Pensioner finds new racket in women’s tennis
Chasing girls takes him round the world
Everybody needs a hobby and Sam Stevens found his by
accident during the Indianapolis Women’s Open Tennis tournament in 2000,
when a friend took a photo of him with Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce.
Eisenschmidt (left) from ‘To Nobody’ Restaurant enjoying Sam Stevens’
For the next 12 months he had great fun showing these
photos to all his friends, but in 2001 he thought, “Why not get his photo
taken with all the other players too?” That’s how it started.
By now he knows most of the 300 girls on the tennis
circus (WTA) by name and almost everybody knows Sam. The collection is now
365 photos, all signed by the various players, from the World’s No. 1 down
to the newly qualified players who might become famous in the future.
To feed his habit has meant that in the last three years
he has traveled around the world to follow the world’s tennis playing
women. He has visited tournaments in Strasbourg (France), the French Open,
Auckland (NZ), Sydney, Indianapolis, Phoenix, US Open, Volvo tournament in
Thailand, and he had just come from the Australian Open to stop in Chiang
Mai, before heading back to California.
Sam Stevens calls himself a lucky man. He said, “What
better pastime for a bachelor (even way over 70) than chasing young women
all over the world, have my picture taken with them and watch wonderful
tennis? I am so lucky.”
Sam, we wish you many more trips to come and hope your
collection is way over 500 by next year on your Chiang Mai stopover after
the Australian Open.
Book fair at Central Airport Plaza today and tomorrow
“Getting in touch with love -
perspectives from well-known authors” is the theme at the book fair being
held at Central Airport Plaza today and tomorrow.
everyone enjoys a good book.
People who love reading should not miss this book fair,
which emphasizes the celebration of love for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
The plaza, in cooperation with Nai-In bookstore, is holding the book fair at
the promotional hall on the first floor, Zone A, from February 7 - 8.
Activities include student storytelling, novels from the Faculty of
Education, Chiang Mai University, saa paper inventions, and flower
books about love are being featured at the book fair being held at Central
Airport Plaza today and tomorrow.
A Man of Integrity and Honor
Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Prizewinner speaks at CMU
Though we are a little out of the way and it does indeed
seem sometimes that we are far from the focus of things, there is the
occasional ray of light that brings it all into focus once again. I am
referring to the excellent lecture series going on at Chiang Mai University,
entitled “Bridges: Dialogues towards a Culture of Peace” and put on by
the International Peace Foundation, from Austria.
Prof. Nipon Tuwanon, Ph.D., president of CMU hands a token of appreciation
to Jose Ramos-Horta, Noble Prize Winner, 1996.
19 different events are being played out over the course
of 6 months, from November last year to this April. What began with lectures
by such notables as Jesse Jackson, runs through a clutch of Nobel Laureates,
a dance performance and ends with a recital by operatic Diva Jessye Norman
can’t be all bad. Most of this glory is being played out on the stages of
Krung Thep Maha Nakorn; however, Chiang Mai University plays host to seven
of these, and we are the most grateful beneficiaries.
Jose Ramos-Horta was one of the lights in the long
struggle of East Timor to gain independence from Indonesia. That it did so
with a minimum of violence should be envy and admiration of the many
‘trouble spots’ around the world. His talk, in the Faculty of Social
Science, was attended by an appreciative crowd of 300 teachers, students and
He spoke about his country’s long struggle for
independence and said that even now, East Timor “would not be free if not
for the effort of many people around the world, including the King of
Thailand.” He told us that what finally worked was multi-lateralism, long
and persistent negotiations, and pressure from many people around the world.
“The one power in the world is civil society,” that “makes us a world
He spoke about extremism in all its forms and called it
“the plague of the world today.” However, he did not believe that it
“had its origins in poverty.” If so, he noted then “two thirds of
sub-Sahara Africa would be terrorists,” or come from the “slums of
Bangkok.” He described a tribe in the Western Sahara, “living in tents
for the last 25 years, poorer than the Palestinians. They do not say bad
things about others. They have the same problems.” Rather he noted that
extremism has its origin in “Brainwashing from childhood, in texts and
classroom, that distort history, creating generations of people prepared to
Some of the worst crimes of humanity have been
perpetrated by Christianity he noted. “Europeans invented modern
slavery,” and “imported it to Africa.” He talked about the “moral
bankruptcy of the West”, how “Globalization is really a big casino. The
biggest problems facing the world today are poverty, water, HIV, and
What was important for the world was to “strengthen the
UN. The body that was created in 1945 cannot be the same as today. The
solution to many of the inequalities today is the US and rich countries
(should) show more compassion and humanity.”
La Cigale Children Choir
coming to Chiang Mai
On Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. at Kad
Theatre in Kad Suankaew Shopping Center Kad Theatre Chiang Mai, there will
be an evening of choral music in association with D&M Music Studio.
Cigale Children Choir is coming to Chiang Mai on February 24 at 7 p.m. at
Kad Theatre in Kad Suankaew Shopping Center Kad Theatre.
La Cigale Children Choir comprises of 44 members, aged
between 9 - 16 from St. Marcellin Champagnat catholic school in France. The
choir was founded in 1974 under the direction of Claude Jeannin. La Cigale
has performed extensively throughout European countries in concert halls and
most cathedrals including Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Spain,
Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal, Ireland and other countries including
U.S.A., Mexico and Argentina, and this February for the first time in
The choir has won the grand prize at ‘The European
Choir Competition’ and the 3rd prize in ‘The World Choral Competition in
Spain’. As for the first concert tour in Thailand, La Cigale will perform
in Chiang Mai.
The evening program will include works by: First part:
(1) Gloria: de Y. Novaki, (2) Ave Maria: de Lemaire, (3) Pie Jesu: de Andrew
Lloyd Webber, (4) Fac ut: extrait du Stabat Mater de Pergol่se, (5)
Quando morietur: extrait du stabat: de G.B. Pergol่se, (6) Laudate
Dominum: de Mozart, (7) Amen: negro spiritual, (8) Gloria: de Neukomm, (9)
La Charit้: de Rossini.
The second part will be no less exciting with at least
another ten great pieces performed.
Tickets are priced at 50 baht only for everybody at the
information counter, ground floor. Tel: 053-224-444 ext. 19008 or 19919.
Jed Yod group paints up a storm
Gong Dee Galleries star studded exhibition
Chiang Mai has a plethora of artists who show regularly,
some individually and some in groups. One of these latter is the Jed Yod
Group made up of teachers from Rajamankala Technical College.
left: Siwanna Saokong, Sulasit Saokong, vice governor of Chiang Mai Prinya
Panthong and his wife, Wanphen Dirksen and Vichit Chaiwong owner of Gongdee
This is the fourth show of theirs that I have seen and
this time the quality is even better. The exposition is set in the charming
confines of Gong Dee Gallery.
Prinya Panthong, an artist himself, painted a picture on stage during the
opening ceremony at Gong Dee Gallery.
It was a ‘star studded affair’ opened by the
vice-governor of Chiang Mai, Prinya Panthong. As usual, gallery owner Vichit
Chaiwong was on hand as host to make sure the proceedings ran as smoothly as
they usually do.
of the paintings distributed on stage.
There was an excellent Lanna welcome with two dancers and
a traditional Lanna musical ensemble. The crowd of over 300 was an
appreciative audience for the 18 artists whose works were on display.
Gong Dee Gallery is located on Soi 1, off Nimmanhaemin
Rd, open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.