Ray King: loving every moment
On my first visit to Thailand 12 years ago, I was cashing traveller’s cheques in a Bangkok Bank and as I leaned forward to sign them I placed my wallet with my passport and cash next to my elbow on the counter. As I turned to retrieve the wallet, I realized that it had disappeared. I felt completely helpless. The bank was crowded, the tellers did not know what I was trying to say and the security camera was not working. At the local police station I was greeted with courtesy and smiles but no sign of any help. At the British Embassy I went through the process of obtaining another passport which cost about £100.
Despite that very aggravating experience I am still here, living with my son in Bangkok, and loving every moment. Life continues to present challenges but in the wider scheme of things it is life’s simple pleasures that keep me going. I often wonder just what it is about this amazing country that I have come to love.
I was disappointed to hear from The Ambler editor, that because The Ambler has to tighten its financial belt, and the increasing cost of sending post to Thailand, I am unable to receive my regular postal copy. Can anyone offer a solution to this problem? I don’t have access to a computer and even if I did I am a complete “technophobe”.
As I watched the Newcastle United (or is that Newcastle French Foreign Legion?) game against Stoke City recently, I would rather watch paint drying. I switched over to Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur at half time and saw a game worth watching. Bring back the days of ‘Howay the lads’
My main hobby here is writing letters and articles for the major ex-patriot newspaper, The Bangkok Post. Last year I wrote a letter that gave a synopsis of my own opinions on the modern game of football. The following week someone replied to my letter with, shall I say, a less than courteous response. The week after that someone else responded with the following letter.
‘One of the letters in last week’s Bangkok Post’s Sportbag described Ray King’s opinions as “absolute baloney” and implied that Ray’s views were only relevant to a bygone era. The lack of respect for those with greater experience of life is one of the reasons why I no longer wish to live in England. I don’t think Ray has ever implied that today’s football is not of the highest quality. He is simply bringing to our attention some of the other qualities that have been lost in today’s money-dominated Premiership. Ray’s opinions are shared by many fans half his age (including myself) and personally I think the views of a seasoned ex-professional now living in our fair city are far more enlightening than most of the others expressed in these pages’
Best wishes from a warm and sunny Bangkok. I do hope that the weather bucks up for you all soon.
Ray’s book ‘To the End of the Road’ is available from Pride of Northumbria,
Queen Street Amble, price £6.99