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Could This Be The Thinest Skinned Politician Ever?

20 July 2017 - 21:22

Papua New Guinea court order bans 'tomato' insult

Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner has gone to court to stop a critical blogger from mocking his name as the country goes to the polls.

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Patilias Gamato won the order against blogger Martyn Namarong, who referred to him as "Tomato", and was accused of posting an image of the election chief with a tomato for a head, the Post Courier newspaper reports. Mr Namarong denies ever posting the doctored image.
According to Australian broadcaster ABC, Mr Gamato said he resorted to court action when Mr Namorong began using the fruit-based insult, although he was not the first person to do so. "He made some defamatory statements and also called my surname 'tomato'," he told ABC.

"I don't look like a tomato, I'm a human being."

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In response to the court case, Mr Namarong tweeted a picture of himself gagged and blindfolded.
With counting in the Papua New Guinea election still ongoing, Reuters reports that the Commonwealth Observer Group has expressed its concerns over reports of election-related violence and vote buying, "in some cases through the use of state resources and development funds".
Early results show the ruling People's National Congress party in the lead, with incumbent Prime Minister Peter O'Neill winning his seat.
Reporting by Alistair Coleman

Bangkok’S Hidden Chinese Opera

14 July 2017 - 02:00

Surrounded by alleys of old car parts and streets stained with motor oil, the Chou Zhou Zhi Kong temple nestled on a bend of the Chao Phraya River is the backdrop for a strange cultural event in downtown Bangkok: Chinese Ngiew opera.
Known locally as Yaowarat, the teeming alleys of Bangkok’s Chinatown are known for being vibrant and bustling, filled with the comings and goings of travelers and roadside commerce. In the past the area’s backstreets and shophouses were known for more illicit trades, but for a few balmy nights the noise quiets for culture.
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This opera, part of the annual Tesegan Gin Jeh (Vegetarian) Festival, hearkens back to the influx of migrants from the Middle Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries, filling downtown Bangkok with a quintessentially Chinese celebration of food, fireworks, and dragon dances.
After the day’s festivities, as the sun begins to set, performers in the Talat Noi, or Little Market area of Chinatown, are just finishing their preparations.
Known for bright face makeup and flowing, colorful period attire, these performances act out both fictional and historical tales of noblemen and women struggling through ancient conflict, be it martial or romantic.
The shrill screams of the female characters as they reproach aggressive antagonists punctuate the air, and the audience is put into a trance by the din of traditional Chinese musical instruments – accompanied as ever by the thunderous crashing of cymbals.

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Costume preparation takes hours and many can be seen carefully applying their makeup around the stage and audience area before the shows take place. The experience has a touch of the traveling circus about it: Curious spectators are free to wander behind the stage where the actors are dressing and preparing, living anachronisms in historical dress taking calls on smartphones and smoking cigarettes.
Huge devotional candles are lit behind the audience, and large spiraled stalks of incense are hung from the ceiling of the open-air roofed off area; a steady stream of devotees make their way to the altar of the temple opposite the stage.
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The celebration itself is, essentially, a quasi-religious one. During the days of the festival, the atmosphere in Yaowarat transforms into a modern Chinese fable. Tesegan Gin Jeh celebrants in traditional Chinese dress gather to take place in processions to pay respects to the Emperor gods.
The stores selling shark fin soup and shrines and temples devoted to Chinese deities bloom with color during the October festival. Yaowarat Road is overwhelmed with stalls selling all manner of vegetarian offerings, and the temples and shrines erupt into crowds of devotees enacting timeless rituals in honor of the Nine Emperor Gods.
The opera is very much an extension of that spirit. The players, who practice all year for these performances, go on into the night, echoing through the narrow cavernous passageways that surround the entrance to the performance area.
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This display is one that goes back to the migrants from China around four centuries ago, when Han Chinese travelers came from the southern Fujian and Guangdong regions. The Thai Chinese are one of the few outside ethnic groups to integrate so effectively into the strikingly homogeneous Thai society.
Attendance is free to these operas, but latecomers should be forewarned that there are far from enough seats – first come, first serve – but there is always plenty of standing room for the anyone interested in seeing this truly unique spectacle of a culture within a culture, and a nation within a nation.


Tourist Falls To Death On Phuket Beach

12 July 2017 - 23:48

An Australian man has fallen to his death in front of his wife and hundreds of beachgoers while parasailing in Phuket.
Roger John Hussey fell from his harness and plunged into the ocean yesterday as his wife, Budsabong Thongsangka, filmed from Kata Beach below, Bangkok Post reports.
In footage of the horror moment, Mr Hussey and a parasailing crew member can be seen being pulled into the air by a boat with the Perth businessman’s leg straps not appearing to be properly secured.
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The 71-year-old soared through the air for a few moments before slipping from his harness in front of hundreds of beachgoers.
Despite people racing into the water to pull Mr Hussey to shore, he died at short time later in hospital.
Thai police have charged the boat operator Monthian Jandaeng over the Australian's death, local media reports.
Karon Police Station Lieutenant Suwisit Keereerak said officers had launched an official investigation into the accident.

Mr Hussey and his wife were holidaying in Chiang Mai and had visited Phuket before their scheduled flight back to Australia today.
Read more at http://www.9news.com...GqkIPDye4uwi.99

Pacquiao Gracious In Defeat.....i Don't Think So

02 July 2017 - 21:33

Not a huge boxing fan but watched the Pacquiao v Horn fight yesterday. Few beers with a mate at the Casino.
I remember the first time I watched Pacquiao fight was at Gullivers one day when he fought Marquesz from Mexico in 2008 I think it was. I clearly thought the mexican won yet Pacquiao got the nod.
Yesterday I thought Horn won more rounds and got the decision now Pacquiao is crying foul along with certain US boxing commentators.

"It appears not everyone was happy about Jeff Horn's controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in the Battle of Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium with Teddy Atlas heading the top of the list.
The US boxing trainer and analyst erupted over the unanimous decision from the judges in favour of the Aussie underdog while he was doing ringside commentary for ESPN.
The judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, to hand Horn the WBO welterweight title and make the rest of the world sit up and take notice.
"They give everybody a trophy," Atlas fumed, slapping his console at times to make his point.
"That's what they did tonight. They gave a trophy -- a win, a huge win -- to Horn, the local kid, for trying hard.
"You're not supposed to get it for trying hard! You're supposed to get it for winning! And I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the real rules, the Marquess of Queensbury rules -- who lands the cleaner punches."
Atlas didn't let up either when ESPN interviewed both fighters at ringside, telling an uncomfortable-looking Horn he lost the bout as Pacquiao broke into a smile besides him.

"Congratulations," he said. "Great effort. I thought you lost. But great effort.
"I thought this guy was throwing the punches, you were throwing a lot that were missing.
"But you showed great heart, the heart of a champion, no doubt about that, the courage of a champion."

Pretty poor form for a commentator I thought.
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Simply Business Class

27 June 2017 - 02:31

There are a few of these set-ups around now that on sell business and first class seats.
I think they are FF point tickets. If so would you risk having the ticket cancelled if it breached the programs guidelines?

Anyone used them?