The Flying Sporran Soars – Record viewers this month

In Andrew Drummond, Bangkok Post, pattaya times, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond14 Comments


Just to keep everyone up to date. I am sure there is a way I can get the viewer count to show again. But in the meantime the good news is that this site is soaring.

Soaring that is for a news investigation site which does not pretend to be a newspaper and is not a comprehensive news service.

Statistics show that this site is getting up to 7,100 hits a day and up to 126,000 a month. This week we have topped seven thousand once, topped six thousand twice, and also five thousand plus. The lowest recent figure when I write nothing at all has been just under 3000.

The  Alex Figures are as follows. Now compare this to my two chums on the Pattaya People and Pattaya Times down on the eastern seaboard.

It indicates they have little idea of what the heart and soul of a newspaper is on line or otherwise but then again why should they?

Of course we’re running quite far behind the Nation and Bangkok Post as expected because no news service is offered here and the audience here is much closer defined.

Whats more the reviews on Alexa are great.- except of course the one from Drew Noyes
The readership here is loyal, most often like minded, and sensible.  And if you need to know what goes on behind some stories this is the place to come first.

Interesting is the fact that this site has come from the 550 position in Thailand down to 322 in just a few months. And there are not many news sites between this site and the top.

And we’re getting mentions everywhere.

Support the Flying Sporran and put this banner on your webside

Hits are strong coming from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya and worldwide of course mainly from the English speaking nations including Singapore.

Its seems this site is primarily becoming the voice of foreigners in Thailand, probably Britons especially because that’s where I am from, but this site is not for Brits. Its for all and we have audiences in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, the US, Canada, and Australasia.

So once again thanks. And welcome to new readers.

And not forgetting our best friend


  1. Doi

    Well done. But I'm not surprised. Your down to earth and fearless reporting is precisely what expats want. You tell it as it is. Ignore the noyses (sic) made by your antagonists, whether they are publishers, spivs, or forum owners like TV or Farangtalk

  2. barry kenyon

    The only thing that surprises me is why you took so long to soar skywards. Perhaps your wings used to be too short or refused to flap properly in the rain. I do think that some daily/hourly/by-the-minute hits are from worried people with a guilty secret or two, wondering if you have rumbled them yet. Still the more the merrier! The argument against Drummond has always been that "he speaks bad about Thailand", but your investigative skills (barring a few mistakes here and there) illustrate that there is a lot of badness around in this country. Many people, by the way, are commenting on the increase in the number of ads. Keep this up and you'll be flying business class in no time.

    1. barry kenyon

      Well, to my certain knowledge you got my titles wrong when I worked for the British embassy in the last century ("corresponding consul" indeed), you added a few years to the ages of several Prominents you don't seem to like (e.g.Gordon May and Drew Noyes in unrelated stories) and you have been very unkind once or twice to good old Howard Miller. Such offences would have carried the death penalty in the early Roman empire.

  3. Author
    Andrew Drummond

    Barry getting Embassy titles wrong is part of the trade – stock in trade so to speak. Its much more annoying to them than complaining they are not working hard enough for the poor Brits in Thailand.

    Remember that chap, Political Secretary?' who started a blog for the Nation – I think all his titles were wrong. But as he lost them anyway it doesn't matter.

    Always get the Ambassador's title right – not always the name.

    God knows where Corresponding Consul comes from sound horrible. Ages course can go amiss as they do in Private Eye. Andrew Drummond is 39.

    Howard survived. He did nothing wrong. He was just there!

  4. Klaus R. Rauter

    Well done Khun Andrew!
    Besides being a true fan of your work, .. besides admiring your commitment to expose certain people, …. and besides your fearless effort to make Thailand a better place, the best is to advertise at
    I had over 600 clicks to our website originating from and one of those referrals is now a solid signed contract for a new project here in Thailand.
    I would recommend everyone to advertise at this excellent website, gain exposure, get business and besides that, support a great journalist!
    PS: Even our small consultancy website has a much better Alexa ranking than those Pattaya Media outlets!
    Klaus R. Rauter

  5. Peter Marshall

    People are increasingly moving away from the traditional main stream news media outlets. Thailand is no exception with its self-censoring print media – The Bangkok Post and The Nation included. People are frustrated and irritated by their lies and deception. People want to know what's really going on in Thailand rather than be presented with a load of half truths and government propaganda. Or as is the case in many instances – a total journalistic and news-gathering absence in the reporting of crimes and other important and newsworthy matters that affect both tourists and long-term foreign residents alike. In this climate there will be an increasing demand for blogs like this that report what really happens. That's for sure!

  6. Doi

    Hear, hear, Peter

    The nail has been hit squarely on the head. Thai forums, with their biased moderation and flaming in-fighting, are further examples.

    1. Author
      Andrew Drummond

      Yes Topper. I for anyone who wants to witness how Brian Goudie, formerly Goldie, has returned to Scotland to get documents showing he has no criminal record in the UK (Its in Australia) may I say this is recommended reading.

      He does not mention whether he also collected his discharge as an officer of the Royal Marines or his qualifications as a Barrister in England and an Advocate in Scotland.

      He is presumably now going to convince the Thais he is kosher!

  7. Nat

    Well done AD!
    think you've increased your readership on Samui dramatically with your recent piece on a certain 'OK Properties'

    keep it up – there's more to discover there for sure.

    and yes – expats want to know whats really going on; not the usual flannel

  8. Lee

    Excellent work Mr Drummond, as a token jesture in appreciation of all your work here. I have arranged to have a superhero outfit tailored for you.. Next time you are in Pattaya, please pop into Samran's Tailor shop on beach road for a fitting.

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