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20 September 2010


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Lawrence - The hearts of the young men of Phana must have been beating well and good for a full 12 months with a couple of cracking looking lasses like Sophie and Lauren about.

I couldn't help but notice the tartan in the background of the photo. I assume neither of them took up the position of goalkeeper in the school football team.

To get involved in Project Trust must be a life changing experience for youngsters arriving in Thailand. They must eventually walk away with a completely different mindset to life. I think Thailand and especially the rural way of life teaches you that your own world shouldn't be a material one. There is more to life than having a big flash car and a swanky watch.

I did myself apply for a couple of volunteer projects in Thailand but both Chang and Singha turned me down. I'm still waiting on a reply from Leo.

Now your two new arrivals are in Phana. Cider with Rosie and Billie's Boots (spelt Billy) were two of my favourite reads from my childhood. I hope the two English lasses give your locals just as much enjoyment as those two contrasting reads gave me.

A suggestion...why not interview the two young ladies about their new life in Phana. You could do a Q&A type of post and ask readers for questions.


Hi Martyn (from a monsoon-season Croatia). A long comment deserves a long reply.

The "cracking looking lasses" are SARAH and Lauren, though Sophie was an earlier one.

I´m glad you noticed the MacThai tartan. I believe the multi-coloured group in Thailand wanted to wear it for their demonstrations, but didn`t want red or yellow shirts querying (?) what they might or might not be underwearing.

Stick with the Leo, Martyn. You can`t go wrong (well, only pleasurably so) with your local brew.

I met Rosie not long before she died at a ripe old age. She still loved a tipple, but it was hard to picture her enjoying a roll in the hay.

Scottish goalkeepers. Reminds me of a joke I heard on TV recently from a posh English stand-up comic at the Edinburgh festival. It contained lots of asides on the subject of prejudice, but the joke boiled down to this: an Englishman, a Welshman and a Pakistani were waiting in the maternity hospital. A doctor came out and told them there had been a mix-up and they would each have to claim his own baby. The Englishman went in first and came out quickly with a baby. The Pakistani said "how could you think that is your baby?" "I know what you are getting at, and I`m sorry, mate. But there are two white babies in there, and one of them is Welsh. I`m not prepared to take the risk."


Martyn, I forgot to mention your suggestion re interviewing the new volunteers. Good idea. They are about to go off to Chiang Mai for a 3-week language course, and I won't be in Phana until the end of November, so I won't do anything about it just yet.

But I would certainly welcome your input with questions. And questions from anyone else too, please. Post them here or e-mail them to me.

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