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Wichai Hengjarernsook is in the junk business, and so not a man to overlook a bargain when he sees it. The 24-year-old native of Samut Sakhon’s Baan Paew District, where women are far-famed for beauty, couldn’t decide which of two identical twin sisters in his village he wanted to wed. So, being an astute businessman, he popped the question to both at the same time, stating frankly that he wanted them in the plural. Much to his delight, they happily agreed. After the announcement of the marriage, a wedding party was organized for the morning of March 23 to celebrate the nuptials of Wichai (whose full name means “Researching Improved Pleasure”) and his blushing brides, the Sirintara and Tipawan Puttanookulchai, both slender and fair-skinned beauties. The party, held at the brides’ home in Village 1 of Tambon Lak Sam, was attended by many hundreds of relatives and friends, and broadcast around the nation on the morning news. The bride price was reported as 80,000 baht and 120 grams of gold – times two. The brides’ parents were reportedly ecstatic over their daughters’ match; “This is the happiest day of our lives,” they said. “We’re not upset in the least, because the twins grew up together and have never been apart.” The groom said his many-splendored love was the natural result of proximity: “Our homes are quite close to each other,” he explained, “and every day in going to school I walked past their house. After they grew into women, I couldn’t make up my mind. “I liked both, so I wooed both. Every time I asked one to go out, I asked the other along as well. If I bought something for one, I bought the same for her sister. Finally, after we had been seeing each other in this way for three years, I confessed to both I couldn’t decide between the two. “I want to marry both of you,” the handsome Wichai told them. “Will you have me?” Without the slightest hesitation, both replied in the affirmative. Having received the double thumbs-up from the prospective brides, K. Wichai asked a respected elder to approach the parents and formally request their daughters’ hands. They readily agreed – and now the best is yet to come. Will the trio live happily ever? It has been observed that women are notoriously catty when forced to share the same man – to say nothing of sharing the same house and the same bed. But faint heart never fair lovers won: the happy groom is thus optimistic, as are his brides, who vowed not to let jealousy come between them. “My sister and I grew up together and have never been apart. Now we never shall be,” said Sirintara, elder of the two beauties by a matter of minutes. “We’ll dedicate ourselves to looking after our husband, to ensure a happy family, and we’ll never let envy or jealousy enter the picture.” “I’ve prepared the house,” said Wichai. “Each has her own room; they’ll decide between themselves which goes to whom. As to how I divide my time, I don’t expect any problem. During the week, I’ll sleep with each on alternating nights,” he said, turning to give each a big mushy kiss, to show how much he loved them. Wichai denied newspaper reports that on the seventh night the trio would consummate their passion as an ensemble – thus ending speculation that the marriage would bring to reality the common male fantasy of having a three-way with a pair of gorgeous identical twins. The total bride price of 360,000 baht is not unusual as bride-price for a single virgin, but it is a bargain for two. Said Tipawan as she stood, decked out in her gleaming new gold: “Now we’re married we’ll help our husband in the junk recycling factory. He’s a good man – doesn’t drink, smoke or run around with girls; and what’s most important, now my sister and I will never be apart. That’s why we married him.”

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Bangkok’s legendary Scala cinema is closing

Jack Burton



Bangkok’s legendary Scala cinema is closing | The Thaiger
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Bangkok’s venerable Scala cinema announced yesterday that it will stop its movie showing operations and let other businesses rent the venue for their activities or special screenings until the end of 2020, when its land contract expires. Scala, located in Pathumwan district, is the last standalone movie theatre in Bangkok.

The 1,000 seat cinema was built in 1969 and named after Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. It’s owned by Apex Group, which used to operate 3 other standalone cinemas in Bangkok: Sala Chalermthai Theatre, which was demolished in 1989; Siam Theatre, which shut down in 2010 after being damaged in a fire, and Lido Multiplex, which closed down in 2018 when its contract expired.

Scala had earlier announced that it would close temporarily, from March 18 until May 31, in line with the Emergency Decree to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Among the businesses that were ordered shut were movie theatres, restaurants, massage parlours, fitness centres and others. The restriction was lifted for several businesses, including movie theatres, on June 1, but sadly the Scala is bringing down the curtain on half a century Bangkok’s cinema history.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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2 Aussies win $7,500 each in racial discrimination suit

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2 Aussies win $7,500 each in racial discrimination suit | The Thaiger

After being turned away from a Thai restaurant in Sydney’s central business district, 2 caucasian Australian men have been awarded A$7,500 each for racial discrimination. 32 year old Luke Masters, and Wayne Clothier aged 33, were awarded the payout today after they were prevented from entering Mr B’s Hotel on Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD in September 2017. A security guard there told them it was “Asian Night.”

The security guard, staffing an event in the venue’s dance and live music venue, told the pair the hotel “wasn’t mixing crowds.”

