Trip to Nong Bua Lai

Nong Bua Lai – Nakhon Ratchasima Province N.E Thailand – Issan Region

This is where my good lady comes from and last week we made the trip to visit her Mum who is now in her mid eighties and still hail and hearty. I will not go into to much detail but basically they are farmers – rice farmers and now is harvest time.

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Above sticky rice being cut by hand

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A Buffalo who was not to happy to have visitors

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Tan and her mother

 

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One of two Buddhist temples in the village

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Phimai Historical Park

Pimai is about an hours drive from Nong Bua Lai and makes for an nice day out.

The temple was built during the 11th and 12th century and what makes this temple unique is that is constructed as a Buddhist temple, even though the Khmer who built it were Hindu at the time. The Temple is regarded as being one of the finest examples of Khmer architecture in Thailand.

The temple marks one end of the Ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor wat(Siam Reap, Cambodia)

One of the specially nice things about this place is that it is not overrun by tourists. It’s a very peaceful place to wander about, sit, meditate or just muse

CNN – Travel – 17 best places to visit in 2017

  1. Isaan, Thailand
    Chiang Mai? Bangkok? Phuket? Been there, done that. Those looking for a piece of Thailand that’s still largely unexplored by the international market should head for the northeast region, referred to as Isaan.
    This vast section of Thailand is equipped with excellent infrastructure that includes several domestic airports and a range of upmarket hotels.
    You know that sticky rice and papaya salad that’s all the rage in trendy New York restaurants? Here’s where it comes from. Along with plenty of other fantastic dishes that are among the country’s best — provided you can handle a bit of spice. It’s impossible to see it all in one visit so you’ll have to pick and choose.
    There are also ancient Khmer ruins outside Buriram, mountainous national parks in Loei and Bronze Age artifacts in the UNESCO-listed Ban Chiang Archaeological Site. And that’s just scratching the surface. You’ll just need to come back for more.

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Hidden aces 1927

7.6/10 IMDb

Hidden Aces

Brief Synopsis
Princess Orloff and her friend Serge Demidoff arrive in the United States with valuable jewels; and Larry Hutchdale, Serge’s secretary (Natalie Kingston), and Burke (a private detective) all plan independently to get possession of them. The police captain accuses Natalie, who steals the jewels from Serge, then makes her getaway in an automobile, followed by Larry on a motorcycle, the police also pursuing. Larry overtakes her, springs from his cycle to her car, and diverts it from the path of an express train. Larry pretends to join her in flight, and when the police arrive, he assumes all blame. It is revealed that the princess has stolen the jewels from a consulate in Shanghai and that Larry and Natalie are both Secret Service agents.

Director: Howard M. Mitchell (as Howard Mitchell)
Writers: Jack Natteford (screenplay) (as John F. Natteford), Jack Natteford (story) (as John F. Natteford)
Stars: Charles Hutchison, Alice Calhoun, Barbara Tennant |

 

 

Refuge 1928

 

refuge 1928

7.7/10 · IMDb

Also known as Zuflucht 1928 with English subtitles.

Melodrama about a revolutionary who spends nine years in Russia, ignoring the headaches that such a crazy decision will cause in his bourgeois family. When he finally returns to his country, ragged, hungry and sick, a poor girl will take care of him

Director: Carl Froelich
Music composed by Walter Winnig
Producer: Wilhelm von Kaufmann
Cast: Henny Porten, Max Maximilian, Margarete Kupfer

Screenplay: Friedrich Raff, Walter Supper

Come for a walk through Bram Stoker’s Dublin (without leaving your seat)

Come Here To Me!

DraculaFirstEdition A first edition copy of Dracula, 1897.

Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success!

I was delighted to be asked to curate an event for the forthcoming Bram Stoker Festival, which returns to Dublin from October 27 to 30. It is a fitting time of year to remember the Dubliner who brought the world what is undoubtedly the most celebrated Gothic horror novel.

Stoker was born in Clontarf in 1847, and educated at Trinity College Dublin, before going onto a career as a civil servant in Dublin Castle. Like his contemporary Oscar Wilde (who Stoker proposed for membership of the TCD Philosophical Society), he is  thought of not as an Irish writer, but someone who left Ireland at…

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Hearts in Exile 1915

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Hearts in Exile is a 1915 American film directed by James Young. It was produced by Peerless Studios when it and many other early film studios in America’s first motion picture industry were based in … Wikipedia

Director: James Young
Story by: William Arthur Dunkerley
Language: English language
Screenplay: James Young, Owen Davis
Stars: Clara Kimball Young, Montagu Love, Claude Fleming

 

The Tantalizing Fly 1919

The Tantalising fly

Max Fleischer was one of the pioneers of classic cartoons, we owe him mainly Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, first adaptation of Superman in animations (Superman was created in comic strips in 1936 by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster), now we can see him in person at 1919 “The Tantalizing fly”.

