Where in the World is Alf? (Part XV)

Following Part XIV

May 10-17, 2003

Saturday, May 10, 2003 (pre-journal)

Cool mom!

Karen Lynn Lovell holds her son in one hand and a gun in the other while on the run from police.

Saturday, May 10, 2003 (continued)

Does anyone recognize this print?

Saturday, May 10, 2003 (PS)

The Mom who shot the family pet before taking a bullet in the head ... well, the good news is that she is OK. Yes, I know, she also threatened to kill her kid and a cop at the same time ... but, damn, she sure looked cute while doing it. Don't you agree?

Saturday, May 10, 2003 Smithville, Tennessee

"Sheriff Emmons says Lovell is now in stable condition at Erlanger Hospital and her prognosis for recovery is good."

Sunday, May 11, 2003

By popular demand...........

Monday, May 12, 2003

The day before yesterday I posted up here an engraving of Rent Day ... along with an implied question mark in my sentence structure (if not revealed in my tone).

"Not so ... it seemed pretty express to me!"

In any case, early yesterday morning Mr. D. Bull from Methodist, Virginia, replied with a ...


... but without any further amplification.

But, then last evening a quasi anonymous source (*) came through with...

Subj: "The Rent Day"
Date: 5/11/2003 11:04:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: jfxxxxm@netnet.net
To: Alf@corkscrew-balloon.com


The old print information you require, thus;

"A collection of exceptional steel engravings, published for The Wilkie Gallery, London c.1840."

"David Wilkie was the third son of Rev. David Wilkie, minister of Cults in Fifeshire, Scotland. They were extremely poor and only just managed to put David through the Edinburgh Academy. It soon became apparent that there was no money to be made in Scotland and he left for London in 1805. During this time he lived very poorly although he did manage to attend the Royal Academy as a student.

"Eventually he came to be recognised as an excellent artist by the Earl of Mansfield, Sir George Beaumont and Lord Mulgrave who introduced him into the Society of London. He then became one of the leading painters of the period. His work depicts local life and characters, mostly influenced upon by his earlier frugal beginnings.

"These are uncoloured as issued, on strong quality paper, average 11" x 8" plus wide margins."

More information can be found at: http://www.brunias.com/wilkie.html

As ever,

* Encouraging evidence that it is not just tourists from Ogrish.com who come here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Gas Attack!

Do you remember The Worst-Case Survival Handbooks? Sure you do! As THOCBDC hasn't looked in there for a long time you might want to refresh your memory by clicking back to the area ... if just to rebubble the 'feel' of the series. Paul will help you.

The third volume in the series has to do with difficulties that may crop up during dating and sex. The fourth one talks about problems in the workplace. A fifth one (which I did not buy) rushes to the aid of golfers.

Though not the most rampant of plagues sweeping over people who are out-and-about on the town, unwanted gas is something that David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven (along with newcomer Jennifer Worick) deem worthy of their professional advice. Though all their particular gas handling pointers are found in their "Dating & Sex" volume, this "Worst-Case" tip is equally helpful whether the sphincter under siege acts up on the 'back 9' or in the staff canteen.

PS. Back away, lads.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Yikes! Has Ning changed jobs?

Dear Khun Erickson

This is me and my member at the California Fitness Centre.


Wednesday, May 15, 2003: FLASH

This Czech 'paper' ... one unbridled with the journalistic restraints that requires American broadsheets to 'fuzz' or 'Mortonize' (*) such 'taboo' bits as a kid's ID ... shows Karen Lynn Lovell (age 28) holding a gun to her child's face.

* Named after Morton, the darkroom dean of Bangkok papers, who was required by Thai law to blur-out all the nasty bits from Thai crime scene photographs. Gaping holes in dead bodies, spilled blood and exposed tits were his most sought after 'targets'.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Today was the last day in the Stone Crab season.

Friday, May 16, 2003 (Pre-journal)

After the Air Show ... after the college girls left ...

