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The Doctor's Consultation:  by Dr. Iain Corness

A lump of 4x2 and terrible tantrums

I’ll bet when you read the title you thought, “What politically incorrect thing is he going to say now?” OK, I admit that being politically correct has never been high on my list of priorities. As far as I am concerned, PC means Personal Computer. I have also found that hugging trees does not do too much for me, other than leaving green bark stains on one’s shirt.
In response to the general thought that there is more “cancer” (for example, but you can add in many other conditions) these days, I read a very interesting article the other day in which the author suggested that there may not be increased incidence of some diseases, but just better diagnosis. I would have to agree.
Clinical medicine has always been an interesting field of endeavor, and I well remember one of my more enlightened tutors at medical school saying that the practice of Medicine was 90 percent mumbo-jumbo and 10 percent science. That is not quite the experience of today. My estimation is now 60 percent mumbo-jumbo and 40 percent science.
But back to better diagnosis. With all the new technology that is available today, such as MRI and color Doppler ultrasound, it means that diagnosis can be made earlier and with more confidence than before. In many instances, diagnosis of internal conditions can be done without resorting to surgery. This is all good news, but life is never a 100 percent certainty I am afraid, despite the fact that ‘death’ is.
There is also a tendency to act too quickly in some cases. Take prostate cancer, for example. With the PSA test we can show whether the level falls within the normal range, or otherwise. If higher than normal, does this mean that your number is almost up? Fortunately, no. The sheer numerical value does not immediately equate to terminal cancer.
With prostate cancer, more men die with prostate cancer - not from prostate cancer. In other words, most prostate cancers are slow growing, so a ‘watch and wait’ approach is quite justified. If the PSA creeps up very slowly, then continue the watchful appraisal. If however, it shoots up, then it is time to start action.
A recent study in the US, over some years, has shown that operations for low-grade, low-risk cancers of the prostate do not provide any worthwhile benefits for the older age group. But before you tell your surgeon to put away his scalpels, please note that I am talking about “low-grade, low-risk cancers of the prostate”. There’s a big difference, and you should discuss this with your urologist.
Oh yes, the reference to the lump of wood - the politically correct method of parenting in the developed world is to reason with your three year old who is lying screaming on the floor at Tesco’s kicking his legs in the air because you denied him a chocolate. The PC method would go as follows, “Mummy can’t buy you one just now, darling, because it will give you dental caries and you will have to have painful and expensive treatment later.” Mister Three then says, “Of course, Mummy, I had forgotten to look at the future possibilities. I am sorry and I won’t ask again!” Having been a parent and still being one, I can assure you that three year olds do not reason (even if they have developed that far). Three year olds are similar in responses to Pavlov’s dogs. The simple ‘cause and effect’ concept applies here. “Stop that right now, and if you don’t get up, Mummy will smack.” That has a far greater chance of working than entreaties to consider dental caries. Fortunately, my son Evan turned four the other day. Instead of three year old tantrums, he has adopted four year old tantrums.
However, I do not encourage brutality, that is why any nails should be removed before application of the wood to the nether regions. Just who dreamed up this politically correct nonsense anyway? It is interesting that the social experiment of ‘no smacking’ in New Zealand, which was then enacted as ‘law’ has not worked. The parents have rejected it. I wonder why?


Heart to Heart  with Hillary

Dear Hillary,
I have been with my Thai partner now for one and a half years and we are both very happy. I read your column every week and over the last few weeks I have noticed how many people write about not meeting “nice girls”. My lady has six friends who are interested in meeting any kind gentlemen. They are all working ladies (not bar girls) and their ages are from 30 to 48 years of age. If anybody is interested please get in touch with “Helping Hand” and I will send the information to them. Thank you for your help.
Helping Hand

Dear Helping Hand,
Thank you for your letter, and I do believe you and your partner’s friends are sincere in your wish to help/meet kind gentlemen, and be a helping hand. However, this column is not a dating agency - for many reasons. I cannot vouch for the men who may answer your letter - are they all really “kind gentlemen” - as I cannot vet them, I cannot give that guarantee. Are all the ladies, as you would suggest by your letter, not people out to make some money from unsuspecting farangs? Again I cannot vouch for your partner’s friends either. So I hope you can see that it would be wrong of me to become the intermediary or ‘match-maker’. What your letter does do, is to show that there are many nice girls out there, and I would suggest that perhaps you and your partner and her friends should attend some farang functions, like the expat’s clubs, or the chambers of commerce, and meet the kind of gentlemen they are looking for at those type of events.

