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  1. hirondelle

    HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand passed away a year ago today. Actually @icewlfwas on his way to visit us and was in the air as the news broke so he landed to find a country deep in mourning. For many people this would ruin their holiday (the people were subdued, the country was working out how to mourn, alcohol and nightlife suddenly became a bit of a hot topic) but as @icewlf is a lover of high Thai culture rather than the low kind I think it enriched his experience, and he felt honoured to be part of a country grieving the loss of their father recognising it for the once in a lifetime experience it was. To say King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered is almost an understatement. He is considered a god here in Thailand, and although I cannot put my hand on my heart and say any human deserves such reverence - if anyone did it would be him. Views on royalty and privilege aside, he dedicated his life to his people and loved them with every fiber of his being. He also behaved impeccably throughout his life on the throne and was what I would call a modern day Renaissance Man. He has been mourned for a full year. Now exactly a year since his death his final journey begins and that journey will terminate in his public cremation in the heart of Bangkok's Royal district at 10pm on October 26th. I thought I would document these final few days, and collect relevant links in one place, for myself as much as anything. Feel free to comment and ask questions. Here is an old history channel documentary about HM if you are interested in him but have never heard of him. It is dated and very much a superficial introduction but a good place to start.