Vol. III No. 15 - Saturday April 10 - April 16 2004
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When will the ubiquitous ‘tuk tuk’ finally be kicked off the roads?

Lost cat

Mole is not guacamole

I did enjoy it - but...

When will the ubiquitous ‘tuk tuk’ finally be kicked off the roads?

Dear Sir,
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?
Yours,
Steve Brooks


Lost cat

Dear Staff,
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.
Regards,
Grant Waldman


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.

Best wishes,
Eric Rubin
U.S. Consul General
Chiang Mai


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”.

Sincerely,
Paul Schoenkopf