Dear Hillary,
I’m a happy little bunny rabbit with my bunny partner beside me. She’s from a bar, but she’s a happy little bunny rabbit as she’s got a partner to provide all the lettuce she needs. So what’s wrong with that?

Dear Bugs,
Absolutely nothing wrong with that, but be wary if the lettuce crop isn’t a good one this year. Happy little bunny rabbits tend to follow the lettuce trail. The special Greenback lettuce, that is.

Dear Hillary,
If the Thai women are as grasping as it would seem reading the letters on your page, how come they are still in the business? Surely if they were all that bad, word would have gotten out by now. I get the impression that they’ve been given a bad name and it has stuck. Sure there has to be a few rotten apples, but am I correct that the bad ones are a small percentage only?

Dear Puzzled,
It is not correct of me to comment on the bar girls as a group, but there is certainly a good percentage of them out for what they can get. Certainly these are the ones whose men ‘friends’ end up writing to me. Provided the male holidaymaker understands the ground rules, everyone is a winner. But it is the men who mistake financial arrangements for romance who fall for the “I lub you too mut, dahling.” There are enough books out there, and there are enough internet sites out there about this side of a Thai holiday, and the heart-rending advice from yours truly as well. Nobody should be puzzled, Petal. Not even you.

Dear Hillary,
My uncle came to Thailand last month for a visit. I was excited, as I had not seen him or my aunt for some years. Imagine how I felt when my uncle arrived without my aunt, but he had a girl from Bangkok in tow. He said my aunt did not feel like traveling at her age (they are both in their eighties) but he didn’t want to disappoint me by not coming. He didn’t say anything about the strumpet he was with, and they were in the same room in the hotel (I only have a very small studio so they couldn’t stay with me). Honestly, Hillary, should I tell my aunt or should I tell my uncle he is not welcome here again? I am so confused. Please help.
Confused of Chonburi

Dear Confused,
I am certainly glad you’re not my niece! You seem to be so delightfully judgmental, manipulative and interfering. Be thankful that there is life in the old dog yet and he came to visit you. Think of it this way, if you played your cards right and keep your mouth firmly shut and were exceptionally hospitable to both your uncle and his companion, your uncle might even remember you in his will. And for that matter, how do you know that your aunt wasn’t glad to see the back of the randy old boy for a while because he snores? Or, heaven forbid in your so morally upright family, that your Aunt may have wanted the opportunity to have it off with the milkman or meet up with a long lost lover. Personal morality is just that - personal, i.e., relating solely to the individual. I suggest you learn to live and let live, practicing mai pen lai and jai yen yen and stop judging people. One day, someone might be just as nastily judgmental about you. I hope they write to me too!

Camera Class:  by Harry Flashman

Viewpoint or point of view?

