Thailand Nightlife Roundup

Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every two weeks when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 3,500 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, the Big Mango, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, and Bourbon Street Restaurant. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 7,000 and, if still no winner, to 10,500, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).

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George Pipas, 86, owner of Washington Square's inimitable Texas Lone Star Saloon, continues to recuperate at home.  He calls the bar every day to make sure he doesn't get out of practice of yelling at somebody and this no doubts helps as well.  He still has to have his dialysis every three days and he isn't strong enough yet to get into and car and out with help.  But the good news is that he is recovering.  Here's hoping he makes it back into the bar as usual before long.  Bert, Taffy, Bear and others paid him a visit and took this picture.  This just in:  George passed away on July 24th.  RIP George.  You lived a great life.

Every time there is a rainstorm of almost any size I can count on the electricity shutting off suddenly in my area.  Does the storm do it or does the city decide to do it?  And of course after the rain the frogs start their incredibly loud bullshit.  And just when I do get to sleep some cat has a problem and said cat decides to share its unhappiness with the entire neighborhood.  I suspect there is something special about the air in Bangkok, in that it allows sound to travel much faster and much farther than air in other cities.  That is why, when you think you have moved into a quiet area of Thailand, you are suddenly woken up at 6 in the morning by a loudspeaker from a temple three provinces away.  At least, that is my theory; what's yours?

There is a very lovely young woman, maybe about 20, who has some kind of food stand in my Sukhumvit soi.  She is the only one who always has a smile for me when I walk past or ride past in a dilapidated Daihatsu four-wheeler.  The other day when I was walking out, she was walking in my direction and she took my hand and smiled and so we walked hand in hand down the lane until she reached her destination then she waved and smiled and I continued on.  What I don't understand is this: I am old enough to be her grandfather but this being Thailand sometimes lovely young women really don't care about age difference that much.  Especially with a farang guy they think might have a good heart and take care of them (and their mom).  So the question of the day is was she holding my hand in a romantic gesture?  Or was she thinking - 'This poor old fart might not make it down the lane if I don't hold his hand so I'd better help him?'  The mysteries of true love in Thailand...

I hadn't been into the Renoir Bar on Sukhumvit soi 33 for quite a while.  You may recall this is the one the owner Alex bought many years ago when nothing was out that way at all.  His friends thought he was crazy to set up a club so far out of town.  Well, he wasn't crazy at all and, considering the low season, the Renoir Club is doing quite good business.  They have over 70 young ladies in there, some quite attractive.  Of course, in those long, body-hugging white gowns I might look attractive too.  The one I bought a drink for was a bit pudgy but a lot of fun.  She had worked on Taiwan for three years so we bullshit a bit in mandarin and she started to feel bad because as she said my Beijing mandarin was better than her Taiwan accented-mandarin.  So I bought her another drink and voila!  like magic!  she felt a lot better again.  The mysteries of the Orient.  And I just can't get enough of that long black hair.  Like a dark, mysterious waterfall.  And when it is fanned out across my white pillow case, what can one say?  Pure art!

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By popular demand: if you missed it last Column

(Apparently, my getting shot makes lots of folks happy.  So here it is again:) You may recall the horrible incident when I was shot during the radio program I used to have with the Doc (Dennis House).  The studio - such as it was - was in Washington Square above Taffy's New Square One bar and just below his beautiful but garrulous, addicted-to-cursing, cockatoos.  (Of course I used the cockatoos in Skytrain to Murder.)  The shooting incident has been up on this site for quite some time as a sound recording but now I have added some photographs of coyote dancers, etc., and put it up on Youtube.  It is quite short and you might want to check it out:  Dean Barrett Shot on Air during Radio Show!

Well, the NYTimes has yet another mindless, completely uninformative, travel article on Bangkok.  As usual, it talks about the high-class, expensive hotels and restaurants and - wait for it - Patpong Road.  No mention of Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, Sukhumvit soi 33, Rachadapiset massage parlors, etc., etc.  I have no doubt the NYTimes correspondent is despondent over not being able to tell it like it is as he no doubt knows how it is.  But the politically correct NYTimes would never be able to do a real travel article on Bangkok.  For one thing, it might offend the feminazis working at the NYTimes as well as those who read it.  I won't bother providing the link because it is not worth reading.  The NYTimes - the paper that never met a mosque it didn't like.

