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An angry mob gathers in Karon to demand an apology from Russian Oleg Fomenko, pictured far left.

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round 100 angry Karon residents protested at Wat Karon on Friday (October 25) to demand that a Russian man who smashed a monk statue make a formal apology to them. Russian man Oleg Fomenko was arrested after he went on a drunken escapade early on Wednesday morning – smashing an abbot statue at Wat Karon and using a crowbar to smash the window of a truck he

tried to steal. Residents at the protest said they wanted Fomenko to apologise in the presence of the statue for his actions. They said if he didn’t do it within seven days, they will blockade the Karon Police Station. As Fomenko is currently being held in custody, residents said they wanted the court to release him to be able to visit the Wat to apologise. If he wasn’t able to do

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so, then they called for a Russian Embassy representative to do so on his behalf. Police say around 12.30am on Wednesday (October 23) they received a report that someone had gone to Wat Karon and smashed a statue there. The person had then smashed a truck window and tried to hot-wire it to steal. The person was unsuccessful and ran away.

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Police speak to the crowd that gathered at Wat Karon over the weekend in protest.

olice checked the CCTV camera footage from the temple and, after asking around, identified Fomenko, a Russian visitor, as the culprit. Police found him staying at a house in Soi Patak 18 in Karon, and when he came out of the house he was wearing the same clothing as in the camera footage. When police questioned him, Fomenko accepted it was him on the CCTV footage, and said he was rather ashamed about the previous night’s events – which he put down to being excessively drunk. He was arrested and charged with attempted theft and damaging property, and was currently in police custody in the Phuket Provincial Jail. Santi Udomkiratak, Deputy Honorary

Consul for the Russian Federation, told The Phuket News he had spoken to those at the Russian Embassy and he would visit Fomenko in custody on Monday. “As a Buddhist myself, of course I’m not very pleased. It’s very disrespectful, but I’m willing to forgive, but of course I’m upset about it.” “I will let the justice system do its job. He was taken to the main Phuket jail because the police are worried this man will get beaten up by people who are still very upset about this incident. “For Buddhist people it is a big deal – they consider this very disrespectful.” The cost of the damage to the statue and the car was estimated at B310,000, Mr Santi said. Eakkapop Thongtub & staff reporters.

Changes ahead for meter taxis Shock find in hotel bathroom CHANGES TO PHUKET’S meter-taxi system, including introducing higher fares for customers, will hopefully encourage drivers to collect customers from other areas of town too, says Jaturong Kaewkasi, a senior officer from the Land Transport Office. At the moment, metertaxis are operating from the Phuket International Airport, because it is here they are guaranteed a B100 surcharge on trips. Picking up customers from other areas was not profitable, because there was no guaranteed surcharge, he told The Phuket News on Wednesday. “Taxi meters are al-

lowed to pick up passengers from anywhere on the island, but no one does. “But I think once the new fares are introduced, this will change, because they will earn more money.” “We are trying to convince drivers that once the new fair system is introduced, they will be able to get business easily from other areas, and people will hail them down. “We also want to persuade the drivers to set up points in town and other areas, so they don’t only have to start from the airport.” There are cur rently around 139 meter taxis on the island, but they have

been marginalised at the airport by the powerful limousine co-operatives and are hard to find. But new rules allowing meter taxis only to pick up customers from Phuket International Airport – with other taxis being allowed only to drop off customers – plan to be rolled out by the end of the year. But the new plan for the meter taxis will also bring a price hike, meaning drivers will earn more money. Three plans are proposed under the fare hike, which is proposed in order to cover the increased costs of gasoline and labour on the island since 2003, when prices were last revised.

TWO TOURISTS GOT A big fright when they opened up their hotel room bathroom on Tuesday night (October 29) to find a large cobra inside. The tourists, who were staying at the Bangtao Beach Garden hotel, promptly called security, and security guard Thanagon Puyati raced to the scene. Staff phoned the Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation who spent about two hours dealing with the large cobra, and then released it into the wild. Meanwhile, volunteers from the Kusoldham Rescue Foundation rushed to Vachira Hospital at about 11pm on Tuesday to investigate re-

The large cobra which was found in the hotel bathroom. ports that a snake – this time a python – had been seen in the area. True enough, a three-metre python was found in front of

Vachira Hospital. Staff were quick to react and managed to get the snake into a sack, with the aim of releasing it into the forest later that night.

Phuket tightens up measures to regulate jet ski rental services PHUK ET’S R EGIONAL Harbour Master Office has tightened up its regulations on jet ski services, with operators now subject to license revocation if the office receives complaints from tourists about violence and ripoffs. Director General of the Office, Phuripat Therapisut, indicated that the new regulation is in line with the current policies of the province’s administration in controlling the local jet ski businesses. The Harbour Master Office has asked for cooperation from jet ski rental services in the province to system-

atically process their legal requirements, including license renewal, new license registration, business label change, license transfer, and licence cancellation, through formal means. According to him, jet ski operators from now on will be required to submit petitions for the said procedures to the pier masters that that they registered with before proceeding to officials. Jet ski service operators who fail to report to the Office of their acknowledgement of these new regulations by the end of next month without

a sound reason could have their licences revoked, said Mr Phuripat. He said that pier masters will have to inform the Office of any expired jet ski licenses within three months from the day of their acknowledgement. Those who fail to comply with the new rules will be subject to punishment by law, said Mr Phuripat, adding that officials have been authorised to revoke licences of operators who engage in violent activity, charging their customers inordinately, or being involved in fraudulent activities. NNT thephuketnews


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ell-known Phuket man Dr Richard Cracknell, a chiropractor, acupuncturist, athlete and owner of the Wellness House and the Living Food raw cafe on the island, has died in America following an illness. Dr Cracknell’s daughter Cynthia posted on Facebook that her father died in Hawaii, in the United States, on October 24. Dr Cracknell’s daughter Cynthia Hamilton told The Phuket News he died from a tumour in his spine. He is understood to have returned to America earlier this year after becoming ill. A doctor of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine, with a PHD in complimentary alternative medicine, Dr Cracknell ran the Wellness House detox and naturopathic health centre alongside the Living Food Cafe in Naiharn. He moved to Phuket in 1994 after two years living in northern Thailand teaching English. Working for many years on the island as a chiropractor, acupuncturist

Richard Cracknell, pictured at the Living Food Cafe in 2011. and general health healer, he established the Wellness House around four years ago. The Living Food Café came about from him wanting to make good food for himself and his guests, and teach others how to do the same, he told The Phuket News in an earlier interview. Dr Cracknell also was a top regional

marathon runner, regularly winning in his age group in marathons held around Southeast Asia. He was also involved in the Phuket Hash Harriers, known as “Mrs Palmer”. Daughter Cynthia, who lives in Los Angeles, said, “He loved being healthy and was a strong believer in a spiritual mind-body connection.

He loved life and was a competitive triathlete.” Phuket resident Sylvie Madison said, “Richard lived life to the fullest: surfing, biking, running and doing triathlons. He was an inspiration to many people and will be missed. “His sudden illness was a big mystery here and people simply wished him good health. It is with great sadness I say goodbye to my friend.” Martin Smetsers told The Phuket News he met Dr Cracknell around three years ago. “He was a dedicated health professional who knew what he was doing; a true sportsman whose vegetarian regime helped him to recover so much more quickly from big athletic events, he told me. “He was devoted to the health cause; an ambassador for his beliefs and a true athlete. “I was very sorry to hear that he got ill and was saddened by the news. Condolences to his family; a good man has left us.” Dr Cracknell has four children. Cynthia, Jesse and Rye-Lee live in America and Rikki lives in Thailand.

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STEVE COLEMAN AND Russell “Distance” Russell will compete in several epic fitness events to raise funds for their mate Stu Clark, who was left paralysed after a motorbike crash earlier this year. Russell will compete in three sporting events back to back: the Bangkok Marathon on November 17, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon on November 24, and the Challenge Phuket Steve Coleman, left, and Russell “Distance” Russell. 70.3 on December 1. The money raised from Meanwhile, Steve will he crashed his motorbike after cycle the 250km Tour de Bin- he avoided a cat on the road. Russell and Steve’s fundraising He was left paralysed from efforts will go toward ongotan in Indonesia on November 9-10, with all money raised the chest down and has limited ing care, including special use of his hands and arms. physiotherapy, occupational going to help Stu. Stu is covered by medical therapy, a special electric Stu, who was the general manager of Coral Seekers, suf- insurance as well as social bed, and potentially stem fered several fractures to his security, which covers his cell treatment in Bangkok in spine in April this year when care to a basic level. the future.

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Russell, who is running Coral Seekers in Stu’s absence, said that while he had an alright fitness level and played sports, the three events would still be tough. Russell had known Stu and his wife Cathy for the last eight years and said Stu was “a great mate”. “No one wants to see a friend be in this situation ever. The more we can raise, the better.” Meanwhile, Steve would be taking part in his first ever cycling race, but was up for the challenge. He was hopeful he would complete the two-day, 250kmevent in “the middle of the pack”. Steve said he signed up to do the cycle race then had the idea to turn it into a fundraiser for Stu.

“He’s such a young, active bloke. It was unbelievable seeing him in hospital. They [Stu and Cathy] really are an inspiration; I’ve never heard them moan once.” Stu’s wife Cathy told The Phuket News that both her and Stu were grateful to Steve and Russell. “Stu is having physiotherapy five times a week and occupational therapy three times a week. He is getting stronger in his upper body and his range of movement is increasing. “He still has no movement in his wrists or fingers and requires assistance in everything he does. He is strong minded and staying positive.” Anyone wishing to donate money can do so by visiting the Go Get Funding page at tinyurl.com/ helpstuart

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IN BRIEF Chinese, Russian tourists die at Karon Beach Two tourists from Russia and China died at Karon Beach on Thursday (October 24). Karon police arrived to find Russian man Oleg Ozerskikh, 52, unconscious. Police said he had high blood pressure and heart disease, and died on the way to Patong Hospital. Later that day at around 3.20pm, Chinese tourist Liew Hifong, 33, had drowned after he ignored warnings from lifeguards. Eakkapop Thongtub

Brake failure blamed for tour bus crash The driver of the Phuket tour bus which crashed into a house in the centre of Phuket Town around noon on Saturday (October 26) has been taken for questioning by police. Fortunately no passengers were on board but three people driving motorbikes were hurt when the bus crashed into a house on Patiphat Rd. Bus driver, Chuchart Worrawanitcha, aged 64, said the brakes failed Eakkapop Thongtub

Fish die after SuperCheap fire

Around 200 fish have been found dead after pollution runoff flowed into a canal behind the razed SuperCheap fire site, but authorities say the health hazard situation is under control. Dechakanee Leranon from the Rassada Municipality said the bad smell coming from the site was mostly coming from the burnt goods. Officials will use lime (calcium hydroxide) and Effective Microorganisms (EM) balls to reduce pollution on the site.


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our company Pegas Touristik believes that the number of Russians visiting Phuket will not continue to increase, but say it is not the fault of the authorities – rather the market has reached its peak. In anticipation of the start of the high season, one of the largest tour operators on the island, Pegas Touristik, held a conference for ‘Russian’ travel agencies. The event was attended by about 300 representatives of Russian companies involved in organising trips to Phuket. The idea behind the event was to discuss the prospects of tourism development in Greater Phuket, which is now one of the most popular destinations for Russian nationals. According to statistics released by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), Thailand ranked first among internet queries for overseas tours during the New Year, with a share of around 16 per cent. While the market is still growing, Pegas Touristik said that in the future, development may slow.

Russian airline Transaero Airlines touches down at Phuket Airport. Photo: Andy Mitchell According to Pegas Touristik Thailand’s Head of Booking and Contracts, Bucky Cholpan, in 2012 the kingdom was visited by about 500,000 tourists from Russia, with 60 per cent of them using the services of Pegas Touristik. In 2013, more than 800,000 Russian arrivals are anticipated. It’s worth nothing that the official statistics provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for 2012 differ substantially from the figures given by Pegas Touristik. According to the TAT, last year the country attracted more than 1 million Russians. The discrepancy is difficult to explain, however it is possible that by ’Russian tourists’, the

TAT are in fact referring to all Russian-speaking citizens of the countries of the former Soviet Union. M r Cholpan believes Phuket will soon begin to lose popularity. “Phuket has become more dangerous and too crowded. In 2012, Phuket had 180,000 Russian tourists, in 2013 the number is expected to grow to 240,000 Russians, but that will be the peak, the numbers will not continue to grow,” he said. In Thailand, Pegas say that Phuket and Pattaya are currently the most visited destinations, but they feel that the preferences of Russians in the next few years may change.

Mr Cholpan predicts that soon the most popular regions for Russian tourists will instead be Samui and Krabi. “On Samui there is wonderful nature and good entertainment for young people. I am confident that Samui and Krabi are the next most popular regions of Thailand. Already there is a tendency that people come back again and again [to these places],” Mr Cholpan said. Mr Cholpan said the largest source of Russian tourists to Thailand are from the Far East and Siberia. “The bulk of arrivals come from the cities of Novosibirsk and Kemerovo,” said Mr Cholpan.

“For Siberians, flights to Thailand are much closer and cheaper than, for example, to Turkey. But for people living in Moscow the opposite is true.” According to the Pegas representative, in 2012, more than 200,000 people came to Thailand from the Russian Far East and Siberia, approximately 60 per cent of all Pegas Touristik tour packages to Thailand. On the Thai government’s measures to curb the flow of budget tourists from China, the company said that they are unlikely to introduce similar rules for Russians. Regarding other initiatives by the authorities, such as the proposed B500 fee for tourists entering the country, Pegas does not see it as a substantial threat to their business. “I believe that the Thai authorities will be careful about blocking the flow of tourists from Russia, as this is a very profitable segment of the tourism market for the country,” said Mr Cholpan. “In addition, if measures are taken, Russians may instead choose to visit Vietnam, China, the Maldives, Goa, and Bali,” said Cholpan – countries where Pegas Touristik coincidentally also has operations.

Chinese tourist concerns Class Act Media announces SAFETY ON THE ISLAND’S but often these are ignored. beaches, problems with filling out arrival cards when entering the country, and delays at Immigration are some of the problems affecting the thousands of Chinese tourists arriving on the island every day, a meeting was told on Tuesday (October 9). Businesspeople, Airports of Thailand (AOT) representatives, and members of the Chinese community met at the AOT office to discuss Chinese tourists and the problems they face. Chinese tourists are often victims of drownings during Phuket’s monsoon season, and those at the meeting suggested tourists on the beaches should be given leaflets in Chinese to warn them of the dangers. Officials have already set up warning signs on the beaches in Chinese, as well as red flags,

Pol Lt Col Rapeepat Utsaha, deputy superintendent of Immigration Police, based at Phuket International Airport, said Chinese tourists often had problems with filling out arrival cards correctly. Around 5,000 to 6,000 Chinese tourists go through Phuket International Airport every day – almost half of all tourists arriving and departing. The meeting was told that some airlines showed a video on board, explaining how to fill it out. Some passengers had also complained that many airlines did not give out arrival cards on board. “One reason that the Immigration process is so slow is that all the passengers spend so much time around the table filling out the forms once they reach the counter,” Lt Col Rapeepat said.

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The Phuket News, in English, and the Russian-language Novosti Phuketa. A special Krabi supplement is currently in development. The new Krabi station is part of the overall expansion plans of Class Act Media, which is seeing it move beyond its Phuket headquarters into the neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. There is little existing English-language media in Krabi, with no locally produced weekly newspapers, and with an increasing number of resident expatriates, and facilities that cater to them – including international schools, marinas, hospitals and an airport – the expansion is a perfect fit for southern

Thailand’s most comprehensive media company, with its radio, print, TV and online properties. On the announcement, Class Act Media founder and owner Simon Samaan said, “Krabi is already a tourism hub, and home to many exciting events, including the recent Sheraton Krabi Trophy 2013 Adventure Race and last weekend’s grand finale of this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. “Opening up a new Krabibased studio is a logical expansion for the radio station and the company, and part of our planned expansion into new markets, which will include Koh Samui and Chiang Mai." thephuketnews


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Island’s Aussies unite for Melb Cup AUSSIES IN PHUKET IS an informal group of likeminded Phuket-based, Australian expatriates who have banded together to form and arrange different activities for themselves and their families. Their first official event will be celebrating Australia’s horse racing Melbourne Cup Day. The Phuket celebrations will be held on November 5 at the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, which is located just off Chao Fa East Rd, close to Chalong Circle. The entry fee for the Aussies in Phuket event is B1,200, with a discount for members who pay B1,000. The organisers advise attendees to, “Get out your top hat and frills to enjoy the festivities.” The event starts at 9.30am, and tickets have to be purchased at least three days prior. They can be bought online at Phuket Ticketmaster (tinyurl.com/ phuketmelcup). Payment can also be made at Lady Pie Cherng Talay or Shades Asia. For more information visit aussiesinphuket.com

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Phuket policeman, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Pichan Kaewkongdharm, has been arrested along with two other men after they were allegedly involved in extorting around B490,000 from a French man. Police held a press conference on Thursday (October 24) at the Phuket Provincial Police Station, and confirmed they had arrested three men, including Sen Sgt Maj Pichan, after they allegedly threatened and stole money from French man Henry Richer. The incident began when a man named as Boonping Keaw-Ngarndee helped Mr Richer sell a piece of land for B2 million, but Mr Richer allegedly only gave Boonping B2,000 for his help. So Boonping, along with his friend Kanasanan Pathan decided to get their own back and rob Mr Richer on October 14. They set up a plan for Boonping to meet up with Mr Richer, as the two were connected in drugs circles. Boonping joined Mr Richer at a hotel room, but then Boonping announced – falsely – that he was a policeman, pulled out a gun and put Mr Richer in handcuffs. He said Mr Richer needed to pay

Pol Sen Sgt Maj Pichan Kaewkongdharm was arrested last week. B3 million to avoid being thrown in jail, but Mr Richer didn’t have enough money. Boonping and Kanasanan, who had now joined them, then went with Mr Richer to the ATM, but he only had B490,000 in his account. B400,000 was transferred to an account the men had access to, and B90,000 was withdrawn from the ATM. Boonping and Kanasanan then fled, but not before threatening Mr

Richer not to go to the police. Mr Richer was initially scared to report the event because he was afraid he would be arrested on drugs charges, but eventually decided to make a complaint on October 23. Boonping, Kanasanan, and Sen Sgt Maj Pichan were then all arrested. After his arrest, Sen Sgt Maj Pichan said he knew the men and had some involvement in the crime, while Boonping and Kanasanan admitted guilt.

