Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 8th, 2019

Arrived in Chiang Mai, 75 minutes behind schedule. Thank you, Train No. 7, you served us well today. Mostly. pic.twitter.com/41bkjTFf3z

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@Epigrammist I think that’s in my to-watch list. Which is way too long.

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@rkbake I’d like to try the new first-class sleeper. It looks pretty schmick.

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@ApostrophePong The train window was dirty but I got a few photos of this quality. twitter.com/stilgherrian/s…

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Departing Lamphun. In theory* that means 15 minutes to Chiang Mai.

* Which is to say, the timetable, and as I’ve s..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…62

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@nnwakelam If you give it to yourself you’re a wanker. If someone gives it to you they’re a cunt.

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@ApostrophePong There was a lot of track duplication work under way further south, but in the mountains it is still all just jungle.

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For a moment there I thought I might be living out the rest of my days in Khun Tan National Park.

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We are here. We were meant to be at Lamphun at 1915 but it is now 2000 and we are still maybe 15 or 20 minutes away..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Ek

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Actually that tweet was delayed because we were arseing about in the mountains. Stand by.

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I believe we have just made it through the Khun Tan Tunnel to Khun Tan, finally, so that was something like 9km in..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…1R

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Ah. I think we’ve just decided to wait at this station for a night train (pictured) to clear the Khun Tan Tunnel…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…6h

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We’ve come backwards to stop at this station. Google Maps has given up on the Roman alphabet because hey why not. pic.twitter.com/HCBvkmuqxM

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Um, moving backwards up the main line. I’m hoping it’s because we weren’t switched to passing siding, or something,..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…qC

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DeeDeeDunleavy I think you’ll find the expression is *hoary* old chestnut. Scott Morrison pulling out his horny old chestnut has a..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2I

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@Begbie4017 @allrite Thanks. It’s a work trip, though, so I’m not sure how much I’ll see.

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Sunset is in just a couple of minutes so there probably won’t be many more photos. The car has quietened down now t..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…uQ

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idiotandroid Primetime TV in Japan. twitter.com/hizaga/status/…

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Is there a way of preventing Russell Brand?

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The journey is timetabled at 11 hours and we’re running longer, so two people in the cab would be prudent. Still, mai pen rai krub.

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There’s a driver, obviously. I didn’t see whether he had an assistant, though when the train was brought into the d..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…iZ

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I should mention the crewing levels. There’s a steward in each of the three cars, handling the food and drink. One..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…B5

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We pull out at 1806. We are now only 33 minutes behind schedule.

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The car steward has reached the end of her tether and is herding them to the correct seats with barked orders.

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Maybe not. Around 20 people just boarded the train and they have to discuss loudly with all of the others where the..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…MQ

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Arriving at Nakhon Lampang just as the station clock here does its complicated 6pm ritual, just like the one I des..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…LD

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@DavidRDHeath @DavidFeng Yep, quite a lot of flooding still along the broad plain of Nan River.

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@DavidFeng I’m not too stressed, because it’s beautiful countryside, but it is slightly inconvenient.

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@chrisrauchle It has a lot to do with tenders, loans, and contracts, apparently.

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Arriving at Ban Pin. We’re now about 40 minutes late. Still 118km to Chiang Mai, so with the delay that means we’ve..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…7p

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@NewtonMark @garrymck On these fires? Or the one in the US (?) where it barely clears a ridge?

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We’re running along the course of the Yom River, which is muddy and flowing strongly. It’s also very blurry when ph..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ZU

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NEW BLOG POST: “Weekly Wrap 484: Nostalgia in Adelaide and Bangkok” stilgherrian.com/weekly-wrap/48… Covers 2–8 Septemberpic.twitter.com/D7drTzU8M5M5

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We’ve started ascending into the mountains. The train runs slowly. The internets are intermittent, so I’ll get some work done.

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@NewtonMark @jonkudelka Echidnas are only black and white anyway.

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I’m not sure what the thing has in it. It might be some sort of sweet bean paste.

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ZIV0 Damn Fatima pic.twitter.com/YEAoGA5AEu

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Afternoon snack, being another cup of the finest coffee* and another but different thing.

* Also available as befo..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…gD

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We are here, but still only 64 metres above sea level. pic.twitter.com/ttJNwfVl3l

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Now arriving at Uttaradit. (“Utter Rabbit”?) We’re currently running about 15 minutes behind schedule. twitter.com/stilgherrian/s…

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Storks. I’ve just realised that some of the birds are storks.

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@jonkudelka I like to keep abreast of prickly arse matters.

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@jonkudelka Wouldn’t the echidna be a bit prickly on the arse?

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@zaploi I’m not doing anything in particular, though of course the camera is adding a “filter” to every photo every..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…SW

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@ApostrophePong And we just passed Train No. 8, the equivalent train that left Chiang Mai at 0850.

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@ApostrophePong I was wondering about that, but as far as time goes we’re halfway now — five and a half hours later.twitter.com/i/web/status/1…r5w

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Did you know that there are rice fields in Thailand? pic.twitter.com/A8cKawSSAX

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I didn’t manage to get a photo, but at the next door along on that local train a newly-wed couple was having their..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…CP

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There’s several species of crane or heron or whatever all through the paddies and it’s so nice to see wetland birds..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…9p

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@nickorloff Erm, my train departed more than four hours ago. :)

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Passing a bunch of ponds and fish farms near the Nan River.