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If you have been to Soi Cowboy lately, you may have noticed that there are more elephants than customers.  Maybe the name should be changed to Soi Pachyderm?  Speaking of Soi Cowboy, I took a lovely lady out from an establishment on that Street of Dreams and was pleased to learn that she had graduated from some college (that I'd never heard of) and liked to read.  At last, I thought, a beautiful Thai woman who loves literature.  When I told her I was a writer, her lovely face lit up and she said, "I like cartoon!"  Right.

 

I have been getting a lot of letters asking me what the word is that means an abnormal desire to pull out one's hair.  The word is: trichotillomania • trick-uh-till-uh-MAY-nee-uh.  Well, OK, maybe I didn't get any letters about that but, hey, Trink used to give definitions of weird words; why can't I?

 

 

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Any computer experts out there?  My computer is working fine but maybe once or twice a month I try to get into YouTube and I cannot.  It is very weird because I can get into all other sites.  I even try other video sites just to make sure such as www.youporn.com and www.redtube.com although I would never go into those sites to watch those licentious videos, understand, just to check and see if other video sites are working.  So the answer is yes, they are working fine.  Only YouTube is out.  So I get out of the computer, close it down, close down the modem, wait ten seconds, open the modem, open the computer, and try to get into YouTube again and I get in immediately.  How is it possible that I have this problem only with the YouTube site?!  It doesn't make sense, right?  Agggghhhhhh!

Also, once again, Mozilla Firefox has wiped out all my bookmarks.  Firefox itself sometimes simply disappears and I have to get it up again.  A computer expert told me Firefox is somewhat unstable.  Boy, I'll say.  I'm going back to Windows Internet Explorer.  Fans of Firefox can have that damn thing.  Over the years, IE never lost my bookmarks or gave me any serious problems.

From the "Men in Training" Collection

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The reclusive but very talented writer, David Young, has a new book out and has kindly given this website an interview.  David lives in Ayudhya among the ghosts of King Narai and Constantine Phaulkon and promotes himself very little but is writing some really good fiction on Thailand.  You'll enjoy his books, especially if you have an interest in Thailand.  Click here to read the interview with him. 

http://www.ClubElectricBlue.com

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A Visit to A Thai Prison

 

www.steveatbangkwang.bravehost.com

 

I paid a visit the other day to Bang Klang Prison in Nonthaburi.  I am working on the sequel to Skytrain to Murder and in that novel my detective has to get some information from a prisoner there so naturally that meant I had to go there.  (I don't know yet what information he has to get but I usually write in the dark by instinct and hope and pray that I know what I'm doing.) 

 

I dutifully read various websites about visiting farang prisoners in Thai prisons and then called the American Embassy.  According to the fellow there, there were no Americans in that particular prison at the moment.  (Have all Americans suddenly become drug-free?  Great news!)  And the Americans in the nearby prison, Klong Prem, don't really welcome visitors (which is strange considering that prisoners on websites ask for them but what do I know?).  So I called the British Embassy and, thank whatever gods may be, they have prisoners all over the place in Thailand, north to south, east to west.  And, yes, sure, they would like a visit from someone. 

 

So I got my letter from the British Embassy (once I managed to find their new location on Wireless not far from Nai Lert Park hotel (formerly the Hilton) and they faxed the necessary papers on to the prison and eventually off I went early one morning with passport, copy of a page of the passport, and letter in hand.  I took the Skytrain out to Chatuchak and then a looong taxi ride to the prison.  The usual Kafkaesque, of course: wrong gate, wrong office, didn't get paper signed, go back across street to have it stamped, take all money out of pockets including credit cards, leave them in the locker (says the not-bad-looking woman patting me down thoroughly) Yum, yum.

 

Although not many years ago you had to shout through a fence to the prisoners and they shouted back and the noise was horrible and the Nigerians with their booming voices got the best of it, now it is more modern and there is glass and (Panasonic) phones.  The prisoner I visited is in for about 40 years, having served maybe ten already.  He was in a pub in Britain and needed money for rent, etc., and somebody told him they knew how he could make fast money.  Needless to say, the drug deal didn't work well as the Thai authorities caught him when he was heading back out after spending two weeks in Bangkok.  I told him, well, at least you had two weeks to spend with gorgeous Thai women; better than nothing.  But he said he hadn't been paid and needed to save so didn't do much at all during those two weeks.  Yikes! 

