It’s been a mixed bag of a week really.
Apart from a couple of calls to solve a few technical problems at my ex- bar , I now seemed to have moved on from life as a bar owner. I can’t tell you what a relief it is, as it was a huge strain on both Lek and me. There is no question that that running a bar in Thailand at my time of life, with my medical problems, was not the most sensible of occupations.
Do I regret it? Yes and no.
Yes, because I had the opportunity of doing something I had secretly wanted to do for many years and now ‘I’ve been there and done that’ and effectively got it out of my system.
It is almost 6 months since the military took over control of Thailand in a coup on 22nd May, 2014.
A majority of Thais welcomed this move – even many in the pro Thaksin camp – as everyone was becoming increasingly concerned that the extreme polarisation of Thai society between the ‘pro-reds and ‘anti-reds’ was fast getting out of hand.
Incidents of extreme violence were spiralling out of control.
The military regime, under the redoubtable general Prayuth, has enjoyed widespread support and even now, nearly six months later, this still seems to be the case, despite the fact that there is no prospect in sight for the lifting of martial law, and the prospects for a return to democracy seem further away than ever.