Im currently in Bangkok covering the ongoing political situation, yesterday was one of the rare days that i didn’t have anything to cover so i used the chance to document a Muay Thai fight.
I wasn’t too keen on shooting the actual fights rather the atmosphere, the touts & the bookies. Spectators, mainly local men pack themselves into this tiny room, it’s akin to a stock exchange with bookies making hand gestures signalling odds, collecting & handing out cash with the ensuing angry punter demanding he got given incorrect odds. Fighters are blessed and a brutal battle in the ring proceeds. As enthralling as the action is inside the ring it’s equally so on the perimeter.
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This particular fight took place at the Ch7 tv studio, however don’t think you will be entering a fancy studio cause it isn’t, it’s basically a bare concrete building with some metal stands surrounding the ring.
How to get there?
Take the BTS to Mo Chit, walk on the opposite side of queen Sirikit park walk towards Ratchadaphisek Road & turn right at soi Ruam siri mit. It’s about 150meters down the road. It’s not the easiest place to get to but just ask a local for ‘chang 7’ or ‘shadow box’ and they should put you in the right direction
How much & when?
Free…yes, Free Muay Thai in Bangkok!!
Every Sunday at 1pm
On a more humorous note, here is a photo taken by Getty Images Photographer Michael Dodge of Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes slipping and nearly taking me out, thankfully he didn’t, i am quite a big “unit” & he probably would have injured himself.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.
Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.
20 years ago today many of us lost an ‘idol’. I’ll never forget that night.
I was 9 years old at the time, Aryton crashed out, i didn’t think much of it at that moment so decided to go to bed not thinking id be waking up to one of the saddest moments in sports history.
Hard to believe this was 20 years ago now, looking back it was one of those ‘where were you when..’ moments.
The photo below (taken by me at age 8) was from the Adelaide GP in 93, Aryton’s last ever race win. For all the photos i’ve taken, its this one that means a lot.
RIP Aryton Senna.
Today is ‘May Day’ also known as Labour day or International Workers’ Day. Celebrated all over the world annually on the 1st of May. Here is a photo taken a few years back during May Day In Sri Lanka.Supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa carrying large placards of the Sri Lankan President during May day rally.”