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Ian Dunn
726027.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:47 am Reply with quote

I was justing listening to BBC News and heard Nicholas Witchell saying that the Queen is the most experienced head-of-state in the world. She isn't.

The longest-serving current head of state is King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who came to the throne in 1946 and was coronated in 1950. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

726034.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:30 am Reply with quote


Ian Dunn
726036.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:43 am Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:

Yes, as in his coronation.

726058.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:57 am Reply with quote

I think you'll find the correct term is crownified ;)

726063.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:38 am Reply with quote


726064.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:43 am Reply with quote


726107.  Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:56 am Reply with quote

The current Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) has been the Leader of Tibet since 17 November 1950, so he too has been Head of State longer than Queen Elizabeth II.

Not a Head of State because his position was abolished in 1918, but if Austria still had a Habsburg monarch, Crown Prince Otto would have been it ever since the death of his father on 1 April 1922.

Otto is 97 years old and lives in Bavaria. He did in fact "abdicate" in favour of his son Karl in 2007, but I'm sure he wouldn't have done so had been a "real" King!

dr bartolo
743396.  Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:06 am Reply with quote

Just a question, I heard somwhere that thailand is one of the last places on earth where playing cards are still taxed. are there any Thais who can vouch for me?
here is a link touching on the subject. scroll to the bottom of the page.

743561.  Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:50 pm Reply with quote

Taxed as in specifically because they are playing cards, you mean? They'd certainly be subject to sales tax here in the USA in any state that has a sales tax (there are a few, like New Hampshire, that don't.)

dr bartolo
743608.  Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:43 pm Reply with quote

I mean a tax specifically on cards.

750656.  Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:39 pm Reply with quote

Is the film "The King and I" still banned in Thailand?

750789.  Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:42 am Reply with quote

Yes. Lèse majesté is considered as a very serious matter in Thailand, and they don't care for the movie's portrayal of the King.

(How accurate the movie is has been much debated, especially since it is by now clear that Anna Leonowens utterly made up large sections of her book about her time in Siam.)


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