50 Shades of Girlie Bars – Part 1
One of these days I am going to drive around Mabprachan Lake – from one end to the other – and count just how many, bars, pubs, restaurants, café’s, karaoke joints, short-time speak-easies, and other dubious places of entertainment actually exist out here, on the Darkside.
Then I will do the same for Soi Siam Country Club Road, Soi Nern Plub Wan, Soi Kow Noi and Soi Kow Talo.
I have no idea of the total number, but it has got to be in the hundreds. In just around my area of the lake, there are more than 20 such establishments, and in many parts of the very long sois mentioned above, almost every other ‘shop-house’ is a bar or a restaurant.
Those of you who do not live in Pattaya will not recognise the names of the aforementioned sois, but suffice to say they are all very long roads that run for several kilometres from the main Sukhumvit Highway, into the hinterland of East Pattaya. All of them are on the south side of Lake Mabprachan.
Mobi’s Moscars (Part 5)
Continuing my review of films which have received nominations for Oscars.
Here are numbers 5 and 6.
Can you believe it? Yet another bio-pic. Well, anyway, it is based on true events.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this film very much but almost from the start, I was hooked.
It is the fascinating story of the relationship between an upper-class, eccentric multi-millionaire, ( John du Pont), and two working-class, champion wrestlers. The two brothers are already Olympic champion wrestlers at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Dupont wants to spearhead their bid for more medals in the 1988 Games in Seoul.
Du Pont persuades the younger of the two brothers (Mark Schultz) to join his wrestling training team, Foxcatcher, and to go and live in his state of the art training facility, which he built as annex to the family mansion. For the first time, Mark rises out of the shadow of his much wiser and revered trainer-brother, Dave.
Du Pont also wants Dave, and for a while, Dave refuses all Du Pont’s efforts to recruit him to the team along with his younger brother. After a series of ‘issues’ with Mark, DuPont eventually persuades Dave and his family to come and join his brother at the training centre.
The Six Wives of Mobi D’Ark:Book One; “Azzy”
Here is my latest draft of Chapter five.
I was very hungry, very thirsty and most of all, very scared. Surely they wouldn’t try to pin Lily’s murder on me, but everything that had happened since I found her lying unconscious on the mattress seemed to indicate they were going to do just that.
I had barely understood a word they were shouting when they had driven me the police station and thrown me into a cell. But I had heard enough: “Oyimbo dun kill my Lily,” and other similar remarks, to know I was in serious trouble
I suppose I should consider myself lucky that the two giants who had rushed into Lily’s bedroom with her mother had resisted the urge to