inexpensive AIDS medicine?
Since coming to Pattaya two years ago, I have regarded
my weekly amusing, annoying, helpful, infuriating, instructional
(alphabetical order) reading of the Mail as an obligation. And since I am
writing my first letter to any publication, I thank you for your efforts.
My purpose is not to complain on behalf of any
“farang” interest. Of course, I get (mildly) irritated about the
“double” charging to which many refer: but I console myself that my
pension is significantly larger than the wages some Thai citizens earn. Of
course, I get (mildly) frustrated by the bureaucracy that does not always
understand “simple” management procedures: but I ask myself, is my way
always, or ever, the only way? I get (less than mildly) irritated by those
who have chosen to seek residence in Thailand and then want the country to
be like the one they have left, for whatever reason.
Last week, I heard the most appalling allegation from
Medicins sans Frontieres: that the USA, using powerful trade blackmail, is
preventing people in Thailand from benefiting from the generic drugs
available in this country for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Production is
allegedly restricted so that the expensive “western” drugs may be
imported. The generic drugs are 95% (sic) cheaper than patented drugs from
I hope that the Thai Government and all its agencies
will ensure that the cheaper treatments are available ONLY to Thai
citizens, and not to any whose country is supportive of such an appalling
“Copyright Violators Arrested”
I am writing in reference to an article which appeared
under the title “Copyright Violators Arrested” in the October 1, 1999,
edition of your newspaper. The article contained a number of factual
errors which I would like to correct as follows:
1) My name is Russell Frank Lerner and I am the
Managing Director of Pinkerton (Thailand) Ltd., the Bangkok branch of
Pinkerton’s, Inc., of the USA. We are a multi-billion dollar company
with over 300 offices worldwide.
2) Among the services we provide in Thailand is the
investigation of, and coordination of enforcement action against,
infringements of intellectual property rights belonging to our clients.
3) I hold power of attorney to represent many companies
in this regard, including Levi Strauss & Co, The Walt Disney Company,
Warner Brothers Entertainment, Reebok International, La Chemise Lacoste,
4) The September 16 action you refer to in your article
was carried out by one of our local staff, Miss Walailak Junlasap, on my
instructions. Police support came from the Economic Crime Investigation
Division (ECID) of the Thai police.
Russell F. Lerner
Pinkerton (Thailand) Ltd.
Editor replies: Thanks for the clarifications.
A few weeks ago a few friends and me booked a fishing
trip with a local company, looking forward to a nice day on the sea with
some fishing and swimming. Upon arriving at the pier there was nobody
there to welcome us or give us any information about why the boat wasn’t
leaving. We had been promised about 5-10 people on the boat, and as we
were seven in total and there were a few other confused people standing,
waiting on the pier, we assumed everybody was there.
How wrong of us. A big bus with some 20 other people
turned up and entered the boat, and still nobody to tell us what to do.
However, we jumped onboard and were now eager to cast off.
Sure enough, things started happening. The guide laid
out the trolling lines - great, this is what gets me through the office
hours in the weeks. Upon asking the guide how it worked and who would get
to reel in the first fish, I got an answer in German. I don’t speak
German at all but I guess it would work out alright when we started
catching the first fish.
Srrrr- one of the reels started to scream. I was eager
to get back to the stern to get the rod - so were many of the other paying
customers (who didn’t speak German either), but to our big surprise the
guide snatched the rod and screamed to everybody to stay clear and not
disturb him. I like to watch fishing programs on TV, but if I’m on the
boat I want to get a piece of the action, instead of watching the guide!
OK, I understand that I was very far from being alone.
Actually, the boat was crowded with people who wanted to fish and I
wouldn’t have minded sharing the fish with them at all - but with the
guide, no, that wasn’t what I paid for!
After watching the guide get the hook stuck in a reef
and tear off a big chunk of coral, my friends and I felt like taking a
swim. When we asked when we could do that, we were told in about ten
minutes, in Thai this time so we could understand.
After cruising over the reef for a while looking for a
nice piece of coral to drop the anchor on we finally stopped for our swim.
Excellent; cold fresh water around the body, the sun was shining and the
kids were playing and giggling. Bump - what’s that? A plastic bottle
this far away from land? That’s strange! Oops - a plastic bag and look
over there - a beer can.
Looking up on the boat I saw people freely throwing
absolutely everything overboard. Now I started getting angry. Why wasn’t
the guide doing anything? “No problem” was the answer I got!
“We’ll soon leave and won’t see it again.”
Hello! I live here and I’ll see it again! Now I’m
getting cursed at in German and the dumping continued... more plastic
bottles, beer cans and broken snorkeling fins.
Better up guides! It’s yours and the tour
companies’ responsibility to brief people and help them understand the
importance of keeping the sea and the rest of the environment clean. After
all, we (farangs) are all guests in this beautiful country and should
strive extra hard to take responsibility for nature and be good role
Peace on the reef,
philatelic connection to Thailand
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,
I am looking for a serious collector of stamps to do a
good & honest exchange of stamps between Austria & Thailand. As I
have many contacts I have a huge range of material available. My major
interests are animal stamps, especially fish, sea life, coral, shells...
on registered covers and mint. My address is: Wolfgang Weitlaner, W.
Exnergasse 2 - 13, A 1090 Wien, Austria. I am 35 yrs old and I am
currently working for a press agency. My email is: [email protected]
Thank you. Sincerely,
Beer and coffee
It appears that the ownership of bars and restaurants
among farang retirees is a popular pursuit. I am curious to their
management abilities inasmuch that coffee and beer are always served at
the same temperature that is, ambient.
Whilst I have not visited every establishment in
Pattaya, an even slight familiarity with sampling statistics has convinced
me that the successful pursuit of HOT coffee and COLD beer is about as
likely as ...(suitable simile to be provided by reader).
Jon Angus, Jomtien
Thanks for the
Dear Pattaya Mail,
Just a quick note of thanks to Peter Greene with
reference to Lady Jane’s Pub in Phitsanuloke. It was Sod’s law that I
was out of the country when the issue was published, as I normally peruse
your web page on Saturday mornings.
After spending over two years in Pattaya, Phitsanuloke
is quiet, but a lovely city with its Makro, Big C, Lotus etc. As Peter
says, Lady Jane’s has live English Premiership football and an excellent
menu. All are welcome. To anybody that knows us (and wants to!), you can
contact Jane or myself at [email protected] or [email protected]
Once again, thanks Peter and Pattaya Mail.
Chris & Jane,
In using an Internet cafe for the last few months, I
found myself burdened with an establishment that was not so much a
business, as a party room.
In addition to the computers, they had a TV and stereo,
which were always too loud; bar girls from up country sending email to
casual acquaintances in other countries asking for money, sitting next to
each other and shouting their conversations; friends of the employees
stopping by to hang out and chatter, too loud; and smokers fouling the air
I decided that being in Thailand, the Internet cafe was
like everywhere else, and I would just have to accept it and go with the
Recently, I discovered ‘Pattaya [email protected]’net’, on Soi
Yamato near Beach Road. What a relief! No TV, no stereo, no loudmouths, no
Located on a quiet side Soi, spacious, cool, quiet and
clean, Pattaya [email protected]’net is a peaceful oasis in a maelstrom of mindless
noise. Anyone looking for an environment conducive to thinking and working
should check it out.
Lawrence Neal, Pattaya
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