Bangkok, July 2008
Part II

After Part I

July 8-16, 2008

Tuesday July 8, 2008

While at River City for the Thai art show I noticed that there is a new French restaurant on the premises ... right at the water's edge. It's called The Grande Perle. On the second floor there is an old favorite: River City BBQ. Susan will remember this place.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (Today, a link to the weird)

Faith is stranger than fiction! If you think this crap is something that I made up you can double-check it at:

Eucharistic Miracle
Lanciano, Italy
8th Century A.D.

Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.

During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.

The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.

The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.

Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.

In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.

These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

Fig. 1 - Eosine x 200. Overall histological aspect of a Flesh sample with fibers collected in bundles with longitudinal orientation as it occurs in the outer surface layers of the heart.
Fig. 2 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 250. An artery and, very close, a branch of the vagal nerve.
Fig. 3 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 400. Evidence of the "Rough" aspect of the endocardium; the syncytoid structure of the myocardial tissue.
Fig. 4 - Elution-absorption test x 80. Above: Hemagglutination test on blood sample in Lanciano: on the left, anti A serum used; on the right, anti-B serum. Below: hemoagglutination test on a Flesh sample in Lanciano: left, with anti-A serum, right,with anti-B serum. It appears thus that the Flesh and the Blood in Lanciano belong to AB blood group.
Fig. 5 - Electro-phoretic pattern of Blood proteins (Cromoscan photometer). The profile of serum fractions is normal and superimposable to that of a fresh serum sample.

In conclusion, it may be said that Science, when called upon to testify, has given a certain and thorough response as regards the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.

PS: A reader writes: "According to Wikipedia, 'Blood group AB individuals have both A and B antigens on the surface of their RBCs, and their blood serum does not contain any antibodies against either A or B antigen. Therefore, an individual with type AB blood can receive blood from any group (with AB being preferable), but can donate blood only to another group AB individual.' He is so selfish ... he can only take; and he will only give to other gods."

PPS: Another reader writes: "This is exciting news! With this DNA, we can clone a bunch of Jesuses (Jesi?)."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A culinary institution is closing; well, not forever but it probably won't be open again until long after we have moved from River Garden to the Athenee Residence. Next2 in the Shangri-La hotel is closing for a complete face-lift. In the six plus years that we have lived in River Garden I have probably had close to 250 meals there.

Caveat: Though the space that Next2 occupied will be closed until November, the Next2 menu, buffet and its staff will take up residence in the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge. Though the 'spread' in the new temporary Next2 location could hardly match the acreage it left behind, the view of the river will be better.

I had dinner in the Next2 on its last night in the old location. Here are some photos.

Friday, July 11, 2008 (Pre-journal) Stephani's Birthday

My friend and fellow corkscrew collector, Nick Hunt, will soon be married to a Thai girl. Rough math suggests that the ICCA now has 4% of its 'go-withs' from Thailand. Anyway, congratulations Nick and Jesenie!

Dear Alf and Watcheree,

G'day from 'down-under'. We wanted to share with you some fantastic news.

Jesenie and I are engaged and plan to be married in November. We are very very happy together and wanted you to share in our joy.

Take care,

Best regards

Nick & Jesenie

Saturday, July 12, 2008

For the next five months Shangri-La's Next2 buffet restaurant will be in the hotel's Lobby Bar. The choices are almost as extensive here as they were in the terrace level facitities ... only the BBQ is lacking. A plus is that the atmosphere is more open and the view of the outside is more expansive.

PS: We shall miss him:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

"America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character," President Bush said in a statement from Camp David, where he was spending the weekend. "It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work."

Snow, who served as the first host of the television news program "Fox News Sunday" from 1996 to 2003, would later say that while the Bush administration he was enjoying "the most exciting, intellectually aerobic job I'm ever going to have."

Snow was working for Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio when he replaced Scott McClellan as press secretary in May 2006 during a White House shake-up. Unlike McClellan, who came to define caution and bland delivery from the White House podium, Snow was never shy about playing to the cameras.

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster's good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook -- if not always a command of the facts -- he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

He served just 17 months as press secretary, a tenure interrupted by his second bout with cancer. In 2005 doctors had removed his colon and he began six months of chemotherapy. In March 2007 a cancerous growth was removed from his abdominal area and he spent five weeks recuperating before returning to the White House.

"All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer," Bush said.

Snow resigned as Bush's chief spokesman last September, citing not his health but a need to earn more than the $168,000 a year he was paid in the government post. In April, he joined CNN as a commentator.

As press secretary, Snow brought partisan zeal and the skills of a seasoned performer to the task of explaining and defending the president's policies. During daily briefings, he challenged reporters, scolded them and questioned their motives as if he were starring in a TV show broadcast live from the West Wing.

Critics suggested that Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation. He was the first press secretary, by his own accounting, to travel the country raising money for Republican candidates.

Although a star in conservative politics, as a commentator he had not always been on the president's side. He once called Bush "something of an embarrassment" in conservative circles and criticized what he called Bush's "lackluster" domestic policy.

Most of Snow's career in journalism involved expressing his conservative views. After earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1977 and studying economics and philosophy at the University of Chicago, he wrote editorials for The Greensboro (N.C.) Record, and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

He was the editorial page editor of The Newport News (Va.) Daily Press and deputy editorial page editor of The Detroit News before moving to Washington in 1987 to become editorial page editor of The Washington Times.

Snow left journalism in 1991 to join the administration of the first President Bush as director of speechwriting and deputy assistant to the president for media affairs. He then rejoined the news media to write nationally syndicated columns for The Detroit News and USA Today during much of the Clinton administration.

Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News, called Snow a "renaissance man."

Robert Anthony Snow was born June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky., and spent his childhood in the Cincinnati area. Survivors include his wife, Jill Ellen Walker, whom he married in 1987, and three children.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Our friend, Jan, seen here holding her e-plane ticket will soon return to Florida. But, today the five girls are going to the beach for an outdoors lunch under the palm trees.

PS: The girls after their return from the beach party:

Monday, July 14, 2008 (Annie's Birthday and Bastille Day)

Here are some wide angle photos of the three Athenee buildings: Residence, Tower and Hotel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What gives, America?

According to Newsweek (July 21, 2008 issue) less that 40% of Americans believe in evolution. This compares with 80% or near 80% in most of western Europe and Japan. Of the countries surveyed only Turkey had fewer believers.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The once Almighty Dollar has been taking quite a licking of late ... people are sure stiffing the buck ... it's very hard times for the Father of Our Country.

Next: Part III

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