Any photograph is, or should be, a representation of what the photographer has seen, because photography really is all about the art of “seeing”. Successful photographers are very often ones who have discovered a “different” way of seeing the subjects they (and you and I) photograph.
One obvious example was the British photographer Bill Brand, famous for photographing nudes by using a wide-angle lens on the camera. This gave a very distorted figure, but one that became “arty” and produced fame for Brand. Whether you find Brand’s viewpoint aesthetic does not matter - the important fact to remember was that it was different.
Now, this does not mean that I suggest you race down to Jomtien Beach with a fish eye lens on the camera and try and persuade people to remove their outer garments! Far from it. You should stop for a while and consider something unusual, compared to your “standard” way of taking shots.
You see, it makes no difference whether you have an SLR with multiple lens choices, or just a humble point and shooter with a fixed lens, we eventually get into a “habit” while taking photographs. Habits include the lens you stick on the front of the camera. I will wager that you have a favorite lens that stays on the camera body, and the others are only used when you cannot get the subject in the frame and have to use an alternative. And habits certainly do die hard, even if it is just always taking shots in the horizontal (landscape) format. Got you! Haven’t I?
What I am suggesting this weekend is to devote one afternoon to some new or different ways of doing things. Many times it is impossible to predict what the final result may be. You may have discovered a radical new approach, a highly individualistic way of presentation. The end result may not be to everyone’s taste (like my idea about Bill Brand’s work), but you will never know till you try. And what is one afternoon worth compared to the fun (and fame and fortune, perhaps) that this weekend could produce for you.
To get you going, here are a few ideas you might like to explore. The first I will call the child’s eye view. Our viewpoint is generally around 1.7 meters from the ground. That’s where our eye level is and that is the viewpoint we use in 99 percent of our pictures. Now imagine you are a three year old child. Your viewpoint on life is very much closer to the ground. You spend more time looking up at the world. It would certainly be worth re-viewing some items from this very low viewpoint. OK, I know you will end up looking up people’s noses - but it just might work. You won’t know till you try.
The opposite end of the spectrum is the “Bird’s eye” view. This takes some more thought and planning - and sometimes a step ladder as well, but again you will get different shots. Ever noticed how many rock bands have photographs taken from above, with the members of the group looking up at the camera? It is because you end up getting a very powerful shot - and a different, memorable shot. Try standing on walls, on top of cars, or the aforementioned step ladder. Just don’t fall off! It is actually quite easy to become unbalanced looking through the viewfinder when up high.
For those who do have choices of lenses, or do have zoom facility in the point and shooter, you can try using the two extremes that you have, even though you may think that the lens choice is unsuitable for what you are photographing. After all, remember Bill Brand! It is even worthwhile taking the same subject matter with both of the two opposite extremes - wide angle and telephoto.
Even going back to the ‘landscape’ (horizontal) and ‘portrait (vertical) views, try taking a traditional landscape shot in the vertical format. It will make you see how much sky there is, and how much you want to contrast that with land. Likewise, a horizontal portrait is different.
Try another viewpoint this weekend and you might be amazed.

Money Matters:  Paul Gambles MBMG International Ltd.

Recovery? Anyway, back in the real world… (Part 1)

If we believe what the governments of the western world are telling us then we are over the worst of it and all will be peachy from now on. Really? Well, let’s look at this in more detail. Property is a good pointer. If you are to believe many in the real estate world then things can only get better. Forget it. In the UK the price of houses could drop by up to thirty percent within the next twelve months. Banks are still very dubious about lending money and mortgage approvals are way down on what they were a couple of years ago. And even for those that have managed to get a loan there is bad news as lenders are in the process of increasing their rates. As John Wraith says, “Any material rise in government funding costs will have a knock-on effect on secured borrowing, putting significant pressure on households, this could have a serious impact on any UK economic recovery.”
