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I worked on HIV prevention in Thailand full-time in the late 1980s and 1990s.    Bernard Trink couldn't understand why HIV wasn't "mowing down the bar girls in Patpong."   That led

I met Bernard often when I was a regular in Patpong and Soi Cowboy in the 90's and 00's. He was always interesting company and his wife Aree was always polite and pleasant.    He was a throw

Every, and I mean EVERY, Farang read the Trink Page every week, and many including myself missed his highly informative page. R.I.P. Bernard !

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the back door of the thermae was a cracking place to be in the am

 

 

some gent wrote to the BKK post letters page in the 80s accusing trink of being a badly dressed slob  and being an inconsequental onanist .to which trink replied may you live in interesting times

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On 10/18/2020 at 11:53 AM, balo said:

It would be interesting to read his old articles back in the 1970's and 80's. If anyone have kept some of the old newspapers and want to upload. 

bkk post are very touchy about such things as copyright ,they will hound you to hell and back

 

i have a selection from the 80s but they wont stay up long if i posted details

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3 hours ago, 3NUMBAS said:

bkk post are very touchy about such things as copyright ,they will hound you to hell and back

 

i have a selection from the 80s but they wont stay up long if i posted details

I don't think there will be a problem uploading old newspaper clips printed on paper 40 years ago.  Can upload to anywhere really.   

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On 10/12/2020 at 8:51 AM, phantomfiddler said:

Every, and I mean EVERY, Farang read the Trink Page every week, and many including myself missed his highly informative page. R.I.P. Bernard !

Yes, correct. Often controversial, Rarely ignored. A true Bangkok institution has passed.

I once had the pleasure of meeting him, his tales of a bygone, changing Bangkok were fascinating. What a book his memoirs would have made. 

I'm sure like many, reading his column, before heading out on the sauce every Friday, was almost a ritual of our times there 'back in the day'. 

RIP Bernard

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22 hours ago, holy cow cm said:

So sounds like you still stay there time to time.

Yes it is still the cheapest around, I think about 1000 baht per night. I stayed there a few and a couple of years ago with different friends from the US who were on a budget and who wanted to have fun in Bangkok. I always thought she was the owner and part of the family and the Mercedes parked outside was hers. Sweet old gal. Still worth a stay there if in the area and extreme comfort is not your quest. Anyway, her and I still remember each other, and I have seen the son. Now there is, or before CV 19 was a short time place almost directly right outside with gals you pick and take up for a bang if that is your thing. Just before it leads out to Soi 8. 

 

Yes, it was something back in the day there at the Crown and has lost some appeal as you said, but then again so has Bangkok over the years as well.

Yep, I'm a regular visitor. Couldn't find a more convenient place with a big parking for my 4x4 and close access to the highway on my ways to North or South. Extreme comfort is not my thing. Just a clean bed and a bathroom are sufficient. The proximity of many restaurants and "Foodland" off Soi 5 on the opposite side of Sukhumvit are a very big plus as well !

Best Regards, Off Rod Pat.

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22 minutes ago, off road pat said:

Yep, I'm a regular visitor. Couldn't find a more convenient place with a big parking for my 4x4 and close access to the highway on my ways to North or South. Extreme comfort is not my thing. Just a clean bed and a bathroom are sufficient. The proximity of many restaurants and "Foodland" off Soi 5 on the opposite side of Sukhumvit are a very big plus as well !

Best Regards, Off Rod Pat.

Yeah. it is definitely situated for everyone's needs. Soi 8 is out that little back door slide and they really don't care what you do there for the most part. Good to talk to another person who shares same memories. I will still maybe stay there with a visiting friend in the future. Still the best located and low cost.

Cheers.

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On 10/18/2020 at 1:34 PM, josephbloggs said:

I had no issue with his writing about the night trade, but I have never understood the adulation of the man or his column.  The quality of his writing was extremely poor and his column was mainly a re-hashed selection of emailed chain "jokes" and pathetic one liners sent in by readers.  Nothing of interest, nothing of substance, just a load of copy and paste rubbish.

And let's not forget the real reason he was axed was because of his continued (almost weekly) pushing of his dangerous and irresponsible notion that HIV did not lead to AIDS and you therefore did not need to use condoms with prostitutes except to protect against pregnancy or minor irritating STDs.  He should have been sacked the very first time he stated this as fact in a national newspaper but they let it continue for a long long time for some strange reason.

The fact that grown adults on this forum still use his TIT and 'Nuff Said is pretty sad really in my opinion.  

