The Doctor's Consultation: by Dr. Iain Corness
Another bloody pain in the bottom
I was contacted at the hospital
by one of my racing mates rather worried after finding he was passing blood
after going to stool. This symptom had only just made itself evident and I
was pleased that he had not left it until it became a large problem, rather
than a small one.
I asked, “Do you have any pain with the bleeding?” That’s what I mean when I
wrote the headline, “another bloody pain in the bottom”. Embarrassing, but
generally a minor problem, usually known as “piles”.
Piles are one of the most common ailments around. The medical term for piles
is haemorrhoids (hemorrhoids if you come from the left hand side of the
Atlantic), which shows why we don’t commonly use that name - too long and
too hard to spell! I have often said that the reason that the medical course
is six years is that it takes five years to learn how to spell the long
words, but then, I’m joking of course.
So just what are piles and do you get them from sitting on wet grass, as the
old wives will tell you? Let’s deal with the grass first. You do not get
piles from sitting on anything, be it grass, newly mown or otherwise. End of
the grass story. Piles are put simply ‘varicose veins’ of the anus. You see,
around the edge of the anus there is a very rich plexus of blood vessels and
it is possible for the veins to become distended and eventually form a
grape-like structure that can even protrude from the anus itself. This is a
The biggest problem with haemorrhoids is acute bleeding. Embarrassing as
mentioned before, but can actually be such as to run you out of iron and you
end up anemic. Other symptoms include local soiling and discomfort. You can
also get a thrombosis in one of these protruding piles that can be very
painful indeed. Ask anyone who has ever had one (or two).
There are lots of theories as to why we get haemorrhoids. Many women feel
that they are the result of pregnancy or straining during childbirth, but
since men get them as well that would appear to shoot that theory down in
flames. Both sexes can get piles. A lack of dietary fiber has also been
given the nod as a cause, but personally I am not convinced, as many people
with great fiber diets still get piles. Constipation and straining at toilet
does appear to have a bearing (as in bearing down in pregnancy?), but I
honestly feel that the real reason relates very simply to our stage of
development in the history of mankind.
My theory (Darwinian, I admit) is as follows - we used to walk on all fours,
like all the other quadrupeds. Look at our first cousins, the monkeys, and
they are still wandering around with knuckles in the dirt (and I have met
some people that still do this), but many moons ago after seeing our
reflections, we decided we looked better standing on our hind legs, so we
learned to walk erect. This was fine, other than the fact that the valves in
the veins in our legs and ano-rectal region were not up to the additional
pressure the column of blood was exerting from the heart, now a meter or so
higher than the valves. Straight out hydrodynamics, resulting in varicose
veins and piles.
Fortunately piles are relatively easy to fix, and the common rubber-banding
technique will be successful for most. The only real danger in this
condition is in ignoring the bleeding, thinking, “It’s only piles.” As
mentioned before, this bleeding can lead to anemia, but the biggest problem
can be the fact that rectal bleeding might just be a symptom of something
more sinister, such as cancer, and not haemorrhoids, and it is possible to
have both complaints at the same time.
The answer is to never ignore bleeding (from any cause) and get your doctor
to check. It may be embarrassing - but it could be life saving.
Heart to Heart
Don’t fool yourself, you’re not as smart as you think. Your column
consists of mainly regurgitated garbage of no benefit to anyone, your
advice is useless, and at best it’s just light comic relief. You have a
poor idea of where people are coming from with their comments and
opinions, so your responses are fodder. Lessen your out-sized ego and
you might be able to provide advice that can make a difference for
people. Your problem is you think you are real, and that what you are
doing has some purpose. You poor, deluded, ignorant thing, you probably
think this is real too. Let’s see if you are game enough to reply to
this one, and thereby display your pettiness again.
Mr Magoo scoffs at Hillary the dunce
Since my column, according to you, “consists of mainly regurgitated
garbage of no benefit to anyone” I wonder why you continue to read it
and indeed have chosen to write in again? You obviously get some sort of
satisfaction by being abusive, finally calling me a “poor, deluded,
ignorant thing”. That kind of behavior says much about you as a person,
real or otherwise. Enroll somewhere in an anger management course,
You will be delighted and relieved to know that Pater has recovered from
his erectile gross function! He is no longer up for an extended fugue
but can certainly still manage a sparkling toccata!