 

Like many of the prisoners, he has no self-pity and admits what he did.  He only says that for the one mistake he made, 40 years is too much.  Also, other countries have some kind of system that when you are sent back to those countries to serve out the rest of your time, you get out quite soon; not the British.  So, all in all, you cannot help feeling sorry for a guy who lost the best years of his life because he made one mistake.  Especially when they neither deny the charge nor expect pity from anyone.  Although the prison is overcrowded, it seems there is no brutality or unnecessary harassment of prisoners as has been alleged in another prison.

 

I left four of my books with him and will go back out in about a month.  He knows there is nothing I can do for him and in any case I never promise more than I can deliver.  Many of the prisoners do get their length of stay cut a bit by various Royal Pardons whenever they come along.

 

Working in the office where I left the books off to be checked (to make sure that nothing was hidden in them, etc.) was none other than the former executioner and author, Chavoret Jaruboon.  He wrote the book, The Last Executioner, which I am reading now (a good read!).  That is, he was the last executioner who shot prisoners; now it is lethal injection.  In the beginning, he used a noisy HK MP5 but later switched to a silenced more modern weapon HK MP-5 9 parabellum.  In 2003, the change was made to lethal injection.

 

I told him that I remembered 42 years ago paddling a boat in a klong out that way and being told there was a prison on the klong.  He said something about there being a museum on that klong now.  Thanks, I needed that, as if I don't feel old already.  In his youth, he played guitar in bands that entertained Americans at army bases, and at various bars around the country, including Patpong.  I might actually have enjoyed his music way back when he and I were younguns.

 

As for those of you into drugs, remember that the various laws decide whether or not the amount you had when caught was for personal use or not.  So even if you had no intention to distribute, you might well be charged with both possession and distribution of drugs, resulting in a much longer prison sentence, decades, perhaps.  In Thailand, you do not want to muck about with drugs!

 

 

 

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Yes, this adorably cute Soi Cowboy dancer does look about 14 but, believe it or not, she is of legal age. Perhaps it is the cartoon-style of dress she wears that makes her look younger...

 

 

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Yep, there is something about a Mojos coyote dancer...As the Big Bopper put it so well: "She makes me feel real funny, makes me spend my money..."  As you can see, we are both in the same age bracket.  Metaphysically speaking, I mean.  Or do I mean metaphorically speaking?  Anyway, any of those from the "meta" clan will do.  She is driving me crazy to the point where I am neglecting my writing.  Well, if it comes to a choice between her and writing I guess you know which I'll choose. 

 

Am I insane!  She knows I like Chinese food so she said she'd go to my apartment and cook for me.  Of course, the sane thing to do would have been to say, "Sure!"  But being the honest type, before I had time to think, I said that I don't cook so I have no stove or microwave.  So that ended that.  I must nuts!  What was I thinking?!  So what if she arrived with food and then found out I have no stove - we could have gone on to other activities.  I think I'm losing it.  Thai women - Jesus Christ!  At right, above, is a shot of a sexy customer at Mojos keeping busy with whatever.

 

 

And here is the first video of Mojos Dancers.  If they don't make you horny, you is a dead man.

 

 

Click on picture

 

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Two Stories of Bangkok

 

Friends of mine who speak excellent Thai told me these stories recently.  So I'm passing them on to you.  In the first case, my friend took a taxi home.  After he got into the cab, the driver began chatting with him in Thai about how long he'd been in Thailand, did he have a girlfriend, etc., etc.  Then he asked him: If you had the choice, would you rather have a girl who loves you very much but you don't really love her; or would you rather have a girl you love very much but who doesn't really love you?  My friend answered that he supposed he would rather have the girl he loves very much.  The driver said it would be better to have a girl who loved him very much; because in every relationship one partner loves the other a bit more and therefore has less power than the other.  And while they were chatting my friend had given the driver the name of the street.  The cab pulled up and the driver said, "Here we are."  My friend paid the driver and while waiting for change said, "Wait a minute.  I only told you the street; you pulled up in front of my house!  How did you know?"  The driver gave him his change and said, "I have brought you here many times before; but not in this life."  And then he drove off.

