Geschwister Weisheit High Wire Troupe coming
to Chiang Mai
Aerial acrobats will leave you astounded
Chiang Mai will be able to “Ooh and Ahh” on Sunday,
April 11 when the high-wire troupe Geschwister Weisheit will perform their
death-cheating stunts. 100 years of tradition is behind this family show,
which has been on the road in Thailand for the past three months. They
promise the highest standard, with a high wire show, pyramids, a motorcycle
sensation show, an original Formula E racing car 30 metres in the air and
acrobats, acrobats and acrobats.
the action from recent shows in Hua Mark. (Photos by Alisa Mahaarnichanon)
Red Bull (Krating Daeng) is bringing them to Chiang Mai
and have promised free entrance if you bring ten bottle tops of Red Bull to
the gate. Otherwise the entrance fee will be 30 baht per person.
A mechanical rodeo bull will be set up with prize money
of 5,000 Baht for the rider who can stay on the longest, and there will be
many entertainment booths for children and adults to join in fun and games.
It will be at Kad Cheng Doi, accessible from the canal road, in the area
in front of the new discotheque, which has all the huge red signs in front.
The afternoon show will start at 2 p.m. with the big shows scheduled to
begin at 4.20 p.m. going through till 6 p.m.
Aerobic dance and Tai Chi Kung wards off illness
Free tuition for the Wat Jed Yod Community
On Saturday and Sunday evenings, 30 people of all ages in
the Chotana Tattaporn housing estate and nearby communities can be seen
dancing to the beat of aerobic exercise music. Laksana na Ranong, aerobic
leader and Ae na Ranong, her husband, said that this aerobic club began
three and a half months ago as part of the free aerobic for health project.
aerobic dancing every evening
Ekkapop one of the aerobic dancers there said that there
is also a ‘Tai Chi Kung’ club weekday evenings. This began two years
ago, and many of the elderly folk can be seen in their colorful yellow
T-shirts and white trousers, carrying out the movements.
Mrs. Chuetong Thumtamala, a 60 year old member, said,
“I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and got sick
in the winter. My doctor told me to take exercise and now I don’t have any
problems with the weather anymore as Tai Chi Kung can cure rheumatism as
The Tai Chi Kung club has about twenty members who have free health
checks at Chiang Mai Provincial Health Office every 6 months. There are also
other Tai Chi Kung clubs behind the Prince’s Royal College and in the
Kuang Sing intersection area. If you are interested in joining these aerobic
and Tai Chi Kung clubs come to the Chotana Tattaporn estate, Wat Jed Yod
Farangs on Song in Hang Dong
Farangutans FC 2 - 0 Saint James
Back with a vengeance are they? After a 2-week break -
during which time pundits predicted an overweight and sluggish Farangutans
team to re-emerge from the trenches - the foreign fiends bounced back to
their glorious best in front of a sell-out crowd in Hang Dong.
With Brazilian star, Amarildo safely back from rehab in
Pattaya and rising star Rosie Mackenzie bursting into the team, the
Farangutans set out their stall in their traditional 4-4-2 formation. It was
a sweltering Sunday afternoon and opponents, Saint James obviously expected
the flabby farangs to run out of steam quickly. No such luck.
Early in the first half left-back Colm was unexpectedly
called off after receiving an urgent SMS from his girlfriend. So, as Colm
limped off sheepishly to go shopping at IKEA, Wacky Wayne came on to fortify
the defence. And, to their credit, the Farangutans defence played perhaps
its most convincing match to date. Bryan Haggerty is proving himself to be
masterful in the sweeper position. On Sunday he swept up more than a
battalion of Cinderellas ever could.
And talking about Fairy Tale characters ... if anyone had
predicted that Welshman Simon Purnell would burst into the box and crack
home the winning goal on Sunday they would probably be dismissed as
“Ting-Tong”. And yet that’s exactly what Crazy-Legs Purnell did.
With the game still at stalemate, the foreign
legionnaires played a cute wee series of short passes masterminded by their
tireless midfield maestro, Shawn Kelly. The ball was slid down the right
flank to Chico Panno who unselfishly squared the ball across the 6-yard box.
And there, charging in like a Grand National winner was the Welsh Wizard
himself. Despite his genetic affliction, Simon maintained his composure and
met the ball at full speed, blasting it home for his first goal of the
season (perhaps the first of his life!).
Boosted by that goal the Farangutans grew in confidence
and began dominating midfield. Ten minutes later it was all over when
centre-forward “Pele” Panno wriggled his way into the box, coiled his
way around three defenders like a samba-dancing serpent and then squeezed
the ball into the net for a 2-0 victory.
The Farangutans are now well placed in the league with 13
points from eight games and are climbing the table every week. Next week
they play lowly Team Suthep on Saturday, 3rd April. All details can be found
on the website: www.geocities.com/farangutans
Futsal Youth Cup 2004 kicks off April 20
Kicking the drug habit as well
The promotional campaign against drugs continues with the
Futsal Youth Cup 2004. The winners of this competition will receive trophies
issued in the name of HRH Princess Ubolratana, as well as other scholarships
worth more than 40,000 baht.
