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Kids' Corner

Maths boffin from Chiang Mai representing Thailand in Greece

The first dogs

Library for children in need

A very special Chiang Mai young musician

Kids' Corner

Marvin has been on holidays this week and he has had a very nice time staying at home. He got a little bit bored the other day and he said that he had nothing to do. I told him that he could write a letter to his Grandma and Grandpa in Australia because they would really like that. He wrote a very nice letter and then he wrote some more letters to other friends in England. He drew some lovely pictures to go with them too. Do you like to write letters? Maybe you could write one to Marvin and he could write back to you. You can send some pictures that you have drawn, too, because Marvin likes to collect drawings. You can send your letters to:
Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail : 156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate, Muangsamut Road, T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300, Email: [email protected], Fax: 053 234 145


1) Why can you never be lonely at the beach?
2) How do you put a baby astronaut to sleep?
3) What do you get if you cross an axe with a stick?
4) What kind of phone makes music?


1) Because the sea waves at you
2) In a rocket
3) A chopstick
4) A saxophone

Think of a number

Think of a number, from 1 to 9.
Multiply the result by 5.
Add 3.
Double the result.
And you have a 2-figure number ending in a 6. Strike that off.
And you have the number you first thought of!
Girl: I’ve thought of 3.
I multiply it by 5: that makes 15.
I add 3: that makes 18.
I double that: 36
Knock off the 6. Yes!
I’ve got the number I first thought of, 3.
Try it on your friends.
It always works.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Maths boffin from Chiang Mai representing Thailand in Greece

Hopes for gold medal in 45th International Mathematics Olympiad

Autsadaporn Kamthai

A former student from Montfort College has been chosen to represent Thailand in the 45th International Mathematics Olympiad in Greece. The Olympiad is taking place in Athens, from July 6-18.

Sarun Arhuya, 17, completed his senior high school at the college in Chiang Mai and is now a first year student at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok.

Sarun is brilliant in mathematics. In 2000 he won a gold medal at the Mathematics Development Project 2000 and a silver medal at the Thailand Mathematics Olympiad. He also represented Thailand at the 44th Olympiad in Tokyo, last year. He was the only regional student chosen and walked away with a certificate. Sarun was also prominent at school with his outstanding maths skills. He acquired a certificate from Montfort College in 1995. This certificate is given to only one outstanding student each year.

Sarun Arhuya (center) with his friends at Chiang Mai International Airport before leaving for Greece.

The first dogs

Nienke Parma

Although the domestication of wolves had already started far before the first permanent human settlements the dog breeds were, in the beginning, more a result of natural selection than intentional breeding.

The weaker, smaller, more docile and sociable individuals were favored and maybe even fed, while the aggressive ones were chased away or killed and eaten. The shyer ones would avoid human company.

This breeding of Afghans is from our times. Beautiful in black is Lady Jasmin and the white counterpart is called Ten Baht

Only from the moment more permanent human habitation developed, around 12,000 years ago, more noticeable differences in appearance, temperament and character started to show. The change in lifestyle from a nomadic existence of hunter-gatherers to a permanent way of life had a significant influence on this.

As ecological zones developed around the settlements, people started recognizing the benefits of certain wolf traits more and more. With the living quarters in the middle and a heavily exploited zone around this, where food was cultivated and livestock was held, the wolf’s natural behavior to warn other pack members for potential danger was a great benefit and, thus, those individuals with very good hearing and smell and quick in sounding alarm were favored above the silent ones with lesser developed senses.

Due to an increased livestock management individuals with a greater tendency to herd and defend the flocks from predators, were favored. And with the development of the hunting methods the wolf’s natural ability to track and retrieve became extremely important, resulting in that those with well developed sight and scent senses were selected as hunting companions. Now, the silent behavior became a benefit as were the natural ‘wild’ characteristics, such as a strong powerful but also agile body structure.

However, for being able to distinguish these selected wolves more easily from other animals, individuals with lopped ears, a different tail carriage or outstanding color, such as white, spotted, red or pitch black were preferred above the ones with the natural characteristics. With this favoring of certain traits in the wolf, breed groups started to develop such as the guarding and defense, herding and hunting group. Further, the wolves started to show increasingly the typical dog appearances as we know them in the present days.

