Posts Tagged ‘UK in Thailand’

UK in Thailand on Flickr

August 21, 2009

See here where I made some friendly and helpful suggestions to the British Embassy, Bangkok about their Flickr photostream “UKinThailand“.

It’s two weeks later and I did not receive a response from the Commercial Department of the British Embassy Bangkok. That’s the department my contact passed it on to.

I see they made the corrections exactly as I suggested to the pictures I listed, but didn’t seem to check the rest.

I got the email address of the staffer who’s in charge of the web site so I will communicate with him or her in the future.

In Thailand both men and women are referred to politely as “Khun” so it’s even less wise to assume a gender than in other countries.

I hope I did not cause a problem for the Thai embassy staff member. I fear I caused him or her to lose face by pointing out the errors in English. This can be a problem for business and personal relationships here. If I could have emailed the staffer directly then she could have corrected the problem without anyone else knowing. But since I passed it through a (British) colleague maybe I caused offence.

That’s one of the challenges of being in another culture. Sometimes I feel I am walking on eggshells. Other times Thai people tell me I “think too much” and city people at least are not as sensitive as I think.

Mini 50th Anniversary

August 6, 2009

0022 on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Yes, the original Mini was introduced in 1959 – I was three years old. My first car was a T’reg Mini 1200 in Surrey in the early 80s.

I still see quite a number of original Minis in Bangkok. Every year there is a gathering of them outside Robinson’s, Rachadapisek.

The new (BMW) Mini is very popular in Thailand. I love that the variant with the Union Jack on the roof is popular.

There was a party for the anniversary at the British Ambassdaor’s Residence on the 1st of July. I’m sad I wasn’t invited. But the Embassy posted some pictures of the event as Flickr User “Ukinthailand“.

I wish that the person who posts to Flickr could spell-check the captions and perhaps clean up the pictures a bit. I wonder if I could volunteer to be the Embassy’s Flickr-master. I would like to help my native country present its best face to the world.