Following on the heels of 'The Damage Done' by Warren Fellows, which must have sold by the truckload, and 'Forget You Had a Daughter' by Sandra Locke (is that right?) I picked up 'Welcome to Hell' , written by Colin Martin, an Irishman who was imprisoned in Bangkok for 8 years in the 1990s.
Not a bad read, the difference in this book is that Martin's story really could happen to anyone. It's a business deal gone wrong and the murder of someone in self-defence. The part up to his arrest is interesting stuff, but the account of life in prison is unfortunately every bit as sensational as Fellows's and draws on too many experiences of having to shit in an open toilet while a 100 cellmates sit and watch.
Why has 'Bangkok Inside Out' been taken off the shelves by Asia Books and Bookazine because of its sections on Soi Cowboy and Prostitution, and this Colin Martin book makes constant references to police corruption and a ludicrous legal system and is hailed by Asia Books as the new Bangkok blockbuster? I don't get it.
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
My motorcycle's motor blew day before yesterday and I spent the night in a repairman's garage trying to sleep on a hard mat with maos chatting the night away in the next room. 1/10th the discomfort prison offers and I almost lost my cool. I'm not a jailable person. Thank you God for sparing me the task of doing any long time in any country.
The idea of being banged up in this coutry scares the living shit out of me. I don't live the cleanest of lives so there's always a chance.
What's the going rate for getting out of a nasty situation?
Say something not as bad as murder but worse than shoplifting?
It depends. Sad fact. How many cops, offense, commander, so many things. It just depends. Through out all Asia. Trust me.
Too long in Exile, too long not singing my song.
Too long like a rolling stone, Too long in exile
Too long in Exile, baby you just arent my friend.
Too long in Exile my friend, Baby you can never go home again.
Not for a while now Mrs Q. :smile:Originally Posted by Quirrell
Read it at the airport, nothing special but a good account of the scam and the farang 'villians' that sadly ply their trade in Thailand.
When I was in America a guy told me to 'have a nice day' but I didn't, so I sued him
because 'bangkok inside out' has pictures, the other one doesn't.Why has 'Bangkok Inside Out' been taken off the shelves by Asia Books and Bookazine because of its sections on Soi Cowboy and Prostitution, and this Colin Martin book makes constant references to police corruption and a ludicrous legal system and is hailed by Asia Books as the new Bangkok blockbuster? I don't get it.
that seemed to be the reason for banning it...
"...ever wonder why they kill the weak ones, baby?"
Oh I was wondering if you fancied a tag team event, Double exposure styleee
er no ta.
thanks for asking though...
Did you read just two days ago about the two guys who were busted with 50 pounds of heroine in their car? The police pulled them over for driving erratically. But I ask, what is erratic? Too slow - so slow you look suspicious? Too fast - as in let's get the fcuk outa here? Maybe they forgot the shit was in the car.
Fucking hell. If that was the cops policy in Khon Kaen I'd have the roads to myselfOriginally Posted by jonny danger
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no Interior Minister of Thailand's son.
I read somewhere once that you were arrested and spent a night the jail. So tell us Phil is it true?Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil
What a weird book, read it in one evening. It's interesting because Colin Martin's been out less than a year whereas the Warren Fellows stuff happened ages ago - he's in his fifties now.
I'm not bothered about the punctuation errors in the book, but one chapter stops in mid sentence and a whole paragraph is copied and pasted somewhere else, what crap standards. :sad:
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It was 4-5 days I think.I read somewhere once that you were arrested and spent a night the jail. So tell us Phil is it true?