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LOVERS Meet the planet’s most loyal mates – the Eastern Sarus Crane – who are at the Dusit Zoo to remind us all about devotion during this Season of Love. >PAGE 4

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THE DROP from last year in the amount spent for Valentine’s Day gifts in Bangkok.

THE FUTURE OF EVOLUTION Robot fish swim into view with other marvels of adaptation at a Darwin-inspired science fair By Wannapa Phetdee DAILY XPRESS

isitors to a science fair next month will get a taste of a future swimming with robot fish invented by Thai scientists. Scientists across the world have been developing robot fish for years in an effort to learn their swimming secrets and use them to increase the speed and efficiency of boats and other watercraft. The US are leaders in the field, says Assistant Professor Saroj Saimek, but the robot fish project at his Faculty of Engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) is right on its tail.



The King Mongkut’s University of Technology team that has developed a robot fish poses for photos with their invention, as part of a press conference for a science fair to be held at Sirindhorn Science Home in Pathum Thani province from March 12.


Home of science The Thai robots will be on view as part of a fair on the evolution of life to be held at the Sirindhorn Science Home in Pathum Thani province. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over a ceremony to open the Home officially and the science fair will run from March 12 until the end of the year. It is being held to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution in the book “The Origin of Species” shattered old ideas about how man and nature developed.

JUMP INTO THE GENE POOL >> For more information call (02) 564 7000, extension 1483, 1484 and 1489.

mollusc – Amphidromus atricallosus classiarius – discovered by Thai scientists, and the first living creature in the world – Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae.

Meat-eating plant >> Visit www.NSTDA.or. th/ssh

There will be five main zones, with exhibitions on Darwin’s life and findings, theory of evolution, Neo-Darwinism, biodiversity and its applications, and natural catastrophes and extinction. Visitors will also get the chance to learn about a new species of

Other fascinating examples of evolution on display include the pitcher plant Nepenthes spp, which has adapted as a carnivorous life form. In addition, KMUTT will provide a special chance to 12 teams of 36 secondary and vocational students nationwide to learn about the robots and participate in a competition on February 17 and 18 at the Home’s Robot Fish Camp.

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Love birds at the zoo To celebrate

Valentine’s Day, Dusit Zoo is displaying one of the world’s most faithful couples. The grey Eastern Sarus Cranes are known for sticking with a single mate for life. “This bird will never abandon its better half,” Sophon Dumnui, A pair of Eastern Sarus Crane will come under the Zoological Park spotlight at Dusit Zoo during this Season of Love. Organisation (ZPO) director, said yesterday. “They never cheat on their lovers.” three months to mark the Season A pair of grey Eastern Sarus of Love,” Sophon said. Cranes from Nakhon Ratchasima The Eastern Sarus Cranes are a Zoo is now roosting at Dusit Zoo. protected species in Thailand. D A I LY X P R E S S “The pair will remain here for

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THE ESTIMATED number of cards sent each year worldwide on Valentine’s Day, the second largest card-sending festival after Christmas.


OF THAIS of Thais expect a ‘less loving’ Valentine’s Day this year, because of the economic downturn and higher prices in the shops.

More than a cuddle Baby massage works miracles in a project for underprivileged families By Wannapa Phetdee DAILY XPRESS

A flower vendor at Bangkok’s Pak Khlong Market yesterday prepares roses ahead of the Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Valentine’s sex victims By Pongphon Sarnsamak DAILY XPRESS


ith passions running high ahead of February 14, a survey revealed yesterday the dirty tricks that teenagers use to get each other into bed during the Valentine’s period. Conducted in January, the Rajanagarindra Institute poll on adolescent mental health found that teens lure their lovers into having sex with a variety of tactics. Dinner dates are a favourite way to begin the seduction, according to 76 per cent of the 393 high-school students polled. These are usually followed by a trip to a nightclub, karaoke bar or

cinema, where the “victims” are loosened up with alcohol. What comes next is often an invitation to meet the parents, but they’re not around when the couple arrive, leaving the way clear for the sexual predator to pounce.

Alcohol and pornography Other popular ploys include plying the target with alcohol and pornographic videos, and the invitation to spend a night by the beach over the Valentine’s weekend. The request for sex often comes with a threat to end the relationship if the partner doesn’t say yes. Fifty-two per cent of those polled cited dresses that are

strapless or have spaghetti-straps as classic female seduction attire. Rajanagarindra Institute’s director, Dr Bandit Sornpaisarn, suggested teenagers protect themselves against the pressure to have sex around Valentine’s Day by avoiding being in private places alone with their sweethearts, not drinking alcohol and not dressing too provocatively. If they want to have sex, he said, use condoms. “ If your boyfriend asks you to have sex on Valentine’s Day and threatens to break up if you say no, think about leaving him,” Bandit added. “If he just wants sex, he probably doesn’t care much about your future together.”

