The Doctor's Consultation: by Dr. Iain Corness
Do you positively want to live longer?
You can begin by
humming, “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a
pretty woman your wife,” as sung by Jimmy Soul in 1963. Was he correct? If
you are happy, will you really live longer?
After much research, including clinical studies, the
researchers have the answers. Be happy and stay well. Be aggressive and get
heart attacks and cancer, and shorten your life correspondingly.
Now that does not mean that all happy folk live to be 100
and the misery bags turn in their credit cards at age 45? No, but there is
enough evidence to show that your personality type influences the kinds of
diseases you will get later in life, and some of these can be very
conclusive. And not just a ‘coronary conclusion’!
However, this is research is really nothing new; it is
more of a reinforcement of previous knowledge. In the times of Hippocrates,
the healers were interested in the personality of the patient, because even
then they felt that this had a bearing on the disease process. This
conclusion was reached after observation of the patients. Observation was
the great trait of the great medical minds. We would not have developed many
‘cures’ if it were not for the physicians who noted the deviations from the
normal patterns in the first place.
The combination of mind and body and disease is the basis
for holistic healing, and even though Hippocrates and his healers did not
have all our pharmaceutical treatments wonderful tests and MRI’s, they did
treat the person, not just the disease.
So why do we fall ill in the first place? Is it a
personal weakness, is it just “lifestyle” or just plain bad luck? Since I am
not a great believer in “luck” be it good or bad, my leaning after many
decades of medicine is towards a type of personal “weakness”. After all, you
can take two people with the same lifestyle but one gets ill and the other
does not. Why? Simply, the sick person was more susceptible than the other -
in some way they had a pre-disposition or call it a “weakness”. Simplistic I
know, but it seems to fit.
So what factors seem to be involved in bringing about the
pre-disposition. Genetics are one, and do play an important part. If your
parents are diabetic then you will most likely have the problem too, but it
is not absolutely inescapable. The modern scientific studies with large
numbers of people have come up with interesting statistics. One famous
researcher, Eysenck, lumped us all into four main personality categories.
Type 1 have a strong tendency to suppress their emotions
and tend towards “hopelessness” and are unable to deal with personal stress.
Type 2 people, on the other hand, are also unable to deal
with personal stress, but react to life with anger and aggression.
Type 3 is less clear-cut with a mixture of all these
Type 4 covers the optimistic and relaxed who deal much
better with interpersonal stress.
Using these broad categories and looking at disease
profiles that each type gets, returned some amazing facts. Type 1 was the
cancer prone group, Type 2 got heart disease, Type 3 got both while Type 4
people were not prone to either cancer or heart disease. Can you see what’s
Eysenck did not stop there. He went on to show that when
people modified their personality they also modified their disease profile.
When you think about it, this is staggering stuff! By attention to your
personality profile you can modify your disease profile!
The most significant personality trait was “anger”. Learn
to modify your anger response (and this can be done) and you become less “at
risk”. This is approaching Buddhist philosophy and “jai yen yen” - but you
can modify your personality. That last sentence can make you live ten years
longer, happier and disease free. Forget all the wonder cures, just look at
yourself first! Hippocrates did more than say oaths!
Care for Dogs:
By Ana Gracey
Looking for love
Grover here is a cute, calm, smaller sized dog who loves attention
and is a little sad at being left behind for so long at the shelter.
He has been through a lot in his little life and now needs to feel
the kindness of strangers.
If you feel you can give his coat a brush every
now and then, feed, walk and pet him daily you could be the one for
Don’t be a stranger... Contact Care For Dogs,
English (08 47 52 52 55) Thai (08 69 13 87 01) or e-mail: contact @carefordogs.org to
make an appointment to visit the shelter & meet him or any of the
many other dogs waiting for you. www.carefordogs.org
Heart to Heart
My Darling Hillary,
My response re my hurtful depiction of your sweet self in my recent
cartoon is to tell you that you brought it all on yourself by rejecting
my advances in so many ways especially when I wrote under the alias of
Nairod Remraf (yes it was me) which culminated in your telling me “to
pitch my tent on the Sukhumvit fast lane.” Talk about a man scorned!
Also recently you exposed my weakness in using the apostrophe to
demonstrate your animosity to thousands of readers. (I still say my
English master was right) causing me to strike back in the most hurtful
manner possible knowing that there’s nothing more important to a woman
than her looks and it worked! But Hillary, who finished up the most hurt?