The pair filed a racial discrimination complaint later that month, according to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The men said they looked through the doors and windows of the hotel from the street and saw a crowd of people inside, “99%’ of whom were of Asian appearance.” Court documents describe the venue as having “a significant Thai clientele.”

Clothier says he told the security guard he had lived in Thailand and even showed him his Thai drivers licence, but was still turned away.

“He says he was particularly upset at the hotel having an Asian night that was only about appearance and not about the understanding of culture or respect for it,” according to the ruling.

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The guard reportedly told them “Sorry boys, I can’t let you in tonight. We’re not mixing crowds. It’s Asian night.”

“That’s not right. You can’t do that. This isn’t right,” Masters responded, according to court documents.

The pair went directly to a police station to complain after the guard told them “look there’s thousands of bars around, just go find somewhere else.”

Masters told police “No person in Australia, regardless of race, should experience this from a licensed establishment.”

The tribunal agreed:

“In our view, this cannot be regarded as a trivial or insignificant case of race discrimination.”

SOURCE: The Daily Mail

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Top 10 laws to beware of in Thailand

Jack Burton



Top 10 laws to beware of in Thailand | The Thaiger

Did you know that it’s illegal in the UK to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor? Or that it’s legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow under certain circumstances? Most countries have outdated laws on the books that seem odd today, but as a visitor to Thailand, there are some laws you should always be aware of; some perhaps eccentric, some just common sense:

1. Drugs: Don’t import, buy, sell or use illicit drugs in Thailand. Just don’t. The penalties are severe, including the death penalty in some cases.

Importation of a trafficable quantity of illicit drugs could technically result in a death sentence; other offences carry lengthy prison terms. (Thai prisons are not known for their comfortable conditions or rehabilitation.) If you’re wrongly accused, sign nothing, contact your nation’s embassy immediately, and find a good lawyer.

2. Never deface any image of the Thai King or insult HM or members of the Thai Royal Family in any way. Thailand has, and enforces, strict lèse majesté laws, which provide severe penalties for anyone, Thai or foreigner, who insults HM or the Royal Family. While it may seem like an infringement of free speech to non-Thais, it’s the law of the land and the penalties are real.

Some people have even been sentenced in absentia for offences, real or otherwise, committed online and/or in foreign media. You can actually be arrested for treading on money, including coins, or anything with the image of a member of the Royal Family. So just don’t.

3. The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20. Don’t be seen drinking with anyone under that age, and be sure before you buy a round. “Sorry officer, I swear to God she told me she was 21” isn’t going to get you off the hook.

4. It is a legal requirement for all foreign nationals to carry their passports at all times. In actual practice, this is rarely an issue, and generally a copy will suffice, but the copy must include not only the identification page but also the latest visa and entry permit. It’s recommended that you carry laminated copies if you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 60 days

5. It is against the law in Thailand to “go commando.” It is actually illegal to go in public without underwear in the Kingdom. It’s the law. If you do, you could (theoretically) wind up in jail. And that’s no way to start the week. More practically speaking, skimpy clothing is generally frowned upon, especially away from the tourist areas. Keep you shoulders covered and wear a longer skirt (or shorts), especially if you’re entering a temple or public building.

6. Do not drive topless. It’s against the law to drive an automobile in Thailand without wearing a shirt, whether you’re a man or a woman. It’s unclear whether the regulation applies to motorcyclists, but the Thaiger recommends playing it safe. Really, no one wants to see you torso unless you’re under 30 or a supermodel.

7. It’s illegal to remove Buddha statues or images from Thailand without a permit. Clearly this one is demonstrated more in the breach than in the observance, but be aware: you can be fined or even arrested and jailed if you stick a Buddha image or statue in your luggage. It’s also considered bad taste by devout Buddhists to adorn your house and garden with images and statues of Buddha.

8. Don’t litter, especially throwing chewing gum on the ground. It goes without saying that littering is an offence, but The Thaiger has heard reports that Thai police, perhaps inspired by Singapore’s draconian laws, particularly enjoy fining those who spit out chewing gum, for sums of up to 10,000 baht. Chew and dispose of in a rubbish bin (if you can find one).

9. Don’t overstay your visa. As a foreigner, you can be stopped and interrogated at any time by Thai police, and you must be able to show your current visa status. If you have overstayed your visa, even by a few hours, you can be detained and heavily fined. If you’re leaving Thailand and it’s discovered you’ve overstayed your visa, you will be fined 500 baht for each day you’ve overstayed, and there may be a nominal “handling charge’ for “expediting your case.” The Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok is not known for its high comfort levels! Play by the rules.

10. Don’t be noisy. Thais dislike noise, especially at night (Soi Cowboy and Bangla Road are exceptions). It may not be an actual law, but if you’re on holiday, you may enjoy a bit of revelry into the wee hours on… a few nights. Be respectful of your Thai hosts and neighbours, who may not share your exuberance or late night spontaneous parties. Rest assured they can put a stop to it if you push them too far.

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