A new craze has begun here (it even made the BBC Asia-Pacific News!!) the latest protesters 'must-have' accessory is a hand-shaped plastic rattle called "clapping hands". They make a sound somewhere between the chattering of insects and the clickety-clack of factory machines and that is what Chris and I heard yesterday during the protests!! Apparently they are very useful because they can be used to express either agreement or anger and they stop your hands from hurting when you clap for too long!! The street stalls here are selling them in every colour imaginable some have string attached so that you can hang them around your neck and some even have slogans such as "Clapper warrior!" or "Clappers stop the evil!". If you have one then it means you support the protest!!
I spotted this quote in one of the newspapers
"I went to a Thaksin stronghold out in the country the other day, and a clerk in the bank waved his clapping hand at me, so I took mine from my pocket and waved it back. Now we're friends."
Can you imagine that happening in the UK??