #
  • In full dress including ceremonial swords for Queen’s Birthday ceremony. http://twitpic.com/2duwqr #
  • The ceremony is now over. Time for a quick breakfast then to Ancient Siam for their Mother’s Day event. #
  • Picture of the waterfront & Chao Phraya River from Samut Prakan Provincial Hall http://twitpic.com/2dv6c6 #
  • Despite it being a public holiday in Thailand today, all shopping malls & tourist attractions are open as normal. #
  • BMA: Sukhumwit is the dustiest road in Bangkok with the worst air quality at Udomsuk Intersection (297mpcm) /BkkPost #
  • RT @ruxoz: http://twitpic.com/2dv6c6 – Color in this picture’s really interesting! => I used Pro HDR on my iPhone #
  • Air Quality in Bangkok is looking good at the moment. The PM10 column shouldn’t exceed 120 http://bit.ly/bjrLh2 #
  • Air quality charts for the rest of Thailand looking good. The PM10 column shouldn’t exceed 120 http://bit.ly/9LpgSf #
  • I’m at Ancient Siam in Samut Prakan to take pictures of their Mother’s Day activities. http://twitpic.com/2dwrpe #
  • This is a replica of the famous Preah Vihear at Ancient Siam which is in a border dispute now. http://twitpic.com/2dx752 #
  • RT @taprumy: Is the flag on the temple Cambodian or Thai? => Old Thai flag; White elephant on red background #
  • Wonderful views from top of Preah Vihear at Ancient Siam http://twitpic.com/2dxc6y http://twitpic.com/2dxc6w #
  • Prasat Phra Wihan at Ancient Siam is built on an artificial hill. http://twitpic.com/2dxctm http://twitpic.com/2dxcto #
  • RT @LisaMajesty: So we can stop the tantrums by starting rumour that TAT has moved the temple from the border to Bangkok? #
  • On my way to Erawan Museum (giant 3-headed elephant) to take pics of Mother’s Day activities. Today is free for mum’s! #
  • Internet is Latest Battleground in Thailand’s Heated Political Landscape (Voice of America) http://bit.ly/bhNiDi #
  • I’m on my way now back to City Hall Plaza in Samut Prakan for the final ceremony for the Queen’s birthday. #
  • Teachers from Sriwittayapaknam School getting ready for the Queen’s Birthday ceremony. http://twitpic.com/2dymql #
  • It looks very much like we are going to get VERY wet very soon! http://twitpic.com/2dyor2 #
  • Everyone running for cover. Are they having better luck elsewhere? http://twitpic.com/2dyrwd http://twitpic.com/2dyrwe #
  • Fireworks show is over and we are now having a performance of Thai dancing. http://twitpic.com/2dzee6 #
  • Leicester City Football Club have been bought out by a Thai-based consortium (BBC) http://bit.ly/9Z5EH9 #
  • Mass candle-lighting ceremony marks Queen Sirikit’s 78th birthday (MCOT) http://bit.ly/dCRqcz #
  • I was lucky with this pic as I was on the right side. But I think I might find myself in a few local newspapers! http://yfrog.com/nb5jjj #

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2 responses to “This Week in Thailand: 6th-12th August 2010

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