Vol. VI No. 11 - Tuesday May 8 - May 14, 2007
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Police set up checkpoints around the city

Police conducting a search at one of the many checkpoints around the city targeting Thai Yai migrants.

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Chiang Mai Mayor quits abruptly

Long time Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, in office since 2002 and elected by popular vote in 2004, threw in the towel on Friday after his city councilors walked out on him in a show of dissatisfaction.
The Mayor’s abrupt resignation caused the Municipal Council to be dissolved and the future of city politics to enter into a new era of government leadership.
Tensions had been brewing at City Hall for the last two months after council member
Pornchai Jitnawasathian of the Chiang Mai Khunnatham group resigned his post apparently under pressure by the former Mayor and his family.

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Scores injured in messy Mae Jo road crash

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Life in Chiang Mai

A London based friend of mine commented that my choice of places I considered liveable in (last week’s column) did not include any great cities. In selecting Copenhagen, Vancouver and Wellington (30 or so years ago I would have added San Francisco) I had left out – for example London, Paris and New York let alone more adventurous choices. And by finally opting for Chiang Mai I had gone too far down the possible list in terms of scale and the opportunities which that offers.
Well to coin a cliché, size isn’t everything. No one disputes that there is a wow factor in sheer size, but energy and vitality can offer great consolation. Of course New York and the others offer both, but – and I guess this has a lot to do with age – I have come to appreciate altogether subtler, smaller scale pleasures and a city like Chiang Mai therefore has a special appeal. Rather as with people it is a lack of flamboyance and that shouty ‘in your face’ directness which lends charm.

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Better working order

After last week’s mechanical disasters at PS Bowl, Chiang Mai Bowlers experienced a vast improvement at the venue during this Wednesday’s meet.

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Around town

l/r Esther, Karina, Dominque, Chadwick, Michael and the birthday girl Mary celebrating a very special day.

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Popular author featured at the Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting

The Chiang Mai Expats Club held its regular meeting on the 28th of April with a presentation of Christopher G. Moore latest work titled “The Risk of infidelity Index” which is the ninth in his Vincent Calvino series set in Bangkok.

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