Things do not get better either when one has to take into account the fact that a third of the mortgages taken out via ‘non-confirming’ mortgages, basically equivalent to ‘sub-prime’, are now more than three months behind in repayments. This will mean repossessions at a time when they are not needed as there is already an excess of available property on the market. This news is not good.
Barclays had a dismal time with loan write offs in Q1 and Lloyds believes that corporate bad loans could go up by as much as 50% in 2009. Last but not least, the Royal Bank of Scotland announced that Q1 debts rose fourfold.
If certain analysts are to be believed there will be over ten percent unemployment in the UK by 2010. It is almost this in America already. Assuming their arguments to be correct then it is a fact that when unemployment goes up, the price of houses goes down. If there are not as many people employed as there were in the past then there is not as much disposable income around to make mortgage payments.
Also, the fact that real (inflation adjusted) incomes are three percent in negative territory, year on year, means that people will just not have any money to spend on setting up a mortgage. Apart from the problems mentioned about repossessions, this indicates there will not be so many new buyers.
Today’s chart shows how when unemployment rises then property prices fall.
Right, so that is property out of the window then. What else is there? Well, a lot of the fund managers are a lot happier now than they were a few months ago. Obviously, it is in their interest to see markets on the rise but the rubbish they are coming out with these days is almost embarrassing. The Dow Jones is up over 30% this year and this total is almost matched by the FTSE100. Everyone seems to think we are well on the road to recovery and there are cheap valuations out there to be had.
This is just not true. Some analysts use something called the Fed Model. This gives an indication of the relative value between shares, stocks and bonds. At the beginning of the year it was very bullish but now it is specifying that equities are way over valued.
This can be checked by using a simple calculation. According to ING Research, you use an index’s (Dow Jones, S&P, FTSE, etc.) earnings yield (earnings per share divided by share price) and compare it with the yield (what you get as a dividend) on ten year government bonds. The time to buy shares and stocks is when the yield is a lot better than the yield on the bonds. At the moment, it is not.
Credit Suisse has already stated, “The rise in bond yields has undermined the valuation of equities.” Another company, Absolute Strategy Research supports this, “We suspect that the biggest risk for equity investors is likely to come from rising bond yields rather than rising PE multiples.”
For those that have made a good profit in 2009, it is time to take those gains and bank them. Actually, talking of banks, if you have any shares in the financial sector then get them out now - especially if they are in the UK. The Treasury has already admitted it will not release any details of the tests on British financial institutions as it “may lead to uncertainty in financial markets... which could require further action by the authorities.” To a cynic like me, this means that Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown do not want us to know how much trouble the UK banking sector is really in.
Avoid anything to do with finance stocks. Just look what happened to people who invested with the Bradford & Bingley. As one analyst told Bloomberg, the B&B interest deferral “raises more questions about what might happen to hybrid and other subordinated debt at other banks the government owns or might end up owning.” Caveat emptor!
Even though there is meant to be more money available, information from the Building Societies Association shows it was down 60% from the same time in Q2 2008. Given all of this and what was mentioned above, there is probably a lot more trouble for the banking sector and you should not be a part of it.
To be continued…