e know it can ease our aches and pains, but massage also has an impressive track record in helping improve infants’ development. “Abnormal movements or delayed development in babies can be improved by massage,” says Bangkok senator Rosana Tositrakul, who launched a Thai Holistic Health Foundation project for volunteers to improve the health of babies from underprivileged families. “Research shows that massaging a baby every day for one to two months improves its brain and muscle function,” Rosana says. She cites a US study in which senior citizens were taught how to massage babies. Not only did the babies’ development improve, but symptoms of depression in the seniors began to disappear too. “I was close to tears A volunteer uses a doll to when a baby I had mas- demonstrate how to massage saged for more than a year an infant. – who couldn’t even sit up XTRA – was able to walk and run,” says Tidachanok Wong-pitak, a 23-year-old A LOVING TOUCH >> Massaging babies helps volunteer. Another volunteer, Kan- boost their immune systems, ida Khanthisuwan, 37, says circulation and lymphatic sysshe actually cried when an tems, making muscles strong infant with emotional and joints flexible. problems made eye con- >> From newborn babies to tact and smiled after three toddlers – gentle massage is months of massage. safe and beneficial to all Rosana recommends infants. Oil such as grapeseed that parents should gently or baby lotion should be used. massage their infants for 10 to 15 minutes every day, >> Call (02) 591 8092 or with seven strokes each on (086) 338 5247 for more their arms, wrists, stominformation. ach, back, legs and face. The project has been running since 2005 in collaboration with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Pakkred Home for Babies and the Holt Sahathai Foundation. More than 700 people have volunteered so far. For Valentine’s Day, organisers are inviting anyone interested in showing some love through volunteering to give up three hours every week from March to July to massage babies and also read to children. Apply by February 20.


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50m Long-stemmed roses are given to loved ones on Valentine’s Day across the world

PINK PANTY PROTEST Right-wing Hindu extremists in India to be hit by a barrage of undies on Valentine’s Day AFP, New Delhi


isha Susan is on an unusual Valentine’s Day mission, sorting out piles of cards, letters and lots of pink underwear – all destined for a right-wing Hindu vigilante group. “There are many of these coming every day,” says the 20-something Susan, holding up a pair of vivid pink panties. Susan is founder of the “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women” – a group she set up as a provocative response to a recent attack by Hindu extremists on young women drinking in a bar.


Taking values too far


ma belle Though every first lady since Lou Hoover – save Bess Truman – has been featured in ‘Vogue’, Michelle Obama is only the second to grace the cover. Much of the eight-page feature inside is devoted to Michelle’s self-described role as “mom in chief”, though the conversation does eventually turn to clothes. Michelle says she is aware of how her wardrobe is always scrutinised, but she makes no apologies for her choices.

An Australian man who climbed bare-chested onto a hotel roof to help save children sheltering from wildfires raging all around was hailed in parliament as a hero yesterday. Armed only with a garden hose, tradesman Peter Thorneycroft, 43, fought flying embers hitting the roof as dozens of children huddled in the hotel’s

TV footage of Sri Ram Sena (SRS), or Army of Lord Ram, activists chasing, slapping and kicking the terrified women prompted widespread condemnation and outrage. The attackers, who style themselves as guardians of traditional Hindu values, were briefly detained and then released on bail, prompting Susan to take matters into her own hands. Using the Facebook social networking site, she appealed to Indian women to send in their pink “chaddis” – a colloquial Hindi term for underwear. The panties would then be sent to the SRS as a special “gift” for Valentine’s Day – an event the rightwing group denounces as Western and decadent. The activists of one of India’s largest Hindu nationalist organisations are sometimes disparagingly

referred to as “chaddi-wallahs” because of the khaki shorts they wear for official functions. The Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women already has 20,000 members and the underwear is coming in thick and fast.

‘Hindu army’ unfazed In the wake of the pub attack, India’s Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowduri compared the SRS to the Taleban in Afghanistan, but the group’s leadership was unrepentant. Not only did it defend the violence, but it also warned that any shops buying into the Valentine’s Day market would face attack. “Drinking, socialising, celebrating Valentine’s Day is all part of Western culture which is corrupting our Indian culture,” SRS general-secretary VK Rajesh said. “We are not against love. But we are against loose morals we see among the younger generation.” He did not seem fazed by the impending deluge. “Those who send us the underwear, we will send them pink saris. It is symbolic of Indian culture,” he says. But for Susan and her co-campaigners, it is the SRS that is breaking the social taboos. “Today they say don’t go to pubs. Tomorrow they will say don’t go to work. Then they can demand that we cover our faces,” a protester said.

Bare-chested Aussie hero hailed in parliament cool room and neighbouring houses went up in flames. “There in the papers today is the unforgettable picture of him standing calmly on the roof dressed in a pair of shorts and thongs [flip-flops], no shirt as the sky blazed orange around him,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told

parliament. “The houses opposite the pub had all exploded, the witnesses say, and if Peter hadn’t done what he did the pub would have gone up too. “Peter Thorneycroft is an Australian hero, he is a genuine Australian hero,” Rudd said. At least 181 people were killed

in the wildfires that swept through the state of Victoria last weekend, and thousands of firefighters are still battling around 30 fires. The area where Thorneycroft made his stand on the roof of the Kinglake National Park Hotel was one of the hardest hit. But just as no man is a hero to

his valet, Thorneycroft’s wife Jodie was cool in her assessment of her husband’s efforts. She had left the area but kept in constant phone contact during the drama. “Everyone was in hysterics,” she said. “He just kept going, ‘Everyone’s dead, everyone’s dead’ and I just said, ‘Shut up and do what you’ve got to do’.” AFP






Police officers and their spouses receive Holy Communion during a mass wedding in Quezon City, Philippines, yesterday. A total of 51 couples were given free wedding rites as a pre-Valentine’s gift.

