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To Mott the Dog
Missing employee at city hall?
Speedboats and jet skis a menace at Jomtien
Swiss taxi to strike back
Sex workers at the Royal Garden Shopping Plaza
To Mott the Dog
Bit late to vent what is left of my spleen in the Pattaya Mail but here goes:
I am sitting here in my trendy but sterile Singapore pad having just read the
stream of bile you spat late last year at a recording that has given me hours
and hours of pleasure since I first discovered it over 30 years ago. (Yes –
Close to the Edge, Pattaya Mail Vol. XIII No. 49 Dec. 9, 2005).
Weird I admit this continued appreciation for a group on most sheepeoples hate
list. I mostly groove to all things punky but this music hits my soul,
regularly seasons my witch and Yes rearranges my liver of an evening. I do
indeed get up, I get down.
Cannot comment on your puppy love for all things Peter Banks, lao tai koon my
I too love that prepubescent 1st album, like a lot of the flawed second (Astral
traveler) and really like some of the recently released Beyond and Before Banks
era stuff but think (your putting down) The Yes album (stupid title agree) and
the nearly perfect Fragile a bit of a Khatru.
Roundabout ... Heart of The Sunrise ... prog by numbers! Heresy I say get to
the pound you mangy mutt. Have you tried to howl along to ELP recently? Yours
is indeed no Disgrace.
The drum and bass interplay on Heart of The Sunrise before the celestial
singing starts is one of my favourite bits of music ever (see the strip club
murder scene at the end of Buffalo 66 which also features Sweet Dreams and
It is, I maintain, the ultimate 70s prog rock album (Yes, including its
Just because it was extremely popular at the time does not mean it’s
meaningless. The whole package, birds tweeting, the RD sleeve, Eddie Offord as
the 6th member and the track lengths are all part of the vibe man.
Jon the Divine’s lyrics I see as another instrument. It is stream on conscience
stuff that should not be separated from the music. Take a holistic view to the
corner of your mind.
Bill Bruford a jazzer at heart surely left because he did not want to be a rock
star, had done all he could do in that field. His replacement Alan White
propelled Yes to arena super show world domination for the next 6 years till
the punk wars.
The other 3 at the top of their game and blending perfectly together. I
disagree... it’s not a hotchpotch, it’s linked and themed to perfection. Chris
Squire is the second best rock bass player in the world, agree Entwhistle is
the boss bass man.
Yes, have I to agree, gone on too long and I do wish they would knock it on the
head; however, in the confines of the early 70s prog rock heyday it is the most
representative album of the genre. Along with my other favourite Yes waxing
Going for the One it remains firmly in my desert island trunk of albums.
In my view Genesis and Peter Gabriel in particular can lay a lone and
unassailable claim to the title of best progressive rock act ever because he
has done just that ... progressed. No one else, and I include Mr Toyah Wilcox,
have done so while remaining in the public eye.
Hope things are still grooving in Pattaya see you all soon!
Missing employee at city hall?
We are concerned over the disappearance of one of the city hall employees.
Although his name remains unknown, his disappearance has been confirmed by
the lack of any work done recently by his department. I refer, of course, to
the person responsible for the upkeep of the various beachside paths built
over the past two years.
For instance, the nice little footpath built beside the Dusit Hotel that
enables you walk from Beach Road around the headland to the neighbouring
beaches. The footpath itself is starting to crumble, but at least a third of
the railing posts that stop you falling in the water have rusted away. I
suspect that second rate steel and cheap paint allowed the sea water to do
its corrosive best literally within months of completion. Add in the shoddy
cement work and I suspect that the path has a life measured in perhaps one
more high season.
Further along towards North Pattaya, the winter tides have deposited tons of
sand onto the paved paths, making walking hard and dirty. No attempt has
been made to put the sand back onto the beach. One area of footpath, built
over the beach near to Wong Amat has completely collapsed leaving a very
dangerous hole. There has been little attempt to either repair or place
warning barriers around the danger. A few hundred yards further along, there
is the remains of a small concrete building, designed to be some sort of
beach watch point, that has entirely collapsed and now looks like an old
remain from the Berlin Wall. It is only about 18 months old.
Further south, the new and costly path leading from Bali Hai Pier round to
the lighthouse is starting to lose the cement from between its paving
stones. This was built at huge expense as a prestige project for the city.
A beach resort lives or dies by the margin it has between land and sea. At
present, after imaginative projects are built it seems that whoever is
responsible for the upkeep of them subsequently is failing in his job, or is
underfunded, or is indeed missing. Hopefully the latter, and the official
will soon be back at his office desk.