 

The second story is from a guy with a Thai wife and the wife used to work at a very upper class Thai place where they actually employed an old woman with a dildo to train the girls.  After two weeks of training, they had to pass the test and show what they have been taught otherwise they didn't get the job.  I am told this is still going on.  Amazing Thailand.  He also mentioned that I should not write about this on my site because if I did I would be - no!  No don't!  AGGGHHHHHHHH!

 

 

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Brothel's 'double your stimulus' plan fights fuel crisis

RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Rising fuel prices are putting a pinch on the world's oldest profession.

Nevada is the nation's only state that allows brothels. Prostitution is legal in 10 of Nevada's 17 counties.

Nevada brothels that cater to long-haul truckers are offering gas cards and other promotions after seeing business decline as much as 25 percent from a year ago, industry officials said.  Geoffrey Arnold, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association, said truckers account for up to 75 percent of business at the state's rural brothels along Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95.

He said business is down about 19 percent at his two northern Nevada brothels along I-80: Donna's Ranch in Wells and Donna's Battle Mountain Ranch.  "We're being affected by the economy like everybody else," Arnold said. "Times are tougher ... and truckers have less money to spend. They're not high-rollers anymore."  (For full article click below)

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/06/29/brothels.fuel.ap/index.html

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Ho hum, yet another upper class Englishman involved in sadomasochistic adventures.  At least this guy is defending himself in court.  The right to whip and be whipped is enshrined in the Magna Carta and the American Declaration of Independence, if memory serves.

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And, meanwhile, in the Bangkok Post

"A hacker raided the parliament's website yesterday for 10 minutes, replacing the photo of House Speaker Chai Chidchob with one of a monitor lizard. Clicking on www.parliament.go.th yesterday, some web surfers were able to see the lizard occupying the page belonging to Mr Chai. The animal, according to an old adage, brings bad luck."  Um, as Trink would say, 'nuff said?

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And meanwhile on YouTube here is a short video by a Vampire Female who is looking for someone to dominate her and who is complaining that her mom won't get her a casket.  Which goes to prove that by today's standards I am not so weird, after all.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gCrVPuzcGA&watch_response

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Check out this cool graffiti.  I wish I could draw like that!

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Way back in the sixties during the Vietnam War I was stationed with the ASA (Army Security Agency) in Thailand and in Taipei.  I had only been back to Taiwan twice since then and the last time was about 15 years ago.  So I went there recently to make sure the girls remembered me.  Well, now I seem to be dealing with their daughters.  In any case, it was fun, but nowhere is the sanuk factor as high as Thailand.  East Asia is in many ways different from Southeast Asia, especially as East Asia has the Confucian work-ethic background.  Anyway, from time to time I will publish a few pictures I took.  Below is Taipei's huge 101 Tower.  One of the world's tallest buildings.  Many shops inside including Page One Books.

 

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Khun Nana's Corner

Khun Nana is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.

It was a slow Monday night in Paradise and I decided to wander up to Sukumvit soi 33 to check up on some old flames.  This particular street is made up primarily of what we term as “hostess” bars.  Basically this means that there are tons of available women to chat up, check out and take home if you please.  However, they are just lounging around the bar aimlessly and not dancing or otherwise engaged.  This can be quite pleasant as these bars tend to be a bit more expensive than the norm and the gals are trained to be a little more attentive and service oriented than in a typical bar area catering to western men. 

That evening the “Vincent” bar, named after the famous painter Van Gogh had caught my eye and I was lost in thoughts of an old “friend” named Goong who once worked there.  I wondered if she might still be there as it had been a year or so since we had been last “acquainted.”  I stepped inside and immediately spotted the manager, a courteous middle aged lady I always call Nee.  I asked Nee if she had seen Goong recently.  She responded that Goong had “won the lottery.” 

Well, let’s face it, very few people actually win the lottery as we know it so I asked what the heck she had meant by that.  “Rich farang marry with her, buy her house and take her out my bar.”  Yes, Goong had truly won the lottery.  MUCH better than winning the traditional Thai lottery and receiving a few million baht is the real grand prize lottery of marrying with a rich western man whose goal in life is to provide a lifetime of support for her and her entire family.  In my humble opinion winning the farang man lottery will entail, on average, a lifetime lottery payment of at least ten times the amount of cash as winning the traditional Thai lottery.  Not to mention all the bonuses that goes along with it.

