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On Monday 17th May I returned to film and interview people who’d gathered in and along Rama IV Road and the Expressway area. By the third day of fighting, it was less frightening being on the street. It is strange how we adapt to what is a dangerous, uncertain environment. The first thing people learn is to distinguish the sound of firecrackers and from the sound of bullets coming from shotguns, M16s, M79s and AK47s weapons. These weapons as well as the firecrackers were used at some stage in during the street conflict. I didn’t see any war weapons on the 17th May. That doesn’t mean they Red side wasn’t armed. It means I personally didn’t see them.

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Posted: 5/20/2010 12:00:16 AM 

 

I am writing this 15 minutes before the curfew starts on Wednesday 19 May 2010. This morning I awoke to gunfire. The crack of an M16, and if you know that sound, then you understand this isn’t the way to start your day. This is the fourth day I have gone to sleep with the sound of gunfire in the background and woken up to the same sound.

 

It has been a long day. The phone never stopped; neither did emails from readers around the world. For their support and thoughts I am grateful. I appreciate your concern for my safety.

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Posted: 5/19/2010 9:46:01 AM 

 

The SET was torched by demonstrators in the late afternoon. After 30 minutes fire trucks (3 in number) came screaming down Asoke. Demonstrators met them with stones. They retreated. A few minutes later the sizeable crowd started to run as rumours of the army circulated.

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Posted: 5/19/2010 6:05:25 AM 

 

Dispatch from Sukhumvit Road.

 

I returned moments ago from the intersection at Asoke and Sukhumvit Road.

Tires burnt in the middle of the lanes carrying traffic toward Klong Toey. Those lanes are blocked with debris and burning tires.

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Posted: 5/19/2010 4:13:06 AM 

 

I shot this video on Saturday on Rama IV.

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Posted: 5/19/2010 3:10:39 AM 

 

By Sunday the amount of small arm fire on Rama IV had increased from the day before. The scene was similar to Saturday. Groups of people who had gathered inside shophouse doorways, along the road for about one kilometer, and the hardcore group of Red shirted protesters who manned the barricades and kept the tyres rolling toward the front line.


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Posted: 5/19/2010 1:13:05 AM 

 

On 15th, 16th, and 17th May for around one and half hours I filmed and interviewed people who had gathered along Rama IV Road from the Rachadapiesek or Klong Toey intersection to Soi Ngam Dupli. As the authorities tightened the noose around Rachadaprasong, a second front opened along Rama IV, including a makeshift stage and speakers, microphones, and sound system.

I am not a professional photographer. Indeed I am not even a very good amateur photographer. What I’ve tried to do is capture the mood of people who have gathered around one of the main sites where Reds and the Security Forces have clashed. People in the outside world can glimpse for themselves some of the faces in the crowd—in other words what do the people on the scene look like—and the chaos surrounding the street barricades. Each day a community of onlookers have gathered drawn by the spectacle of violence, fire, and explosions.

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Posted: 5/18/2010 8:13:30 AM 

 

As you know Bangkok is under fire and on fire. I am posting on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/ChristopherGeorgeMoore?ref=profile#!/ChristopherGeorgeMoore?v=wall&ref=profile
And also on Twitter: bangkokwriter00
Though with all the traffic is sometimes difficult to get on to Twitter.
I've been at Rama IV and Expressway and have a fair amount of video and still footage from Saturday and Sunday. Will try and get some of it up once my IT person comes in. Sound of explosions from the direction of Rama IV as I write this.
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Posted: 5/17/2010 5:34:48 AM 

 

Tourists checking into a five-star Bangkok hotel or dining at an upscale restaurant will no doubt recall the pleasure of receiving a traditional wai from the owner, headwaiter, serving staff. Pleasure is the key experience, the pleasure of being recognized, being special, being noticed—and all of it unearned. Such deference is the ultimate free lunch. This is ‘deference lite’, the tourist edition. It is part of the hospitality package like the complimentary arrival drink and fruit basket that keeps tourists returning to Thailand.

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Posted: 5/13/2010 10:45:40 PM 

 

I’ve finished the 12th novel in the Vincent Calvino series—9 Gold Bullets—and have been reflecting over the course of this series, how I have developed not only the character of the private eye but the villains who seep into each story. The contemplation has caused me to reflect on how a novelist goes about selecting, describing and using villains.

