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The Doctor's Consultation:  by Dr. Iain Corness

Fast weight loss - the answer?

I published this “diet” only a few months ago, but since then I have been inundated with emails asking me for the ‘recipe’ again, as they have lost the original. Unfortunately I can do nothing about the Alzheimers, but those who have stuck it out claim that the weight loss is spectacular.
I first got wind of this program after I noticed a friend of mine had dropped some weight. “Fifteen kilos in two months,” was his proud reply. He had done this by following a “diet” - and one that had obviously worked! This is put forward as a seven day diet, and although I am not always in favor of ‘crash’ diets, this one does merit some study. It is reputedly from Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital and is used in their cardiac care unit for overweight patients to lose weight prior to surgery.
It states the first no-no’s as being bread, alcohol, soft drinks, fried food or oil. Agree totally, though probably half of you have already decided it’s too hard!
After that there is a concoction called Fat-Burning Soup (FBS) which you make up and keep in the fridge. You gobble FBS any time you feel hungry and have as much as you want. You are also advised to drink plenty of water suggesting 6-8 glasses a day along with tea, coffee, skim milk, unsweetened juice or cranberry juice.
The physiology of hunger works that when the stomach is empty, messages are sent to the brain to send down food. Fill the belly with non-fattening food and the hunger pangs will be less, but the weight does not go on.
Here is the recipe for the Fat-Burning Soup:
4 cloves garlic
2 large cans crushed tomatoes (810gms)
2 large cans beef consommé
1 packet vegetable packet soup
1 bunch spring onions
1 bunch celery
2 cans French beans (or fresh)
2 green capsicum
1 kg carrots
10 cups water
Chop all veggies into small pieces. Boil rapidly for 10 minutes stirring well and then simmer until veggies are tender. Add water if necessary to make a thinner soup.
Now the other downside to dieting is food boredom. A week of FBS, water and cranberry juice will sap the resolve of most overweight people, so what this diet does is allow you to add different items on a daily basis. Here are the suggestions.
Day 1, any fruit except bananas. Eat only soup and fruit today.
Day 2, all vegetables. Eat as much as you like of fresh, raw or canned vegetables. Try to eat green leafy vegetables. Stay away from dry beans, peas, and corn. Eat vegetables along with soup. At dinner reward yourself with a jacket potato and butter.
Day 3, eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want today. Don’t have the jacket potato today. If you have not cheated you should have lost approx 3 kg. (If that is so, it is an amazing loss in three days - but keep going anyway!)
Day 4, bananas and skim milk. Eat at least 3 large bananas and drink as much skim milk as you can today. Eat as much soup as you want. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but you will need the potassium and carbohydrates today.
Day 5, beef and tomatoes. You may have 600 gm of beef or chicken (no skin) and as many as 6 tomatoes. Eat soup at least once.
Day 6, beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content of beef and veggies. You can even have 2-3 steaks (grilled) if you like with leafy green vegetables. No baked potato. Be sure to eat soup at least once.
Day 7, brown rice, vegetables, fruit juice. Be sure to eat well and eat as much soup as you can.
By the end of the first month, if you have not cheated, you should have lost 7 kg. The theory is good, but I caution against losing too much, too soon.
If your weight loss needs are greater than 7 kg, then continue for another week, but I do not recommend much further than two weeks at one time, and do not repeat the program within three months.

 

Heart to Heart  with Hillary

Dear Hillary,
Help me please. I’ve been here on holidays now for two weeks and I find the women here in Thailand are just the best eye candy I have ever seen, but all they want is my money, and they have so many reasons that I should give it to them that it is just amazing. Amazing Thailand as they say. What should I do, Hillary? Give them money or what? I sure like having them around me, but at this rate I won’t have enough left to eat by the end of the month. I’m 52, by the way.
Mike
Dear Mike,
You don’t say where all your begging eye candy comes from, my Petal, but let me guess. From the bars, right? That is how they operate. Find a new customer, drape themselves all over him, make him feel like he is some irresistible young buck again, and they have you hooked. Once you’re hooked, the next item is to land you, and they’ve done that when you pay for the vet’s fees for the ailing family buffalo, shortly after there will be medical bills for the brother with the broken leg after the motorcycle accident. Remember to offer to buy him another motorcycle as well, it will only cost you another 40,000 baht. Chicken feed. If you have a really thick wallet, then building a new house for Mama and Papa puts you right up to the top of the tree - that is, until you return to your home wherever, and another 52 year old from Sweden takes over. Honestly Mike, this behavior is so well documented, I find it amazing that there are still people who fall for all this. Amazing Thailand indeed!

