• Wednesday, February 28, 2007

    Adventurous kids and Blood Diamonds.....

    There's a Thai radio station which is basically a talk station. It's a favourite with taxi drivers as they have a lot of info on the various stages of gridlock throughout the city.

    This morning they had a woman on making an appeal for her kids, or step-kids as it turned out. She lives in Bangkok and the two girls aged 3 and 9 had left home last night at about 6pm. They left a note saying they were off to see their mum in Pak Chong, about 190km north-east of Bangkok. Two kids and their bikes.

    The woman and the father waited a while and tried to find the two. They couldn't. They called the police but the police told them they couldn't help because the kids hadn't been gone for 24 hours yet. Yes, that's right and don't forget they are 3 and 9.

    This morning came and still no word so in desperation the woman called the radio show and went live on air to ask for help. They broke for the news and traffic update and then came back with great news, the kids had been found. A taxi driver listening to the show had seen the two kids, still in Bangkok but heading north. He stopped and got them and called the radio station from a call box.

    The kids had slept rough last night and had enough money to buy rice and eggs and some drink. The 9 year old was the spokesperson for obvious reasons and was very confident and not in the slightest bit worried. The step-mum laid into her on air about going without telling anyone, until the presenter stepped in and pointed out it was neither the time nor place for a roasting.

    Happy ending. Just thought I'd share it. Can't believe the 24 hour ruling with the police still applies even for 3 year olds.

    Just seen Blood Diamonds. Great movie and DiCaprio in his best role yet, well, since What's Eating Gilbert Grape anyway.

    Adventurous kids and Blood Diamonds.....

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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Certainly adventerous journey for 3 & 9 year old. Good work by radio station & taxi driver to get them back. Police is as usual fanatic , what do u say abt it ?

    reader in UAE

    11:48 am  
    Blogger Life Out East said...

    About what's expected I guess. Like the police back in the UK, these guys seem to devote most of their resources to catching motorists.

    12:16 pm  
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