What with your email after Magoo’s I think I am succumbing to an extreme
form of masochism, and always remember, a sadist is someone who is nice
to a masochist! Please go away.
Can nothing be done about the song taew drivers? For a tourist city they
give the place a bad name with their stand-over tactics and demands for
fares much greater than should be the case. No wonder the foreign
tourists look for taxis, but unless they have their wits about them they
will again be quoted exorbitant fares, rather than using the meters. For
a real fun time in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, try a tuk-tuk which will
attempt to take you straight to the nearest jewelry shop that pays for
their fuel. Until our respective city fathers meet the song taew
monopoly head on and produce a real public transport system, this will
always be a third world tourist destination. Of course that is if there
are any tourists left!
“Where you go?”
Dear “Where you go?”
Unfortunately you are quite correct, my Petal. The song taews which do
not have any fixed or marked destination will always be a turn-off for
tourists, as the majority of the drivers also do not speak another
language (other than Laos). Why would you expect them to get on
transport with unmarked destinations? Perhaps it is time for the TAT to
get involved and issue ‘tourist bus’ licenses for drivers who meet a
minimum standard in communication. Hillary has given up with the song
taews, taxis and tuk-tuks, and uses motorcycle taxis when possible
(still none in Chiang Mai). They appear to be a friendlier bunch and
will heed the “cha-cha” (slowly) instructions. You do have to barter
first, but that’s part of the fun of living in the ‘third world’.
There is a young woman who works in an office I go into regularly. She
seemed a nice enough sort of gal, so I asked her out to a party. Since
then, I have taken her out to the movies a couple of times, and that was
OK too. This relationship has been above board at all times (I am just
getting over a divorce in my home country and don’t need hassles right
now). I thought this was OK and she was happy just to have a little
company now and again, but now she has been ringing me up to say that
she cannot stay in her unit because they are a) repairing it or b)
painting it, or c) her friends have come for a visit and the young baby
will keep her awake or now the builders are in the street and she cannot
get any rest because they start work so early. Each time this means that
she comes over to my unit after she finishes work (she only works half
days) and then sleeps over. So far I have put her in the second bedroom,
but I can see this will not last. What advice have you got for me?
Bed and Breakfast Bill
Dear Bed and Breakfast Bill,
You are becoming “Bed, Boompsie and breakfast Bill”, my Petal, if you
have not cottoned on to this already. Or then again, I may be wrong and
perhaps she just has an interest in hydrodynamics and wants to inspect
your plumbing. I am concerned that your house is in need of repairs too,
especially since you are worried that your second bedroom “will not
last”. Hillary suggests you get the builders in and repair and
redecorate it, and following that get them to go and repair and
redecorate hers. This will be the cheapest way out of this predicament
in the long run. And don’t answer your phone. You have been warned!
by Harry Flashman
Photography for restaurateurs
food and wine critics about menus. What is the best style? Menus
that have photographs in them. It is all very well having ‘vol
au vent’ on the menu, but if the diner doesn’t know what it is,
he is not going to order it. Additionally, with international
clientele, where English may not be their language, only a
photograph can tell them what is on your menu.
However, there are some problems associated with food
photography, and that is why food photographers are some of the
highest paid professional photographers.
There are many reasons for this, but if the final photograph
does not make the food look appetizing, the diner isn’t going to
order it anyway - and will probably go somewhere else to eat
In the pro photography field, any old bangers and mash just will
not do. When selected to shoot food, it was expected by the art
director that I would employ a food stylist. This person knows
how to prepare the item, so that it “looks” good. This does not
mean that it “tastes” good. And yes, I know this is
‘photo-fraud’, and in the US there is legislation to try and
counteract this problem - but it isn’t here!
And so to food photography. This is actually one area where
there are more fraudulent practices than any other. Cold food
can be made to look hot by sprinkling chips of dry ice to give
“steam” coming off the dish. Not palatable, but it looks OK.
Cooking oil gets brushed on slices of the cold meat so that they
look moist and succulent. A few light strokes with pale red
watercolor makes meat look tender. And it doesn’t taste good!
