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Murray Dickson the new General Manager and Managing Editor of the Chiangmai Mail

Art Exhibition at JJ Good Taste: All my People

Buy leading-brand digital cameras at Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center holds interesting exhibitions

Building relationships between safe houses

Murray Dickson the new General Manager and Managing Editor of the Chiangmai Mail

Dr. Iain Corness
Murray Dickson the new General Manager and Managing Editor of the Chiangmai Mail, is a lifetime media man. He worked for the Tourism Authority of Thailand for many years and has had an affinity for this country and, to be able to work and settle here, represents something of fulfilling of an ambition.
He was born in South Australia, “Where the crows fly backwards to keep the dust out of their eyes,” said Murray. The son of an engine driver, he dreamed of standing on the engine plate with Dad. That dream lasted until he was five years old, when his father finally relented and took him on board. “When the fire door opened and the heat and flames rushed out, I was cringing at the back of the engine screaming to be let off.” Fortunately, his mother guessed that something like that would happen and the young Murray was stepped down at the first level crossing, where mother was waiting.
It was becoming obvious that Murray’s talents were leading him towards being a disc jockey, rather than a train jockey. He would practice in the back yard with an old phonograph, while announcing the hits of the day, much to the annoyance of the people next door, he found out later.
At school he showed he had a way with words. He was also showing an inventive turn of mind, always good for a journalist. When asked to read out his homework essay in front of the class, when he had not written a word, he stood there, opened his essay book and spoke, pretending he was reading his written manuscript. He got away with this subterfuge a few times, until the teacher decided he would have a look too. The blank pages brought several hours of detention. However, he had discovered the journalist’s creed — never let the truth stand in the way of a good story!
After finishing school, he felt he wanted to be an announcer and made some small demo tapes to be sent to radio stations in South Australia. These did not bring him offers of work, only reject slips instead. Being resourceful, he rang one of the radio stations to ask why his application had been unsuccessful, to be told he didn’t have any experience. This was his first understanding of the Catch 22 principle. No experience – no job, no job – no experience! However, one station did tell him to go to Melbourne to an announcing school. He heeded the advice and was soon finding experience running a fire station radio, complete with a fireman’s uniform. However, as with his experience on the train, he never actually went to a fire.
From there his career never looked back, even to the point of getting a scoop for a Melbourne radio station when he was up in Queensland on holidays. Murray was never without his tape recorder. A Queensland station was impressed by the ability of the young man and took him to lunch. “I never say no to lunch,” said Murray with a grin, and that particular lunch brought him the offer of being News Director for the station. “I was the youngest News Director in Australian radio,” said Murray, still obviously proud of that achievement.
After a couple of years, he was invited back to South Australia where the new medium of television was seeking talented young journalists. He was a reporter for a show called “News Beat”, in which the young investigative journalist would feature exposes of corruption and misdeeds in the community. He also exposed the first naked white breasts on Australian TV (up till then, colored breasts were considered cultural education). After that first monumental hurdle, TV nudity has become somewhat commonplace, though I doubt if we should blame Murray Dickson for it all!
By 1977, Murray had moved to Perth in Western Australia, with the advent of the new FM stations that were springing up around the country. He was happy there, in the forefront of the developing technology, in the news department, but it was there that he met up with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The TAT were looking to start up an office in Western Australia and made him an offer he could not refuse, so he became Thailand’s promotions man in the west of the large sunburnt land Down Under.
He enjoyed this position too, involving four to five trips to Thailand each year, but it was on his first trip to Chiang Mai that he remarked to one of his fellow travelers, “You know, I reckon I could live here.” Prophetic words.
However, the Asian economic crash affected many people, and TAT, as part of their belt-tightening closed down their office in Perth. Murray was unemployed – but not for long! He was invited to run a radio station for the indigenous children in Western Australia. This was something new, and a challenge for him to meet.
Remembering just how difficult it had been for him to break into journalism, he knew it would be even harder for the indigenous peoples of Australia. He set himself the goal of getting his trainees into positions both with the government-run and commercial radio and TV stations. The breakthrough came when the Australian Broadcasting Commission reluctantly agreed to take on one of his trainees, but insisted that the young chap did an eight week training course with them first. After two weeks they rang back to say the man had the job, there was nothing more the ABC could teach him!
However, the pull to north Thailand was very strong, and when the position came up with Chiangmai Mail he finished his contract in Australia and caught the next plane out. He is now here, and in charge, and in Murray’s words, “I want to make what is already an excellent publication into a great publication, with information for the English speaking locals, and to training Thais as journalists and broadcasters.”
Welcome to Chiang Mai, Murray Dickson!