One killed in visa run van crash A FILIPINO WOMAN DIED and 10 others received minor injuries when a visa run minivan crashed in Trang last Monday (October 21). Pol Capt Opat Jaiboon, from Sikao police station, told The Phuket News the 10 passengers, plus a driver, were on their way to Penang in Malaysia on a visa run, with the company Phen Phet Visa Run. One Filipino woman, who is understood to be working as a singer at a hotel in Phang Nga, died at the scene. Other injured passengers were taken to Sikao Hospital and Trang Hospital, but none were seriously injured. “The crash point was in front of Khao Keaw temple, and I believe the driver lost control of the van in heavy rain and then crashed into a tree,” Capt Opat said.When The Phuket News called Phen Phet, an employee answered the phone and confirmed the crash but did not give any comment. Visa run vans in Phuket have a reputation for often fast and reckless driving, with many near misses reported on the Phuket-Penang route.

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For the volunteers of the Kusoldharm, they have no choice but to help those in need Naraporn Tuarob reporter1@classactmedia.co.th

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n the aftermath of the recent SuperCheap fire in Phuket Town, all eyes were on the Phuket Kusoldharm Foundation, as they prepared to enter the still smouldering site. At the tense scene, the thought on everyone’s mind was: ‘Would they find dead bodies?’ Miraculously, they found none. It seems that everyone inside the burning building managed to escape. After the fire scene was cleared, life went on for the rescue workers, who returned to normal life.

Phuket resident Kanoksri “Pak” Pokkabut says it has always been her dream to be a rescue worker.

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Phuket’s Kusoldharm Foundation was founded in 1974.

There are three main areas where there are Kusoldharm bases – Thalang, Muang Phuket and Patong. There is a radio centre with a staff member who controls all the different rescue workers and co-ordinates who will attend what when an emergency call comes in. The Kusoldharm work alongside the police, various municipalities, the private sector and other rescue centres. Some foreigners are also involved as volunteers. There are two departments: The fulltime officers who are paid, and a large volunteer network of around 400 people from all around the island, from all walks of life. None of the volunteers receive payment, and buy their own walkie talkies, uniform and use their own vehicles.

They even have to pay for petrol themselves.

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Of the 400 or so volunteers, around 40 are women, such as Kanoksri “Pak” Pokkabut, aged 31. She is employed as an accountant full-time, but also works as a Kusoldharm secretary and rescue volunteer. “I’ve been volunteering two years. Ever since I was young, if someone around me was sick or had an injury, I would help. I never feared blood or dramatic situations. “Working as a rescue worker has been one of my dreams since I was young. My first case working with the Kusoldharm was a motorbike crash, and I helped with first aid. “I remember it clearly, I

didn’t feel scared at all. The minute I got into the rescue vehicle I thought: My wish has come true.” She says she does not fear death when on the scene of dangerous incidents, even when it involves working at massive accident sites such as the SuperCheap inferno. “The first thing that came to my mind was to buy inhalers for the people coming out of the building, to give them help. But I found nobody. So the first night I was working to control the traffic, because the main job went to the firefighters. “After the SuperCheap fire, I felt proud. Even though I couldn’t do the main work the firefighters were doing [putting out the fire], I did my best.” Despite Ms Kanoksri’s

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obvious enthusiasm for the work, her family were initially not so accepting. “They were not okay with me doing this job. They were afraid that because I was a woman, there would be a lot of problems involving the men. “But it’s been two years now, and nothing they were worried about has happened, so they feel better.” She explains that even before she joined the volunteer team she was in awe of the Kusoldharm rescue workers, and thought what they did was “cool”. This ‘cool’ factor increased significantly once she started working alongside them. “I saw all the photos of them helping people, and I thought, ‘Wow this is great.’ I could only help with minor injures, but these volunteers could help with dead bodies, and dramatic and severe injuries. I thought they must be amazing to be able to deal with that. “I plan to be a volunteer for the rest of my life. I will never quit or leave this position, it runs in my blood now. Even if I encountered a situation that was more severe than the SuperCheap fire, I think I will be fine and cope okay.”

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Another female rescue worker volunteer is Adchada “Oil” Thavorn, 31 years old. She wasn’t born here, but has lived in Phuket since she was one year old. “When I walked into the foundation on the first day I felt shy because there were only men there. “I didn’t feel scared of them though, I just knew I had to fight for a volunteer position and prove that even though I was a woman I could do it. I had always wanted to be part of the Kusoldharm.” She explains that when she was younger her mother did not let her apply to be a volunteer, but after she had grown up she was able to make her own decisions.

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Adchada “Oil” Thavorn, 31 years old, moved back from Switzerland and her husband and her became volunteers. “I met a guy name Pee Ood, who was in charge. I asked him if I could apply to be a volunteer, but he said no, they already had enough volunteers. However, he did say I could come along on a rescue mission to see what they do. “The first case for that day was a motorbike accident in Phuket Town. After that was a more serious case – a man had hung himself. “This was the time I really felt I could be a volunteer because I couldn’t just sit around doing nothing, I had to help, and I had to do something. “When we arrived, I saw a young child standing nearby – the child of the dead man. So I went over to the child and looked after them, and tried to distract them from the horrible sight they had just seen. “After that, I was accepted for a volunteer position because the volunteers were happy with the way I responded during that really awful situation, and they knew I had a lot of passion for the job.” Mrs Adchada is now a mother to two boys, aged eight and four years old. “I always tell my boys that they have to understand that I help people. During the day, I’m a mother, but during the

nighttime I have others I need to help too. My husband, who is from Switzerland, is also a volunteer. “Sometimes, I bring my children to the Kusoldharm Foundation. They like it, especially the youngest one. He loves it so much, and he dresses up as a firefighter – he thinks I do this job. “When the incident happened at SuperCheap, the kids knew we had to go. We called our friend to take care of the kids, and my husband and I went straight there. “The biggest case I have worked on was t he SuperCheap fire, but I have done many, many accidents. When I heard the news about SuperCheap, my husband and I both went. I told him, we must be confident and prepare for what lies ahead.”

THE ONE SECOND RULE Max is a volunteer who has worked for the Kusoldharm for around two years. He says there is a common perception in Phuket that the Kusoldharm only take care of dead bodies. “We do everything. There is nothing we can’t do. Whenever we get the call from people who need our help, we must do our best to help them. “You might not know this,

but we also do a lot of work with animals. We can help control situations where animals walk onto the road, catch snakes, and help cats and dogs in sticky situations. “We also get a lot of minor call outs: People who have a flat car battery, or who get locked outside their car with the keys inside. We do everything you can imagine.” Ple is another volunteer. He explains that the Kusoldharm Foundation also help out in situations where the people involved have mental health issues. These can include attempted suicides, and diffusing difficult situations where people are acting strange or in a disruptive way. Volunteers are also called to domestic violence cases between husbands and wives. “Before I joined the Kusoldharm, I was one of the many people who wondered, why are the Kusoldharm driving so fast?,” Ms Kanoksri explains. “But when I started going on call outs with them, I realised that there are people who need help. We don’t know what their condition is, we just have to get there as fast as possible,” she said. Another volunteer said, “We have a saying among the volunteers: ‘One second can be the difference between life or death.’

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IN BRIEF Police hunt gang after mob attack Thalang police are on the hunt for a gang of youths they believe are responsible for bashing two Phuket men with knives and wooden sticks outside a Thalang karaoke bar on Saturday (October 26). Police received a call

around 3am on Saturday with a report that there was a group of men fighting with knives and wooden objects in front of a karaoke bar. Two men were taken to hospital with injuries, and police are trying to locate those involved.

Family appeals for missing man A Phuket family are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 60-yearold Muean Moongate, who went missing on Saturday (October 26). Mr Muean has amnesia and family members are concerned for his well-being.

Mr Muean, who has amnesia, walked out of the family house around 1pm on Saturday, while family were out. Anyone who has any information regarding Mr Muean can contact the Thalang Police Station on 076-311-123.

Dispute over land by Bang Wad Dam A piece of land in Kathu is in dispute after a group of locals complained to the Phuket Damrongtham centre that it should be available for public use. Locals complained to the centre earlier this year with allegations that a local resident living on a piece of land in Baan Zai Thong, near Bang Wad Dam in Kathu, was encroaching on public land and blocking locals’

access to the lake by building on the site. Former Kathu village chief Sophon Chandyong is currently living on the land along with his family members, and says he has a valid Sor Kor 1 for the area. Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak visited the two-rai block of land on Thursday (October 24) to inspect it and speak to those involved.


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New ‘Tourist Care’ initiative to help visitors Zazithorn Ruengchinda

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The three accused men, front, pictured with officials.

Two army privates arrested over stolen police property TWO PRIVATES IN THE Royal Thai Army were arrested on Sunday (October 27) on charges relating to a handgun, handcuffs, a police uniform, a motorbike and other items which were stolen from the police housing unit in Kathu. The investigation began when earlier this month on October 12, Kathu Police Sergeant and Director of the Suppression Unit, RoongRoj Petcharak, reported items that had gone missing from his accommodation at the police lodge. On Sunday (October 27) around 3am, Private Narubete “Keng” Boonyayuen, 22, visited the police accommodation and was behaving suspiciously. Police asked to do a body search, but he ran

away. Officers gave chase and Private Narubete was caught. After questioning, Private Narubete admitted he stole the items from the police lodge. Police searched his house and found the items reported missing by Sg RoongRoj, plus other uniforms, a hat belonging to a security officer, B13,000 in cash, and .48gm of ya ice. Private Narubete admitted he sold the gun to fellow Private Krit “Coke” Vichaidit 23, for B13,000 in cash. Another man, Jiradech “Bank” Sornarint, 23, also admitted being involved – he paid the money to Private Narubete and kept the gun himself. Pol ice a r re st e d bot h Private Krit and Mr Jiradech on Sunday in Phuket Town. Eakkapop Thongtub

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ourists being constantly harassed by black taxi drivers has sparked a new “Tourist Care” project on the island, an initiative established by new Police Commander, Maj Gen Ongarj Phiwruangnont. The project, which will be ongoing, was launched on October 14 and includes two new patrol vehicles, a brochure drive and a Facebook page. Pol Lt Col Thummasan Boonsong, the Superintendent of the Police Investigation Division, told The Phuket News the idea stemmed from tourists being harassed by illegal taxi drivers, and facing other problems while on the island. “We have two new stickered vehicles, one jeep and one van, that will drive around the island. One will drive around the north side, and the other will drive around the south, and during the evening it will be around Bangla Road,” he

Police from the “Tourist Care” project safely return Kruewaroon Kodchasit’s purse. said. There are also posters and brochures being distributed in six different languages – Thai, English, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese and Korean – with contact details of who to call if the tourists have any problems. These are being given out to people arriving at Phuket International Airport and posters are being put up in hotels around the island. Lt Col Thummasan said, “It is impossible to think that crime won’t happen anymore because of this project. But if criminals see these vehicles

and police officers around, perhaps it will make them think twice before doing anything. I think this campaign is good because we are closer to the people who need help. “Our first case was when a Thai tourist who was visiting from Phang Nga lost her purse on October 23 while at the Tin Mining Museum. She saw the stickered van drive past, and hailed it down. Then the police officers were able to find the purse, which had been dropped in the area. “For special occasions, like events that have large numbers of people gathering such as

sports events or concerts, we will patrol around these areas with the vehicles,” Lt Col Thummasan said. “Sometimes the tourists don’t know where to seek help. First, they can always call 191 that will reach any police station, wherever they are. “But they can also contact our officers directly: Pol Lt Col Napat Keawwehol on 091 017 9194; Pol Lt Nakarin Sreeakaravinet 087 955 5677; or myself on 080 718 6858.” Those wishing to follow the project can visit the Facebook page, “Phuket Police Tourist Care”.

CLOSE SHAVE ON PATONG HILL A large truck crashed into a car on Patong

Hill around 11.30am on Tuesday (October 29) blocking traffic flow in the area. Truck driver Worachat Sriwichayangkul said he was driving from Surat Thani to Patong to drop off drink supplies to hotels. Mr Worachat told The Phuket News he was driving down the hill toward Patong when he braked on a bend. The truck lost balance and rolled onto its side, narrowly missing landing on a car which was being driven up the hill toward Kathu. Mr Worachat has been charged with careless driving. The driver of the car was Ms Rada Yotharat. No one was injured. thephuketnews


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t is highly unlikely that the story of Russian tourist Oleg Fomenko, who recently went on a drunken rampage at Wat Karon, will be rememberd as a highlight in the relations between Thailand and Russia. It will however stand as significant in how it represents the current approach of the Russian Federation in positioning itself abroad. Russian authorities annually allocate millions of rubles to building a positive image of the country on the international stage. This significant investment includes the production of promotional newspapers, magazines and various television broadcasts. Vast sums of money are also spent in organising numerous festivals and Russian holiday celebrations. A common thread in Russian Prime Minister Dmitry

Medvedev’s rhetoric are the benefits of ‘soft power’ (the ability to attract and co-opt rather than coerce, use force or give money as a means of persuasion) as an alternative to wielding a ‘nuclear club’. In many regards, Russia is gradually finding its feet in the world of modern diplomacy and leaving behind the methods employed during the Cold War. And then all of a sudden something unsightly happens, in plan sight, just like this week’s incident at Wat Karon. Not huge in global terms, or an event to dramatically affect the course of the future, but it certainly and very quickly trumps all previously goodminded efforts on a local level. One wave of a crowbar in Phuket easily smashes all diplomatic initiatives, nullifying the efforts of many and wasting taxpayers’ money.

But even greater resentment grows from the fact that one phone call – that has not been made – could remedy this situation. A simple statement from the Russian embassy could easily be made, saying that they do not consider the behaviour of Mr Fomenko acceptable. Local people in Karon are waiting for this gesture. They demand this gesture. A simple phone call is worth a million rubles in negating bad publicity. But while the Russian authorities continue to stonewall on an apology, Anton Makhrov, editor of our sister publication Novotski Phuketa, would like to say the following on behalf of the Russian community in Thailand. “Forgive us Phuket. Not all of us are like this.”

[Re. BIS students bond on stage] Dear Alasdair, thank you very much for coming to the play Blood Brothers at BISP the other evening. Not only did you stay and watch the whole show, you wrote us a fulsome and warm review. It is now hanging proudly on my classroom door for all the actors to see. A whole page too. It was instructive to read your thoughts. One needs a critical eye. I am not sure if I follow you; wondering why the twins would not have seen that they were twins. We had assumed that they were not identical. As for the rushed speech; I put it down to stage nerves and the pace of contemporary patterns of speech. Rehearsals and warm-ups try to alleviate these things. We prepare all Year 7, 8 and 9 students for the LAMDA Spoken English exam. It is a small step, but a good one. Once again thanks and ever

thanks. We look forward to your presence and comments at the next show at BISP. Bowing and exiting stage left, Timothy Evans, BISP Drama teacher and LAMDA Co-ordinator

A very sad loss [Re. Well-known Phuket expat Richard Cracknell dies] Richard was always generous with health information and loved to share what he knew. I was inspired by his dedication to his own personal fitness. Its shocking to hear of his death. Rest in peace. Tim A wonderful example of a man who walks the talk in wellness... A great human being, who will be missed by all! Bryan Hoare

Shameful actions [Re. Drunken Russian goes on temple smashing rampage in Phuket, tries to hotwire truck]

I’m Russian and I’m ashamed, I’m sorry for this a**hole. masterfunky My personal apologies to all Buddhists in Thailand. His actions are completely unacceptable. Hope a few years in jail will help him to understand how he was wrong. Ilya Leonidovich Korneychuk I want to apologise for this idiotic man... he brought damage to Thai people and also made me feel shame... he is not Russian anymore. Jingjok Pairao

More men needed [Re. Police launch new Phuket tourist support project] Not knocking the idea, but surely having more officers on patrol would be of greater benefit. geoffphuket

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Was it hidden in the trunk? [Re. Baby elephant taken in by authorities after alleged smuggling to Phuket] It would be nice if this criminal got the maximum sentence, but the chances of that are slim. Crimes against nature and animals are seldom taken seriously here. It would also be nice to figure out how anyone can sneak an elephant past the authorities. That sounds fishy. Dave Williams

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Husband and wife duo rob mother Chiang Mai police arrested a Burmese woman Yenmao (23), her Thai husband Somjai Onlamun (36), along with a mutual friend Chanathip Tha-inkham (35) for allegedly robbing Yenmao’s mother, Ming Lungnum (45) on October 28. The team were accused of stealing a Honda car, 15 grams of gold, a bracelet, two rings, a pair of earrings, a handbag, B21,000 in cash, and Ming’s passport. Police believed the victims and robbers to be related as during the robbery – while Ming was driving her car – the robbers did not take off their motorcycle helmets. City News Chiang Mai

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Bomb squad killed defusing device Three members of a Thai bomb disposal squad were killed Monday as they tried to defuse a device buried in a road in the country’s insurgency-racked south, according to police. The police team was called after a bomb was

detected underneath the road in the Bacho district of Narathiwat province – a hotbed of the near decadelong insurgency against Thai rule. The bomb went off as they tried to make it safe and killed the men instantly, a police officer said, requesting anonymity. Bangkok Post

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Watch sellers beat Russian tourist A gang of Thai fake watch sellers assaulted a 30-yearold Russian tourist after he refused to purchase a watch he had broken after submitting it to an impromptu waterproof test on October 28. Andrey Pratasov explained how he decided to test the watch before buying by placing it in a glass of water. The watch stopped working and Mr Pratasov said he would not purchase the watch as it was a fake. At this point the gang turned on Mr Pratasov, as witnessed by other tourists and residents in the area. CCTV images confirmed to police the identity of the gang and that they initiated the fight. Pattaya One

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Ex-Thai PM faces indictment over 2010 protest crackdown

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hailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday. The opposition slammed the move as an attempt to pressure it to support a controversial amnesty bill that could allow fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from self-imposed exile. About 90 people died and nearly 1,900 were wounded in a series of street clashes in 2010 between mostly unarmed “Red Shirt” demonstrators and security forces firing live rounds in central Bangkok. Abhisit, who is now the opposition leader, and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban ordered security forces to reclaim areas of the capital and allowed authorities to use arms, said Nanthasak Poonsuk, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. “Evidence shows that their orders caused others to carry out murder and attempted murder as charged,” Nanthasak

Former Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Photo: Peerapat Wimolrungkarat told reporters. The case will now be referred to a criminal court which will decide whether to put the pair on trial. Oxford-educated Abhisit – who was formally charged in December – insists he is innocent and has described the accusations against him as politically motivated. Thailand has been racked by political turmoil since a coup by royalist generals in 2006 ousted the Red Shirts’ hero Thaksin. In the 2010 protests, the Red Shirts were demanding immediate elections, saying Abhisit’s government took office undemocratically in 2008 through a parliamentary vote after a court stripped Thaksin’s allies of power. Tens of thousands of antigovernment demonstrators occupied parts of central Bangkok for weeks before the army ended the standoff.

