Friday, 31 October 2008

Only In Thailand

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??


Pat Posner said...

I could do with one of those for calling Tessa B back when she chases the rabbits, or squirrels, or ducks!

Carol and Chris said...

LOL. I can get you one and send it to you if you really want one :-)

C x

Debs said...

Can't stop giggling, I love this idea. Brilliant.

DJ Kirkby said...

You can buy these here, they are so fab.

JJ said...

Well, I've not noticed them. I bet when I go out tomorrow, I'll see them EVERYWHERE.

East Anglian Troy said...

It sounds like a great Christmas present to give to the children of people you don't like!

Carol and Chris said...

Debs - It made me giggle too....I think it was the idea of walking into a bank and have the teller wave one at you that did it :-)

DJ - I had no idea that you could get them in the UK!!

JJ - I hadn't noticed them either. When Chris read my 'It's never ending' post he said that the protesters were not clapping their hands in unison they were using their 'clapping hands'. (The first pic was actually taken in Chris's office).

EAT - You have an evil mind....that's probably why I like you!! Great idea...must go buy a couple :-)

C x

Blu said...

Bonjour, they could be useful to stir the lemon curd?

French Fancy said...

You must bring some back with you. You could make a fortune at Glastonbury.

(wave to familiar names)

Lane said...

I LOVE these! You could take them to school concerts where you're expected to clap at everything. And they're so pretty:-)

Carol and Chris said...

Blu - Your right....they would make a great lemon curd stirring device!!

French Fancy - They would go down a storm at Glastonbury wouldn't they....they are rather funky!!

Lane - They would definately stop your hands getting sore at school concerts.....I think I shall try and purchase a few :-)

C x