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Going, Going, Gone – Demolition Work At British Embassy Compound Begins

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Photos showing the demolition of the Ambassador’s Residence in the compound of the British Embassy in Bangkok have been widely shared on social media, with many angered and saddened by the sight.

Four pictures of the work were posted by the Facebook page ICOMOSThailand Association and shared thousands of times leading to international coverage of the story.

Demolition Work At British Embassy Compound Begins

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office sold the site in 2018 to a joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group for 20 billion baht or £420 million.

It was said to be the biggest land deal in Thai history and the FCO’s biggest ever sale with the proceeds to be reinvested in other overseas estates that will facilitate the modernisation of dozens of projects around the world.

An update from the British Embassy stated the old residence will be rebuilt with its original features on the Wireless Road site by its new owners. The Queen Victoria Statue will stay co-located with the Residence when rebuilt as a testament to the significance of this plot of land in UK-Thai relations. And for the first time in 100 years will again be accessible to the public.

The War Memorial has been relocated to the British Club and will continue to be the focus for Remembrance Day commemorations each November.

The British Embassy will make its move to new offices in Sathorn in early 2020.

Photo Credit: ICOMOSThailand Association

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Grab Delivery Gone Wrong

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This is the hilarious moment a woman collecting a food delivery was dragged to the ground when her headphones caught on the front gate of her house.

Rung Napha, 31, ordered food via Grab while she was at home in Chonburi on May 24.

While she walked to the end of her driveway, Rung was on a call with a friend and had the iPhone earphones plugged in as she spoke.

However, after reaching over and paying the driver, the wire was caught on the spokes of an umbrella hanging on the gate.

Rung turned to walk back into the home but was pulled to the ground as the wires remained stuck and the headset stayed in her ears.

CCTV at the family home captured the unusual blunder.



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Truck Spills Hundreds Of Cans Of Beer

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Truck Spills Hundreds Of Crates Of Beer

A lorry spilt thousands of cans of beer onto the road sparking a frenzy as passers-by raced to collect them.

The truck was loaded with more than 3,600 crates of Leo when it lost control on a wet road and smashed into a tree in Chumphon, southern Thailand last weekend.

Driver Thanongsak Sairin was able to manoeuvre the truck so it didn’t overturn, but hundreds of crates were strewn across the roadside.

Footage shows locals swarming around the 150ft long trail of fallen beers as they scooped up what they could.

Passing motorists were also seen stopping and loading the looted booze into their cars before driving away.



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Phone Booths Converted Into Covid-19 Test Stations

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Phone Booths Converted Into Covid-19 Test Stations

Old unused TOT phone booths are being converted into Covid-19 test kiosks to be used at hospitals in Surin province.

Footage shows the TOT phone booths repurposed with safety equipment so they can be used by medical workers to interact with potential coronavirus patients.

Surin provincial governor Kraisorn Kongchalad said that even though the province has no active cases, they still need to be prepared.

He said: “Our province has not found a new patient in the last 45 days thanks to the cooperation of the people and the hardworking medical staff.”

However, being careful would not hurt anyone and fortunately, TOT also wanted to offer help on this.



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