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‘All you can eat’ – the Expat Ladies’ Lunch!

Ain’t Science Wonderful!

Tapping your problems away? You must be joking...

 

‘All you can eat’ – the Expat Ladies’ Lunch!

Elena Edwards
The monthly Expat Ladies’ Lunch group met last Tuesday at a previously untried venue – the new Mercure Hotel, previously the Novotel – to sample the Buffet Lunch.

Chiang Mai Friends Group meets at JJ Markets for comradeship, integration and information.
Ongoing refurbishment if the accommodation means that only the restaurant area is available; however, the huge seating area was crowded with happy eaters – the 20 or so ladies present soon found out why!
On arrival, we were greeted by attentive staff, who immediately served mixed breads and platters of seafood, and gently laid our napkins on our laps. Plus point number 1! Plus point numbers 2 through at least 10 came when we inspected the food stations…a huge number of fresh salad vegetables, meats, fish and selected starters, a main course station with a varied choice of western and Thai dishes, and two stations with desserts, including ice cream. Plus point 11 came when platters of sliced beef and chicken arrived at our table! Coffee or tea followed a serious ‘all you can eat’ experience, with everything attractively prepared and freshly cooked using good ingredients and more than a little imagination. The general opinion of the group was that certain other Buffet Lunch venues now have a serious rival, not just in quantity, choice, quality and service, but also in price, as the advertised charge is 280 baht per person.
All in all, a very successful event, which welcomed the group’s organiser, Fran, back from her home visit to the US. Even without the enjoyable aspect, (and price discount!), of a large group, all taking at once, this new lunch venue is well worth a visit!

 

Ain’t Science Wonderful!

Elena Edwards
Leaving aside, just for now, the serious ongoing scientific debate about global warming, its causes and our supposed total responsibility for this and all other crises, a newly published and, some may feel, slightly irreverent book should at least allow us to feed our starving scepticism! And, possibly, reassure us that the sublime talent, of thinking ‘outside the box’, is still alive and kicking, if somewhat feebly, in the scientific community.
Due mainly to the world-wide web and other mass communication devices, we could be forgiven for thinking that ‘sit back and enjoy our collective guilt’ is the mantra for these early years of the 21st century. Theories come and go, the more divergent they are from the perceived wisdom we’re encouraged to believe, the slower they come and the quicker they go! At the same time, the mega-politicians, the mega-organisations and the mega-companies pump out more of their spin in a never-ending stream. The still, small voice of calm gets weaker by the year, and pessimism rules.
The above- mentioned book - its title alone may give you hope at best and a good laugh at least- Global Warming And Other Bollocks: The Truth About All Those Science Scare Stories, by Professor Stanley Feldman and Professor Vincent Marks, seeks to dismiss by the use of hard, (?) information, some of the more extreme and less logical theories of imminent disaster, and, of course, hits at global warming itself.
Beginning with the globally least disastrous scenario, the potential of death by mercury poisoning caused by fillings in your teeth is debunked by basic statistics. The safety level of daily exposure to mercury by employees is 3,000 times higher than the amount of the admittedly deadly substance in each amalgam filling. So, unless your mouth resembles in size and content that of Jaws in the James Bond films, you’re safe!
The next myth concerns our (almost) favourite occupation, eating! These days, we’re scared to eat anything that’s been fixed, mixed or otherwise got-at. Yet, after WW2, an entire generation, (according to medical experts, one of the healthiest and longest-lived ever), lived on corned beef, followed up the popularity stakes very soon by hamburgers! The point of this is that such foods, eaten in moderation, are far better for you than chip butties and bread ‘n dripping, the staple low-protein, high-carbohydrate, high-fat foods of the poorer members of society in earlier times! Sausages get the seal of approval also, as at least there is some protein involved! So, moderation in all things!
Organic foods and a fear of eating salt are next on the debunk menu; but, even if the comment that plant nutrients are the same whether they’re delivered though the air we breath or in large bags with a chemical company’s name on them is true, the kind of toxicity we’re worried about, even here in Chiang Mai, is the type which kills the other species who like to feed on our food whilst it’s still growing! As regards salt, we’d die without it! Before we died, we wouldn’t be able to sweat, which may be seen by some as an advantage in this climate…but!
The real crunch, however, comes when the two authors take on the climate change zealots, beginning with those cuddly and ‘endangered’ harbingers of doom – the polar bears, inevitably photographed these days balancing precariously on what is meant to be the last ice-floe in the entire world! Well, the species is, apparently, not dying out at all – most populations are apparently doing very well!
As regards out responsibility for the greenhouse gases which, according to the opposing group of scientists, are about to destroy our fragile planet, natural changes in the behaviour and power of the sun may be as much to blame as the industrial revolution! Global temperatures appear to be more closely related to solar activity, which is constantly changing, than to levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Interesting. This is borne out by ice-core studies, amongst others, which suggest that our earth warmed up more during medieval times than during the 20th century, and cooled down considerably during the Little Ice Age of the 16th and 17th centuries, without any man-made interference. And again, it seems that temperatures also dipped between 1940 and 1975 - a period of intense industrial activity. Even more interesting…
The purveyors of doom and gloom do go on rather about CO2 levels in our atmosphere, which, of course, have undeniably risen during the period of industrial activity over the last 200 years or so. However, in the era of the dinosaurs, levels were often 10 times higher than they are today… life thrived, and there was no runaway greenhouse catastrophe of the sort that the doom-mongers insist we face if we let levels rise further. Levels also, it should be noted, came down again naturally.
And so it continues…the gulf stream is actually getting warmer; the Maldives and other expensive tourist destinations are not sinking, (although Venice certainly is, for other reasons!), and – wait for it! Global warming may actually be good for us, due to warmer temperatures and less winter frosts which will benefit agriculturalists. Whatever you believe, this book, whether it’s ‘tongue in cheek’ or actual science, is a good read!


Tapping your problems away? You must be joking...

Cory Croymans-Plaghki
It was obvious that most participants at the last Soroptimist meeting were having a ball as soon as Jaz Goven got them all tapping away on certain parts of their body and using some affirming statements.
Even the more sceptical members could see with their own eyes how the Emotional Freedom Technique’s tapping changed the emotions of the volunteers who were sitting right in front of them. I personally experienced its amazing benefits a few months ago when Jaz Goven was giving a talk at the Worldwide Holistic Health Seminar in Chiang Mai, which is why I invited her to be our speaker at the recent monthly Soroptimist meeting.
What is EFT? Probably the most exciting therapy and self-help tool available nowadays, spreading rapidly throughout the world and used by all kinds of professionals and individuals alike. EFT is a new form of emotional acupuncture, (without needles), based on the understanding that all negative emotions are stored in the body causing disruptions in the body’s energy flows. These disruptions or blockages can be cleared by gently tapping on certain acupuncture points while voicing or thinking about specific events or issues. The technique can be used for any type of problem.
We already know that unresolved emotional issues can be the main cause of many diseases; according to Dr Eric Robins, a well-known American urologist, this figure can be as high as 85% of all illnesses. Even though EFT may be labelled by some medical professionals as pseudoscience, it is being endorsed by big names in medicine and it still stands out as an amazingly simple, quick and effective technique to overcome emotional and physical problems.
In Western countries, we are still beginning to unravel the mystery of our body’s energy systems, so we could well try this unusual system which can help to overcome lifelong illnesses and diseases. Anyone can learn and use it; you don’t need specialised training, although it should be used on a regular basis until the problem has been resolved. A free download about the basic method is available at www.emofree.com, EFT founder Gary Craig’s website.