Post by The Bounceologist on January 25th, 2011
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The Bionic SalesmanA Journey around Thailand
Xi'an Man in Siam
“Two cliches make us laugh but a hundred cliches moves us because we sense dimly that the cliches are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion.” Umberto Eco
It must be homesickness that makes me use this quote again. Readers of my other attempts at blogging will recognise it.
You need to remember that I live in China, where they have no fear of cliches, embrace them, cherish them, even.
This is nowhere truer than with the conversations you have with people you’ve just met. These conversations are like reading from a script. The pattern never varies but people never tire of it. It is at once both cliched and profoundly comforting. In China, you’ll never be lost for words.
I mention this because I found myself having this same conversation with an old beggar on the pavement at Siam in central Bangkok. (Read more…)
The Bionic Salesman
A Journey around Thailand
Ah, Thailand at last – land of beauty, smiles, elegant beaches and unfathomable ways. I’ve been here a few days now and I already feel I know something of the country’s fine traditions. I know, for example, that at four thirty every Friday, the people of Bangkok like to get in their cars and park them in the streets with the engines running. I’ve already learned not to go anywhere on Friday afternoons.
I’ve taken a liking to the little streets of boutiques and restaurants opposite Siam Square (see pix). This is the city’s good side – indigenous, young, vibrant and creative. I walked there for ages. Bought some crispy pork and an Itchy (or is it Scratchy?) T-shirt. Couldn’t resist a smirk when I got to “Miss Puke’s” massage parlour. (Read more…)