Sunday, September 21, 2014

Have you joined Netropolitan yet?

An absolutely fabulous day to you! May your Bentley never get bent and your racehorses die of old age. Apart from that, what's happening? Glad you could guide your private Lear (or is that leer?) down in time for a porcelain mug of gourmet coffee and a virtual parfait! Sound high-faluting? Read on...

‘Netropolitan’ is a new social networking website that caters exclusively to the ultra-rich. Described as ‘the online country club for people with more money than time’, the website costs a whopping $9,000 to join. And that’s just the initiation fee; there’s also an annual membership fee of $3,000.

That sounds like an exorbitant amount, considering the fact that popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter are free of charge. The whole thing almost sounds like a prank, but Netropolitan founder James Touchi-Peters assures us that the service is quite real.

“This is 100 percent real, and I believe there is a need and an audience for this service,” said Touchi-Peters, 48, a composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. He got the idea for Netropolitan when he had trouble relating to the people he met on other social websites.

He's probably right. The ultra-rich move in slightly different circles from the rest of us. Closest I've ever come to hobnobbing with them was one time when I was in a bar in Loews Monte Carlo (working on setting up a convention) and the owner of the hotel came in with his entourage. I happened to be standing close to one of several beautiful young ladies in the group and asked her, "And what do you do?" to which she replied, "Oh, I don't do anything?" Conversation over.

I don't think I'll be signing up for Netropolitan anytime soon - even when we win the lottery!

See ya, eh!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Car-free Days in Bangkok!

Sawatdee, krup and hi there! How’s tricks? Ready for a mug of coffee and a virtual treat? Of course you are and who wouldn’t be, eh? Well now, y’know that we lived in Bangkok for a number of years, right? Unbelievable number of cars with millions of vehicles coming into the city every day. Traffic can be horrendous. The recent innovations of more expressways criss-crossing the city, Skytrain and subway have all done their part to relieve some of the pressure, However, Bangkok has nowhere near the road space it needs to handle the amount of traffic. Police do the best they can to manage the congested intercections. So, why not try a car-free weekend, eh?

City Hall is to close several major roads to all motorised vehicles for a "car-free day" this weekend to encourage the use of public transport.

The two middle lanes of Silom Road, from Sala Daeng to Narathiwat Ratchanakharin, will be closed from midday until 10pm on Saturday. All lanes on the same stretch of road will then be closed from 10pm on Saturday night until 6am on Monday, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

More than 20,000 cyclists are expected to meet at Sanam Luang on Sunday at 8am. They will form a convoy and cycle to Silom, riding along Ratchadamnoen, Si Ayutthaya, Ratchaprarop and Ratchadamri roads.

The three left-most lanes on Ratchadamri Road in front of CentralWorld shopping centre will be closed from 1am to 6pm on Sunday.

The BMA advised motorists to avoid the Silom area during the weekend and the convoy route between 8.30-9.30am on Sunday. 

I can imagine the chaos for those who are unaware of the closings. Those who know ahead of time are likely to take it in stride as Bangkokians, and indeed, most Thais, do. Don't be surprised to see an inordinate number of vendors and food carts setting up on the car-free streets. That's what usually, strike that, always happens. Great food, too!

See ya, eh!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Japanese Man Promotes Peace in Asia by Giving Strangers Free Hugs

Konichiwa! How the heck are you today. Dang cold where we are. -2C this morning when we rolled out of bed. Going up to about 14C today and 24C tomorrow, which will be nice ...and I hear that next summer is going to be hotter than ever! Small help that is right now, eh? I'm headed for the coffee pot so why don't you join me. I'll pour us both a hugful and we can hoist a virtual treat as well. Did I say hugful? Must have been a mistake - couldn't possibly have been a segue to today's topic...could it?

29-year-old Koichi Kuwabara has made it his mission to distribute ‘Free Hugs for Peace’ to as many people as he can – he’s been traveling across Asia for the past three years, hugging random people on the streets. His videos have gone viral on YouTube, garnering over 1.5 million views. He also has over 5,300 followers on Facebook and about 3,000 on Twitter.