Dear Hillary,
Thanks for my weekly chuckle, although sometimes you can be just a little catty with your replies, but all in all I reckon you are doing a great job for all the tourists who come over with no idea about what’s up or down. This place sure is some kinda culture shock the first time, but after you learn how to handle it, it’s a ton of laughs and costs pennies to enjoy yourself, right up to making a pig of yourself, which I admit I’ve done a few times, but as long as you keep your baht in a tight pocket, there’s no real problems.
Jerry
Dear Jerry,
I’m afraid people still get into problems - look at Mike’s letter above yours. Bit worried about you keeping money in a “tight pocket”, Petal - it could be hers and not yours! By the way, you will notice that I cleaned up your spelling and grammar somewhat. “Culture” is spelled with a C not a K, for example. What do they reach you all in schools these days?

Dear Hillary,
I have had a long term girlfriend here - not from a bar, but a young woman who works in a shop. She has looked after me for three years every time I come to Thailand, which is about two times a year for a couple of weeks at a time. She has never suggested there might be a sick buffalo somewhere, and never even asks for money. I did buy her some sunglasses on one trip, movies and dinners, but that’s it really. I am getting tired of the relationship now and just want to end it with no fights or screaming matches. I believe there is another chap somewhere on the scene too. She hasn’t done anything wrong, but it’s time to move on. How should I go about it? In the UK I would just sit down with the girl and talk and end things on a kind note, buy her a beer and say goodbye. Thailand is a different kettle of fish altogether I believe, even with no promises of marriage, no money changing hands except for dinner and movies every now and again, but I’m told the Thai girls can be real narky if the relationship finishes. I just want things to be easy. No fuss, no hassles.
Freedom Fighter
Dear Freedom Fred,
You really are the heart and soul of generosity, aren’t you. Now to your problem and the parting of the ways for you and your long term girlfriend. Looking dispassionately at the situation, in three years you bought her a pair of glasses! 175 baht from the stall at the side of the road! (I am presuming that the gift was spectacles, and not a couple of drinking glasses.) And you are worried about how to amicably end the relationship! Just sit her down, as you would do in the UK, and tell her to put the glasses on and look carefully at you. She should see just what a cheap Charlie you really are, and will run for cover like a startled gecko. As far as her having another male interest, can you blame her? You gave her no money, no gold, no promises of marriage, but took her for dinner and a movie “every now and again.” I feel sorry for the poor girl, she must be soft in the head, as well as being blind, to put up with someone as mean as you for so long.


Camera Class:  by Harry Flashman

Three dimensional photography

The accepted definition of photography is “painting with light” as what you are doing is using light in all its directions and intensities to illuminate your subject, before you record it on film or in electronic pixels. However, that is really only part of the art of photography. The other part is to paint with dark, which we call ‘shadow’.

Circle or ball?
When a young photographer first gets his ‘professional’ lighting equipment, he or she tends to flood everything with enormous light levels and from all directions. Every part of every subject is totally covered with the light, and the new young photographer is delighted with the fact that there are no dark corners left unlit.
Unfortunately, there is something missing from these types of shots. A certain lack of form or shape. The only contrast in the final photograph relies totally on color. Yellows on blue are very popular under these circumstances. I, too, in my early days, have photographed a model in a yellow dress against a blue doorway. Super shot, but missing something.
The item that was missing is the third dimension. On any photograph you get a two dimensional image - height and width. However, the third dimension, depth, is totally missing. This third dimension, the so-called 3D effect can only be produced by some visual ‘trickery, which we call ‘shadow’. It is the shadow which differentiates a circle from a ball, but if you blast the spherical subject with so much light that there is no shadow, the final result has no shape, no depth, no 3D effect.

