Lake Mabprachan, East Pattaya,31st March, 2011

3 Months – still sober. Maybe a small round of applause is in order.

I have been at home for the past five days, trying to curb my extracurricular activities. So far the urge to take a drink seems to have completely gone and even on the few occasions that I have gone to bars to chat with friends or chat up ladies, I have not felt any lurking desire to have a beer. I do however feel that for the next few months that I continue to try and keep away from places of temptation.

It does bother me that I seem to be ‘vegetating’ in my home and it seems like another age when I used to go out pretty much every day and invariably come home pissed as a newt.  I have gone from one extreme to another. But it still is only 3 months and I guess I can’t expect miracles. I have been told and have also read that it can take up to a year to before an alcoholic’s brain fully adjusts to a life without alcohol and that I shouldn’t try to push things too fast.

At least I have many things to do at home and I am happily spending my days at my computer, interspersed with reading, playing with my dogs and watching TV in the evenings. Little Noo is looking after me so well. She generally goes out at noon every day to have her 3 hours at school in Pattaya and then she gets me some food as is usually back home by 4 pm.

So, well done Mobi, on three months sobriety. Wither the next three months?

Fox News

Sometimes, Rebel, Fox news will surprise you. It must have been around a week ago that I was watching Fox and they had a panel of ‘military experts’ giving their opinions on certain aspects of the Libyan conflict. They were all unanimously agreed that since the imposition of the ‘no fly zone’, there would definitely be American CIA operatives on the ground in Libya, providing essential ‘guidance’ to the coalition fighter planes. They described it as ‘laser targeting’ and explained that there was no way the coalition could accurately and safely attack Gadhafi’s forces without having these operatives on the ground.

So when the news broke yesterday that there were indeed CIA operatives in Libya, it came as no surprise to this newsreader and indeed, I assume, to a majority of  regular Fox News watchers.

A few months back, Fox broke the news that the British couple who had been held by Somali pirates for many months had been released.  I thought it was a false report, as I couldn’t find any mention of it in any other news media – Internet, TV or radio. It was a full 24 hours before this news finally broke in the rest of the media. How or why Fox were one day ahead of the pack I have no idea, but they were.

I have also noticed that there are an increasing number of instances where Fox breaks a domestic story in the USA which is initially ignored by virtually all other media; in particular the network news, CNN and most of the major print media. It seems to me that many of these stories are either totally ignored, or delegated to a footnote on inside pages because they have negative implications for the then democrat- led congress and/or Obama and his administration. OK, some of these stories might have been a tad spurious, but many do eventually reach the light of day and do become major headlines, only because Fox refuses to let them die.  It would seem that the liberal press is finally obliged to ‘bite their proverbial tongues’ and act in a responsible manner and report what is going on in their country, even though they don’t like it.

Sure, sometimes Fox is completely outrageous. Their propensity for allowing ‘contributors’ to scream at each other, and the annoying tendency for presenters,  such as O’Reilly, to interrupt interviewees are amongst my biggest gripes. The fact that they have an extreme right wing bias doesn’t bother me too much. As long as I understand this, I can filter their opinions, as I do with their political opponents from the other side of the political spectrum.

I must admit that I do get a bit fed up with their stupid slogans, such as America’s Newsroom and America’s Election Headquarters and Fair and Balanced.  Can you imagine BBC claiming to be ‘Britain’s News Room?

Any sensible thinking person knows what Fox are all about – don’t treat us like idiots.

Libya

In the desert, the rebel fighters were in hysterical, disorderly retreat and in Tunisia the Libyan Foreign Minister defected to the west. This guy has committed many criminal acts during his time as Libyan Intelligence Chief and then FM. Will the west conveniently forget this, or will he be put on trial for his crimes?

Syria

Assad’s speech was a major blow to the aspirations of the Syrian masses. It is clear that Assad and his thugs have no intention of allowing another Egyptian or Tunisian style of ‘popular uprising’ to develop in their repressive regime , which has been under a state of emergency since the 1963!!

It is conceivable that Syria will end up as a second Libya and it is clear that the Syrian authorities are only too well aware of this and are determined to nip the protests in the bud. Watch out for further violent crackdowns.

Thailand

Full marks to BBC World News for having a segment on the floods in the south of Thailand – the only news service to cover this properly as far as I have been able to determine.

