Chiang Mai Pool League
Match of the Week - Rock Hard dismember December
Rock Hard 6 - 3 December Bar
Rock Hard’s surge for the title continued as they moved
to within points difference of the top of the table. Manager Jo’s in-form
side knew that a win here would bring them into level first place, should
O’Malley’s fail to win away to No Name Cafe.
Their opening assault was astonishing and the crowd
watched aghast as they immediately proceeded to rip the visitors apart.
December made an early attempt to boost morale by sending
out their man-of-the-moment, Shaun, first. The tactic backfired as Dan, from
England, made easy work of his challenger, ending his impressive run of ten
straight wins. Next, up stepped Thailand’s own “Dang Fantastic”, but
Chris, another crucial element in Rock Hard’s recent surge, made a mockery
of his moniker to make it 2-0.
In an attempt to stop an early avalanche, December sent
out the looming 7ft presence of returning captain, Martin Chappell, fresh
from his recent break in the UK. Martin managed to make the Rock Hard table
look miniscule but, unfortunately, was unable to belittle Mon’s talent,
with the local boy clearing up with five balls remaining. David then
succumbed to the inevitable as Tao surged to victory at his second visit to
the table, continuing his startling run of form.
All December needed at this stage was a little luck to
get them off the mark but Sa was vastly unfortunate to sink an early black
to hand Jan victory. After just five games the match was won but December
refused to roll over and die and went about salvaging some pride. Jo
tarnished the host’s unblemished record by handing Khun A December’s
first game and a modicum of pride.
So often Rock Hard have taken their foot off the gas once
their match victory has been achieved and this could prove costly come the
end of the season, when a tight league could come down to games won, rather
than match points.
So it proved again as Sa and Dang outwitted Chris and Dan
with some clever tactical play. The use of snookers never goes down well in
Rock Hard but with the hosts preferring a “Gun Ho” approach, this may be
the way forward for future visitors. Shaun and Martin adopted tactics but
were unlucky to drop an early black.
With visiting captain, Graham, down in the Land of Oz,
stand-in skipper David H rallied his troops for one last effort, he and Khun
A dispatching Jo and Jan to make it a respectable 6-3 final score.
December Bar seem to be getting pulled into the quagmire
of a wooden spoon dogfight, whereas, on this form, Rock Hard are still
looking like strong contenders for the title.
Man of the Match - Mon (Rock Hard) - Celebrated his
birthday two days early with an impressive clear up and double victory.
Viking Bar 4 - 5 Rock Harder
The Rock Hard bar continues to show its strength in depth
as their ‘B’ team notched up an impressive away victory to leap frog
their opponents in the table. It all went down to the final double game,
where the Rock Harder Thai girls, Puy and Em held their nerve to snatch a
crucial win. Next week, a packed house will discover what the league’s
only B-team are really made of as they take on their A-team counterparts.
Outback 4 - 5 Home to
The two current minnows scrapped out a nail-bitingly
close game at the bottom of the table. Whoever lost knew that they would
spend the next seven days residing in the doldrums of the bottom of the
table. Unfortunately, Outback were forced into throwing away their home
advantage and the match was relocated to Home to Roost, as a neutral venue
could not be found at such short notice. So as the revellers partied at
Outback (bizarrely, birthday celebrations had taken precedence over pool -
sacrilege!), their squad had to pick up there cues and leave. The switch of
venue may have proved a blessing in disguise for captain Nick’s boys, as
their one previous league victory had come away from home, but it was not to
The Outback team (often relying on short-termers) were
severely depleted with Dave away on international duty in Bangkok and after
losing their first two doubles games, the ever dependable partnership of
Julian and Paul could only draw consolation by winning the final game to
reduce their arrears to 4-5.
No Name Cafe 6 - 3
“Football is not a matter of life or death. It’s more
important than that!” a certain famous football manager once said.
Sometimes some could say the same of the Chiang Mai Pool league. No Name
Cafe certainly had the bit between their teeth for this fixture, in an
attempt to avenge a controversial defeat at the hands of the visitors last
With the style of tables being used in the league varying
greatly, you only have to take one look at the league table to see the
importance of home advantage, especially in the top half of the table.
