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What You See, Is What You Get

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With it being a slow news day I thought I’d kill 10 minutes by sharing with new readers what goes on around here and on my social media channels as it appears I have left some people bewildered at the wide variety of what gets covered.

Despite sexy chick pics and nightlife news accounting for less than 10% of the content I share a fair few people seem to have the idea that is all I do. I’m afraid not.

There’s simply not enough newsworthy stories from the watering holes and chrome pole palaces of Bangkok to fill one days worth of updates let alone a week.

Stickboy isn’t a news website either although I do share a few items that catch my eye each day that I think may be of interest to readers.

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What You See, Is What You Get

On a normal day there’s at least 10 news stories, pics, videos and galleries added to the website with anything between 10-25 social media updates linking to three or four of the website updates mixed with other bits and pieces that will on occasion include accidents and deaths.

It was the sharing of an incident on Wednesday that prompted me to write this as some Facebook followers seemed stunned and taken aback that I’d share photos from the scene of a fatality.

Those who have followed Stickboy for some time know that to be nothing unusual, however, with rapid social media growth, thousands haven’t seen or perhaps missed D&D (death and destruction) content in the past.

“We don’t want to see this”, Why share it here?”, “Stick to sexy chicks” were a few comments and then there was this: Sharon Fields Johnson – “RIP, the second picture is really not necessary. Please imagine her family coming across this; they really don’t need to remember their loved one this way.”

What Sharon and many others fail to realise is the images I shared are normal in Thai news which is where the majority of stories and content I publish are sourced from.

Take a scroll through this Facebook page** of a Thai rescue foundation if you really want to have nightmares.

**Graphic Content Warning

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Accident scene photos aren’t restricted to Facebook either, Thai language newspapers publish content of this nature on a daily basis. Here is the khaosod.co.th coverage of the Chinese man who drowned on Wednesday, complete with video of volunteers from a rescue foundation trying to bring the tourist back to life.

Many will argue there is no need to share the photos or videos to tell the story and I agree 100%. I also follow up with a polite suggestion to anyone offended that they would perhaps be better off reading the Bangkok Post or The Nation.

Stickboy is what it is and you either like it or you don’t. The content I publish and share is whatever takes my fancy or catches my eye on any given day.

My only advice to new readers or followers is do what most others do, jump to the parts you like and ignore the rest which is pretty much what we all do when browsing a website or reading a Twitter timeline.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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