That is just for starters. In the commercial photography studio,
the dedicated food photographer would erect a “light tent” of
white polystyrene and bounce electronic flash inside. Brightness
is necessary to stop the food looking grey and dull. If you want
a “warm” look to the food, then you can use internal reflector
tungsten bulbs as well, but be warned, that if you use the
tungsten light as the sole source the food will turn out very
orange. Lighting is just so important. If you do not have bright
sparkly light then potatoes will look grey, and even the china
plates look drab and dirty.
Going back to places such as the USA, there are very firm rules
about photographing food, you are not allowed to use substitute
materials which “look” like food, but are actually not. This
covers the old trick of using shaving cream as the “cream” on
top of cappuccino coffee for example, or polystyrene foam as
“ice cream”. Personally I think this is a load of ballyhoo,
because the photograph is just to represent what the food will
look like - you don’t eat a photograph, now do you!
“Some wine with your meal, sir?” I’m sorry, but a photograph of
the bottle does not really do the contents of the bottle much of
a favor. Let’s look at a few examples where the photographer has
to stretch the truth somewhat. Ever tried photographing
champagne? There’s never enough bubbles to keep art directors
happy, so you drop some sugar into the glass. Only a few grains
are enough to give the almost still glass of champers that “just
opened” fizz look to it. You also have to bring the light in
from the back of the glass, as well as from the front. This
takes two flash heads, or at least one head and a reflector,
before you attack the prosecco with a sugar stick.
While still on wines, if you try and shoot a bottle of red wine,
it comes out thick dark maroon or even black. Restaurateurs who
have tried photographing their wines will agree. So what does
the pro shooter do? Well he has a couple of courses of action.
First is to dilute the red wine by about 50 percent and secondly
place a silver foil reflector on the back of the bottle. So what
happens to the half bottle of red that was removed to dilute the
wine? The photographer has it with dinner.
Money Matters: Paul Gambles MBMG International Ltd.
Money - How Much is it Worth?
There was a joke going round
recently that a sheet of Andrex toilet paper was actually worth more than a one
billion Zimbabwean dollar note. Not surprising really when you consider what
Mugabe has done to the country. However, he is not the first man to make a
complete mess of his country’s currency.
Let us have a look at the history of paper money. We could go back to the time
of the Sumerians who used salt as money, but that would be tactless as it could
be said it is worth more than the US Dollar. The news is not good for the
American currency though. If you go back to Roman times, any fiat currency fails
in the end. However, it does not just stop there. Not only is there devaluation
but also the economy eventually fails as well.
There are good examples of this. Although it is true to say that the Romans did
not actually have a paper currency, the similarities are there for all to see.
When Augustus was emperor the Denarius was basically 100% silver, once Nero got
hold of it just over fifty years later, it was down to 94%. By the turn of the
century Trajan has reduced it to 85%. There were so many emperors in 218 that
they are too numerous to mention here but it was now down to less than 44% and
by the time of Emperor Philip the Arab, the amount of silver was 0.05%. When
Western Rome collapsed there was practically no silver at all and nobody used
the Denarius any more for buying anything.
The first country that actually used paper money was China. This was because
there was a shortage of copper which is what was used for coins. Thus the
Chinese then switched to iron for its coinage but made too many which meant they
fell in value. So, the banks issued paper money for the iron coins. This could
also be used to buy gold or silver. Unfortunately, though, China was fighting an
ongoing war against that lovely chap Genghis Khan which meant that inflation was
on the up and up. As we know, the Chinese did not win the war against Genghis
who carried on westwards defeating everything that stood in front of him.
However, his grandson, Kublai Khan, did rule China and actually united it.
Kublai Khan did not understand paper money to start with but did in the end and
created, in essence, a fiat currency. In fact, Marco Polo went on to say, “You
might say that [Kublai] has the secret of alchemy in perfection … the Khan
causes every year to be made such a vast quantity of this money, which costs him
nothing, that it must equal in amount all the treasure of the world.”
Polo carried on, “This was the most brilliant period in the history of China.
Kublai Khan, after subduing and uniting the whole country and adding Burma,
Cochin China, and Tonkin to the empire, entered upon a series of internal
improvements and civil reforms, which raised the country he had conquered to the
highest rank of civilization, power, and progress.”
