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You won’t feel blue at the Blue Note

A sampling of tea and wine

Performance & installation art exhibition at CMU

Obituary

You won’t feel blue at the Blue Note

There is an old musician joke which runs, “What do you call people who hang around musicians?” The answer is “Drummers!” However, this is not the one to tell at the Blue Note Music Club, as the owner is Gunter Nilprapa and he is the man on the skins with a full quiver of drum sticks.

Gunter Nilprapa is the man on the skins at the popular Blue Note Music Club.

Open from 7 p.m. nightly, there is an initial happy hour discount. Music covers Swing, Bossanova, Blues, Soul and Jazz and all requests were easily handled on the night we dropped in. Brubeck’s Take Five drum solo was very skillfully handled by Gunter, bringing spontaneous app

lause from the audience. The Blue Note Music Club on the Chiang Mai- Lamphun Road looks like being the haven for the lovers of jazz music.


A sampling of tea and wine

Marion and Michael Vogt

Horeca Supply Co., Ltd. organized a wine-tea-juice tasting at the Amari Rincome Hotel on Friday August 15. Included in the presentation were not only attractive prices for the wholesalers and restaurants of Chiang Mai, but also a lot of information.

Representatives from Australia, Japan and Thailand were on hand to inform about the hand picked teas from the slopes of Doi Mae Salong. Tea might have been introduced by Chinese immigrants to Thailand more than 50 years ago but the high elevation and year round temperature of Mount Doi Mae Salong have helped to produce teas with exotic flavor and a more than sensual aroma.

The wine tasting was supported by “The Fine Wine and Spirits Company” Vanichwathana Bangkok and “Siam Tea” came with a group of representatives to include a sampling of tea selections from the mountains of northern Thailand.

Eckard Schutte from the ‘Grill Station’ was one of the lucky ones who received a door prize from the sales officer of Horeca, the lovely Miss Joon Srisuk.

Tea Limited Partnership is an exciting newcomer to the world of tea. Based in the city of Chiang Rai; their offices are located just an hour south of Doi Mae Salong where the ethnic Chinese inhabitants (once soldiers of Chiang Kai Shek’s southern army) now cultivate various types of high quality tea.

It is from these plantations that Trans-Asia Tea’s experienced staff make their selections for distribution; keeping in mind tea quality and consistency in flavor. They carry a fine line of consumer-pack loose leaf teas under the brand name “Siam Tea”(available at Rimping Supermarket or through Horeca Supply Co. Ltd.) which currently includes Assam, Jasmine and Oolong Green teas.

Trans-Asia Tea also carries in bulk various blended and seasonal teas such as Oriental Beauty, a favorite amongst connoisseurs, which is harvested only in the coldest time of the year. Whether you’re craving a steaming cup of smooth Assam or a fragrant Jasmine, Siam Tea is sure to suit your taste.


Performance & installation art exhibition at CMU

Chiang Mai University Art Museum will be the host once again for a performance and installation art exhibition called ‘Beauty Suit’.

The opening night is on Thursday September 4 and the exhibition will run through Friday September 26.

Beauty Suit is an international and collaborative performance installation art exhibition that aims to investigate contrasting notions of beauty in Thai and Australian societies. Beauty Suit will be an entertaining mix of mediums including video, sculpture, performance and sound. The exhibition is collaboration between young Chiang Mai and international artists.

There will also be an opening night fashion parade showcasing the work of young artist/designers.

Participating artists include: Santiphap Inkong-ngam (Thailand) - Video Installation - Jakrit Chimnok (Thailand) - Fashion Design & Installation - Estelle Cohnney (France) - Installation - Narumol Thammapruksa (Thailand) - Performance - Kaew Kow Na Chiang Mai (Thailand) - Performance Photography - Chayanee Anuruktipun (Thailand) - Photography - Katherine Olston (Australia) - Performance & Installation - Mattanee Widhayapond (Thailand) - Performance & Fashion Design - Tanyakorn Jaisamak (Thailand) - Performance - Boondarik Sukhaboon (Thailand) - Performance - Ratchanok Kateboonruang (Thailand) - Fashion Design - Naowarat Siripoka (Thailand) - Fashion Design - Sukrit Kaewdam (Thailand) - Fashion Design.

For more information contact Kat Olston 07 172 7833 or email her at - katolston @yahoo.co.uk


Obituary

Francis John Kelly

May 5, 1935 - July 26, 2003

Frank Kelly left us after 68 years at 11.40 p.m. Saturday night, July 26, on the 15th floor of the Sripat Building at Suan Dok Hospital. He was not suffering any pain at the time and did not struggle; his departure was peaceful. He had been hospitalized there off and on for some time after an operation for esophageal cancer in March. Although the esophageal cancer was excised completely and he recovered well at first, it was discovered during the operation that the cancer had spread to his liver. Memorial services were held at the Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday and Wednesday July 29 and 30. There was a ceremony at the Chang Klan Road crematorium Thursday afternoon July 31.

Francis John Kelly May 5, 1935 - July 26, 2003

He first came to the attention of many in the expatriate community here when he put notices up around town in August and September 1998 about information he needed for a book he was writing about expatriate groups in North America, England, Mexico/the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and Thailand. After establishing himself here, Frank taught English, focusing on students and staff at the Faculties of Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine at Chiang Mai University, where he endeared himself to many with his enthusiasm, sense of humor, and determination to make learning English as much fun as possible. Frank followed this up with six months as an English language consultant for the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and several months as an English language consultant for the President of Chiang Mai University.

Frank had an uncanny knack for making friends, who ranged from the oldest of Asian hands to the most newly arrived retirees. He loved music and voice and was one of the founding members of the Chiang Mai Chorale Society, where he was very active for two years. He also served as Convener of the Informal Northern Thai Group for six months in 2001.

Frank also had a very distinguished career before coming here. After receiving a PhD. in physical chemistry from the University of New England in Australia in 1961, he had a series of positions in universities and industry in the United States and Canada, which culminated in 5 years as Director of Physical and Chemical Research for the Mallory Battery Company in Canada and 5 years as Science Advisor for the Science Council of Canada, where he was in contact with members of the Canadian Government at the highest level. Frank once remarked that some of his handiwork exists on the moon as a very special battery. He was an extremely gifted writer and thinker and became very interested in public policy. Before arriving here, he spent two years in Australia as the principal caregiver for his mother, who was stricken with terminal cancer.

Frank is survived by his wife Misu and a one-and-a-half year old daughter Lynn Margaret. Readers who would like to donate something in Frank’s memory are encouraged to contact the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, Frank’s favorite charity here.

Copyright Edward Rose 2003