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Next Stop Nana… It’s Not The Station Of Shame Many Make It Out To Be

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Despite servicing one of the busiest and most popular areas of Bangkok for locals, tourists and expats, exiting the Skytrain system via Nana BTS station is like the walk of shame for many.

Getting off at Nana carries a bit of a social stigma in that you’re either a hooker or a John in the eyes of many and it must be avoided at all costs – even if that means getting off one station before or after and walking in the scorching daytime heat to your destination that sits within a stone’s throw from what would be the most logical option to avoid being labelled.

Whispering housewives, smirking students, disgusted grandmothers all have their eyes locked on those stood at the doors waiting to disembark judging them. Or so the story goes.

I personally don’t believe that is the case any more.

Next Stop Nana

10 years ago maybe but now the vast majority of commuters on the BTS have their nose in a phone and couldn’t tell you what the person sat or stood next to them looks like let alone care who is getting off where with who.

Back in the day passengers who weren’t reading comic books would sit looking around doing their nosy and would definitely be convincing themselves that the young smartly dressed woman exiting the train would be counting cracks on the ceiling of a short time hotel on Soi 4 within the hour.

She couldn’t possibly be going to work in one of the thousands of businesses, big and small, in the area. Oh, no, she was a prozzie for sure. How could she not be getting off at Nana at 8.30am?

Next Stop Nana

A far as I can tell the judging of those getting off at Nana these days isn’t by Thais as it once was but other foreigners.

What those casting judgement don’t seem to grasp is that little Lek from Nakon Nowhere doesn’t give a shit what the farrang thinks nor does Barry from Birmingham who is here for two weeks with Singha and strumpets the only things on his mind.

Neither care what foreigners think of them. Lek might if she feels judged by her own but that will quickly fade as she’s already convinced herself that parting her pins for cash to take care of her family is the right thing to do and in the next life she will be rewarded for her efforts.

The only time the judging of others is likely to happen is away from Nana when Stefan from Sweden and Bee from Buriram are getting all “romantic” on a packed train during rush hour as they head down the line after a few hours shopping at MBK.

That is when you see looks from all around, Thais and foreigners alike.

But drop the pair of them on a packed train anywhere in the world at 6pm and their fawning and loud conversation in broken English would draw looks.

IMO, nobody in 2018 could care less if you are getting off at Nana or National Stadium – they are too consumed with their own lives in their own little bubbles.

And a final thought, if you think people are going to judge you using Nana station, you are likely one of those people yourself.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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Tales From The Front: Sunday Dinner On A Saturday Night

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Stickboy, Fatface, and The Keeper are sat in a British pub on lower Sukhumvit on a Saturday night…

A gathering of the clan earlier in the evening for some birthday beers meant Stickboy’s belly needed filling before meeting back up with everyone who had gone in different directions ahead of the cake cutting ceremony at Lighthouse sometime around 10pm.

Somchai The Dog had popped in for a couple of shandies but was looking like a burst couch and was having none of it ordering takeout before disappearing into the dark Bang Na bound on the BTS.

The other half of the Dangerous Duo, Digiman, wasn’t ready for home just yet but had no interest in food.

The Keeper orders quesadillas while smooth-talking his missus, girlfriend or gik – maybe all three – and wasn’t paying attention to much as Fatface orders Chips & Curry sauce for Stickboy.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The food arrives, everyone digs in, more beer is ordered to wash down the grub as all four eat what’s sat on the table.

The Keeper is still on the phone like an old sweetie wife and starts making space on the table with his free hand when a waitress arrives over his shoulder with another plate of food.

He clears a space in front of Fatface and Stickboy who look at each other thinking that’s an odd place to put a roast dinner they both think The Keeper has ordered for himself.

He ends his call and tucks into the roast pork telling everyone to help themselves which they do.

Chips are in the gravy, potatoes are in the curry sauce and the plate is emptying at a fair pace as four mouths feast on the Sunday dinner.

More than halfway through the food a member of the service staff appears and starts talking to The Keeper with Fatface joining in.

Something is amiss.

“Hey Stickboy, did you order the pork roast?”, enquires The Keeper.

“No mate, I thought you did.”

In his best Shaggy voice, he fires back, “It wasn’t me”.

It turns out some poor bloke sat at the bar was sitting patiently waiting on his dinner the staff had wrongly delivered that the four scavengers had all but demolished each of them thinking someone else at the table fancied a Sunday dinner on a Saturday night.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The four grubbers thought this was hilarious and all just shrugged their shoulders laughing having told the service staff to take it away… until Stickboy’s bin arrived with a Roast Pork Loin at 295 baht on it.

He wasn’t laughing any more.

Had it not been for the fact his mates own the pub he’d likely have upset the waitresses with a few choice words having been billed for something he didn’t order with zero conversation between staff and customer over what was a genuine mistake on the part of everyone involved.

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Trump, #Thighland And Dinesh The Dick

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Thighland

I don’t care much for America, its president or politics but when my Twitter timeline is drowning in Trump making a tit of himself by pronouncing Thailand as Thighland then I’m interested.

I’ve no idea what Don was waffling on about when he mentioned Thighland and Vietnam or how chummy he was with their leaders and it’s not that important.

Nor is Trump making a clown of himself anything new from what I recall of him from years back when he faced opposition to his golf course in Scotland, the man is an idiot.

Here’s Scottish radio presenter Robin Galloway pranking him on a call.



Anyway, back to #Thighland…



Okay, he did correct himself straight away but come on, this is the head honcho of Arm-erica. You’d think he could manage to pronounce Thailand properly, yeah?

Well, apparently he did according to some dick called Dinesh who made a complete fool of himself to his 1.2 million Twitter followers and everyone else who pointed out to him that he was wrong.

dinesh 1

Really?

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“Tai-land” is the crude lingo of people who have never been to “Thighland”… including generations of Thais?

Notice how he retweets himself – does he think the more he repeats himself and the more people read it that makes him correct?

Remember, this cockwomble has 1.2 million followers.

dinesh 3

Err, nope.

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Oh, is Dinesh the dick doing a spot of back peddling here?

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Of course he isn’t

A guy like this could never admit he got it wrong. Even if he was arguing black was white.

Thousands of Thai people replied to his Tweets correcting him and he chose to ignore each and every one of them instead he decided to belittle others who pointed out his mistake.

Finally, here’s the man himself from 2002.


Dinish is now a fully-fledged member of the #TwitterTossers club.

Hat Tip to femalefaust who was behind unearthing Dinesh The Dick pronouncing “Thailand” as “Thailand” and not “#Thighland”.

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Easy Does It This Weekend

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Puffed Out

This weekend is a 4-day holiday in Thailand and normally I’d work through it and take some time off afterwards but with things so quiet on all fronts I decided to join the masses and take a couple of days off.

Updates will resume once I have slept myself silly and recharged my batteries.

I don’t plan on doing much of anything or going anywhere so I will still add a few updates on social media to pass the time as they don’t require much brainpower or thinking.

Whatever you are doing, be it the beach or boozing, maybe both, enjoy yourself and have fun.

See you on the other side.

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