A worker arranges flowers at a farm in Colombia on Wednesday, in preparation for Valentine’s Day tomorrow.


A couple takes part in the annual wife-carrying competition at a shopping mall in Hong Kong yesterday. This preValentine’s event is said to have originated in Finland.



Romance laps at the shore in Mumbai, India, yesterday.


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The getaway Escape to an idyllic sanctuary with your loved one on the Valentine’s Getaway this month at the Amari Emerald Cove Resort on Koh Chang. Starting at Bt16,999 net, the deal covers three days and two nights with a welcoming drink and fruit basket, a beachside dinner and a ride to or from the Trat airport. Visit

Be different this Valentine’s Day and take your sweetheart to an exhibition, the zoo or a temple By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S

till haven’t booked a table for that romantic Valentine dinner? Fret not, Bangkok has plenty of alternatives on offer. Your day doesn’t have to include roses and chocolates. There’s romance too in creativity. Hop on the Skytrain and spend time together at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre on the Emporium’s sixth floor, where you can immerse yourselves in fashion, design and art in the library or check out the exhibitions “Perishable Beauty”, which challenges and mocks our vain attempts to capture youth, and “Sweets Knit Jewellery”, a showcase of jewellery designs inspired by Thai desserts. Check out, or call (02) 664 8448. Or head out to Old Bangkok



Exhibits at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre are “Perishable Beauty”, above, and “Sweets Knit Jewellery”, below, which are designs inspired by Thai desserts. and explore the city on two wheels. Bring your bikes and cycle around Rattanakosin Island, which is home to the city’s temples, statues, government buildings and palaces. It’s

For a romantic retreat, check out the Deck at Arun Residence, which offers a stunning view of Wat Arun and the Chao Phya.

fun, healthy and affordable. And you get to plan your routes together.

The Hula-Hula treatment at the Mercure Patong Phuket’s Venus Spa nourishes your skin using the best parts of a coconut. Start with a flower footbath, then get a steam and a coconut body scrub and massage and finish off with a good appetite. The price for guests is Bt1,300. Visit

Animal urges Dusit Zoo can be surprisingly romantic. Go in the late afternoon when it’s not too hot and stroll hand in hand) through the gardens and observe the animals. Buy ice creams and take a journey on the lake in the paddleboat. As dusk falls, get a tuk-tuk to Wat Pho, home to the Reclining Buddha and a Unesco heritage site. The temple near Tha Tien is hosting a mini light-andsound festival from 6 until 9. Titled the “9 Wonders of Wat Pho”, the show offers a chance to learn about the temple’s nine highlights. Tickets are Bt50 for Thais and Bt200 for foreigners and are available at the door. Call (02) 226 0335 or visit Just behind the temple, relax,

Hula-Hula happiness

Lost in Pattaya unwind and dine at the Deck at Arun Residence. Romantic and stunning, it’s also a fun place for friends and lover any day of the week. Overlooking Wat Arun, the open-air eatery serves tasty Thai and Western cuisine with a great selection of wine. Up on the rooftop, the Mediterraneaninspired bar Amorosa offers wine and cocktails along with terrific views of the Chao Phya River.

The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort opening in August in Pattaya will have rooms with a “Lost World” theme. All 555 ocean-view rooms in the 18-storey hotel will have natural wood-andstone decor, as well as full modern amenities. Visit www.CentaraHotelsResorts. com.

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BILLION SWEETHEARTS are manufactured annually for Valentine’s Day by the New England Confectionary Company. The pastel-coloured heartshaped candies bear such messages as “Be Mine”, “Kiss Me”, “Call Me” and “Miss You”.

High-altitude amour Valentine’s Day is being celebrated in classic

style beneath the sky at Sirocco, atop Le Bua on Silom Road. The city lights will be giving you knowing winks as you enjoy dinner for Bt14,999+ per couple – including Champagne oyster foam with Petrossian Tsar smoked salmon and Osier caviar. Call (02) 624 9555 or visit

Bubbly and berries

Feel the chill

Dinner by the sea A candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner awaits on the beach in Hua Hin at the Let’s Sea resort. Tomorrow night they’re serving a “love” menu that includes rocket salad with roast duck, Mandarin soup with salmon, grilled beef tenderloin, strawberry jelly and Moet and Chadon champagne. The cost is Bt2,222+. Call (032) 536 888 or pop over to

The –5 Supperclub in Pattaya is cooking up a great meal in its subzero ambience for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. The price is Bt3,999 for two for a four-course Mediterranean feast with wine, plus they’ll pick you up anywhere in Pattaya. The bar is on the ground floor of the Amari Nova Suites on Central Pattaya Soi 12. Call (038) 426 768 or visit www.Minus5

Immerse yourself in the sweetness of strawberries and champagne at Koi on Sukhumvit Soi 20. All this month the restaurant is embellishing its Japanese cuisine with a Californian twist with champagne, chocolate and strawberries. The price starts at Bt8,300. Call (02) 258 1590 or visit