Ansel Adams and the use of shadow.
This is why the photographer has to use shadow to give the impression of the third dimension. This makes a 2D image look like a 3D one, and is done by careful manipulation of both the lighting and the shadows.
Take the outdoors situation, for example. We always suggest to the novices that they should photograph early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Do not shoot in the middle of the day. One reason for this is because in the early mornings and late afternoons the lighting (from the sun) is directional, skimming along the top of the earth’s surface, and makes for plenty of shadow. In the middle of the day, however, the sun is directly overhead and does not make for pleasant shadows, and even landscapes will look flat and featureless. Look at some of the famous landscapes done by Ansel Adams and you will see what I mean. For a photographer, the middle of the day is purely for siestas, not for photography. It does mean that you get up at some dreadful early hours in the morning to drive to the location, but the end result is worth it.

Flash on side bracket.
One of the problems with new digitals is the powerful on-camera flash. This pops up at any time and overpowers the natural lighting, and being centrally mounted makes for a photograph flooded with light, but no real shadow. If you disable the on-camera flash, you will also get better photographs, other than after sundown, where you need some light source to be able to register an image.
If you must use flash, then use a flash mounted off-camera, so that the lighting is coming slightly from the side of the line of view between the camera and the subject.
The important message in all this is to remember that while you may be painting with light, it is the shadow that gives your photographs the third dimension.


Money Matters:  Paul Gambles MBMG International Ltd.

Why this recovery won’t work

In a Utopian world there would be no problems. The printing presses would be going 24/7 and this would be the cure for everything getting better. Unfortunately, we do not live in Utopia but the real world.
To put things succinctly, there are five good reasons why the present situation will not improve and it only needs one of them to cock things up. Just ask William Hill what odds you would get for none of them to happen. This means that there are going to be problems over the next couple of years. So what have we got to be worried about?
Not enough government money
One economist at Arbuthnot’s does not actually believe that the increase in commodity prices and inflation will cause too many problems to the recovery process. Apparently, oil will not return to the highs of last year and any global growth will not be enough to warrant such levels.
However, the advisor does think the increasing fiscal deficits of the western world are a real reason to worry as the recovery is driven by what will happen in America. As we have recently seen, there have been reasons for optimism (however false) but the problems of the biggest debts in history will have to be addressed. Basically, sometime in the near future, President Obama will have to haul back on his fiscal stimulus.
Great Britain is no better with Gordon Brown lurching from one catastrophe to another. The growing deficit there is of prime importance. Whoever gets in next May will have to cut back on government borrowing by introducing spending cuts and raising taxes. This will take demand out of the economy.
Hyper-inflation
Everyone has been worrying about deflation but it will probably be inflation that causes the real problems. Many analysts now believe it will be the threat of this that will reduce the present ‘recovery’ to that of a damp squib. This is especially so with commodities prices on the up again with gold breaking the USD1,000 per oz recently.
