A British man living here in the Thai eastern seaboard town of Pattaya has told of his mind-numbing experience two nights ago, when he was forced to watch an entire movie in Thai, without subtitles.
The man, Anton Polharr, originally from Hull, explained to a man in a bar in the resort's town centre, how he viewed the 2008 film The Day The Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and the Oscar-nominated actress Kathy Bates, whilst his wife conducted a long and incomprehensible phone call with her sister in Thai.
The film is a remake of the classic 1951 sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who come to Earth, causing panic amongst the world's governments. At least, I think that's what it was about, but, like I already said, I couldn't understand a word of it, so it could have been about something completely different altogether.
Indeed, halfway through the movie, I got fed up with trying to determine what was going on - what with my wife blabbering on - and turned the sound off altogether, and used my wife's voice and that of her sister cackling on at the other end of the telephone, as a soundtrack. I found this was preferable to listening to the Thai dubbing.
Police say they are not investigating.