Dontree Season, in cooperation with the Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office, Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital, Office of
the Narcotics Control Board and Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai will
jointly organize the competition which will take place on April 20, at Lanna
Hall, Central Airport Plaza.
Warut Wanlipakorn, the manager of this sports project,
said that they have successfully run this program for the last three years
to introduce Futsal to Chiang Mai. Bongkan Prompui a Thailand futsal
national team coach said Futsal started in 1930, when the first world cup
was played, but few Thai citizens knew about it.
Many awards, other than the winner are up for grabs with
the first runner-up getting Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat’s trophy
and 5,000 baht. Second runner-up will receive the Chiang Mai Sport
Association president’s trophy and 3,000 baht. Man of the Match gets the
Chiang Mai Football Club president’s trophy together with 1,000 baht cash
and the top scoring player will receive a 1,000 baht cash prize.
Interested teams with five members can enter in one of
two categories - Under 13’s and Under 15’s. Organizers expect around 32
teams in this competition.
For more details, contact Dontree Season on Chiang
Mai-Hang Dong Road, Tambon Mae Hia, Muang District, Chiang Mai. Tel. 05 3202
Anti-Drug Sports for U-17’s
“To be Number One” April 20 - May 2 organized by Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai
Youth sports (Under 17 years) will be held to promote the
anti-drug message this year covering soccer, basketball volleyball, sepak
takraw and cheerleader contests, with winners receiving trophies and other
scholarships from Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat.
Assoc. Prof. Chatree Muang-ngam, the director of Student
Affairs Office, Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai stated that the institute holds
the summer sport events every year during April to May to support youths in
developing healthy pursuits.
Financial incentives include 8,000 baht for the soccer
champions, with 4,000 baht for the first runner-up, and 2,000 baht for third
place getters. Volleyball and basketball teams and sepak takraw players will
win 4,000 baht for the champions, while the first runner-up will receive 2,000
baht, and the second runner-up will receive 1,000 baht. The winning
cheerleaders will get 5,000 baht, with 3,000 baht for the first runner-up and
2,000 baht for the second runner-up.
Youth teams are invited to submit their application forms
to the Student Affairs Office of Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai and can
download more details from the website www.cmri.ac.th
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!
Want to learn dancing in a hurry?
Try Ajarn Montha Ampai instead of Arthur Murray
The Outdoor Sports Center, at the 700 Year Anniversary
Sports Complex, has about 40 members of a new dancing club being taught the
steps by the leading dancer Ajarn Montha Ampai, a teacher of Wat Suan Dok
School. There are also other instructors to cover many different styles such
as the Beguine, Cha Cha Cha, Cuban rumba, Waltz, Tango, and Ta Lung.
dance the Cuban Rumba.
Ms. Samorn Kamyong, manager of Outdoor Sports Center, said,
“The course emphasizes physical and mental health, but is also suitable for
sick people who could not take hard exercise.
This course runs daily from 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. and costs only
10 baht per day. There are other courses like tennis, badminton, aerobic,
swimming, tae kwan do, and step dance for health.
For more information, visit the website: www.cmsports700.com or contact the
One Stop Service Tel 053-210823.
17th Chiang Mai Cricket: Action Unlimited
What could be regarded as the “Holy Grail” of
six-a-side-cricket competitions, the 17th Chiang Mai International Cricket
Sixes opened with a flourish on Sunday afternoon at the 106-year-old Chiengmai
Gymkhana Club, and will continue non-stop through (today) Saturday April 10,
featuring 28 teams from around the world.
director Maurice Bromley thanks the participants.
Concomitant with the international competition is the
junior cricket, now entering the fifth year of competition in the Chiang Mai
Sawasdee Cricket Cup, comprising some 12 junior teams from the fledgling
Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance.
There will also be the much looked-forward to Ladies
Challenge which, with much good spirit, fun - and the occasional ‘tipple’
- pits the almighty Chiang Mai Chassies (and are there ever some
‘chassies’ in that lot!) title-holders for the past two years, against the
World Women’s Dixie Belles (a few good chassies, there too!).
Fletcher (facing camera), landlord of Pattaya’s Shenanigan’s celebrates
his remarkable innings stand with the Shenanigans Malakas.
The juniors will start on the side pitches today and the
Ladies, the Junior Hardball Match and the Stars Challenge vs the Sri Lankan
All Stars will play on Saturday, to close this year’s events.
REAL John Bell please stand up: Second left (GM of sponsor, O’Reilleys) and
far right (an umpire): both John Bell.
As the Chiangmai Mail went to print, two days of
cricket had been completed - a total of 35 games - including Sunday’s seven,
with excellent playing, timing and scheduling.
