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Bad Kitty!

I should post this in the “Only happens in Thailand” category as you can’t make this stuff up!.

The Associated Press are reporting that bad Thai police are being made to wear cute Hello Kitty masks and armbands in order to shame them when they have done wrong.


© Yasushi Ukigaya/Kyodo News, via Associated Press
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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 :)

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

High Court Ruling today

One thing you can’t say about BKK, it’s not dullville central :0)

Today the High Court Judges will pass judgement both the Thai Rak Thai and Democratic Party, and this ruling could have serious consequences for the stability of Thailand. His Majesty has already warned the judges last week that the future stability of the country rested on the fairness of their decision.

Obviously this could turn nasty or be as peaceful as the Coup, but BK Metblogs will be there with camera and hopefully be able to update you as the news comes in.

Anyone else planning on being in the area?

Update
Bangkok Pundit has a live feed of what is going on.

Watching on the Watchers…

Censorship is bad, no matter who tells you otherwise. The OpenNet Initiative is helping countries determine what is censored for them and how their country is looking from a censorship and surveillance point of view.

So, having issues getting to your favourite site, check out the OpenNet’s URL checker to see if someone had deemed it so bad, that you won’t get to see it,

Current Filtering in place for Political Content
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Copyright of image rests with the OpenNet Initiative

The Youtube case and the censorship cyber bill (extension from Daniel’s previous blog)

ICT has decided to call off the plan to sue YouTube after it received an official letter from Google promise to remove all offended video clips to the Thai monarchy.

Despite many offended clips can still be found on the site, the minister has said to be happy with the apologetic, sincere gesture from Google.

Unfortunately, it seems the scandalous case has led to the build up of the new cyber censorship.

To simplify it, this controversial bill is designed to deal with 2 related issues:
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Reducing our Carbon Footprint, tonight at 7pm

Not sure this would work, considering the whole marketing campaign has been pretty weak, but tonight at 7pm Bangkokkers are asked to turn out all nonessential lights, by Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin.

“These include billboard lights, decorative lighting at department stores and in shopfront windows, and some lights in households. There will also be extra police on duty to prevent crime.” ‘

‘Switching off one million 36-watt light bulbs for 15 minutes will mean a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases by as much as 4,800 tonnes,” the Governor added.

Update
Wow you go Bangkokkers, really show them (hint, sarcasm at work). I’m currently looking at downtown Silom with every billboard still on and most buildings with their lights on.

Explosion in Bangkok

Reports are coming in that a “bomb” has exploded in the city.
The bomb shattered a telephone booth outside the Chitrlada Palace, “It was intended to make a loud noise and cause chaos. It was not aimed to destroy life,” Police Lieutenant General Adisorn Nonsi told TiTV television.

Obviously details are sketchy at the moment, it is unclear about the size of the explosion and who was behind it, but already Police are saying it is the work of people trying to cause distress and panic.

Will update this story as proper reports are received

Say what??

You couldn’t make this up, but…

Thailand is suing YouTube (a.k.a Google) over the recent video clip saga

Sitthichai Phokai-udom, the minister of information and communications technology, told The Associated Press that a suit would be lodged with a Thai court next week on charges of lese majeste, or offense against the monarchy, which is a crime in Thailand.

Update
Seems the English Premiership is suing YouTube. I bet the lawyers are all booking their place in the queue for a new supercar, as they will be the only winners in both cases.
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Final hours of Suan Lum

Or should the title be “Power to the people…”

Tonight sees the Court imposed order for all stall-holders to remove their stock and selves from the Suan Lum location and cease trading. The problem is that those traders are standing firm and saying they won’t budge, in what could be the start of a fight between traders and the Crown Property Bureau.

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