Keen Pattaya Walker
Speedboats and jet skis a menace at Jomtien
Someone is absolutely going to get killed by either a speedboat or jet ski,
and soon. If Jomtien Beach operators are left to continue this way, reckless
and seemingly unregulated, I fear a holidaymaker, down from Bangkok or from
abroad, will return home toe-tagged and labeled a victim. As the current
situation is a life-threatening matter, I strongly urge city officials to
On another note, I want to thank city officials for putting in a walkway on
the same said beach, as well as with adding the nightlights - and installing
cameras there too was also a very good idea.
Swiss taxi to strike back
I own 2 taxis in Zurich, Switzerland. One of them I drive myself. It is my
intention after I return to work to charge every (apparent) Thai, and we have
many Thai ladies who use our taxi service, double of what the counter says.
In case of problems with the police, I’ll talk my way out of it.
I am serious about this, as I have, in the 4 weeks I have holidayed here, been
hoodwinked many times. And being a ‘farang’ does not mean I am rich. I am not!
I work more hours then many Thais ever would to make a living.
My disgust also goes to city hall which condones this robbery.
Sex workers at the
Royal Garden Shopping Plaza
I arrange tourist visits to Pattaya and have been pleased to see over the
past few years that most of the sex workers have been removed from the Royal
Garden Shopping Plaza.
However, I have now been in Pattaya for the past three weeks with my family
and as my three children enjoy playing on the games machines on the third
floor level I have personally experienced the reason for many of the recent
complaints from my clients regarding the underage sex workers that are
On almost every occasion I have taken my children to the games area during
this time I have been approached at all times of the day by one particular
17 year old boy. He readily admits he is an underage sex worker without ID
and waits to pick up farang clients at the games machines and the balcony
area that leads to Ripley’s, he also appears to be an ‘agent’ for other
workers. I have seen him approach and be approached and go off with farang
customers, which apart from his age making it illegal also gives the Royal
Plaza a bad name and gives parents of children playing in the area cause for
concern for their safety.
As so many children enjoy this area and as parents wish to feel that their
children are in a safe area we have up until now promoted this Plaza as one
of the shopping highlights in Pattaya for both its range of shops and its
I did raise the question with security staff in the Plaza but they did not
seem interested in the problem and in fact one was seen being handed money
by the boy. We have now received so many adverse comments during the past
few weeks about this situation from some of my tourist clients that we are
temporarily stopping the child care service that we offer to clients whereby
our female staff take clients’ children to the games area whilst parents
shop and are informing parents of the current situation. We have also
learned that men looking for young boys are being directed to the Plaza
which indicates a return to the bad old days of that Plaza a few years ago
and of course a danger to children who are there quite innocently.
It hoped that by bringing this to your attention, the Royal Garden Plaza
management and the police will be able to take action to remove this boy and
his fellow workers from the Plaza making it once again a place that both
adults and children can feel comfortable spending time in. Maybe the Pattaya
Mail is able to solicit a response on the situation from the Plaza’s
management where I have been unsuccessful in doing so.
Adams Thai Travel Experiences
Royal Garden Plaza responds: First of all, we greatly appreciate your
information. As your concern, we do not ignore this issue, but we have also
been monitoring this problem seriously. In addition, we would take your
concern as our first priority to make you feel safe.
If any annoyance to our customers, we would record the pictures of any
suspect sex workers and remove them from Plaza immediately. Not only to
prevent this unexpected occurrence, but also to make our customers feel safe
as well as comfortable spending time in the Plaza. We distribute pictures of
suspected sex workers to our security guards to monitor those people before
getting into Plaza areas.
Once again, we fully thank you for your information and your concern. We do
hope that our actions would relieve your concerns and allow you to feel more
comfortable and enjoy spending time in the Plaza.
Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya
(Pattaya is) Looking more like Laos every night - but less beautiful.
Thailand’s central and eastern tourist centres - hubs are certainly taking
on a deserted look!
I normally holiday at least once per year and have seen a quite amazing
regression in these cities. I certainly wonder how long the obvious lack of
spending can last without affecting the economic structure – I already
notice a significant increase in petty (and not so petty) crime.
Should international resorts close so early? Are there really enough other
attractions to keep foreign (and local) tourists busy and to keep them
I am afraid the answers to these questions must be a very firm “No”.
Mrs. S. King
To Number One (Bee). Our 5th Valentine together - may we
have many more as life with you just gets better and better. Love you.
Number 2 (Nigel) X
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