Work getting you down lately? Are you tired of London, tired of life? Are the chill winds blowing in from the North and the dark nights drawing in slowly sapping your will to endure?
Is the mere thought of setting your alarm for 7am to cram yourself into a packed commuter train for 45 minutes, steam rising from your rain-damp clothes, enough to fill you with a sense of all-consuming dread?
Well, do we have a job opportunity for you! Why not pack it all in and move to Thailand to frighten pigeons – on a professional basis?
Thae Pae Gate, an ancient wall in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailands largest city) is a popular tourist destination. Like all such places, its become a site of pilgrimage for people who want a truly epic Instagram snap.
But what on Earth, you ask, has all of this got to do with scaring pigeons?
Well, calm down, because well tell you: many of the tourists who visit Thae Pae specifically want a photograph of themselves with the birds fluttering in the background.
The problem is that most of the time the pigeons are simply hanging out, being pigeons – which isnt very photogenic.
Thankfully, enterprising pigeon hawkers have found a way to solve this problem and help tourists achieve the perfect shot.
Charging 20 baht (around £0.53), they stamp their feet and wave flags, thus galvanizing the pigeons into flying around and providing the perfect backdrop. Which really takes doing it for the gram to whole new levels.
One of the new pigeon spookers is Noon, 30, who says she earns around 350 Thai baht (£9.29) a day (which, admittedly, isnt a lot).
But the money does help to pay for her daughters school fees.
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