Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Hail to the Foo Foo.

Air Chief Marshal is a military rank in the air forces of several countries, including Great Britain. It is a four star rank, equivalent in seniority to a General in the Army, or an Admiral in the Navy. Thailand, apparently, has two currently serving Air Chief Marshals: Air Chief Marshal Itthaporn Subhawong, the 21st commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, who looks like this:

...and Air Chief Marshal Foo Foo, who looks like this:

The second of the country's Air Chief Marshals - well, I say that; I don't actually know which of them has superiority over the other - is a miniature poodle belonging to the Crown Prince of Thailand. This is according to one of the Wikileaks cables, in this case from former US ambassador Ralph Boyce, who went on to describe his own leaving do: 

“Foo Foo was present at the event, dressed in formal evening attire complete with paw mitts, and at one point during the band’s second number, he jumped up on to the head table and began lapping from the guests’ water glasses, including my own. The Air Chief Marshal’s antics drew the full attention of the 600-plus audience members, and remains the talk of the town to this day.”

Foo Foo has, in fact, previously been in the news: in 2009, when a video leaked of a lavish birthday party the Prince threw for him, during which he required his wife, Her Royal Highness Princess Consort Srirasmi, to be topless throughout.

It is a crime in Thailand to make any criticism of the actions of the Royal Family. You can see why it would have to be.


John Finnemore said...

Minor disclaimer - that might not be a picture of Foo Foo. It might be, but I don't really trust the source - if I had to bet, I'd say it's not. But it's certainly true to say that the Air Chief Marshal looks 'like' that.

Unknown said...

And I was wondering why we never hear about Thailand's naval exploits in the news...

kodama said...

Is Foo Foo fond of topless princesses?

Michele said...

Now I'm imagining just *how* sarcastic First Officer Douglas Richardson would be on the subject of Foo Foo - and I'm already grinning at the idea...

I feel I ought to tell you that Cabin Pressure recently kept me from slithering into a depression when my job got utterly unbearable - listening to my favourite episodes (Limerick, Johannesburg, Douz, Ipswich and Edinburgh - if you're interested) literally kept me sane. Thank you.

Michele said...

Oh, and when is season 3 of Cabin Pressure, do you know yet?

Unknown said...

'Thailand's naval exploits'

Air Force exploits, even. I blame the sleep deprivation.

kodama said...

@Michele: There's information about new CP several posts before ;)

Maybe Foo Foo could friends with my Freddie?

Michele said...

@kodama - I know. I meant more up-to-date than that.

Ginge said...

Bwaha. What is this? I can't even...

Ankita Sarkar said...

Mental picture... the two Air Chief Marshals discussing war strategy...

LadyRedCrest said...

I really hope this is true and that you aren't pulling my leg on this one. It's like a modern day Caligula.

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