|79 with Volunteers.|
Fortunately there is a breakthrough method, by compiling a series of essential words and demonstrating the English sound which the students then convey to themselves and write it in their Thai script. Reading is another matter and granted a sufficiently simple text they can read English.
Too much detail? Maybe I am just trying to make sense of the system by explaining it to the old mates.
|Small Business. Lotus flowers and seeds for anyone?|
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
‘Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Joni Mitchel's words as true as ever; not a parking lot just, putting in a fuel station up the road from here. The road has a 120 kilometer limit and runs through the village. The fuel stop will have a franchised coffee shop, a 7/11 store and maybe more. It is less than the legal distance for a petrol station from the temple, but that will be fixed, and it will not be done by moving the temple, rather I suspect by moving shekels.
What this will mean to the village is that locals will have access to a range of packaged products some of which have been provided by little home stores along the lanes. It is part of a bigger picture which I find disturbing, or at least puzzling.
The now impeached former Prime Minister, Taksin got into the oil business in a big way, arm in arm with Middle Eastern mates. He arranged cheap finance for people to buy cars. They needed this fore their cars eh? Traffic problems? Loan repayment problems and re-possessions? Sure, but more fuel needed along the main roads per kind favour of Taksin's company. No probs! You could say he was an infrastructure PM.
Thai businessmen and investors know of the E Myth, that if you like making and selling a certain product, like cakes, you will never make heaps of money because if you make good cakes you will create
a massive demand and have to employ staff, then have bigger overheads and never have a moment to yourself. So what do you do? You set up a franchise, sell the formula, the recipes, the staffing and management schemes, the advertising stuff and all. Then you are selling businesses which sell your products and the growth is exponential. Maconalds is the iconic example, across the world. Each time I visit Thailand there is a batch of new franchises. Many of the latest have also found the never-fail slow poison: ingredients, sugar and salt. So come in obesity, bye small family livelihoods.
|Mother minds baby and shop.|
|Beautiful true to materials table and trestles.|
|Staff lunch with principal left.|