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Classic Cars of Lanna

“Our Lives: Looking East – Looking West”

August Film Programme at Alliance Francaise

Mayor announces Photographic Competition to honour His Majesty the King

A special event for families on a special day

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Classic Cars of Lanna

Pictured outside the Garden Guest House with some wonderful vehicle paintings are, (l to r), newly recruited member Franck Morand, members Paul Humphreys & Rex Baggaley, guest speaker Chris Lock with his family,  Noggin’n’Natter organiser David Hardcastle and the Garden Guest House’s proprietor Tim Davies

The North of Thailand’s premier Classic Car group, Classic Cars of Lanna, held their first “Noggin ‘n Natter , (Brit-speak for a meeting with drinks and snacks!), on July 25 at the Garden Guest House and Restaurant on Rachadamnoen Road in the old city.
The guest speaker at the meeting was automotive artist and classic car insurance expert Chris Lock from Pattaya. Chris made the journey to Chiang Mai in his modern BMW, having sensibly decided to leave his three classic cars in his garage at home, but did bring with him several examples of his excellent artwork and his wife & son!
Any owner of a classic car who would like to learn of developments in the insurance market is invited to contact CCL through their website, www. classiccarsoflanna.com

 

“Our Lives: Looking East – Looking West”

Exhibition of artwork by Scottish and stateless children

A very special exhibition of prints by children from two Scottish and two Thai/Burmese schools will be held at at Suvannabhumi Gallery, 116 Chareonrat Road, Chiang Mai from 6th-18th August, 10.00-21.00 hrs. In conjunction with the exhibition, on August 8 at 7 p.m, a special event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the 8.8.88 uprising will be presented, with readings from imprisoned Burmese writers and those in exile. A collection to support the survivors of Cyclone Nargis will be taken up.
The organiser of the exhibition, the Burma Educational Scholarship Trust, (BEST), is a charitable foundation registered in Scotland which has pioneered a unique Global Schools Partnership and Mutual Capacity Building Programme, funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development. The schools linked by the project are Forthview and Pirniehall State Primaries in Pilton - one of Edinburgh’s poorest communities - and Hle Bee and Say Tar Nay, both ‘stateless’ primary schools on the Thai-Burma border. The foundation’s work and its equity based methodology is unique anywhere in the world and they are very keen to share and grow their BEST practice further.
Work currently being developed is based on mutual learning in both schools’ communities, involving teachers, pupils and parents, and brought about through ‘whole school’ arts and culture based education. Aspects covered are reading and writing for critical thinking, emotional literacy, active global citizenship and health and hygiene education through a shared hand-washing programme. Communication is a twin-track approach of reciprocal visits, email through third parties, mutual letter writing and etchings using recycled plastic water bottles as etching plates, which describe “Our lives” in an accessible and low-tech way. Tri-lingual teaching resources and awareness raising materials for use in Scottish, Burmese and Thai schools are being developed.
A parallel exhibition of some of this work was shown at Border Line gallery in Mae Sot and Ocean Terminal Gallery in Edinburgh throughout June to mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday and International Refugee Month. In Chiang Mai, the exhibition will be shown exclusively at Suvannabhumi Gallery. For more information, please visit the foundation’s website, www.burma-trust.org. or email on [email protected]


