Fruit-sellers • A couple of fruit-sellers at the market in Chiang Mai. We were given a tour of the market, examining ingredients, on my second day at the Chiang Mai Cookery School. Behind the two men you can see a poster advertising one of the political parties; I was in Thailand in March 2006, during the campaign for the extraordinary General Election called by the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after he had been the subject of much dissatisfaction in Thailand. He won the election, but it was declared invalid by the Thai courts. Thaksin was thrown out of office by a military coup on 19th September, 2006.