Ghosts on my TV
I always wondered why several signs at the movie theatres in Chiang Mai say
“Filming inside strictly prohibited!” Who’d be so stupid anyway?
But when I bought a bunch of DVDs at the Night Bazaar I was confused – and
then angry. Not only was the quality (picture & sound) unacceptable, but all
of a sudden there were people standing up from their cinema-seat and going
to the toilet (or going home for good). Like shadows or ghosts arising from
Somebody must have taken a small digital video-camera inside the theatre and
video taped the entire movie, put it into perfectly printed covers and sold
it to stupid tourists who, by the time they realize this bad joke are back
in their country.
Similar DVD copy sellers inside the K... S… K… dept. store where I buy them
frequently are not bad in quality. Since their clientele is rather the
long-term tourist or expat, they are more cautious about quality I suppose
than the street vendors at Night Bazaar where half of all the DVDs turned
out to be a “ghost story”.
By the way, I found out that the book shop inside Central Dept. store has
genuine DVDs for less than 300 baht, which we can watch with a clear
conscience as they are not pirate copies.
I wish there were more shops who sell legal copies at affordable prices as
there are in Bangkok. I strongly suggest not buying any at the Night Bazaar.
(My experience has been confirmed by others.)
A minor triumph for Edna
As a result of you publishing my letter complaining about the rap music
being played on cable TV during the commercial breaks, I have had a
visitation from the cable TV company concerned.
Their representative was a strangely deep-voiced young woman whose face was
plastered in make-up and who wore a skirt so short it barely amounted to
more than a belt. I warned her she was in danger of catching a cold, or
possibly rising damp, this being the rainy season and all. I then showed her
a pair of my best woolly tights and recommended she purchase a pair pronto.
Anyway, the upshot was the cable TV company said they were very pleased to
receive my feedback (dread word) and wanted to know what I thought might be
more appropriate music. So I suggested anything by the Carpenters or
something by Peter, Paul and Mary. The young lady duly noted down my
recommendations and went on her way. So hopefully we might be in for
something a little more uplifting now while we go to spend a penny or make a
pot of tea.
Call me a silly goose, but I think things like this matter.
Mrs. Edna Gosling (semi-retired)