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Under the greenwood tree

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If you like period films you must have seen most if not all of these titles. I am fond of such films but this list consists of what I haven't watched; except nos. 4 and 12:

1. Love on the Land  post civil war America
2. Versailles: The Dream of a King  Versailles, Europe's most splendid palace
3. Bleak House  mid 19th century England about British judiciary system
4. Under the Green Wood Tree  rural town life in the mid 19th century England
5. The Buccaneers  four American girls in London searching for husbands
6. Upstairs, Downstairs  servants and masters in Edwardian London
7. Angel  Edwardian Cheshire about an eccentric British writer
8. A Month in the Country  1920s rural Yorkshire
9. Circle of Friends  1950s Ireland
10.True Women saga of love, war and adventure; Texas Revolution thru the Civil War
11. Sally Hemings: An American Scandal  Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress
12. From time to time  ghost story spanning two worlds two centuries apart
13. Glorious 39  set around a Briti…

Orchid

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Orchid
An aircraft takes off and she's not in it
the clock ticks as she heads back for the exit
Christmas is nigh
and alone she passes by Just in time for the orchid to sigh.


Suvarnabhumi (Thailand international airport), almost midnight, December 24th 2010. I sent off friends who flew home for Christmas.
This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.

Beauty and power

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Music Monday: Light and Shade, Fra Lippo Lippi
Monday Mayhem follows

... of words, music and images are what I am happy to share today. Fra Lippo Lippi is popular in my home country (Philippines). Thanks to people who put together media like this for all of us to enjoy.


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Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda
XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop *****
Q1. What brand/flavor of chewing gum would you recommend to the rest of us? Dentyne Ice Midnight Mint. Guaranteed to funnel chili oxygen to your nostril. If you don't want your tongue convulsing in strong mint, stay away from it. (But it's my favorite)

Q2. What brand/flavor of beverage would you recommend to the rest of us?
Water from a mountain spring. I never drank anything like that from the shelves. But I have from a real mountain which took 8 hours to reach the peak. Just missing those days.

Q3. Desc…

Never let me go

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Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro - a novel I am reading for a book club meeting I am attending on the last week of this month. Being 'pop sci-fi thriller' it's not what I normally read but exploring newnooks of genre is nifty.
Characters of this novel (2005) are children raised in a boarding school in East Sussex, England as clones intended to provide organs for non-clones. A film adaptation of the same title was released in 2010.
Never Let Me Go Hazel, Delineating Des Baby, never let me go Kathy sings as she hugs her pillow Madame watches her and cries Kathy later asks her why And Madame replies: because I see this little girl A new world she is facing An efficient but cruel world But it is emerging Never let me go To the old world The little girl is asking.

This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.

Songkran in Huahin

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Thailand has just concluded Songkran (traditional Thai New Year), which is celebrated on April 13-15.  The festival has many fun features, most significant of all is water.  People are out on the streets getting drenched, dancing, eating, greeting each other a happy new year. This is a scene in Huahin last week. Hilton Hotel is behind that old house which is actually a bar. Behind it is Hard Rock Cafe, and the opposite side are an assortment of shops and restaurants.  White foreigners participate in this event too as you can see.  They have as much fun as the locals.



My World Tuesday is brought to you by Klaus and the My World Team Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Sylvia

While I'm alive

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Music Monday: It's My Life
Monday Mayhem follows

A friend celebrated an approaching change on her civil status Saturday night. When documents are sorted she will be officially single again. "Better get on with it," I thought. Down at Hard Rock I noticed for the first time a reference to Sinatra on Bon Jovi's It's My Life. I never really paid attention to this hit until I admitted I did relate with the message coming off the lyrics. My two left feet were exploiting the dance floor when this was played.


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Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda
XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop ***** Q.1-Why does it seem that every TV station goes to commercial at the same time- when you are checking to see what's on the other channel? Financiers probably want it that way - commercials get about the same amount of exposure at similar times from vie…

Chikuyoh Yakiniku

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You know what happens when you live in a normally boiling hot city and it suddenly turns cold? Instead of staying where you are you wander... Half an hour into looking around your empty stomach growls and you remedy it with a cup of coffee -

And then you become curious what's on the other pages of the menu. 
Ok, that's my routine, sort of. A month ago this was what I experimented on: Chikuyoh Yakiniku @ Yagura Chaya Fumi. Loved it!

This post is linked with Food Trip Friday and Friday Food Fight

World's richest royals

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Sent via email from Forbes, I didn't pay attention to this list until probably last week when I was at the Stock Exchange of Thailand to attend a classical concert for Japan. No royals there; just approximately seven ambassadors in attendance, but enough to see some connection to draw up an 'affluent' list.
1. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, worth $30 billion
2. Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, worth $20 billion
3. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, worth $18 billion

4. UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin-Zayed al Nahayan, worth $15 billion

5. Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashedal Maktoum, worth $4.5 billion
6. Liechtenstein's Prince Hans-Adam II, worth $3.5 billion
7. Morocco's King Mohammed VI, worth $2.5 billion

8. Qatar's Sheik Hamid bin Kalifa al-Thani, worth $2.4 billion

9. Prince Albert II of Monaco, worth $1 billion

10. His Highness the Aga Khan, worth $800 million

11. Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, worth $700 million

12. Br…

Sai Yok Noi Falls

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My latest visit to Kanchanburi was my third in thirteen years. Of the three visits, I enjoyed this most recent the most. Everything went as planned. We went with Good Times Travel. Their tours are well-organized and their mini-buses not crowded with tourists. They conducted the tour with just six of us: 3 Italians, 1 Thai, 1 British and 1 Filipino. Our first stop was the Sai Yok Noi Falls.

My World Tuesday is brought to you by Klaus and the My World Team Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Sylvia

If I wrote a note

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Musical Monday: Note to God by Charice on Oprah
Monday Mayhem follows

There's a twin issue currently hovering above my a** - a son diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), and an ex-hubster who plays hardball about all this. I shoot questions and need answers.  Unfortunately this reality takes time to be sorted and moments trying to penetrate the core for possible solutions could seem frustratingly non-existent. At times I fancy communicating with a deity like this - 


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Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda
XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop ***** Q1. Do you think Twitter is taking over as the 'social media tool of the moment' (replacing Facebook who replace MySpace)? It has its purpose to people, just like FB. Determining whether is has taken over as the "social media tool of the moment" could be partly based on the s…

The culinary excuse of the hedgehog

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Bangkok used to be predictably boiling hot during summers but now it's freaking cold. Two nights ago I walked around Piyarom Sports Club, my long-time haunt. The wind only had to make me shiver slightly and I was inside Ma Kitchenette in an instant, one of several eateries in the complex. It was half past ten at night and I needed the warmth you know :)


Rice fried with fish paste and dried mint leaves. The cashew nuts were my first attraction.  And that book club session I got back from earlier had too much red wine, chips and opinions on The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I had to temper those with a warm cup of cappuccino.


This post is linked with Food Trip Friday and Friday Food Fight