Dying Nov 28, 2013Blog
Dying Nov 1, 2013Blog
James Aug 27, 2013Blog
“Child, in Chiang Mai we were five people in a house. Five individuals with nothing in common but a surname. We were hemmed in by traffic and breathing soot. We floated in noise and aggression and other people’s troubles. We were all so inside ourselves we stopped living for each other. I hoped coming here might pump life into us as a family. I wanted my children and my father back while I could still recognize them, before it was too late.”
Daniel Aug 1, 2013Blog
James Aug 1, 2013Blog
Dr Stephen M Jul 31, 2013Blog
James Jul 23, 2013Blog
G.E. Jul 21, 2013Blog
April saw the death of Britain’s most divisive former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. MP Chukka Umunna’s take on what it means to be a man of the people was revealed. And UKIP received endorsement from the EDL, which if nothing else suggests whom their policies and identity appeal to no matter how hard Nigel Farage tries to re-brand their ambiguity. www.gesimons.co.uk
Dr Stephen M Jun 16, 2013Blog
G.E. Mar 16, 2013Blog
I can imagine the phone conversation between the Thai and Indonesian tourist authorities ending in a coin toss for superlatives. Indonesia got ‘Wonderful’. Result! Cambodia is ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’, which I think is fair enough, and ‘Malaysia – Truly Asia’ has a nice ring to it. ‘Vietnam – Timeless charm’ is a bit fusty, and ‘Mystical Myanmar’ is lazy alliteration, and wrong, because the country is called Burma.
G.E. Mar 6, 2013Blog
February saw David Beckham evade his £160,000 weekly wages but was it really all about avoiding 75% French income tax rates? Julian Assange continued to lock himself in a building in London to avoid being locked in a building in Sweden. The Tories were likened to the bust HMV chain. And Audrey Hepburn was brought back from the dead to hawk chocolate. www.gesimons.co.uk
G.E. Jan 24, 2013Blog
2013… A new year begins and could be another very lucrative one for David Milliband. Those who view the Royal Family as vampires, receive more ammunition to back their view. Cherie Blair is honoured with a C.B.E, Ha! Ha! Ha! Yet David Bowie reminds us that humanity can still soar. www.gesimons.co.uk
G.E. Jan 18, 2013Blog
The Britogram end of year annual: The best, or is it the worst, of the year and a new December stocking filler…
G.E. Dec 24, 2012Blog
G.E. Dec 2, 2012Blog
The menu was truly appetising with hot juicy corned beef, Romanian pastrami, hot brisket of beef tongue, and all sorts of barbecues like ribs (the farang on the table next to me had this and it looked soooooooo good! – next time!), beef short ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork chop, spaghettis and even pizzas
G.E. Oct 22, 2012Blog
G.E. Sep 28, 2012Blog
This weekend, when the two teams meat at the Medinah Country Club in America's sporting capital, Chicago, the Europeans are arguably the stronger team on paper and include all four of the last number one golfers, the current world matchplay champion and also the only Chicagoan on either team in Luke Donald. However, the American team boasts the current US Open and Masters champions, a certain resurgent Mr. Woods
G.E. Sep 4, 2012Blog
G.E. Aug 26, 2012Blog
I asked the guy sitting next to me on the VIP bus (Very Irritating Percussion) why the music was always played at such an ear-drum perforating decibel when nobody is high, or dancing, or really up for a party on the ride to another country’s border. He answered that it was just the way things are. Fuck me, Chris de Burgh is still touring, that’s the way it is, but that doesn’t make it right. Does it?
G.E. Jul 9, 2012Blog
G.E. May 22, 2012Blog
Chiang Mai has been voted one of the world’s best cities to retire and is a popular choice for gay people to spend those pink twilight years. Northern Thailand’s natural beauty, friendly people, great climate, low cost of living, good transport links and low cost healthcare are all factors, but the ability to openly live a gay lifestyle and interact freely with like-minded people is often the biggest attraction.
Sun May 8, 2012Blog
G.E. Apr 30, 2012Blog
Chiang Mai’s four male Go-Go bars are best described with the cliché “same same but different”. Many gay visitors to Thailand will likely have pre-conceptions set by the decadent go-go bar scene of Bangkok or Pattaya , yet everything they read about Chiang Mai informs them of an ancient city of culture, temples, natural beauty and a laid back, peaceful lifestyle. So when it comes to the commercial gay scene what will they find here?
Santitham was once known as a run-down red light district. Now it seems hardly a week passes without the demolition crew tearing down another piece of Chiang Mai’s forlorn heritage to replace it with modern concrete and glass. With two new gay orientated guest houses opened recently and new coffee shops, contemporary restaurants, bars and cafés springing up, Santitham is undergoing a renaissance.
The Gay Community, whatever that is, has become so complacent its nastiest skeleton has been pushed way back in the closet. Let’s shout about gay rights, gays in the military, gay marriage, gay adoption, gays in politics and gays in pink dresses but one subject has become distinctly un-cool and un-mentionable.
When I was promoted to be regional manager, my head office in Texas can not have realised how isolated Chiang Mai was. Unlike today, with all these new fangled electronic communication devices, someone in Texas took the time to buy a bottle of Quink ink and bring out from the back of the bottom drawer their old Shaeffer pen to send me a letter.
I got an email. This always excites me. So I opened it. ‘Need a blog done, will you?’ it read. ‘Yes. Err, what?’ was my reply, and apparently, it was the correct way to reply as I am now doing a blog. Blogs are brilliant because they are the thoughts of ranters, philosophers, angry people, bored souls and those who could benefit from a bit of trepanning, all on one handy page available to anyone with a computer device. Now, I don’t know how this is going to turn out, but not being one who likes to buck the system, it will probably end up with an element of all the above. I want the blog to grow organically, not sure what that means, but it seems like the right thing to say. And I like the word organic. Its one that CEOs of companies always use to describe their latest business model just before everything goes tits up. I’ve been told I need to do an introduction though, so I’ve copied what I usually put on dating sites: I’m Tom. I’m 26 years old. I own a large real estate portfolio, and a small disappointment. I like long walks in any country, and a glass of red wine by the mantelpiece. Soft furnishings confuse me, but I like to write poems about them anyway, when I’m not losing my mind to dubstep. I have a Golden Lab called Ernst and I read a book. Right, let’s give this thing a go, as JR Oppenheimer once said.
Drinking is a popular pastime for many gay people and the ex-pat community and visitors to Chiang Mai seem no exception to that concept. So where do gays go to drink? This post suggests a few of the most popular places across town that are good for a drink in a pleasant environment where the music volume is moderate allowing conversation and socialising to flourish.
Outside of Bangkok, there is nowhere else in Thailand that offers great value for high quality international cuisine like Chiang Mai. I dare to claim this because I have visited all the major destinations in Thailand many many times and in each place my personal passion is in discovering great places to eat. I love food from all over the world and all my friends who know me, know that if they are about to visit anywhere, all they have to do is call me and I will tell them exactly where to eat and even what to eat once they get there. This is why I enjoy writing about food...
It was back in 2007 when I was first approached by a friend to help make a website for a new gay bar and restaurant in Chiang Mai. My initial solution was a couple of basic pages about the place, some photos and the inevitable unfathomable location map; all of which, to me, seemed a little boring. For fun and to enhance the site with extra content, I added a couple of pages listing some of the other gay venues in Chiang Mai. It was thus that my new hobby of writing websites and blogs about gay Chiang Mai was born.