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how many have you read?

Feb 19, 2015 - 12:48 PM - by you_me_no_savy_talk_talk
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50 Books to Read Before You Die - How many have you read?

21/50 for me


but then, there are several books that I know of/about but have no intention to read
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Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:07 AM - by cluezo
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Here they come ...


As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis.

Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya

ROME — Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” and the warning, “we are south of Rome,” Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi shuttered up the Italian embassy in Tripoli and raised his fist with the threat of impending military action. Never mind that Italy has only 5,000 troops available that are even close to deployable, according to the defense ministry. Or that the military
budget was cut by 40 percent two years ago, which has kept the acquisition of 90 F-35 fighter jets hanging in the balance and left the country combat-challenged to lead any mission—especially one against an enemy like the Islamic State.

In fact, Renzi didn’t specify exactly who would wield that military might, and, two days later, when no one volunteered to lead the charge, he backtracked. “It’s not the time for a military intervention,” Renzi
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This Job advert WTF!

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:02 PM - by barrylyndon
Full Time English, Science and Mathematics Teachers

English, Science and Mathematics Teachers
There will be interviews in Room 406 Sukhothai Building, Ramkhamhaeng University on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March, 2015 from 09.00 to 17.00. Foreign teachers interested in teaching in Nonthaburi Government schools are informed that there will be vacancies for English Language teachers, as well as for Science and Mathematics teachers able to teach these subjects in English. Prospective teachers must bring their passports and resumes, as well as their originals and copies of diplomas and transcripts to the interviews. If they have a TOEIC certificate showing more than 600, a Thai Cultural Certificate and/or a Thai Permanent Teacher’s License they should also bring them to the interview. Applicants who pass their interview will be invited to three days of training and orientation on Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd April, 2015. The cost of this training will be a non-returnable 2,500 Baht. During the training the applicants will be assessed and those ranked the highest will be offered teaching positions as vacancies occur. These teachers will be required to report to their schools on or before Friday 1st May, 2015.
For further information contact the Teacher Support Officer, *************.
(&&&&&&&&&&&&) or mobile number ###########
or Khun ***** (##############)

The above advert uploaded today on this website makes interesting reading. I have never seen a place
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Am I wasting my time?

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:15 PM - by BigM39
Greetings all! I have been debating if I really wanted to ask this question as I am scared of the answer. I'm planning to come to Thailand to teach in April/May but the more I think about it, the more I feel I may be wasting my time.

The problem is I'm huge. I'm fully qualified, worked with kids most of my life, but I fear that the bias towards looks will make this a losing endeavor.

What does the wisdom of the mighty Ajarn Forum think? Should I quit worrying and just jump in?
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Feb 25, 2015 - 5:49 PM - by jimbo
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Lots of controversy, sure. Some strong, highly debatable and (possibly) valid points on the opposing side - I agree.

But, for what it's worth....I don't think this diet/lifestyle is about to go away anytime fast.

Paleo Diet: The Basics Article - Allrecipes.com

Coconut Oil: Background and Uses

5 Ways A Paleo Diet Can Help Depression
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Shanghai at Lunar New Year pics

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:51 PM - by phuketbound
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I'm trying this on my phone so I hope the pics show up. It is the first time for me in Shanghai and I am taking it all in on my iPhone. Today I walked along East Nanjing Street which is a pedestrian walking street with shops and malls. I'll take more as I go. Are these big pics?











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Cutting Questions

Feb 20, 2015 - 7:09 AM - by tomcat
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Who takes work home?

Feb 22, 2015 - 10:42 AM - by outbound
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A common theme on UK teaching forums at the moment is about the amount of work that teachers have to take home. So, who here takes home work to do? Do you consider it part of the profession or is it something you just won’t do? I often take paperwork home, there are less distractions at home and I can put on some music or a film on the TV. I occasionally take home cutting out and all the stuff that goes with making educational games as I have more space at home. For me it’s just part of the job, no point getting in a tizzy about it. Lesson plans are always done at school though. No way am I letting them eat into weekend time when I can do them all at work if I manage my time well.
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Dismissed by Catholic School in Samut Prakan

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:38 PM - by Viper
If you have been dismissed, or left because working conditions were unbearable (constructive dismissal) at the school in Samut Prakan, plaeae get in touch with me. We are a group of ex-teachers at this school taking our case(s) of unfair dismissal to the Labour Court.

If you know someone, or have worked there the past five years, we would like to hear from you. Send me a pm
  21 Replies | 1,841 Views

Is transferring to Thailand from Korea difficult?

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:36 PM - by klavy1231
I have 3 years teaching experience in South Korea and I am tired of this place. I was in Thailand for 2 weeks and I thought I would like to try teaching in or around Bangkok. Can anyone give me some advice on how to go about it and whats the best way please and thanks.
  19 Replies | 929 Views

real Mars bars in less than ten

Feb 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM - by jimbo
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Bloomberg's hot on this one today:

Mars One

Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024.
  18 Replies | 1,376 Views

Koh Kood or Koh Chang?

Feb 24, 2015 - 3:38 PM - by po3try
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Half term next week so joining the wifey on her business trip. got a choice of koh kood or koh chang for a night or 2, just a small, livable hut on the beach would be nice with a restaurant and a bar nearby.

I've spent some time on koh chang by myself, but i doubt it wifey would want to stay in a place like this


any recommendations?
  18 Replies | 997 Views

Any juicers on here?

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:38 PM - by phuketbound
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I've been thinking of buying a juicer or blender. The juicers are way more expensive than blenders here in China, so I may get a blender. I want to start juicing fruits and vegetables. I often buy natural juice blends when I'm out. Lately I've discovered apple, carrot and ginger juice which is really tasty and healthy. The health benefits of juicing are tremendous.

A few years ago I watched the video, "Fat, Sick and nearly Dead" by Joe Cross. He juiced for 60 days and lost a shitload of weight and became so healthy on fruit and vegetable juice. He has a great website too.

You can watch the video here if interested.

Watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead for FREE | Reboot With Joe

I know many people who juice with great benefits. Anyone here make their own juice or do a juice fast (reboot)?
  17 Replies | 752 Views

Long Video of Thai Education

Feb 21, 2015 - 11:57 AM - by outbound
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Interesting stuff, enjoy...
  16 Replies | 1,657 Views

if u did it again, which country would you study in?

Feb 16, 2015 - 12:48 PM - by lively
Where would you get your English teaching qualifications and where did you?
  16 Replies | 1,404 Views

3,500 baht Condo in Thong Lo - Baan Napha Sap

Feb 19, 2015 - 3:21 PM - by 5anuk
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I checked it out the other day they had two rooms for rent. Not the best place to live in but for anyone one a budget. Full review here:

Baan Napha Sap - Sukhumvit 36 - 4,000 Baht Condo - A Farang Abroad - Travel Blog about Bangkok, Thailand, Dating Thai girls, Thai girlfriends, Bangkok girls and all other everything else

I will have a few more condos popping up soon.
  15 Replies | 1,456 Views

Alt. flours

Feb 21, 2015 - 12:19 PM - by jimbo
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Any bakers out there?

I mainly use coconut and almond meal....but (like all things) - one shouldn't rely too heavily on any one ingredient (the main concern with almond is an overload of Vit E)

I got some tapioca flour, so gonna try that.

Anyone experiment(ed) with various flour types?

Make Better Choices: Healthy Alternatives to White Flour | One Green Planet
(I'm no vegan, I'm just done with white flour.)
  15 Replies | 1,112 Views

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