O’Malley’s, strong at home on their spirit level tested American Pool
style table, have failed to convert this form into away wins, struggling to
adapt to the more popular English style green baize surfaces. So it proved
as a highly emotionally charged home side impressively won by three frames
to bring themselves into contention for the title and plaster over some old
wounds. O’Malley’s could see themselves drop to an alarming third place
next week as they have to endure a bye as Rock Hard and No Name seek
School volleyball kicks off
Text: Marion Vogt
David Kim, CMIS
Chiang Mai students are renowned for their fair and
competitive sportsmanship and the tournaments are on the way again. With the
start of the school year, a newly formed Athletic Conference that includes
representatives from all the international schools in Chiang Mai agreed on
organizing the schools to play each other on a game-by-game basis before the
big tournament in October.
Chiang Mai International School ‘A’ team practicing their skills.
The volleyball match between Chiang Mai International
School (CMIS) and Asian Pacific International School (APIS) was one of the
first events of this year’s season. Everything is still open and even the
most newly formed teams have time to grow together and practice their
skills, as volleyball offers great opportunities for students to gain
experience in teamwork and solidarity.
On September 4th, the girls ‘A-team’, which is
usually made up from the most senior students, played three games with CMIS
winning two leaving APIS with one win.
The girls ‘B-team’ is the second level, usually
formed of younger, less experienced girls who have the chance to gain
experience and train before rising up to become a ‘A-level’ player. The
girls ‘B-team’ played 2 games and CMIS won both.
Open darts competition this month
There will be a darts competition held on
Saturday September 20 at “A & D’s Corner”. Free entry with 10,000
baht for prizes. Sponsored by Expatriot Financial Services. Free buffet.
Please register your name at A&D’s before the event in person, or call
07 1783780 for details and location.
Carson-Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open 2003 coming to Chiang Mai in October
Chiang Mai Provincial Authorities in cooperation with
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chiang Mai Provincial Sports
Association’s Badminton will arrange the badminton competition on October
15-22 at Gymnasium 1, Chiang Mai 700th Years anniversary Sports Complex.
Kritanukoon, vice-president of Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association,
The badminton competition “Carson-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
Open 2003” would be held under the assurance of the Badminton Association
of Thailand which is under the King’s patronage and supported by Par Golf
Sporting House Co., Ltd.
Wirat Kritanukoon, vice-president of Chiang Mai
Provincial Sports Association, Badminton sector, notified that the
competitors would be divided into 12 age groups, ranging from 9 until 55
years old. The competition is open to all nationalities and both men and
The prize fund is more than 700,000 baht, and the winners
will receive the cups of His Majesty the King and HRH Princess Somsawalee.
The competition would be held not only for improving
badminton skills of sportsmen, but to also strengthen the relationships
between the competitors, and to promote badminton as one of the other
noteworthy sports beside football and tennis.
The competition was one of the tourism campaigns for
promoting Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces, and is part of the anti-drug
campaign according to Ministry of Interior’s policy, said Wirat.
For more information contact, Kriengsak Kititarakul at
Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association, Badminton section, tel.
0-5324-2779, 0-1671-3865, Par Golf Sporting House Co., Ltd, tel.
0-2375-2525-6, and Badminton Association of Thailand, tel. 0-2251-0712.
Swimming pools and swimming lessons in Chiang Mai
Part 1 - Chiang Mai Land Swimming Pool and Tennis Center
Chiang Mai Land Swimming Pool and Tennis Center is
located off Chiang Mai Land Road, access from Soi 8 or Soi 10. This is a
nice, clean 25-meter, six-lane pool, plus an adjacent shallow pool for small
children. Also showers, locker room and changing booths. There is a poolside
restaurant, outside seating, poolside chairs and lounges, picnic tables with
umbrellas, and landscaped grounds. There is an aerobic dance class every
evening and an adjacent tennis center.
Manop with swimming students during swimming lessons at Chiang Mai Land’s
The pool hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is 50
baht for adult non-members and 25 for members. Children up to 14 years old
are 30 baht and 15 baht for members. Membership is 500 baht a year, or 1000
baht per family (up to 4 members).
Swimming lessons are available at Chiang Mai Land pool.
