Monthly Archives: December 2008

Tsunami 2004 plus 4

Four years ago today I was kayaking off Koh Samet. The tour boat had dropped me the southern end of the island and I paddled to a distant island. It was deserted and I was dehydrated by the time I returned to the hotel. Ordering a beer was impossible, because everyone in the bar was […]

5 Days left in 2008

Thailand’s tourism board is reporting record absenteeism in the tourist ranks. “2,000,000 are gone.” One official bemoaned from his Benz. The sex emporiums of Nana and Soi Cowboy are also feeling the absence of farangs. One Patpong bar had only a single beer-drinker. Jamie Parker and he wasn’t buying. “I’m only shopping to rent.” The […]

Chinese Rocks 2008

Unbelievably Johnny Thunders is making another ‘last tour’ with the New York Dolls along with David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain I love their version of ‘Chinese Rocks’. “I’m living on Chinese Rocks all my best things are in hock.” Back from the Dead. Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008 Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm Location: The […]

Fake Thai Baht

Click on images to enlarge. The economic collapse thanks to fat Americans has sent ripples of desperation throughout the world and police in Thailand like many other countries are reporting an upsurge in crime. Break-ins, shoplifting, and now the passing of bad money, mostly 1000-baht bills in the thousands. These faux notes are circulated by […]

Prison is no place like Home

The Australian novelist languishes in prison on charges of lese-majeste. He was not pardoned for the King’s birthday, but one hopes that Harry Nicolaides will be shown leniency for the New Year. As far as anyone can tell, the Australian embassy has done nothing to aid his case. Here’s a letter from the prisoner to […]