Fine bouquet Dinners for two start from Bt900 at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, which has Valentine’s menus in its Orchid Cafe, the Italian restaurant Rossini, the Living Room lounge and the BarSu dance club. If need a room, the hotel has a complimentary one-night stay tomorrow night for the first 50 bookings. Call (02) 649 8368 or visit www.Sheraton


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Phishing for love A double-bill delivers sharp bytes on Internet romances this weekend By Pawit Mahasarinand S P E C I A L T O D A I LY XPRESS


ao Soong Theatre delves into the cyber world this weekend, booting up a doublebill of social satire called “WiFi Project Version 2.0”. In the first play, “Google Detective”, Sao Soong’s artistic ‘Google Detective’

director Nut Nualpang steps onto the stage with New Theatre Society’s Damkerng Thitapiyasak to tell the story of a middle-age man who finds the love of his life, a man, on “He doesn’t want to pay dating-site fees,” says Nut, “so he Googles this man’s biographical details, tracks him down and starts chatting with him on MSN Messenger, but pretends to know nothing about the guy. With the twist at the end, I want to show that anyone can be caught out in the cyberworld, where things are rarely as they seem.”

Sex, lies and websites Illusion versus reality is also at the core of the second play, “Hi5…eiei”, which won the audience’s and theatre-maker’s favourite awards at the Bangkok

XTRA WHO IS THIS? >> “Wi-Fi Project Version 2.0” will be the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from tonight until Sunday.


Theatre Festival 2008. The website Hi5 is making headlines around the world, but the story here has a Thai angle. “I’m amazed how many Thai women pretend to look abbaew – younger – online than they actually are in person,” says Nut. “Here, I work with TV and movie actress Janya Thanyasawangkul. “She’s a middle-aged woman with a teenage persona on Hi5,

which is where she gets in touch with her ex-boyfriend. They get together but he rejects her true older self. Dumped again, she returns to the ab-baew world. “The language we use in the play will be exactly like that used online.” Here’s a taste: “Hiii! Halo…Looooong time no z. Mise yu so much. Wanna hv a meal 2gether? Ei ei.”

>> Showtimes are at 7pm with with 2pm matinees tomorrow and Sunday. >> Tickets are Bt200 (Bt150 for students), bookable at (081) 624 9933. >> On the Web: (make friends with them and receive a 10-per-cent discount on tickets), and

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All tooled up

Dark side of the room Tonight Glow Sukhumvit Soi 23 (BTS: Asoke) (02) 261 4446 Glow’s resident DJ Metamorphous and DJ MD, formerly of Britain’s Ministry of Sound, team up for a dark night of vicious, techy beats. Entry is Bt200 with a drink. Come in black for a free bevvy.

The UK’s Paul Thomas digs some mighty anthems out of his Toolroom for clubbers at RCA’s Retox tonight By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S


onight, Retox is launching its first series of “Toolroom Knights” at 808 with DJ Paul Thomas jousting at the deck. Thomas has racked up gigs on five continents and at countless big venues around the world – not bad for a 29year-old who only started deejaying 10 years ago. He rumbled onto the UK dance scene with thunderous sets at Birmingham’s Godskitchen, where he landed a residency in 2003. Now he’s also Toolroom Records’ producer and a Global Underground artist. We had a chat before his Bangkok debut.

SAD: Singles Awareness Day


What are you working on now? I’m working with a guy called Kalva – our first release will be out on Toolrom at the end of this month. We’ve also remixed Sander Kleinenberg, Alex Gold and Adam K, Wally Lopez and Filthy Rich in the past few weeks, and just finished some new tracks with Funkagenda and Richard Dinsdale.


DJ Paul Thomas

Do you record different sounds with different labels? Not really. I seem to go through stages of liking and producing different styles of house, but right now I’m loving the “big

Tomorrow Aura Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Sukhumvit Soi 4 (next to Racha Hotel); BTS: Nana (02) 656 4842 Alone on Valentine’s Day? Put on your best black outfit and enjoy this bash put on specially for singles! Dance to ’90s tunes and enjoy discounts on food and drinks till 9pm. Entry is free.

Beat It at the Blue Palace Thursday, February 19 Bed Supperclub Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana) (02) 651 3537 Dress code; ID This special Bollywood night will serve up tracks from the ’80s, retro ’90s and the origins of dance grooves that your sari swishing hips may miss. The Indian themed night will take place every third Thursday of the month. Entry is Bt600 with two drinks.

Eats on high room” house sound, which is why I am aiming my releases at labels like Toolroom, Size, Cr2 and Little Mountain.

How do you work? Over the past 12 months I’ve been keeping a lot of my productions – especially the bootlegs – for my own sets for at least two months before sending them to other labels.

Who’s your idol? I wouldn’t say I have an idol. When I was going clubbing week in week out, I

used to travel around to see Sasha. But now I listen to my peers less and less, partly because I don’t have time to go and see them, and partly because I don’t want them to affect my own sound and style.

What’s the plan for tonight? Well I’ve never been to Bangkok before, so it’s a step into the unknown for me. But this is a Toolroom party and I have some massive new anthems to drop – I hope Bangkok is ready!

XTRA HAMMERING HOUSE >> DJ Paul Thomas performs

at 808 on RCA tonight. Tickets with one drink are Bt500. Supporting Thomas is Retox resident DJ Arsit. >> RCA, Zone C, (02) 203

1043; www.808Bangkok .com. Don’t forget your ID.

