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Yesterday Jai sold a big pile of sticks from coconut trees on behalf of her mum. She cuts the stems off the leaves and cuts them down to the stiff stalks. With some she makes brushes and others she sells just as the sticks and they are used to make small rocket fireworks. The lady who came yesterday bought nearly all that she had and she paid 320Bht about 7GBP. Jai's mum is delighted and this afternoon sets off to play cards with her nerw found wealth. Gambling is illegal in Thailand even though a lot of it goes on. They at least try to be a little discreet and a mat goes down in our neighbours back garden and four of the sit down to play. Jai's mum doesnt have the best of eyesight, she is slow and stupid and they regularly cheat her out of any money she might have. She has been told this endlessly that they are stealing her money but she simply doesnt care. "If I cant play cards I may as well die" !! About an hour later she is broke again with the product of about 2 months work gone.
About 15:30 a pick-up arrives and a young lad adds a dual aerial fitting to our current set-up and runs a new aerial cable through the roof and into our bedroom. He does a really good, clean, job and I get his telephone number in case we need any more work in the future.
Jai's sister-in-law from next door comes round in the evening to chat to Jai. She has been off cutting sugar all day and has earned 120Bht for her troubles. She is exhausted and not very happy as Jai's mum has just asked her for 100Bht because she has no money. She works all day in the fields and then her mum loses it in 20 mins. She doesnt get any money from anyone and goes off to tell all of the village that her family are no good and dont take care of her. If she really feels like that it would be good for all of us if she would go andf live somewhere else. God Bless her ... soon ...