(Your turn to gloat.) Because while cracked up with mirth at your
expense (and this is the truth) I stooped to open my fridge door for a
celebration beer and something cracked in my back which confined me to
my bed for twenty hours and then a further day and night in hospital
until able to walk again. Both painful and expensive and I haven’t
laughed since. Re your bottle of bubbly compensation, I might just when
returning home to Warwickshire for a couple of months in the spring,
purchase the substance that has altered my mind, a bottle of the local
scrumpy cider which doesn’t travel well especially in the heat and will
likely cause you never to ask again! Oh, and my English master was also
my Maths, History, Geography and Sports master, was Turkish and drank
Dear Love, Dorian,
What a twisted young man you are, though obviously your English teacher
has to shoulder some of the responsibility, including your excessive use
of the exclamation mark and brackets, and I’ll ignore the split
infinitives for now. You hide behind a pseudonym (better word than
“alias” in this situation, my Petal), and who would have guessed that
Dorian Farmer was in reality Nairod Remraf? Certainly not sweet Yrallih
from the Ayattap Liam, who has never spent a summer in Warwickshire
drinking scrumpy. As you yourself, for both of you, admit, your mind has
been altered by that substance. You will also see that I have published
your “cartoon” if I may bestow upon it a greatness that it does not
deserve, despite the fact that I have been depicted as a fat nude, with
a towel and the shower still on. Dorian, I, and most sane people, turn
the shower off before grabbing for the towel. Sorry to hear about your
health problems. Nothing trivial I hope. Finally don’t exert yourself
trying to get scrumpy through customs. I have seen what it has done to
Dear Miss Hillary,
My friend Dr Iain has told me of your distress that Cadbury chocolate is
to be taken over by the plastic cheese giant Kraft - its hard, I know,
and I do hear rumors that Moet & Chandon will soon by taken over by Coca-cola.
So get used to it - cheese slices and Coke will have to be your comfort
But keep up your good work, it must be reassuring that you will always
have a job as there is no end to male stupidity.
Dear Dr Michael,
How nice to hear from someone cultured like you, my Petal, though please
remember that any friend of Dr Iain’s is not necessarily a friend of
mine. Whilst I applaud your attempts at being a wine connoisseur, do you
have to single out the cheapies for me? The ‘better’ labels will never
be taken over by the pop fizz bizz, I can assure you, even if chocolates
have been besmirched - but please note that the Belgian chocolates
remain unsullied. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
As you have so correctly diagnosed,
male stupidity is endemic, or even epidemic, but fortunately not
pandemic, so that is probably why the World Health boffins haven’t
descended upon us with brooms at the ready to vaccinate the drinkers in
every beer bar. Or perhaps they have already? Disguised as ladies of the
night, they entice the passing males with calls of “Hello, sexy man. Sit
down please.” Once seated they distract the male with several glasses of
brown liquids, remove the wallet with surgical skill, and then send the
unsuspecting male to recover in intensive care rooms, generally
Thank you for saving me from the
plastic cheese, I have made it my business to avoid the wrapped slices -
you never know if the plastic wrapping is still on them - they taste
just the same.
by Harry Flashman
we all began with a Kodak Box Brownie camera, we were delighted
with the ability of this equipment to record scenes, and even
people (as long as you didn’t get too close). From there, most
of us went to folding cameras like the Voigtlander Bessa (am I
bringing back memories now?) and from there to an SLR like the
Canon AE1 + Program.
For the keen amateurs there would be a number of SLRs
from various manufacturers, until you settled on one and built up a
system from there. I have one friend with the complete range of Pentax
lenses as well as a couple of camera bodies. I have another who has to
drag his Nikon cameras in something that looks like one of those wheeled
cases and weighs half a ton. He is a professional.