Koichi, an aspiring school teacher, said: “I don’t want to just regurgitate theories written on textbooks. I want to tell the kids what I saw and learned first-hand from giving free hugs worldwide.”

He began his extraordinary adventure in August, 2011, just after he graduated from university. Since then, he has taken his Free Hugs initiative to several cities in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. At each location he visiyed, Koichi held up a sign that displayed the flags of Japan and the country he was visiting, along with the caption ‘Free Hugs for Peace’.

I think that's great. I assume he gets their permission first, eh? Otherwise he may pick the wrong person and either end up on his posterior or in jail for harassment, assault or whatever. 

But what if everybody gave free hugs? May sound silly but think about it. First, you'd get to meet some new people everyday. The challenge would be to hug 10 people each day and challenge them to do the same for world peace. So there's 100 hugs on the second level. Actually, 110 counting your 10. Wouldn't take long before almost everybody in the world was giving or getting hugged. Stay away from Ebola-stricken Africa and the various war zones in the world but everyone else is fair game, okay.

No need to send me a daily report unless you want to but the occasional email to let me know how our world peace initiative is going. 
For people far away, e-hugs work well but you only get credit for 1/2 a hug.

See ya, eh!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Amazing Benefits of Cloves

Hey there! Glad you could make it today! You're arrival is timely. Coffee's hot and the VTs are fresh and delicious so dig in. Try a spice muffin. Yum!

Speaking of spice, I was surfing the Net this morning. I have a toothache (in a tooth that had a root canal drilled, excavated, filled, crowned and polished a couple years ago). I remembered the old toothache treatment of using some form of cloves and, holy doodle, the lowly clove is packed with power. Read on! 