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Life in Chiang Mai: by Mark Whitman

So Much to Do, So Little Time

I’ve just received a draft of the forthcoming European Film Festival, which takes place in Chiang Mai this November before it travels to Bangkok. No doubt our film guru will provide chapter and verse on the 24 features from 18 EU countries which will comprise the event.
It is – for the first time – being held at the Airport Major Cineplex, rather than at Vista, Kad Suan Kaew. This is interesting, though not surprising, since the cinemas at Vista seem to have undergone something of a policy change in recent months. They have obviously decided to cater almost exclusively for Thais, (or Thai speakers), which is something of a pity for those of us who live in that area.
I quite like this rather scruffy complex, in preference to the icebox near the airport. But Vista shows the same movie in several cinemas, often only in Thai despite the presence of sub-titled prints and declines to advertise the fact on their posters at Central when the films actually have EST. Their little cinema, (no 7), became a regular haunt for many of us during the Festival and was quite full on occasion. Apparently negotiations are under way as to which cinema(s) will be used at Major and scheduling/programming is not yet final.
So, watch this space and, of course, the film column. I don’t feel I am intruding on that part of the newspaper since in Chiang Mai one can never have enough advance notice of an important event. The last week or so has proved that point. We are told that Payap University holds some 80 concerts a year in various venues. Now many of these are relatively unimportant – except to the young performers – since they are by students and are an aspect of their course work. It’s unlikely that even the most hard- core music buff will attend more than a few of those, certainly not five or six a month.
But only last week there were two important concerts on consecutive evenings and one was announced quite late: the Chiang Mai Philharmonic and the Wind Band had a fascinating programme, admittedly including works performed in previous months at the Kad Theatre. The following evening saw the annual Honours Concert in which a whole group of students performed a wide range of music. For many people, including myself, it was nearly impossible to attend both. They clashed – being on a Friday and Saturday -with a whole variety of social and cultural events, including the final performances of The Odd Couple given by the Gate Theatre at the Kad studio.
Personally I don’t care for Neil Simon, nor these days for the theatre, but many people do. But I wonder why these and other happenings seem to take place only on Fridays and Saturdays.
It has long been established, certainly from Roman times, that there are seven days in a week. Some people think nonsensically that this has something to do with the world being created in six days and the Creator taking a nap on the seventh. Forgetting such idiocy, we are still left with the concept of a seven day week, starting in some cultures on a Friday or Saturday, but in the U.K. on a Sunday and in the U.S.A. on a Monday (no doubt a hangover from the bible bashing belt in Middle America). Whatever the reason, Sunday remains universally a day of rest – or ennui. What do people do? Sleep, hibernate? Sleep in the day time should be reserved for predators: animal or human. We need livelier Sundays, not dreary ones.
It seems beyond the imagination of most organisers to offer ‘major’ events on other days, rather than Friday or Saturday. A pity. I know that for many people who work (not most farangs in this City but quite a few Thais) the end of the week is a signal: TGIF is not limited to the West. Friday has always been a little special, think of Black Friday or Friday the 13th, which is supposed to be unlucky, except for those born on that day. This seems a little odd as Friday stems from the Roman goddess of love and was later taken over by Frigg the Norse goddess of love, and the day itself seems to stem from the ‘olde English’ (or Scandinavian) Frigedaey or ‘middle English’, Fridai. Either way it should be romantic in notion, not unlucky.
We can accept though that it is generally the start of the weekend for many. Restaurants and bars get busier. Movies open here on Thursdays, in the U.K. on Fridays and as everyone in the business knows the first weekend of a new movie in the States is make or break time.
In Chiang Mai all sorts of events are planned for Fridays and Saturdays; plays, concerts, special events at hotels (D2 especially has most of its major ‘extras’ on those days). The same applies to screenings at the Alliance Francaise and the excellent CMU film shows. Of course there are events scheduled on the other five days but seldom on Sundays when we need them most. But they are not common. And to make the point I offer the following relevant information.
The Faure Festival (No 5) took place on Saturday October 3. Next Saturday, Simply Suites will be on at Payap University. It clashes with many things, not least with the Zonta Charity event at the Central Hotel, also 10 October. On Friday 6 November we can hear the Faculty Recital at Payap. And on the 21st of the same month (a Saturday) there is a Japanese Music Night at the Kad Theatre, featuring the Philharmonic orchestra and a guest pianist. Just how many other events and possibly avoidable clashes are scheduled between now and the end of December I cannot imagine.
But one important event will surely be the EUFF, which is where I came in. This actually opens on Thursday November 5, but that is a private screening. The actual Festival starts on the next day, Friday. As mentioned there are 24 films, including five full length documentaries. Three of the nations involved are courteously offering Thai subtitles, along with the English ones. Full details should be available by mid October.
Glancing through the list (and I have not seen any of the films) I’d say there were quite a few interesting movies scheduled. Purely on instinct, Ben X from Belgium, Irina Palm from Luxembourg, California Dreaming from Romania and Matabaris from Spain look intriguing, as does the Austrian documentary Gibellin, the Earthquake. Naturally this is idle speculation, and at this stage no one really knows. As always with this annual Chiang Mai event we can only wait and see.

Let's Go To The Movies:  by Mark Gernpy

I had a one-issue hiatus last week while I took care of a matter of the heart – specifically a quadruple bypass.  Sorry, couldn’t get to my computer.

