Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011
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December 25 2010


A Flying Sporran 'Get you home service'


A Merry Christmas to you all and especially to Anna Lee whom we escorted to Suvarnabhumi airport on Christmas Eve on a flight home to Canada.


Anna lost everything in Thailand and will have to start life over again in a shelter in Vancouver. She had been trying to get home after the Red Shirt demos, but did not have the cash to do so. Then of course her visa ran out compounding her problems.


She had been flitting from teaching job to teaching job, even did cleaning, but the cash was barely enough to survive let alone get her out of her troubles.


She had  originally come to Thailand and invested in a school.  Trouble with partners etc. She went home when her father died and when she returned there was no school. She appears to have spent the rest of her cash on lawyers. Still no result.


How she survived could make a book I guess.



Anna is Canadian of Chinese/Portugese extraction. She only had a photocopy of her passport when she went to the Canadian Embassy. And though she spoke like a Canadian, acted like a Canadian, was born in Canada, educated in Canada, worked in Canada, she had of course to prove she was actually Canadian to get home.


(When I registered my children as British citizens I had to do the same of course. The only people of course who can really prove your nationality are all the government agencies which hold your tax, national insurance, and birth and marriage records...and you have to pay!)


After a long struggle Anna was finally given a ticket (which she will of course have to pay back) and a travel document.



So who said there are no beaches in Khon Kaen? This is one at Castle Howchow.


 


Its pretty cold in Canada, but as the charity which is assisting Anna is connected to the Salvation she'll no doubt be fortified by some feisty carol singing over the Christmas period.


Good luck Anna and to all those who helped, especially a British hotelier who runs a 'beach resort' 50 kilometres outside Khon Kaen.


Huh?  Yes there's not a lot of sea up there, but as I was quite impressed with the pictures of his resort.  Compares very favourably against the 'Flying Sporran's  'tin hut' outside Bangkok where Anna spent the last few days.


So to all you guys out there on home visits to villages in this province; if you want to take a break from living above the dogs, chickens and buffaloes may I recommend Castle Howchow.


You can even get married there!



The Flying Sporran's lochside lair


 


 

5 comments:

  1. The Frying ScotsmanDecember 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    A good, seasonal, feel good story. Well done Andrew. Hope it all works out for Anna

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  2. Still working Christmas day, such dedication.

    Very merry Christmas to you and yours and may you enjoy many more.Now kick back relax and demolish that bottle of malt you deserve it.

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  3. Seasons Greetings Andrew. A heroic son of the glens rightfully dispelling the myth you and your fellow clans are in any way Scrooge like. A trip to the Airport in a 911 Sports. I should be so lucky.Did the unfortunate Anna have no relatives who could of helped her in some way.I thought the Chinese were very big on family ties however distant.Not sure my hardworking Grandmother who cleaned many a mansion floor on her knees while in service would of enjoyed your""even did cleaning"" statement.Those who wear a pinny and wield a scrubbing brush also serve a cause.With Cleanliness next to Godliness it is a noble one indeed.I think Anna can just count herself lucky she did not have to resort to the worlds oldest profession to survive unlike many unlucky ladies in Thailand and worldwide.Your tale is a timely reminder that at this time of year especially we should count our blessings and remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.To end on a lighter note I enjoyed the picture of your magnificent water front retreat.Was that a yacht I spied in the center of the shot resting nicely in the dry dock.A fitting partner perhaps to the dream machine parked in your driveway.What is Santa bringing you this year a Lear Jet!I guess all that hard work does pay off.Oh well I am off Carol Singing got to pay for the Turkey Stuffing somehow.All the best Andrew.Have a good one Big Man.

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  4. A good story to read on Christmas Day.

    Merry Christmas to you Andrew and all readers/posters here!!!

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