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Boys from the villages love cricket

Farangs bounce back

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Free outdoor step dancing course

Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai today

Chiangmai Ballet Academy performing Nutcracker 2004

Charity golf tournament scheduled for March 21

CSH3 Run 611

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Boys from the villages love cricket

Eric Little

“Jame”, Wotigri Jayin from Baan Saimoon School in Hang Dong and “Nai”, Wasurat Guntabupha from Wat Rong Or, in San Pee Sau have developed into very good cricketers. Not that it is surprising, as they are both talented sportsmen, it’s just that they love cricket more than the other sports.

Jame the wicket keeper is ready and raring to go.

How can it be? When Jame was in grade 3, he watched the senior boys playing and practicing and wanted to play cricket, too. When he moved into grade 4, at the start of the new year, he proudly went to Ajarn Sangchan and said, “Well, I can play cricket now I am in grade 4.” Sadly, Ajarn Sangchan replied, “We don’t teach cricket in grade 4 yet.”

Jame cried; however, Ajarn Sangchan thinking quickly said, “You can be captain of the team next year”. Jame was happy and he started to join in with the bigger boys at practice. Since then, the school team with Jame as captain has won several tournaments in the last two years.

Winding up for the pitch...

Jame, along with Nai, played in the first inter city under 13 hardball cricket matches during the Chiang Mai Sixes last year. Again, just recently, they both were in the team that won the under 13 Thailand tournament in Chiang Mai. Last year the headmaster from Wat Rong Or Ajarn Pasert, when he was being asked if it was possible that Nai could travel to Bangkok and play cricket in Bangkok, was overcome with emotion. He said, “It is an adventure for our boys to go to Chiang Mai, but a trip to Bangkok is an impossible dream, thank you.”

These boys are great ambassadors for cricket and are always willing help coach the younger students at their respective schools. Now they both have an opportunity to go overseas to play cricket against Malaysia, as they are both in the under 13 squad that is training in preparation for a week long tour in to Penang in early May.

They may not be selected; however, they have a good chance and any boy who beats them will deserve his place, such is the depth of cricket talent here in Chiang Mai.


Farangs bounce back

Colin Hinshelwood

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride these last few weeks with the Farangutans Football Club. They win when least expected and then get thrashed a week later when glowing with confidence.

A great goalie stretch and a near miss (Photo by Chris Brigden)

Certain commentators have noted that results are often dependent upon whether there has been a Chun-Ki party or a Forest Drunk Cha Bar party the night before, but such rumours, although persistent, remain unproven.

So on to 7th March and the Farangutans v Teachers’ Union game. Venue was Wing 41 - the off-limits, no-photos, members-only military base which straddles the airport. Security, as always, was on full alert, and visitors could only enter the restricted zone if they whispered the secret password: “Futbon”.

The Farangutans were yet again missing several key players with injuries, visa runs and beach sojourns. News reports that three players had been detained by Spanish authorities after an incident at a La Manga Hotel were dismissed as “mierda” by team captain, Lee Stevens. Stevens himself was involved in controversy recently when he was fined 50 baht after criticising the Farangutan management’s press releases and specifically the fact that he has not been mentioned for several weeks.

Anyway, the game kicked off on time at 2:30 to the delight of the partisan crowd of 35. Early play was scrappy but the Western gentlemen had a few opportunities which were squandered. The defence was looking solid and new left back, Colm Gavin was especially self-assured after celebrating the Irish rugby victory over the Sassenach Fairyboys just the night before. With Adam “Mekhong” Head dominant in midfield and Chico Panno looking dangerous up front, it was surely only a matter of time before the farangs struck.

When they did finally hit one home early in the second half, it was the One Arm Bandit Basher himself, James Farrell who netted the goal. To everyone’s astonishment James then set off in a sprint around the park discarding his shirt, vest and shorts. The overjoyed Yorkshireman was thankfully apprehended by police before he could peel off his red thong and the game was able to restart.

The Teachers’ Union began to fight back and keeper Daisy Flowers was heard all around Chiang Mai as he berated his beleaguered defenders.

With just ten minutes to go, the farangs finished the game off with a “knee-poke” goal by Brazilian Chico “Pele” Panno and won a deserved 3 points. The Farangutans now stand seventh in the Chiang Mai Seniors League with 10 points from 7 games. You can check out all statistics and future matches as well as purchase official Farangutans FC merchandise on the website: www.geocities.com/farangutans

Farangutans FC are kindly sponsored by U.N. Irish Pub who have been known to throw in a complimentary half pint of beer with 11 straws every now and then.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) 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 Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish 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!


Free outdoor step dancing course

Step right up!

The Chiang Mai Sports Complex under the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Region 5 will provide outdoor step dancing courses from March 15-31, free of charge for the general public. The course will take place from 7-8 p.m. nightly, at its Outdoor Sports Center, at the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex.

Boontan Muangchuen, the director of SAT, Region 5 said that the outdoor step dancing course would be relaxing, and support physical and mental health for the public.

Ajarn Montha Ampai will be the course instructor. People who are interested in this event can get more information at the One Stop Service Center, 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex from 8.30 a. m. - 8 p.m. daily, tel. 053 210 825, 053 226 105.


Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai today

“Help us to help kids”

Today - Saturday, 13 March 2004, the Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers and the Irish Pub are having a Charity Fun Run to raise funds for the disabled kids of the Chiang Mai Disabled Center’s Wheelchair Clinic. Recipients will include children and young adults of all ages.

