Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016
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HOWARD MILLER CALLS IT A DAY - 
BUT HE HAD A 'BLAST'.

Thailand’s most famous Foreign Tourist Policeman – and former Honorary British Consul Howard Miller has announced he has returned home to Britain after selling up his assets.

Howard Miller, who shot to mild fame after featuring over and over again in the controversial television series: ‘Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand’ has thanked his friends and told them it was time go to – but he had ‘had a blast’, he said.

From Southend-on-Sea Miller took up residence in the Thai resort of Pattaya 14 years ago, at about the same time a close friend started up ‘Secrets A-Go-Go’.

He became Group Leader of the Tourist Police Volunteer Assistants and was able to get along with Thais and foreigners alike and was used to anchor threads on the fly on the wall series which aired on Bravo and Sky in the UK and in other countries around the world.



The series caused some controversy particularly after it exposed scams in Thailand, notably a jet ski scam in Phuket and a gold scam in Pattaya.  Miller however steered Pattaya out of the worst controversy but the film producers were more than happy with the continuing flow of ‘idiots abroad’ – in this case Brits.

He was shortly afterwards taken on as Britain’s Honorary Consul, a post he held until the Foreign Office decide to revamp the post – reportedly the consular department’s busiest,  to his disliking.

He bounced back quickly into the limelight with his continuing interest in his media outlet ‘Pattaya City News’,  which had morphed into Pattaya One, and by going into the  ‘go-go’ bar and property businesses.

With British Ambassador


With the nature of go-go bars being what they are and I guess expecting the headline ‘Her Majesty’s Vice Consul! ‘ in a red top newspaper back home, he duly sent this site photographs of himself and his co-owners in his first go-go bar venture in ‘Little Britain’ – an enclave in Pattaya known for characters similar to ‘Lou and Andy’ from the British television series.



In a farewell note sent from Suvarnabhumi airport Bangkok and published on the Teakdoor Forum Howard states:

 “After 14 years in Thailand I am now returning to the UK to pursue new interests.
 
This may come as a surprise to some but I wanted to leave quietly with no fuss. I do not regret my years in Thailand and have thoroughly enjoyed my Thai experience and will miss good friends I have made, but the time is right for me to move on after successfully liquidating all my assets.  
New challenges lay ahead for me and I am sure it will not be plain sailing but I am ready for the move and looking forward to it. 
I wish everyone I have met over the years in Thailand the very best for the future and the new team in place at Pattaya One will definitely take the brand from strength to strength and exciting times are ahead for Pattaya's leading news service.  
All the best Thailand..... It's been a blast!!!!”

* Pattaya is currently buzzing with the 'news' that the military have are planning take over the city's administration next month.

18 comments:

  1. Gunman Poh'll be turning in his grave.

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  2. More to emerge on this story methinks

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  3. I have to say that Howard Miller came across very credibly as the Thai Tourist policeman in Pattaya in the UK television series.
    I would say as "very professional," but I guess those guys are volunteers so perhaps I shouldn't use the term professional.
    Best of luck back in Blighty.

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  4. Sneaking out the back door after successfully getting his cash together. Hmmm watch this space, he has obviously had the heads up. He knows some high profile people.

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  5. Thanks for the write up Andrew. I'm afraid I left Thailand without scandal, which appears to be a rare thing these days.

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    1. Good luck with your new ventures Howard.........er, how about the missing stories deleted from PattayaOne :-)

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    2. Saving that for the book Andrew :-)

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    3. A Book? as in the Plural.. I think not.. A series more like. He wouldn't publish my story by the way. to scared of the consequences when he was in Pattaya. Those pesky German real estate moguls put the wind up him.. He clucked out

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    4. "afraid....".....what are you afraid of?

      Leaving Thailand in clandestine fashion suggests otherwise and seems suspicious.

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  6. Put me down for (signed) copy Howard. Would enjoy reading that.

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  7. Im not buying into it.....something is a bit iffy....

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    1. As a volunteer to the, allegedly, most corrupt agency of the Thai government (according to this site), whose boss was Niels Colov and someone who had interests in Pattaya's sex industry some people would think that it could hardly be anything other than iffy.

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    2. Bob, Howard Miller was with the Foreign Tourist Police not the Foreign Volunteers Police run by Niels Colov. Two separate organizations.

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  8. And his supposed post seems to have disappeared from TD

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    1. I don't post on TD so it wasn't me so they were right to remove the post !

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  9. I don't see how else an owner of assets could leave Thailand. I was in a similar situation with several businesses and properties. It was pretty clear to me that selling out quietly and leaving before giving notice to anyone was the prudent choice. As was making sure that my money was out before I was out. Given the well known risks, (having assets frozen, stolen by unethical professionals, prices driven down by those who knew my agenda, etc.). I personally didn't want to hear afterwards that it would be stupid to let people know before going. Advice that I believe I have seen in the comments on this site before. I see nothing suspicious in the way Howard went about this and if he got what he wanted, got his money out and is safe and sound there are many who weren't as fortunate. Good for him and best of luck. It would not take much reading of AD or Khaosod for me to be thinking of exiting right now if I were still there. For me, I just knew it was time to go. My guess is that there might be lots of reasons for going but in the end I think you just know it's time.

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  10. Im still waiting for an answer to the Noyes cover up and then full exposure to Thor being arrested and charged for extortion due to a Noyes set up....what we are dealing with here is a pure hypocrite.

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  11. Well I heard that there's a guy from Kosovo back in Pattaya, wanting to exact revenge on Howard for the little slap he gave him on Big Trouble in Thailand.. Run Howard Run :-)

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