I am sure he was a lovely man in person and may he rest in peace, but a great writer, a great columnist, a great talent he was not.  

 

Twaddle, not to mention piffle waffle, he was not axed for any such reason other than the Nephew (Kong Rithi?) of the then new majority Shareholder needed a 'career', so in true Thai nepotism style,  'Uncle' gave him a job plugging his cronies'  fancy Thong Lor/LangSuan/ Mor Chit Hi-So eateries in the space formerly occupied by the Night Owl column...

 

......but, hey, don't let facts get in the way of your prejudices...

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16 minutes ago, IvorLott said:

Twaddle, not to mention piffle waffle, he was not axed for any such reason other than the Nephew (Kong Rithi?) of the then new majority Shareholder needed a 'career', so in true Thai nepotism style,  'Uncle' gave him a job plugging his cronies'  fancy Thong Lor/LangSuan/ Mor Chit Hi-So eateries in the space formerly occupied by the Night Owl column...

 

......but, hey, don't let facts get in the way of your prejudices...

 

i often used to see him at lido and scala in bangkok, he seemed decent enough, but as a journalist/writer he wasn't very good, the standard of journalism in thailand is, frankly, shocking, was he ever published in any reputable publications abroad? was he sought out by quality publications and asked to contribute? just read his columns in the BP; repetitive themes, lack of curiosity and critical thinking, no hunger for news - banging on about the same themes/topics, no burning desire to tell a good story. read roger beaumont, andrew biggs and the difference is stark.

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1 hour ago, IvorLott said:

Twaddle, not to mention piffle waffle, he was not axed for any such reason other than the Nephew (Kong Rithi?) of the then new majority Shareholder needed a 'career', so in true Thai nepotism style,  'Uncle' gave him a job plugging his cronies'  fancy Thong Lor/LangSuan/ Mor Chit Hi-So eateries in the space formerly occupied by the Night Owl column...

 

......but, hey, don't let facts get in the way of your prejudices...

Sorry, don't buy that at all.  His space had gradually been reduced (from two pages, to one, to half) as he became less and less relevant and his column became less and less interesting and more and more of a stain on the publication.  The constant banging on about HIV not causing AIDS became ever more of an embarrassment to what is/was supposed to be a respectable national newspaper until they could no longer ignore/tolerate it and he was quietly dropped.

But hey, if you want to believe the space was taken away from an amazing and relevant writer and given to someone else to write about Thonglor then please knock yourself out.  I must have missed that amazing half page Thonglor/Lang Suan/Morchit (eh?) column that appeared after he was axed - weird because I was a subscriber.  

 

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27 minutes ago, samsensam said:

 

i often used to see him at lido and scala in bangkok, he seemed decent enough, but as a journalist/writer he wasn't very good, the standard of journalism in thailand is, frankly, shocking, was he ever published in any reputable publications abroad? was he sought out by quality publications and asked to contribute? just read his columns in the BP; repetitive themes, lack of curiosity and critical thinking, no hunger for news - banging on about the same themes/topics, no burning desire to tell a good story. read roger beaumont, andrew biggs and the difference is stark.

Spot on.  There was no originality in his columns, no insight, not even any decent story telling.  Just copied and pasted email chains, quotes pulled from the internet, and annoying cliches.  And of course his dangerous misinformation.

Roger Beaumont is a good, entertaining writer.  He is still there even though he is old.  Why hasn't his space been given to the nephew to plug Thonglor and Langsuan and, erm, Mo Chit(?) even further as the previous poster alluded happened to Trink?

Andrew Biggs wrote a very entertaining and insightful column.  It is a shame that bit the dust as it was one of my favourite weekly pieces.  And yes, streets ahead of Trink's "journalism".

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Trink was a must-read for old Thai hands and all part of the setup for the weekend. A lot of the column was idiosyncratic and what I would today call 'Dad jokes' but there was few other sources of information in those pre-internet days. It wasn't just that his column suddenly disappeared (it went without any prior notice, if I recall correctly) but the internet truly killed off "Nite Owl" and commentary moved online with people such as Stickman.

 

I would imagine life must have been tough for Trink once his column was gone and I remember reading that he hadn't had a pay increase from the Bangkok Post for many years, and that was a lesson to me not to hang around in Thailand for too long without the funds to support the necessary lifestyle of an expat.

 

SO farewell Bernard Trink and farewell to the old Bangkok in which you lived. They were the best of times

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Keep posting old stuff, interesting reading about night life back in the days for us that never experienced it. 

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