Every Sunday till late March BBQ Party Aura Rooftop Bar & Restaurant From 2pm till late, sit back and enjoy the all-you-can-eat Australian style BBQ at Bt599 inclusive of one drink. DJ JT spins your favourite tunes from 3pm onwards.



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Proud in Chiang Mai While the Chiang Mai gay parade is still in question pending the governor’s decision on a citizens’ protest, other Chiang Mai Gay Pride activities will go ahead on February 21 as planned. Follow the updates at

Long Yang Club Chiang Mai, a social group for gay men and lesbians, will hold a Valentine’s fund-raising event tomorrow. See the details at

‘Syndrome’ onscreen

Lee and Jin on the happy day.

Out of Cupid’s

range By Nada Chaiyajit

The Thai Queer Films project is screening Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s controversial film “Sang Sattawat” (“Syndrome and a Century”) on Sunday at 1pm. It’s the full version with English subtitles. Visit or call (084) 667 2871.

‘June’ has arrived “A Moment in June” star Shahkrit Yamnarm boldly took up the fictional role of a gay drama director finding himself drifting apart from his partner, played by Napaskorn Mit-aim, in this romantic drama directed by O Nathapon. It’s in theatres for Valentine’s Day.



lthough oft repeated, the cliché that love knows no borders isn’t quite true – at least for male-to-female transgenders. The border stands very prominently in our love lives, and in an opposite way from what most people would imagine. Instead of those geographically close to us, the only men who we have a realistic chance of sharing our lives with are foreigners. How many Thai men can actually accept what Thai society calls “second-class women” as the other half of their lives? How many can withstand what their families and neighbours would say? Even for those in love with

For those who true love eludes for legal reasons, Valentine’s Day is nothing to celebrate

foreigners, the road is far from easy. Post-operation transgender Dee fell in love with an Austrian whose kids also adore her. They couldn’t get married

because neither Thailand nor Austria has legalised same-sex marriage. They had hopes when Thai legislators discussed a bill on legal recognition of sex change and the Austrian parliament debated

same-sex marriage. Both hopes were doubly crushed when the Thai bill didn’t pass and the Austrian Parliament was abruptly dissolved. Although the embassy recognised their relationship, they could grant Dee – an optometry shop manager – only threemonth visitor visas. Luckily the couple found an Austrian transgender forum that advised them of a judiciary precedent in Austria allowing marriage in a similar case. After many hurdles they were legally united in Austria, where they now live. Another case illustrates the problems in Thailand. American executive chef Lee fell in love online with executive secretary Jin and

moved to Thailand to be with her. After two years of living together they had a wedding and religious ceremony (pictured) on Koh Samet, happily surrounded by families and friends. However their otherwise happy couple life has met with various legal obstacles. Since their marriage isn’t recognised by either country, Jin can’t adopt Lee’s surname. Now running a resort together on Samui, they face trouble because of the lack of a marriage certificate, not only in their personal but also professional lives. A bank has rejected their joint application as spouses for a business loan. If Thailand is literally the “land of the free”, why is the freedom to love allowed for some and not others? For many transgenders, Valentine’s Day may never arrive.

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‘HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU’, a romantic comedy, was the No 1 movie in North America last week. It earned US$27.8 million.

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Knocked Up A mismatched couple deals with the consequences of a drunken one-night stand. Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl star.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic A young woman (Isla Fisher), hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt, lands a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine and becomes an instant success.

HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm

Furnace A group of prisoners are assigned to assist in the reopening of the closed wing at a spooky old prison. Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore and Ja Rule star. Cinemax (TrueVisions), 8pm

A Moment in June In this acclaimed debut feature from young director O Nathapon, reality and theatre blend, and the time

between decades fades as couples reach a crossroads in their relationships. Stars Shahkrit Yamnarm, Krissada Sukosol Clapp, Sinitta Boonyasak, Suchao

don’t miss! Happy-Go-Lucky Lions for Lambs The stories of a journalist, a US senator and a liberal college professor intertwine in this essay on the human consequences of a complicated war. Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Robert Redford star. Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm

Chocolat A woman opens a chocolate shop in a small French village, shaking the rigid morality of the community. Stars Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. True Movie Hits (TrueVisions), 7pm

Channel links Channel 3 – Channel 5 – Channel 7 – Modernine – NBT – Thai PBS – True –

No matter how bleak and pessimistic things are around her, Poppy, a brightly dressed 30-year-old kindergarten teacher in London, remains upbeat. Her bicycle being stolen is an opportunity for her to learn how to drive, which puts her in contact with possibly the world’s worst driving instructor. An injury to her back is a reason to experience the wonders of joint-popping chiropractic treatment. A misbehaving boy in her class brings a man into her life – a life that even without a sex partner was filled with completeness, contentment and friendship. Golden Globe-winner Sally Hawkins stars in this irrepressible comedy-drama by Mike Leigh. At the Lido and House. ★★★★

Pongwilai and Duantem Salitun. ★★★★

Push Telekinetic teenagers pool their energy to take down a clandestine government agency. Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning and Djimon Hounsou star.

