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A new Motto for Great Britain..Whatever.

I have just been reading something that makes me quite glad not to be living at "home" in the UK.

1,000 Mottos for the UK

Gordon Brown is trying to be very British. The BBC article says the words "Britain" and "British" got 81 mentions in his speech to the Labour Party conference on Monday!

If you have half a day free you can read all 1,000 suggestions sent in to the BBC. I will try to cherry pick a few below...

Britain: Whatever

Britain: At least it's not France/Germany/America (delete as appropriate)

Britain: Musn't grumble

Britain - all it needs is a coat of paint

The United Kingdom - Are we bovvered?

UK: Obesité, Apathé, Hostilité

Victoria Concordia Crescit - Victory Grows Through Harmony

To quote Pink Floyd, "Holding on in quiet desperation"

Leave. Before that is banned too.

We're not scary. However, our friend Mr. United States is, I think you'll agree.

Britain: Come and 'ave a go if you think yer 'ard enough

Britain: Whats on the telly tonight?

Britain: actually, it's quite nice (a rare positive spin!)

Not waving but drowning

UK motto: "Quick, pretend to be doing something useful"

Land of Hope and Glory - Mother of the Free! Huzzah!

Britain: Mind the gap

Two world wars and one World Cup

Lager, Lager, Lager

Do not worry, my Lord. I have a cunning plan

War Is Peace.
Freedom Is Slavery.
Ignorance Is Strength.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle


Our diversity is our strength

We came, we saw, we conquered, then we gave it back. Frightfully sorry.

I really ought to do some work... that's not a motto, though it could be.

A slap in the face

I do like a bottle of beer or 3 now and then.. well almost every day. Not so much an alcoholic (I don't like spirits or even wine that much), but a beeroholic. I know I should cut it out. Just received this photo in an email from a friend in Chiang Mai who also likes a drink or two. I guess I am at stage 3 in this life. Don't wish to rush on to stage 4.

The 4 stages of life


The Monk in Thailand once got a grade A for English language (and also English Literature - Life is But a Walking Shadow and all that). I came across the following web site once upon a time, and you know I think this website has a clear message.

The correct spelling is definitely.

Not definately.

Not definatly.

Not definantly.

Not definetly.

Not definently.

And certainly not defiantly.

The correct spelling is definitely.

Do I need another blog?

Yes. This is the place for inane banter, views, news, odd photos, things that don't fit on another blog. If there's time.

My other blogs:

Jamie's Phuket
Phuket Weather
We Love Phuket
Phuket Hotels
Songkran 2008

All of these are about Phuket / Thailand, and this one will also be on the same track. I guess it can be used to comment on the news, add short posts about food or daily rants, y'know like a normal blog. Let's see how it goes.

Just in the process of getting some decent internet at home. We have a choice between a wireless option from the C.A.T which costs 10,990 Baht plus 790 per month, or a satellite option from the TOT which is free to set up, but 1500 per month. Will be decided next week. Once we have proper internet in the house instead of a cruddy dial up, the blogging can be expanded. Just recently I have lacked time an energy to blog much on "Jamie's Phuket". I have ideas of things to add, but need time to go out, visit places, take photos and compose a decent article.

A Monk in Thailand? They are pretty common, right? Just to clarify - my name is Jamie Monk. I am not actually wearing orange robes.

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