August Film Programme at Alliance Francaise

Friday, August 8, 20.00
CE SOIR OU JAMAIS (1961), by Michel Deville with Claude Rich • Anna Karina • Georges Descrières • Guy Bedos • Françoise Dorléac • B&W • 103 mn • English sub-titles
Laurent has to prepare a musical show. That evening, he calls together his collaborators in his apartment under the roofs of Paris who will become the witnesses of his quarrels with his girlfriend. A sophisticated banter in the style of Marivaux or “marivaudage” in the Paris of the early 60s.
Friday, August 15, 20.00
LA TRAHISON (2006), by Philippe Faucon with Vincent Martinez • Cyril Troley • Ahmed Berrhama • 80mn • English sub-titles.
Algeria, 1960. War has been raging for six years and it will take two more years before Algeria – in French hands since 1830 – gains independence following a referendum decided by General De Gaulle. Lieutenant Roque, a Frenchman, is in command of an isolated post of thirty soldiers in the south-eastern region of Algeria. All the men have been drafted; among them are four young Muslims – French of North African origin. Caporal Taïeb acts an interpreter for Roque. The post’s mission is to assure the security and control of a neighbouring village and its environs, and the displaced, unemployed men and women, teenagers, and children living there. Everyone is tired of this interminable war and eager to lead normal lives again. Roque sometimes manages to gain people’s trust, even if many are no doubt secretly partisans of the FLN (National Liberation Front) and Algerian independence. Neither war nor peace will stop Roque from seeing his mission through. Then, all of a sudden, everything goes awry…
Friday, August 22, 20.00
SARRAOUNIA (1986), by Med Hondo with Ai Keita • Jean Roger Milo • Feodor Atkine • 120mn • English sub-titles
On January 2 1899, starting from the French Soudan, a French column under the commandment of captains Voulet and Chanoine is sent against the black Sultan Rabah in what is now the Cameroun. Those captains and their African mercenary troops destroy and kill everything they find on their path. The French authorities try to stop them sending orders and a second troop but the captains even kill the emissaries who are reaching them. Sarraounia, queen of the Aznas, has heard about the problem. Clever in war tactics and witchcraft, she decides to resist and stop the madmen..
Friday, August 29, 20.00
SERKO (2006), by Joël Farges with Jacques Gamblin • Alexei Chadov • Marina Kim • 80mn • English sub-titles.
At the beginning of winter in 1889, mounted on Serko, his small, grey horse, Dimitri leaves the Amour river, situated on the eastern borders of the Russian Empire, and sets out on a journey. After extraordinary adventures, they both arrive in Saint Petersburg, at the Tsar’s court. Having covered 5,600 miles in less than 200 days, this young horseman and his horse have thus achieved the most amazing equestrian feat of all time...


Mayor announces Photographic Competition to honour His Majesty the King

Beautiful trees of Chiang Mai

The Mayor of Chiang Mai, Dr Duentemduang na Chiengmai, recently announced a photography competition entitled ‘Beautiful Trees in Private Gardens’. Residents of Chiang Mai are encouraged to send photos of their trees to the Municipal Offices on Wang Singkam Road ,(next the the US Consulate). There will be four categories— ‘Literary Trees’ ‘Economical Trees’ ‘Indigenous Trees’ and ‘Historical Trees’.
4 by 6 inch photos should be sent, together with a copy of the sender’s ID Card or passport, plus a brief description of the location of the tree, with a map if possible. The photographer’s relationship, if any, with the tree and its owner, any known history of the tree, and any other interesting details should also be included. CDs may also be submitted. Although the title of the competition includes the words, “private gardens”, photos of beautiful trees in green areas such as schools, temples and on government land can also be sent.
The competition will close on August 31. The initiative is in honour of His Majesty the King, and the results will be published on His Majesty’s Birthday December 5. If anyone wishes to find out further details they should telephone 053 259 218 or fax 053 251 252


A special event for families on a special day

Mothers’ Day celebration in aid of Zonta’s grandma project

Saturday August 9 is Mothers’ Day here in Thailand—and also the date of a very special celebration organised by La Gondola restaurant’s Friends Club in conjunction with the fund raising efforts of Zonta International Chiang Mai, which will benefit their Grandma Care Project. The project aims to ease the burden of grandmothers who are taking care of orphaned grandchildren whose parents died from HIV/Aids.
The “Chiang Mai Mothers’ Day Family Adventure” will include such delights as the best of the city’s sightseeing and temples, a visit to the recently excavated ruins of the nearby hidden Royal City of Wiang Kum Kam, founded by the great King Mengrai, and a boat excursion on the Ping River.. Family team games are being planned, and flowers “for our mother” will be able to be planted at a public park in the city. Thai massage, reflexology and special Mothers’ Day surprise gifts are also on the agenda. The day will end with a gala dinner party.
Family tickets for the event are limited to 30, and cost 4000 baht for a family of three and 5,000 baht for a family of four. Individual tickets are 1500 baht; the charge for a child under 12 is 1,000 baht. The event hopes to promote good relationships between family members and friends Tickets are available at Caffe Gourmet Restaurant on Ratchamanka Rd , (053 207 091), Girasole Restaurant on Rachadamnoen Rd, (053 276 388), and La Gondola Restaurant at Mee Chok Plaza, (053 230 329) .


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Young Kayan girls from Mae Hong Son province, all wearing their brass neck rings, pictured in front of their straw hut. August 9 marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.