Director: Max Fleischer
Writer: Max Fleischer
Star: Max Fleischer

Holidays – Denmark

 

First, stop Copenhagen

We stayed in the holiday home of Jeup and Allan which is about 50 minutes drive from the city. Jeup is my partner’s daughter and Allan is her husband.

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Well, if you visit Copenhagen a must is a visit to the *Little Mermaid. This Poor misfortunate has in recent times been decapitated twice, had an arm cut off and paint thrown over her on a number of occasions. Amazingly, after all these misfortunes she manages to reincarnate into her former self.

The statue was donated to the city by the brewer Edvard Eriksen of Carlsberg fame.

A note on the plaque states climbing on the monument is forbidden. Interestingly enough nothing is said about hacking limbs off.

To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

*The Little Mermaid is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

Visit Carlsberg Brewery

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One of my friends labelled this picture Steptoe and Son after the British TV comedy series about a London East End rag and bone merchant.

The Brewery garden has some nice sculptures and is worth a visit

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Above sculpture by Aguste Rodin titled Meditation

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We did not leave without a drink or two

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

Edgar Allan Poe

River Cruise

The reason we took the river cruise was we were running short on hours and Allan suggested this was the best way to see the city given the time constraints.

I took a video of the cruise but quality wise it was not good so it’s gone to the bin which really means it needed a lot of editing and I was too lazy to do that.

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Above is an incinerator plant smack bang in the middle of the city. Reputed to be the cleanest in the world. The structure you see around the plant which has not yet been finished is going to be a ski slope – Wow

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Jazz on the quay side.

Thoughts on cities

All major cities have their sights – Museums, art galleries, historic buildings and so on…  one, really only gets to knows a city by researching, walking and scratching its underbelly and I did not have time for that. What a shame.

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

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Dinner in the holiday home – Good food, good wine, good friends, good times.

Jutland

The windy part of Northern Denmark – the wind seems to blow forever. We stayed in a holiday home near the town of Lønstrup which was nice and cosy

Lønstrup gets up to about 10,00 visitors per week in high season. In the winter the population drops down to about 500 weather beaten hardy souls

Just south of Lønstrup is the site of the former Mårup Church, a medieval church that is now dismantled due to coastal erosion  Built around 1250, it was originally 1 kilometre from the coast. It is believed the church will be rebuilt in Copenhagen. This has caused outrage within the local area.Time will tell what the outcome will be

Going South from the church is another abandoned structure, the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse. Partially buried in sand, the lighthouse was built at the turn of the 20th century. You can in places near the lighthouse see the outline of buildings now totally covered in sand

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The great Danish desert!

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The  church before it was dismantled – photo courtesy of  Wikipedia

Below all that remains

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The Anchor that you see is that of a British sailing ship that foundered nearby in the eighteen century – It has been moved from the church to the graveyard. In time the graveyard will also have to be moved

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On Skagen’s northeastern outskirts, Grenen Beach is where the Skagerrak and the Kattegat seas converge

The Skagerrak is a strait running between the southeast coast of Norway, the southwest coast of Sweden, and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Danish Straits. The sea area is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as a bay where the two seas converge

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This the spot where the two seas meet.  Tan paddling like a female Moses about to create a great watery divide…Let’s walk to Sweden

Sculpture park – Blokhus

A great place to visit and relax.

The park is Denmark’s largest open-air art exhibition. The more than 20.000 m2 park contains sculptures made from materials such as sand, wood, iron, metal, stone and bronze.

I will let some photos do the talking

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The images are of Hans Christian Andersen – Interpretation is up to you – let your imagination go to work. The rising of a fairy tale?

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The God Thor does battle with the great serpent during a mythic war waged at Ragnarök. Thor slays the dragon and saves the world from destruction but Thor himself has been mortally inflicted with venom from the beast and shortly after dies

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Gulliver in the Land of Giants

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Sculpture by Niall Magee.

In Greek mythology, Minotauros was a creature with a head like a bull and a body like a human.

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Quick Impressions of Denmark

A well-manicured country with an outwardly contented and self-satisfied populace.  The jury is out on levels of fun and happiness. However, I will say I had a good time and enjoyed myself. For some weird reason travelling around Denmark, constantly reminded me of the movie the Stepford Wives.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

The End

PS Airports I had seven flights over the holiday period and I don’t wont to see an airport queue for quite some time.