Petanque rolls through Wing 41 in Chiang Mai
70 teams from Chiang Mai, nearby provinces and Bangkok,
took part in the annual Petanque competition at Wing 41, fighting for the
HRH Princess Chulabhorn trophy.
Thai national team from Bangkok practice before the games begin.
This event was the 18th in the series, and was opened by
Wing 41 commander Group Captain Wisurin Moonla, of the Third Flight
Operation Division, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) at its Pingnapha Petanque
Funds raised from the competition will be used for Royal
charitable projects. This contest has been held annually since 1984, and in
1995 the Royal Thai Navy team won the games for the fourth consecutive year,
claiming the trophy permanently. Following this, in 1996 the Princess has
presented her trophies for the winning teams, both male and female.
The competition categories were divided into teams of men, women, and
seniors aged over 55 years.
We are the Champions!
The precision pool shooters at O’Malley’s won the
recently concluded Chiang Mai Pool League season, and as is custom, the
awards presentation evening was held at the winning team’s venue.
(O’Malley’s owner) and Mark accept the Chiang Mai Pool League
Championship trophy on behalf of the O’Malley’s team. (Photo by Chin
Mark and Scot accepted the championship trophy on behalf
of O’Malley’s from Home to Roost’s Darren, who was representing the
entire Chiang Mai Pool League committee, which consists of Darren and John
from the Rock Hard team receive their runners-up trophy. (Photo by Chin
“(Home to Roost) finished bottom of the league … we
came 3rd bottom, so there were no cries of cheating there,” John told the Chiangmai
O’Malley’s edged out Rock Hard for the title, both
teams ending the season with 11 points, but O’Malley’s took the
championship by virtue of the tie breaking system.
No Name Cafe edged out Blue Sky for the final place on
owner of the No Name Cafe, accepts his team’s third place trophy from
Darren and John.
David from Good Morning Chiang Mai set the jovial tone of
the night with his opening speech, and after the awards presentation, a few
pickup games on the baize, and an undetermined amount of liquid refreshments
consumed by all, John from the Outback closed the proceedings by inviting
everyone back for fun and games when next season gets underway.
The next Chiang Mai Pool League season is scheduled to begin the second
Friday in January. New players are always welcome, but if you want to
propose any amendments to the rules (or other constructive suggestions),
you’d better hurry, as these must be given to Darren (Home To Roost) or
John (Outback) in a fully worded format no later than today, December 22.
Football grudge season!
Last year the students and teachers of the Christian
German School Chiang Mai wanted to see who were the best footballers. The
students in particular wanted to show that sometimes youth and enthusiasm
could triumph over age and experience.
annual students versus teachers at the Christian German School Chiang Mai
ended in a draw, again.
The first three matches resulted in one win each, and the
decider ended in a one-all draw. So this year a definitive result was
wanted. Teams were picked from the best available players and the match
began. At full time, including injury time, the scores were deadlocked. A
‘Golden Goal’ formula was used and after the penalty shoot-out the
scores were a three-all draw.
However, after the match, both sides had equally enjoyed
the experience, and until next time they are prepared to say they were equal
to each other. But wait till next match!
Skate Thailand Open 2003
Runner-Up round held in Chiang Mai
Bully Sky Ice, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex hosted the
runner-up round in Skate Thailand Open 2003 on November 15. There were 31
events on the day.
of their class. (Photo by Phornphimon Thimsat)
Udom Puasakul, deputy governor of Chiang Mai presided and
said, “I would like all the athletes to realize that sport is a great
thing to do, using spare time in the right way, getting away from drugs and
creating discipline and unity.”
The events were divided into categories depending on age
and style, such as Alpha Solo Female 7, Gamma Solo Mixed 7-11, Delta Solo
Female 8, Delta Solo Female 10-13, Freestyle 1 Footwork Female 9-11,
Freestyle 1 Footwork Mixed 13-14, Freestyle 2 and Spotlight L.E. Family.
Each person could enter more than one event.
