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The Silence Is Deafening

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On Sunday morning it was revealed that the chopped up body of a woman stuffed into a suitcase and tossed into a river in Kanchanaburi was that of a 31 year old “bar girl” who worked in Sukhumvit Soi 4.

I was sent screenshots from CCTV cameras located inside Nana Plaza taken of a white male suspect police wanted to interview in connection with the murder. I immediately shared the photos on social media and wrote up what I knew of the story here.

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As the day went on a few more photos were released and some further info was shared on Twitter revealing a contact number to call if anyone had seen or knew the man in the pictures. Other than that and the retweets from my Twitter followers there was very little appearing online.

Throughout Sunday I scanned Thai news sites and forums, Facebook pages and Twitter looking for the good news that the suspect had been spotted and arrested. To my amazement the only paper who covered the story online was Thairath. Social media was the same. The CSI LA FB page had run it but that was soon drowned out as their focus is on the backpacker murders.

Stickboy is small fish and my hope was some of the bigger names in the Thai Twitterverse and blogsphere would share the story / pics and get more eyeballs on the face of the suspect. A story involving farrangs and crime usually gets a ton of attention on social media. This particular horror story was getting almost zero. Some Tweeters are normally all over this stuff like a rash but this time around sweet fuck all other than people retweetiing what updates I was sharing.

CoconutsBangkok @CoconutsBangkok, ThaiVisa @georgebkk, Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow, Andrew Drummond @Flyingsporran, to name a few of the more popular Thai-centric Twitter accounts between them have mentioned the story a grand total of ZERO times to date.

Of course, they are free to share what they want but they all have previously covered farrang related crimes in the Kingdom extensively and all have many Thai based readers who I’d assume would want a man suspected of strangling and chopping up a woman caught, questioned and if guilty, punished for his crime.

But it wasn’t only the mainstream peeps who were sidestepping the story, nightlife websites and people who run blogs that work in the industry also gave it no mention.

I checked Stickmans weekly column on Sunday evening, then again on Monday, Tuesday and today for an extra update. Nothing. Odd. Dave The Rave, the “go go guru”, has a big following too and is manager of Spellbound in Nana Plaza. He would have heard the story on Sunday for sure. Again, nothing.

On Monday Khaosod and one other Thai language news outlet ran the piece. The Bangkok Post also published the story but have since done no follow up despite new photos, a video, the announcement of a 100,000 baht reward and a contact name and number of the policeman leading the investigation.

I think the best word to describe my thoughts on the lack of coverage is, bewildered.

It doesn’t matter what cards life dealt “Pook” and what she done for a living. No one deserves to be strangled, chopped up and thrown away like a piece of trash. This poor woman and her family deserves justice as much as other women need to be protected from the person responsible for the horrific murder. For all anyone knows, the killer could still be in Thailand. If he can do this once, he can do it again.

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If you wish to share the story feel free to use the image above, it belongs to me and you won’t be infringing on anyones copyright.

There is also video footage here http://youtu.be/2XxjOKeEvyg

If you have any information you can contact Pol. Lt. Gen Veerapong Chuenpakdee on 081-8891839

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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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

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Opening Night At Nana Plaza Was A Blast

July 1st was the day many owners and customers had been waiting for since the middle of March when entertainment and nightlife were allowed to resume.

My plan was to visit all three bar areas to see what was going on and share it here on the website and do a few updates on social media.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry as the saying goes and that’s exactly what happened. My whistle-stop tour became an adventure in Nana Plaza and boy, did we have ourselves a grand old time.

With some bars deciding to wait until after the long weekend with 2 dry days we had ourselves a list of 9 bars to visit and we kicked things off in Morning Night.

As we progressed through the outside beer bars to Stumble Inn, Big Dogs and K&S our entourage started rapidly growing in numbers.

There were lots of happy smiling faces in each of the four beer bars we visited and a decent amount of customers around too.

Time to venture inside Nana Plaza where you are asked to check-in via the Thai Chana app or alternatively sign in with your name, time and mobile number, at the entrance. Masks are required and once you’ve had your temperature taken and offered hand sanitizer you’re good to go in less than 30 seconds.

First up was Spanky’s for me while some of the guys opted to check out Twister BKK.

As you would expect, the middle floor house of fun was crushing it. Spanky’s was rocking and almost full when I popped in. Happy days.

