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Chinese New Year in The Daily Telegraph…and on the streets of Bangkok.

My photo caption in The Daily Telegraph hardly does justice to the surreal, red tinged mayhem I witnessed in Bangkok’s Chinatown today. Dancing dragons, lots of police, thousands of people dressed in red,  as a weirdly strong wind blew up Yaowarat Road, as if a spaceship in the shape of a waving golden cat was going to land amongst the crowd any time soon. No spaceship alas, but good pad thai, two kids fighting each other with dragons off their parents shoulders, and men in strange medieval costumes.  For some, it was just too much.

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