Let’s Get Real About Casinos by Bart Walters

Yes, yes … another titillating headline about casinos in Thailand. It seems that the day after October 13th, property pundits were dragging out the “C” word. It’s sexy, it’s exciting and it is great “click bait” for social media. But I’ve yet to see anyone show a shred of proof Thailand is actually moving in that direction. Look, I like to hyperventilate the hyperbole with the best of them, but I’m here to offer a sober look at the possibility of casinos in Thailand. First a quick history. About ten…

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Why do soldiers salute? by Uncle Dave

  I Was watching a re-run of a World At War episode on the TV the other day in the company of my brother. There was a heck of a lot of archive footage of troops saluting which prompted my brother to ask why soldiers do that. We have deep, intellectual discussions like this quite a lot. I had no answer but, as often happens, I Googled it (when did Googling become a verb?) in a bid to find out. The answers are inconclusive. It is thought to date back…

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User Friendly Bathrooms

  The Loo, The Bog, The water Closet, The Comfort Room, The Hong Nam…no matter what you call them, nowhere does the marriage between form and function show itself more than in a bathroom. It is imperative that you have a firm grasp on what looks good versus how this facility will actually get used. Installing a bathtub when you know you’ll never use it is a waste of time, money and space. However, if you plan to rent and/or eventually sell a home with 3 bedrooms or more, at…

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The lack of available ‘Rental Homes’ in the UK

  Getting onto the property ladder in the UK has been a big issue for many of the younger generation in recent years. Employees rarely receive pay rises that surpass inflation, if indeed they receive any increase at all and the current generation is the first to be worse off than their parents. This leaves them with little option but to rent and with demand high and supply low this is rarely cheap. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), believes that there is a shortfall of a staggering 1.8…

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One night in Bangkok

  My longest standing friend in this town is married to a wonderful Thai lady and has two precious children so he doesn’t get out much. He gets one day per month to come out and do “bad stuff” with me.   Last week I asked him what he wanted to do. “My wife doesn’t eat beef” he confided. “We can’t even have it in the house”. My mission was clear. We dialed up Uber and headed for Arno’s Butcher Shop and Eatery near Chong Nongsi.   Chef Arnaud Carre,…

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New Nordic Finding New Investment Frontiers by Bart Walters

  What would you say if I told you about a country that has posted over 7% growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year for the past six years? What would you say if I told you this country did that while suffering only 3-4% inflation? What would you say if this country enjoyed a diverse economy that includes industries like garment manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, construction, natural resources and even gaming? How about if I mention they have a young workforce and use the US Dollar as their primary…

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