Polls in 2011 brought Thaksin’s Red Shirt-backed Puea Thai party to power with his sister Yingluck Shinawatra now prime minister. The murder case is expected to be referred to a court soon but Abhisit and Suthep enjoy immunity while parliament is in session because they are lawmakers, prosecutors said. The attorney general’s office denied there was any link between the decision to prosecute and a move by Thaksin’s party to seek parliamentary approval for legislation granting an amnesty for politically related crimes. “We’re an independent organisation which is not attached to the prime minister or the prime minister’s office. There’s no political interference,” said another spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Watcharin Panurat. The planned bill is strongly opposed by Abhisit’s Democrat

Party, which fears it will open the door to Thaksin’s return. “Both Abhisit and Suthep will fight the case through the justice system and are ready to prove their innocence,” said party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut. “The government should not issue an amnesty bill and not seek to use this case to pressure the Democrat Party because we will not accept this bill and will fight both inside and outside parliament,” he said. Some observers doubt Abhisit will go to prison given his links to the Thai elite. In December, the trial began of 24 Red Shirt leaders on terrorism charges related to their roles in the 2010 violence. Proceedings against the top Red Shirts – several of whom are lawmakers – will likely drag on for years, with counsel on both sides calling several hundred witness. AFP

Thailand mourns top monk FLAGS FLEW AT HALFmast and crowds of mourners turned out to pay their respects Friday after Thailand’s top Buddhist leader died aged 100. Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara died on Thursday due to a blood infection following recent surgery for an intestinal infection, according to Chulalongkorn hospital where he had been receiving treatment. Police said thousands of mourners, some weeping and clutching pictures of the revered monk, lined the streets as his body was transported from the hospital to a temple in the capital for religious ceremonies. People of all ages, from school boys to frail old women, crouched respectfully next to the heavy traffic. Most dressed in the mourn-

ing colours of black or white. “I wanted to cry. I came early morning to pay my respects to his body and I cried,” said Panya Thammachat, 59. Thailand’s most senior monk had been hospitalised for more than a decade.The respected cleric – a friend of the Dalai Lama – was born Charoen Gajavatra on October 3, 1913 in the western Thai province of Kanchanaburi and ordained as a novice when he was 14 years old. He was appointed Supreme Patriarch in 1989 by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was “very sad” to hear of his passing, according to the royal household bureau, which was instructed by the monarch to mourn for 30 days.Police asked entertainment venues across the country not to stage

live music shows or allow dancing until November 8 as a sign of respect. Tourists wishing to visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok were requested not to wear brightly coloured clothing during the mourning period. Government offices and places of education were asked to fly flags at half mast for three days and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged civil servants and the general public to observe 30 days of mourning. Her office said the government had learned of the Supreme Patriarch’s death “with sadness”, praising his contribution to Buddhism. Last year the World Fellowship of Buddhists bestowed the title of “Sangha Leader of the Buddhist World” on the Supreme Patriarch at a meeting in Japan. AFP thephuketnews


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Korean Uighur group fears ‘crackdown’ S. MPs visit after Tiananmen ‘Muslim’ crash the north

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n overseas Uighur rights group fears a “fierce state crackdown” by China on the largely Muslim ethnic minority after Monday’s car crash at Tiananmen Square, it said Wednesday. The statement from the World Uyghur Congress, which Beijing considers a separatist group, came one day after state-run media reported Chinese authorities had named two suspects from the restive far western region of Xinjiang following the incident. A sport utility vehicle ploughed through crowds at the capital’s best-known site – where huge pro-democracy demonstrations were held in 1989 – killing five people, including three in the car and a woman tourist from the Philippines, and wounding 38. ‘Today, I fear for the future of East Turkestan and the Uighur people more than I ever have,” World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer said in a statement issued from Washington. East Turkestan is the name which the activist organisa-

Plain-clothes police hold up temporary barriers in front of the scene of a car crash at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on October 28, 2013. Photo: AFP/Ed Jones tion uses to refer to Xinjiang, where Uighurs, many of whom are Muslim, make up 46 per cent of the population. The group added that it fears the response by authorities in Beijing will “lead to further demonisation of the

Uighur people and incite a fierce state crackdown” in Xinjiang. “The Chinese government will not hesitate to concoct a version of the incident in Beijing, so as to further impose repressive measures on the

Uighur people,” Kadeer said. In a notice to Beijing hotels on Monday, police identified two suspects and four car number plates, all from Xinjiang, in relation to a ‘major case’. But Ilham Tohti, a promi-

nent Uighur intellectual, said he feared the event “could lead local governments to increase repression and discrimination” against the minority group and that evidence that the incident was a terror attack carried out by Uighurs was lacking. Beijing has pointed to violent incidents in Xinjiang as evidence of rising extremism among the ethnic minority, but information in the far western region is tightly controlled and Uighur organisations complain of cultural and religious repression. Police have arrested at least 139 people in Xinjiang in recent months for allegedly spreading jihad, according to state-run media, which said in August that a policeman had been killed in an ‘anti-terrorism’ operation – although overseas reports said 22 Uighurs died in that incident. One of the suspects named in Monday’s reported police notice was from Lukqun, where state media said 35 people were killed in June in what Beijing called a ‘terrorist attack’. AFP

A GROU P OF SOU T H Korean lawmakers crossed the fortified border into North Korea on Wednesday to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure. The rare cross-border trip by the 21 MPs comes as the two Koreas are struggling to build some momentum behind a series of stop-start confidencebuilding measures. They will visit four of the 100-plus South Korean companies with factories in Kaesong, which lies 10 kilometres inside North Korea and was established in 2004 as a symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. The lawmakers were joined by officials from the South’s Unification Ministry, including Vice Minister Kim Nam-Sik. A ministry official said there “were no plans as yet” for the delegation to meet with North Korean officials. North Korea effectively shut down the complex in April by withdrawing its 53,000-strong workforce during a spike in military tensions that followed the North’s third nuclear test in February. AFP

Vietnamese activist on trial for Facebook posts A YOUNG VIETNAMESE activist went on trial Tuesday for “abusing democratic freedoms” with a series of angry Facebook posts, in an escalation of the communist regime’s crackdown on online dissent. Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, appeared in court in the southern province of Long An on charges related to an Internet campaign against his brother’s imprisonment for spreading anti-government propaganda. “He is accused under article 258 of the penal code of having abused democratic freedoms against the interests of the state,” Uy’s lawyer Ha Huy Son said. The charge, regularly used by authoritarian Vietnam to silence dissidents and activists, carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Vietnam, branded an “enemy of the Internet” by Reporters Without Borders, is a one-party state that bans private media and controls all newspapers and television channels. @thephuketnews

According to Uy’s indictment – a copy of which was posted online on the banned but popular blog Dan Lam Bao – he is charged solely for Facebook postings. Usually, charges for dissidents and activists relate to blog postings and Uy’s case is apparently the first time a Vietnamese activist has gone on trial only for comments made on social media. In June Uy’s brother Dinh Nguyen Kha, a computer technician, was sentenced to eight years in prison – reduced to four years on appeal – for anti-government propaganda. His co-defendant, Nguyen Phuong Uyen, was sentenced to six years in jail but freed on appeal after widespread public disapproval over the harsh sentence for the 21-yearold, who was shown hugging a teddy bear in photographs posted online.After his brother’s trial Uy began campaigning for his release online.The indictment said Uy “posted bad and false information about the state, organisations

and individuals”. “Those above-mentioned images and articles were seen and read by many people. Many people shared, pressed ‘like’, and gave comments, of which many comments smeared and insulted the state, organisations and citizens,” it added. New York-based Human Rights Watch, which called for Uy’s immediate release, noted that at least 61 activists and dissidents have been jailed this year – up from roughly 40 in 2012. “Vietnam has significantly intensified its repressive tactics against peaceful activists, pursuing what is essentially a scorched earth policy against prominent public dissidents,” HRW’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said. Vietnam recently introduced a sweeping new Internet law that bans bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, in a move seen as a further crackdown on online freedom. AFP

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Greeks can give no more AUSTERITY-HIT GREEKS have nothing left to give, Greek President Karolos Papoulias told the country’s EU-IMF creditors on Monday ahead of a fiscal audit tied to fresh loans. “[Greeks] today have given what they can to overcome the crisis, and this must be respected by Europe,” 84-year-old Papoulias said at the close of a military parade in Thessaloniki honouring Greece’s resistance to fascism. “The Greek people can give no more ... this is our message. And they should not think that we will succumb to blackmail. (We) never have,” said Papoulias, who often admonishes the country’s EU-IMF creditors in his speeches. A team of auditors from Greece’s so-called creditor troika – the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank – are to resume an inspection of the country’s bailout reforms early in November. AFP

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he head of US intelligence said Tuesday the country’s spy agencies always try to learn the intentions of foreign leaders, but stopped short of confirming reports of eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, said seeking to discern the aims of foreign heads of state has long been a “basic tenet” for US spy agencies. “As long as I’ve been in the intelligence business, 50 years, leadership intentions in whatever form that’s expressed is kind of a basic tenet of what we are to collect and analyse,” Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee. “It’s invaluable to us to know where countries are coming from, what their policies are, how that would impact us across a whole range of issues,” Clapper said. “So, and it isn’t just leaders themselves, it’s what goes

President Barack Obama: Photo: Center for American Progress Action Fund on around them and the policies that they convey to their governments.” Media leaks from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden alleged the National Security Agency has listened in on the communications of dozens of foreign leaders, including Merkel. The revelation has created

an uproar in Germany and across Europe amid conflicting reports as to when President Barack Obama allegedly learned or approved of the eavesdropping. Clapper was asked by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, why US spy services tried to track the intentions

of foreign leaders. But the lawmaker did not refer to reports the National Security Agency was listening in on Germany’s chancellor as well as other leaders from other friendly states. Rogers said the “best way” to determine a foreign leader’s plans was “to somehow either get close to a foreign leader

or actually get communications of the foreign leader,” and asked Clapper: “Would that be accurate?” And the spy chief replied: “Yes, it would.” Asked if America’s allies have carried out espionage against the United States, Clapper said: “Absolutely.” But another lawmaker, Adam Schiff, said the spy services had a legal obligation to inform the intelligence committees in Congress of “significant” activities and he insisted that would apply to any spying on foreign leaders. Clapper appeared to disagree, saying the spy agencies were complying with the law by telling lawmakers about the guiding priorities of intelligence gathering, without specifying each source or ‘selector’ to be tracked. The chairman of the committee, Rogers, later sharply rebuked Schiff and said panel members had access to large amounts of information from the NSA. AFP

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may be Nazi loot, probe reveals A PROBE BY DU TC H museums revealed Tuesday that 139 of their artworks, including a Matisse and two Kandinsky paintings, may have been stolen by the Nazis during World War II, many from Jewish owners. Around a quarter of the 162 Dutch museums that took part in the probe into art acquisitions between 1933 and 1945 have objects with “potentially problematic history”, the Netherlands Museum Association said. The questionable objects

consist of 69 paintings, two sculptures, 31 decorative art objects, 13 Jewish ritual objects and 24 drawings. The probe’s findings were announced to coincide with the launch of a website (musealeverwervingen.nl) which details the objects and their histories, with the aim of getting help to complete missing information. “The Museum Acquisitions research from 1933 gets to the heart of what museums do: studying their collections and telling the story to the public,”

said the association’s director, Siebe Weide. “It was no easy task, but our museums always realised the importance of the research. The fact that much time has passed since the end of the Second World War should not be a reason not to do the research,” Weide said. Included in the online list of potentially questionable artworks are Kandinsky’s ‘View of Murnau with Church’ and ‘Painting with Houses’ as well as Matisse’s 1921 ‘Odalisque’. AFP

Rock legends ‘The Who’ announce they will stage ‘last big tour’ in 2015 BRITISH ROCK LEGENDS The Who are to stage their “last big tour” the year after next, frontman Roger Daltrey said in comments published Tuesday, citing their advancing years. But he told Rolling Stone magazine that the band, whose members are approaching their 70s, will continue to make music after that “until we drop.” The massive 2015 world

tour “will be the last big tour,” said Daltrey, while adding: “We aren’t finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop. “But we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour,” he said. The band -- led by 69-year-

old Daltrey and rotary-armed guitarist Pete Townshend, 68 -- have spent the last year or two staging their rock opera “Quadrophenia” at shows in Europe and America. But next year’s swansong tour will focus on their hits -including classics like “Baba O’Riley,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “My Generation,” with which they closed last year’s London Olympic Games.” AFP thephuketnews


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The real facts about contracts Brian Knight editor@classactmedia.co.th

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ost tourists popping in and out of the kingdom overlook the implicit meaning of contracts. It’s natural. After all, renting a room for a month, taking out a jet ski, paying a motorcycle taxi…what’s so complicated about that? A contract between two parties places obligations and creates rights for both. Logical, right? Once that verbal or written agreement has been concluded, the renter has the right to occupy that property and to enjoy it, even though it is owned by someone else. Your legal rights extend only to the duration of the contract. But things become a bit cloudy once the contract is agreed to. For example, if later the renter refuses to pay. The law – lawyer and courts – need to see the owner prove violation of the contract. It sounds simple, but if you have ever been face to face with a tenant, or a freeloader who has dug in his heels and won’t leave, then you understand the difficulties.

Once that contract becomes fact – and you, tenant or landlord, jet ski renter or owner, can always debate whether it is fact or not – then the two parties are bound together by the finer points of the law: offer, agreement, acceptance, enactment. In the case of a jet ski operator where damage by renter is claimed, he wants a fast cash settlement for as much as he can get. The issue, and an important one, of what the damage is and who or what really caused it becomes secondary. Time is of the essence for the tourist or jet ski renter involved. He knows that the renter has an obligation to settle quickly… he has the advantage. Renting a jet ski is not unlike renting a car. It’s a vehicle parked somewhere and as the renter you are taking it out and will bring it back. A car in a parking lot is easy to inspect before you actually take the keys; a jet ski is half buried by water. What conditions and terms are you accepting before renting the equipment? At the moment you agree to rent a jet ski, it is presumed

Be wary when you rent a jet ski. Photo: Böhringer Friedrich the craft is seaworthy and in all likelihood the operator assures “no problem”. But the renter will have to pay for it if any damage occurs during the renter’s use. When the craft is returned, the operator claims damage. What happens next? This next step is what the tourist courts are allegedly established to handle, to quickly resolve the claim versus denial in such rental contracts. From international news and local accounts about rip-offs by jet ski operators, it appears that there is little

Lure of Easy Money nets pawn patrons for Bangkok business AS HOUSEHOLD DEBT balloons and living costs rise, pawn shops continue to act as a last resort for cash. Easy Money, Thailand’s largest private pawn shop operator, has booked a 20 per cent increase in customers in recent months. “Most of them need cash for loan payments due to the higher cost of living and household debt,” managing director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat told the Bangkok Post. One of the major causes of debt is automobile loans for those participating in the government’s first-time car buyer scheme that ended last December. Mortgages, credit card bills and personal loans are also adding to pawn shop customers. “We have a client base of more than 300,000, mixed between white- and blue-collar workers. Customers in both segments have increased by about 20 per cent from July. “First-time car buyers are expected to redeem their pawned assets after receiving the tax refund from the government,” said Mr Sittiwit. Flooding and the country’s @thephuketnews

Car loans are a major reason for pawn shops’ popularity, says Mr Sittiwit. Photo: Bangkok Post/Apichit Jinakul gloomy economy are other factors driving the pawn industry. Small and medium-sized business owners have brought in higher-value assets to pawn, as they need working capital to keep afloat, he said. The interest rate at Easy Money is 2 per cent per month for principal of B2,000 or less and 1.25 per cent per month for more than B2,000 with a pawn period of five months. The unredeemed ratio is low at 4 per cent of total pawned assets. Easy Money, a brand subsidiary of Tangthanasin Ltd, has 90 per cent of pawned assets in gold and jewellery.

The pawn shop was severely affected by the plunge in gold prices from April-June despite hedging the commodity. As a result, the company expects to miss its net profit target by 50 per cent this year. The company plans to expand next year with two more branches in Udon Thani. It has 27 branches in the country, although none in the South. Easy Money sees business potential in the southern provinces, but expansion there is not a priority due to the strong liquidity among the people there compared with other regions. Bangkok Post

solid defense on the renter’s part – proof of damage is “evident” by loud claims and most likely real physical damage to the craft. Logic mandates that the two are related to one another. Now, could the damage have been preexisting? Of course. But you need to prove it. It is easier and more practical to disprove, in whole or part, the claim of damage or extent of damage rather than to attempt to prove that a particular area of damage was not caused by you. How? Presuming that your coun-

ter-claim (denial) is honest and true, the following tactics may help: 1. Be prepared to spend several hours, or off and on the space of a few days, to get someone else to examine the damage. The operator won’t likely enjoy this – it gets his equipment out of commission and he loses money. But if you do take this option, find someone, local, who knows what he is talking about and who is willing to tell the truth. While “the process” is proceeding, you can still tour! 2. Counter-arguments to excessive damage claims (often just to scam the unwary tourist) include sudden questions as, “When was the last time you inspected the equipment and was there any damage visible?” And, “You are claiming (this much) in compensation. I agree/disagree I caused the damage and/but am willing to offer (this much).” And, “You may not be concerned, but other friends were planning to rent jet skis here and now I have to tell them to go somewhere else.” If you need a lawyer, get one. In preparation, under Thailand’s Civil and Com-

mercial Code, the following statutes may be of interest – Title II, Contacts. See them at raybradburyaficionado. wordpress.com/2013/09/11/ thailands-civil-and-commercial-code. Note that other statutes are likely to apply, under criminal and/or civil codes. The author is a regular freelance features writer and has had professional experience working for a law firm and as project coordinator/ corporate adviser for a major Middle East petrochemical company. He has an MBA in information management and has spent some four decades in and out of Thailand. He can be contacted through the editor of The Phuket News at editor@classactmedia.co.th An important reminder: This column is written by a layman, not a lawyer. The content of these articles should not be viewed in any context other than as an informative overview providing perspective, with the caveat that anyone in need of legal advice should always seek a professional in the field – a lawyer.