The floods are truly catastrophic and cover a wide spread area of the south. There have been many deaths, including over a hundred in mud slides. Some island villages have been totally destroyed and many more are still under water, their homes and crops ruined. There have also been scores of tourists stranded in places such as Koh Samui and are being rescued by the Thai Navy and shipped back to the mainland.

I know there is a lot of ‘news’ going on the world right now, but the Thai floods are a major story by any standards and merit wider coverage.

7 thoughts on “Lake Mabprachan, East Pattaya,31st March, 2011”

  1. A round of applause is in order? Heh, pretty funny. Seems from all the trouble you boozing has caused the people around you, you aren’t doing anything you should have done long long ago. It would be like patting a bank robber on the bank for not robbing a bank.

    1. The ’round of applause’ comment was an ironic joke. If you can’t see that I don’t know why you bother to read my blog as it is jammed full of admissions that I am a pretty useless piece of alcoholic shit….

      Be that as it may, I would like you to tell me what trouble I have caused all the people around me from my boozing? I am sure there probably are some, but off the top off my head it is difficult to come up with anything approaching a meaningful list. Neither family, nor my friends or anyone else that I can think of would tell you that I ever done them any harm. If anything, the opposite is probably true as despite my alcoholism, I have always kept my obligations to family and friends alike.

      The only person I have truly harmed is myself….

      I get the impression that you are one of these twisted people who reads things with blinkered eyes and then comes up with your own version of events and the truth, regardless of the facts. You would seem to be a bit of nasty piece of work, almost certainly with a huge chip on your shoulder, very likely tinged with a healthy dose of envy.

      Or maybe you are just a supercilious prig….

  2. Congratulations Mobi. I’ve been reading you for quite a while now. Very happy that you achieved 3 months of sobriety. Well done.

  3. I see that Thailand maybe following Cambodias lead and ban
    marriages between Thais and foreigners over 50 years old. If Noo doesn’t have security of a marriage, (or the potential of security of a future marriage) how long do you think she’ll stick around? And if Noo goes … how long before the beer and bars come back?

    1. Sugarfly, no matter what happens with Thai marriage law the lovely Noo will still receive her payments for services rendered. She is paid most likely in a combination of a cash, cash allowance, room, board and gifts (including paid schooling etc..) He found her in a bar working as a prostitute. She didn’t come to live with Mobi for free now did she? After reading it’s clear that Mobi has left this small detail from his daily blogging but I assure you it’s indeed the case as it is with countless other retired farangs in Thailand.

      1. If I hadn’t told you that I found her working in a bar as a prostitute, you would never have known. I could have claimed, like so many before me , that she was a respectable lady, working in Tescos, or a secretary or even the daughter of a Hi-so thai and she had a university degree and had been educated abroad.

        A feature of my blog is that I try to be as honest as I can be as to me there is no point in writing a blog about my life if I am going to lie and paper over some of the unsavoury cracks. In my very first blog in July 2009, I stated that it would be a ‘warts an’all‘ account of my life and I resent the suggestion that I am deliberately hiding certain facts.

        I have never knowingly hidden any details of my relationships, be they one night stands or of the longer variety and I have often blogged about the money I have spent in the course of such relationships.

        Only a liar would try to claim that he took a girl with two kids out of a bar to live with and never gave her any money. I would have thought that in my case it is blindingly obvious, and hardly merited a mention, beyond the odd detail, such as how I have also sent her to school to better herself.

        I am not ashamed about what I have done and am very happy to have been the benefactor of such a lovely good-hearted lady, who, like so many before her, ended up in a bar to prevent her children from starving and put them through school after she was abandoned by her husband. She tried for many years to work at ‘respectable jobs’ in Bangkok and I have already posted that for many years she was fork lift operator; but in the end, she just couldn’t make ends meet, and with little formal education all doors were closed to her.

        You really do seem to be a mean spirited person, out to rubbish me. Why don’t you do something more constructive and meaningful with your spare time?

  4. Congrats Mobi~san… job well done!

    August will be here before you know it, so keep your hand firmly on the tiller, your eyes on the horizon and those sails tightly on tack. We’re all pulling for you.

    Warmest Regards,

    Turk

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