Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Keith Richards - Locked Away

Old Pa's Wednesday Club

...Sandy Lyle - The Masters 2 of 3
That classic shot


KEITH RICHARDS - Locked Away (1988) 

It was 1988, we were on our way to Bangkok from Jeddah, for a few days R and R. Both Shellhunter and Flycasual were being looked after by friends. Arriving in Bangkok, I bumped into a a guy, 'Ken the Limp', who I played football with. He suggested we share a cab and head for Pattaya as he was going to meet his 'wife' there.

Before you know it we were on our way to the Holiday resort of Pattaya. This started a long love affair with Thailand which still remains to this day.

We eventually found a hotel and the view from the hotel room was stunning (as you can almost see from the pic)

A Singha/Moet experience
That evening we hit town, we could not believe what was going on. There was Go Go shows, loud music, snake shows, Thai Boxing all happening for the price of a Singha Beer. It was exciting loud, brash and all the senses were going into overload.

The smell of sewers, mingled with the smell of garlic and coriander, beautiful!

The food of course was cheap and fabulous. The Thai people were friendly and always had a smile, even when they were ripping you off. You did not care, it was all worth it.

The clothes and suitcases were all cheap, so we were able to get plenty of the latest shorts and T-shirts for the kids and all the latest Louis Vuitton bags etc.

We had a fabulous time and many a sore head and it was over all too soon, but we planned to come back in the summer for 3 weeks.

When we got to the airport, the flight back to Jeddah was overbooked. I found out there was a flight out of Singapore later that day. I was luckily able to write my own tickets, so I hastily arranged a flight from Bangkok to Singapore to make the connection. We flew down by Lufthansa.

When we arrived at Singapore, disaster, the flight had filled up with workers from Indonesia. We were stuck in Singapore and the next flight out was not until Monday and it was full. It was Saturday evening and I was meant to be at work on Sunday.

To be Continued :

P.S. You will see the significance of Sandy Lyle next week.

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6 September 2013 at 10:56

As you know Old Pa, the wife and I recently (finally) visited Thailand. It's no longer cheap, but still has the mystery and excitement of the east. The smell of the sewers, coriander, chilli and garlic is something you must experience to believe!!!

6 September 2013 at 23:35

Great tune Old Pa. Who's the dashing young chap in the shorts I wonder?

7 September 2013 at 09:25

Nice Keef moment here. Looking forward to the rest of your tale, sir.

16 September 2013 at 11:28

I probably haven't heard this beaut in probably 20 years....ah Thailand, some very happy memories there and plenty stories (almost cancelling a day trip because you wanted to watch Spinks Vs Tyson, with Tyson flooring him in opening round. Old Ma would not have been pleased). Absolutely spot on with the sewer, Coriander statement.