Clove or laung is a common spice added to most Indian dishes, but this tiny, brown spice is much more than just an additive. Packed with nutrients like vitamins and minerals like iodine, calcium, phosphorous and iron, clove can do much more for your body than simply make food more palatable. Here are the top 10 reasons to add clove to your daily diet. 
1. Lowers your blood sugar and keeps diabetes at bay: According to a study conducted by Dr. Alam Khan in 2006, clove is great to lower ones blood sugar and keep diabetes under check. Clove works by inducing an insulin-like activity in the body that helps beat insulin resistance thereby improving one’s blood sugar levels. The study also showed that eating clove on a regular basis can help in keeping diabetes at bay.  
Tip: If you suffer from diabetes and want to keep your blood sugar levels in under control naturally, try eating clove on a daily basis. Alternatively you could try consuming about ten grams of clove powder with warm water, on an empty stomach everyday. (Apparently, I now have a higher than normal blood sugar level so a clove a day might help that, eh!)
2. Helps improve digestion: Clove has carmative properties and is great in improving your ability to digest food. This is also one of the reasons this spice is added to a number of foods and is offered as a mouth freshener after a meal. Apart from this, the essential oils in clove are also highly effective in fighting stomach ulcers, reduce inflammation and are known to kill bacteria within the stomach – thereby keeping stomach infections at bay. 
Tip: The best way to harness the positive qualities of clove is to add it to your daily meal. You can add it as a powder, whole or use its oil extract.  Another great way is to eat it whole after every meal. All you need to do is take a single clove and bite into it once and keep it at the back of your mouth till it disintegrates. Avoid chewing it too many times, as it can be very pungent and difficult to eat. This slow release of its essential oils helps your salivary glands produce more saliva and therefore aids in the digestion process.
3. Can relieve acidity: For people with acidity, clove can be a life saver. Not only does it help improve digestion but also coats your stomach and throat with mucous that can significantly reduce the symptoms of acidity. Apart from that, clove also improves peristalsis (the action of muscle contraction to keep food within the stomach) and keeps acid from rising into your throat. There are a number of other methods to beat acidity. 
Tip: In case of acidity chew on clove right after a meal. You should ideally drink only water and avoid eating anything sweet or aerated while while chewing on clove.
4. Can lower your cholesterol levels: According to a study published by the American Heart Association, clove has a significant effect in reducing one’s cholesterol. The study stated that the innate properties of clove help stimulate certain enzymatic  activity in the body that helps reduce the triglyceride content in your body and lower cholesterol levels. It is believed that just about 10 grams of clove powder in one’s daily meal can greatly reduce cholesterol levels thereby protecting the body from the ill effects of high cholesterol. 
Tip:  You could either add a teaspoon of clove powder to your daily meals, chew it whole after every meal or eat its powder with warm water every morning, on an empty stomach to see a considerable drop in your cholesterol levels. 
5. Beats tooth ache, bad breath and maintains your overall oral hygiene: One of the oldest remedy for a tooth ache is chewing clove or applying clove oil to an aching tooth. But have you ever wondered how it works? Well, clove oil or clove itself contains potent anti inflammatory components that help reduce the swelling around an infected tooth. It not only kills harmful bacteria in ones mouth, but also helps to numb out the pain one feels. Apart from that it also beats bad breath by cleaning the tongue, palate (the top of your mouth) and the upper part of your throat of any bacteria and decaying matter. Its strong aromatic qualities also alter the smell within the mouth helping with foul breath. Known for its ability to kill bacteria associated with common dental problems, clove is also great in maintaining your overall oral hygiene. 
Tip: If you suffer from a tooth ache, try applying some clove oil or chewing on a whole clove for instant relief from the pain. You could also chew on clove or gargle with clove solution to beat bad breath. To make the solution, boil a few cloves in water for a few minutes, allow it to stand for about two minutes and then strain the solution. Once it has cooled down you can use it as a mouthwash after every meal. (Siberians used to gargle a solution of garlic and vodka!)
6. Helps you breathe free:  Clove is packed with a number of amazing components and one of the most important one is eugenol. Known to have expectorant properties the component is the key to relieving a congested chest or sinuses. Apart from that clove also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that helps to wipe out infections. In Ayurveda clove is a warm spice and is known to spread warmth around the area it comes into contact with, therefore it is a great natural way to loosen up congested phlegm. 
Tip: Crush three to four pieces of clove, add one pepper corn and a little bit of tulsi to the mix. Add about 200 mil of water, and boil till it is half its quantity. You may add a small piece of ginger to the mix as well. Once the decoction is ready strain it and drink it with a little honey to add that extra sweetness.
7. Can relieve joint pain: Laung is known to have a pain killing effect and can beat inflammation as well. The spice is known to spread a warm sensation over the area applied and is great in helping muscles relax. This is one of the reasons that it is a great way to beat arthritic, rheumatic and any other kind of joint pain. Suffering from arthritis? 
Tip: All you need to do is roast a few cloves, and wrap them in a soft cloth. Apply this to the aching joint while it is still warm. Re-heat the poultice when it becomes cold. You could alternatively crush the cloves coarsely and apply it. But make sure you do not heat it after they are crushed. The essential oils present in the clove are highly volatile and will evaporate if heated again.
Another way is to add a few drops of the essential oils to your bath water and soak in the warm water to relieve pain. Alternatively you could crush clove, tie them in a soft muslin cloth and suspend it in warm bath water. This way your bath water will have a constant supply of clove oil.
8. Beats a sore throat: The main function of clove in remedying sore throat is that it act as an anti-bacterial agent and help beat the pain associated with a sore throat. It also helps soothe the itch y feeling one feels during a sore throat and helps to resolve the condition quickly due to its anti-bacterial properties. 
Tip: Take a pod of clove and add it to a spoon of honey. Let it remain in the honey for about 8 hours and drink slowly swallow the honey. This will coat the throat helping in giving you some relief.
9. Helps you relax and fight stress: Due to its strong yet soothing aroma, clove is great to help you relax. Eugenol — abundantly present in clove — is also a well known muscle relaxant and can relax even the most tense muscles. A known potent aphrodisiac, clove also helps to awaken your senses and put you in the mood for some fun! 
Tip: After that long tiring day, try adding a few drops of clove oil to your bath water to help you relax while you have a long relaxing soak. You could also use it as a natural room freshener that will not only keep your spirits up but will also help keep away the ill effects of artificial room fresheners. 
10. Gives you clear skin: If you are sick of using various creams to get rid of blemishes your search ends here. Clove is a great and almost instant method to get rid of blemishes and pimples, because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also is known to be very effective in keeping blemishes or marks that usually appear after a pimple has subsided.
Tip: Crush a few cloves of clove, add one table spoon of honey and the juice of quarter a lemon to the mix. Now apply this on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wash off the paste with cold water. 

