50 Shades of Girlie Bars – Part 2
In last week’s Mobi Babble, I explained that although there were several thousand farangs living on the Darkside, only a small number of these residents, probably less than 10%, regularly patronise the Darkside bars and restaurants.
To recap on the reasons for this, click Here
I also stated that there were far too many bars on the Darkside, and the sheer number of them makes it difficult for even the very best of them to make a living. Fickle customers will always try out a new bar for a while, or try out an old bar under new management. On top of this, most bars hold regular ‘party nights’ when they give away free food and often have live music to attract the punters.
In this sort of environment, it is very, very difficult to build up a regular and loyal clientèle.
From my observations, I believe that most bar owners on the Darkside don’t understand their customer base. They seem to think the Darkside is awash with tourists and people passing through, and that if some people have a problem with their bar, it doesn’t really matter. In this, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Mobi’s Moscars (Part 6)
Continuing my review of films which have received nominations for Oscars.
Here are the last two.
Two Days, One Night (“Deux Jours, Une Nuit”)
This is a peach of a movie.
If you like continental European films and have penchant for a gritty, realistic genre, which brings the dramas of everyday life to the big screen in totally believable and original ways, then this is a film you shouldn’t miss.
This Belgium offering was directed by the multi-award winning (Cannes) brothers, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, and stars the beautiful French actress, Marion Cotillard, who had to learn to speak with a Belgian accent and ‘dress down’ to make her look more ‘ordinary’.
Cotillard will never look totally ordinary, but she does a wonderful job of making you believe that she is a struggling young Belgian mother who is recovering from depression and receives some devastating news from her employer.
The Six Wives of Mobi D’Ark: Book One; “Azzy”
Here is my latest draft of Chapter Six.
(Drafts of the Prologue and Chapters 1 -5 can be found HERE )
I asked Lily and Josie if they knew the lady who was sitting alone at the bar.
“Yeah we seen her around a few times at de Federal Palace, and once at Tiger’s,” Lilly told me, “she always have tall skinny fella wid her – but tonight she be alone.
“What’s her name?”
“Why you wanna know, Mobi? You wanna bang her?” Josie asked.
I said nothing and sat there staring at her.
“Mobi? You in love?” Lily asked, mischievously.