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Thailand, Myanmar visa-free agreement soon

The entrance hall at Yangon International Airport.

THAILAND IS EXPECTED TO sign a visa-exemption agreement with Myanmar next month during a visit by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a Myanmar Foreign Ministry official said. ‘’We will sign an agreement once the Thai government has approved it. I don’t know exactly when we will be able to sign but probably during the Thai prime minister’s visit to Myanmar next month,’’ Aung Htoo, deputy director-general of Myanmar’s Asean Affairs Department, told the Myanmar Times. The agreement approved by the Thai cabinet on Tuesday will allow Thai and Myanmar visitors

mutual visa-free entry for up to 14 days if they travel by air through 23 airports in Thailand. Border crossings by land are not included. Myanmar is the only country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which requires Thai visitors making a short visit to first to obtain a visa. The Thai Foreign Ministry is likely to represent the government in signing the agreement. Thai government officials could not be reached for comment. Citizens of Myanmar and Vietnam can travel to each other’s country under a visa exemption agreement that takes effect on

October 26. “We are also negotiating with the Philippines and hopefully we will reach an agreement very soon,’’ Aung Htoo said. The visa-free plan between Thailand and Myanmar will cover only travellers from the two countries using 23 designated Thai airports – Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Nan, Phitsanulok, Mae Sot, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Krabi, Trang, Narathiwat, Ranong, Surat Thani, Hua Hin, Samui, Sukhothai and U-tapao. Bangkok Post

ARL offers to run high-speed rail RT ELECTRIFIED TRAIN Co, the operator of Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link (ARL), is ready to manage Thailand’s high-speed trains if the government approves the project. Chief Esxecutive Peerakan Kaewwongwattana said the motors, power supply and track size of the ARL are similar to those of high-speed trains, with only the control system needing to be changed. The company has 600

engineers trained in China who can learn to operate high-speed trains, while the Education Ministry can work with universities to produce more engineers, he said. Running at a top speed of 160 km/h, Thailand’s ARLs are considered semi-high speed, while high-speed trains can travel faster than 200 km/h. “The prime minister reiterated she wants the ARL to

become a model for high-speed trains,” said Mr Peerakan. China has expertise in track installation in various climates and geographies, as Hainan is hot, while marshland and mountains are also served by trains in the Middle Kingdom, he said. Changing temperatures and climates can have effects on rail conditions, potentially causing accidents. Bangkok Post

AirAsia launches Khon Kaen route A irAsia inaugurated its flights to Khon Kaen on Monday (October 28) with a surprise member on its cabin crew, superstar Nadech Kugimiya (above). Mr Santisuk Klongchaiya, director of commercial for Thai AirAsia, said that as soon as AirAsia began booking flights on its Don MueangKhon Kaen route, the addition

was well received with its low price and offer of new planes and punctuality. The two f light per day schedule of the route has proven to satisfy the needs of many travellers, including Khon Kaen native and AirAsia customer Nadech Kugimiya, who contributed his star power to the route’s inauguration. “For the first ever FD3250

Don Mueang-Khon Kaen flight, we wanted to surprise our passengers by having Nadech Kugimiya dress as one of our cabin crew and even serve in-flight meals in a familiar fashion. “It was a travel experience we wanted to gift to our customers to thank them for choosing AirAsia to fly to Khon Kaen” Mr Santisuk said.

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ed up with spending hou rs st uck in the gridlocked Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds of thousands of social mediasavvy commuters are tweeting to beat the traffic. The threadbare public transport system in the capital of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, combined with growing spending power, has spawned vast numbers of motorists who are increasingly turning to Twitter to conquer jams. Road users in Jakarta, the world’s most active city in terms of posted tweets, are using the microblogging service to warn fellow travellers of traffic-choked roads or arrange car pooling. Resorting to the web is an act of desperation for drivers in the megacity of 10 million, branded the world’s most unpleasant place to commute in a 2011 survey by consultancy Frost and Sullivan. Hendry Soelistyo was an early pioneer of online tools to tackle traffic in Jakarta,

This picture taken on October 23, 2013 shows an Indonesian woman hailing a private car whose driver displays a sign of direction for the purpose of inviting others to car pool, by sharing gasoline and toll costs, along a road in Jakarta. Photo:AFP/Bay Ismoyo where commuters often spend up to five hours a day in a slow-moving sea of cars and motorbikes to get to work. Four years ago the IT entrepreneur set up lewatmana. com, a website and associated Twitter account through which commuters can share real-time information about traffic conditions. “Indonesians update their status on Twitter all the time, so we thought, why not share

information about traffic jams?” Soelistyo told AFP. Lewatmana, which means “via where” in Indonesian, mainly provides information about jams, but also flags up f looded roads or areas affected by the city’s frequent demonstrations. The platform relies on its users as well as 100 CCTV cameras installed in office windows across the city to monitor traffic and send out

pictures via Twitter. The service, which fires out more than 14,000 tweets a month, has proved a hit and now has around 200,000 followers. Another attempt to solve Jakarta’s traffic woes through Twitter is a car-pooling community called Nebengers, which translates as “hitchhikers” and aims to reduce the number of vehicles in the city centre.

“Nebengers is like a virtual car terminal, where we can hitch a ride to go to school or the office,” said founder Andreas Aditya Swasti, 27. It is rare to give lifts to strangers in Indonesia but Nebengers has still drawn around 4,000 Twitter followers, with more than 400 people using the service every day to either get or give a lift. People wishing to offer a seat in their car to others put a message out two hours before the trip. Ratna Mayasari, who works in the city centre and offers free lifts from her house in South Jakarta, said it helps to share her one-and-a-half hour commute with others. “Before, I used to sing or even grumble at the traffic by myself, but now I have found friends to do that with me,” she said. With a dilapidated public transport system incapable of serving the city’s population and huge volumes of new cars and motorbikes hitting the streets every day, Jakarta needs all the help it can get when it comes to traffic management. AFP

LG brings out new ‘curved’ phone LG ELECTRONICS UNveiled Monday a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a niche market seen as a first step on the road to fully flexible products. Despite its name, the “GFlex” does not bend, but uses flexible OLED (organic lightemitting diode) to produce a curved six-inch display. The model is “the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,” the president of LG’s mobile unit Park Jong-Seok said, in a clear dig at Samsung. Earlier this month, Samsung started retailing its “Galaxy Round” – a 5.7-inch handset with a display that curves from side-to-side to fit the contour of the hand. The “G-Flex” is curved on the vertical axis in order to, the company said, “follow the contour of the face”. Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by LG. AFP

Google floating data centre?

The exisiting Dubai airport handled 57 million passengers in 2012. Photo: Hugh Llewelyn

Dubai opens second airport THE GULF EMIRATE OF Dubai on Sunday opened passenger operations at its second airport, Al-Maktoum International, touted to be the world’s largest once it is completed. A Wizz Air plane from Budapest was the first passenger aircraft to land at the sprawling new facility, and it was welcomed on the tarmac with a water cannon salute. Jazeera Airways, another low-cost carrier, followed suit on Thursday with daily flights to and from Kuwait, while Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, will begin operations on December 8. No other airlines have announced intentions to use the new airport, which lies some 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest hubs for air passengers. Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, was confident that other com@thephuketnews

panies would follow “in the coming months”. He pointed out that 36 cargo carriers currently operate out of the new airport, compared to only two in 2010. Dubai International handled 57 million passengers in 2012, as it has become a major stop for air traffic between the West, Asia and Australasia. Al-Maktoum International was opened only for cargo in June 2010, while passenger operations were repeatedly delayed. The new airport is situated in Dubai World Central, an economic zone the government hopes to turn into what it calls an “aerotropolis”. Once completed, it is to feature five runways that will be able to handle an annual capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo. It is built next to Dubai Jebel Ali Free Zone and its

port, which is one of the world’s largest man-made harbours, and a major containers terminal. It is part of a grand project announced during Dubai’s economic boom, but the pace of progress slowed during the financial crisis that hit the Gulf emirate in 2009. The airport “will play a vital role in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport, logistics and tourism”, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed AlMaktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, said in a statement. The new airport is not aimed at replacing Dubai International, where expansion work is continuing, at least not for the time being, according to Griffiths. “If DXB (Dubai International) is to close, it isn’t a decision we have to make probably for the next 30, 40 years,” he told reporters. AFP

AN ENORMOUS FLOATing barge has emerged in the San Francisco Bay, which tech-savvy sleuths suspect is a massive data center being constructed by Google, the CNET blog reported. The huge floating structure “stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers... Locals refer to it as the secret project,” CNET wrote, adding that Google did not respond to requests for comment. “It’s all but certain that Google is the entity that is building the massive structure that’s in plain sight,” the online

Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Photo: Hispalois tech site wrote. CNET noted that Google “has a history of putting data centres in places with cheap cooling, as well as undertaking odd and unexpected projects like trying to bring internet

access to developing nations via balloons and blimps.” The barge is located off Treasure Island, an artificial island between San Francisco and Oakland in the San Francisco Bay. AFP

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The news that 440 ‘new’ species were recently found in the Amazon got us thinking about what other momentous wild animal discoveries there have been throughout history.

Lesula: The distinct feature of the Lesula, a monkey native to the Congo, is its face. Particularly because it’s more handsome than your drunk uncle on Christmas – much more handsome. The Lesula was first seen by non-natives in 2007 and then confirmed in 2012 as a genetically distinct species. The monkey’s large, humanlike face, big eyes, and booming dawn chorus all pale in comparison to the real selling point, its bright, blue bottom. Animal lovers around the world were aghast at the news, but especially the portrait of this familiar animal. “Uncle Lesula? Is that you?” Komodo Dragon: When the Komodo Dragon was first discovered by Europeans on Komodo Island off the coast of Indonesia in 1910, few people believed the story. Two years later, a photo and a skin of the animal was presented to a zoologist, prompting further exploration. It wasn’t until two live dragons, along with 12 specimens, were collected and put on display in 1926 that the world went “komodo” crazy. So much so, that a movie inspired by the discovery was made – 1933’s King Kong. To this day, three of the original stuffed specimens are on display in the American Museum of Natural History. Coelacanth: When local anglers fishing off the east coast of South Africa saw the Coelacanth among their catch in 1938, it made headlines around the world. That’s because the Coelacanth was thought to have been extinct for 66 million years. Since then, the skeletal fish had been caught off the coast of Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar. In 1997, a second species of the fish was discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Both species are now considered to be among the most endangered animals in the world. Platypus : When a sketch of the platypus was first sent back to Great Britain by Captain John Hunter in 1798, it was thought to be a hoax. Europeans could not believe that this egg-laying, duck-billed, water-dwelling creature was not only a mammal but a living, breathing animal. By 1800, researchers had definitive proof that it was not only a real animal but was also nocturnal and venomous. It was even difficult to name the new species with early British settlers variously calling it a watermole, duckbill, and duckmole, before finally settling on playtpus – which is actually the name of a wood-boring ambrosia beetle. Some things just have a habit of sticking. Victor of Aveyron: Not exactly an animal, Victor Aveyron was a French feral child who spent a majority of his childhood alone in the woods, hunting his own food and creating a life for himself. When he was discovered by local hunters in 1797, he was brought to a nearby town only to escape back into the wild shortly after. In 1800, he emerged from the woods (at 12-years-old) and was taken in by a young physician who worked with him for five years. At the time, the Enlightenment caused many thinkers to debate about what separates man from animals.

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he world is an amazing place, especially in remote parts of the Amazon rainforest, where impenetrable jungle and a lack of humans, have created unique, untouched ecosystems. Between 2010 and 2013, a group of researchers and scientists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) documented the existence of at least 441 previously unknown species of animals and plants in remote parts of the Amazon basin. The baby Caqeuta Titi Monkey purrs when it is content. A WWF report says that 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphib- were discovered along with already believed to be endangered. Scientists also found ians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds, the others. Among the new species, a the vegetarian piranha (Latin and one mammal have been discovered. The total number thumbnail-sized frog (Latin name: Tometes Camunani), excludes the numerous insects name: Allobates amissibiles) which can span up to 50 cm and other invertebrates that was found in Guyana and is and weigh up to 4 kg.

Unlike its carnivorous relative, the fish feeds on plants that grow among the rocks in the rapids of the Trombetas River basin in northern Brazil. The new species of orchids found includes a new ‘passion flower’ species (Latin name: Passiflora longifilamentosa), which has vivid purple petals and quirky noodle-like corona filaments that bust out of the flower’s centre. One of the most interesting discoveries was the Caqueta titi monkey (Latin name: Callicebus caquetensis) which is one of about 20 species of the titi. The specie’s babies purr towards each other when they feel very content.

Instagram gun marketplace not illegal PHOTO-SHARING SOCIAL NETwork Instagram has become a popular marketplace in America for people looking to buy and sell guns. According to reports, many Instagram users are uploading pictures of their wares, along with a description of what is for sale, and uploading it onto the site’s database in the hopes of making a sale. The most interesting thing about the whole thing? It’s not exactly illegal. In the US, gun laws and restrictions are largely left up to the individual state. Unless a gun is sold across state lines, the sale is completely legal and falls under loophole-ridden state laws. Gun sales also do not violate Instagram’s terms of use, since the site has no explicit policy prohibiting the sale of firearms. After the user uploads their photo and description, buyers can contact them

Unless the transaction is made out of state, Instagram gun sales are legal. through private channels like email or phone call, with background checks and licence verifications completely up to the seller. Federal agencies, like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), cannot regulate the sales since gun transactions between private persons are largely permitted

by law. “We are definitely concerned about the public safety implications of unregulated online gun sales, primarily the ability of sellers to skirt background checks and trafficking in firearms – both legal and illegal guns – to prohibited persons,” said Sam Hoover, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Bomb threat blows up in groom’s face ON T H E DAY OF H IS wedding, Briton Neil McArdle noticed a hitch in the preparations: he had neglected to book the church for the ceremony. Instead of telling his wifeto-be about the problem, the 36-year-old instead decided to get out of the predicament on his own. He called the register office at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, disguised his voice and told them there was a bomb in the building, set to explode in the next 45 minutes. Once guests arrived at the church, they were met by police and firefighters who were on full ‘emergency mode’ since it was only 11 days after the Boston Marathon bombing. But the hoax did not work as none of the ceremonies that day were cancelled and McArdle was forced to come clean to his soon-to-be sisterin-law, who suspected that he

had made the bomb threat. To remedy the situation, McArdle tried to call off the hoax by phoning the venue with his own mobile – a call that was traced by police. Last week, McArdle appeared in Liverpool Crown

Court to plead guilty to one charge of making a threatening phone call. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. According to reports, McArdle’s fiancee has stood by him. “If it was not so serious,

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taring upon a Joe Delaney artwork, you are likely to be overcome with equal, almost overwhelming, temptations: to either avert your eyes from the canvas or maintain focus in an attempt to take it all in. Many choose the former as it is by far the easier option. To at least try to indulge in the latter, however, it is important to know Joe Delaney, where he comes from, and how he came to create the pieces that are at once anarchic and wonderfully ordered, artworks with an almost insane level of detail. When The Phuket News visits Joe’s rented apartment in Patong, he’s just finished a mural entitled ‘The Middle Way’, which chronicles the last few decades of Joe’s life as a travelling musician and abstract artist. But Joe’s story and his interest in the arts began long before that. Joe’s mother is from the Seychelles, while his dad is from Belfast, but he grew up in the English coastal city of Blackpool, which is where he had his first brush with art. “I remember being around 8 or 9 years old and drawing a bright red dragon in art class, it was on a blue background. “I went into school the next day and couldn’t find it. The teachers said they had lost it and I remember throwing a little wobbler. Partly because it wasn’t finished. I was really quite upset.” It was at a school assembly six weeks later that Joe found out what had happened to his drawing. “My teachers had put me in for a local arts competition and I won it.” This was the first time time Joe had received recognition of his artistic talent. “It was also first time I had been to a gallery and

I often try to capture the rhythm of music, and always have music on in the background – often Miles Davis or heavy dub

been in that environment,” says Joe. “It was great to see my work hanging there.” Joe recounts that it was also around this time that he became interested in music – he had little choice, as whether reggae or Irish folk, there was always music being played at home. “I got into playing the drums, well actually my folks first got me a crappy keyboard and I could never play, but I did memorise the drum beats and rhythms and as soon as I got a drum kit I found I could play the standard beats straight away.” Throughout Joe’s teenage summers, he had a stall where he would sell stencils, and spray paint pieces of art. They were quick and cheap to make, bringing in a tidy sum for the young artist. Joe explains though that back then he wasn’t really interested in the money, and that he just wanted to earn enough money to give to his mum for rent and then enough for a plane ticket out of Blackpool to go busking. Which, at 18 years old, is exactly what he did. “I bought a Busker’s Guide to Europe, where it lists all the best and worst places to go and they listed Spain and said don’t go there – you will get arrested. So we went there – to Reus – and we almost got arrested.” Reus was the official start point for Joe’s mural (above). For the next four years, Joe, along with a “different bunch of lads every year”, went to Europe and busked. “The best place we kept on going

back to was Annecy in France, which had a great busking scene. We used to play two hours in the morning and two hours at night.” Joe later attended the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and completed a three year art course. “It was a great place, very experimental and free, but to tell you the truth I had become slightly disillusioned by the final year – I’d become part of the establishment that I had previously been rallying against.” By this time, Joe had become heavily involved in the local music scene. “Throughout my degree I played for different bands, I suppose they were ‘dark’ indie rock bands. “Back then I became quite well known in Birmingham as the painter and musician, and that’s continued to this day really.” Joe’s music career began to take off, and his band were signed to an independent record label and paid “working men’s wages” to make music in studios. “We were good,” recounts Joe, “but it ended really badly and the band broke up.” Left at somewhat of a loose end, a chance opportunity for a temporary gig in Glasgow meant that Joe, along with his sketchpad, bass guitar and drumsticks, head back on the road again. “My friend from Glasgow called me looking for a drummer for a gig, so I went down just for a few days, but I ended up staying for quite a while, playing with the band. “I always carried on with the art, inseparable really – always used to carry my sketchbook around where I would make a list of poems, songs, sketches and compositions and things like that – it was almost like a diary.” When he arrived in Glasgow, Joe knew there was only one place that he wanted to stay – at Wasps Studios in Glasgow – a popular studio and galthephuketnews