Nassim Taleb is another who reckons that the never-ending monetary interventions will, in reality, lead to complete instability in prices all over the world. He recently stated, “Policy makers have no control over the outcome of their actions. The plane they are flying will either hit the mountain, which is hyperinflation, or crash in the ocean, which is deflation. There is a chance of the pilot hitting the runway. But if he is not skilled, it is less than he thinks.”
Patrick Gordon, from Killik & Co, thinks governments will leave rates too low and not put them up in time; “I think if anything it will take too long to turn off the taps. It is not in the interests of the authorities to increase funding costs by raising costs to borrow.” This is definitely a pointer to higher inflation. Many strategists think Gordon is right. Keeping rates at an all time low is meant to encourage people to start borrowing again. This will increase the demand for raw materials and so cause the speculation on such things as the price of oil. If the cost of oil continues to go up then people have less to spend. Unfortunately, most people think the pilot still needs further training…
Bond yields
These could be another problem. The increase in yields in America and Great Britain may stifle any long term recovery. The reason for this is that it will make it much harder for the central authorities to keep interest rates so low. If this happens then mortgages will go up again and the whole property cycle could start all over again as housing prices will carry on going down which will give the banks and other lending institutions problems. Basically, the higher the bond yield the more problems there are for the financing of property loans.
No recovery in America
Without doubt the recovery, when it does happen, will be better in the East. The danger is that the West will not get to share in it at all. From a global economic point of view, this may not be a bad thing but, it must be conceded, the West may not see it this way. Why would it be no bad thing? Well, the East and especially China has been almost awash with so much money over the last couple of decades that they have basically been funding the deficits which have occurred in the West. There is a need to re-balance this. China is now concentrating more and more on its own domestic market which is no bad thing but it does not help America or Europe.
On top of this the US has rather a lot of government debt coming up on to the markets. As bond yields are rising and investors may take profits and run this would cause any potential recovery to fall flat on its face.
Eurozone
The PIGS (Portugal, Italy [and Ireland now] Greece and Spain are really in the muck. When they have been in the pooh before they have been able to devalue their own local currencies and so fight their way out of whatever the crisis has been. No such option for them now as they are in the euro.
Also, Germany needs to use fiscal and monetary stimulus to lower its present surplus. If it does not then it could mean another major problem in Europe. This would be heightened by unemployment getting higher in Germany and deleveraging. It is unlikely but the aforementioned PIGS may have to de-link from the euro until they can sort out their own economies. They may even lose their own sovereign status. If the EU is not careful there could be another Asian-type crisis. Guarantees need to be put in place.
One economist has stated, “The market spreads on sovereign bonds imply that such guarantees are almost certain, first from the IMF, then from the European Investment Bank and ultimately from the German government itself. And the markets may well be right, since it is clearly in the interests of the German government to prevent a European financial crisis.” But then it was clearly in the interests of the US government to guarantee the obligations of Fanny Mai and prevent the bankruptcy of Lehmann - and we all know what happened next.
As we inferred at the beginning, there is a high chance of at least one of the above happening so there will definitely be another retracement, but this one could be worse than the last one.