But despite of this kind of selection, even then it was still unlikely that breeding went according a breeding plan as we know it nowadays; consciously with the intention to favor certain traits above others. The breeds as we know them now, started to occur only a few hundred years ago.

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Library for children in need

FERC Gala night funds spent on a beautiful library at Hoy Singh

Annelie Hendriks

The 6th fund raising Gala of The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC), which took place at Le Grand Lanna February 28 this year, raised 350,000 baht. The money was intended for the construction of a library/study centre to serve seven schools in the outskirts of Mae Sariang district.

They will understand the significance of the library as soon as they develop ‘fun in reading’ and become curious of the world ‘outside their world’.

This has happened, as during the last three months, FERC together with the volunteers of Mae Sariang (teachers, children, parents, students of technical colleges) have built a beautiful library on the premises of Hoy Singh School.

Simple but practical bookshelves

Hoi Singh School is located in the outskirts of the Mae Sariang valley. It is a middle school for poor children in that region. Following Prime Minister Thaksin’s order to extend the compulsory school age from 12 to 16 years old, many hill tribe children will attend these middle schools too. Six other schools are also situated in this part of Mae Sariang.

The opening ceremony day

The library/study center will serve all of them as well as the villagers. The opening hours are extended till long after school time. The main purpose of this library is to assist the students of the schools who don’t have their own books to do their homework, to assist the children in their preparation for entrance examinations at vocational schools or high schools and assist adults to extend their basic knowledge.

The opening day of the FERC and Rotary sponsored library at Huay Sing School.

The construction of the library/study center, including toilets, has cost 350,000 baht. The Rotary Fayetteville from Arkansas in the US donated 100,000 baht for the furniture (cupboards, tables and benches) as well as 50,000 baht for the books. Needless to say, even more books are needed. The Department of Education of Mae Sariang donated a computer and some skilled labor during the construction process. Local companies helped with the transportation of the materials to the school. Much of the actual construction was done by volunteers.

The opening ceremony took place on June 3. A very well prepared video/slideshow was shown, giving an overview of the history of the school and the construction of the library. Representatives of the Department of Education of Mae Sariang, of the schools involved, of FERC and the Rotary Clubs Chiang Mai West and Chiangmai Chang Puak were present. Children performed, food was served and presents and certificates were presented.

It was good to see that the donations raised at the Gala diner were so well spent. It inspires FERC to organize the 7th Gala next year.

A very special Chiang Mai young musician

Cory Croymans

Chiang Mai born Dr. Chaipruck Mekara gave a wonderful clarinet recital at Payap University’s Multimedia Hall. His is a rare talent.

After graduating as a Bachelor of Arts with major in Music from Payap University Chaipruck went to study in the United States where he got his Masters of Music degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and his Doctoral degree DMA in Composition from Northwestern University. This was quite a financial strain on him and his family even though Payap University did support the hefty tuition fees.

Chiang Mai born Dr. Chaipruck Mekara gave a wonderful clarinet recital at Payap University’s Multimedia Hall.

Like many Asian composers who go abroad to continue their education, Chaipruck soon realized the value of his native culture. His own music attempts to combine the aesthetic philosophy of the East with the compositional techniques of the West is clearly audible in his “Melancholy” composition (called Wungweyng in Thai) which he composed in 1995 when trying to adapt to his new home in Chicago.

Chaipruck presently teaches music at Chiangmai’s Payap University. I truly hope that the Music Department will know how to cherish this young man who went through such difficult times while dedicating his life to music.

His next performance will be on Friday, July 23, at the George Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” musical which will take place at Payap University Multi-Media room (Maeo Kao campus).

Chaipruck has two main projects in mind: the first one is to teach Thai music students how to work with computers even though Payap University’s Music department is rather poorly equipped. “In this project, we would like to have students try out and learn how to use the computer. Once they know how wonderful this working tool can be, I am pretty sure that they will fall in love and even surely want to buy one for their own use, just like I did.”

However, if Payap wants to open many new classes - like film music, electronic music, composition and computer composition, they will require much sophisticated software.

Chaipruck’s second main project is to actively contribute in the setting up of the Lanna Symphony Orchestra which will have its first charity performance in September this year, bringing together over 80 musicians from 18 different schools throughout the North of Thailand. They played their first performance recently at Payap University’s 30 year celebration activities and were welcomed enthusiastically by many music lovers.