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Home Thoughts from a Man

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Join our titular hero and his stalwart wife when, after 40 years of living in the UK, he uproots and
travels through Singapore, Canada and finally Thailand, taking on all the world can throw at him.
And losing.
Paperback, 239 pages
Published July 11th 2014 by DanPloy Publishing
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Steven Todd
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Being married to a Thai myself and hence an interest in Thailand and all things Thai, I initially purchased Dan's book mainly for the "Land of Smiles" chapter. I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Although I've never actually lived in Thailand for any prolonged period of time, my wife and I are regular visitors with a view to eventually settling there. Whilst I am all too aware of some of Thailand's "cultural issues", not to mention problems with corruption etc. Dan manages to detail his day ...more
Marcus
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Though I have never met the author, I first came across Ogilvie on a Thai-expat forum many years ago where, among all the endless debates and personality clashes, his was one of the few sane voices. Not just sane, but wise and very funny. I loved his writing then as I love it now; so in a sense I was looking forward to reading this book long before it was ever published.

And it doesn't disappoint. Ogilvie shares his experiences willingly and with such sharp and witty turns of phrase that even the
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Alice Mcveigh
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating journey from a thoughtful British engineer (and excellent writer) who--dissatisfied by what the UK has to offer him--takes off on a journey of adventure. He tries living in Singapore, Canada and Thailand, to hilarious effect, especially with regard to governmental and corporate inefficiency, ex-pat life, and his Thai wife's sentimental penchant for bringing home pregnant stray dogs.

Ogilvie, for all his turning his back on Britain, still boasts a dry-as-a-bone British wit,
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Julie
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, memoir
After more than 40 years of living in the UK Daniel Ogilvie decides it's time for a change, so along with his wife, Ploy, he spends a number of years moving between Singapore, Canada and Thailand. First he works for others, but then decides to take on his own business and settle in Thailand, which is Ploy's country of origin.

Ogilvie is an intelligent, thoughtful author with a good deal of humor in his writing. Even when faced with health issues, a failing business, and endless red-tape he is ab
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Darlene Cruz
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Ogilvie journey wonderfully written, thoughtfully exciting and wondrously adventurous. Here you will travel to places only wishing you were the lucky one in his place. His wife native to Thailand, we learn quite a bit about the culture. I was entertained and laughing, yet nothing but admiration for his determination to leave his old life and travel and settle afar. Ogilvie had the tendency to make a serious matter turn pretty comical. I had no idea the frustration and bureaucratic crazine ...more
Cassy
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a Goodreads winner. I liked walking through different locations that the author had been to. He paints a very vivid picture of these places. I disagreed with some of views so it made the book hard to read for me.
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I was born in Portsmouth on the south coast of England at lunchtime on 7th November, 1957, the same day as the Museum of Modern Art was opened in New York in 1929. I left school at 16, a move prompted by the admission of girls. I have worked as an electronic engineer most of my life, and for about half of that have run my own companies. A vague competence has seen one of my designs feature occasio ...more