For the hopelessly poor bargirls the western man is a gift in so many more ways.  Virtually no Thai man would marry a girl who worked as an “entertainment provider,” was over 30 years of age, had a baby already, or was crude in her behavior or mannerisms.  However, for some unknown reason, western men seem to prefer women with these characteristics.  I can tell you this is a source of embarrassment for me while among my Thai friends.  They constantly point out all the western men we pass by who are accompanied by Thai ladies who are absolutely hideous.  I have to admit it is somewhat amusing at times to observe this carnival like scene. 

The important thing for the gals is that after they are too old, too “used up” or have a baby already, they have a fallback position with western men.  The most common scenario is one where the good looking young gals have a Thai boyfriend and western customers.  Then, after well past her sell-by-date she can marry with a western man and live like a queen without a care in the world.  It is amazing how the men who marry these gals expect absolutely nothing in return.  Quite often the gal sleeps 12 hours a day, eats and watches television.  This is her entire life.  Most likely a maid cleans the home and does the laundry.  Now just how do I sign up for this lifestyle? 

I remember one evening several months ago having a conversation with a Thai friend who works at a small go-go bar in Soi Cowboy.  As we talked about everything and nothing at all, an old, haggard looking gal limped into his bar.  I jokingly asked him if he were desperate enough to employ this old hag.  He burst out laughing and said “she is so old and ugly that I couldn’t stand having her in the bar anymore.  Years ago she was relegated to service as we couldn’t have her on the dance floor.  She is way past being able to find a Thai man and it got to the point she almost never even received a lady drink or any tips for service.  Then a very rich western guy fell head over heels for her and now she is married and living in a huge mansion outside Bangkok.  This guy is so rich, when he lands at the airport a private helicopter picks him up and takes him to his home or office.”  There is just no accounting for taste! 

One thing that always bothers me is when I hear guys moaning about how Thai gals only care about money.  In my home country (USA) guys often joke that they should wear a statement of personal net worth on their foreheads so the women can see how much money they have before being forced to speak to them.  The average western man in Thailand makes around 90,000 baht a month. The average Thai makes about 6,000 baht a month.  In spite of this, at least 80% of Thai ladies would choose a Thai man over a western man if given the choice.  Not that they are not interested in us.  Quite the contrary.  It’s just that the top priority for most Thai gals is to be with somebody that they feel comfortable with.  If he isn’t rich, so be it.  If there was a group of men who earned on average 15 times as much money as everybody else wandering around in farangland, they would need bodyguards to keep all the money hungry western gals away from them.

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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Letters from Readers

 

 

Dean, Years ago, I was told that the formula for the age of a "trophy wife" in America was 1/2 your age, plus 7.  Apparently, this rule migrated north to Canada.  However, my source for this was my friend Jim - who was invited to Chateau Jade to demonstrate whipping techniques when he visited a few years back. Cheers, Robert S

 

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Bob, it sounds like your friend Jim has the experience to know what he is talking about.  Cheers.

 

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Hi Dean, I enjoyed your column as usual. 

Living in New York, Thai Airways canceling the direct flight last week really got me really depressed.  That means that every trip I will have to spend an extra day traveling, rather than with a Tilac.   I never thought high oil prices would hit me so personally.   Cheers,  Steven

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Steven, one more thing to blame on Muslims.  ;-)

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The barfines are indeed 700 baht at the Arab's bars.  However, Spice Girls also features a set of coyote dancers.  The price tag for these girls is 2,000 baht.   I know the first fact from personal experience.  The second fact is offered second-hand.  I've never actually seen the Spice Girls Coyote dancers, much less paid a 2k barfine for one of them.   I did pay 700 baht barfine for a waitress in Chiang Mai this week, which seemed a bit steep when I was in the bar.  After the deed was done it seemed a bargain!  :)   WW

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WW, I haven't seen these go go dancers in Spice Girls either.  Has anybody?

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Hi Dean,

#1 re your friend Michael's method of determining the age of women to hook up with. I just read the age/2 + 7 thing... I am pretty sure it is a Muslim custom. I kid you not! I wish I could remember where I read it, it was just a few weeks ago.

