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Police roadblocks

Two old buffalo; a true story

In response to poisonous mushrooms letter

 

Police roadblocks

Dear Editor
Life in Chiang Mai may be right about the lack of road safety in the city but missed a significant point, which was illustrated to me on Tuesday evening around 10pm as I drove home past Kad Suan Kaew in Huay Kaew Road, where a police road block was in force.

Many motor cyclists saw it and managed to make dangerous u turns in front of oncoming traffic but naturally others were caught. The police concentrated on young men, ignoring farangs and all the women, who were often two or three on a bike, riding side saddle without helmets. They were patently middle class Thais, smartly dressed and on new machines. The guys were a target, with I guess the hopes of finding non Thais who get fined more.

My Thai companion put it succinctly: ‘The police don’t care about safety or helmets they only want to make sure they have enough money in their pockets tonight’. Did I hear someone say, This is Thailand?
Sincerely a Chiang Mai Observer.

 

Two old buffalo; a true story

A while ago a farmer was bringing 2 old buffalo to Chiang Mai to sell at the markets. They were old and so were destined for the abattoir.

The 2 buffalo escaped from the farmer and made their way to the nearest Buddhist Temple. The monks refused to give the 2 buffalo back to the farmer as the 2 buffalo had claimed sanctuary at the temple. The monks said that the 2 buffalo could be Buddhists from a former life.

Anyway, the monks agreed to give the 2 buffalo back to the farmer if the monks couldn’t pay the farmer THB 30,000 within 7 days. The farmer could sell the 2 buffalo for THB 20,000 each at the market. A public appeal raised the THB 30,000 in four days. The 2 buffalo will now enjoy their old age thanks to the generousity of many people.

Signed,
Farang


In response to poisonous mushrooms letter

Dear Editor

I read with interest last issue’s letter regarding the fatal white mushroom. I have never heard of a mushroom toxin that would kill instantly. Also, birds rarely eat mushrooms, unless searching for larvae inside the mushrooms. I think the observation is a coincidence, but since we know so little I should be grateful for a picture of the mushroom which actually grew next to the dead birds.

Please remember that there are 5-6 times more fungi than plants, and Thailand with its 12000 plant species should therefore host some 60 000 fungal species. It is impossible to make a determination solely on a vague description. There are hundreds of white mushroom species, some delicious, some poisonous, some decomposers, some tree symbionts.

A general warning is that you have to know what mushroom you eat. Do not trust the salesmen at the market either. I just returned from Yunnan where 300 people died from mushroom poisoning in September. The culprit was a Trogia, hitherto unknown as a deadly poisonous mushroom.

Regards
Eric Danell

Dokmai Garden
www.dokmaigarden.co.th
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