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Good to read about the various Chiang Mai personalities

Tuk-tuks, bird brains, UFOs and gross polluters

Dr. Byte is the best

Chiang Mai food festivals too loud for some

Ban noisy tuk tuks

Good to read about the various Chiang Mai personalities

Dear Editor,

Ref: Local Personality - I have lived in Chiang Mai on and off for the last 5 years but I never knew how many interesting, caring and well educated people live here. Thanks to your personality column, we can now find a lot of background, even on people we think we knew.

The way Dr. Corness describes them makes us believe we know the person and what I like most of all is that it is not written as an advertising for the person but how and why the interviewed became what he or she is. In times like this not many people do it this way.

Also he does not seem to be someone who cares about gender. It is almost equal, as he interviews both men and ladies. Many magazines nowadays restrict their personal columns to men but where would we be without our women?

He seems to have a soft spot for ladies - you can read in the column male section that it is written more down to the point and without the sometimes-sentimental touch. (Which I personally find very caring.)

Anyway, just wanted to tell you that it must be an honor to be interviewed by this man. Hope this column stays in the paper for a long time to come and in case you ever run out of ‘personalities’ give me a call.

Bryan Padgett


Tuk-tuks, bird brains, UFOs and gross polluters

Editor;

Now you’ve got me started, with the letter about noisy, polluting tuk tuks and their obnoxious rip-off drivers, the scourge of Chiang Mai. (Boycotting Tuk-tuks. Mailbag - Vol II No. 7.) I hope the TAT hears you Mr. Peschon, and I will join you in the boycott. But I have to tell you that my fantasies include Sylvester Stallone in a fully armed Apache helicopter on a search and destroy mission for the smelly little vultures. I know it’s extreme, but I’m an American.

Speaking of birds, my favorite read so far in CM Mail is the suicidal swallows story, and UFO theory follow up. I hope you will keep us posted.

I haven’t witnessed the smog-diving swallows myself yet, or any miniature flying aliens that I know of. The only drunken bird-brains I see on the road are unfortunately behind the handle bars. But a note to the “confused farang”, I think you are on to something with the exhaust theory, or should I say on something. You are obviously suffering from the same involuntary giddy intoxication that I experience when stuck in Chiang Mai traffic behind a few smoking tuk tuks.

Don’t feel bad, my wife thinks I’m crazy too. She doesn’t understand that it’s just the potent combination of the exhaust fumes, with the smoke and vaporized plastics from my neighbor’s burn piles. Wat until your junkie swallows get wind of my neighborhood. It could be like Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” all over again.

I can’t help but wonder what would happen if the P.M. heard about how the birds and you and I get high in Chiang Mai. What if he launched a three month crackdown to rid the Kingdom of gross polluters. Now that would be a story.

Don Lee


Dr. Byte is the best

Dear Editor,

Just want to give you a comment about a new column, which I recently found in your newspaper called ‘Dr. Byte’. That’s a nice one. I like it that he answers simple questions or questions which seem to be simple but he answers them in a way that even a not so computer literate person like myself can understand.

There are more than enough high tech journals on the market for all these freaks but they mostly seem to forget ‘us normal people’. So your Dr. Byte is a real nice change. Keep it up! I might even send him a question or two since he has a way of explaining, which beats the way of my husband and my even more patient son ... A shame that it is not in every week!

Vicky Hernandez


Chiang Mai food festivals too loud for some

Editor;

Chiang Mai food festivals your headline promoted, 8-14 Feb issue, yet neglects to mention the ear-shattering blasts of the loudspeakers. I attended with three friends yet alighting from our car some 400 metres from the Airport Plaza site, even from that distance we were painfully assailed.

We quickly got back in the car and went to a quiet restaurant for dinner, having to forsake promoter’s Lan Na offerings.

When will they learn?

Ear-damaged Ric


Ban noisy tuk tuks

Dear Sir,

India and Bangladesh have now banned noisy, polluting, two-stroke ‘auto-rickshaws’ from the streets of their capital cities. They have been replaced by new four-stroke models that run on compressed natural gas. The residents of New Delhi and Dhaka are reporting an immediate improvement in their quality of life. Surely a country like Thailand can match this? And why not go one step further ... what about an electric ‘tuk tuk’? It would probably be easier and cheaper to produce than the current model (no gear box, no drive train), and could be recharged at night using discount electricity at special charging stations. All it needs is the political will. Then we can all stop suffering from the noise and fumes of these infernal machines.

Steve Brooks



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