Where in the World is Alf? (Part XIX)

Following Part XVIII

June 8-16, 2003

Sunday, June 8, 2003

We are almost finished. This is number 5:

Best Six of 2003, Fifth Entry

  1. A curious item from Argentina, it 'smells' like a very cheap version of a tangent lever.

["But, did the girls ever actually look at the corkscrews?"]

No doubt about it! They also consulted authoritative books on the subject.

Monday, June 9, 2003

This is the last of the Big 6:

Best Six of 2003, Sixth Entry

  1. A concertina with an eyebrow pull, it is slightly less wide than its 'vanilla' cousins. Therefore, it is more easily tucked surreptitiously behind a boutonnière…ready to rescue the offerings of a queuing bottle ignored by the hired-help at the de-corking table. [Bull cheered me with these words ... not necessarily in this order: "Concertina with a wire spring in the circle at top…KIS-PLY ... Jean Thomas' 1872 French patent."]

["Can we see the girls checking out their Patpong Corkscrew Club tee-shirts?"]

Why not!

["And, Alf, can you allow the girls to give us one more big HELLO?"]

OK, here they are, by popular demand.


Here is the photograph of all six together:

Best Six for 2003

Tuesday, June 10. 2003

A bit of scrapbook:

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

From reader and corkscrew 'collectoress', J. Maundy Cleavage (*):

Alf, I came to this site expecting to see corkscrews, corkscrews and more corkscrews ... but, for as long as I care to remember you have just sprayed us with pictures of naked ladies, deformed people ... and some hoary family pictures that no one really cares about but your own family.

Oh, sure, you squeezed in your "Best Six" just this last week ... but that was probably just an obligatory thing so that you would not get kicked out of the ICCA for missing the last two meetings.

Maundy, I do hope that these dark-steel six will ease your temporary 'rag' discomfort:

Or, how about these shiny-dull (but, not midnight) six pieces....feeling any better now?:

Do you want color? Try these to aid those aches:

(*) Though Maundy has an obsession with corkscrews, she does not belong to any of the established Clubs. She tried to join the Patpong Corkscrew Collectors Club when it was in its embryonic phase but her application was 'blackballed' by founding member #2 Bull (and near-founding member Volcansek).

Thursday, June 12, 2003


Thursday, June 12, 2003 (later)

A blog low ... what we ate:

Friday, June 13, 2003

Some 'originals' from the Bob Nugent collection:

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Looking outside ... from the back ...

PS: Hmmm ... that backyard of ours is looking better ...

Saturday, June 14, 2003 Posted: 1:23 PM EDT (1723 GMT)

Thai PM: Bomb suspect confesses

U.S. Embassy in Thailand heavily guarded
Thai authorities arrest three suspected members of an Islamic militant group, accusing them of plotting terrorist attacks.

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Saturday that a terror suspect confessed to planning bomb attacks this autumn on Western embassies in Bangkok and soft targets in tourist destinations.

Earlier this week, Thai authorities arrested three men suspected of planning terror attacks and another man suspected of trying to sell "dirty bomb" material to undercover police.

Sunday, June 15, 2003 (Father's Day)

Eating corn.

Monday, June 16, 2003 (pre-journal)

Hill tribe girls flood sex trade
Thursday, June 12, 2003 Posted: 6:45 AM EDT (1045 GMT)
Many hill tribe girls are serving the domestic sex market, the documentary said.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thirty years ago, virtually no women from Thailand's hill tribes were snared in the country's thriving sex trade. Now they are flooding the brothels and sex-karaoke bars.

Anthropologist and filmmaker David Feingold set out to determine why about one in three Thai sex workers comes from the highlands -- despite development projects, anti-narcotics campaigns and efforts to fight sex trafficking.

His five-year investigation became the documentary film "Trading Women," now reaching U.S. audiences through public television. It has been screened at the United Nations and will be shown June 20 to the National Press Club in Washington.

His film quietly interviews hill tribe girls in brothels, in karaoke bars where sex with customers is optional, and in their home villages. It also seeks the views of brothel owners, U.S. politicians, Thai police, and health officials who take an annual census of sex workers.

He listed a number of problems that have led highland women to leave the countryside and migrate to the sex trade: drug eradication programs with too little emphasis on alternative crops; population pressures; loss of land to other Thais, and conflict in neighboring Myanmar.

But the greatest risk factor is the women's precarious legal status: Minority groups have enormous difficulties obtaining Thai citizenship and therefore have few economic opportunities.

Monday, June 16, 2003


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