Author Archives: Mike Evans

Vipassana Course – Take Two

Yesterday I returned from sitting the ten day vipassana meditation course for the second time at Dhamma Dipa.  Apologies to those who have been trying to contact me – I think I’ve dealt with the backlog of messages now.  You … Continue reading

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Please give me a Placebo

This morning an article was published on the BBC News website:  “Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work.”  Apparently there has been some debate about this.  “Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found … Continue reading

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Express Espresso

At the end of January David Leeper came to have a chat with me whilst I was stewarding at ArtSpring Gallery.  He explained that he has entered a coffee barista competition, and would love to have some coffee cups custom … Continue reading

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Stuffing Balls

With my mother now living nearby, for the first time in about 20 years we celebrated Christmas at home.  We retrieved the tree from the loft and decorated it and by some miracle the fairy lights worked.  With just three … Continue reading

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Wat Day

This post has been delayed because, as I mentioned in the last one, I lost my phone on the way to the airport in Chiang Mai.  Once Song Kran festival was over and the post offices were re-opened the lovely … Continue reading

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Thai English

The assumption of many Thais is that all Westerners will speak English and not Thai.  They are generally right, and many of those who do try to speak Thai mess it up spectacularly.  What the Thais very often don’t recognise … Continue reading

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I was planning on sharing details of my last day in Chiang Mai.  However I took photos on my phone to show, and then my phone came out of my pocket in the tuk-tuk on the way to the airport. … Continue reading

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Study at Thara Thai Massage

Today was my last day studying with Ajahn Suwat at Thara Thai Massage in Chiang Mai.  (Ajahn is a Thai title, meaning something like ‘master’.)  I’m very happy that I chose to study with Suwat, and grateful that he accepted me … Continue reading

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My Journey to Thara Massage

This could be a philosophical post about how I came be be studying Thai massage as the only Student (currently) at a massage clinic specialising in the therapy aspects of the practice.  But actually it’s just going to be about … Continue reading

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Learning Thai with Noinaa

The last time I came to Thailand I tried to learn a little Thai beforehand.  I got a book and audio CDs: Complete Thai by David Smyth from the Teach Yourself series.  I used a few online resources too.  However … Continue reading

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