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that I am listening to.” Joe explains that although the process is quite frantic, it is also well planned, with plenty of sketches of segments and stages, which he carefully focuses on to gradually expand.” ‘The Middle Way’ however is created in a different style, inspired by Thai-style Buddhist art and tapestry. “I’ve also got all the members of the band in it, including a camper van which we used to go travelling to festivals in. “It has cobbled streets and includes the Irish Times in Patong. Towards the end of the piece, to the far right are scenes of Blackpool,” part of the cyclical nature of life, Joe explains. Joe has an upcoming exhibition in December at Chomp restaurant in Bangkok. For more information on his artwork, visit: facebook.com/JamJarJoe or email Joe at: joedelaney67@hotmail.com

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Council and moved in. He bought his easels and materials and started to get a few commissions. Joe’s constant battle between music and arts was not finished though, and just eight weeks after moving in to his digs and starting his Scottish life, he was offered a gig in Phuket. “It was a three month contract as the drummer at Scruffy Murphy’s and Molly Malones, and I ended up staying for a full three years. That was 12 years ago now...” While he has regularly travelled back and forth to Europe, he now considers Phuket home. As ever though, Joe continues to combine art with music, seeking inspiration from both. Referring to his process, Joe says, “I often try to capture the rhythm of music, and always have music on in the background – often Miles Davis or heavy dub. My work is influenced very much by the music

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lery that was, and still is, the place to be for aspiring artists. However, there were no vacancies when he arrived. “I contacted them every day for two weeks. The first day I phoned they said they had a two year waiting list. I called the next day and they said it was an eight month waiting list.” One day, Joe was sitting upstairs on a bus and the windows had steamed up with condensation. Wiping the window so he could see outside, he noticed that he was outside Wasps. “I’d never known where it was, so I took it as a sign and got off the bus. “When I walked in and introduced myself, the woman I had been speaking with on the phone laughed and said that a woman had just handed her keys in.” Joe applied for a grant with the Scottish Arts


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The dangers of turning 25 CULTURAL INSIGHTS Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan reporter2@classactmedia.co.th

My boyfriend and I were getting along so well and I did not have any inkling that our relationship could break down until I was 25 years old

Above right: Pornkamol Kwanseng lies in hospital after her ‘Benjapes’’ car accident. Right: Varaporn ‘Air’ Pompeedee.

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urning 25-years-old is a daunting prospect in Thailand, not because Thai youth necessarily fear getting older, but because it is deemed a precarious age, a sort of year-long Friday the 13th. This belief is known as ‘Benjapes’. The origin of Benjapes comes from the word ‘Panjawees’, in Pali, the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism. ‘Panja’ means five, and ‘wees’ means 20. Pornkamol Kwanseng, now 26, remembers her 25th year well, and not for particularly positive reasons. “I believe in Benjapes as I got into lots of trouble last year. “My boyfriend and I were getting along so well and I did not have any inkling that our relationship could break down until I was 25 years old, when he just suggested we break up. “I was so shocked and confused, but still did not make the connection that it could have been Benjapes. Nine months later, my car turned upside down while I was driving to Had Yai Airport. “I was okay, not drunk, but suddenly my car just went into another lane, and turned upside down.” Mrs Pornkamol obviously survived the crash, and puts the stroke of luck down to her regular merit-making activities like donating food and other offerings to monks. However, not everyone is afraid of the landmark year. Phuket-born coffee shop owner Varaporn ‘Air’

Pompeedee, is on the cusp of Benjapes but says that she’s not overly concerned. “I’ve heard about Benjapes from my friends and seniors who’ve said they got hurt and injured when they were 25, but I think everyone is different.” Mrs Air added that now she was 24 years old, she was more careful and was making more merit, by, for example, giving food to monks. Other Thais place less stock in the auspicious year, for example 25-year-old Sujinda Panyakhumwong, who says that she takes such superstition with a pinch of salt. “Some say that when you’re 25, you encounter the most difficult situations in your entire life, or a really bad accident, but I also think accidents are caused by carelessness. “So during my Benjapes time, I just pay much more careful attention when I drive. I do not drive too fast, and also I buckle up all the time. “My mum and family who believe in this matter asked me to take a holy image with me everywhere. My mother always requests me to do merit, then I will be fine.” Indeed, parents often take their 25-year-old children to temples in order to banish their bad luck through ceremony. This keeps temples busy the year round. Phrakru Baideekawichai, a monk

at Wat Samakkhi Samkong, told The Phuket News, “Some 25-year-olds like to ask monks to remove their bad luck with a ceremony. “I just pray and bless them with holy water. That’s it. I tell them to just think in positive ways to make their minds strong enough to confront every situation. “It makes you think carefully before you decide to do things,” says the monk. “Nowadays 25-year-olds are all grown up, and so are aware of what they are doing. “Benjapes is just like a warning – to think more and slow down.”

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ome see them as pretty stones, others appreciate crystals as interesting gems but a growing number of people respect crystals as unique sources of great healing power. Practiced over the centuries by ancient Chinese, Hawaiians and Hopi Indians, crystal healing is becoming more widely known and practiced across the world. Phuket is fortunate to have in our community a lady who has extensive experience with crystal healing, among other healing arts, and is ever passionate

about sharing her knowledge. Dorinda Roseberry understands the unique qualities and resonance of crystals, a relationship similar to that of an old

friend - knows their quirks, their strengths and weaknesses. Through many years of association with these “old friends”, Dorinda is able to skillfully apply their individual powers for healing, energizing and creating harmony. On the November 6 there will be a unique opportunity to learn with Dorinda in the Crystal Healing Workshop. For more information about this and other workshops please contact Kez at info@oasisedphuket.com, call 084 946 2171 or visit oasisedphuket.com thephuketnews


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Comfortable in your own skin? Jody Houton editor3@classactmedia.co.th

People have different skin colours, so it’s impossible for everyone to have white skin. For many with dark skin they choose to have the glutathione injection which is very dangerous. This gives the skin a brighter tone. We do not offer it here

Top right: Mew Mew displays a mini jar of skin-whitening cream; above: Nivea’s White Repair cream, sold in Thailand.

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t’s been a dark few weeks for skin-whitening companies in Asia. First there was the October 23 public apology by Japanese cosmetics giant Kanebo, following their shocking announcement that around 15,000 consumers of their skin-whitening creams had developed blotches on their skin. A day later, Thai cosmetics company Citra Thailand rejected allegations that their campaign to find the university girl with the whitest skin – officially, the ‘Citra Search for Clear, Soft and Glowing Skin’ – was not promoting racial discrimination, or implying that white was good and dark was bad. Netizens disagreed. In fact, a brief stroll through the cosmetics section at any supermarket, a flick through any Thai magazine, or even just watching local TV, it is quite easy to see why Thailand’s online populace disagreed – having white skin is big business in the Kingdom. Former model Phatsorn ‘Mew Mew’ Akaradejthananant has four branches of her Rassarin beauty and cosmetic stores in Phuket; one in Patong and three in Phuket Town. As well as numerous anti-ageing creams and lotions, Mew Mew’s other big sellers are her Rassarinbranded skin-whitening creams. All of her products are made in Phuket. She stresses to The Phuket News that all ingredients used are safe and legal, such as vitamin C, vitamin B3 and kojic acid. The latter is a mild inhibitor of pigment in plant and animal tissues. It is used in various foods and cosmetics to preserve or change colours of substances. It also increases skin sensitivity and decreases the amount of melanin in your skin, meaning users must be careful about being out in the sun. Mew Mew says she sells her Rassarin products mostly to young Thai women, though she does also have male and foreign customers of all ages. However, the results are not standard across the board. “People have different skin colours, so it’s impossible for everyone to have white skin. “For many with dark skin they choose to have the glutathione injection which is very dangerous. This gives the skin a brighter tone. We do not offer it here.” The injection was not originally intended for its whitening effect though. According to online medical site WebMD, “Healthcare providers give glutathione as a shot (by injection into the muscle) for preventing poisonous side effects of cancer treatment (chemotherapy) and for treating the inability to father a child (male infertility).” In a recent interview with the Bangkok Post, to promote a series of lectures he was giving in the capital, Canadian physician and glutathione expert Dr Jimmy Gutman, said, “In North America people don’t want their skin to be whiter than it is. “It’s kind of disappointing to see people here trying to use glutathione to whiten their skin.” He also questions the safety of injecting the substance for the sake of vanity. “In the ER, we inject a

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drug that raises glutathione level as an antidote to paracetamol overdose,” he said. “If you use it as an injected whitening agent, it’s not very physiologically effective because cells have an innate intelligence to limit the amount of glutathione produced. So there’s no point raising it to a high level and moreover we don’t know about the long-term safety.” Although not illegal, the US Food Drug Administration has also not classified glutathione as 100 per cent safe. Despite this, there are many clinics here that do offer the service. Mew Mew believes that one of the reasons Thai women go through such risk in the pursuit of perceived beauty is to feel better by “looking better”. “All the actresses and singers on TV are white. Thai women feel more confident and like to compare with their friends to see who is whiter. They think it’s more beautiful to have white skin.” As ever, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

owing the lawn or washing the car are among simple activities that can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost 30 per cent in people over 60, researchers said on October 29. A study in Sweden found that older people who were physically active around the house stayed healthier longer than couch potatoes – regardless of whether they also did any kind of “formal” exercise like jogging or going to the gym. “A generally active daily life was, regardless of exercising regularly or not, associated with cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults,” said the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.While the health risks of prolonged sitting and the benefits of regular exercise have both been well documented, the contribution to good health of “non-exercise physical activity (NEPA)” is not fully understood. For the study, researchers screened nearly 4,000 Swedish 60-year-olds in 1997-99 and tracked their health for an average 12.5 years. AFP


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Painting a picture in the bathtub B LET’S PLAY

Yvon van Kesteren editor@classactmedia.co.th

Openended activities are great for early childhood. These activities give children the opportunity to learn and practise more skills than when an activity is set out for them

athtub painting can be quite messy but it is worth it as it is so much fun. Create your own paint which is easy to make and inexpensive. This activity is a great way to introduce young children to painting as the paint is safe to eat and keeps the mess controllable.

Age: From 9 months

What you need: For each colour of paint you want to make: 1 cup flour 1 cup water 1 drop of food colouring A cup or bowl

Additional (optional): (Paint) brush or sponges Bucket

Preparation:

Originally from The Netherlands, Phuket-based Yvon van Kesteren is the mother of two girls.

Prepare the paint by adding water to the flour and mixing it together. Don’t put all the water in at the same time, but slowly add water until you are happy with the texture; not too thick but also not too runny. Put the food colouring in at the end and mix it. Repeat this process for each colour of paint you want to make. Depending on if you will fill the bathtub with water or not, you can put your kids in

their swimming costume, just leave their nappy on or undress them completely. Up to you!

Play:

Give your child the paint and off they go! They can paint with their fingers, toes or you can give them a brush or sponge to paint with. And a bucket filled with water so they can wipe out the paint and start over to create something new if wanted. The play can be open-ended, that will give your child the opportunity to tap into their creativity. Of course, you can give them a jump start by showing what they can do and help where needed.

Add-ons for more fun play: Jump in the bath with your kids. Fit the play within a theme. Give them a specific colour and picture to paint and/or add some scent to the paint. If you don’t want to make your own paint, there are bathtub crayons/paint you can buy in the store. You can also make bathtub paint with shaving cream. This will be very fluffy and smells nice, but is not safe to put in your mouth.

Clean up: It is best to wash the paint off your walls and bathtub with warm water. And your child probably needs a nice bath after playing.

Educational: Open-ended activities are great for early childhood. These activities give children the opportunity to learn and practise more skills than when an activity is set out for them. It also promotes diversity between kids. What you think might be pretty might not be your child’s opinion. And in a group of kids or between siblings there will not be any competition in open-ended activities. Playing in the sand pit, with play dough or Lego blocks are other examples of openended play. You provide them with the materials and they do the rest. As the activity will be different each time they play, it never gets boring.

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Mindy is nearly five months old and belongs to Tash Eldred. Mindy enjoys patrolling the Shine PR office, receiving treats of oranges, apples and papaya and ripping apart her favourite and expensive cuddly toys. Mindy is half Thai Ridge Back and mixed breed. She is growing rapidly and will be available to give you donkey type rides on the beach soon. Want to see your pet here? Email photos to editor1@classactmedia.co.th thephuketnews


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The bird that goes boo GARDEN IN SIAM Alasdair Forbes execeditor@classactmedia.co.th

They don’t seem to like flying very much. Usually they walk on the ground or hop from tree branch to tree branch

In this new column, Alasdair Forbes, executive editor of The Phuket News, goes for a ramble in his rural garden, and shares his discoveries with the island.

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mong the more amusing birds in our garden are the coucals. Relatives of cuckoos, there are about 30 types of coucal worldwide, but only two in Thailand, the lesser and greater. Both have the same colouring – black apart from bright tan back and wings, and red eyes, the only differences being their size and their utterly distinctive calls, both of which carry a long way. The lesser coucal lets out a series of deep “whoop” noises, each distinct and on the same note, while the greater coucal makes a series of boo-boo-boo noises, the notes descending at first and then rising. Here are two of them competing – one further away than the other. They don’t seem to like flying very much. Usually they walk on the ground or hop from tree branch to tree branch. When they do have to fly, they’ll usually flap a couple of times and then glide and crash into the nearest bush. Not very elegant, but their size, the brightness of their wings and all the crashing about makes them easy to spot. The greater coucals – the ones in our garden – also make loud tok-tok-tok noises and a harsh zkaah noise – an alarm sound, I think. They feed on insects and small animals, and are also partial to snails. Definitely a good bird to have in a garden. Last year one pair nested in a stand of Buddha bamboo right in front of our veranda. They make a round nest from grass with a side entrance, but I think the heavy rain we had put paid to their family planning. They seem to be trying again now. I’ve seen them gliding across the garden with grass

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Two coucals check each other out before hopping off. in their beaks, so I hope they’ll be more successful this time. Visit gardeninsiam.wordpress.com for a ‘whimsical’ look at all things garden and the wonderful Thai creatures that inhabit them.

olice have launched a hunt for two teenage mahouts who were filmed attacking a baby elephant on a street in Ubon Ratchathani province. Wildlife officials filed police complaints against the two mahouts on October 28. The teenagers have yet to be identified but the wildlife officials supplied a video clip showing the attack as part of their police complaint. The video clip has been circulating online since late last week and shows two young mahouts using hooks to attack a baby elephant after it collapsed from exhaustion because of a lack of food and water. They also pulled the elephant’s tail and kicked it several times. Niphon Chotiban, acting directorgeneral of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, said on Monday that officials from Ubon Ratchathani conservation office had lodged a complaint against the teenagers for violating animal disease control regulations and maltreating an animal. Police are also searching for the elephant’s owner, he said. The attack took place in front of a photocopy shop in Muang district, Mr Niphon said. The video clip was taken by Wisan Polkot, the shop owner. Bangkok Post

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hree of the Greenpeace activists held in Russia following a protest against Arctic drilling have given an insight into their detention conditions in comments published October 27, with one complaining he was kept in isolation in a cold cell. “The solitude is weighing on me and I am miserable,” Swiss activist Marco Weber, 28, said in a letter published by the SonntagsZeitung and Le Matin Dimanche weeklies. He said he had been held for 24 days in isolation in the prison in the northern Russian region of Murmansk, and had no contact with the outside world besides regular visits from the Swiss consul. “The situation is hard to take... The days are long,” he wrote in answer to written questions submitted to him. Weber said he had to remain huddled up in his winter jacket to try to keep warm in the unheated cell, and his feet were cold. He said he found his daily exercise break ‘degrading’. “I walk around alone in a closed-off space measuring four by five metres (13 x 16 feet), with concrete floors and walls and no windows, no natural light,” he said, adding that the space was ‘dirty and humid’. But Weber said he was “sure he did the right thing” in joining the protest at a Gazprom oil platform on September 18, which resulted in 30 Greenpeace activists being arrested and charged with piracy. Weber’s letter was written before Russian prosecutors last week reduced the charges to hooliganism, which carries a lesser sentence of up to seven years in a penal colony. Letters and notes from two British activists were also published in newspapers on Sunday, revealing marginally better conditions but a similar level of anguish. “In many ways I’m lucky I don’t have children who depend on me,” wrote Kieron Bryan, a 29-year-old @thephuketnews

Five Greenpeace activists attempt to climb an oil platform operated by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom. Photo: Greenpeace video-journalist, in response to questions submitted by the Sunday Times. “But the fear of losing years of my life and the opportunity to perhaps start a family is terrifying.” Bryan said the hardest moment of his incarceration was his first night in prison where he was placed in a cell with Russian criminals. “Once it was clear we weren’t in physical danger you adapt to the regime and its severe limitations,” he wrote. “Now the difficulty is the silence and ignorance imposed by our detention. Any shred of news or kind message that filters through the layers of bureaucracy is clung to.” He described his cell, which he shares with another man, a Russian speaker, as eight by four metres. “I spend 23 hours a day in here with nothing but the occasional book and my thoughts,” he wrote. “We are granted an hour a day for exercise which is held in a shed about 30 metres from my cell. If I’m

lucky I might get to shout a quick hello to an English speaker.” Bryan complained about the food – lunch was a soup and fish stew that “tastes like an ashtray full of seawater” – and admitted his disappointment when the ‘chicken’ he had looked forward to turned out to be inedible pigeon. Another Briton, seasoned activist Frank Hewetson, wrote to the Independent on October 27 offering a dry take on his predicament, styled as if he were offering a travel feature. “The observations may be a trifle limited to a nine-metre wall, rolls of barbed wire, dog fence, watch tower and more barbed wire, but one does get smells and some ambience of location,” the 45-year-old wrote. He said the cell, which he appears to share with two heavy smokers, measured five metres by two metres, but joked this is “somewhat larger” than some Japanese hotel rooms. AFP


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A taste of Provence, and home CURIOUS GOURMAND Antoine Melon am@trisara.com

Aioli is famous for accompanying salted cod, raw vegetables, hard boiled eggs or fish soup, but is also delicious simply spread over bread

Aioli is a popular accompaniment to many dishes in France and around the world: Photo: kthread

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hough I have travelled and worked all over the world, Provence remains my spiritual home. I am from Lyons, but like the Impressionists I was drawn to this region of France for its light, its habits and its food full of flavours. The little towns of Eygalieres, Cassis, St Remy de Provence, Gordes, Cucuron, Lacoste, Aix, Maussane les Alpilles, St Paul de Vence: however far away I am, they never leave me. My parents live in Eygalieres, and for me no visit home is complete without a trip to the market. I love Provence’s globe artichokes; the delicate green tiny artichokes, violets de Provence, which you can eat almost without cooking; the tomatoes in all their dodgy shapes and irregular colours, which I find infinitely preferable to the often boring and tasteless supermarket varieties. If there is a dish that can typify this vibrant region, it must be Le Grand Aioli, in which its delicious produce and fish adorn a bowl of this redolent sauce. Aioli comes from the Occitan word alholi, meaning garlic and oil, it is as simple as that! The recipe is simple: using a mortar and pestle, first crush the garlic, add an egg yolk and then, while mixing, slowly add the olive oil to obtain a similar consistency to mayonnaise. This process is called emulsion: you use an emulsifier, (egg yolk), to mix two otherwise unblendable substances (olive oil and the garlic juice). Aioli is famous for accompanying salted cod, raw vegetables, hard boiled eggs or fish soup, but is also delicious simply spread over some bread. Its popularity is not limited to Provence; in Spain it is enjoyed with paella, and in Italy with grilled meats and fish.