Lessons are for any age, any nationality, and cost is 1000 baht for 20 hours
of instruction. There are one-hour time slots available starting from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m. The head instructor is Khun Manop, tel. 09-9981759.
Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers Run 583
Hares: X-Virgin Sister & Twin Peaks. Four km into the
advertised 12 km to the start of the run, Geisha yells “Hash Sign!”
Screeching to a halt, I turn my truck onto a road long before the Lanna
Resort. It seems that Wombat doesn’t like the food there so the Hares
X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks made a venue change to a new housing
development in the hills off Samoeng Rd.
Despite being surrounded by greenery, the run started off
on the only pavement around for 5 km. As with last week’s run, Pamela had
his 25 meters of fame as the FRB. After about 500 meters, we swung onto a
dirt road, Wombat charging into the front of the pack followed by A Vice and
visitor Love Glove from SFO. We came to a circle check and the On was to the
right through a 20 mud slide (Don’t worry Dykie! Mud wrestlers were NOT
provided) which B Filler and the rest of the pack tiptoed carefully through
so there was no Hash Crash. We came out of the mud onto a dirt road into a
farmer’s field where the paper abruptly ended. The pack was milling about
aimlessly which allowed Pamela, Gold D and GD’s daughter to catch up.
Geisha appeared from nowhere. Wombat was now long gone playing by himself up
front. Out of the field and through some woods with A Vice, Redundant S,
Mark, Love Glove, Bush Girl, Only Mark I’m Afraid and Quazzimoto leading
us up a long hill to attack some innocent farm house at the top.
Upon arriving at the hapless farmer’s door they heard H
P, Pamela and Geisha calling ON-ON 200 meters below where the trail had
turned to the left. We went down over a grassy knoll and came to a circle
check onto yet another dirt road. Love Glove did her Star Trek impersonation
and took the right fork down a steep hill where no man had gone before while
A Vice went left and found the On. Soon Geisha, B Filler, and Only Mark
I’m Afraid were in hot pursuit with Pamela and H P hobbling behind. We ran
through an orchard and popped out on a dirt road where Frank N. Stein,
Unplugged and Nuut were caught short cutting.
We went through a fence and there was a big loop where we
saw Wombat again with Geisha literally running on his heels, followed by
Redundant S, Love Glove and Bush Girl. It was then ON HOME through the
non-existent ON IN.
The GM, Wombat, opened the circle with the traditional
splashing of the Hares, X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks. He then put them on
ice while he did a 10 minute Whinging Pom imitation detailing all he thought
wrong with the run. When everyone was sound asleep, he gave X-Virgin a Willy
and Twin Peaks the P Pot but as Twin Peaks cannot drink, Mars Bars was
appointed her Champion.
Wombat mistakenly gave the circle to our RA, X-Virgin
Sister who promptly called him in for being the GM but not giving
encouragement to his Hares and only criticizing them. Yes, Wombat. Women are
from Venus, Real Hashers are from Mars. The hares then gave the Wings to
Wombat and Geisha.
Our GM brought in the beer truck driver, Mr. T, and gave
him a thank you splash. He splashed him again for missing the pick up time
and forgetting a bottle opener. Yes, we did get tired opening bottles in
Wombat’s ... But at least it is easy to see. And finally, Mr. T was put on
ice for not going to the other pick up place. He then brought in the
visitors Love Glove and Bush Girl from San Francisco and put them on Ice for
telling jokes that were worse than Dyke Converter’s. He next brought in
the Virgins-Mark, Only Mark I’m Afraid who got the guest Willy, Tascha and
Nuut. He then brought in Redundant S and Snow Flake for inviting virgins and
then Twin Peaks’ Champion Mars Bars as she had trained Nuut well.
Burrito Butt stayed in the circle and splashed Unplugged
and Nuut for silent running and the Hares X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks,
with her Champion Mars Bars for changing the location of “A” without
informing the Hare Raiser.
Wombat took the circle again and punished Quazzi for not
flashing. Quazzi defended himself saying it was too dark to be seen but he
was punished anyway. Geisha and Nuut were then splashed for having a private
party and Nuut (who he named Crazy Sex in the Car) was given the Yacker. He
then splashed the Returnees - Snow Flake, Redundant S, Frank N. Stein and
Gold D with Snow Flake getting the Ex-GM icing.