Now playing in Chiang Mai
In digital 3D at Airport Plaza, 2D at Vista.  US, Action/ Adventure/ Family/ Fantasy – A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.  A pleasant, inoffensive animated farce about a team of superspy guinea pigs, with non-stop manic action.  Mixed or average reviews.
District 9:
South Africa/ New Zealand, Drama/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller – Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, with all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.  Twenty-eight years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth.  Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology.  Neither came.  Instead, the aliens turned out to be refugees, the last survivors of their home world.  Rated R in the US for bloody violence and pervasive language.  Reviews: Generally favorable reviews.
Sorority Row:
US, Horror/ Thriller – A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.  Rated R in the US for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality/ nudity and partying. (!)  Generally unfavorable reviews.
Phobia 2 / Haa Phrang:
Thai, Horror – Literally “five crossroads,” this is a five-part horror anthology by five different Thai directors.  It’s a mixed bag as it would have to be, but I’m rather fond of it and I think it’s well worth checking out if you at all like Thai horror films.
We talked about the first two sections the last time I was with you, so here are some comments on the remaining three.
The third piece is called “Backpackers” and is the fourth pairing of actor Charlie Trairat and director Songyos Sugmakanan, beginning with the legendary Fan Chan when Charlie was a very young boy, continuing with the marvelous coming of age story Dorm, and the more recent Hormones.  Now 16, Charlie is here getting away from his sweet roles and getting into a darker side of his personality.  A pair of Japanese hitchhikers joins Charlie and the threatening driver of a 10-wheel truck for a ride down a remote highway.  The truck’s contents start to thump in the back, and it’s soon revealed that the cargo is human cargo involved in some nightmarish drug smuggling scheme.  And the drug they’re smuggling seems to turn them into zombies!
Next is “Salvage” or “Used Car” in which singer-actress Nicole Theriault plays the owner of a used car lot who assures her potential customers that the cars they’re looking at are in perfect shape.  The truth is that some of them have been in gruesome wrecks that have killed their passengers, and their spirits haven’t left.  Late one night the aggrieved spirits of the dead, all the ghosts that haunt the cars, rise up against her deceptive ways.  This segment is directed by Parkpoom Wongpoom, half of the pair that wrote and directed Shutter and Alone.
The other half of the pair responsible for Shutter and Alone, Banjong Pisanthanakun, directed the fifth and final segment, “In the End,” a laugh-filled horror parody, and I found it really enjoyable.  It’s a Thai belief that there are ghosts on horror-movie sets, and this segment plays around with that idea.  In this segment, the star of the well-known horror film Alone, Marsha Wattanapanich, plays a parody of her role in that film, sort of a diva singer-actress.  For me, the stars of the piece are the four guys from the first Phobia who went on a camping trip and told ghost stories in their tent at night.  Here they are the crew trying to make the ghost movie.  Pretty funny.
The Proposal:
US, Comedy/ Drama/ Romance – With Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds.  A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.  Mixed or average reviews.  Airport Plaza only.
Dreamaholic / Fun Kod Kod / The Begin:
Thai, Drama/ Romance – A cute-looking and sentimental yarn about a crinkly-eyed street performer who somehow develops a relationship with a popular and attractive actress perhaps half his age.
Oh My Ghosts / Hortaewtak 2:
Thai, Comedy/ Horror – Usual Thai comedy featuring popular Thai comedians.  Three companions in garish drag, tired of being frightened by horrible ghosts that haunt their dorm, summon a spirit to help them get rid of them.
US/ Germany, Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller – The story of two astronauts who awaken in a sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft.  They can’t remember anything - who they are, or what their mission is.  Then they realize they are not alone.  Rated R in the US for strong horror violence and language.  Generally unfavorable reviews.

Bridge in Paradise : by Neil Robinson

This was board 12 from the Bridge Club of Chiang Mai pairs game on Sept 23rd. North-South were vulnerable and West dealt. Take a look at the hands and decide what contract East-West should be in. 

                       S: 107632

                       H: J9864

                       D: J

                       C: 87             

S: J                                        S: A9854

H: K2                                    H: A5

D: Q943                                D: A8

C: K109642                          C: AJ53

                       S: KQ

                       H: Q1073

                       D: K107652

                       C: Q              

The answer is six clubs. East-West win the opening lead, no matter what it is, and pull trumps in two rounds. There is then only one loser, a diamond, and twelve winners: six clubs, the ace and king of hearts, the ace of spades, the ace of diamonds and two diamond ruffs on board. Like all minor suit slams, it is difficult to bid, particularly since there are only 26 HCPs between the two hands. A possible (but rather aggressive) bidding sequence to get there is shown below. The step to slam probably has to be taken by East, because only East knows that they hold all the aces. 

West    North     East        South

P           P              1S            2D

3C         P              4C           P

5C         P              6C           All pass 

When this board was played there were two contracts of 5C and one contract of 2N, making three. Only one pair got to 6C. Well done to Richard Walker and Jean-Claude Barret for good bidding. However, the defence by Ruth Wilmon and Bernard Garwood defeated the cold contract. The lead was the jack of diamonds ducked, fatally, on board to the king in South’s hand. Then a diamond lead back was ruffed by North, taking the contract down one. Thus a well bid contract bit the dust!          
Bridge Club of Chiang Mai welcomes new players. For information on the Club go to the web site at www.bridgeclubchiangmai .com or contact Chris Hedges at:  oga. [email protected] If you have bridge questions, or to send me your interesting hands, please contact me at: [email protected]