The Class The winner of the Palme d’Or award at last year’s

Cannes Film Festival tells the story of a tough but fair teacher in one of France’s toughest schools. In French with English and Thai subtitles at House.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Going back to ancient times, a mutated werewolf (Michael Sheen) falls in love with a vam-

pire princess (Rhona Mitra). Bill Nighy also stars.

Inkheart A man (Brendan Fraser) brings characters from books to life when he reads out loud. ★★★

Revolutionary Road Sam Mendes directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in this

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adaptation of Richard Yates’ novel about American marriage in the 1950s. ★★★★

Defiance Three Polish-Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell) join the resistance against the Nazis. ★★★

Tarchon An ex-convict (Preeti “Bank” Barameeanan) finds that his twin broth-

er has been left comatose after playing in an underground basketball game. He joins the Fireball team to take revenge. With English subtitles in some cinemas. ★★★

The Baader Meinhof Complex Radicals fight a violent war against American imperialism in 1970s West Germany. In

The Reader British Academy winner Kate Winslet stars as an illiterate trolley conductor who engages in a complicated affair with a teenage boy. ★★★★

German with English and Thai subtitles at House. ★★★

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The jock (Zac Efron) and the brainy beauty (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) face the prospect of being separated as they head off to college. ★★★

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Three Polish-Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell) join the resistance against the Nazis. ★★★

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‘A Moment in June’ stars Krissada Sukosol Clapp and Sinitta Boonyasak.

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A gangster gets out of prison after 20 years and has thoughts of revenge. Stars include Jaturong Mokjok, Nui Chernyim, Kom Chuanchuen and Kotee Aramboy. With English subtitles at some cinemas.

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By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: You will face many of your past acquaintances and can rectify any unresolved problems. Memories will open new conversations regarding your dreams, hopes and wishes. This is a time of fulfilment that will bring about personal success, so don’t fear rejection.

Yesterday’s Puzzle Answer Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Work as a team player and you will end up a leader. Your ideas and solutions should involve everyone, bringing out their strengths. You will inspire the people around you. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 It won’t hurt to be a little unorthodox in the way you handle unusual situations. If the situation becomes impossible, back away and take your own action to prevent further turmoil. GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Plan a mini vacation or sign up for a course or tradeshow that can offer you some interesting options. Your future is about to take a twist that can make your life happier. Love is in the stars. CANCER ** June 21-July 22 Be creative. Making changes to your residence or considering a move will get you revved up about the future and the available prospects. Don’t procrastinate when the possibilities are so great.



LEO **** July 23-Aug. 22 A partnership appears to be lucrative and complementary to what you have to offer. A past interest will come into play and will help make your plans simple and accessible. Stick to budget. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You may want to consider changing your vocation or pick up skills that allow you to advance. Talk to someone who can give you a lead or help you network. An old boss will have good advice. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 There will be no room for laziness. Get out and interact with people and good things will start to happen. Connecting with people from your past and meeting new friends will expand your interests. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Feeling vengeful will hold you back. Look ahead if you want to get ahead. Get on with life and the things that matter most to you. You will rediscover something about yourself and your skills. SAGITTARIUS **** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Check out an opportunity that can lead you in an entirely different direction career-wise. Love is in the stars and you may want to invite a little extra affection and good times your way. CAPRICORN ** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You can’t trust everyone, especially when your emotions are involved. Protect your assets and don’t be fooled by empty promises. Put your cash somewhere safe and avoid spending.

Mena Suvari Actress Kim Novak is 76. Actor George Segal is 75. Actor/musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 67. Actress Stockard Channing is 65. Musician Peter Gabriel (Genesis) is 59. Bassist Peter Hook (Joy Division) is 53. Singer Robbie Williams is 35. Actress Mena Suvari is 30.

AQUARIUS ***** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Everything will work itself out as long as you are true to yourself. Love is on the rise and, if you get together with someone you used to know, you will develop a strong and lasting relationship. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Look back and you will realise that things you did in the past now have greater meaning for you. Get together with someone who can help you fulfil your dreams. Timing is everything.


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0-1 Euro 2008 finalists Germany were beaten by Norway for the first time since 1936, in their friendly.


SPAIN England’s David Beckham reacts to one of two Spain goals during their friendly.

Capello vows England will learn from Spanish masterclass in Seville AFP, Seville, Spain


abio Capello has insisted England will learn from the footballing lesson dished out by European champions Spain as they strolled to a 2-0 friendly win here. The revival in England’s fortunes since the Italian took charge was firmly placed in perspective by the superiority of a Spanish side that always appeared to have an additional gear in reserve that was never required. Goals from David Villa and second-half substitute Fernando Llorente ensured the home side’s superiority was reflected in the margin of victory on a night that saw David Beckham equal the late Bobby Moore’s record of 108 outfield caps. Capello was unhappy that his side had failed to put Spain under greater pressure but recognised that they were always likely to struggle against oppo-

nents who have now put together a 29-match unbeaten run including 27 wins. “I think this game was very important for us,” Capello said. “We played against one of the best teams in the world and we knew the difficulties that we would have to meet during the game. “I learned a lot of things about my team that will help for the next games we have to play for World Cup qualification.” Capello denied that the defeat had left him feeling pessimistic about England’s chances of mixing it with the world’s best at the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. “Spain have one of the best midfields in the world, they won the Euro and it is almost as if they are playing from memory. They are very good at keeping the ball and they can punish you if you make one mistake. “We can’t play the same style: we have to play with our style