Marco Polo concluded, “Population and trade had greatly increased, but the
emissions of paper notes were suffered to largely outrun both … All the
beneficial effects of a currency that is allowed to expand with a growth of
population and trade were now turned into those evil effects that flow from a
currency emitted in excess of such growth. These effects were not slow to
develop themselves … The best families in the empire were ruined, a new set of
men came into the control of public affairs, and the country became the scene of
internecine warfare and confusion.”
Please remember that this is over seven hundred years ago. Evidence, indeed,
that economic growth has always been cyclical.
It does make you think though. Could Keynes have read Marco Polo’s thoughts
about Chinese fiat currencies when he said the U.S. government should just bury
bottles full of money in old mine shafts to spur economic growth?
The Spanish were the next big country to have an empire but being the practical
people they are they just used gold as their fiat currency. This then brings us
to the French. Unfortunately, the French have been about as successful at
running a fiat currency as they have at defending their eastern borders in the
John Law introduced paper money into France. He was helped greatly by the fact
that Louis XIV died having left over three billion Livres worth of debt. Louis
was never brilliant with money. He decreed that all taxes should be paid in
paper money. This was okay as the currency was supported by coinage but then the
people decided they would prefer coins as, after a while, there was too much
paper money in the system and nobody wanted it any more.
The French panicked and made it illegal to export any gold or silver. The
government put their foot down and refused to allow the peasants to swap their
paper money for coinage. Thus, the currency collapsed.
Having failed the first time, the French thought they would give it another go
at the end of the 18th Century. This time the paper money went by the name of
Assignats. By 1795, inflation was at 13,000% (and you thought De Gaulle was
bad!). Napoleon, being Corsican, had a certain amount of common sense and
introduced the gold Franc as he realized that gold is a stable currency. Having
met their Waterloo in 1815, the French left it until the 1930s to try again.
This time it was the paper franc. It took them just over a decade to cock things
up again, for this time the currency lost 99% of its value. Admittedly, they did
have that pesky problem with their Eastern border again in 1939 but it is still
To be continued…
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Life in Chiang Mai:
by Mark Whitman
Stranger in a strange land
And let’s not STOP talking about Burma
A friend, who presently and
rather enviably lives in the civilized city of Seattle, has been
meticulously planning his retirement and consequent relocation to Thailand
(Chiang Mai, of course). The departure and arrival date are barely ten weeks
away. He will soon be, in the title of Robert Heinlein’s novel, a ‘stranger
in a strange land’.
He will be in limbo: a newly rootless émigré, who becomes a foreigner in two
countries at the same time. Not an easy situation, and I know of only one
person who managed to assimilate himself wholeheartedly and almost
completely into an alien environment and that was – admittedly – easier
since the two countries, (Denmark and Britain), were not that wildly
divergent. He learned the language completely and without any of that
pompous preciseness so beloved of some incomers. He even dreamt in English.
But, this is rare, and let’s face it, a person who is wholeheartedly
American and proud of it, especially now that Obama is almost in charge,
will find the transition of coming to Asia more difficult than someone
crossing the North Sea. That being the case, I was astonished by a recent
e-mail about future plans, (car, condo etc, etc.), suggesting that he would
give the relocation project just 12 months before opting for somewhere in
Europe. I’ve heard of restless spirits, but for someone who has lived in one
country for some 60 years to assume that they could settle here in 12
months, having only touched the surface on three or four holidays, seems
You arrive as a foreigner and will always remain one in this enchanting and
often maddening country. I’d say that a year is barely long enough to more
than get to know the physical, geographical and cultural delights of this
city, let alone appreciate it. Perhaps another six months and you’ll know
your way around Airport Plaza and Payap University campuses.
I’d been holidaying in Thailand for 25 years before moving to Chiang Mai
some five years ago. I’m presumptuous enough to feel quite at home here and,
on my recent trip to the U.K., decided for the first time that I could
easily miss a visit there in 2010. It is only after these years that I find
things happen quite spontaneously and with an element of surprise: chance
encounters with farangs and Thais which lead to new invitations, friendships
and a further knowledge of what makes the city and the province tick. This
was certainly not the case in my first 12 months here, (admittedly my
partner and I travelled a lot), and it is only after half a decade that I
feel less of a ‘foreigner’ in two places.