The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable. However, neither MBMG International Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the above article nor bear any responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article. For more information please contact Paul Gambles on [email protected]


Life in Chiang Mai: by Mark Whitman

Three grand openings

Burma: A chink of light in the darkness?
Do some people know something that the rest of us don’t? Is there a note of optimism in the air, amongst all the gloom and business downturn in Chiang Mai? I’ve been to three ‘grand openings’ in the past days, all in the city. The largest by far was that for the Prince Khum Phaya Resort and Spa, which is situated at the Chiang Mai Business Park, not far from the Mae Khao Campus of Payap University.
The opening ceremony (no doubt covered elsewhere editorially in the Mail) was performed by the Governor on October 8 and was attended by well over 1000 guests, possibly many more since the grounds of this luxury resort are vast. It is part of Prince Hotels and Resorts, Japan and as this highly prestigious group is well established it suggests that they see a future for such a venture here.
True it has been a long time in the pipe line, started well before the seemingly endless down turn. What intrigues about this and other ‘five star’ projects is the thought that the City can continue to attract people of considerable wealth to these often sumptuous hotels and restaurants and spas.
Certainly Chiang Mai should welcome all the visitors it can. Without tourists and travellers and business visitors and the foreign residents, this city would be much poorer socially and economically. The new Mayor made encouraging noises at his press conference last week and we can only hope that among his other problems he will find time to move Chiang Mai into the 21st century. No one wants to see it lose its sense of history, nor its charm. But anything which encourages people to come here and stay more than a couple or three days should be welcomed.
Thailand has had its reputation severely damaged in recent years. It desperately needs to emerge from the recession and from the shadow of demonstrations, violence, the airport closure and the attacks on government leaders – from all countries – and minority groups. Nothing seems more appealing to the world’s media than ‘bad’ news. Thousands of people causing mayhem on numerous occasions throughout the Kingdom creates a terrible image and has helped the 40 per cent drop in the business in tourist areas.
The other openings were possibly less grand, but have there undoubted place in the fabric of the city. A revamped hotel next to the Chiang Mai Ram (hospital) is now called Lavender Lanna and their launch was attended by over 250 guests, at a lavish party and cabaret show. This new venture –a 100 room hotel – aims at offering among many things, a 24- hour restaurant, a roof top ‘up market’ restaurant, a pool area and fitness centre, hairdressers and so on. All in addition to the cabaret show on the lower ground floor, targeted at a gay audience and the hotel guests. It will be interesting to see whether Chiang Mai is big and bold enough to welcome it.
The same group is targeted by Adam’s Apple, which has re-opened on its old site in Viang Bua, above the Metro Bar, which was reported on in the Mail a few weeks ago. The Metro is one of several bars which like to describe themselves as gay ‘friendly’. The upstairs show bar is more explicitly so. The Grand Opening there proved a great success too and this is one more smart new venue in town.
There is also to be a new show place on the site of the old Simon’s Cabaret, in Chang Puak. This was highly successful with tourists for a long while but became very tired and stale and eventually folded. The new project is said to be opening next month and will have different attractions. Let’s hope that too brings some increased vitality to the City.
Talking of Burma
I went to an excellent talk at Payap University last week. Given by Christina Fink, it was to help launch the reissue of Living Silence in Burma, surviving under military rule:(published by Silkworm in Chiang Mai, isbn 978 074 95511 81 7). Her book which is regarded as authoritative, has been updated (it was first published eight years ago) and expanded to cover recent events. I look forward to reading it and reviewing it in these pages.
Her talk covered mostly recent history in Burma and the tragedy that has been unfolding there over the past decades as the illegitimate rulers suppress all sense of democracy or freedom. She saw little hope that the so-called elections, scheduled for 2010, will bring any real improvement in the situation and was understandably uncertain about the effects of sanctions on Burma from much of the civilised world, given the number of countries willing to break any ‘embargo’ on trade.
And yet it was only a matter of days before Aung San Suu Kyi was back in the news. Not, this time, because of imprisonment of the harassment she suffers so continually but because she is attempting to open up some kind of dialogue between the ‘west’ and the generals and a discussion about lifting sanctions.
Although she is, of course, under renewed house arrest following the recent fiasco of the ‘swimming American’ there have been signs that she might be a negotiator between some nations and the junta. This follows some indications that President Obama is considering a review of the U.S.A.’s policy. She has always supported sanctions but some analysts feel that a new approach may be a way of ‘opening up’ Burma.
Whether the aged and possibly ailing ‘leader’ Snr Gen Than Shwe will actually meet with his prize detainee is uncertain. At present her conversations are with lower level emissaries. And Than Shwe may just be appearing to be interested, as a sop to the increased pressure he faces. But Christina Fink seemed optimistic that there were other people besides Aung San Suu Kyi who were important in the democratic movement.
Sadly though, the climate of fear which exists in the country means little real hope of progress unless such talks and moves become meaningful. She also felt that his minions did not dare to convey the truth of any particular situation to the increasingly remote dictator.
But recent significant events, notably the saffron uprising and the terrible cyclone Nargis, have renewed ‘interest’ in Burma.
Read her book and you will realise how important continued concern really is. Burma has been under cruel, stern and unyielding military rule since 1962. That fact alone is an affront to all notions of decency in today’s world.


