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A bicycle made for two

  • May 21, 2008

Well, the sitting on the handlebars thing didn't happen, but the two on a bike wheelie did; and given how wobbly the whole thing looked, it was probably a stunt enough, even without the rabbit. Of course Jimmy couldn't resist offering a couple of solo stunts to amuse the assembled throng. After a long day taking photos I came home, had a shower, made a coffee and felt the need…

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Bring out the stunt rabbit

  • May 20, 2008

A morning with the bikers. Like all gadget freaks, they like to buy add-on bits for their toys. Being bikers, they are obviously attracted to salacious trade names: Suggested to mad biker Jimmy that his monthly stunt should involve him jumping through flaming hoops, with a rabbit strapped to his head. I felt that the rabbit would add an interesting touch. His boss thought it would be more interesting to…

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Prayers and perambulations

  • May 19, 2008

Today is Visakha Bucha day, the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar. My wife, who is meant to know these things, told me it celebrated three things related to the Buddha, but she had forgotten what they were, so I had to Google. I found out that today celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha, so now you know. Personally, I am not of a religious…

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Ouch, that hurts – Jimmy Wong’s Tattoo Festival

  • May 17, 2008

I had a friend who had a Harley Davidson. Apart from that he was a nice guy. We used to go out drinking from time to time and by around 2300, after far too many beers, I would announce my intention to buy a Harley the next morning. Of course, come the headache the next day, my logic circuits would re-engage and the thought of buying one of those ridiculous…

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Grand Theft Auto copycat shock horror probe!

  • May 17, 2008

Guns don't kill people, video games do; or so the half-witted, mean-spirited, moralising, conservative pressure groups in the USA would have us believe. The Grand Theft Auto series has always been their favourite target because the game gives the player the freedom to behave badly, like not going to church or saying "golly gosh, I just ran you over, motherfucker." The in-game internet bravely tackles the issue by confirming that…

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Pattaya Property – Ananya with extra bollocks

  • May 16, 2008

Having shared a couple of nonsense property project slogans with you, I cannot resist adding this one. The Ananya condominium assures you that "you don't need to turn your fingerprint looking for style!" and you don't have to turn your fingerprint very far in Pattaya looking for bollocks. I proclaim Ananya the winner of the crap slogan competition, until I find a better one.

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Temporary residence

  • May 16, 2008

Last night we had a visitor: A friend of my wife who regularly has comprehensive arguments with her husband and decides to leave him until he has called, pleading forgiveness, for what she considers is a sufficient number of times. He is French so no doubt the pleas include much invisible arm-waving, shoulder shrugging, and weeping at appropriate moments. She is Thai so no doubt her responses include much shouting…

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Cats in a box

  • May 15, 2008

She who must be obeyed pronounces that she is to sell some jewelry via eBay. This is a follow-up to her stunning success in selling a silk scarf for at least $3 profit. My mission, if I will accept it, and I dare not, is to photograph the items for sale. I ask her is she is prepared to finance a lightbox so I can photograph her baubles properly; a…

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Grand Theft Web

  • May 15, 2008

Over coffee this morning I fire up my current time waster of choice, Grand Theft Auto and decide against tackling the latest mission which involves chasing a couple of bikers through subway tunnels whilst avoiding the trains; probably not best attempted with a cup of coffee in one hand. Instead I head for a TW@ internet cafe and browse the in-game internet. I start with coffee and read the Bean…

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Pattaya Property – Beyond seascape living of art bollocks

  • May 14, 2008

While the rest of the world plunges into a property succession, the agents and builders of Pattaya are trying to convince us that the boom times are still here. And indeed there are large number of new developments being launched; where launching involves a punchy, if meaningless, slogan, a website with elevator music and some optimistic artist’s impressions. There is also a hole in the ground which may or may…

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