Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

You Won’t Believe The Degree Of Cunning Used To Steal Our Watercolour Prints Just To Get A Few Baht

Big Time Art Thieves Could Learn A Thing Or Two From This Heist

If I was disenchanted with retiring in Thailand before we discovered this rip-off last night then I hate it now! And Kanyah knows this.

I just couldn’t believe how low ‘people’ will stoop and what tricks the will play just to get a few Baht in their pockets.

This episode disgusted me and Kanyah also. Please read the story below exactly as it unfolded last night (Saturday 14 Sept 2013).

Background To The Picture Thieves Story

A few years ago in a small local pub in Derbyshire, U.K. Kanyah and I marveled at a display of water colour paintings of typical Derbyshire country scenes signed by a J Manning. His address was shown on the display so we went to see him.

He showed us his prints taken from the originals he had painted himself and the degree of realism and detail was stunning.

Here is an example of one of the prints. Note that this is a scan of a photocopy of a print off the original master so much of the detail and realism is lost.

Photo showing J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Winter Photocopy Scanned

J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Winter Photocopy Scanned

We bought three of the prints all signed J Manning 2006  and I kept them at home while Kanyah came to Thailand to build our retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong) where we now life.

I bought the prints to her on a previous visit and she had them framed. I put them on the wall on this visit and you will see them in the photos below.

Kanyah Casually Mentioned That The Print Looked Smaller Than She Remembered

So, last night we were sitting in front of the TV. We weren’t watching it – it was switched off since although we can get 400+ channels they are all in the Thai language and just show trivial stuff.

Photo of Thai Retirement House Pak Chong TV and Two Paintings

Thai Retirement House Pak Chong TV and Two Paintings

Above a photo of our TV and two of the three pictures.

When Kanyah made that remark I took a closer look at the picture. I recalled that when I hung the pictures on the wall a couple of weeks ago I did notice that they seemed not to have the depth of quality that I remembered. (I have learned not to raise difficult issues though so I said nothing at the time.)

This time, however, I could see the lack of detail but I noticed something else. It seemed that behind the glass there was no board frame around the picture.

Normally when you have a picture framed they cut a rectangle of the correct size in a piece of board and your picture is framed within it. The board frame and the picture are then mounted in the wooden frame you have chosen.

I was positive that what I was looking at was a single sheet of paper like a photocopy of the picture and the frame.

Looking at the other two pictures I noticed that the pictures were all different sizes whereas the prints had all been exactly the same size.

I Opened The Picture Frame To Reveal The Photocopy

I persuaded Kanyah to let me open the frame and as I suspected out came a photocopy of our original prints.

Photo of J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Winter Print Copy and Frame

J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Winter Print Copy and Frame

Above is a photo of the picture frame and the photocopy of the print. You can see that the ‘print’ is integral with the border – it’s all one sheet of paper.

Kanyah Was Ripped Off In  Front Of Her Own Eyes

It was clear to me that the prints had been swapped for photocopies and that this all took place on Kanyah’s watch.

I was furious and Kanyah when she eventually believed me was also upset.

Complaining To The Framing Shop Was Out For Starters

I wanted to go back to the shop where she had the prints ‘framed’. (Hah! We’d been framed not the prints!)

No can do.

Kanyah explained that it was well over a year ago when she sent them to the shop.

Notice what I just said? “she sent them to the shop.”

She then explained that she had given the prints to our neighbour who took them to the shop. So Kanyah didn’t even know which shop it was.

The Three Week Waiting Trick

Kanyah go the frames and ‘prints’ back after three weeks, she told me.

Then it all clicked into place. The shop had photocopied our original prints, framed them and that is what our neighbour delivered back to Kanyah.

The three week wait was obviously so that Kanyah would forget what she had just handed over to be framed. She never noticed the difference.

You can get prints framed immediately in Thailand. I never heard of a three week wait before.

What the shop or the neighbour did with the original prints we have no idea.

We have no idea if this was just a trick by the frame shop and the neighbour had no knowledge of it or whether he was an accomplice in the heist.

The Other Two Pictures Are Also Fakes

If you look closely at the other two pictures below you will see that there is no border or shadow-line between the picture itself and the white border. Clearly these two pictures are also photocopies of the original prints.

Photo showing J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Summer Bridge Photocopy in Frame

J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Summer Bridge Photocopy in Frame

Above is a close up of one of the other two pictures of typical countryside scenes in Derbyshire, U.K. by J Manning.

Photo showing J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Spring Bridge Photocopy in Frame

J Manning Water Colour Derbyshire U.K. Spring Bridge Photocopy in Frame

I’m Sick Of Living Here In Pak Chong

This episode sickens me. I was fed up already of living in Pak Chong and Kanyah and I have discussed this and discussed returning to England. This just adds to my disillusionment with retiring in Thailand.

She is refusing to go and I can’t afford to keep two people in two different houses in two countries.

Perhaps things will pick up here. I certainly miss all the things about England I have listed out previously.

If I had my full workshop machines and tools here it would be better. I’m limited what I can do with the tools I have and it’s not easy to buy the stuff I need in Thailand.

Perhaps The LU Project Will Let Me Off The Hook?

If you can believe LU that contract I spoke about before I came hear might materialise. Then, if it’s awarded to me, I can go back to U.K. to do it. At least some of the time.

PS They Stole The Telephone Wires From Len And He Had No Communications For A Week

This is a separate story but it just shows that they’ll steal anything to get a few Baht.

They stole 100+ meters of telephone cable and the telecoms to the village were out for a week.