Regional variations include the addition of mustard, olive oil and saffron, to name a few, but my preference is for the original, as served at my wedding buffet in Mausanne les Alpilles! At the banquet everything came from artisanal Provencal farmers and craftsmen. We had one long, long table, just like the Sicilian wedding in The Godfather. We served aioli and tapenade, and Sisteron lamb, whose flesh tastes salty because the sheep lick the Provencal stones, which have high saline content. We ate eggplant browned in olive oil; plates of charcuterie; and a pyramid of macaroons. About Antoine Melon: I am passionate about food, probably

due to the fact that I was born in Lyons, declared gastronomic capital of the world by the famous food critic Curnonsky, or perhaps as my parents used to bring me to restaurants all the time. My most memorable culinary experience would be my 7th birthday dinner at the three Michelin star Paul Bocuse restaurant, where I met the most famous French chef of that time, who is responsible for my choice of career, and in a way for me to be here in Phuket. During the last 20 years I have accumulated hundreds of stories about the origin of some of the most famous dishes, cocktails, expressions or habits around the table. I have decided to share those stories with you. Antoine Melon is the GM of Trisara.

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wo special events will be held in Phuket this month to celebrate Australia’s Hardys beverages, some of the country’s best known and most popular. Founder Thomas Hardy’s ambition was to create quality wines that would be prized in the markets of the world. William ‘Bill’ Hardy, the fifth generation family member to be involved in the business, and brand ambassador for Hardys wines, is coming back to town again for the launch of the new William Hardy range, which is made up of two varietals – Chardonnay and Shiraz. On November 11, Mr Hardy will host a Wine Cocktail Party (four cooking stations paired with Hardys beverages) at Beachcomber, Centara

Grand Resort Phuket, where guests can enjoy good food and beverages together. He is also the guest of honour for an exclusive wine dinner pairing five Hardys beverages with a five course dinner at Sam’s Steak & Grill, at the Holiday Inn Resort on November 12. Tickets are B1,750++. Speaking of his upcoming visit, Bill Hardy said, “Asia is a main focus for us and I am extremely happy to be here promoting our wines. “Hardys was founded by my great, great grandfather so it gives me great pleasure to share our history and wine making successes with such an enthusiastic audience.” For reservations, please email tatiana@ ambrosewine.com

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The first truly world-class destination seafood dining experience on Phuket. A private entrance leads guests either to an outdoor, beachfront deck or to the cool, relaxed interior. The menu is a balance between local and imported seafood prepared and served in a Mediterranean way. Dinner 7pm-10.30pm. Trisara, 076 310 100.

Bodega & Grill is situated on a picturesque patio by the lagoon. The restaurant serves premium char-grilled steaks and seafood from a wood-fired oven, as well as authentic homemade pastas, risottos and paellas. Bodega’s generous steaks are available in portions of up to 1.2 kilogram. Angsana Laguna Phuket, Cherngtalay; 076 324 101

The only Irish owned and managed Irish Pub in Phuket. A real Irish Pub at the heart of Phuket’s world famous nightlife. In this traditionally styled Irish pub you will find a very warm welcome from the Management and their fantastic staff. All your favourite Irish food and beverages. Jungceylon, Patong Beach; irishtimespub-phuket.com

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RE KÁ TA Beach Club

Acqua

Enjoy fine dining with panoramic sea views in sensually indulgent setting. Delicious Thai and European creations are served on the open-air terrace. Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is the winner of the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence. Situated on the only road into to Kata Noi Beach. Reservations recommended. momtriphuket .com; 076 333 568

Enjoy a unique dining and shopping experience at Ceramic Kitchen. We offer a wide range of beverages as well as the chance to shop for ceramic after your lunch or dinner, while every Sunday we do a traditional roast all day. We’re also experts for special events, wedding ceremonies, staff parties, birthday parties and more. 185/5 Moo 7, Srisoonthorn Rd., T. Srisoonthorn, Thalang district. 076 272151-2, 082 153 3163

FRENCH

Connoisseurs of fine cuisine can revel in Acqua’s experiential concept. The Acqua restaurant experience promises to deliver only the freshest of ingredients, sourced from only the best producers both local and international. Taste explosions from the portfolio of Chef Alessandro Frau, of both traditional & contemporary are offered. Kalim Bay-Patong, 076 618 127

The beachfront restaurant off­ers modern innovative cuisine with a strong focus on seafood. In the evening RE KÁ TA transforms with Kata’s magical sunsets and cool sounds along with the delicious drinks and tapas, right on the beach. Open daily 6.30am-11pm; Kata Beach (next to Boathouse); info@rekataphuket.com, rekata phuket.com, 076 330 421

Baan Kalim Restaurant & Seafood KEE Sky Lounge

DaVinci

La Boucherie

La Boucherie is a French steakhouse located on Soi Sansabai in Patong, next to Jungceylon and just a short walk from Bangla road. You’ll find a varied menu of wonderful and reasonably priced food that includes perfectly cooked steaks and dishes from France, all with friendly and efficient service that guarantees you a very pleasant and satisfying experience. Open daily 11am-5am. 076 344 581. laboucherie-asia.com

Serving up an eclectic mix of tasty East-meetsWest tapas, and a colourful new vibe on the rooftop. Enjoy trendy fusion finger food influenced by cooking styles from around the world alongside your main course, or simply relax with Eurasian tapas and sip sundowners from a selection of creative cocktails. Open 5.30pmmidnight, KEE Resort & Spa, 076 335 888

Great food and people you know! Authentic Italian cuisine in Nai Harn area. Three different dining areas, cocktail lounge, children’s play area, Delicatessen, live music....DaVinci is not just a meal, it is an experience of taste, atmosphere and more. Restaurant open daily 5pm-11.30pm; Deli open 11am-6pm; Sunday close; Naiharn 076 289 574. davinciphuket.com

Weaves Restaurant

Diavolo

Watch the evening sunlit ocean in the lavish and contemporary ambient atmosphere that is the Weaves restaurant. With its intimate low lit private dining, Weaves serves a variety of delectable Asian and International fusion cuisine, rich enticing desserts and tropical blended refreshments. Manathai Resort Phuket, Surin Beach, 076 270 900

A menu of modern Mediterranean influences created by Chef Ryan to tantalize the senses in a modern ambience. Offering everything from fresh seafood pastas to simple good pizzas. An impressive selection of well priced beverages and stunning sea views complete the experience. Open daily for lunch or dinner. Paresa Resort, Kamala Beach; 076 302 000

Start your evening with delicious food and fine wine. Pick the perfect spot to take in stunning views of Patong bay, as the evening breeze surrounds you. Relax and enjoy live music to make your evening into that truly wonderful and unforgettable dining experience. Open daily 11am-Midnight. Patong; baankalim.com; baankalimrestaurant@hotmail.com, 076 618 125

THAI Baan Vijitt Restaurant

Breeze Restaurant

Phuket’s most exciting new restaurant is situated on the waterfront at Cape Yamu. Chef Cheryl Johnson is providing diners with her innovative modern French interpretations of local ingredients. Open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner, and from Wednesday to Saturday for lunch. Our menus change frequently. Cape Yamu, Paklok, 081 271 2320

The Bistro Restaurant Tre by DoublePool Villas

An array of culinary experiences is offered to tempt and intrigue in Tre - the exclusive contemporary French Vietnamese restaurant set among the superb surroundings of the DoublePool Villas. Tre’s signatures dishes include scallops and green apples and tartar with pan-fried foie gras. Banyan Tree Phuket, Cherngtalay; banyantree.com @thephuketnews

A half-century old Sino-Portuguese style house at The Vijitt Resort Phuket offers a unique authentic experience of Thai cuisine with a focus on regional specialties. Thai Select Premium Award certifies the quality and standard of product and service here. The Vijitt Resort Phuket, Rawai; fb@vijittresort.com, 076 363 600

JAPANESE Talung Thai Tamarind Restaurant

Find all the Italian traditions in one location, and savor and experience the real Mama style dishes serving only the traditional taste of Italia. The Bistro is at Impiana Resort Patong Phuket. Happy Hours 50 per cent off for selected beverages, soft drinks, juices from 3pm-5pm & 10pm11pm daily. Open 3pm-12am. Impiana Resort Patong Phuket, Patong Beach, 076 340 138.

To complement an already distinctive cuisine, Tamarind is bringing to the island high quality authentic Japanese cuisine, courtesy of Master Chef Shiraishi. Gracing our Japanese menu will be fresh sushi, sashimi, healthy salads, yakitori and tempura and much more. Tamarind is your ultimate destination to savour the best Japanese cuisine in Phuket. Cherngtalay; banyantree.com

The restaurant has a stunning sunset location, offering views of the Andaman Sea. The menu of southern Thai specialties and true local dishes, are not seen on many other restaurant menus in Phuket. Chill with a cocktail from our award wining mixologist at sunset and then relax with authentic Thai cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paresa Resort, Kamala; 076 302 000


10 TRAVEL

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Many of the immense teak mansions that exist in Phrae were constructed by European traders engaged in the lucrative logging trade. Top from left, photos by Andromeda Oscar, Delta Force.

Phrae: the heart of hardwood

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estled in the lush valley of the river Yom, the sleepy town of Phrae makes a pleasant pit stop for those on a leisurely exploration of the north. One of the town’s leading attractions is Khum Chao Luang, the splendid former residence of Phrae’s last independent ruler. It was built in 1892 using a mix of European and Thai architectural styles and a copious amount of teak, mai pradoo and other local hardwood. The lower ground floor-cum-basement was once used as a jail.

Natives of Lampang, which borders it to the south, like to boast that their province produces the best teak in the entire country, but the people of Phrae would certainly challenge that claim vigorously. “When we get close to a tree, it can get dead all of a sudden,” jokes a local lady.”This whole region was once covered in dense forests,” she tells me, “but we Phrae people are known for our talent in felling trees! “We don’t get so many tourists here,” she continues. “Phrae is really just a stopover for many travellers. They prefer Lampang, where they can go for a jaunt

in one of those horse-drawn carriages, or Chiang Mai in the cool season to see all the wildflowers in bloom. For a provincial capital, the town is surprisingly peaceful. It has retained part of its ancient wall and moat, legacies of the period when it was a semiautonomous muang in the kingdom of Lanna, and around this old quarter a modern settlement has developed. The old town is most atmospheric with alleyways lined with teak houses that are outstanding examples of traditional Lanna architecture plus a number of beautiful temples. Many of the immense teak mansions that have survived to the present day were constructed by European traders engaged in the lucrative logging trade that flourished here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Phrae was one of the last frontiers for the British timber merchants who first exploited the hardwood reserves of India, then moved on to Burma, also part of the British Empire at that time, before crossing the border to Siam to harvest the then-pristine forests of our northern provinces after winning logging concessions. British firms that did business in Phrae, back when it was the so-called “teak capital” of Siam, included the Borneo Company, Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation, Louis T Leonowens Co Ltd and the Anglo-Thai Company. When the brief logging boom ended and the foreign entrepreneurs closed down their operations, some of them left behind the splendid teak offices and staff villas they had built; these have

since been converted to other uses, but they still stand testament to the skilled work of the artisans who erected them. In fact some 100 period residences (according to one estimate) – and all largely constructed of now-precious hardwood – have survived to this day in Phrae, much more than can be found in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao or other towns in the North. A particularly fine example is Khum Chao Luang, the former home of Chao Luang Piriya Theppawong on Khum Doem Road. Built in 1892 using a mix of European and Thai architectural styles, this two-storey “gingerbread” mansion boasts high ceilings, intricately carved shutters and even has a gloomy lower ground floor-cum-basement which once served as a prison. The chao luang, who was Phrae’s last independent ruler, had two consorts who apparently did not get along with each other. The older wife was set up in a separate residence in 1897 called Ban Vongburi (50 Kham Lue Road), another ‘’gingerbread’’ confection with handcarved wooden eaves and window-sills which is also one of the local sights. Extensive deforestation caused Phrae to fade as an economic hub in the early part of the last century and while larger population centres like Chiang Mai and Lampang developed as tourism destinations, Phrae was left behind. But this neglect has been benign and has proved beneficial, allowing this little town to preserve its essential character and making it far more appealing to stroll around than big crowded sites like Chiang Mai. Bangkok Post

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The curious charms of Cha-Am Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan reporter2@classactmedia.co.th

This major tourist attraction is located about 30 minutes drive from Cha-Am, and – like the other two attractions on this list – does its best to make you feel like you’re in Europe not Thailand

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art of Phetchaburi province, the charming beach town of Cha-Am is a major weekend getaway destination for Bangkokians, and a popular place for foreign and Thai families alike. Instead of the raucous bar and nightlife scenes found in Pattaya and Phuket, in Cha-Am there’s a quiet 5km long beach, restaurants, and some fun if oddly-themed shopping complexes. Here, three of the best.

Santorini Park Santorini Park and Santorini Water Fantasy were officially opened on August 17, covering some 60 rai of land in Cha-Am, southwest of Bangkok. Upon arrival at the huge green field, you know right away that you have arrived at somewhere special. The park zone is filled with an exciting mix of rides selected from countries worldwide. You might want to start with a go on the Ferris Wheel, which reaches a height of 40 metres, or there’s the double deck carousel merry-go-round, which was specially imported from Italy. For more thrills, prepare to scream on the G-Max Reverse Bungee and G-Max Giant Swing from New Zealand, or you can enjoy the technologically sophisticated XD Dark ride 7D, an interactive ride where you become part of the story. As well as having fun on exciting rides, you can also enjoy top-class shopping, and wandering around the distinctive architecture inspired by Santorini island in Greece, from which the park takes its name. For many visitors, it’s a perfect photo opportunity, and if all the posing has made you hungry, there are several restaurants to choose from, which combine quality of ingredients with a relaxing atmosphere. For more information, visit santoriniparkchaam.com

Swiss Sheep Farm At this idyllic European-styled farm, which opened in June 2012, you can see flocks of sheep in an atmosphere redolent of a Swiss valley – and least, that’s the idea. Like with many of the attractions in Cha-Am, this is a destination for those who love taking photos, and the picturesque scenes are indeed popular backdrops for those getting married. For children, there’s a merry-go-round and a mini train, while grown-ups can saddle up and ride a horse among the spectacular meadows. Another recommended activity is to feed a flock of sheep. Of course, don’t miss the chance to enjoy some

Clockwise from right: Visitors at the Swiss Sheep Farm get close to the animals; the Greece-inspired streets of Santorini Park; the fountains at The Venezia. @thephuketnews

milk-based drinks, sweets and desserts, as well as the excellent coffee. And pick up gifts and souvenirs from the farm souvenir shop close to the exit. For more information, visit swisssheepfarm.com

The Venezia Hua Hin Given that there’s already a Greecethemed water park and a Swiss farm, it seemingly makes sense that Cha-Am is also home to The Venezia Hua Hin, the only scale replica of Venice in Thailand. This major tourist attraction is located about 30 minutes drive from ChaAm, and – like the other two attractions on this list – does its best to make you feel like you’re in Europe not Thailand. You can get around the venue by gondola, along a 200 metre long ‘Grand

Canal’, as well as a mini train. Along the way, you’ll pass models of St Mark’s Square and the Bell Tower, as well as many other recreated sights and symbols from the famed Italian city. If you love shopping, The Venezia is a perfect place for you to wander around, as it is home to some 300 stores, selling both high-quality Thai goods and other brands from around the world. There will also be a morning market, which opens soon. If you can, stay until the early evening when you can truly enjoy the colourful fountain display, before having dinner at one of the many restaurants. For more information, visit theveneziahuahin.com The Phuket News travelled courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.


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IN BRIEF DLC announced for GTA V

Rockstar announced last week the first downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto V, dubbed the “Beach Bum Pack,” will be released in November. The DLC will include more customisation options for GTA online characters, with tattoos, hairstyles, new jobs, and beach-themed vehicles and weaponry for gamers. The DLC will be available for free along with a Content Creator. Rockstar have also postponed the stimulus package of in-game money that was set to be delivered to online gamers.