Art Exhibition at JJ Good Taste: All my People

One of the works displayed in the exhibition.

Nopniwat Krailerg
JJ Good Taste Market invites art lovers to attend an Art Exhibition at JJ Good Taste entitled “All My People”. The art works are the achievement of Siripong Ruangsri from Phichit province who moved to Chiang Mai ten years ago. This exhibition presents metal sculptures from recycled metal pieces, including bamboo weaving art in various forms. JJ Good Taste Market from May 27 to June 31, 2006 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Siripong Ruangsri is 49 years old and used to in New York, USA for 14 years. He his displayed works combine many feelings toward people in society. These feelings are strength, love, kindness, innocence and phobia.
JJ Good Taste Market next to new road, near Kham Thieng Market or call 0 5323 1524.


Buy leading-brand digital cameras at Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai

Numerous cameras provided at Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai to respond your purposes.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
If you are one of those who like photography and get charmed with high technology of digital cameras, video cameras, binoculars, and surveillance cameras. Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai can respond your need by being the center of numerous leading-brand cameras; such as Sony, Canon, Casio, Samsung, Fuji, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, and more under good quality including A-Class standard that will respond your need ranging from 1
st floor – 4th floor.
On the 1
st floor, you will meet Sony by Chi Chang which provides world-class quality digitals cameras and video cameras, Photo Bug and Photo Shop Digital Lab which provide photography service and give advice for those who want to buy cameras. Also, you will meet Big Camera who will assure you by being one of 87 branches in Thailand and CAMERA.CO.TH which provides cheap cameras for everyone.
On the 2
nd floor, you will meet I.T. City, the big superstore where you will meet numerous brands of cameras to respond your purposes. Then, on the 3rd floor, you will meet Niyom Phanich who responds your needs with installment payment.
Finally, on the 4
th floor, you can meet with Sawasdee Group which provides cameras for those who are professional in nature tourism, bird-watching cameras, Top-View binoculars, and surveillance cameras including a set of professional connecting appliances.
Now, you know that Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai provides numerous kinds and numerous brands of cameras with equipments and accessories. Contact for more information and ask for cameras’ information at Tel. 0-5328-8383 Ext. 101-104.


Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center holds interesting exhibitions

But the double pricing is even more interesting!

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center located near the Three Kings Statue.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center, near the Three Kings Statue, Muang district, Chiang Mai will hold an exhibition between May 30 to June 3, covering “Arts Award for Thai Youths”. It will exhibit award-winning artworks from the contest held last year, covering six fields of arts; printing, sculpture, literature, music, photographs, and movies.
Also, in June, there will be an exhibition to honor HM the King on the occasion of his 60 years on the throne, which tells the story of the King’s early travels including examples of his many good works and graciousness.
At the Phum Pan-ya Room, the 2
nd floor, there will also be an exhibition entitled “Local herb, local knowledge” by KhunChan Inta, from the Thai Massage Club, Hang Dong district, who specializes in massage using local herbs and he will pass on his extensive knowledge to those who are interested between June 1-30.
More information is available from Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center, at the Public Relations Counter or call 0-5321-9833 at 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, except Monday. The entrance fee for Thai adults will be 20 baht and 10 baht for children. Foreign adults will be charged 90 baht, and 40 baht for children.


Building relationships between safe houses

HDN in Chiang Mai
How nice it would be if everyone in the world had a house to shelter them. In an ideal world everyone would have a place that they could call ‘home’ where love, warmth and safety are waiting for them. In reality, life is not that simple. Many people who face problems and obstacles in their lives have nowhere to rest, physically or emotionally.
The ‘Safe House’ concept was developed to provide both physical and mental rest for the most vulnerable people in society, such as women and children who experience domestic abuse, sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. Safe houses are set up to provide people in need with residence, food, health care, advice, life skills and psychological healing to give them self-confidence and allow them to live normal lives.
This month’s NGO Forum is organized by the Northern NGO Coalition on AIDS (NNCA) on the theme ‘Building relationships between safe houses’. The objectives are to encourage people who are working in safe houses to build networks, explore their needs and collect basic information for a database on safe houses in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. The forum is open to anyone who is interested.
NGO forum details
Topic: ‘Building relationships between safe houses’
Date: Tuesday, May 30 2006
Time: 4–6 p.m.
Venue: The HIV/AIDS Action Centre, HDN,
21-22/1, Soi 1, Ratchaphakhinai Rd.
Please call 053-418-438 # 110 to reserve a seat.
The Team would very much appreciate it if you could register in advance. Hand-outs and materials can not guaranteed for late or unregistered participants.
Email [email protected] for more information.



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