Archive for April, 2012

Tears of a Clown

Posted in สะพานลอย with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by สะพานลอย

Recently, when not torturing my office staff (Lek) by briefly subjecting her to the words over at autocoprophagist and plagiarist, Professor Big Baby Kenny Ng’s site, we have discovered something quite interesting in the bowels of YouTube. Teacher Tim, the clown-in-chief at TEFL International Thailand, has begun posting rather long and intimate (albeit one-sided) conversations about his life, his regrets, and his thoughts, all while consuming rather interesting if not completely inedible breakfasts. Now, Teacher Tim, you may recall, is the shill in residence for TEFL International over on stickmanbangkok.com. His brief, goofy pieces there are meant to encourage pipe-dreamers and sex-drifters, who believe they have what it takes to teach English to Asians, to enroll in a “certificate” course that will inadequately prepare them for an adventure-filled and exciting life of ESL pedagogy as a means to prolong their sexcapades in the lovely Kingdom of Thailand.

That said, Saphan Loy must admit that these new videos from Teacher Tim are quite interesting. If nothing else, they provide an audio-visual record of one man’s experience as a career clown. And for those of you who enjoy oral history from an anthropological perspective, they provide insights into what is likely a disappearing tradition. Sure, there may be circus clowns who are still performing actively with travelling circuses (ask the Ringling Brothers about this one), but I would wager they are few and far between. And frankly, here at Saphan Loy, the consensus between me and my lovely assistant, Lek, is that circuses are just plain creepy. Perform a search on YouTube for “animals attacking humans”, and you are likely to be directed to a grainy home-video (shot at a circus in Russia) where drugged-up lions or elephants are mauling their mildly-retarded or intoxicated trainers. Or, you may be treated to a spectacular and deadly fall from a trapeeze shot during a circus in some European backwater. YouTube also allows you to watch in horror when a motorcycle stunt goes terribly awry with the rider nearly garroted by a low-hanging rope during some other fly-by-night circus exhibition.  And while few viewers have actually seen Teacher Tim’s breakfast videos, we would heartily recommend them. They are honest, without artifice of any kind, and deeply personal. So, why is this important? Like Mobi over at mobithailand.com, Teacher Tim is revealing by example what a retirement in Thailand really looks like when the pleasures of the place have ebbed, or have become too taxing on the body and on the spirit. Or, worse, what happens when one runs out of cash, or begins to lose the plot.

 Bon appetite.

The View from Above

Big Dummy Kenny v. the Royal Thai Government

Posted in สะพานลอย with tags , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by สะพานลอย

Loyal readers who were seeking their daily dose of Big Baby Kenny Ng-directed fun were greeted with a sternly paternal message from the government of the Kingdom of Thailand. For those of you who cannot read Thai, my lovely assistant Lek provided us with an excellent translation, while massaging the lower back and buttocks. It basically says that in coordination with the hosting company, the government has blocked accesss to the site as a result of “inappropriate” content. What that inappropriate content might have been is really anyone’s guess. Saphan Loy believes that the more egregious “inappropriate content” may be found over at bigbabykenny.com, and it will likely be dealt with by the authority vested in the State of California, or at the US federal level soon enough.

Strangely, Big Baby Kenny Ng then posted an article celebrating the government-mandated take-down, only to remove that post quickly, likely out of cowardly fear of retaliation or some similar kind of reprisal. It would seem that Professor Sexpants has a vested interest in celebrating the censorship of the Big Dummy Kenny, and why he does not do so at this rather opportune time is a mystery. But Saphan Loy has long since given up speculating about the workings of the Ng-brain. It is disturbed, feeble, and morally repugnant. As ever, Saphan Loy will keep you abreast of events as they develop.

The View from Above