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A night at Tiffany’s

I started this little “pet project” that will take me who knows where.

It is about Pattaya, a magnet for foreign tourists seeking sun, sea, watersports and racy nightlife not far from Bangkok. Andrew Marshall calls it Sin City, Sodom-on-Sea, the Gomorrah of Tomorroh in his article for Time magazine.

It was just a simple, sleepy fishing village before Americans turned it into something very different – a R&R destination for their soldiers fighting in Vietnam. The rest is legend.

Americans left, the war against communism was over, but Pattaya stayed what it used to be, attracting “the worst kind of Western tourists” as the travel books suggested.

Well, and Russians, too. They also had “an issue” with communism that belongs to the past. Now, they are new dear guests locals “love long time,” and American signs are changing to the Russian language. In Pattaya, there are no losers – only winners swapped at the throne. Its privileged status, sometimes above or beside the laws, guarantees the win-win situation.

If you like that kind of game.

Here is the first set of pictures I will have from Pattaya. It is from Tiffany’s – a world-famous transvestite cabaret show with dozen of artists performing every night for tourists. Probably the nicest place in Pattaya, with the nicest people and the most incredible show.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A week in pictures 14 August 2011

This week Pakistan marked its day of independence from British rule with parades, parties, face painting and bombs.  Two pictures of faces covered in colour, one paint, the other blood, seems to sum up all there needs to be said about the national pride Pakistan feels while facing so many challenges. Visually the complementary colours of green and red (colours on opposite sides of the colour spectrum) make the pictures jump out of the page especially when put side by side. The angry eye staring out of the face of green in Mohsin Raza's picture engages the viewer full on while in Amir Hussain's picture the man seems oblivious of his wound as blood covers his face, again more opposites, this time not in colour but mood. India too is preparing to celebrate its independence and Dehli-based photographer Parivartan Sharma's picture of festival preparations came to mind after I put together the red-and-green combination picture from Pakistan.  

 

(top left) A man, with his face painted depicting the colours of the Pakistan national flag, attends a ceremony to mark the country's Independence Day at the Wagah border crossing with India on the outskirts of Lahore August 14, 2011. Pakistan gained independence from British rule in 1947. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

A man, his face bloodied by a head injury, is held by a resident as he waits to be evacuated from the site of a bomb blast in Dara Allah Yar, located in the Jaffarabad district of Pakistan's Balochistan province, August 14, 2011. A bomb ripped through the two-story building in Pakistan's restive southwest on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding nearly 20, police said. REUTERS/Amir Hussain