Read the story here:-

http://retiringinthailand.net/passed-the-thai-driving-licence-test/comment-page-1/#comment-62274

 

 

 

 

 

Building A Private Test Track To Pass The Thai Practical Driving Test

Back To The Real Thai Driving Test Track

The next day (Saturday) after failing the Thai driving test we went back to the test centre to measure up the test track. My intention (which I have done) was to build a full-sized replica test track in our garden.

But first we had to go back to the real Thai Driving License Test Center to measure it up.

Being Saturday the normal entrance gates were closed. So we had to find another way in.

Photo of Way In Test Track Thai Driving Test Centre

Way In Test Track Thai Driving Test Centre

Photo Of Alan At The Thai Driving License est Centre

Alan At The Thai Driving License est Centre

Next I took photos of the dreaded Stop Lines.

Photo of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 3

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 3

Image of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 2

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 2

Image of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 1

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 1

Then photos of the reversing lane and the reversing box.

Photo of Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Image of Thai Driving Test Reversing Lane

Thai Driving Test Reversing Lane

Image of Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Plans And Dimensions Of A Real Thai Car Driving License Test Track

Below are actual scanned copies of my notebook showing the measured shape and dimensions of the actual Thai Driving License Test track for cars at the test center in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

These sketches will be invaluable to you if you ever need to build your own version of the Thai Driving License driving course.

The first sketch is the long reversing lane and the parallel parking box.

Image of Test Track Plans Dimensions - Reversing and Parking

Test Track Plans Dimensions – Reversing and Parking

The second sketch shows the Stop marks.

Image of Thai Driving License Test Track Plans and Dimensions - Stopping

Thai Driving License Test Track Plans and Dimensions – Stopping

Components For The Private Thai Driving License Test Track

On the way home we had to buy all the components and materials to build my own Thai driving license test center.

Photo of Test Track Thai Driving Test Poles

Test Track Thai Driving Test Poles, Paint

Poles to go into plant pots and cement mixed with stones from the drive to make concrete to hold the poles on the pots.

Photo of Cement For Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Cement For Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

 

Photo Finished Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Finished Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Experience On The Thai Driving License Test Track

And  now for some photos of the finished private Thai driving license test track.

Photo of Thai Driving License Test Track

Thai Driving License Test Track

Thai-Driving-Test-Test-Track-01JPG

Image of Test Track -Thai Driving Test Stop Lines

Test Track -Thai Driving Test Stop Lines

Test 1 Reversing Into The Box

As I said earlier I learned that this manouver is so tight and so difficult that you have to find every inch of space available.

You have to put the car hard on the left side (nearside) so that the wheels are a gnat’s whisker away from the base of the posts.

Then you have to start turning about half a car’s length from the box carefully watching the front wheels as the car’s bonnet pushes out towards the posts.

By the way in our car the Toyota Vigo Pickup, there is no chance to turn in the seat and look through the rear window as you would in a normal car. No, everything has to be observed through the wing mirrors plus leaning ot of the window to see the front wheels.

And once you’re in the box the challenge is not over. You have to get out again!

And that’s almost as difficult because you have to trace the car’s path into the box in order to get out again without clipping a post base.

Test 2. Stopping on the Lines

My technique on my test track is to drive until you can no longer see the yellow line then drive further until where you thing it is is in line with the wing mirror.

I have only succeeded once and my re-test is in two days time.

 

 

Getting A Thai Driving License – The Driving Test

I’m out this morning in our Toyota Vigo Hilux pickup getting some practice for my This driving license test this afternoon.

I could find more interesting and enjoyable things to do on Friday afternoons but heh it’s got to be done.

It’s years since I drove the pickup and I never did any serious or close-up reversing. The truck is just too big and visibility too poor to do anything but basic reversing.

But the Thai driving tests requires you to reverse into a car parking spot.

Under the Thai driving laws you are supposed to do that with the wheels not more than 250 mm from the curb. I don’t know yet if that is a requirement of this afternoon’s test but I’m practicing it all the same.

I can just about manage it now but not at any particular longitudinal position. If i had a s,all car it would be a piece of cake. I have read on various websites that you can hire a car just for the test on the day for 100 Baht and if that’s available I’ll probably do that.

So today it’s do a bit of typing here, go practice reversing, do a bit in the workshop, practice reversing etc.

 

Frantic Day At The Thai Driving Test Centre – And It’s Not Over Yet

Having obtained all the documentation required to apply for a Thai Driving License (http://retiringinthailand.net/getting-thai-driving-license-part-1/) by taking the Thai Driving test I spent today on Round 1 of the Thai Driving test along with about twenty Thais.

Taking The Thai Driving Test is Not So Easy As People Think

It was a fraught and daunting experience – not the least because all the instructions were in the Thai language and I hand’t much of a clue really what to do or what was coming next!

That was the worst part, not knowing what was the step. Let me tell you up front this is no breeze in the park!

Different people were telling me different things plus I was sometimes misunderstanding what they said when that was in Thai.

I was nervous, apprehensive and confused.

I basically blundered through as best I could relying on deduction and limited knowledge of the Thai language.

But let me tell you this. When and if I finish this training and testing regime and get my driving license I will know more about the process than anyone who has not been through it. Forget all the rubbish and half truths you read on Thai Forums – I will have the complete truth. Possibly the only source on the Internet where you can discover and understand the exact process for obtaining a Thai driving licence as a Farang.

To be continued…

Mystery Shopping In Pakchong – Part 2 – Collecting The Order

Text and Media in Preparation

Please join the announcement list to be advised when this Post is completed.

Recommended
make Money in Thailand Logo
Post Categories
Keep Updated
Join the Announcement List and receive an email when something interesting is added to the blog or website.

 

Ads by Google