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Witit Rachatatanun, Dr Jantima and her colleague from the Museum of Anatomy,...

Vix and some thin friends

The famous and impressively large reclining Buddha, Bangkok

Temples full of wise old men!

Alan & The Buddha, Bangkok

Another Buddha

Mission accomplished! (Thanks to Mr Witit Rachatatanun who kindly facilitated a visit to Mahidol University's School of Anatomy where Alan and I met with the wonderful Dr Jantima (standing next to Witit), head of the Dept of Anatomy and her colleague, the director of the Congdon Museum of Anatomy. We were shown around the museum which has remarkable dissections and exhibits of everything from Siamese twins in formaldehyde to possibly the world's only exhibit of the body's central nervous system. Luckily, Alan and I hadn't eaten lunch beforehand.

Dr Jantima explained in detail the process of skeletal reduction which Eric is keen to pursue, providing we can arrange for his body to be shipped 'cold in the hold' to Bangkok, where the department which employs the world's leading expert on this technique) has kindly agreed to undertake the work. (More detail for those that are interested on my personal blog,

Following the meeting, we then had a wander around the Univsity hospital's Forensic Science Museum which houses some particularly gruesome exhibits including the famous cannibal Si Quay who made a habit of eating children before he was caught and executed. His body, along with various executed murderors, rapists and even suicide victims were dispassionately displayed hanging vertically in what looked like public telephone boxes. There was also a poignant exhibition of DNA techniques used to identify Tsunami victims.

After viewing more corpses and trauma'd body bits than I am ever likely to see in one go, we then adjourned to The Thawsi School of Wisdom, a wonderful Buddhist school run by the wife of our host, Witin. The children have a huge organic garden and everything is recycled and the facilities (swimming pool, tennis courts, play areas etc etc) were marvellous. We had dinner with Witin, his wife (who is the head teacher at the school), and their extended family. We feasted on a variety of stunningly delicious dishes, including traditional tom yum soup, home made tomato soup, chinese style pork, home grown rocket, blueberry ice cream/yoghurt and a mouth watering selection of fresh fruit. Their driver then drove us back into town to Kao San Road (the heart of backpacker land) where we are staying at the Buddy Lodge Hotel.

Tomorrow, we are heading out of Bangkok on the train north, stopping at Ayutthaya for a night or two before moving further north to Chiang Mai.

Bangkok (what little we have seen of it so far)is a great city (apart from the well-documented traffic jams). We have seen a number of temples, caught a river ferry, eaten heaps of fab seafood and generally hung out. It's been very hot indeed (by our standards,anyway) although this morning, there was a crashing thunderstorm which has cleared the air somewhat.

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