Category Archives: animals

CIRCUS LIFE by Peter Nolan Smith

Whenever a married couple or single mother and kid visited me in Pattaya, I took them on a tour of the various tourist points of interest; the Khao Keo outdoor zoo, the Temple of Truth, the biggest wooden structure in the world, and Nong Nooch Gardens. while steering well clear of my usual haunts i.e. […]

Peter Beard in Paradise

In 2008 Peter Beard defied the death. Not only had the famed photographer survived a goring by the tusk of an African elephant, but even the ravages of his own excess. Bravo for a new life in St. Tropez. Here’s an elephant attack joke: This tourist returns from Africa and calls his doctor. “I was […]

Guns and Elephants

Back in the early 00s my godson Fast Eddie Silver came out to Thailand with his mother. I was looking forward to seeing the 12 year-old. His late father was one of my best friends. I took them to Koh Samet and Bangkok, but my best photo of Eddie was taken at the Elephant Camp […]

Elephants on Acid

What happens if you give an elephant LSD? On Friday August 3, 1962, a group of Oklahoma City researchers decided to find out the what. Warren Thomas, Director of the City Zoo, fired a cartridge-syringe containing 297 milligrams of LSD into Tusko the Elephant’s rump. With Thomas were two scientific colleagues from the University of […]

Fifi The Rasta

Back in the 1980s I loved Paris in the summertime, especially during ‘le Grand Depart’, France’s traditional month-long vacation slot. A large percentage of Parisian disappear from the City of Light. The traffic or ‘circulation’ lessen and the skies clear of pollution. Of course hundreds of thousands of tourists congregate in the popular quartiers to […]