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Vol. XI No.5 - Sunday August 19 - Saturday September 1, 2012


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Road congestion

Dear Editor
It has been a source of discussion among my friends about the two great big cement blocks sitting in the lane on the outside of the moat, not only does it completely clog up traffic, its an eyesore. I hope that they are planning on using them to bury cables like they did at Tha Pae Gate?
Signed
Jim
Dear Jim,
I double checked with the Municipality on this one as I had not heard of any plans to bury cables yet, and no, I am afraid it is the Chiang Mai Water Works looking for a leak, Which is why they tore up the entire road trying to find the leak in the tap water pipes. The big cement blocks will be used to hold the pipe now that they seem to have found the leak and are repairing it. Mayor Tussanai apologizes to everyone for the inconvenience but in Chiang Mai as in our home countries, the utilities do as they need to without a lot of outside influence. It seems they may have found the leak as the big pipes are now being buried and we can only hope that it is cleared up soon.
Yours,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor



Alcohol advertising in pubs

Dear Editor,
I am an irregular visitor to Chiang Mai, mainly due to finances as I find that Chiang Mai gives me the right combination of climate, convenience and ease of living. I hope to retire here when I obtain my pension. However, I must say that in the past two years since my last visit the ban on alcohol advertising has gotten a little of out of hand. I visited one of my favorite pubs, The Olde Bell to find that they have had to cover up the logos on the taps! I do understand that the ban on alcohol advertising is due to the desire to reduce underage drinking but really, if a patron is in a pub, he already knows they are serving alcohol, so what is the point in covering up something so minor as the logo on the tap?
This just seems to me a case of closing the barn door after the horse has already gotten out! Surely covering up the logo on the tap won’t reduce drinking and if an underage person is in the pub certainly isn’t it the publican’s responsibility to just check the age of the guest and not sell the alcohol? How does covering up the logo make any bit of difference?
It seems that rather than apply some common sense to the laws the authorities that be (the local police, I am guessing, are being given orders from on high to enforce this) are simply applying a law in an unthinking manner.
Signed
Jimmy F.


Happy birthday to HM the Queen

Dear Editor,
Thank you very much for your tribute to HM Queen Sirikit. I have lived in Thailand for many years and am a huge fan of Their Majesties the King and Queen. The Queen may be 80 years old but in my eyes she is still the stunning young lady that took the world by storm and was named one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her good works and dedication to the betterment of women in Thailand shows that her beauty is not just skin deep.
One of HM the Queen’s projects was to promote Thai silk to the world and she has done that admirably, not only wearing the product to make it popular but implementing programs under the SUPPORT Foundation to help Thai women sell their products without having to go through middlemen that take most of the profits.
Many may not be aware but not only is there a Royal Project Restaurant in the compound directly opposite the Huay Kaew Fitness Park but inside is also a SUPPORT Foundation shop selling some of the gorgeous silks handwoven under the Queen’s SUPPPORT project. I encourage everyone to visit this fabulous shop; it has beautiful, high quality fabrics, clothes as well as handicrafts.
I realize that there are many worthy organizations and many cheaper places to go shopping but the SUPPORT foundation not only educates people on arts and crafts, giving them supplementary occupations, but also provides the trainees with supplies for free or at production prices and even more importantly, promotes and finds markets for their work.
And after you have done some shopping you can enjoy tasty nutritious Thai food at very reasonable prices at the Royal Project restaurant!
Sincerely,
A silk lover


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Road congestion

Alcohol advertising in pubs

Happy birthday to HM the Queen
 

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