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  1. You're looking at the wrong section of the rule book. That's the penalty for a delay in drop-out. It was *not* a drop out.
  2. Where in the world are you these days? Last I heard you were in China but that must have been several years ago or more!
  3. if you hadn't said that was Panthip Plaza, I'd never have guessed it!
  4. It must have been a REALLY slow news day for that to make the mainstream news. The fountain is an oddity, but it's not offensive and I really don't understand why someone would have much of an opinion about it. I reckon it says more about the diplomats who commented on it than anything else. If they want to comment on something crap in New Zealand, there are plenty of targets much more worthwhile than this fountain!
  5. I'm definitely interested but I didn't vote as, like many people I suspect, I am not sure when I will be in town. I hope to revert to visiting Bangkok 2 or 3 times per year but as I tend to book tickets just a couple of weeks before travelling, I can't say when I'll be in town. But for sure, if a date was announced, I would do my level best to make it. I suspect others might be in a similar situatin - not sure when they'll be in town but if they are in town they'd definitely attend.
  6. I think this is a good idea. Set a date long in advance at a time when people tend to visit gives people the best chance to make it. And even if only a small number turn up, I'm sure it would still be fun.
  7. I think a one-off get-together would probably work - and probably be a lot of fun - but as a regular thing, unlikely for all the reasons that have already been mentioned.
  8. I always thought Sarasin was a nice guy. Funnily enough he dropped me an email this week out of the blue. He hopes to get back to Bangkok at some point but like so many of us who are outside the country he is waiting for the current restrictions to be done away with.
  9. Those were wild and at times it looked like some sort of live porn movie / orgy. Recent Nanapong dance contests were just as wild and perhaps even more so. A couple at the old Electric Blue in Patpong soi 2 around 2016 or so were mental!
  10. That sounds about right. I never went to #1 but heard how crazy it was and was implored to go to #2, which I did. Back then the hosting was mainly done at the Dollhouse Clinton or Rififi in Patpong soi 2 with later events at the Dollhouses in Cowboy and Pattaya when they were built.
  11. No, they fell flat on their face at the first hurdle.
  12. A quick bit of shameless self-promotion, I resume publishing Stickman weekly tomorrow. To cut a long story short, the owners of the site approached me and asked me if I would be interested in resuming and i said yes. They want to get some buzz going as the industry looks towards reopening in the *hopefully* not too distant future. Of course, me being in New Zealand and not having stepped foot in Thailand in 2+ years makes it tough, as does the fact that most bars are closed. I'll do my best to put together something readable....
  13. I didn't know there was any interaction between Stickman and Stickboy anywhere. If there is, I don't know about it i.e. in other words it's not me! As for the backstory of Stick Uncensored, that will come out in due course. I think it's pretty obvious who is behind it. Sad story really as serious mental health issues - which were widely known before any of this happened - are probably a big part of it.
  14. Hi Coss, More than happy to meet up when I am next up in Auckland (or if you should make it down to Napier, by any chance). I've joined the Cult Of Khun Sanuk so it might have to be a coffee....yeah, I've given up alcohol. It wasn't a conscious decision , rather something that just happened. I found myself only drinking when I was in Thailand and never here in NZ and I found that I just sort of lost the taste for alcohol. Last drink was February last year. Before that it was several months earlier. It looks like Omicron is in our lives for the next several weeks. I had planned to come up to Auckland but will put if off until we're past the worst of Omicron. Mid to late-March I should be up your way. Are you still in Beachhaven? I'm a former Glenfield boy and most of my mates are still on the Shore.
