Monday, February 23, 2009

oh you idiot

harry nicholaides is out of prison, where he'd been sent for the crime of lese-majeste, insulting the thai royalty.

i really haven't had much sympathy for the guy thus far anyway. i figure when in rome, don't fuck off the romans. when i was in turkey, i didn't smoke hashish, and though i was once asked for id by a policeman who thought i might have been a russian prostitute, other than that i played it very carefully. i didn't criticise turkey, and i didn't call ataturk anything other than a Very Nice Man and didn't refer to public transport in terms using adjectives other than Reliable, Punctual and Efficient.
you find out about a country, their rules, laws, social norms etc, and you don't fuck around.

nicholaides, it seems, fucked around.

so then on the weekend, he was released after getting a royal pardon and having to bow down before a picture of the king.

and then also on the weekend, yesterday, we learn that he had mentioned the lese-majeste caper as a way of getting published. create notoreity and publicity, get published and sell more than 7 books.

there is something so pathetic about this dude.

first, he's got no hair.

second, he only sold 7 books.

third, he fell into a sewer or something half an hour before he heard news of his pardon.

fourth, his mum had a stroke a few weeks ago and can't talk so he has to try and catch up with her. at least she's alive; it could have been worse.

so, am i the only one to have lost patience with this whiny person quite a while ago?

hen, a friend comes out and says that he had said he might do the lese-majeste thing. if this is true, nicholaides knew about it, he knew the possible consequences, and he planned to use it to get famous.
and now he's going to write a book about his trials and tribulations in thailand.

of course he is.


Perseus said...

In all the reports, I never saw what he actually said to insult the King.

Seven copies, ay? My band sold more units than that, and we're shit.

Perseus said...

...maybe our next album should be called, The King Of Thailand Sux Dogs' Balls

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

maybe our next album should be called, The King Of Thailand Sux Dogs' Balls

I'd buy that.

am i the only one to have lost patience with this whiny person quite a while ago?

No. No, you are not.

Melba said...

I think it was a fictional crown prince, Perseus. And of course none of us knows what it is he wrote because those 7 copies are not held by any of us, and there are none in shops that anyone can get a hand on. Probably those seven copies are landfill now anyway.

I think that is a fine title for your next album.

Ramon, thinking about it, I don't reckon I had any patience for this man even at the beginning. I was thinking things like "tough shit buddy".

squib said...

I only sold three copies of my book


Whenever I hear this story I think of Yul Brynner saying, 'et cetera et cetera et cetera'

Melba said...

Squib, at least you have a book to sell. All I have is a dodgy RMIT Student Anthology and the illustration which just happened to be printed within my short story is unfortunately a very lovely lino cutting print of a naked man with penis and testicles. As naked men tend to display. It has nothing to do with my story and is quite unsightly.

squib said...

Melba even my mother didn't buy it

My uni anthology is full of linocut prints too. No gratuitious penises though

Do you still write short stories?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

The Lapthornes are really, really, really starting to shit me.

Does this make me a bad person?

Probably yes.

Melba said...

No squib, I don't write short stories. I never really did, just this one, which turned out to be a longer thing, was at that time a shorter thing.

And Ramon, I have complete sympathy for the Lapthornes and in my opinion the longer they agitate the better. They deserve answers and I admire them for not giving up, and for not letting what is seemingly a cover-up deter them. It would be such an awful thing. I heard her father talking on the radio this morning. He said in life, Britt weighed close to kilos. They brought back 20. He wants to find the rest of her body, and he said they have a pretty good idea where it is, and they aren't getting permission to conduct a private search. It's ok though for private tour and dive operators to enter that area and conduct their business. The Lapthornes have even invited a local police member to be present during the search, but no. They are getting stonewalled at every turn, it must be so frustrating. And why should they simply give up and walk away?

I'd be the same.

I actually have a post in drafts about this which I was writing at the time of the fires. You may see it yet.

suze2000 said...

The Lapthornes are really, really, really starting to shit me.
They aren't but if I hear another Shapelle Corby story I'll scream. Her family are dodgy as all getup and we're supposed to believe she's innocent. Pffft.

As to Nicholaedes, he's just a loser.

Melba said...

Don't know if you'll read this Ramon, but last night I watched that doco Sunday Night, or whatever on Britt Lapthorne. It's on youtube in about 7 segments.

I have to admit, in the last couple of segments, when they had her parents on stage and were manipulating them madly, and provoking emotional reactions, that in addition to hating the producers, presenter, "investigator" and anyone else involved with this horrible piece of television, I could see where you were coming from with your statement of annoyance.

Did you see this show?

Was this what made you turn against them? Or were they already annoying you?

I confess to quite an obsession with this case, and I really can understand why and how they won't rest until they know. If that means they never know, then they will die without having ever achieved peace. But last night watching that show, I could see where your irritation might be coming from.

Poor, poor people. When you hear about "lives ruined" that is exactly what that expression means.

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