#2 the girl at Mojos. I saw someone like her at Naughty Girl in Singapore a few weeks ago. Thai girl, really long legs, pretty face. Probably not the same one, but it was quite a feeling staring up the endless legs of a slender beauty (she was dancing on my table, eh).  Too bad I already had a friend for the night already (another talent from the city of (fallen) angels), with impressive natural endowments. The pseudo-Mojos on the table had huge long legs. Which one to choose!? Oh the pain...

#3 the contest photo (on the right). Cannot be clicked to magnify... kind of hard to tell where it is (and especially, what the girl looks like!)  Julian

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Julian, don't ask me why sometimes a picture won't magnify.  I shoot it with the rest, fix it in Photoshop like the rest, and yet it doesn't act like the rest.  Although, at least, it makes the contest a bit more challenging.  Cheers.

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As a schmuck still lost in the arctic wasteland of the western world, I just want to say thanks for an entertaining website and a chance to reconnect with the only fun place left, Bangkok.  I will confess immediately that I haven't read your books, but will rectify this as soon as I arrive back in Soi Cowboy this summer.  If you want a free beer, I'll be around come late August.  In the meantime, keep up the good work, I think you've made me realize what a waste I'm making of my life...Stephen.
 

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Links You Might Enjoy

A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy.  Click here and then click "preview videos."

http://www.pbar.info/videos.html

 

Like to check out some bars in Thailand?  Try

http://www.bangkokbarfun.com.

Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.

Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try this great site:

http://www.bangkokjungle.com.

 

Tired of shoveling snow?  Check out Bangkok's sunshine.

 

Bangkok's weather report.

 

 

 

A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.

 

www.monsoon-country.org

 

 

 

A bit of black leather never hurts.  But she does.

 

Our Lady in Black

 

 

 

Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?

 

http://www.retiredexpat.com

 

 

 

Maps of all the provinces of Thailand

 

http://www.thailand-guide.org/maps/index.htm

 

 

 

Listen to RadioBangkok.net

 

mms://wma.radiobangkok.net/bangkok32?MSWMExt=.asf

 

 

 

 

Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK

 

 

 

A fine independent Pattaya Bookstore:

 

www.canterburytalescafe.com

 

 

Links You Might Not Enjoy

T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only. 

http://www.tshirthell.com.

 

Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.

http://www.fredoneverything.net

 

Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.

Taliban Singles Dating Page

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Got feedback to this column?  Got information on Thailand you would like to share?  Happy as a dung beetle to be living in Paradise?  Been ripped off?  Just write me.

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So enter and win 3,500 baht in food and drink vouchers, second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt, courtesy of Peter, PJ and Jason, third prize the usual Nada diddly-squat. As for last column's contest the lady in the bar works in the Madrid Bar on Patpong, the hangout of Les Strouse and other interesting folks from Nam days.  Lots of correct entries.  This column's prize is worth 3,500 baht in food and drink vouchers.  Just be the one to give me the funniest caption to the picture at right.  A Spanish soldier in old style dress and a baby carriage.

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That's all for this fortnightly column.  Drop by again.  Explore the rest of the website.  Meanwhile, as the girls used to tell me during the 1960's: "I no lie you, GI, I love you long time; you number one!"  And, remember: nothing says goodbye like a bullet.  And the more people I meet the more bullets I need.

Dean Barrett can be flamed at: deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th

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More News on the "Religion of Peace"

 

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The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand

 

7/2/2008 Thailand Narathiwat - Islamic gunmen murder a woman shortly after she drops her daughter off at school.

 7/4/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - Islamists behead a Buddhist and then set his body on fire.  The man's son is seriously injured as well.

7/4/2008 Thailand Yala - Muslim radicals shoot a 42-year-old man to death.

7/4/2008 Thailand Pattani - A retired schoolteacher is gunned down by Islamic militants.

7/5/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - Muslim gunmen open up on a crowd eating breakfast at a tea shop, killing four.

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Harassed Iranian Woman is Herself Arrested

A female student in the Iranian city of Zanjan who alleged she was sexually harassed by a senior male lecturer - triggering a massive demonstration by her fellow students - has herself been arrested.

The nature of the charge against the woman - who said she was molested by the vice-chancellor of the university - is unclear, but the local prosecutor is reported to have said that "publicising certain crimes is worse than the crimes themselves."  In other words she should keep her mouth shut.  Meanwhile, on various Youtube videos Muslims lecture us about how much Islam "respects" women.  Substitute the word "controls" for "respects" and you got it!  All man-made religions seem to have a great fear of, and sometimes hatred for, women, but none are so bad as Islam.