  15. The Who, Where & Why? Stick Uncensored Jan 16 Welcome to the very first Stick Uncensored Newsletter, the all-new weekly round-up of what's going on after dark in Bangkok and beyond. Thanks to each and every one of you for subscribing, unlike those that went for the free version meaning an empty inbox this fine Sunday. The Who, Where & Why? Everyone with an interest in Thailand's naughty nightlife scene has been guessing who is behind Stick Uncensored with many fingers pointing at Mike “StickBoy” McKay following his sudden departure from the Land Of Smiles this week or was it last? When he left depends on which version of the stories circulating right now on the barstools of Bangkok you choose to believe. According to the owner of Stick Media, Paul Hayward, the StickmanBangkok website was “hacked” which was a change in direction after he took to the Nana Plaza bar owners Line group last Monday accusing McKay of sabotage claiming “Mike had been a long term sufferer of mental health and alcohol abuse. This is clearly another serious mental breakdown but worse than the ones he has suffered in the past.” From what we understand McKay was furious telling close friends this was the final straw and he was done with it all. All Stickboy social media accounts either vanished or were renamed, however, at this time his website remains online and accessible. You might have picked up on in the paragraph above was the use of the word “we”. That's correct, unlike years gone by when updates were done by one man, this newsletter is a collaboration involving four contributors and an outside editor based in the USA who pulls it all together making it readable and coherent. Two of the team are based in Bangkok, who are on the ground 7 nights a week, and will keep you informed of what is really happening in Bangkok without any filters. The other two contributors, based in Europe and Oceania, will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and opinion using a combined 35 years involved with the Bangkok nightlife scene. The reasoning behind the launch was out of frustration at how stale nightlife coverage had become. Paul “Stickman” hasn't updated the website since January 2021 following ongoing bar closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic that led to the owners being unable to sell advertising thus no money in the bank to pay his 70,000 baht monthly salary. Mike “Stickboy” was in bed with almost every bar owner and under the direction of Hayward so said nothing but nice things, which as we all know isn't how real life is. Dave “The Rave” returned to England and to be honest nobody noticed as his output was so infrequent and unreliable. Steven “Bangkok 7” is nothing more than a sexpest who doesn't venture out of Patpong. GoGoHopping is just regurgitated articles on 20-year old topics with other contenders such as Bangkok Nights and Chrome Crumpet merely photos of hot Asian women, many of whom aren't even Thai with absolutely zero news or updates on the goings-on after dark. With the blogging scene in dire straights, it was decided by all involved via a few Zoom calls that now was the time to bring a new horse to the race. Not that it is much of a race. One further point needing mentioning in this introduction is the accusations Stick Uncensored is a scam or fraudulent. SubStack, which provides the platform to publish, is a long-established company in the publishing field as is the payment processor they work with Stripe who had revenues of $7.4 billion in 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripe_(company) That is the who, where and why. What’s Going On? *** Suzie Wong reopened this week following a covid cluster that saw a number of ladies plus the manager Liam and mamasan test positive. *** To enter Soi Cowboy punters must take an ATK test priced 120 baht if they are unable to show proof of a negative test in the past 72 hours. Testing starts at 6 p.m. This practice has killed Cowboy as many are concerned a test showing a positive result will see them hospitalized for 14 days and out of pocket 100k plus for the pleasure. *** Those willing to take the test can expect to pay 190 baht for a small size bottle of beer if they visit Bacarra. Even during tough times, they don't let up on inflated prices which is extraordinary considering customers are sat on the street in plastic chairs. *** Still on Soi Cowboy, The Dollhouse finally were issued their SHA certificate and reopened with no fanfare at all. More like The Doomhouse. *** The late-night place to go right now is 8 Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 8 who have a soundproofed upstairs area that is jam-packed 7 night a week with closing time around 4 am. To enter you simply speak to the dishevelled looking Thai man stood in front of the half-closed shutter but he might tell you “closed” if the police are still on the street checking bars are following orders by closing sharp at 9 pm. *** Today Bar at the mouth of Soi 8 have decided they want a slice of the late-night pie and are transforming their second floor into a drinking den which seems rather bizarre as it's where the toilets, girls lockers and office are. Could you find floor space for any more than four tables up there? *** Covid cases in Soi 4 and Soi 7 bars remains rampant with selfish owners bullying staff into keeping quiet in a bid to remain open. This has been ongoing for weeks now, so be warned. *** Talking of covid clusters, it is interesting that Playskool in Nana Plaza closed after an outbreak yet not a single sole from Twister BKK, The Beer Garden or Lollipop caught the virus. A Nana Miracle? *** If you like ladyboys, get yourself down Soi 7/1 as the small bars are bursting with the third sex. *** As one might expect, business in Patpong is dire. The majority of go-go's are closed and those open unable to draw a crowd from across town. *** Bully's on Sukhumvit Road will be back soon with the renovation on the bar, which now has a 24-hour fitness club as a neighbour, getting underway. *** Soi 11 is a shadow of its former self with the street deserted even on a Friday or Saturday night. *** How long can the bars in the complex on Soi 7 last? The authorities are keeping a close eye on what's going on down there and some bars that have been told to close have six-figure rent obligations. Yes, the rents are crazy stupid for what is nothing more than a shed with filthy communal toilet facilities and ridiculously over-priced lady drinks. Final Thoughts In the Stick Uncensored intro, we published a list of article titles that will be coming up in the weeks and months ahead. This week will see the first of those published but which one would you like to read first? Do let us know as we plan to publish the first THIS WEDNESDAY as a bonus newsletter. Until this Wednesday, thank you for your time, all feedback is welcome. Best, The Stick Uncensored Team
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