Yes siree, Bob. Does everything but the dishes, eh! I don't know if all that stuff works but it is probably worth a try, no? Think I'll bake some low-fat spice muffins, being sure to include cloves!

See ya, eh!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Gothic Castle in Connecticut Can Be Yours for $45 Million!

Hi ya! How's it going today? Ready for a mug of juice of the arabica bean and a virtual muffin? Un-huh...I thought you might be. some spare change hanging about? Here's a neat investment for you.

Gothic castles aren’t commonplace in America, so this impressive real-life Hogwarts in Woodstock, Connecticut, definitely stands out. ‘Chrismark Castle’ is only a decade old but with its moat and turrets, it has all the markings of a genuine medieval castle.

Chrismark Castle presents itself as a perfectly preserved medieval structure on the outside, with all sorts of modern amenities and technology concealed on the inside. It stands on a 354-acre property, encompassing 22,000 square ft. and consists of a massive lower-level garage, eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a maid’s room, a library, a pool, and several massage rooms.

The star of the castle’s opulent interiors is perhaps the 1,200 square ft. circular kitchen – it has windows all around the walls, offering a 180-degree view of Lake Porter. The dining room spells grandeur as well – it has a unique ceiling design and can accommodate a huge dinner party. The master bedroom also offers gorgeous views of the grounds, and the granite-fitted master bathroom has its own whirlpool. All the doors in the castle are custom-fit and handmade, as are the hardwood floors.

Hmmm...think I'll have to pass on this one. Never thought much about living in Connecticut. If you'd like it, go ahead. Just remember to invite us over occasionally. It's not really so far from Cornwall.

See ya, eh!


PS: I think the one on the right is the mother-in-law suite!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"There's Nothing More Useless than a Chocolate Teapot"!

Well, there you are. How are you doing today? Great to see you by the way. You have to get out of that camouflage recliner sometimes, you know. Even if it is only to mosey on over here for a mug of tea poured from a chocolate teapot, and a fairycake (British for cupcake). Speaking of chocolate teapots...

You’d expect a chocolate teapot to be completely useless (except for devouring), but believe it or not. This one actually works. Engineered by NestlĂ© Master Chocolatier John Costello, this fully functional chocolate teapot is meant for brewing tea. It works exactly like a regular teapot – it won’t melt and the tea comes out tasting a bit like chocolate. Ooh...I say!

Costello and his colleagues decided to make the pot after they were challenged by a BBC TV series called The One Show. They had to prove that the statement ‘there’s nothing more useless than a chocolate teapot’ was false. And they managed to do just that.

So how exactly do you go about making a heat-resistant chocolate teapot? Well, it all depends on the type of chocolate you choose. Costello and his team opted for dark chocolate with 65 percent cocoa solids, because its low fat content would make it more resistant to heat.

I suppose you serve ceramic muffins with it, what? 

See ya, eh!


Monday, September 15, 2014

My New Exhibit Starts Today!

Well, hi there! Glad you could find time to click by today. Almost didn't see you there in your dandy new camo recliner! Pour yourself a refreshing mug of java and grab a delectable, no-fat muffin off the tray, why don't'cha. I've been scurrying around trying to get ready for my new art exhibit that opens later today.

Now that I am involved with the Focus Art group here in Cornwall, it keeps me up on what's happening on the arts and culture scene and that includes opportunities to exhibit my artwork. Linda Geisal, Supervisor with Glen Stor Dun Lodge, a senior's residence, and fellow Focus Art member, gives other members a chance to show off some of their art at the Lodge for residents, visitors and staff to see.