It seems to be that only the young have a need to be impatient – they want
to move on. We ‘oldies’ need to recall the words of the great English
writer, Elizabeth Taylor, (her short stories are among the greatest written
since Chekhov). She wrote once in a novel, ‘It is very strange…. that the
years teach us patience: that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity
for waiting’. Learn this and life becomes more tranquil. She also wrote
quite profoundly, ‘I think that we need to preserve our vulnerability to
remain sensitive’, adding, ‘The invulnerable, the too heavily armoured,
Another friend – an Englishman - recently admonished me for using my first
piece a few weeks ago to write about the ongoing problem of Burma. It’s Life
in Chiang Mai, he said of this column. True, I could moan on about the
disgusting state of the pavements on Huay Kaew Road, the double charges for
farangs and Thais at National Parks and so on, which does incalculable harm
to the tourist industry, and the many other things which occupy our thoughts
and time here.
But as Gordon Brown, (the U.K. Prime Minister), wrote earlier this week,
there is no greater problem facing this ‘region’ than that in Burma and the
current show trial of the elected leader on nonsensical charges. This is
within our short horizons and it is a situation which affects hundreds of
thousands of people in Thailand as well as the 50 million Burmese.
There is no point in re-rehearsing the present scenario. We know it is a
human crisis of immense proportions. We know that it is condemned world wide
and that such condemnation is ignored by the junta because they are propped
up by the greed of the Indian and Chinese governments, amongst others. So,
no apology for mentioning it again, this week and every week. If just one
more person ‘signs on’ in support of the ethnic minorities, (over 100 of
them), the refugees and the exploited workers here and the Burmese people at
home, then these words have served their purpose.
And if you are interested in Burma and the future of that country as well as
its economic past, there is what promises to be an important and interesting
talk and discussion at Payap University on Thursday 2 July, beginning at
5p.m., (admission free). This has just replaced another scheduled talk,
(postponed only, to take advantage of the presence in Chiang Mai of Dr. Sean
Turnell, from Macquerie University, Australia.
He has testified twice regarding Burma before the U.S. Congress and is a
co-founder of the Burma Economic Watch. Dr Turnell is regarded as one of the
world’s leading commentators on the subject. You can go along and hear him
at Room 201, the Pentecost Building at the Payap Mae Khao Campus, (behind
Carrefour). See you there.
Let's Go To The Movies:
by Mark Gernpy
Now playing in Chiang
Nymph / Nangmai:
[Starts Wednesday, July 1] Thai, Mystery/ Romance – a slow-paced,
minimalist offering with supernatural overtones from one of Thailand’s most
interesting directors, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who gave us the excellent Ploy
in 2007. This is his seventh feature and first horror movie, and it
premiered last month in the Un Certain Regard competition at the the Cannes
Film Festival – to decidely mixed reviews. It revolves around a
relationship in trouble – the marriage of May and Nop which seems to have
nothing left but inertia to hold it together. The two barely speak to one
another, and May has been involved in an affair with her boss for months.
Signs of physical affection are still more rare. Despite the emotional
distance between them, May decides to accompany Nop on a photography trip
into a deep forest where some time before two young men were mysteriously
struck dead while attempted to rape a woman. Nobody had ever been able to
sort out what happened, but Nop can’t help but feel a certain attraction to
a tree near where the incident occurred. Then one night he simply
disappears. When he eventually returns, May senses he’s no longer the same
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: [Starts Wed] US, Animation/
Action/ Comedy/ Romance – If you enjoyed the previous two installments, you
should like this one as well, because it’s more of the same. Which is not
at all bad. With the voices of Ray Romano and John Leguizamo.
Wongkamlao: [Starts Wed] Thai, Comedy – Popular comedian turned
director Mum Jokmok has succeeded in several of his self-directed movies in
the past few years. This time he both directs and stars in this romantic
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: US, Action/ Adventure/ Sci-Fi –
It’s Autobots® versus Decepticons®, Round 2, in Michael Bay’s film based on
Hasbro’s Transformers™ action figures, as Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again
joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®. You
just have to throw up your hands in surrender and disbelief! What’s the use
of fighting such a force of nature? It seems to come from director Michael
Bay’s childhood fantasies about playing with toys and blowing stuff up. And
fantasing about the hot-looking Megan Fox. It’s really unapologetic about
delivering these fantasies. Bigger battles. Massive explosions. Megan
It’s super-intense, and bigger and longer than the original. High noise
level, smashing images, a loud and relentless score, everyone yelling their
lines at high speed – if this is your idea of fun, go. I have to say I’m
absolutely amazed that there is any coherence at all to the thing.