Results of the games so far played in the Cup/Bowl/Plate
Division were: Te Pakeha of Zimbabwe/New Zealand 57-1 (G. Chatfield 31 ret)
defeated Darjeeling Cricket Club from Dubai (George Appleton 30 ret); The
Gloucestershire Gypsies 68-1 (W. Ridsdale 30 ret) beat the Lions of CMW
(Thailand) 65-2 (Ajaz Jar 31 ret); Yes No Wait Sorries (England) 61-0 (Mark
Briers 33 ret) beat B.A. Dragons (Wales) 58-3 (R. Pallett 32 n.o.); The Awali
Taverners (Bahrain) 62-0 (M. Wangare 31 ret) beat Lord Taverners (Australia
-last year’s Sixes Cup runners-up) 60-2 (Tom Hogan 31 ret); Te Pakeha 57-1
(Steve Penny 30 n.0.) narrowly beat Silver State 56-1; Shanghai Dragons 53-0
likewise just beat Alma 51-2; Stairway to Heaven Drifters Lions of CMW 78-2
defeated the Javea Wanderers 73-1 (Tom Rowe 33 ret); Surrey Vagrants 59-0
(Paul Prichard 209 n.o.) beat Darjeeling 55-4; Perth Postels 77-0 (K. Jackson
32 ret) thrashed the Ashwell Crusaders 48-3; Moonshine Warathais 52-1 beat
B.A. Dragons 39-4; Gloucestershire Gypsies 62-0 (W. Risdale 31 ret); beat
Javea Wanderers 59-1; Stairway to Heaven Drifters 63-0 just scraped in ahead
of Shenanigan’s Darwin Dilettantes 62-4; Surrey Vagrants 58-0 (Paul Prichard
31 ret); beat Silver State 56-2; Lamma 73-1 (T. White).
bar: always popular and 10 percent of the take goes to junior cricket.
Results of the Spoon Division were: Irish Pub Gang Green
(Thailand) 38-0 defeated Gymkhana Cavaliers (Thailand) 38-0, the Gymkhana
Cavaliers 62-1 beat Wombats 61-2.
The Pattayans had a titanic struggle, with Kim Fletcher at
bat right through the innings, for the Shenanigans Malakas 65-2 beating their
sea-side neighbours, the Living Dolls, 64-0; The other Pattaya team, the Irish
Pub Gang Green won 44-1 to Bangkok Postels’ 43-1; the Wombats 66-1 (James
Bell 31 ret) administered a sound thrashing to Halylt 47-1 (T. White 30 ret);
Alma 69-0 (with a great innings by Chris Verster for the day’s top score of
35 finishing with a massive ‘6’), defeated the Bangladeshi team
Commonwealth 66-3 (Raffiqul 31 ret).
tent: “Help(ing) Build A Future For Cricket In Thailand”.
There were some weary heads following the splendid opening
party sponsored, as usual, by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and held at
the Pornping Tower where tournament director Maurice Bromley pointed out that
several of the teams had appeared at every tournament since the first in 1988,
the Wombats, the Drifters and Darjeeling, noting with regret the demise of Joe
Carpenter, the driving force behind Darjeeling since the Sixes started in
Maurice was effusive in his praise of all the participants
over the years, pointing out that their generosity had under-written the
highly-successful Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Association, with this year’s
Fifth Sawasdee Cup, played in conjunction with the Sixes Tournament, declared
as “Building a future for cricket in Thailand”. More than 12 schools have
entered this year.
The first few days were overcast with a very light
intermittent rain which, in no way, affected the action and some of the big
hitting, great fielding and some spectacular catches right on the boundary.
But, in spite of the great standard, no batsman has yet been able to hit
the big Champion Sparkplug logo, with a number 10 on top, standing just beyond
the boundary. To hit that gives the batsman a score of 10 and the sponsor will
donate 4,000 baht to the junior league.
Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant sponsor youth cricket
People’s generosity will never cease to amaze me.
The Chiang Mai Sixes started today (Sunday). I was setting
up my stall in the hope that a few guests might purchase some merchandise to
raise money for the children’s cricket. I thought the odd T-shirt might go
or perhaps a hat. We had mentioned around town that we were proposing
sponsorship of each member of the under-13 squad; this would enable us to
provide full kit and coaching for one year for each child.
to David Strudwicke, owner of the Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, Phansang
Jongtague now has a bat of his own.
My first visitor to the stall was David Strudwicke, owner
of the Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant. “I’ve come to sponsor a boy” -
Music to my ears. David decided to sponsor Phansang Jongtague, a left arm
spinner and one of the boys short-listed for Malaysia.
Good news, Phansang will now have a bat of his own. David
is relatively new to Chiang Mai, but stated his support of Chiang Mai Schools
Cricket Alliance. David has also offered the Bear’s Den for future
fundraising events, and with the quality of the food and the excellent
atmosphere the place generates - we are happy to have the opportunity of using
If you would like further information on sponsoring a member of the Chiang
Mai ‘Under 13’ squad, please contact Linda Buck on
[email protected] or telephone 053 426101.
Chiang Mai Pool League