My exhibit starts today and I will have 8-10 pieces, most of which you can see in the above picture. Except one, they are digital paintings...done on the computer; enlarged and printed on canvas, then finished with clear acrylic to add some texture. Quite a neat effect and relatively new art form though I've been into it for 10 + years.

My exhibit runs until October 14 so if you're in the area and want a close up look at some of my art, head on down to Montreal Road. The Glen Stor Dun Lodge is right next to the Nav Centre.

I am now up to 800 digital images and soon as I get time, I'll be adding the latest ones to my website:

See ya, eh!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hot Diggity! A Camoflage recliner!

Hey y'all! Great to see you. Hope you didn't hurt yerself falling outta cyberspace. Help yerself to a robust mug of coffee and a couple camouflage doughnuts. If'n y'all can't find 'em, it's 'cause they're 'camo', eh. Feel around. Soon's you stick your fingers into something sweet and sticky, you've got 'em! Say...did you hear the news! 

Now you can get yerself a camouflage recliner. Yes indeed...yer very own camouflage recliner. In fact, if you want, you can deck out your entire living room. 

Think about the advantages... get yerself all clad in yer camo duds and no one will every find you. You'll just be a voice coming from somewhere. 

Hot diggity! You'll be able to take an unseen nap anytime you feel like it without being disturbed. Won't that be a pleasant change, eh?

If'n I was you, I'd head on out to Walmart or other purveyor of fine quality furniture for the rugged outdoorsy person and check them out.

Hey...Christmas is coming, too, so be sure to add one to your Santa's List, eh? Sears catalogue's been out since August. What'cha waiting fer? Get 'er done!

See y'all, eh!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Amazing Benefits of Frozen Lemons

Hi there! Glad you could find time to click by.  How are you doing today? Tickety-boo? Great! Coffee's ready and there's a tray of freshly baked virtual treats awaiting you so dig in, why don't'cha? Say...every once in a while, I read something that makes me realize how little we know about things around us. Assuming the following is true and not just some snake oil, all I can say is it sounds as though it should be good for us all.Besides, it was only 4C when we got up this morning...a good day to talk about frozen anything!

Read this – it may save your life or the life of a friend or loved one. The more you read, the more you want to know… it’s not long, so, read it.  It’s amazing!

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whiskey.... the list is endless.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before.  Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.  And yes, that's what you've been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That's the lemon secret! Better late than never, right? The surprising benefits of lemon!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer.. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas...

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!


See ya, eh!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cousins to Humans?

Well, hi there! Wonderful to see you. Glad you could drop out of cyberspace (narrowly missing the coffeepot!) and land safely on the VIP red carpet! Pour yourself a mugful and nudge a banana megamuffin onto your plate. After all, it is Friday, eh! Got another interesting email from my pal, Dr Al. This one is about Bonobo monkeys. Thought I'd share it with you...

Dear Bob,

When I return to Africa in a few months I’ll make my base in the same spot near Kampala, Uganda where I’ve gone for my last two trips there.

I’m blessed to have been in Africa four times now. It’s some of the most incredible landscape I’ve ever seen. It’s unique because it’s where the dense, Western forest meets the dry savannah.

A bit farther east is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where I was able to see the Bonobo chips. I’ve now seen all the families of Great Apes, including chimps, gorillas and orangutans.

Bonobos are important because they’re the most closely related to humans. They only live in one area near the Congo River, and they’re different from any other primate except humans. They’re intensely social.

Bonobos develop strong bonds between each other, and they’re much nicer and social almost to a fault. Something I’ve been thinking about at this anniversary of September 11th.

Did you know that Bonobo chimps will share with a stranger before a chimp they already know? Researchers have observed them opening doors for strangers, and sharing their food.

Bonobos care about each other and are always trying to extend their social network. They even like to communicate like we do these days. They love touchscreens. At the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa they have a Bonobo chimp that communicates with researchers by tapping 400 different icons matched with words on a large touchscreen.2

Bonobos act very different from the larger chimpanzees. Chimps look mean, and they’re muscular. They have bigger arms and hands than any man. And you can see with the way they move their muscles just ripple. It surprised me.

