Posts tagged ‘Thailand. Everything’

My father wasn’t interested in the Indonesians as much as just scaring the living daylights out of me. “The minute you turn 18 you’ll be in those khakis quicker than you can say Jack Robinson,” he’d proclaim. The implication was I would not survive the gruelling and tortuous regime that would be inflicted on soft Andrew, who was more interested in Charles Dickens than endless rounds of push-ups, laps of the field or enforced games of soggy biscuit.
Young Thais have the same feeling towards the military but remember, this is Thailand. Everything has a surface and the all-important undercurrent of what really goes on. The rules for conscription are like a Tourism Authority of Thailand poster for Songkran featuring women in traditional Thai costume delicately pouring a thimbleful of water over the hands of some wizened but beloved elder. Gorgeous _ but far removed from the reality of drunken speedsters killing themselves and others during the frenzy of Songkran.
While the [...]