Swing time: Thais go dancing in the streets

This photo taken on February 25, 2018 shows people swing dancing in front of Phra Pathom Chedi temple in the central Thai province of Nakhon Pathom. (AFP)
Updated 27 February 2018

Swing time: Thais go dancing in the streets

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand: Dressed in top hats, vintage outfits and shiny shoes, hundreds of Thais grooved to swing music in a town more famous for its ancient Buddhist stupa.
More than 300 enthusiasts, including foreign dancers, came out for the shindig on a street in Nakhon Pathom, about an hour from Bangkok.
Thailand’s swing dance community has grown in recent years and Sunday’s street party was organized by a group called “Bangkok Swing,” founded in 2011.
They have held three such parties in Nakhon Pathom and hope to make it an annual event.
The group’s co-founder Chayapong Naviroj, 29, said he discovered swing dancing while attending university in the US.
“I wanted to dance and it’s a happy dance with swing music,” he said.
“Humans like to dance. Humans like to touch. Humans like music. It can go on forever.”
Nakhom Pathom is home to Phra Pathom Chedi, one of Thailand’s most revered Buddhist structures, which loomed in the distance as the dancers stomped to music by bands The Shirt Tail Stompers from the UK and the US-based Casey Macgill & Friends.
“It’s just meeting people, beautiful people.... Having really beautiful music and it’s just great fun actually,” said Kris Asvanon, a 61-year-old creative consultant based in Bangkok.
Nan Kitnichee, a 33-year-old art director also from Bangkok, said she enjoyed the event’s throwback theme.
“We dress up just to pay respect to the culture and how people in the old days dressed up very nicely and went social dancing,” she said.


‘Tiger King’ star loses animal park to nemesis he tried to kill

Updated 02 June 2020

‘Tiger King’ star loses animal park to nemesis he tried to kill

  • Joe Exotic’s feud with Baskin captivated millions in a Netflix documentary that became a sensation during the early stages of the lockdown
  • A judge in Oklahoma ruled that the ownership of Exotic’s 16-acre land in the state must be transferred to Baskin after a protracted legal wrangle

NEW YORK: The star of hit Netflix series “Tiger King” will have to hand over the ownership of his famous zoo to the nemesis he tried to have murdered, a court has ruled.
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is in jail after he was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January for the attempted murder of Carole Baskin.
His feud with Baskin, an animal sanctuary owner, captivated millions in the Netflix documentary that became a sensation when it was released in March as America went into coronavirus lockdown.
Baskin had for years accused Exotic of abusing the animals, including tigers, in his park.
Exotic said Baskin was trying to destroy his business, and their dispute ended up in a years-long legal battle.
On Monday, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that the ownership of Exotic’s 16-acre land in the state must be transferred to Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue in Florida.
The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park will have to vacate the premises, “including removal of all zoo animals,” Judge Scott Palk said in the decision.
In 2013, a Florida court ordered Exotic to pay Baskin $1 million because his company had used logos and images similar to those of Big Cat Rescue.
Exotic tried to get off from paying by shielding his assets, leading to this second lawsuit, with the judge ruling in Baskin’s favor.
“Tiger King,” a seven-part documentary, was one of Netflix’s most-watched shows.
The platform announced in late April that in one month, 64 million subscribers had seen all or part of the series.
Exotic, 57, has requested a pardon from President Donald Trump.