Very recently in an article about flash guns, I wrote
about a DVD I had been given, saying, “Being a Nikon produced video
lesson, there was a very strong message to use Nikon equipment, and I
will admit to using Nikon myself until I was seduced by the ease and
simplicity of the Panasonic Lumix.” That prompted an email from Don
Griffith who wrote, “Smiled when I read this Panasonic Lumix - but I
think you may be talking about a DSLR. I bought a little Panasonic Lumix
TZ7 myself -the only thing it has not got that is really important to me
is RAW. It has quickly become indispensable-and the picture quality is
“Would recommend any serious photographer to buy a
super-compact, if they can afford it - beats lugging all the Nikon/Canon
gear around every time you step out of the door - and missing some
critical opportunities because you have decided to give your shoulder a
rest and have left it all at home. Never waste money on the official
case - it is an advert to get it stolen, as often it advertises what is
inside - buy a similar cheaper case at a bargain store about one eighth
of the cost - just as good - in some cases better, as rigid instead of
soft, offering some protection if dropped.
Put the saved money towards a spare battery instead.
Now I was remiss here, because I should have stated
my Panasonic camera more accurately. I bought the ‘bridge’ Panasonic
Lumix DMC FZ50 and not the TZ7. The FZ50 does have the RAW files
capability which Don Griffith is looking for. I also bought the camera
because I didn’t want to walk around lugging lenses any more either, and
the DMC FZ50 has a Leica zoom covering 35 mm to 420 mm and with optical
image stabilization, you can even hand-hold through the zoom.
Another photographer who agreed with my choice was
Alan Puzey who wrote in with his own experiences of the FZ50. And he was
another tired of lens lugging. He wrote, “I no longer wanted to carry
around a case of equipment with additional lenses, flashes, etc and so
SLRs were out. Of this sort of alternative the Lumix looked just what I
needed - and has proved to be so.
“I love the lens quality and the positioning of
controls around the camera. Very logical and easy to use. When I have to
revert to the ‘on-screen’ menus, they are pretty good. I didn’t at first
like the feel of holding this camera, but now I have got used to it,
it’s no problem at all and now feels ‘normal’.
“I only use the ISO 100 setting; the sensor is not
the best available and all speeds higher than this bring quality down.
ISO 800 and 1600 I wouldn’t touch with the proverbial barge pole!
“There are far more detailed reviews on the internet,
but these are my main feelings, and I hope they’re of use. A little in
return for your good columns.
Cheers, Alan Puzey”
And is there a downside? Yes there is. It would be
nice to have a wide angle capability, but so far the adapters are not
good by all reports and the built in camera flash is woeful. You can’t
Money Matters: Paul Gambles MBMG International Ltd.
The Real Estate Market is just not real, part 1
In the US, jobless claims went
up before Xmas and Bloomberg stated the “shadow inventory” of houses is also on
the up. This is what people call property that would be up for sale if the
owners thought they could get a decent price for it. Also, as the Wall Street
Journal has reported, “A growing number of people in Arizona, California,
Florida and Nevada, where home prices have plunged, are considering what it
known as a ‘Strategic Default,’ walking away from their mortgages not out of
necessity but because they believe it is in their best financial interests.”
There are millions of people in America who have property
which is worth over twenty percent less than what they are paying for the
mortgage. One of these was highlighted by the Journal: this poor chap has a
house worth USD230,000 and a mortgage of nearly USD330,000.
This idea of ‘Strategic Default’ is starting to grow. You
just wipe out your own debt. Okay, it does not look good if you want credit in
the future but at least you do not have the continuous worry of wondering if you
can meet the monthly payments. In the case above, the bloke has just improved
his balance sheet by USD100,000. The bank will then seize the house and put it
on the market hoping to recoup some if not all of its losses. Thus, the house
leaves the ‘shadow inventory’ and enters the real housing market and pushes the
prices down further.
The UK is not much better. Who would have thought it? It is
less than three years ago that HBOS was riding high as one of the top banks in
the world. Everything it touched turned to gold. It was only later we discovered
it was ‘fool’s gold’. HBOS was one of many banks to find itself overexposed to
the sudden drop in the property market.
In the world of commercial property, prices fell by more than
forty percent in the UK, the US and elsewhere. This would have been bad at the
best of times but most of these investments had been financed by debt. Thanks to
that wonderful phrase, Quantitative Easing (QE), the pain of this has not really
been felt yet. However, there are signs the morphine of QE is wearing off and
the worldwide banking system is about to suffer.
There is a real problem in that billion dollars worth of USD,
EUR and GBP in bonds which have been secured against commercial premises could
be worthless because of the fall in the value of property.
According to the Financial Times, “Over USD3,500 billion of
commercial property debt is outstanding in the US alone.” Approximately 25% of
this was securitized. Moody’s has advised that these will suffer from default as
there has been a drop in value of over forty percent from when they topped out.