British press hail history-maker Beckham David Beckham may not be Bobby Moore, but in equalling his outfield record of 108 caps for England the 33-year-old proved what an extraordinary footballer he is, newspapers said. Many newspapers noted that given the different time, teams and players, the pair could never be held up against each other – and nor should they. Beckham reaching 108 “was a tribute to a man who has always refused to sacrifice his England career for the increasingly rapacious demands of the clubs,” wrote one commentator in The Daily Mirror. The Sun also praised Beckham’s achievement, saying that while some saw him as “an over-hyped creation of a rabid celebrity era”, there was no doubting his commitment to England. There “could be no higher accolade” than to be linked with Moore, it added, describing Beckham as “one of the most extraordinary figures of modern times”. “Beckham’s arrival on 108 does not challenge what Moore achieved,” said the Daily Telegraph, adding: “Both were and are men of their time, footballers whose appeal stretched beyond the field of play.” – A F P and the players we have. I understand better now what we need to do when we play against a team like Spain.” Spain’s boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he had been a little concerned as England enjoyed a couple of early chances, but declared himself satisfied with yet another win. “We were a little bit lost for the first few minutes but, little by little, we became better,” the former Real Madrid manager said. “It is not only the quality of our play, it is also the spirit of

the team. That is something that was in place before I took over but I’m glad that it seems to be continuing.” England’s best phase of the match proved to be the first ten minutes, in which Gabriel Agbonlahor volleyed an inviting Gareth Barry cross wide and John Terry went equally close with a header from Stewart Downing’s corner. Beckham’s entry to the fray came at the interval with Downing making way and Wright-Phillips switching to the left flank to allow the 33-

year-old to slot into his familiar berth on the right of midfield. A dangerous, dipping freekick soon provided evidence of the added value Capello sees in him but Beckham’s inability to get up and down the pitch as he did in his peak years was also apparent, as was the petulant streak that earned him a booking for dissent. England came desperately close to pulling a late goal back when Beckham released Carlton Cole, who rounded Reina but was denied a debut goal by a goal-line block

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Eriksson’s Mexican stand-off

MESSI MESMERISES Maradona hails ‘world’s best player’ after the French get hypnotised AFP, Marseille, France

iego Maradona proudly eulogised Lionel Messi, the man he says is the best player in the world, after the young Barcelona star scored the killer second goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over France in Marseille. “Messi played fantastically. The ball is a part of his body – it is impossible to wrest it from him.” Messi’s solo strike eight minutes from the end added to an opener from Jonas Gutierrez shortly before the break cemented Argentina’s superiority once they settled into their rhythm. Maradona praised Messi for also working hard off the ball. “When he has to lend a hand to the team he does that too. He understood we were under the cosh in the opening 20 minutes when the lines were a fair way apart and he had to work hard along with [strike partner Sergio] Aguero. “Overall, I am very pleased and proud,” said the 1986 world champion, who has now won his first two games in charge following November’s friendly in Scotland. “The team understood it was important to get a hold of the ball and hang on to it.” Having reminisced earlier in the week about how he almost joined Marseille from Napoli in 1989, Maradona was given a rapturous reception from the French fans, who were far less




Argentina’s Lionel Messi, front, battles for the ball with France’s Lassana Diarra. cordial towards their own handler Raymond Domenech, architect of their first-round exit at Euro 2008. And the majority of the sellout 60,000 crowd will have recognised that the French were deservedly beaten as the ‘albiceleste’ won with an opener four minutes before half-time from Jonas Gutierrez and then a Messi special eight minutes before the end. “My lads played really well,” Maradona told French television as he commiserated with Domenech. “I am really happy with their performance. “The record is now very positive,” he beamed, having seen


off Scotland in his debut as coach in November. “I think this group are [playing] at a very high level. After 20 minutes they found their feet, getting a good grip on possesion which enabled us to develop our game.” Domenech, told TF1 television that the French would learn from their experience. “It was a good match. The players will have picked up some experience and that’s what counts for us along with qualification for the World Cup. “We lacked conviction and effectiveness up front but I think this team has a fine future ahead of it,” Domenech said.

Mexico’s next World Cup qualifying match will be at home against Costa Rica on March 28. The question on the minds of many supporters of El Tri: Will that team still be led by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson? Already under fire after leading Mexico to just one win in their previous six matches, the pressure on the 61-yearold Swede could hardly have been greater than in the 65th minute of Mexico’s 2-0 loss to the United States on Wednesday. That’s when Eriksson watched as captain Rafael Marquez, was shown a red card for his midair collision with US goalkeeper Tim Howard, giving the Americans a man advantage to finish the game. “It’s my winning mentality that got a hold of me,” said Marquez, who plays for Barcelona. “When you know you can’t win, my temperament comes out. I need to learn to control my temperament and help my team more.” Eriksson accepted the apology and defended Marquez. But whether the Mexican Football Federation will be as patient with Eriksson was an open question. Eriksson was already making plans for the next match. “We have to continue working,” he said. Whether Eriksson will be part of that future is anyone’s guess. – A P