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Who is really doing the Killing in Iraq?

Iraqi singers, actors and artists are fleeing the country after dozens have been killed by Islamic radicals determined to eradicate all culture associated with the West. Cinemas, art galleries, theatres, and concert halls are being destroyed in grenade and mortar attacks in Basra and Baghdad.

According to the Iraqi Artists' Association, at least 115 singers and 65 actors have been killed since the US-led invasion, as well as 60 painters. But the terror campaign has escalated in recent months as both Shia and Sunni extremists grow ever bolder in enforcing religious restrictions on the citizens of Iraq. Those remaining are in hiding as they make preparations to get themselves and their families to safety.  Ah, yes, the tolerance of Islam ("the religion of peace") goes on and on and on...

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How the Western Press is Whitewashing Islamic Killing in Southern Thailand

An important article by Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam

 

 

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Muslims raped unveiled woman in Belgium

 

Islamic-minded immigrants in Belgium recently raped a young
woman for not wearing a veil.  (Presumably, the police are 
are investigating to determine how the victim was dressed).

 

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Police Sniffer Dogs in England to wear Booties to Appease Muslims!

or

Hello, Brits, Will you Please Wake the Fuck up?!

 

http://theopinionator.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/07/well-well-anoth.html

 

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ST GEORGE'S DAY PARADE AXED FOR SECOND TIME

It should come as no surprise that after previously dashing months of preparation and disappointing hundreds of local children and adults who had prepared to be in the "first" planned St George's Day Parade, axed last April by the city council- that the post-dated parade has also been cancelled. The first parade, scheduled to appropriately occur on St George's Day, was stopped by hugely suspicious "official" excuses of "health and safety" concerns when in actuality it was concern for the muslim community that was placed at a higher priority, by Bradford city officials, than the traditional English parade.  But an even more precise reason was soon apparent = muslim violence = " because the authorities fear it could spark race riots... council bosses in Bradford, West Yorks, have ditched the event over concerns it could upset the Asian community, many of them Muslim." - The Opinionator

 

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The Quran contains 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers, and kill the infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.  Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued.  And as the latest verses are said to negate any earlier verses that are contradictory, it is the warlike verses that Muslims believe in; not the pretty ones Muslims love to quote to us (the pretty ones were written by Mohammad before he became powerful enough to show his true colors - the nasty ones later).

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A Christian child dies when Muslims refuse to treat him.

http://www.bosnewslife.com/asia-pacific/pakistan/3682-christian-teenage-sheppard-dies-after-muslim

 

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It's official!  UN can criticize West but not Islam!

 

The UN Human Rights Council is not allowed to judge religions, according to president Doru Romulus Costea of Romania. Criticism of Sharia law or fatwas is now forbidden.

This ruling follows attempts by the Egyptian and Pakistani delegates at the Council to silence criticism of human rights abuse in the Islamic world.

The representative of the Association for World Education, in a joint statement with the International Humanist and Ethical Union, had denounced the stoning to death of women accused of adultery and of girls being married at the age of nine years old in countries where Sharia law applies.

The speaker, David Littman, was interrupted by no fewer than 16 points of order and the proceedings of the Council were suspended for forty minutes when the Egyptian delegate said that “Islam will not be crucified in this Council” and attempted to force a vote on whether the speaker should be allowed to continue.

On giving his ruling after the break Council President Costea said that the Council "is not prepared to discuss religious questions and we don’t have to do so". "Declarations must avoid judgments or evaluation about religion. … I promise that next time a speaker judges a religion or a religious law or document, I will interrupt him and pass on to the next speaker".

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Undercover Detective discovers Muslims Fanatics inside Mosques in America:

 

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/021644.php

 

The Religion of Peace

 

 

“Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”-- by Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg. 

 

 

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Some books that tell it like it is!

 

Coming in November 2008

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Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence against individual Muslims in any community.  For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime.  Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West. 

A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way.   But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest than a Christian neighbor.  It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood with a medieval mindset that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam.   Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but it can and will be won.  But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims.   We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression.  Compromising with the fanatics pulls the rug out from the Muslim moderates desperately trying to reform and secularize Islam.  And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression.   And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of glorified tribal myths called religion. 

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