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Phana, Amnat Charoen, Thailand
Retired English teacher living in UK and Thailand.
Interests: buddhism, reading, writing, travelling, anthropology, asian cultures.
Recent Activity
The Rin-Homhuan Mahanil Study Centre in Phana has been taking up so much of my time this year that I have not blogged since Pensri and I took a Christmas... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Life in Phana
However much I enjoy life in Phana, it is good to get away sometimes and for me Lao PDR is the best place to get away to. This year I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Life in Phana
I just met a girl … A beautiful friendship? Just the pictures (taken this morning) and the captions will tell this romantic tale. I hope you will click on this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Life in Phana
We met the two new volunteers from Project Trust last week, our first week back in Phana after the summer break in England. The two girls are from Scotland so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Life in Phana
Some time ago I posted about a little Karen girl who was in hospital in Chiengmai. That was way back in February 2010. The little girl was called Buk Paw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Life in Phana
I was witness to a distressing scene in the forest a few days ago. I came across this group of monkeys which I took to be a family group. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at Life in Phana
Long-tailed macaques in Phana as seen by Elliot Capp – ace photographer is a post that you can see HERE. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Life in Phana
Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) are the most obvious inhabitants of Don Chao Poo Forest in Phana, but they are not the only ones. Two other species which generally make themselves... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Life in Phana
This blog has not been updated for some time now. (It has, in fact, just yesterday, which shows how long it has taken me to get this one posted.) I’m... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at Life in Phana
Ten days ago I saw a monkey carrying two young infants. The infants looked to be the same age but I had never seen twins in the forest here before.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Life in Phana
After opening on 8th March, the Rin-Homhual Mahanil Study Centre in Phana was busy two days later when the Phana Bicycle Rally came by. Then there were a few quiet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Life in Phana
When our group from Exeter first arrived in Phana, we decided to familiarise ourselves with the forest and macaques by conducting a time budget analysis of the population. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Life in Phana
Two days after the official opening of the Rin-Himhual Mahanil Study Centre we were ready and waiting for the bicycle rally to come calling. CLICK on the images to enlarge... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Life in Phana
The day finally came for the opening of the study centre last week. It was what all the work on renovating Pensri's parents' old house had been about: The Rin-Homhual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Life in Phana
There is a house in Exeter, where I live half my time, known as 'the house that moved'. It was originally built in the late 16th or early 17th century... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Life in Phana
It was important to keep the ancestors informed before we ‘interfered’ with their house, and we duly did that in a small ceremony in the enclosed ground-floor area of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Life in Phana
The Phana Monkey Project is about to reach a crucial stage. A week from now five researchers, all recent Msc graduates in Animal Behaviour from Exeter University in the UK,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Life in Phana
I was born in the year of the rabbit and that year comes round every twelve years. For me, it has come round six times so far. Traditionally, the sixth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Life in Phana
Moving house here in Phana, Isan, has finished. What happens next is that the newly-located building is going to be renovated and adapted to new purposes. As I explained in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Life in Phana
Pensri's father built this house in about 1937. It has stood here ever since but now it is moving. It moved, or was moved, about ten days ago and will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at Life in Phana
The ceremony for the new Lak Muang at Phana took place some time ago now, but I haven't had time to get around to putting up some pictures of it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Life in Phana
The village guardian spirits inhabiting the Bue Baan in Ban Phana have been kept informed of the plans to build a new Lak Muang on the site of the old... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Life in Phana
Phana is busy with the spirit world at the moment. Placating spirits in one place and inviting them to another. It is all about Phana Municipality's plans to have a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Life in Phana
Here we are back in Phana, far from the floods that are ravaging much of Thailand. We have been here a week now, but our broadband connection was only restored... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Life in Phana