Bracelet controls your temperature

A bracelet that controls the temperature of the user has won a group of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a share of a US$10,000 prize at a competition last month. Wristify uses a thermoelectric module to provide controllable thermal pulses to heat or cool the wrist. Researchers have identified that if part of the body is heated in a cold room, the user is automatically more comfortable – and vice-versa. The bracelet runs on a lithium polymer battery and works for eight hours.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Apple unveils iPad Air J.P. Mestanza editor@classactmedia.co.th

Apple’s new operating system, Mavericks, is now going to be available for free for all Mac users and can be downloaded at the Mac App Store - even if you have older operating systems likes Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard.

F1 legend Ayrton Senna in Gran Turismo

Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna will be featured in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 title. Gamers will be allowed to trace the roots of Senna’s career via online updates as Sony also announced that the company has signed a partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute, which gives educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Brazil. Senna, revered as one of the greatest drivers of all time, was killed in an accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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ur favourite fruity-tech company held their annual fall event on October 22, and have released news on some long-awaited products. Everything from the iPad Air to the Mac Pro, we’ve got you covered on prices, specs, and even some freebies.

iPad Air

Most of the news centered around Apple’s long-awaited iPad Air, a new generation tablet that seems like a close cousin of the iPad Mini. The iPad Air includes retina display screen, a feature that at this point has become almost a foregone conclusion with every new Apple product. This new tablet is also 20 per cent thinner than the iPad 4 at 7.5 mm and weighs just 453 grams. What makes the iPad Air special, however, is the new 64-bit A7 processor, with is the same one used in the iPhone 5S. The chip allows the graphics to be twice as good as the last iPad and is much faster. The tablet’s battery will also last for 10 hours and the rear 5-megapixel camera allows for more HD Facetime capabilities. The iPad Air 16 GB Wi-Fi model retails for US$500 (B15,000).

iPad Mini

The specifications of the iPad Air and new iPad Mini are almost identical (including retina display, Wi-Fi, and camera support), save for the Mini’s physical size of a 200 mm screen compared to the Air’s 246 mm. The new iPad Mini costs US$399 (B12,000).

Above: Apple announced several new updates and products at their annual event at their US headquarters in Cupertino, California.

OS X Mavericks

Apple’s new operating system is now going to be available for free for all Mac users.

Apple product owners can download the upgrade from the Mac App Store – even if you have Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard. The new OS will work on all notebooks and desktops dating back to 2007, and Mac Minis as far back as 2009. The biggest news here is that, along with Mavericks, the company is also including iLife and iWork for free for all new Mac and iOS buyers. The iLife suite includes iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie, while the iWork suite contains Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, and is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office.

Mac Pro

The new, sleek-looking Mac Pro will be released in December as Apple revealed more tech specs for their next great product. The Mac Pro will be configured with up to 64 GB of RAM that will be user accessible (a welcome change), and will also include dual-workstation graphics, up to 1TB of flash storage, and six Thunderbolt ports, meaning you can power up to six devices at the same time. The Mac Pro will be 10 times faster than normal thanks to a 256 GB solid state hard drive. The product’s clever design also takes up only one eighth the volume of previous Mac Pro generations. The Mac Pro will be priced at US$2,999 (B90,000).

TOP MOBILE APPS THIS WEEK

TOP CONSOLE GAMES THIS WEEK 1

Grand Theft Auto V (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3

6

Just Dance 2014

Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3

1

Total Recall 2 (Calls)

iOS, Android

2

Fifa 14

Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

7

Saints Row IV (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3

2

Pollenate (Social)

iOS

3

Pokemon X, Pokemon Y

3DS

8

Disney Infinity

Xbox 360,Wii, PS3, Wii U

3

Achvr (Social)

Android

4

F1 2013

Xbox 360, PS3

9

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS

4

The Cave (Game)

iOS

5

Beyond Two Souls

PS3

10 NBA 2k14

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

5

Transport Tycoon (Game)

iOS, Android

GAME REVIEW J.P. Mestanza editor2@classactmedia.co.th

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ew prequels have been as highly anticipated as Batman: Arkham Origins, released on October 25. Part of the popular Arkham series of Batman games, this incarnation is exactly what gamers would expect which is a good thing. The story puts Bruce Wayne, two years into his superhero pursuits, in a battle for his life as he discovers that arch enemy Black Mask has put a bounty on his head, with eight world class assassins on his trail. The villains include Bane, Deathstroke, and even Penguin. Throughout the game, the user discovers how Batman and The Joker are two sides of the same coin. The rhythmic free flow combat is still a hallmark of the series, but it has been enhanced with a system that rewards gamers who defeat enemies with specific combinations and counters, in lieu of button-mashing. A new feature is the case file system, which recreates crime scenes, but puts the gamer as a viewer rather than a participant. Gotham City is now twice as large as in previous Arkham games, but is still visually stunning with graphics that convey the grit reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films. Even Batman’s suit conveys realism, as it wears and tears throughout the story. Batman: Arkham Origins is a must-own for any gamer looking for something new. Though not much sets this apart from the previous games, it’s hard to improve on perfection.

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IN BRIEF Hellraiser remake in the works

Planes

Flying below the radar FILM REVIEW J.P. Mestanza editor2@classactmedia.co.th

Planes was set to be released only for home purchase before Disney executives changed their minds based on impressive completed sequences during production

Director: Klay Hall Starring: Dane Cook, Priyanka Chopra, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sinbad, and Stacey Keach. Running time: 92 minutes

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he film’s tagline “A world above Cars” is a bit misleading and in a good way. The movie takes place in the same universe as Cars, but doesn’t cheapen the story by adding gratuitous cameos by any of the characters from those other popular vehicular films. Instead, Planes chooses to be its own thing and even touches on the world of talking boats, something audiences are sure to see more of in the future (though you do have to wonder where this stops: Trains! Helicopters! Tuk-Tuks!). Audiences might be mistaken for thinking Planes is a Pixar film, but visually it’s clearly not. Pixar’s high standards would have made Planes a contender for an Academy Award. No, this creation is actually by DisneyToon Studios, a straight-to-DVD outfit of the Mickey Mouse company’s empire that usually releases sub-par kids films that bored parents use as an ambient substitute. Planes was set to be released only for home purchase before Disney executives changed their minds based on impressive completed sequences during production. It makes Planes the first DisneyToon Studios film to receive a theatrical release since 2005. Though Pixar could have made this movie better, Planes doesn’t overly disappoint. The film is simple and entertaining, just what it needs to be, and has the added value of surpassing expectations with, at times, an unexpected level of emotion. Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is a crop dusting plane that dreams of being a racing aircraft. When he becomes a participant in a famous round-the-world race against some of the fastest and strongest planes in the world, Dusty has to pull out all the stops, overcome

SFX Coliseum Phuket (Central Festival) About Time (E/G) Escape Plan (E) Escape Plan (E/G) Planes (E/3D) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T/3D) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T) Vikingdom 3D (E/3D)

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The 1980s horror flick Hellraiser is set for a remake with original director Clive Barker on board. The film, which tells the story of a mysterious puzzle box that unlocks a gateway to another dimension, will also include actor Doug Bradley – who played the antagonist ‘Pinhead’ in the original films. “The idea of my coming back to the original film [was to tell] the story with a fresh intensity. Honouring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation, but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film,” Barker said.

Tom Hardy to portray Elton John

With a shooti ng schedule that begins in early 2014, R o c k e t m a n, t h e long-awaited biopic on Elton John, has finally found their leading man. British actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises; Bronson) will play Sir Elton on the big screen as Rocketman is expected to arrive in cinemas by 2015. “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” producer Steve Hamilton Shaw said.

John Belushi film biopic finds its lead actor

his fear of flying (there’s the catch!), and find it within himself to take the chequered flag without crashing. The underdog has to overcome insurmountable odds to fulfil his dream – what a refreshing movie idea! Planes joins the ranks of Invictus, the Rocky films, and every sports movie ever made with this story. The formula is tried and true though, and is always a good lesson for kids, especially when humour can be used to drive the message home. With that said, the film can be slightly racist in its depiction of certain ethnicities and destinations, namely India and Mexico. Relying on cheap exaggerations that have been repeatedly done before may give children misleading impressions. It’s a small world, after all. The voices of the film include Julia LouisDreyfus, John Cleese, Stacy Keach, and even comedian Sinbad. Keach’s ‘portrayal’ of a navy war plane that mentors the young Dusty is the highlight of the movie. His back story was treated as if it were an adult film, and provides an emotional crutch to a film that would be forgettable for most. Overall, Planes’ simple story and lack of originality will make it difficult to separate from any other straight-to-DVD animated release – which is exactly what the film was meant to be in the first place.

A film about the late comedian John Belushi will star Emile Hirsch in the title role. It is not yet known whether the slender Hirsch (Lords of Dogtown; Into the Wild) will put on weight for the role or wear prosthetics. The yet-to-be-titled film will be written and directed by Steve Conrad and produced by Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano. Belushi (Blues Brothers; Animal House) died in 1982 at the age of 33 from a drug overdose.

US BOX OFFICE TOP 10 Film

Gross

$32M

$32M

1

Bad Grandpa

2

Gravity

$20.3M

$200M

3

Captain Phillips

$11.8M

$70.1M

4

The Counselor

$8M

$8M

5

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

$6.1M

$101M

6

Carrie

$5.9M

$26M

7

Escape Plan

$4.34M

$17.4M

8

12 Years a Slave

$2.15M

$3.41M

9

Enough Said

$1.55M

$13M

$1.06M

$59.1M

10 Prisoners

SFC Jungceylon Phuket (Patong) About Time (E) Escape Plan (E) Gravity (E/3D) Planes (E/3D) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T/3D) Tom Yum Kung 2(T) Vikingdom 3D (E/3D)

Weekend gross

17:00, 21:50 12:10, 14:30, 16:50, 19:10, 21:30 21:50 11:50, 13:50, 15:50, 17:50, 19:50 12:40 ,14:50, 17:00, 19:10, 21:20 11:30, 13:40, 15:50, 18:00, 20:10, 22:20 12:00, 14:30, 19:30

As some movies and movie times change every Thursday morning, after The Phuket News has gone to press, the accuracy of the following information cannot be guaranteed. For up-to-date information, visit sfcinemacity.com, or call the cinemas directly: SFX Coliseum Phuket 076-209000 and SFC Jungceylon Phuket 076-600-555.


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Phuket youth music talent back on show

S Legends return with big dreams Claire Connell editor1@classactmedia.co.th

Top: Guitarist Blaze KC; new vocalist Gemma Kealy; and drummer Rannze Davies, who also works at Live 89.5 radio station.

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egends of Siam are back with a fresh line-up and music, including a new single called Chemical Dreams. Since their inception in late 2010, the punk-pop band have seen no less than eight band members join and leave, mostly because their families relocated away from Phuket. After a short hiatus during the recent school holidays and after the departure of both their singer and bass player, Blaze KC and Rannze Davies decided to dust off the guitars and drum sticks and get the band up and running again. Knowing the local talent pool well, they invited vocalist Gemma Kealy to sing on the band’s new single Chemical Dreams (released on October 23) and Sugar Sugar (to be released in November). They were so impressed by her vocal style

and fresh energy that they asked her to join permanently as the band’s new lead singer. They then set about looking for a capable bass player, and found one in the form of Thai national Ton Thanawat. With their new members and revitalised energy, Legends of Siam have wasted no time in focusing on their original material. They recently completed recording two new singles and filmed videos for both, the first of which is Chemical Dreams. Filmed before they recruited Ton, the music video features Destiny Piam on bass (a friend of the band). The music video was filmed at the Underwood Art Factory by Nick Davies, Gary Crause and the team at Phuket News TV. To keep up to date with Legends of Siam visit their Facebook page or legendsofsiam.net. View the video here: tinyurl.com/legendsvid

tudents from Siobhan’s Music Studio (SMS) and the Phuket Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA) will have their first big performance of the 2013-2014 season tomorrow (November 2) at Bliss Beach Club. The concert is a celebration to mark the one-year anniversary of SMS and the launch of PAPA. SMS opened in September 2013, providing high quality music lessons for everyone on the island. Gary Crause from Legend Music, an island-based recording studio and coordinator for music events featuring youth talent, teamed up with SMS to form PAPA, which launched on August 26 this year after a successful holiday ‘Rock n’ Roll Camp’. At tomorrow’s event there will be a variety of performances, including from soloists on piano, drums, guitar, ukulele, voice, violin and flute. Group performances will include Tropical Voices, Tropical Strings, Early Music, Rockbands, Singing Club and more. For some of the students it will be their first performance ever, after only seven or eight weeks of lessons, while others have been performing around the island for three years or more. The free party runs from 12pm to 5pm, and is open to the public.

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HOT WHEELS ON SHOW A press conference for the Anuphas Auto Group Show 2013 was held at the Honda Chao-Fa Rd showroom. The show will run from November 1 to 11 on the island.

ISLAND CRUISE TIME Class Act Media, parent company of The Phuket News, hosted some supporters with a sunset cruise on board luxury yacht charter, Wahoo Phuket, on Saturday (October 26). Guests were treated to a slow cruise from Chalong pier to Racha Island and back via Promethep Cape for a stunning sunset – a great day. @thephuketnews


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FIGHT NIGHT IN PATONG Starting last Saturday (October 26) and continuing through the year, Num Noi Singpatong, the head trainer and owner of Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Gym in Patong Beach, launched an elite fight series in Patong Boxing Stadium (Sai Nam Yen).

BIKE TIME FOR CENTRIO The Centrio “Big Bike” day was held at the Centrio Sales gallery recently. The idea was to launch and promote the specific motorcycle parking area for those who are passionate about big bikes.

Central Festival Division Marketing Manager-Tourist Marketing, Shoongiat Chotithamaporn, right, and Tourist Marketing Department Manager Premalin Khampee, left, greeted the star with a gift.

KOREAN CELEB VISITS South Korean celebrity Kim Jeong-hoon (“John Hoon”) stopped off for some shopping therapy at Central Festival Phuket last week (Oct 19) during a break in filming for a Korean TV show. The 33-year-old singer and actor boasts an international following in Korea, China, Thailand and Japan. thephuketnews


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RAMA V: GIVING THANKS Authorities commemorated Chulalongkorn Day on Wednesday (October 23) with a ceremony held at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket Town. Governor Maitree Intusut (above) led the ceremony, which involved an orchestra playing the Thailand national anthem, and laying a wreath at the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) statue outside the hall.

BABES DO BATTLE The first heat of the Battle of the Babes competition, an international model search pageant, was held on Sunday, October 27 at the Novotel Phuket Vintage Park in Patong. For more information, visit worldbattleofthebabes.com. This event is sponsored by Class Act Media. Photos: Michael Spigarolo

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Charity Bike Ride in Khaolak

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

BBQ at Expat Hotel

The Ginger Wizard VNEA Pool Legues-Phuket. Dave Pearson The Ginger Wizard World’s #1 Pool Entertainer On Tour In Phuket. Anyone beating Dave’s World Record wins the massive sum of 100,000 USD Join us and try to beat Dave’s Guinness World Record! Now Is The Time To Book Your Event & Secure Your Dates!, @Phuket Pool Tables, 081 823 4627, 085 782 1200, info@thailandpooltables.com, facebook. com/vneaphuket.

Camillian Soc ial C enter Takuapa in association with The Sarojin and Bike for health Phangna Club would like to invite you to support and partivipate in the “1st Charity Bike ride for children living with disabilites” Preceeds from the event will go towards the Children living with disabilites. On Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Ban Nam Sai Community Khaolak Registration Start at 07.00 am. Ride Start at 08.15 am from Ban Nam Sai Community – Center 30 Kilometers. More info please contact somchaismilelove@gmail.com

8pm, Expat Sports Bar, Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong. expatsportsbar.com

A Grand Affair In exclusive partnership with Grand Opera Thailand and British International School Phuket, Saturday 2nd November 2013, 6.00pm to 7.00pm – Opera welcome cocktail reception with drinks and canapés, 7.00pm to late “A Grand Af fair ” the Gastronomic & Operatic journey begins, Dress: Cocktail / Formal, THB, 5,000 NET per person included a bottle per couple, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa, 076 371 371, 0897256994 , events@ maikhaodream.com.

Pool Competition at Expat Hotel Pool Competition at 9pm. Expat Sports Bar, Soi Taipan, Patong. expatsportsbar.com.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3

Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura 11.3014.30 Get Free Day Pass and Free 1 Hour Tennis Court Enjoy Sports Club facilities and group classes. High quality imported Oysters,Lobsters, Grilled Seafood, Wagyu beef and a sumptuous choice of homemade desserts. Buffet with free flow nonalcohol drinks Adult THB 1,800*/Child THB 900* Buffet with free flow selected beverages THB 2,150*/person Call: 076-336000

Battle of the Babes Battle of the Babes is an international model search pageant with events taking place within the Asia Pacific Region this year. Prizes include a trip to Hong Kong and PARIS + help for local models to pursue a modelling career. Open to beginners and professionals. It’s free to register at www.worldbattleofthebabes.com Phuket events coming soon at The Novotel Phuket Vintage Park & Hollywood Discotheque. PHUKET GIRLS Register now.

The Good Shepherd Merchandise Shop Open

Curry Fridays at Navrang Mahal Every Friday, all-you-can-eat authentic Indian curry buffet, B499 net per person. 7pm-11.30pm. Call 076 286 464.

Every Wednesdays and Saturdays. Plaza Del Mar, Laguna (Behind Bake). Time: 10am to 1pm every Wednesday and 9am to noon every Saturday. We have a wide and wonderful selection of handicrafts such as toys, greeting cards, ornaments, lanterns, bags, purses and many more. You can also find exquisite arts and craft created by local residents. Pre-loved items include books, clothes and toys. Handicraft items are made by the disadvantaged members of society that The Good Shepherd strives to empower. All proceeds go directly to The Good Shepherd mission. See thegoodshepherd.info.

Traditional Sunday Roast Angus O’Tool’s Karon Beach

Sunday Poolside BBQ at Westin Indulge in a lavish BBQ buffet with a variety of meats and seafood, live cooking stations, your favourite Italian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Every Sunday through November, 12 – 3pm at Prego by the Beach, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket. THB990++ per adult plus free access to Prego pool. THB495++ per child (7-12 years old). 076 335 600 or westinsiraybay.com.