Let's Go To The Movies:  by Mark Gernpy

Now playing in Chiang Mai
Bangkok Traffic Love Story / Rot Fai Faa Ma Ha Na Tur (I Ride the Skytrain to See You):
Thai, Romance/ Comedy – A romantic comedy about a 30 year old single woman who is suddenly forced to give up her car and ride the Bangkok public transportation system, where she falls for a maintenance engineer of the BTS electric train system.
Fame:
US, Comedy/ Drama/ Family/ Musical/ Romance – An updated version of the 1980 musical, centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.  Critics say the film is undone by its choppy editing and its incomplete characterizations.  They say It is almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience.  The original was so good, this one is simply not needed.  However, it does offer the undeniable power of young performers pursuing their art at peak dexterity.  It’s the feature debut of the choreographer and video director Kevin Tancharoen, and though it suffers from too much flash, at least the closing number, a multidisciplinary extravaganza, lets Mr. Tancharoen and his cast flaunt their talent, and viewers can celebrate the glories of youth in full creative flower.  Generally unfavorable reviews.
The Ugly Truth:
US, Comedy/ Romance –– The consensus seems to be that, despite the best efforts of Gerard Butler and Kathrine Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.  Heigl plays producer of the early morning news on a Sacramento station anchored by a bickering married couple.  The broadcast is low in the ratings, and so her boss brings in a macho local cable personality whose ideas about the battle of the sexes date back to the cavemen.  Rated R in the US for sexual content and language; 18+ here.  Generally unfavorable reviews.  At Airport Plaza only.
G-Force:
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.  Major Cineplex is showing this on their new Digital 3D in Cinema 3.  That should be a lot of fun and prove to be a minor delight, for it gives the 3D a good workout, even worth spending the extra dough for.  There’s plenty to please kids.  Mixed or average reviews.
Oh My Ghosts / Hortaewtak 2:
Thai, Comedy/ Horror – Usual Thai comedy featuring popular Thai comedians.  Three garish drag queens, tired of being frightened by horrible ghosts that haunt their dorm, summon a spirit to help get rid of them.

Scheduled for Thu, Oct 22
Surrogates:
US, Action/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller – Previews look fascinating to me for this one.  Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Bruce Willis) investigates the murder of the genius college student who invented the surrogates.  As the case grows more complicated, the withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to venture outside the safety of his own home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent (Radha Mitchell) in tracking his target down.  Jonathan Mostow directs this adaptation of the graphic novel by author Robert Venditti and illustrator Brett Weldele.
Special Note, October 28:
Don’t forget, Michael Jackson’s “This Is It,” a performance tape of rehearsal footage for the show Michael was working on at the time of his death, is being presented world-wide on October 28, for two weeks only.  That includes Chiang Mai’s Major Cineplex at Airport Plaza where it will be shown in high-definition Digital format.  Tickets are on sale now, at 150 baht.  In other cities, many showings are already sold out, but not here.
I’ve seen several short segments, and I think he looks great and moves in a way that is a wonderment.  This is turning into a huge event in many cities throughout the world, though not here in Chiang Mai as yet, but in Bangkok when tickets went on sale lines of fans wrapped around the block at box office ticket counters throughout the city, and by the end of the first day it was reported that all tickets for the first showings across Bangkok were sold-out.  In London, “This Is It” sold more than 30,000 tickets in its first 24-hours of sale, setting the biggest ever one-day sales record in the UK.
I have my ticket for opening night, and I am really looking forward to it.  From what I have seen of it, it will be a spectacular show with Michael at the top of his form, and a homage to his life and musical genius.


Bridge in Paradise : by Neil Robinson

This was a board from the Bridge Club of Chiang Mai pairs game on October 7th.  Everyone was vulnerable and North dealt. Imagine that you hold the West hand below. You hear three passes. You have twelve high card points and the doubleton spade holding gives you a little distribution. What do you bid in fourth seat? 

S: 54

H: AJ87

D: J974

C: AQ4 

The answer is that you pass, in spite of the fact that you have (minimum) opening points. This is because the hand does not meet the rule of fifteen. This rule is only used when you want to decide whether or not to open in fourth seat. It says that you should open if your high card points plus your spades add up to fifteen or more. The hand does not meet the rule, so pass. The rule sounds rather arbitrary—why spades and not some other suit? The answer is that spades is the boss suit—if you open then either your partner or the opponents are likely to bid spades at some point. If you cannot either support your partner or defend against a spade contract (either from good points or long spades) then it is better to just let the hand be passed out. This was the full deal: 

                     S: J93

                     H: K

                     D: A1085

                     C: KJ1073       

S: 54                                      S: AK62

H: AJ87                                H: Q542

D: J974                                  D: Q63

C: AQ4                                 C: 85

                     S: Q1087

                     H: 10963

                     D: K2

                     C: 962               

Only one table passed it out (resulting in a top for East-West). At other tables the contract was two hearts or, in one case, one spade, by East-West. The adverse distribution meant that these contracts all went down. With likely play in a heart contract, the defense will get at least the two top diamonds, three heart tricks and one club trick. So, better to pass!
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]