It shall be a cross-country run, with a walk for those who cannot run. A fee of B.500 will be charged, which includes a free special events shirt, a free Guinness (for St. Patrick’s Day) at the B stop, free beer after the run, free soft drinks, free BBQ after the run at the Irish Pub, with beer, and spot prizes and lucky draws.

The run is open for everyone, individuals, families, and teams alike. Company teams are very welcome to participate - assist a worthy cause, wear your own corporate outfits, and promote your business at the same time.

The run itself shall be set by HHH Hares, and shall be across easy-running and beautiful Chiang Mai countryside.

The organizers hope to make this an annual event, to support a great cause and have a good time as well. It’s also a good chance to see how the Hash House Harriers of Chiang Mai operate. Good time guaranteed, and some transport will be provided.

The meeting point for pickup is Fish n Chips at 14.30. There’s a long and a short run.

For more information or registration, contact “Kiwi” at Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub), on 053 418 210.


Chiangmai Ballet Academy performing Nutcracker 2004

Many hours of sweat, tears and anticipation and still some more to come until it is finally time for the many children and adults who will perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet.

In the last planning and practice stages for ‘The Nutcracker 2004’

The Chiangmai Ballet Academy will carry out a charity ballet performance of “The Nutcracker 2004”on March 28 at Kad theatre, Kad Suan Kaew. Two chances to see and watch this incredible show: with the first round to start at 2 p.m. and the second show at 7.30 p.m. More than 300 persons will be part of the dances and 30% of the children will be foreign children, training in the north of Thailand.

The proceeds gained from the ballet will be donated to the Northern Mentally Retarded Welfare Center, under the Royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, and the Thai Red Cross in Chiang Mai.

Tickets are now on sale at the public relations counter, G floor, Central Kad Suan Kaew, the Suriwong Book Center and Chiangmai Ballet Academy. For further information, contact 053 260 373, 053 306 357 and 053 306 358.

The Chiangmai ballet team celebrated the 12th anniversary of Kad Suan Kaew last February 29 with Dance of the Toy Flutes.


Charity golf tournament scheduled for March 21

Remote schools to be given educational equipment

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd., led by the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre, invites golfers to compete in a Charity Golf competition at the Lanna Golf Course, Chiang Mai on Sunday March 21, 2004.

The charity objective is to raise funds to help construct a library and obtain more educational materials and sporting equipment for remote upcountry schools.

The competition is open to all amateur golfers from clubs and associations registered with the Golf Association of Thailand, with handicaps between 18 and 24. USGA and the local rules of Lanna Golf Court will be applied during the competition.

The first tee-off will be at 7 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. Interested golfers can apply from now until March 19. For more information contact the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre, Tel. 053-270624-33 or Lanna Golf Course, Tel. 053-221911.


CSH3 Run 611

Check back 611

Hares: Burrito Butt and Miss Piggy - Well, Pamela’s idea of having Burrito Butt set the run while most of the SCH3 was in Sukothai backfired on him.

He didn’t go to Sukothai so had to do another Burrito Butt run, unlike Superman who also was not in Sukothai but didn’t run either.

An emaciated pack assembled out near the canal near Doi Saket. We set out and before we were out of sight of A, lost paper. With 2 dirt roads to choose from, we finally found paper down the asphalt one. Dykie & Pamela continued down the road looking longingly at all the trails going off into the bush. Trudging along a bit longer, we finally come to a check at the bottom of a long set of temple stairs.

As Gomer Pyle was known to say, “Surprize, surpriize!” The trail went up the stairs. Up we went with Square Rooter and Airhead setting the pace and Frank N. Stein still sauntering down the road behind. Apparently the Boy Scouts from last week’s run had been here because we soon lost paper in the rocky moonscape behind the temple.

Rocks O went right down the hill looking for paper and was not seen again for 40 minutes.

A circle check was found and DC soon called “ON-ON” down the left side of the hill.

HP & Pamela came down the hill and caught glimpses of Square Rooter, Airhead and Scary P through the tree up ahead. They were soon overtaken by Sean and the Virgin Mark from Vermont who had looped from the check behind the temple back to the one at the bottom of the stairs.

We were soon going through landscape that looked like the garden at the Branch Davidian Compound after the ATF got through with it. We ran down a dirt road for awhile, hopped a shallow stream and then found ourselves on the main road to Chiang Rai with a whole 50 cm shoulder to run on. HP was seen playing with the 10 wheelers roaring past.

We found the “ON-IN” and only had to run 3.5 km on concrete back Home.

Write up by Pamela

Circle 611

As the Un-GM Pee Wombat was down in Sukothai, our JM HP opened the circle and brought in the hares, Burritto Butt and Miss Piggy. Sean gave the opinion that it was a good run and was iced for complimenting the hares. The hares gave out the Male Wings to Square Rooter and since there were no female members who had run, Scary P was given The Champion for being the only female to do the run. Before the circle, Fish & T had been practicing her pole dancing but it seems that she has gained a little weight recently as she broke the pole and went flying. For this performance, she received the Crash.

Next, the Virgins were brought in. There was Mark from Vermont who while waiting at the F & C Shop was looking for runners but could only see Frank N. Stein and Richard, who was given the S*** for paying membership before even going on a run. HP, obviously suffering from alcohol induced dementia, brought in the visitors - Sean, Airhead & Scary P - who had run last week without recalling this fact. My notes at this point indicate: Scary P - 50 years old. Think about it.

Pamela took the circle and splashed the returnees - Square Rooter and Rocks O. He then brought in Frankie to teach the Down-Down song to the virgin Mark. We got a few notes out of him but none were part of our Down-Down song.