Friday, May 16, 2003

This afternoon THOCBDC combed through another covey of 'eligible' prison quail. (See our previous coverage.) But, today's small 'bag' brought out only one 'capital' murderer (serving a grim life sentence) ... AND one 'crutched' Texas chick, though she is only booked behind bars for another year or less; and ... hmmmm ... as a plus, this Texas girl is doing her time on a 'possession' charge. Anyway, both of them want to meet our readers (yes ... you!). Do write!

Sex - Female
DOB - 03/21/76
Seeking - Women, Friends, Men, Legal Help
Race - Hispanic
Religion - Catholic
Convicted Of - Capital Murder
Release Date - LIFE Sentence

California Beauty
I'm 27 years old w/long brown hair and captivating eyes. I stand approx. 5'4" and weigh 135 beautifully shaped pounds. I'm a very outgoing, passionate open minded, and affectionate woman w/ a good sense of humor. I enjoy life and all it has to offer. I have a diversity of interests some being drawing, art, sports, travel, reading, dancing, aerobic, and cooking. I love the beach and the beauty of nature. I like spending time w/that special man in my life and I enjoy making him laugh and seeing him smile. I'm seeking for a man whom is open minded, non-judgemental and mentally, emotionally, and financially stable, who knows what a lady needs and likes.

Primavera Baltazar # 1135341
Terrace Prison
1401 State School Road
Gatesville, TX 76599 USA

I am looking for my knight in shining armor. I am a nice, old-fashioned Texas lady who's in search of a man that knows how to treat a lady. I'm a cowgirl / Beach bunny that loves fun in the sun and romantic evenings. I'm looking for friendship and a possible long term relationship. I am very marriage minded and willing to relocate. Rescue me!!! Please respond - 40 years of age and up!

Hope Byrd # 518747
T D C J - Lane Murray
1916 N Highway 36
Gatesville, TX 76596 USA

Sex - Female
DOB - 03/06/64
Seeking - Men
Race - Caucasian
Religion - Baptist
Convicted Of - Possession
Release Date - 12/2003

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Today is Norwegian Independence Day. My friend, Don Bull, has honored this day with the entire issue of The Daily Screw devoted to ... ah ... this.

Meanwhile in Thailand:

From today's Bangkok Post:


Foreign arrivals fall 46% in April, 55% in May on Sars fears
TAT asks NESDB for B2.9bn in emergency funds to meet crisis

Nondhanada Intarakomalyasut

The impact of the Sars outbreak on Thailand's tourism industry is worsening with a further drop in tourist arrivals and it is no longer clear when the slide might end.

Tourism and Sports Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem yesterday released official figures showing that the number of foreign tourists in April dropped 46% year-on-year to 320,000, while the number of arrivals to date in May was down by 55%.

From Jan 1 to April 30, the number of tourists dropped 11%, to 2.3 million from 2.6 million.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand conservatively estimated that total arrivals this year would fall 10% from 10.8 million recorded last year, while revenue is projected to drop 12% from 320 billion baht last year.

To weather the crisis, the TAT has asked the National Economic and Social Development Board for 2.9 billion baht in emergency funds for marketing, both locally and abroad.

The additional budget is expected to generate 38 billion baht in foreign exchange, which would help offset the drop in tourist arrivals and revenue.

Of the 2.9 billion baht, 400 million would be spent in the domestic market which is expected to generate 10 billion baht in revenue.

But Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday rejected a proposal that the government set up a fund to aid the tourism industry.

"They (the industry) need to know how to survive by themselves. They need to be patient. The government is doing its part," he told reporters at Government House.

However, Mr Sonthaya said that projections of foreign visitor arrivals and revenue could change as it was only the fifth month of the year, and he expected aggressive marketing campaigns would start to bear fruit.

TAT governor Juthamas Siriwan, meanwhile, said that there had been positive signs already in certain markets such as Australia and Japan.

The TAT will hold a roadshow from May 21-26 in the Japanese cities of Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo. It will also sign an agreement with 17 Japanese travel agents, which would commit to bringing 40,000 Japanese tourists to Thailand from June to September.

This year, the TAT expects at least 1.2 million Japanese tourists.

From The Nation (Bangkok):

Finally, from Sanook, a Thai daily:

Next: Part XVI

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