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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:25 pm

Tastes a bit like chimpanzee I beleive drum
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:42 pm

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If evr I find the damn thing I will let you know andsome. murgs dance

It would need skinning first of course. How big is your oven?
Quite a large oven andsome. If I remove the bottom tray and shelf it would fit quite nicely.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:39 pm

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I remember (very well) trudging through the Jungle in Borneo in the 60's, being in the Army, with my Poncho on during the monsoon season and it was no laughing matter. The Rain belted down and we had to try and stay dry during this lot. It bloody rained for hours on end. We had to try and keep our rifles dry of course. We kept them under out Poncho's pointing down and you would be surprised at how many of our blokes ended up with a bullet hole through their foot. How, I don't know. The mud was comeing down the jungle track to meet us trying to get up the hill side, especially in Sabah which is all Mountain Range. Oh for the good old day's. Luckily it was only Monsoon season from November to the end of March. If ever I catch that bloody Urangutan that nicked my Jungle hat it will be in for a roasting.




didn't you hear the shots keep ringing out - "ouch ouch' ouch" must have been some limpin soldiers there at the end of the day - did you ever do the kikoda trail? oh no
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:43 pm

We kept them under out Poncho's pointing down and you would be surprised at how many of our blokes ended up with a bullet hole through their foot wrote:

didn't you hear the shots ringing out "ouch;ouch ouch" or was the rain too heavy - did you do the kikoda trail?
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:11 am

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didn't you hear the shots ringing out "ouch;ouch ouch" or was the rain too heavy - did you do the kikoda trail?


No Davo. We used to work in small groups of Four or less. We didn't hear about the actual injuries until we got back to base camp. Luckily no one in our group had any such injuries.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:29 am

I think I'll stick to the UK and Europe thanks, although many years ago we enjoyed several visits to California.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:40 am

I was in the Army andsome, we went where we were told to go. Unfortunately California wasn't on the cards.

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:34 pm

Finally settled into the sons place on the coast and started relaxing with some bourbon and Cuban cigars and thai nic nacs. Their house is always chaotic which I love – and everyone does their own thung. Constant visitors dropping in and out – my son calls his back porch the ‘vortex’ were east meets west and it certainly does – so there are thai-english-ozzie -brits conversations going on at the same time – I had a siesta for a while and they were still at it later. Xmas lights everywhere indoors and outdoors and it will their first family at home for xmas for 4 yrs – wot an honor! Rest of the family 2dys away down south in the big city and mine back in the bush - blended! just made it hissing down rain
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:47 am

That sounds fantastic, davo.  santa

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:05 am

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Finally settled into the sons place on the coast and started relaxing with some bourbon and Cuban cigars and thai nic nacs. Their house is always chaotic which I love – and everyone does their own thung. Constant visitors dropping in and out – my son calls his back porch the ‘vortex’ were east meets west and it certainly does – so there are thai-english-ozzie -brits conversations going on at the same time – I had a siesta for a while and they were still at it later. Xmas lights everywhere indoors and outdoors and  it will their first family at home for xmas for 4 yrs – wot an honor! Rest of the family 2dys away down south in the big city and mine back in the bush - blended! just made it hissing down rain


I'll have some bourbon but will pass on the cigars thanks hat hat hat

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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:46 am

Whilst residing in old 'ho' I discovered that the winter nights could be quite chilly and as we had a large flat with a small three bar electric fire I purchased a kerosene burner [empty]. Went to the local garage next day for topping up the car and asked for kerosene “solly sir no can sell – you go rice shop” what  the feck are they talkin about I mused!
But sure enough all rice sellers sold kerosene even to this day I do not see the connection but maybe rice was cooked on kerosene burners. Certainly the garages did not sell the stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:12 am

Travels through Thailand -Part One

My son once lived in the country for many years, eventually marrying a local girl. I traveled the length and breadth of the country sometimes on hair raising journeys. we stayed in Chantaburi where he was teaching English of course at the Rampi Parni College, once a summer residence of the King and family. He had his own pad with attached empty swimming pool and no aircons. at night you slept with the windows open but with plenty of fly wiring. I think his pad had once been the home of one of the Kings secretaries and you could imagine its former glory with a full swimming pool and splashing and laughter. Now not enough staff to clean it, keep it clean or use it I guess. There was also still a motor museum with some very flashy cars from bentleys to rolls.

Chantaburi is in parts close to the Cambodian border and we were out touring in a minibus one day when the family we were with decided there was a nice little market just over the border which of course was fenceless but NOT defenceless! my son said to us in the back keep ya heads down as we pass these thai border police. we did but someone popped up to soon. we got to the markets with the police in hot pursuit and insisting we leave immediately - I suppose we could have been arrested?
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PostSubject: Re: Oxxidental Jottings   Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:09 am

We finally had to finish our holiday which had first involved catching up with the lad in Malaysia and staying at a middle of the range hotel organized by my Malaysian friend in OZ. we had three single beds and my son and I chatted well into the night whilst the wif snored away peacefully.

Next day we caught a rambling old bus which climbed through the mountains of the Cameron Highlands our next destination. This area was truly magnificent. Again we picked a middle of the road hotel which had seen better days but had a guest lounge from which all the corridors led off. We sat in old leather bound chairs which had also seen better days and smoke our first cigars. Asia always involves food and the streets overflowed with small family restaurants, where you could either sit in side - hot and clammy or get a pavement table clammy but cooler! the dishes are overwhelming and you have to decided what not to have before choosing what you would like to have.
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