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Well Wired

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 11 December 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Early evening at the night market, untangling the lights for display. Just after I took this shot we sat down at a restaurant for a well earned beer. Suddenly music blasted out from loudspeakers and everyone except us stood up.The waiter came over and begged us to stand for the King, as it was the national anthem playing. We duly complied feeling rather foolish. Afterwards we got into a long conversation about it with a Thai couple who were insistent that we stood up for the Queen all the time in England. "Not for years". "Oh that must be because of Lady Di." "No, way before then." They were not convinced.
The king is loved in Thailand and we came across another curious custom earlier in Bangkok. We noticed that a large number of people were wearing pink shirts or blouses. It turned out that the King was sick and at his last public appearance he had worn a pink shirt. Hence pink showed solidarity and the wish that he would get well. Fortunately he did :)

NIKON D70s 1/60 second F/5.0 46 mm (35mm equiv.)

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Oh the colors are so vibrant! Beautiful image!

11 Dec 2010 6:59am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Great colours and compo. Interesting story, you are right standing for the national anthem left after Alf Garnett left our small screens-how long ago was that!?

11 Dec 2010 9:22am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot! Wonderful composition and colours...

11 Dec 2010 10:14am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Another remarkable shot,and story!
I admire the women with all these wires with things..place them on that big umbrella!
(think I would go nuts,untire them:))

11 Dec 2010 11:54am

Don from Spokane, United States

A very interesting street scene of the vendors setting up. The account of the music and the local culture I found very interesting too. People (and me) seem to cling to our preconceived ideas about a number of issues in life! :-)

11 Dec 2010 1:23pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Cool capture . Good title for this scene !

11 Dec 2010 2:16pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, colour colour everywhere, great

11 Dec 2010 2:58pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

It seems that the girl emerges from the box full of colored balls with lights. Excellent composition my friend! Interesting explanation! Best regards, Adela

11 Dec 2010 3:07pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a surprising meeting !

11 Dec 2010 3:14pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb picture ! Great composition and colors .

11 Dec 2010 5:30pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

...and now we beat our royals with sticks. How sick has our society become?

11 Dec 2010 5:48pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

When in Rome etc.

Of course standing to attention when covered in wires and light bulbs cannot be easy.

12 Dec 2010 11:37am

@Curly: :)

NIKON D70s
1/60 second
F/5.0
46 mm (35mm equiv.)

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