Final weekend, the Bangkok Put up printed an entertaining letter from the at all times perceptive S Tsow, who delivered an impassioned defence of being bald. Mr Tsow, who proudly describes himself as “an individual of baldness”, was once in particular dissatisfied after looking at on tv one in all Rudy Guiliani’s pals (Lev Parnas) openly exhibiting a “cowardly comb-over”.

Mr Tsow publicizes with some conviction, “baldness is a badge of honour, now not a reason behind disgrace”.

A couple of many years in the past, baldness was once an undesirable reminder of coming near previous age. However at the moment it has change into rather stylish and a few more youthful males even shave their heads as a result of they believe it appears to be like “cool”.

The acceptance of baldness is even mirrored in Hollywood. In former occasions, bald actors had been invariably forged as villains, particularly if that they had a dodgy moustache. However occasions have modified and we’re being overrun by means of bald heroes like Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Woody Harrelson and Samuel Jackson.

Other folks adapt to baldness in numerous tactics. When requested what he did to struggle hair loss, singer James Taylor, who admits he is “as bald as a billiard ball”, spoke back, “I gather hats”.

In all probability essentially the most poetic touch upon baldness got here from British Justice of the Peace RG Daniels, who seen, “Essentially the most pleasant benefit of being bald — one can pay attention snowflakes”. Hmmm.

For all of the baldies who’re nonetheless suffering to simply accept hair loss, there are some comforting phrases from Dolly Parton: “I like bald males. Simply since you misplaced your fuzz do not imply you ain’t a peach.”

Effectively put Dolly.

Hair lately, long past the next day to come

It will be prudent at this level to say that I’ve been responsible of nursing a discreet comb-over for the previous couple of years, now not that it ever fooled someone. I have given up now and am letting nature takes its path. There is now not a lot choice while you get referred to as hua lahn (baldy) by means of the children in the street.

I’ve a sneaking suspicion that I will be able to most definitely finally end up like the next persona in Raymond Chandler’s The Large Sleep — “a couple of locks of dry white hair clung to his scalp, like wildflowers combating for existence on a naked rock”.

Combing Patpong

Again within the 1980s, Thailand had an inner minister who came about to be bald. All the way through one crackdown on nightlife, he invested in numerous wigs and this suave cover enabled him to make wonder raids on folks as much as no just right.

His primary goal was once Patpong, the place he had heard there was once a chance of naughty goings-on in one of the most upstairs institutions. It was once rumoured he was once an admirer of Inspector Clouseau, so dressed in shades and a toupee, the intrepid reliable would activate to prowl Patpong undercover. His courageous efforts triggered some mirth among the pimps and dancing ladies, who, after all, may spot him and his entourage coming near a mile off.

Sooner or later he needed to surrender the undercover charade, as the women had an frustrating addiction of enjoying with the wig when he entered the institutions. Stories that one in all them pinched his shades, which ended on degree as a prop in an erotic display, had been alas by no means showed.

Toupee or now not toupee?

The issue with wigs or toupees is that, excluding taking a look rather ridiculous, there’s at all times a possibility they could slip off at an inconvenient second. Somebody who came upon this some years in the past was once a Bangkok businessman.

He had arrived at a Silom lodge for a very powerful assembly in the midst of a rainstorm. As he climbed out of the automobile a useful doorman rushed up with a type of massive umbrellas. Sadly in his enthusiasm, the keen doorman succeeded in getting one of the crucial umbrella’s spokes stuck up within the govt’s dear toupee and whipped it off his head. With the rain lashing down, the hairpiece landed within the overflowing gutter, taking a look one thing like a drowned rat. The businessman was once now not amused.

Shedding her head

Amongst those that went to excessive lengths to cover their baldness had been Ecu royalty. In France, Louis XIV would not let someone see him with out his wig. His valet even needed to move the hairpiece during the curtains of the king’s mattress.

Mary Queen of Scots wore her wig proper as much as her premature demise in 1587. Actually, it was once a botched execution. After the deed was once in spite of everything finished on the 3rd try, the executioner proudly held her severed head aloft to turn the gang, simplest to look it crash to the bottom, leaving him conserving her wig.

Love beats smoke

Through the years I’ve been lucky sufficient to play cricket and soccer within the stunning grounds of Chiang Mai Gymkhana Membership.

Like maximum citizens of the northern capital, the membership is anxious over the air air pollution which is changing into a significant well being fear in addition to doing substantial harm to tourism. With this in thoughts, on Feb 1 the membership is conserving a “Love is within the Air” (versus smoke within the air) Frank Sinatra tribute live performance and buffet, beneath the magnificent massive rain tree.

Proceeds from the raffle and public sale will cross to the Heat Center Basis to lend a hand train farmers to make use of their vegetation in a extra positive manner than burning which is inflicting such a lot of issues. Tickets are 600 baht. Additional info is to be had on Fb and the membership’s web site.

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