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It’s a few minutes before midday and we’re here, just departing Nakhon Sawan. pic.twitter.com/SKhDf9IBX2

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@RealNickHodge @johnb78 They’re just called BAE Systems these days.

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@ReneeStephen Yes! Such a laggard. The main herd was several hundred metres south.

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@Ng88Mr Nope. This so-called Special Expressed is fangin’ it, only the briefest stop at each intermediate station…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…zz

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@johnb78 Indeed, a BR Sprinter variant tweaked a bit for tropical climes. This one has clearly been worked hard.

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Hua Ngiu station. This isn’t a scheduled stop. It’s all single track up here, so we were allowing a southbound trai..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…xv

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Just passed this solar farm. Hard to photograph because it’s flat terrain, but it did have its own herd of goats (n..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Fm

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Did you know that there’s quite a lot of rice fields in Thailand?

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@SuperCroup @JustJimWillDo Either way it was slightly less coffee than I needed this morning.

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MostlyPregnant Everyone thinks they’re the center of the universe, but this woman actually is twitter.com/41strange/stat…

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@DavidFeng @bruno_maag I knew you’d find something to complain about. :)

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Just passed Ban Phatchi Junction. We did not stop. pic.twitter.com/wAnMlqraHz

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Respectable speeds for a DMU cruising north through the rice fields. pic.twitter.com/gqpsNGQeqR

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Morning snack: Your cup of finest coffee*, and custard in your bun.

* Also available: Tea, orange juice, or water. pic.twitter.com/AhdYhVwWiK

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Bangkok’s new central railway station under construction at Bang Sue Junction. It will have three levels of train:..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Ut

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I suppose I should’ve looked up where else this train stops on the way to Chiang Mai, but meh adventure.

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@iowenjones I’m expecting to enjoy this trip because I haven’t been up north before. It all seems comfortable enoug..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…he

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Departing exactly on time at 0830 ICT.

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I was mistaken. They are 3-car DMUs, not 2-car, and not as new inside as some of the photos online. But the air con..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…mK

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The view from the Arrivals platforms back toward the main concourse. pic.twitter.com/3D15hbiJiY

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Two random locomotives on the Arrivals side of the station. pic.twitter.com/bxvJglFu6s

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@Viss It’s true, there aren’t many envelopes to open these days. :)

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In an elaborate sequence of pre-recorded bell sounds and pips, the station clock strikes 8am, and plays the Nationa..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…pl

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@Mikenicholls88 This is true, but your Apostrophe Crimes are a serious affront to public order.

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@sylmobile Ah yes. Limbo. I though it didn’t quite look like a Squid. All the major Cold War navies had versions of..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…jM

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Hua Lamphong SRT station. In a glorious bit of the top half of the departure board isn’t working. I will..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…GT

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@allrite Your misery is my joy, or something. :)

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MRT Subway from Sukhumvit to Hua Lamphong, six stops for THB 28. It is important to know that every system has diff..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…U8

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BTS Skytrain from Phra Khanong to Asok, four stops for THB 30. pic.twitter.com/rbIHvEFSDQ

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I swear there’s a factory where they manufacture these Product Boys. pic.twitter.com/NUwcUIMVpU

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@sylmobile @JohnBirmingham Yep, it’s one of a variety of three-barrel depth charge throwers, to hurl the fuckers ah..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…mJ

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For some reason Train No. 7 is the only day train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and it’s 11 hours in a 2-car DMU some..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ul

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@smartbrain Yep. I think it’s going to be “fun” this time.

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Sun plan, a “complicated” one: 0830 ICT train Bangkok to Chiang Mai, arriving 1930; reading and pondering en route;..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…XU

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Sunday. Give me two pieces of wood and I can build a child before Wednesday. Or by Friday, a cow. Sunday.

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@liquidparanoia I too have heard this, and would certainly try it if it were available.

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It’s nearly 2230 here in Bangkok. I have to be out of the door around 0700 to catch the 0830 train to Chiang Mai, w..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Yx

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celbrash A friend wrote a well-performing tech article on Medium. It’s a good article with one small error - its click succe..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…hz

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I’ve just seen the word “Moggmentum” and all I can say is I’m glad I’ve already taken off my pants.

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Only in the United States, where dates are written in a dumb way that literally no one else uses. twitter.com/WCCO/status/11…

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@liquidparanoia “Don’t eat the legs,” I’m told, which apparently helps with the scratchy bits.

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theharryshearer Al Jazeera English reports that Harley-Davidson has moved its manufacturing ops for the Asian market from the US to..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…tE

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edbott An Unholy Trinity if ever I saw one. pic.twitter.com/BPeQDohH69

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itsremyclio if adults called you an “old soul” as a child that was their polite way of saying “wow you’re only 12 and you’ve al..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ww

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theqza Fun fact: the female sound designer actually did intentionally place it there 😊 ..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…4N

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