What kind of aircraft
The attached photograph was taken last month at a scrap
yard located on the main road to Bangkok about 3 or 4 km past the Sriracha
knowledge of matters relating to civil aircraft is pretty extensive, but I
am fairly ignorant when it comes to the military side of aviation. My
reference books have not been helpful in identifying the aircraft in the
picture. I have an idea that it is a Fairchild Packet or Provider. The
engines fitted on this particular aircraft were two pistons and two small
turbojets (to help it to take off in certain conditions).
I know that there are many ex-US armed forces personnel
living in Pattaya. Could one of them put me out of my misery and identify
the aircraft please?
By the way, the railway carriage also featured in the
picture is a mock-up of the Bangkok Skytrain which was used for publicity
and research purposes. So the rumours about the Skytrain coming to Pattaya
were true (if only!). There are two C47 Dakotas being broken up at the
same scrap yard. They are a sad sight.
Mr. Wright is right
Mr. Wright’s usual articles about high finance are
completely beyond my ken, and of all my fellow members of Pattaya/Jomtien
Branch of “Living Dead Expats”. Qualifications for membership are the
ability to live on a damp patch or 30 baht per day.
However, the penury of many members is due to the
common condition of not believing in the Gaussian Curve, or if they did,
thinking that their fortunes might be located at the positive rim of the
Mr. Wright has done an excellent job of laying out many
off the pitfalls for the unwary or the “love” blighted. There are a
few others which I might mention. One is that there is apparently no
Zoning, that is, it is OK to open a Karaoke Bar or a Boiler Shop in what
might be considered a residential area.
Secondly is the quality of construction. Looking at
many building sites, it is never clear whether they are being demolished
or built. Many a visiting brickie has succumbed to a heart attack after
viewing walling here. The end result is that a building may collapse
around one’s ears, even in the brief allotment left to our club members.
Plenty of warning of failure is given. If any footpaths or roads are laid
around one’s dream house they generally subside 5 years before the main
I would heartily endorse Mr. Wright’s advice to rent,
leaving one all the options... if only I had known!
Jomtien - never
I had occasion to visit Jomtien Beach with my new lady
last week. I hadn’t been there for 5 years. I came to remember why. What
I foolishly thought that I could have a nice peaceful
afternoon down by the beach sitting in a chair and taking in the air. No
sooner had we sat down not far from the police box then we were besieged
by beach vendors. These were a very persistent variety of peddler that
would not take a polite “No thank you” for an answer (even when spoken
in Thai). They rapidly perceived that my Lady was not from round here nor
well versed in the crudities of Pattaya and set about her unmercifully
with all manner of cajoling and wheedling to get that fat falang to part
with his money for some vastly overpriced slice of watermelon. I had to
use a very loud Thai expletive to get rid of that piece of insolence. This
went on interminably. I timed their appearances. One a minute solidly for
over two hours until I could stand it no more.
I got up and left in disgust with my little lady
confused and dumbstruck by their awful behaviour.
So, Jomtien - never again!
A long established known reader,
PS keep up the good work
Dear Pattaya Mail,
I notice that one of the toilet blocks has now been
demolished completely. Is this because all the male community that
frequent that part of the beach still insist on peeing up the fence? The
smell is now beyond belief.
Also, on several occasions I have not only been run
into by motor bikes but the other day a car driven by a Thai did try to
run me off the new pathway from Pattaya Park to Jomtien.
A daily walker from Pattaya Park to Jomtien Post office
Elephants, but no
Page 5 of today’s Pattaya Mail shows us a picture of
the new toilet block on Jomtien Beach. Well this has been knocked down.
What appears to be a new block is to be sited just a short distance along
Elephants on Jomtien Beach, yes here we go again as
yesterday 2 of the smaller elephants were on the Jomtien Beach at 3:30
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