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Who to call when it burns

Rude Cricket Club

New smoking law

 

Who to call when it burns

Dear Editor,
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.
Regards
Elsie

 

Rude Cricket Club

Dear Sir,
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 tea.
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!
Yours faithfully
Cricket Fan, Chiang Mai


New smoking law

Dear Editor,
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?
Yours
Steve
Editor’s note: You’ll find the answer in the article about the smoking ban in CMM issue 9, page 3.



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