A short list of things I’ve learnt this week

14 May

1) Giant silkworm moths are the size of a small child’s head.  They really are giant.

2) On the subject of giants, a newborn elephant weighs approximately 100 kilos.  Oof.

3) Thai garden centres sell decorative, painted, concrete figures.  Just like English garden centres.

4) Rub fresh turmeric root on your mossie bites.  It helps ease the itching, has antiseptic properties, and turns your skin an attractive shade of yellow.

5) Bamboo maggots taste quite like bamboo, unsurprisingly enough.

6) You CAN get BBC iPlayer abroad, for a very reasonable monthly subscription.  You can also watch all manner of excellent TV programmes on YouTube.  Why did no one tell me this before?

7) When giving offerings to monks, provide them with something useful, like an umbrella, torch or  roll of loo paper.  They’ll be very grateful and will give you a blessing in return.

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10 Responses to “A short list of things I’ve learnt this week”

  1. Mum in Malta 14/05/2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Which service do you use for iplayer? I’ve been being driven mad by various ones that don’t seem to work!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/05/2011 at 9:40 am #

      Good question, I think it’s just called watch TV abroad, but I’ve only just subscribed, so it may actually turn out to be rubbish…

  2. TheMadHouse 14/05/2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Oh I am not sure I could cope with a moth that is that large

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/05/2011 at 9:41 am #

      It was really beautiful and the corners of its wings look like snakes’ heads.

  3. Mummy Mania 15/05/2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Do we want to know how you know what Bamboo maggots taste like??

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/05/2011 at 9:46 am #

      They were nice!

  4. Liz 15/05/2011 at 9:21 pm #

    That is one big baby elephant! x

  5. Dacey 17/05/2011 at 4:30 am #

    BBC iplayer provide all tv programmes and news programme.It is available in abroad also and show all the programs of abroad also

  6. 21st century mummy 17/05/2011 at 4:42 am #

    I tried fried bamboo maggots in chaing mai. They tasted a bit like cashew nuts. I gave the roasted squirrel a miss!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2011 at 4:13 am #

      We tried to catch a squirrel yesterday. I was quite relived that we weren’t successful…

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