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Posted: 5/7/2010 3:58:05 AM 

 

2010 is that year in Thailand.

 

There is a Thai expression which goes like this: ???????? /mik-ka-san-yee.

This is a way of recalling a time of chaos and unrest. Life turns upside down, the world spins out of control, and emotions are running high. Uncertainty and danger are dance partners crossing the floor in front of our eyes.

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Posted: 4/30/2010 5:19:10 AM 

 

It has been said that the novel is the perfect form to reflect the modern individual’s experience of the world. His take on the interior social, psychological world. In other words, the quality of a novel correlates with the ability of the story, characters, and plot to hold a mirror to the world of full emotional and intellectual experience. If the mirror distorts or warps the experience, the reader may be confused, angry or bored.

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Posted: 4/30/2010 4:35:42 AM 

 

A great review for the Grove edition of Asia Hand (July 2010) from Booklist: "Fans of this long-running series will completely enjoy this novel, and it should also be highly recommended to readers of hard-boiled detective fiction, including series set in Bangkok as well as the classic American tough-guy authors (...Raymond Chandler or, more recently, Robert B. Parker)."
—David Pitt, Booklist
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Posted: 4/28/2010 11:47:46 PM 

 

You can download a copy of my novel Tokyo Joe
from kindle for .99cents. That is for readers with a USA account; those outside the USA pay a surcharge of $2.00 for all kindle books.

http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Joe-ebook/dp/B0033AH7PU/ref=sr_1_2_oe_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272004989&sr=1-2
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Posted: 4/23/2010 3:07:43 AM 

 

In a recent interview I was asked how I became a literary legend in Asia.
Below is my reply

Christopher G. Moore
Bio sketch into the making of a writer

I was a 13-years-old newspaper boy on my route one early morning when a freak snowstorm hit. A car stopped and a small Asian man rolled down the window and asked me if I’d like a ride. At least I think that is what he asked me that morning; I remember that he spoke what sounded like a foreign language. He swung open the car door. It was cold and snowing. I got in. He gave me a cup of hot chocolate to drink. Next thing I woke up in San Francisco. Everything I had was on me that morning. I had lost my small nest egg.

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Posted: 4/22/2010 11:39:40 PM 

 

The jungle is a state of mind, a place where tooth and claw and the skill in deploying them decide who wins the battle. The reality becomes divided into black and white. Live or die. Kill or be killed. Demonize the enemy. Crank up the hatred of the ‘other.’ Tribal emotions pulse through the veins, hot and raging, until they boil over. Tear gas, water cannon, life rounds, anti-aircraft guns, batons, sharpened bamboo poles are among the weapons reported in the press since the Saturday 10th April confrontation at the Phan Fah Bridge near Democracy Monument in Bangkok. That night, the jungle mind crept out on all fours and pounced, devouring those in its path. It is almost a week since that night of killing and death. It is still sinking in. The mind tries to wrap around the implications of so much death and injury. Head shots. Chest shots.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 5:12:23 AM 

 

A lot has happened in Bangkok since Saturday 10th April, a day that will be a defining one for the future political landscape.

 

The political ball remains in play. High in the air, the demands, accusations, recriminations and growing hatred will rain down. Both sides are scrambling in this environment, seeking to press home an advantage.

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Posted: 4/12/2010 5:11:09 AM 

 

A common complaint is that there is too much information. Circling your life, online, off-line, floating like a cloud over your head, and it is threatening to rain. It is one thing to get wet, it is another to have your mind scorched by the acid rain of half-truths and lies.

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Posted: 4/9/2010 4:18:27 AM 

 

On Wednesday evening 7th April, a State of Emergency was declared for Bangkok and surrounding areas. This makes the 4th such ‘state’ to be announced by a Thai government since 2008.

 

Apparently there is a legal distinction between a ‘normal’ and ‘serious’ State of Emergency. The prime minister has declared his State of Emergency declaration is in the serious category.

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Posted: 4/8/2010 5:49:13 AM 

 

We all age with some ageing better than others. In the expat community in Bangkok, there are many retirees from the West, Japan, and China among others who have discovered a community of the newly minted aged. In Colin Cotterill’s collection of stories, Ageing Disgracefully takes a humorous and life-affirming look at lives of people who, though considerably advanced in years, are still behaving very, very naughtily.

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Posted: 4/2/2010 3:09:42 AM 

 

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