OR HAVE HOOTERS DOLLIES NOW CHEERED HIM UP?
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:
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?'
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.
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