It should also be noted that a lot of riskier investments have already gone
belly-up. Things will only get worse before they get better. The rating agency
has also advised that of the USD150 billion of commercial mortgage backed
securities which will mature over the next three years at least two thirds will
be have problems with refinancing. The US government has basically had to
guarantee these otherwise the market would just collapse.
Fitch believes this will also happen in Europe where the same
sort of mortgage backed securities account for GBP60 billion. The UK has been
honest about its problems but what about the rest of Europe? It has not and
there is a lot more to come out which will not do the real estate sector any
favours or the Euro either. Germany is meant to have twice as much exposure as
the UK which does not bode well.
As one Fitch analyst said, “It is questionable whether a
recovery will be in time and in sufficient magnitude to absorb the wave of
bullets falling from 2011 onwards.”
As time goes on there is more restructuring of original deals
as more and more defaults come to the surface. As mentioned above, forced sales
are already on the up. What happened in Dubai is a perfect example of this and
it cannot be the only time this will happen. The fear is this is only the tip of
the iceberg and there is a lot more to come. As reported in the Financial Times
last month, “Real estate debt for banks is the pig in the python and the
question is when it will be digested. It has looked like it will kill the
The outstanding property debt in America and Europe alone is
USD5,000 billion. Banks just do not have the cash to loan, despite what their
respective governments have done. HSBC reckons that well over eighty percent of
UK loans made over the last 60 months are now in breach of their original
lending agreements. However, the banks are now turning a blind eye to this. They
are actually rolling over loans as they near maturity. This is because they are
praying the capital values and Loan To Value (LTV) ratios will go up to a level
that can be refinanced.
To be continued…
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
DVD of the Week:
By Mark Whitman
The Lady Vanishes (G.B. 1938) and Strangers on a Train (U.S.A. 1951)
Just thirteen years divide
the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate British film and the
production of an American masterwork. Both are superb cinematic experiences,
separated by those years, a war, an ocean and the arrival of a new and very
The Lady Vanishes is based on a 1936 novel and
anticipates World War II. It was shot on a small stage in a modest north
London studio (Islington) and makes extensive use of models, back projection
and every technical device of the period to simulate (very effectively) the
train journey from a mythical country back to the safety of England.
A group of people, marooned by an avalanche, head to
safety, whilst a group of unidentified (Fascists?) men and women try to
kidnap an elderly lady who is in fact a British spy. The violence is muted,
there’s much derring do and comedy. Stiff upper lips are kept in place, even
when a bullet pierces a character’s hand, romance blossoms and appeasement
is shown as not to be an option. Good triumphs – for now.
The movie is lively, charming and often very funny and
strangely moving in parts. There is a whimsicality about it which hides a
tougher undercurrent and the film belongs to a by-gone age of fading
innocence. The direction is fluent and the result is one of Hitchcock’s best
British works of the 35 or so he made from the silent era until he left for
Hollywood in 1939. Fine acting from the romantic leads (Michael Redgrave and
Margaret Lockwood), with scene stealing support from Basil Radford and
Naunton Wayne as the cricket obsessed Brits for whom a test match seems more
important than an imminent war.
During the second half of his life (he was born in 1899
and died aged 81) Hitchcock made another 40 films and was often thought of
as an American director, rather than Britain’s most talented film export. In
the early fifties he was alerted to a new novel, a thriller by Patricia
Highsmith (later author of the Ripley books) and secured the rights for
7,500 pounds. A modest sum but this first movie adaptation set her career in
Strangers on a Train is masterly, not least for the
brilliant dialogue. It is cynical, ambitious and hints (and occasionally
shows) the darkest side of human nature. The two central characters – tennis
player Guy and socialite Bruno – are sides of the same coin: both good
looking, intelligent, young, but the former is gullible, sporty, straight
and – well just a little dull and unimaginative (Farley Granger). Bruno (Robert
Walker, a fine actor who became an alcoholic after his wife Jennifer Jones
left him for movie mogul David O. Selznick and died shortly after this film
– his best- was completed) is sharp, indolent and anything but straight and
a murderous psychopath with a doting, scatty mother and a rich, remote
The film follows their collision course as Bruno murders
Guy’s flirtatious wife, who is refusing him a divorce. In turn Bruno hopes
that poor Guy will reciprocate the ‘favour’ by killing his overbearing
father. Tit for tat with a literal vengeance.