Generally negative reviews.
Up: US (Disney/Pixar), Animation/ Family – Everyone’s current favorite,
and the most loved film of the year so far! An animated fantasy adventure
about a 78-year-old balloon salesman (voiced by Ed Asner) who finally
fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of
balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. Also
starring Christopher Plummer, and a speech-assisted dog.
As with the best children’s stories and movies, Up contains subject
matter some might say is perhaps too old for the intended viewer: it exposes
deep and sensitive issues like death, loss, abandonment, fear, isolation,
loneliness, betrayal, and greed, knowing that little kids can grasp (and
stomach) a lot more depth than we’d guess. This is another masterful work
of art from Pixar – an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure,
impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth. Reviews: Universal
And Up has a cartoon playing before it, called Partly Cloudy,
a 6-minute Pixar study of cartoon genius which reminds me somewhat of the
stork sequence at the beginning of Walt Disney’s Dumbo. Not too much
has been made of this very funny short, but for my money it is pure
Blood: The Last Vampire: Hong Kong/ Japan, Action/ Horror – A thoroughly
disgusting mess of violence and killing. It’s depraved in its depiction of
the “beauty” of killing – the graceful spumes of blood, lovingly
photographed in slow motion; the languorous way that severed limbs and
chopped heads slowly curve to earth. I consider it a shameful and perverted
use of the potentialities of cinema, and serves only to brutalize the people
who come to see it. Rated R in the US for strong bloody stylized violence.
In English, mostly. Please, skip it!
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins: US/ UK, Action/ Sci-Fi – In
this new installment of The Terminator film series, set in
post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as a man fated to lead the human
resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. If you’ve seen any
of the other three installments of this series, you know what to expect:
Plenty of chases, explosions, and great effects. But, for the first time,
without Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mixed or average reviews.
Bridge in Paradise :
by Neil Robinson
Last week I described a hand with interesting bidding (no fewer than five
cue bids in just one hand) from the Contract Bridge League of Thailand
(CBLT) Open Teams event held last month in Bangkok. Here is another hand
from this event with interesting bidding and a moral at the end. Plan how
you might bid each of the hands with your favourite partner. West dealt and
no one was vulnerable:
S: A5 S:
H: 72 H: -
D: K96 D:
C: AKQ653 C: J98742
The reported bidding was:
West North East
The 1C and 1H bids by West
and North are routine. East’s pass seems a little spineless—with that
distribution I would bid 5C to try and get in the way of the opponents, in
spite of holding only three points. 4C by South is a splinter showing a game
going hand in hearts and a singleton or void in clubs. Now East finally bids
5C (but too late to get in the way of the opposition). South cue bids the
ace of diamonds. North tries to sign off in 5H, thinking they may be missing
two aces (spades and clubs). With his void, South goes on to 6H over East’s
6C. However, West is having none of this and sacrifices in 7C doubled.
West made an excellent sacrifice. 6H by North makes unless East leads a
diamond at the opening. Without a diamond lead, North pulls trumps, forces
out the ace of spades and throws his second diamond on South’s fifth spade.
7C doubled probably goes down only two, for -300 instead of -980 if N-S made
their slam. With a heart opening lead and if declarer guesses right in
diamonds, the contract is off only one, losing just the ace of diamonds
(with the losing spade going away on dummy’s long diamonds). The moral of
this hand, according to the CBLT Bridge News is: “when you are in doubt,
don’t let your opponents play the hand”. West certainly took this moral to
Chiang Mai now has an official bridge club-the Bridge Club of Chiang Mai. We
welcome new players. For information on the Club go to the web site at
www.bridgewebs.com/chiangmai/home.html or contact Chris Hedges at:
[email protected] If you have bridge questions, or to send me
your interesting hands, please contact me at: [email protected]