But the way they move together and give each other signals... they’re like a bunch of aggressive gang youths giving you a stare down. They scowl at you. Even the older ones are balding with thick necks and they still seem like they can tear you to pieces.

Bonobos are slimmer and appear more like humans, partly because they walk on two feet often. Their mannerisms and actions are so much like ancient human societies that also valued sharing.

The oldest societies still value sharing above almost anything else.

Here we have the “you got this round, I’ll get the next one” mentality. But when I traveled to ancient cultures, where I needed help with directions and communicating, it’s part of their culture to share and help you. They don’t even expect a “thank you.” They think it’s funny when you say it after you receive help.

I found it was similar in Bali. The Balinese Hindu follow three rules to live by. They’re called the “Tri Hita Karana.” And one is to do your best to make sure your actions affect others in a positive way. Your work and day-to-day activities have to support and strengthen your relationship with those around you.

The ancient Polynesians have a similar view. They live by their understanding of aloha. They strive for the relaxation, happiness and long life that come from sharing. Alo means share, and ha means breath. So aloha means to share the breath of life.

In fact, one of the five principles of the spirit of aloha is akahai. That’s the gentle kindness that includes consideration toward everyone.

It’s simple to emulate.

The akahai principle of aloha is about giving and helping, sharing the breath of life, and being considerate and altruistic.

There are four ways to accomplish this:

  1. Help strangers – Commit to helping one person you don’t know each day.

  1. Make personal contact – Help people one on one. For example, don’t mail in your donation. Volunteer instead.

  1. Build your core, give your energy – Take care of yourself and your body so that you have energy to help others.

  1. Be a partner – Help for help’s sake. Helping is giving. Don’t expect thanks. Give and share from the heart.

You don’t have to fix everything, or be the rescuer like our 9/11 heroes. All you have to do is care enough to be there. That’s what makes a difference to the people around you.

To Your Good Health,
Dr. Sears' Signature image
Al Sears, MD

We could do worse than living life with a bonobo attitude.
See ya, eh!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Different Spin on Thai Boxing?

Sawatdee, krup! Hi there! Thanks for clicking by. How are you doing today? Ready for a pick-me-up? You've come to the right place. There's a fresh pot of coffee on the burner and a tray of delectable virtual treats waiting for you. Hey, you know how you can feel boxed in sometimes with nowhere to turn? Well, here's someone who has taken the box and is using it to make a statement!

A dean at Mahidol University, in Bangkok, Thailand said he would protest against the university president's decision to keep his academic seat after he was appointed public health minister.

Rajata Rajatanavin, the university's president, was appointed public health minister on Aug 30.

Sugree Charoensook, dean of the College of Music, said he would walk with his head in a box from the college to the president's office to attend the deans' meeting at 9am on Wednesday and to the university's council meeting on Sept 17.

His symbolic move was based on the Thai proverb referring to a person who has done something so shameful he has to cover his head with a bucket so nobody knows who he is.

Mr Sugree said he found it unacceptable that a professor and doctor lacked conscience and worked full-time in both capacities, which require different skill sets.

"I don't agree with [anybody] simultaneously taking an academic position and a minister seat, which is a political position. Academic work requires that you have freedom of thought and should not be politically dominated. They don't mix," Mr Sugree said.

"But there's only so much I can do since this involves someone's conscience and ethics. I'd like him to resign from one of the positions."

"When I saw the president's letter saying he would not resign from both positions, I disagreed

"But no one at the university said anything. 

Refraining from showing your disagreement is so childish.
"We should recognise the country needs people to stand up for what's right. What's wrong is wrong and what's right is right. We shouldn't try to find supporters so we feel we're doing the right thing [when it's wrong]. We shouldn't justify wrongdoing. Good deeds don't need justification," Mr Sugree said.

Source: Bangkok Post online

So there. A different spin on Thai boxing!

See ya, eh!