When will the ubiquitous ‘tuk tuk’ finally be kicked off the roads?
I was very amused by the juxtaposition of last week’s article on the
promotion of Chiang Mai as a ‘health and medical hub’ with the article
on the air pollution crisis in the town. Surely if these health tourists are
so concerned with their personal health and well-being they would be better
advised to give Chiang Mai a wide berth and go somewhere more congenial,
where they can at least breathe the air.
What a pity that this beautiful city should be slowly
suffocated in this poisonous atmosphere. And the reason for this city’s
health crisis is not hard to find. Just look at the thick haze of blue smoke
along any of its thoroughfares. Much of this comes from the diesel exhausts
of poorly maintained and poorly regulated ‘soong thaew’ minibuses. The
worst culprit, however, is surely the ubiquitous ‘tuk tuk’.
When, oh when, are the last of these primitive two-stroke
contraptions going to come off the production line? Is anyone in any doubt
about how noxious their emissions are? Have you ever tried following one of
these beasts on a motor scooter!?
I have no wish to threaten anyone’s livelihood, and I
am sure that the tuk tuk drivers do a great job in promoting the city’s
jewelry shops, massage parlours, etc. So why can’t they be supplied with a
more eco-friendly version of Thailand’s famous three-wheeler?
You have been so generous with your space for the Lucky Dog Club and I
appreciate it. Now I have lost a cat and he has been missing for almost a
month. But maybe someone picked him up because he is very friendly.
Please run the following: Missing Black Cat with white
patch on chin and chest. Answers to the name “Shadow”. Lived at Souvenir
Guest House and might have been in the Anusan Market. Reward of 5000 baht.
No questions asked. Please call 06-6055172 or bring him to the guesthouse at
118 Charoen Prathet 8 Road, Chiang Mai.
Once again, thanks for all your help.
Mole is not guacamole
Dear Chiang Mai Mail,
Thank you for your wonderful coverage of our “Chicago” photo exhibition
at Central Airport Plaza. We hope to bring many more such exhibits and
events to Chiang Mai in the future. One quibble, though: “mole” (which I
mentioned in my opening remarks) and “guacamole” are not the same thing!
While I am the American consul here, not the Mexican consul, I must rise to
the defense of our neighbor to the south and point out that mole is a sauce
made from a chili paste that contains chocolate and cinnamon - it has
nothing to do with guacamole, which is made from avocados.
U.S. Consul General
I did enjoy it - but...
To whom it may concern:
I went to a performance of the “alleged” Nutcracker Ballet. This was not
“The Nutcracker” but a dance recital with a few numbers from “The
Nutcracker” plus tap dancing, flamenco, ballroom, slam and many other
kinds of dancing plus a chorus of Christmas songs.
I did enjoy it but it is not what I paid to see. Can I
trust any advertising by “The Chiang Mai Ballet Company”? They
advertised “The Nutcracker Ballet” when, in fact, only about 10% of the
whole production was “The Nutcracker”.