My aim was to make sure we visited every bar that was open so it was a quick drink and a catch-up with all the usual suspects on and off the stage before moving on.

Next stop for us was Rainbow 4 where we planned to meet with the boys who headed to Twister BKK. In we go and ask where’s the bell…. “mai mee”. Huh? You haven’t got a bell?

We ordered a round and a few moments later a bell appeared. Ding, ding, ding.

Lots of cuties to keep me busy but to be fair, it wouldn’t have been difficult to spot some eye candy as the owners had filled the bar with at least 100 dancers.

It was the same story in both Rainbow 5 and 2 plus Twister BKK. All those bars had no fewer than 100 girls dancing. That’s a lot of chrome pole crumpet to choose from.

The man who appeared with the bell in Rainbow 4 was on the ball and accompanied us to Rainbow 5, formerly Twister Bar, before we all moved downstairs to Rainbow 2 which was heaving with dancing dollybirds. I fell in love at least 5 times in the hour we were there.

One for the road in Twister BKK which I missed on the first visit and damn, it was like Hotties R Us.

It’s too easy for me to get in trouble. I’m weak but there was no monkey business for old Stick last night.

It was burgers and bed after a great night out with the boys.

Hats off to all the bar owners who jumped in on the first day of opening who made a fine effort. As the week goes on more bars will be opening giving you even more choice and by the middle of next week, the whole Plaza will be open again.

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It’s Not A Race

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The race to be number one is as old as man but in modern times, in a fast-paced world of news and social media things are at an all-new high when it comes to being “first”.

Sure, it feels great to be first with a scoop but it can come at a cost as most news outlets and reporters have come to learn in recent months with COVID-19 coverage.

Desperation to announce the latest coronavirus numbers before anyone else each day became a talking point on Twitter back in March as reporters banged away on their phones and computers as the stats were released.

Mistakes were made almost daily, corrections added later but in truth, not a care was given by any of the guilty parties. All that mattered was they Tweeted the stats first, even when they were wrong with one so-called journalist sharing the previous days numbers that were never corrected. She simply didn’t realise what a cock-up she’d made of it.

Not A Race

In the past few weeks, the same scenario has been repeated with news outlets desperate to be first with booze news and information on easing of restrictions.

I can’t think of one news website who didn’t run the ridiculous story of a two-day amnesty to allow people to purchase alcohol when sales were banned.

The story first appeared on Khaosod Online who sourced the story from who knows where and every man and his dog were all over it like a rash taking what had been published as fact and re-wrote the fairytale.

Did any of them bother to do a bit of research such place a couple of calls to ask a few questions to shed any light on the story, or anything else that might have enlightened them that the whole thing was a farce from the start? Of course they didn’t.

It was just too good not to publish as it was the #1 story of the day that turned out to be complete and utter nonsense.

Over and over again I have been told that I’m not sharing enough news on what is going on right now. I beg to differ.

The updates I have shared have been factual and accurate. Yes, I’ve sat back while others churn out clickbait crap as I don’t want to be part of that party.

Big news outlets get a pass when they share inaccurate stories, just look at the Bangkok Post – you all still read it and believe everything they publish despite dozens of misleading and inaccurate articles over the past 3 months.

If I was to do the same and publish something that turned out to be wrong, nobody would ever believe another word I said. I don’t have a gold “Get Out Of Fake News Jail Free” card.

And to be honest, that’s just the way I like it. Stickboy traffic and stats are great, I don’t need or want to be part of the clickbait crowd. I will continue to share news stories and information that I think will be of interest when the time is right.

It’s not a race, well, at least not for me.

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A Legit Question

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A Twitter follower has a legit question – What is the point of leaving a seat vacant when other people who are standing on the BTS can literally smell each other’s armpits?

This very topic came up in conversation the other day with me and a few friends who pointed out that everyone on the BTS wore a mask and it couldn’t be compared to sitting in a pub or a restaurant.

As you might expect, I disagreed.

A Legit Question

Sure, while waiting on the train stood on the platform everyone is spaced out 1m apart… most of the time. And yes, everyone is wearing a mask but once inside the carriages during rush hour people are touching each other. Isn’t that the main way this coronavirus spreads?

By comparison, if you were sat in a pub or restaurant you’d be sat apart, no touching, no nothing. Sure, people wouldn’t be wearing masks but with numbers now so low the chances of catching anything has to be very unlikely.

So squashed together wearing masks is safer than being sat apart without one?

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