Archive for July, 2007

If Bangkok was like London….

I’m a ex-Londonder, lived in the city for 10 years and still count it as home, so I can comment on how funny any change in weather causes London to fall over.

Friday’s rain seemed to bring the whole place to a standstill. The headlines screamed:
• Rail companies cancel train services
• Floods cause gridlock on the M5
• Police phone lines down
• Drivers forced to abandon cars

Now anyone who has lived through a typical Bangkok monsoon storm knows what real rain is like, yes the streets are flooded with 1ft of water within minutes, but as quickly as it started it all goes away and life goes back to normal.

London on the otherhand seems to struggle with any kind of weather. Leaves cause massive train delays, snow just shuts down the place and a little bit extra rain and we have the end of the world announcements.

Next time it rains like mad in Bangkok, spare a thought for those stuck in London :)

Thailands new net laws now in effect

Taking effect today, a new law allows police officers or government inspectors to seize computers on private premises suspected of containing pornographic material or evidence in connection with either general criminal activities or cyber crimes.

The 2007 Computer-related Crimes Act also prevents unauthorised applications and access made to other people’s computers, as well as alteration, deletion or destruction of the information of others.
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Could it be?

Luddite Central (a.k.a Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)) might just have got around to unblocking Youtube.com (although currently True is still blocking it, but others are reporting that it’s open).
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All is silent in Bangkok

We are still alive, it’s been raining like mad and not much has happened recently. Today it was announced that a new Thai constitution was drafted, with rumours of possible elections this year!.

In other news, we are always looking for people who want to blog about Bangkok, so if you are interested, drop a comment and i’ll get back to you

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