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Kudos for Avatar review

Happy with HP Chiang Mai

Courteous tuk tuk drivers

Sick of the burning and haze

Ugly billboards in Chiang Mai

 

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 outfitted.
At best, this film should be thought of as a child’s fantasy.
Dr. Iain Corness

 

Happy with HP Chiang Mai

Dear Editor:
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

Dear Editor,
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.
Bertrand


Sick of the burning and haze

Dear Editor,
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

Dear Editor,
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?
Nick