JM H P took the circle and splashed everyone who went
hundreds of meters up the hill without paper and then Quazzimoto for
whinging about the Mother Hash.
The circle was closed and we went to the ON-ON at the
Road House where they ran out of rice at 9 o’clock in the evening.
Fitness Tips: Further reasons to take care of yourself
Take a look through this week’s column and ask
yourself, who really would want to have to worry about all of this stuff
on top of all the other problems we have to deal with in modern living.
The simple solution is to take better care of yourself from as of right
now, if you aren’t already. Get your kids to do the same and make sure
that your entire family eats healthy food in less than massive portions
but frequently throughout the day. Then make sure that you have regular
exercise with daily activity. Start now.
A spoonful of protein
Diet, together with medication, has been the principle
means of control of diabetes and high blood sugars. But dietary
recommendations have changed over the years from eliminating sugars or
carbohydrate-rich foods, to reducing fat to cutting calories in general.
Now, new research is beginning to turn all this upside down. Some oils
(i.e.. olive, canola) for example are thought to have positive benefits
for both weight loss and blood sugar control. This also makes life more
liveable for patients with diabetes by increasing that section of the diet
containing some fats.
Carbohydrates on the other hand have been divided into
low and high Glycaemia Index (GI), with a recommendation to increase those
that are slowly absorbed (or with a low GI score). More recently, research
on protein intake has revealed some even more startling findings. Working
with people whose diabetes had progressed so far that they were about to
be put on full medication (insulin) therapy, a group of Dutch researchers
have found that protein, in the form of amino acid supplements, is able to
partially reverse the problem.
Progressive diabetes: Diabetes occurs when blood sugars
are unable to be metabolised as energy in body cells. In the early stages
this is because the hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas,
becomes less efficient in aiding the metabolism process. This stage is
called insulin resistance and is characterised by a greater than normal
output of insulin, but reduced efficiency. After a period of resistance,
production of insulin from the pancreas begins to decrease. Typically it
has been thought that this is irreversible and reflects a breakdown in the
pancreatic cells involved in insulin production. By giving an amino acid
supplement added or not added to carbohydrate in two samples of patients
with diabetes, the Dutch researchers showed that insulin production can be
increased. This suggests that pancreatic beta cells, which produce
insulin, may be able to be ‘restarted’, even when they were thought to
Take home message: The implication of this, if further
proven, is that expensive medications for diabetes may at least be
delayed, if not avoided, thus enabling diabetic patients to enjoy a more
Combined with weight loss and increased activity, the
prospects for people with diabetes is much brighter than the lifetime of
treatment indicated in the past.
For reference: Van Loon L, and others. Amino acid
ingestion strongly enhances insulin secretion in patients with long-term
type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2003; 26:625-630.
...and a spoonful of
anxiety increases it
Anxiety and stress have typically been thought to be
unhealthy, but difficulties in measuring this and in defining its
unhealthy effects has led medical practitioners to be sceptical. A recent
review of the effects of anxiety on blood sugars, however, suggests a
Scientists from the University of Washington conducted
a ‘meta-analysis’ of all research carried out on anxiety and high
blood sugars (hyperglycaemia), which precedes and accompanies diabetes.
From 11 studies that fitted the criteria for the analysis, the conclusion
was reached that if measured properly, anxiety does seem to raise blood
sugars. This could be important because hyperglycaemia, and its outcome in
diabetes, often leads to other health problems.
Around 80% of diabetic patients for example will die of
heart disease. Anxiety therefore may be more closely linked with heart
disease than had been previously thought. Stress and anxiety are also
factors in obesity for some people. Binge eaters tend to be those who
over-eat when anxious or stressed and hence dealing with anxiety may be a
first step in aiding weight control and reducing ‘downstream’ health
Take home message: Diabetes treatment may benefit from
anxiety management in more cases than may be realized.
For reference: Anderson and others Anxiety and poor
glycemic control: a meta-analytic review of the literature. International
Journal of Psychiatry Medicine,2002; 32(3):235-47.
Now you know you don’t want to be a part of this, if
you are you already know what you need to do as your doctor has given you
Take care of yourself.
Chiang Mai HHH
Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks.
Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub
every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or
“ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!