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Australian Ambassador pays a visit to the city

Happy Beetleful Day in Chiang Mai

 

Australian Ambassador pays a visit to the city

Asst Prof. Sunantha Rattanawadee, Deputy Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty
at Chiang Mai University joins Ambassador Paul Grigson at the Australian Embassy sponsored art exhibit at CMU on July 8.

By Shana Kongmun,
Jedsadapong Wongkiew & Supoj Thaimyoj

The Australian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Ambassador Paul Grigson paid a visit to Chiang Mai again on July 8-10, visiting with local police, dignitaries, attending an art exhibition at CMU and throwing a cocktail party for “friends of the Australian Embassy”.

On July 8, Ambassador Grigson presided over the opening of the gallery exhibition titled “Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing” presenting works by six leading Australian artists at Chiang Mai University. Organized by the Embassy of Australia to Thailand and the Fine Arts Faculty at Chiang Mai University, the showing can be seen at the exhibition hall of the Fine Arts Faculty, from July 9-29, 2010.

In cooperation with the Asia Links Institute of Melbourne University, and Arts Gallery of New South Wales, the exhibition aims to present the diversity and creative thinking by current Australian artists. 6 artists are on show, covering political and social themes in their art, such as environment, social relations, industry, nationalism, and image in the contemporary society using a method of cutting and erasing as art.

Heather Trevor and Dr. Smith Trevor of the McKean Rehabilitation Center are joined by Amelia Henty, First Secretary of the Political and Economic Section of the Australian Embassy at the cocktail party at theU Hotel on July 9.

On the 9th, Ambassador Grigson held a small cocktail party welcoming and thanking friends of the Australian Embassy at the U Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Road. Local car enthusiast David Hardcastle, Marc Dumur, President of Skal International, Duenpen (Boong) Chaladlam, Smith and Heather Trevor from McKean, police officials, educators and more were present for the evening. Ambassador Grigson was introduced by Honourary Consul Michael Walther and a toast was raised by David Hardcastle. The evening ended with the Ambassador discussing Australian wines with the staff of the U Hotel.

And finally, Ambassador Grigson and staff were welcomed to the Museum at the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 on July 10 by Pol. Maj. Gen. Prinya Chansuriya, Deputy Commissioner of the Police Bureau, Region 5, and his staff. Ambassador Grigson and his staff were also on hand for the 111th anniversary of the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 and were briefed by Pol. Lt.Col .Adoon Sijanta, Deputy-Superintendent of Foreign Affairs Unit from Provincial Police Region 5 about the role of the unit in helping foreigners in the North.

The former Ambassador to Rangoon, Ambassador Grigson was most recently the Chief of Staff for the Minister of Foreign Affairs before being assigned to Thailand.

Educated at the University of Queensland, Mr. Grigson came to pay his regards to a city he fell in love with as he finds himself returning back to Australia to serve his country in other aspects.

David Hardcastle and Honourary Australian Consul Michael Walther raise a toast to Ambassador Paul Grigson at the U Hotel on July 9.

Pol. Lt. Col .Adoon Sijanta, left, Deputy-Superintendent of Foreign Affairs Unit from Provincial Police Region 5, briefed Amelia Henty, First Secretary of the Political and Economic Section of Australian Embassy and H.E. Ambassador Paul Grigson on the role of the Unit while Pol. Maj. Gen. Prinya Chansuriya, Deputy Commissioner of the Police Bureau, Region 5, looks on.

 

Happy Beetleful Day in Chiang Mai

One of the four designs created by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana on display at the Thai Yarnyon company showroom.

The Happy Beetleful Day showcased
HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana’s designs.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana used her talents as an artist to design graphics on Volkswagen cars. The four Volkswagen Beetles were at the Happy Beetleful Day event that took place at Thai Yarnyon Sales and Service in Chiang Mai from June 26-27.

Thai Yarnyon Co., Ltd., importer and distributor of Volkswagen in Thailand displayed the four Royally designed models, “The New Beetle” and the event drew many Beetle lovers to view the colorful cars.

Colorfully designed Volkswagen Beetles drew many fans of the car.



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