Friday, February 13, 2009




Schumi recovering after smash A F P , Berlin

Thai ace brings her ‘A’ game to down Portuguese By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam DAILY XPRESS

amarine Tanasugarn summoned her patience to survive a dazzling array of shots unleashed by Neuza Silva and win their second round match 6-2 6-2 in the PTT Pattaya Open yesterday. It took the sixth seed some time to adjust to the slices, drop shots and big forehands of the 146th ranked Portuguese in a match that last 75 minutes. “She changed the pace all the time and kept me off balance at the beginning. I had to be calm and patient, waiting for chances to gain points. At the end she made more errors,” said the world No 41. It marked her first quarter-final in almost eight months after the career highlight at Wimbledon last year, where she became the first Thai to



Tamarine Tanasugarn , right, commiserates Portugal’s Nueza Silva after the match in Pattaya yesterday. reach the final eight of a Major. She lined up a clash with Sania Mirza of India today, who beat Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-4 6-0. “It won’t be easy no matter who I meet. Sania and I have played a few times and I know her game. But I’ve never played

the other girl. I’ll find out about her later,” said the 32-year-old Thai, who is in her second straight quarter-final in Pattaya. Russian top seed Vera Zvonareva, who loves Thai staples like mangosteens, pomelo and noodles, was involved in

long groundstroke rallies with Yaroslava Shedova of Kazakhstan before prevailing 64 6-4 after one hour and 40 minutes. Though claiming she had problems with the heat and noise from the court nearby, the world No 5 capitalised on each of her breaks in both sets to finish off her rival. “The level of my game is not there yet. I fought hard for every point and played clean service games which didn’t allow her to break,” said the Australian Open quarter-finalist, who now faces Chinese Peng Shuai, an opponent she’s beaten four times in a row. “She is an up-and-coming player who can be very dangerous if she keeps working hard like she is doing now.” Elsewhere, former champion Shahar Peer of Israel needed just one hour and 13 minutes to dispatch Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine 6-4 6-1. Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat Ivana Lisjak of Croatia 6-4 2-6 6-2.


even-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said yesterday he was fine as he nursed cuts and bruises at home after escaping serious injury during a motorcycle accident while testing in Spain. Schumacher was taken to hospital after a crash at the race track in the Spanish city of Cartagena on Wednesday, but was later discharged and flew home to his family who live near Lake Geneva. “Thanks for the many ‘Get Well Soon’ wishes, but I am fine today,” Schumacher wrote on his website yesterday. “I am not perhaps as articulate as usual, but all checks show that everything is okay.” False reports in the Spanish media on Wednesday, citing sources at the track, had claimed the 40-year-old had multiple injuries and was left unconscious after the accident.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Ancelotti rules out Blues move



C Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has no intention of becoming Chelsea’s manager. The London club fired Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday, and hired Russia coach Guus Hiddink as his replacement until the end of the season. Ancelloti has been considered Chelsea’s top choice to take over fulltime in the summer. “The only club that has made a move to sign me has been Chelsea,” Ancelotti told La Stampa newspaper yesterday. “In the summer I met Abramovich but I didn’t want to leave AC Milan. The same thing is happening now, I am not thinking about leaving.” Ancelotti also explained his decision to include David Beckham in the UefA Cup squad. “In my opinion, in order to keep Beckham sacrifices should be made because he is an important player for the team.”

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JOUSTING JUMBOS Golden Triangle to host fun-filled King’s Cup event By Kitinan Sanguansak DAILY XPRESS


he King’s Cup Elephant Polo, sponsored by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and Audemars Piguet, promises to be another funfilled week when it gets underway in the country’s northernmost region known – the socalled Golden Triangle – next month. Ten teams will battle it out for the trophy at the five-star Anantara Resort Golden Triangle between March 23 and 29. A parade and blessing ceremony will be held in Chiang Saen town on the tournament’s opening day to showcase the local culture with northern traditional-style dance, hill-tribe villagers in traditional custom, elephant spirit men and colourfully-decorated pachyderms in attendance.


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Players battle for possession during the event last year. The competition was started eight years ago by Anantara Resorts to raise money for the National Elephant Institute in Lampang province. The organisers so far have donated over US$200,000 to the institution, which provides medical care, sustenance, employment and mahout training for the country’s elephant population.

Over the past few years the tournament has grown in stature from a small two-day event with six participating teams to a week-long feast, with ten teams from four continents comprising 40 players from 15 countries featuring in the last edition. For more information, visit

Based on revenue, as listed by accountancy firm Deloitte in its independent “Football Money League” report released yesterday: 1. Real Madrid, Spain, ¤365.8 million 2. Manchester United, England, ¤324.8m. 3. Barcelona, Spain, ¤308.8m. 4. Bayern Munich, Germany, ¤295.3m. 5. Chelsea, England, ¤268.9m. 6. Arsenal, England, ¤264.4m. 7. Liverpool, England, ¤210.9m. 8. AC Milan, Italy, ¤209.5m. 9. AS Roma, Italy, ¤175.4m. 10. Inter Milan, Italy, ¤172.9m. 11. Juventus, Italy, ¤167.5m. 12. Lyon, France, ¤155.7m. 20. Manchester City, England, ¤104m.