Like the Lady, much of the movie is set on a train. But
there the similarity ends. In the former case the adventures are high
spirited and ominous but not omnipresent. In the latter people go about
their lives in a more ordinary fashion but Hitchcock was – from his first
great American film Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – showing the evil that lurks
beneath the complacent surface of those everyday lives. He surveyed neat,
manicured gardens and then looked beneath the stones. Nothing in a good
Hitchcock film is ever what it seems.
These and other of his great works are available from DVD
Movie and Music, 289 Suthep Road. Tel: 053 808 084.
Let's Go To The Movies:
by Mark Gernpy
this week! No Up in the Air with George Clooney. No
Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Both had previews and
posters up at Airport Plaza, but once again Major Cineplex badly disappoints
film fans. I urge you to complain! Make your views known in a message to
Patcharee Wonkumyod, Assist Cinema Manager, at [email protected]
playing in Chiang Mai
The Book of Eli:
Adventure/ Drama/ Thriller/ Western – Not for everyone, but I found it
thoroughly engrossing. The story revolves around a lone warrior (Denzel
Washington) who must fight to bring society the knowledge that could be the
key to survival. Gary Oldman is great as the despot of a small town who’s
determined to take possession of the book Eli’s guarding. Directed by the
Hughes brothers (Albert and Allen), who inject some fresh stylish fun into a
post-apocalyptic wasteland. I think Denzel is terrific! Rated R in the US
for some brutal violence and language. Mixed or average reviews.
Who Are You?:
Thriller – About a mother whose son has withdrawn from social life and
locked himself away in his room for five years. The only way she can
communicate with her son is to write on a piece of paper and slip it under
the door. This is the psychological condition of “hikikomori” mostly
afflicting Japanese, for some reason. This thriller comes from writer
Eakasit Thairatana, who wrote the terrific 13 Beloved, and director
Pakphum Wonjinda (VDO Clip). No English subtitles.
Kong Phan / Gong-pan:
knows how to translate the title. Kong Rithdee calls it The Exhilarating
Regiment. Film Business Asia calls it Jolly Rangers. Plot:
You’re in the Army now! Ain’t it fun? (Remember, this is what we get
instead of one of the Oscar contenders.) Studio synopsis: “Jiwon, a young
lad, is enlisted to the army where he meets his new and unusual friends.”
True Legend / Su Qi-Er:
Action/ Drama/ History – A wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty loses
his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After
being forced out onto the streets, he dedicates his life to martial arts and
reemerges as a patriotic hero. With David Carradine, Jay Chou, and Michelle
Shown in Chiang Mai in
a Thai-dubbed version only, no English subtitles. At Vista it’s shown in
2D; at Airport Plaza it’s shown in partial 3D: there are two 3D sequences,
with a total time of about 18 minutes. The film features one of the final
performances by actor David Carradine, who died in a bizarre accident in
Bangkok during post-production.
Little Big Soldier:
Kong, Action/ Adventure/ Comedy – An old soldier kidnaps a young enemy
general and takes him on a long journey to collect a reward. Written for
Jackie Chan (and by Jackie Chan), who came up with the story idea about
twenty years ago – it took that long to wrap up the script. The film is
also produced and directed by Jackie Chan. Shown at Airport Plaza only in a
Thai-dubbed version only, no English subtitles.
UK/ US, Horror/ Thriller – An excellent spare, dark, and brooding gothic
version of the famous tale, told with great style and much blood. For those
who like straight-up Gothic horror and blood, this is a welcome remake of
the 1941 Lon Chaney movie. Starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.
Rated R in the US for bloody horror violence and gore; 18+ in Thailand.
Vista also has a Thai-dubbed version. Mixed or average reviews.
Percy Jackson & the
Olympians: The Lightning Thief:
Canada/ US, Fantasy/ Comedy – Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and high
school student Percy Jackson is the prime suspect in this sprawling and
entertaining teen adventure. Logan Lerman as Percy is an excellent new
teenaged hero. Mixed or average reviews.
Romance – Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and
make-up because of Valentine’s Day. Generally unfavorable reviews.
