My husband was recently hospitalized with acute
gastroenteritis at one of Chiang Mai’s best known private hospitals. I was
shocked when the nursing supervisor started his IV without either observing
proper infection control methods or universal precautions, but I arrived in
his room from Admissions too late to stop her. Throughout the night, as
various nurses came and went, I noted that none of them observed universal
precautions when handling either the IV needle or blood for laboratory work.
Nurses who do not understand the need to protect
themselves from the blood and body fluids of their patients are not likely
to understand the seriousness to patients of basic infection control
methods. I write this not to alarm people, but I would advise them to
immediately point out any such failures on the part of the nursing staff to
the nurse in question, and also to the treating physician and the
administration of the hospital. Those who are supposed to be helping you get
well should not be exposing you to further risks.
Rebecca Lomax, Ph.D.
Murder rates not higher
Will’s protestations of doom and gloom for the Thai
tourism economy (CMM, 14-20 January) are wildly overstated and supported by
highly spurious one-sided evidence. Murder rates amongst foreign tourists in
Thailand are most certainly not higher than any other country, a number of
the incidents cited in Will’s letter involved ex-pats, rather than
tourists, and the Thai police should be congratulated for their continuing
efforts – particularly on the speedy and thorough way in which they
investigated and solved the case of the 21 year woman in Koh Samui. Will
conveniently forgets that murders of foreign tourists happen in the good
ol’ US of A - and even, sadly, here in Britain. I continue to look forward
to my flight out to Bangkok and on to Chiang Mai this week secure in the
knowledge that I have an infinitely greater chance of being involved in a
fatal car accident in Britain than of being done to death in the land of
David J Fallows, Newton-more, Scotland
Delighted To Escape
Thank you for the article on the ArtSpace exhibit at the Art Cafe. Some
of our favorite restaurants in the United States use their walls to promote
local artists, and I’m delighted to see that happening in Chiang Mai. I
was especially taken with the beautiful painting, “Escape”. I could
almost feel the water and the freedom felt by the swimmer.
The art community in Chiang Mai is growing, and I’m
sure that your readers enjoy learning about it.
Pornography in Chiangmai Mail?
Your web link was given to my boys who are part of Scout
Troop 731. It contained articles about what the Boys’s Scout did on the
Day of the Disabled, etc. That was appreciated. However, it also contained 2
nude paintings, which I think are not appropriate, be it in the name of art
or whatever. Such paintings arouse inappropriate feelings and I do not want
myself as a father or my boys to look at them. I would like to cultivate
good moral values in my family.
Would you please consider not including such items in
your publication in future? I understand that the market likes pornography,
but it is detrimental to our society. There are enough immorality in
Thailand and far too much marital infidelity and pre-marital sex as well. We
all should help to control such things and you can have a part in it, too.
There is enough good art around that are not pornographic in nature. Such
art can be promoted. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Regards, M. Chawla
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Chiang Mai
irresistible musical tells a story of hardship, faith, endurance, betrayal
and in the end forgiveness. This message should inspire everybody who
watches it, to follow his or her dreams.
In the biblical story, Joseph is a handsome young man who
is his father’s favorite child and is able to interpret dreams, a sign of
power and greatness in ancient times. However, his spiteful 11 brothers were
not fond of Joseph - and became insanely jealous when their father gave him
an extraordinary multi-colored ‘dreamcoat’. They sell Joseph into
slavery to some passing Ishmaelites and tell their father that he had been
Religious music, calypso sounds and even rock n’roll
– the musical ‘Joseph’ has it all making it an ideal family musical.
It has drama, it has comedy and it reflects on the hope and the dedication
which lies in all of us.
Tienchai Sooktiang, the producer from Chiang Mai’s
Voice studio said that it was always his dream to produce this original
musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and he is now the license holder
in Thailand, in cooperation with the Really Useful Group, London.
Loosely based on the bible story, Joseph and his
dysfunctional family suffer many trials and tribulations with occasional
hysterically funny musical twists before they move from seeing the world in
black and white to seeing it in technicolor.
Saturday February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2006 at Kad theatre, Kad Suan
Kaew. Tickets are 1000, 800, 600, 500 and 300 baht and available at the
information counter at Kad Suan Kaew shopping center (1st
floor) or at Voice Studio, Tel. 0 5322 4444 ext. 19008, 0 4710 8996 (English