Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Has Richard Barrow, the most prolific full time blogger in Thailand turned?

I was shocked to read on Twitter yesterday that former schoolteacher Richard seems to be less enamoured with Thailand the 'Land of Smiles'.

This message seemed to come with a pronounced frown:

If anyone could have convinced you that Thailand was indeed a paradise then Richard could. He has blogged from just about everywhere in Thailand recording the countries festivals, displaying plates of delicious Thai delicacies, phOtographing stunning beaches, waterfalls, and in the last few years giving us stunning views from his drone of not only of beauty spots - but political rallies.

He seemed totally at peace with the country. Now he says:
"I'm sorry Thailand. You're not that paradise you once were? I now wonder. If I had arrived here today, would I have stayed? Maybe not."

Actually there is not shortage of people who still arrive and want to stay. And if I arrived for the first time I am sure I would also be impressed. Everyone I am sure has their perfect moment.

Many of those too later have their  'What the F...!' moment.

I am not sure what was behind Richard's mind when he wrote that. 

Could it have been this:

Yes this is Phi Phi Island which is allegedly 'protected' , above as it was when I, and probably also Richard, arrived in Thailand - and below more recently. 

I am not sure if this is a 'Road to Damascus' moment for Richard, just probably the first time I have noticed that he feels the place is not quite what it's upped to be,

As a career journalist after an initial wild infatuation, when I thought my Thai landlady was mad saying she preferred the UK, I had my Damascus moment a long long time ago but continued to enjoy the delights which the country afforded me when I kept my head down. 

The prison and justice system did it for me I guess. If you look at that for any serious length of time you cannot but come to the conclusion that like the jails - which have manicured lawns and meticulously kept flowerbeds on the outside - there is also a very bad smell and a strong lack of humanity.

After a while you just cannot overlook it.

Actually I thought when Richard start blogging about Thai Prison Life' I would see a radical change in his upbeat blogs.

Still Richard's 'moment'  so to speak may be just that. He's been back up again and now presents us with a 'Hooters' picture and gone is that momentary depression.

'Hooters' - 'an American Sports bar & grill chain famous for 

chicken wings served by waitresses in short shorts' - 

has closed down 36 of its 37 outlets in Britain.

Presumably the idea was not so commercial. The Daily Mail 

previewed the remaining restaurant in Nottingham under the 

headline: 'Is this the most offensive bar in Britain?'

That's how sensitive we are in Britain at the moment. People date 

by APP.  That way, I suspect,  they can lay the ground work and 

cut the risk of sexual harassment.

Are we still prude?  Not judging by the television. I turned on the 

TV a week or so ago to watch a couple on a sofa asking for advice 

on anal sex and then being given an illustrated talk on butt plugs.

A physical demonstration would have been perfectly in order.

Last night two gays demonstrated their kink - a puppy love fetish.

I'm not going to into that.  

Putin and Trump butt plugs - for those who have been and those who can't wait


  1. What was the point of the last part of this article after the Daily Mail reference? Gratuitous referencing of homosexuality and it's practices, and sex toys, does not have any connection to Thailand or it's problems as some see them.

    1. Hmm. No gratuitous refencing of homosexuality here Bob. Just a comment that I don't really want to see on TV accidentally or otherwise a programme with heterosexuals discussing butt plugs or gays engaged in Puppy Love. Thi is quite obviously a comment as opposed to a news story. Hooters are rather harmless I guess but there is a comparison or sorts to the UK and Thailand and I am guessing the 'If you don't like it - go home' brigade would not disapprove.

  2. What the Thais seem to be avoiding, is the inescapable reality that it is all going to end in tears.

  3. That picture set of Phi Phi is devastating. I haven't been there since NY's eve 2000 and thought then it had jumped the shark. I am not sure I buy the scales coming off my eyes theory. TBH I don't think it is nostalgia, I can give you a great many examples of how it was a different place in the 90's and would also argue that part of the decline (however minimal) can be traced to the arrival and antics of the types of Westerners that have often been featured on this site. The Thai/Western relationship was different then, not as one-sided as many think and there was a mutual respect that has long disappeared.

    1. I agree. In 1995, people went to Thailand to see Thailand and experience Thai culture. Kids go there now to hang out with other tourists, and bring their culture with them. Thailand is just a cheap and unregulated venue for their parties.

      Thais used to overwhelmingly welcome tourists. Now they mostly seem to barely tolerate the intrusion. I don't blame them, frankly.

  4. If they stay long enough,

    Everyone gets to see Thailand as it really is - sooner or later,

    That is if they have their eyes opened,

    Or alternatively - when they choose to live in their delusion,

    Up to You, No Money No Honey, and all that other stuff Too..

  5. This article is all over the place? And all about nothing, Richard clearly said there was nothing to the tweet right afterward

    1. In that case why tweet. Richard has certainly not contacted this site to say his comments were a load of tosh.

  6. This read lost me. But I guess it's a if you don't like it either move or shut up article.