US, Action/ Adventure/ Sci-Fi – In 3D this week at Airport Plaza, one
showing on weekdays. No longer showing at Vista. Nine Oscar nominations,
including best picture and director. I do think it’s a very good film as
well as a major technological breakthrough; it’s exciting and beautiful, and
has received near-universal rave reviews from critics and fans.
Scheduled for March 4
Alice in Wonderland:
Adventure/ Family/ Fantasy – Seems to me like a perfect marriage between
director Tim Burton and the Lewis Carroll classic. The film stars Johnny
Depp as the Mad Hatter, with Alan Rickman as our favorite
Given their recent
track record, it’s getting difficult to predict what will actually show up
at the cineplexes. This one seems pretty sure, as it has a worldwide
release date. If Alice doesn’t show, I think we should storm the
venues, demanding satisfaction and “truth in advertising.”
Bridge in Paradise :
by Neil Robinson
Last week was a tricky
heart contract. Here is another one. No one was vulnerable and South dealt.
This was the bidding:
South West North East
P P 2C 3C
3H P 4H All pass
Most people are
intimidated when an opponent opens 2C. As you can see from the bidding
above, East was not among that group. My feeling is that there is always
much to be said for getting in the way of the opponents whenever you can. If
nothing else, it helps direct the defense. Imagine you are sitting South,
with the dummy and hand below. The opening lead was the queen of clubs. You
have a great dummy. Surely with 30 HCP between the two hands the contract
should be easy. But how do you play it?
At the table the ace
of clubs won the first trick. A low spade was led from dummy to the queen in
hand. Declarer finessed in hearts, with the queen losing to East’s king.
East then led the king of clubs and another club. West ruffed with the jack,
forcing the ace of hearts from dummy. The six of hearts was led and the
trick was won by East’s ten, with West discarding. East now led a low spade,
which dummy was forced to win with the king. You have already lost three
tricks (the king and ten of hearts and the king of clubs) and cannot afford
to lose any more. The situation now is shown below. What do you lead from
At the table, declarer
tried to get to hand by leading a low diamond to his king. East ruffed and
the contract was down. The correct lead is the ace of spades, which you
trump in hand. It is critically important to get to hand to pull the
last trump. You have plenty of winners in diamonds and do not need the ace
of spades, so the correct play is to trump your winning ace! (If East trumps
the spade first, you simply over ruff.) Now you can pull the last trump with
your nine and claim the rest. Congratulations if you found the right play.
The full deal is shown below:
S: J943 S: 8762
H: J5 H: K104
D: 108632 D: -
C: Q5 C: K96432
Bridge Club of Chiang
Mai welcomes new players. For information on the Club go to the web site at
www.bridgeclubchiangmai.com. If you have
bridge questions, or to send me your interesting hands, please contact me
at: [email protected]
MAIL OPINION :
by Shana Kongmun
From the editor
I recently attended the Creative Economy Conference at the
Shangri La Hotel here in Chiang Mai and listened to the government’s plans
for Chiang Mai to become the center of the creative and IT economy in the
North. All very commendable and certainly a direction Thailand needs to move
in. However, herein lies the rub. Chiang Mai seems to lack the
infrastructure to make such a leap and it seems unclear how much is being
invested to complete that vital piece of the economic pie.
In an area within the city, I find myself having
difficulty obtaining internet access. 3bb tells me that new servers for the
area, a well established neighborhood, are set to be installed in March.
These kinds of promises always make me wonder which particular March they
have in mind. I was told I could get 3BB ADSL if I had a TT&T phone line.
Alas, TT&T has no available phone numbers in that area. I wonder why they
can’t just install some more since I know of more than a few businesses
currently on a waiting list for a TT&T phone number. True tells me, “sorry,
we don’t’ cover that area”. TOT promises me coverage and a phone but, from
what I understand, this government owned internet service provider is
notoriously poor. Other options include the fairly expensive AIS 3G, which,
according to reports so far, works fairly well. At least, until it is
oversubscribed and no further facilities are added.
Internet access is a vital component not only of everyday
life but for businesses and educational institutions. It is rather
surprising that in the heart of Chiang Mai city, it would be so difficult to
come by. In addition to the inability to actually gain internet access are
the equally troublesome service interruptions that many friends frequently
report. The creative economy is a truly useful, forward looking concept. It
needs equally useful and forward looking investment into the infrastructure
before it can become a reality.