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Flemming Winther Nielsen

Opinion: The blue eyed fundamentalists






The Benefit of the Doubt Scandinavian* politicians truly believe they know how to make things better here in South East Asia; when I learn about their ideas for the future and see the projects they suggest implemented in our region I am baffled. Try to listen to Scandinavian politicians or officials on visit. These most innocent looking blue…

New eBook shows Danish Graves in Thailand






“Danish Graves in Thailand” is an eBook published by the Heritage Section of the Scandinavian Society Siam. It presents the status of the currently 68 Danish grave that have been selected for the ongoing maintenance and restoration project supported by EAC’s Public Fund, Asia House, India Quay, Copenhagen. The book is authored by Flemming Winther…

Danes “deported” to Thailand






This is about the Danish act determining the legality of travelling patterns of Danish citizens partly staying abroad (outside EU}. Citizens are administratively moved from living in Denmark to having immigrated to e.g. Thailand. This act is little known, wherefore travelling people recently have felt the unpleasant consequences of breaching the law! The content can…

Christmas – Charity






I once carried out research in Al Samra, a big well-off village of mostly market traders, situated in the desert 40 kilometers from Khartoum, Sudan. One day I was invited or requested for lunch by the leadership, a group of three distinguished old men. We talked about how this community dealt with social- and family problems. Then I…

Lieutenant–Colonel August Theodor Frederic Kolls (1867 -1911)






Feared as a drillmaster, admired for his courage and determination. For many years the most prominent relic on the desk of Colonel August Kolls was the polished skull of Ai Muang, the bandit and robber chief. He had been caught by Kolls, sentenced to death, and immediately beheaded by the executioner. After dark the ordinary…

No such thing as ‘Society’






Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, once said: “There is no such thing as Society, there are individual men and women and there are families” ….’and then there is the law (state)’. In Continental Europe people were perplexed; this because the modern perspective of life is that our being basically revolves around the individual person interacting…

Networking






When words and concepts have been used much and for a long time they become tired from overuse. Not only that: the organizations or firms behind this constant use appear tired and out of ideas too. A case in point is the word ‘Networking’. In the Nordic community in Thailand we have been networking for…

Thainess






The concept of Thainess is being used and discussed in various media, often under the headline: ‘Foreigners don’t understand Thainess’, or ‘Foreigners are not able to reach the core of Thainess’. Meanwhile, what this seemingly supernatural core consists of remains unanswered; there does not seem to be a common definition among the contributors. After 12…

Witches






The 23 of June fires are built on the hills in a country way up north in Europe. On this, the longest day of the year, dusk comes at 9 pm; it is then time to light the fires. The flames will moments later set fire to the image of an elderly woman, tied to a stake on…