Figure skate and speed skaters showed it was necessary to
have extreme concentration, more than many other types of sports, as well as
graceful movement. Only one mistake could ruin the whole performance.
Figure skate and speed skating are still new in Thailand
but when the famous actress Suwanun Kongying brought this type of sport to
the forefront, many youngsters wanted to emulate her.
Fitness Tips: Refining the fat argument – Part I
Fat in food remains a controversial issue – but hark, the plot thickens (with the blood)
by David Garred
Let’s see if we can clear up a few things with the fat
and overeating issue this week. Please note that a part of this article will
get a little complex, I’ll tell you when, but the extra detail is in there
for clarity. I’ll tell you when to stop scanning and start reading again
so you don’t miss the point of the article.
To recap from last time, the story so far:
• Dietary fat has been thought to be a ‘bad guy’
for health since the early 1970s, causing heart disease as well as increased
• Advice to reduce saturated fat (mainly animal fat)
for health has been justified;
• The advice to reduce all fats on the other hand (for
health and weight loss) may have been premature, BUT
• …advice to increase all polyunsaturated fats may
also be unjustified and unproven in the scientific literature, THEREFORE…
• The fat story continues to unfold as scientific
research becomes more refined…
* (This is where things get a tad deep.) Fatty acids are
a family of several hundred chemicals, which can be grouped into a number of
different families. The first family grouping is based on ‘saturation’;
that is whether each carbon atom in a chain of atoms is fully
‘saturated’ with a hydrogen atom (saturated fatty acids or SAFAs), only
partly saturated, with some hydrogen atoms missing, forming double carbon
bonds (polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs), or only has one double carbon
bond (mono-unsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs). The next family breakdown is
based on where the carbon bonds occur. One family, known as N-3 (or Omega 3)
fatty acids, have the bond three carbon atoms along the chain, and are known
to have anti-inflammatory effects in the blood. These come from fish oils
and a group called alpha-linoleic acid, which is contained in green leafy
vegetables. N-6 fatty acids on the other hand come from a group called
linolenic acid, which is contained mostly in seed oils such as safflower,
Now read on…
Until recently, heart healthy diets had been based around
decreasing SAFAs and maintaining or increasing MUFAs and PUFAs. But new
studies on the Mediterranean diet have shown that this is not enough. In one
famous study carried out in Lyon in France, heart attacks were significantly
reduced in people with a low N-6/N-3 ratio, and a low saturated fat intake.
There is also evidence to suggest that some of these PUFAs and MUFAs,
particularly olive, canola and fish oils, may be used up earlier in the
energy cycle and may in fact have advantages for weight loss. Hence, new
recommendations are beginning to suggest the following:
• Saturated fat (from animal meats, coconut and palm
oil) should still be reduced (to less than 10% of total food intake) for
heart health and weight loss;
• The ratio of N-6/N-3 fats should be reduced for heart
health (eg. By decreasing seed oils and increasing fish and plant foods,
particularly green, leafy plant foods). However, this is unlikely to help
weight loss per se;
• Fish oils, olive oil or canola oils in moderate
amounts will help heart health and may help weight loss if replacing other
• Peanuts and other PUFAs could be helpful for heart
health in lean people, but may need to be used in moderation where body
weight is a consideration, because of their high energy density.
Take home message:
The fat message is not as simple as it used to be.
Reducing saturated fat is still the only objective recommendation that can
be made. Further take home message, most of this was put into the Modern
Medicine column about 6-8 weeks ago by Dr. Iain, do you see a pattern
forming? The Doc’s column will cover a great variety of subjects but you
can guarantee that he’s on the money with all of them.
Last tip for the week as a passing thought, the only way
to beat being overweight is a lifestyle change.
Here is what you need to do.
Eat a healthy and diversified diet.
Be positive and make the effort, you’ll reap the
rewards gradually after the first day, both physically and mentally.
Asherio A. Epidemiological studies on dietary fats and coronary heart
disease. American Journal of Medicine, 2002;113(9B) :9S-12S
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:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!