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Well it's that time of year again - a chance to review 2015 with a calm eye and try to see what 2016 has in store for us all, and particularly Thailand. Do we carry 2015 upstairs and smooth her brow and kiss her nighty night? Or do we duct tape her to a deck chair and kick her back down the stairs? Well I'll leave that up to you. Let's make a master reel of 2015 before we abandon it. I need your help because I've been hermetically sealed, no television - well Thai TV doesn't count, very limited forays on the internet, but I'll still climb on the news horse occasionally if only to watch it stumble blindly through a hedge and end up in the event's ditch. Firstly I'd like to say there isn't a huge elephant in the room, in order to get that out of the way. If you see it you are a conspiracy nut pure and simple. However to distract you, if you are an avid fan of Thai TV, and I only watch it for Nong Natt aka à¸™à¹‰à¸à¸‡à¹à¸™à¸— these days, there was a little competition called Miss Universe. Their strategy was impeccable - go to Lion City, Singburi the land of heroes, find a beautiful maiden and catapult her to stardom. Thailand last won Miss Universe in 1988, nigh nearly 30 years ago! Which for a country renowned for it's beautiful women (among other things) is preposterous. At this point they had it in the bag already. What do you think of when you imagine beautiful women and Thailand (well apart from that)? Beaches, great food, tropical vistas, impossible blue skies over rice paddies that stretch forever. You think of sanuk. On the wish list to forget are the scammers, the scammers, and the scammers that drive those pollution farting and belching tricycles endearingly called tuk tuks. So what do the geniuses behind the Miss Thailand do? In an ingenious leap of magnitude they manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by making her into a tuk tuk! Oh well back to the drawing board Thailand. The cowardly bombing of the Erawan shrine was a real low point. Tourism was already down but Thailand showed it's resilience. Has Stickman left the building? Haven't been following it, but good luck to Sticky! I guess New Zealand cried out to him - we need you Stickmeister! Thailand -1 : New Zealand 0 (wait this isn't adding up). The ahhh stitch up job law proceedings on the Koh Tao Murders is underway. Heart goes out to the family. The Queen of England gave her 'moments of darkness' speech. Is it just me, but living a whole life in the lap of luxury, why does she have to address the nation like she's just been forced to swallow three tablespoons of stale earwax? Well I'm a lazy bastard really, so I'm hoping board members will chip in, do we kick 2015 down the stairs or kiss it goodnight?
It's that time of year again, will we put 2016 to bed with some nighty time soft blankets and soothe her brow? Then will we snuggle under the blankets with her and whisper sweet nothings? Or do we cast her out on the street for the lying whore she is? I'll leave that up to you... Thai TV was generally quite disappointingly bad this year. There were some prolonged blackouts, followed by black and white broadcasts. The virus even appeared to affect most Thai websites. I suspect Russian cyber hackers, because the NEWS told me so. Whilst we are on the subject, there is a monkey in a tree that is watching the news, and the most important thing is to watch his little face in high res - the twitter of his smirk, the roll of the eyes, the truth lies in his every facial expression. Mind he is up in a very high tree and when the monkey is peering down the NEWS pipe we must accept all of this without question (don't shake the tree) - or do we? I wouldn't want to get too sentimental, but the death of Bowie was a major blow. On the positive side - help me out! Okay I know science marched on relentlessly and there were several promising things there, otherwise nowt! Of course there is always Chermarn Boonyasak, or Laila. I've always got time for Chef McDang as well with the McDang show continuing to go gangbusters. It's a very slim chance but mukbang might even catch on here, though I suppose it might be called gin taai tot. Would love to see it here in the land of the sap bpa rot. Missing Stickman, we really need a decent wrap up of the nightlife situation - this post is already getting pretty long, so I'll add one in a bit, but if any enterprising fellow, especially the Stickmeister himself might wish to comment it would be highly appreciated! All my predictions for 2016 came true! Trump president, coup in Turkey, oil price dropping to $20 a barrel, etc. Meanwhile other predictions became more solid, China devaluing it's currency for instance - but wait! Predictions will follow. So please advise, comments please are always appreciated - I'm in deep water here, but I've been modelling fairly good models out to 5 years now for a while, lol I've got quite a few cloud servers churning as I type (always good to outsource your problems), so I'll post an advisory on what will be in 2017, and most likely what will be 2022 shortly.