Kudos for Avatar review
Dear Editor, How refreshing to read Mark Whitman’s review
of the current blockbuster Avatar. Whilst the special effects were
spectacular, the film itself was banal, boring and totally predictable,
though I did enjoy the ‘hippos with hammerheads’ coming like the cavalry to
the rescue. Fortunately for Ms Weaver, when she was transmogrified to
become a Na’vi, a T-shirt and shorts were found for her, the only one so
At best, this film should be thought of as a child’s fantasy.
Dr. Iain Corness
Happy with HP Chiang Mai
I would like to tell your readers of an experience I had with an HP Pavilion
Laptop. It is 2 years and 9 Months old. The mother board needed to be
replaced, I took it to the HP Centre in Chan Klang Road where it was
repaired with a new motherboard, and a further guarantee given to me for the
new replacement motherboard, all free of charge. I had got an estimate for a
new motherboard which was 10,000 Baht, so as you can imagine I can’t speak
highly enough of the people who work at the Centre and the policy of HP.
No, I don’t work for them! But thought I would give them a plug.
Yours sincerely, Delboy
Courteous tuk tuk drivers
I read on the internet, on ThaiVisa, about the taxi-drivers and tuk-tuk
drivers being criminals in Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok. Our drivers are not
like that in Chiang Mai. So we can be thankful that our drivers are helpful
and courteous. Since we don’t have Skytrain, underground, or river taxis
here, that’s important.
Sick of the burning and haze
Its only January, and yet, it seems, burning has already begun. Where are
the kept promises on reducing and re-educating the farmers who slash and
burn the fields? Like most readers, I was delighted to read the proposed
plan by Chiang Mai Municipality to beautify the area. Moving the cables
underground will be a big step in providing a more visually pleasing Chiang
Mai, as well as being a lot safer. Who cannot but applaud such a plan (which
hopefully will not turn out to be a pipe dream.. or should that be a
cable dream) However, proposed plans of this kind are of course great,
but for how many years has there been a proposed plan of action against
burning? Sure, it is apparently improving, but ‘improving’ doesn’t
prevent the still dangerous levels of pollution. Those who live in Chiang
Mai often become sick, the hospital statistics show this. Many decide to
leave, if they can. As for tourists, what impression does Chiang Mai’s muggy
grey polluted air give them? Will we be donning masks this early on already?
Maybe im just being alarmist, but I take my health seriously. By all means
PLEASE beautify Chiang Mai, but address already well known existing problems
too, pollution being an important one. I hope Chiang Mai Municipality will
take more steps to create public awareness as well as enforce laws. There is
no point in moving onto many new things, unless already important
pre-proposed plans are being addressed.
Yours, Sick of the smoke
Ugly billboards in Chiang Mai
I was happy to read that the municipality of Chiang Mai will start
beautifying Chiang Mai. I wondered why there was no mention of all those
monstrous billboards polluting the horizon of ‘the Rose of the North’, like
that is the case all over the country. Too much bribe money involved?