Who to call when it burns
Your news report on the burning issue. Why doesn’t one of the many
‘concerned’ citizen groups have a telephone number where people can phone up
to report burning in English. This can be then logged and given to the
police for a possible follow-up. Although I doubt it will do any good -
because the police do not gain anything from stopping the fires. Maybe
people should ask the Mayor - I think she is doing a talk at the expat club
in March, followed by a meeting at the INTG at Alliance Francais in April.
Rude Cricket Club
After seeing a couple of references to a four day cricket tournament at the
Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai in the local press, I went to watch a game. Most
enjoyable for an hour it was, too - then they halted play for a drinks break
and I decided to go to the ‘pavilion’ area and see if I could get a cup of
As I approached the serving area, a voice rang out “You can’t come here, you
haven’t got a proper shirt on!” A short conversation ensued where I
apologised and said I wasn’t aware there would be a dress code; I was
wearing a t-shirt similar to ones that I had worn throughout the Chiang Mai
Sixes at the same venue. If it had been me I would have diplomatically
called the person over and explained the situation in a friendly manner
hoping that there was a potentially regular supporter or even member there,
but this stuck-up ‘jobsworth’ chose to broadcast it round the area. I am a
firm believer in dress codes and would certainly adhered to this one, had I
known about it.
It so happened that I was the sole spectator at this match, apart from the
players and obviously connected people who were all grouped together. If
this is the way they (not sure who they were; Chiang Mai Cricket Club maybe?
- apologies if not) treat newcomers, no wonder there were no other
spectators. Perhaps they prefer to play with no spectators?
A sad occasion for me, one reason to settle in Chiang Mai was to escape
authoritarians like this, but sadly they get everywhere!
Cricket Fan, Chiang Mai
New smoking law
The new ‘No Smoking Policy’. It seems to be different wherever you go. Is it
in any restaurant bar or nightclub? Does it make any difference if the place
is outdoors (or has an outdoor area)? I heard the police are not enforcing
it for 3 months - then I heard a friend got a fine (on the spot) of 200
baht. Is there anybody who knows the exact ruling - and has anyone told the
various premises and the police?
Editor’s note: You’ll find the answer in the article about the
smoking ban in CMM issue 9, page 3.