Lunch or dinner served from 2pm. Your choice of either roast beef, chicken, loin of pork or leg of lamb served with roast and boiled potatoes, three fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Only B320 per person which includes a free glass of house red or white. Opposite Centara Karon Resort. See otools-phuket.com.

Charity Halloween Ball Tickets are 700 baht each and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd. They can be bought before or on the door, and each ticket gives entry, a free drink on arrival, a 2-for1 drinks voucher and free jelly shots. On the night there will also a be a raffle, prize for best dressed and a seafood BBQ buffet by the beach for 900 baht ++. Email info@xanabeahclub.com for details.

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Live Seafood & Jazz Sunday Brunch at Banyan Tree Sunday Brunch at Sails, Hilton Suk Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Starting from Saturday October 26 and continuing through the year, Num Noi Singpatong, the head trainer and owner of Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Gym in Patong Beach, will be launching an elite fight series in Patong Boxing Stadium (Sai Nam Yen). Visit the official website at www.patongboxingstadium.com.

Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each sunday at Sails! Our live band sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with delicious food, live cooking stations, refreshing drinks and good company. Balloon artists entertain the little ones with face painting and kid activities. 12pm - 3 pm. B1,400++ per adult, B700++ per child (Ages 5-12). 076 396 433.

Join Banyan Tree’s indulgent LIVE Seafood Sunday brunch featuring lots of LIVE Canadian Lobsters, Tiger prawns, freshly shucked Oysters, Wagyu rump and Foie Gras. Meander from one live cooking station to the next, and don’t forget to leave room for cheese and dessert. With live Jazz music and a kids club, starting at B2,500++ per person including free flow of selected beverages. Advance bookings are highly recommended. Contact 076 372 400. fb-phuket@banyantree.com. thephuketnews


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RBFC Thailand 2014 Classic Sport Fishing Tournament Offshore The Similan Islands

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27 th February 2014

Proudly organised by the Rawai Beach Fishing Club, (RBFC) Phuket, Thailand.

Huge cash and other prizes to be won!!

57 hours of non -stop fishing!

Huge media coverage!

For further details please contact Warren Crowe or Andy Bright info@rawaibeachfishingclub.co m Warren tel: +66 (0) 812604291 Andy tel: +66 (0) 862739948 Website: www.rawaibeachfishingclub.com

Prizes include fishing trips, tackle, limited edition prints, and much more!

Rawai Beach Fishing Club is an official Sponsor Club of the International Game Fishing Association. RBFC supports recreational fishing

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'Alcohol may be a health hazard' can eat with salad buffet and potato salad for B295 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.

BBQ All You Can Eat at Shakers Mondays and Thursdays. BBQ all you can eat: pork, chicken, beef, prawns, fish and squid with salad buffet, cold and hot sauces, garlic bread, baked potatoes, potato salad and more for B325 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5

UPCOMING EVENTS Live Jazz Trio at Mom Tri's

Wednesday Ribs The ribs are dry rubbed and smoked for 6 hours then massaged with Kentucky Bourbon BBQ sauce. Full rack set: 3 course set with corn chowder and bread pudding souffle: B1,500++ per person. Must reserve. For residents order one kg full rack on Friday for takeaway on Wednesday. Pick up and pay at SALA Beach Bar 5pm-6.30pm (Happy hour) B750 net. Sorry, you must take away. Make a reservation or book your ribs with events@salaphuket.com, no phone calls please.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6

BBQ Ribs All You Can Eat

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Wednesdays and Fridays. BBQ ribs all you

The Islander Bar, Rawai vs Pita Bar, Laguna,

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is held under the auspices of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). This Regatta attracts teams from around the world. Phuket Dragons Dragonboat Club is certainly the only team representing Phuket to compete in this prestigious event. If you are interested to join the team, they now train 3 times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Visit phuketdragonboatclub. com or call Jon on 08749836630 or Инфо на русском тел 0811881596 for details. Be sure of a warm welcome!

EVERY DAY

Phuket Wake Park Chill out with William ‘Bill’ Hardy The place for outdoor activities for the

Tuesdays and Saturdays: Half chicken spit roast with french fries, salad buffet, potato salad & gravy sauce for B225 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.

Be part of the fun in Phuket with Aussies in Phuket at Ao Chalong Yacht Club. Nov 05, 2013 from 09:30am Aussies in Phuket Members - THB 1,000 p.p. Non members - THB 1,200 p.p. Includes a welcome drink, snacks, sumptuous buffet and traditional Melbourne Cup day activities. More details and ticket purchases - phuketticketmaster.com.

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Enjoy live Jazz at Mom Tri’s Kitchen. Every Wednesday and Sunday Night in the Sea Shell Bar. Sunset Happy Hour daily from 6-7pm including selected beverages by the glass and 50% off drinks. Great live music, gorgeous sunset views and Thai and international cuisine. See momtriphuket.com.

Half Chicken Spit Roast

Melbourne Cup - The race that stops a nation!

Rawai. The Islander Bar, Rawai vs Pita Bar, Laguna, Rawai. The White Hart, Rawai vs Walkabout A, Karon. Solutions Bar, Kata vs Ying Yang Bar, Rawai. Walkabout B, Karon vs Allstar Sports Bar, Kata. Mad Mohallys, Rawai vs Australia Bar & Grill, Kata. Buddha Bar, Laguna, Rawai vs No Name Bar, Karon. All start at 8pm. southernphuketpool.com

Hardy's the creator of fine beverages shall be hosting an evening cocktail party at Beachcomber, Centara Grand Resort Phuket. Your host William Hardy, fifth generation and brand ambassador, welcomes guest's to experience good food and delicious beverages while taking in the sea view and sunset of Karon Bill is also the guest of honor for an exclusive dinner, pairing Hardy's with a five course menu at Sam's Steak and Grill, Holiday Inn Resort on November the 12th

whole family. Ring winch for water skiing and wake-boarding. Reversible winch and coaching services for beginners. Restaurant, swimming pool, massage, fitness equipment and mini-hotel with 28 rooms. All this in a Phuket Wake Park! Welcome from 7:30 to 22:00 every day.

SAT DEC 7 - SUN DEC 8

Water Colour Painting Course We’re bringing this popular course up North! In just 5 weekly lessons, you’ll be well on your way to painting fabulous Water Colours to be proud of. Starting on 20/09 until 18/10, 9.30am-12pm, classes are taught by a highly regarded artist and Penang Dragon Boat 2013 teacher. Only B3950 per person, this promThe Phuket Dragons will again enter teams ises to be a fantastic creative experience. in the Regatta held at Teluk Bahang Dam, Contact kez@oasisedphuket.com for info & Batu Ferringh in north Penang. The event to book now, phone: 084 946 2171.


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This week in history

GOT YOUR ISLAND VIEW NUMBER

■■ November 1, 1512

650,000

In Euros, the world’s biggest ever speeding fine, levied on a Swedish driver for doing 300kmh in Switzerland. That’s about B2.6 million.

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Percentage of the world’s land surface used for growing food.

2

The number of countries where Coca-Cola is not sold: Cuba and North Korea.

100

The number of people who choke to death on ballpoint pens in an average year.

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One aspect of photography that I enjoy playing with is the concept of “panning” where an image is captured in focus but the background is not only out of focus but shows movement. In this photograph the man and dog appear to be traveling at high speed, but in reality they were traveling at well below the speed limit. I love the intensity on the dog’s face as he travels with the freedom of the wind in his face. Truly, enjoying a dog’s life. Gerry Cummings Got a Phuket photo to share? Email it with caption to editor@classactmedia.co.th

Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City is unveiled to the public. ■■ November 2, 1960 Penguin Books are found not guilty of obscenity in the trial over its publication of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover. ■■ November 3, 1954 The first Godzilla film is released. In Japan, 9 million people saw it. Elsewhere, practically none. ■■ November 4, 1922 Archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. ■■ November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes is arrested during a search of the Palace of Westminster in London, foiling a plot to blow up the House of Lords and all in it. ■■ November 6, 1528 Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is shipwrecked, becomin the first known European to set foot in Texas. ■■ November 7, 1908 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia.

Crossword by Myles Mellor & Sally York

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12. Salad green 13. Dickey 21. “The Age of Anxiety” poet 22. Rail family bird 25. Propagates 26. Kind of school 27. Stevedore 28. Player on the dealer’s left 29. Cubed 33. Mold 35. Gaucho’s weapon 36. “Sit ___!” Down 37. Information unit 1. Take for a ride 39. Salmon River locale 2. Chewed stimulant 40. Sine or cosine 3. Essen basin 45. Family subdivisions 4. Parrot 5. Toward the middle 47. City near the Douro River 6. Punishments, of 48. Some parties a kind 49. Barbarian 7. Lieutenant 50. High spot 8. Young salmon 9. Old party members 51. ___ Hall 54. Chinese dollar 10. Military rate, 55. Bust maker British 56. Not leave alone 11. Paris bisector 53. Ralph and Alice 59. Ambience 60. Case 61. Pie cuts, essentially 62. Beam 63. Sheepskin leather 64. Voice lesson topic 65. Kind of dog 66. Poet Sexton 67. Square dance group, e.g.

Solutions to last week’s puzzles:

Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz: 1. 32; 2. Sacramento; 3. 14; 4. John Dunlop; 5. His official helicopter.

1. How many teeth should an adult person normally have? 2. What is the capital of the State of California? 3. How many lines are there in a sonnet? 4. Who invented the pneumatic tyre? 5. If Air Force One is the US President’s official plane, what is Marine One? Answers at the foot of the page.

Across 1. Take a powder 6. Firmly secured 10. Fungal spore sacs 14. Two-door 15. Prom conveyance 16. European capital 17. Hurt 18. Effluvium 19. Is positioned 20. Nuptials necessity 23. Calendar abbr. 24. Most concise 25. Marvelous 30. Ed.’s request 31. Nuncupative 32. City west of Tulsa 34. Grill grub 38. The main event 41. Racing network 42. Bristle 43. Settled 44. Film stars’ org. 46. Touch off 48. Damages 52. Stretch of turbulent water

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of divorce URGENT RE-SALE 2 brand new apartments. Welcome real buyers No agents. Call on +66 (0) 87 269 2274, Chrismar.

Furnish Condo Patong by Owner: By owner, condo in Patong.

Land Plot for Sale: Chanote title at Cherng Talay / Pasak7 (Phuket - Surin Beach area) Phone 090 487 8084. Email: utaipan@ yahoo.com. Single House For Sale: In soi jaofah 73 (before phunaka golf club) Land area 2 Ngan 92 sqwah, Usable area 450 sqm. 3 bedrooms, 3 bat hro o ms, sw imming p o o l, room for maid. Sale: 12.9 million baht. Tel. 081-4761640(Eng) 0818923709 (Thai)

Fully furnished 1bed/1bath 29sqm 2.9 MB. & 2bed/2.5bath 72sqm 6.9 MB. Close to Jungceylon, Bangla road & Patong hospital. Ramon 085 644 9344, ramonbencharitiwong@gmail.com.

Business for Sale: Located in Three floor villa for sale: Brand new three floor villa on Phuket, near Villa Market. Glass elevator, swimming pool, ocean view. 700 sq. m. Freehold contract available. Current price: 13m THB. Please call Alexander 080 521 0736.

Beachfront Condo in Cape Panwa: Two floors 282 sq. m of

living space with stunning views. 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms + Study + large kitchen. Fully furnished. Communal 40m pool 5 steps away. Beach 15 steps! 091 876 2330.

a prime area just 50 metres from the north end of Patong Beach (close to Graceland Hotel & the roundabout o n b e a c h r o a d) t h e r e a r e t w o commercial townhouse buildings incorporated into this sale. They are on offer on a freehold basis which comes complete with a Chanote land title deed. The two 3 storey buildings sits on land measuring over 30 sq.wah. This prime real estate has been prepared for total refurbishment and is a per fect business investments for a property developer for resell potential or a business person who wants the freedom to create their own business design concept. Plans have been drawn-up to develop the property into either a 8 room or a 14 room guesthouse/apartments. 081 893 2330.

cent 4 bedroom pool villa on the west coast of Phuket, above prestigious Kata Beach. Exceptional opulence throughout. Long & short term rental. Enquiries on 087 283 8884 or 080 690 5248.

Sin g l e H o u se Sp e c i a l Price Rent/Sale: Nice house

Patong Condo for sale: A nice foreign freehold condominium for sale in Patong is located in a recently complete development of one & two bedrooms condominiums. Located on the fourth floor of a total of five. 080 052 8082.

Bedroom, 1 En Suite Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen, Pool, Large Balcony and Terrace Space, Parking. Excellent investment opportunity. www.propertyforsalephuket.co.uk.

THB 26,000,000. Only 300 m. from Kata Beach. 236.25 sqm. 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. For more information call K.Chavarin 089 911 8833/081 866 9253 or email: wkongkeaw@hotmail.com

Luxury Villa in Chalong: Perfect condition, 660 sqm on 3 levels, 1,600 sqm land, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, swimming pool 12.5m x 6m with jacuzzi, large sala, double garage. Top quality construction. Reduced price: B25.5 million www.tamata-phuket.com crishausb@hotmail.com. 086 271 3260 or 086 273 4149.

office near Academy for sale, 280 sq metres, Chanote title, 2 beds 3 baths, nature mountain view. Main street, multiple entrances and exits. 10 minutes to Airport. Only B4.95 million. Call: 086 948 2294.

behind Premium Outlet. 250m road frontage, 300m deep. Sloping upwards, starting at 15m and ending at 65m above sea level. 6M/rai. Contact owner direct at 081 893 6630.

Private House For SALE - 21MB: An outstanding home

Sales Down Payment Dcondo Mine: 7th floor. with

pool & lake view. Fully furnished, near Kajonkiet International School, Tesco Lotus, Big C. 10 mins to Patong. Move in Mar 2014. Only B99k. Contact: 081 694 4144, 081 307 7247, email: suthipow@yahoo.com

Studio condo on 4th floor 50s/m. Huge swimming pool, beautiful gardens, completly renovated new tiles, light, painting, new furniture, kitchen, shower and toilet. B2.5 million, Eng 085 471 9246, Thai 087 621 3405.

Rawai Soi Saliga Land for Sale: Land for sale, Soi Saliga

Rawai - 1 rai plus 81 T/W. Telephone 089 645 5049.

Urgent-3 Bedroom House for sale: 3 Bed, 3 Bath, 4 aircon, f u l l l y f u r n i s h e d w i t h C h a n ote title, mini office 4x4, living room, European kitchen, CCTV, internet, garden. Per msap V illa Manik, 436sqm. 15min from airport. B6.8 million. Call 089 871 4172.

Beautiful Karon Villa:

Modern open living villa has it all, fully furnished, private secure estate close to beach. Enjoy the private salt water pool and undercover parking, 3 large bedrooms freehold investment. 081 719 4688.

note for sale, concrete access road, Land plot, electric & facilities ready to build your home. Direct contact Thai owner K.Dallas (Poy) 089 472 9870 or dchaibut@gmail.com.

home at the Boat Lagoon for sale. Rented out long term at B570,000 per year. 3 bed/4 bath, 2 balconies, terrace at canal, 6 m berth in front of house. 250 sqm living space. Top condition. Luxury finishings. Brokers welcome. B9.9 million. 086 747 9292 (English) or 081 970 5204 (Thai/English).

Land Close to Thanyapura/PIA: Half Rai 1.3MB, 1 3 Gorgeous Lots, Clean Titles: For sale or long lease.

2 lots on island-beachfront (bungalow-/housing-estate) and 1 big mainland-mountain property all in very quiet, safe, well maintained locations near Krabi. 089 291 4671.

Rai is 2.5 MB, total 3 Rai of Land, Mountain View, Chanote, 3 Mins drive to Thanyapura/PIA School, 15 Mins to Airport. Contact Marisa 084 305 6667 or marisar1978@ hotmail.com.

Stunning Town Home: 3 BDR

Home Office Near Thanyapura: New 2-storey home

fully furnished with teakwood furniture, ready to move in. 240 sqm. 4 bed 4 bath, close to Kathu waterfall and market. Near Loch Palms, major stores, BIS and KIS. B45,000 per month. Call Oranwan 086 883 3169.

Patong Free Hold Condo:

1 Rai Land QUICK Sale in Rawai: Beautiful land with Cha-

Investment Proper t y for sale!: New, modern waterfront town-

250m road frontage near Bypass: 16 rai next to Phumundra,

in the perfect location of KATHU on 162 sq.wa. This 2-storey property has a well proportioned living/ dining area with access to a large outside area by the pool for entertaining. The kitchen is fully fitted, 3 large bedrooms are all ensuites plus a separate office. The property is 85% furnished and within 5-10 mins to major shopping centers, Phuket Town, 4 golf courses and 15 mins to Patong. Secured with an electronically controlled gate and fully alarmed. To view online visit www. youtube.com type in “pool house in Phuket” Viewing by appointment only CALL NOW 084-293 -7923 (Thai/Eng.) 081-854-0061 (Eng.) Email: mrgeoffcurry@yahoo.com.

Luxury 3 beds 3 baths stunning condo. 179 SQM. Foreign freehold. Views to sea, marina, lake and mountains. 2 balconies. B16.9 million. Call: 082 493 8526. Email: flakes010@hotmail.com

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m2 Condominium. 1

Building 3 storey for sale:

Luxury Villa for Rent: Magnifi-

RPM Marina Condo:

Nai Harn Baan Bua: When only the best will do!!!!4 bed/pool villa in Phukets best kept gated community.410 sq.mtr villa.812 sq.mtr land.Overlooking lagoon.Beautiful.Ph: 0812704291.or thailandmls@gmail.com.

+ Study or 4 BDR, 4 bathroom, maid’s quarters, full AC + hot water, pool, 2 car garage, western kitchen + extra storage. A must see. Was B21million reduced to B17million including Laguna family golf membership. Call 081 737 5001.

Villa with Pool for Sale: Free-

New Condo Kathu For Sale/Rent: Sansiri D Condo

Land & House Park, Chalong: Villa for sale, 4 Bedrooms,

Rawai Seaview Condo for sale: Seaview condo, freehold,

hold 3/4 Bedroom Villa. 3 Air Con. 4k. to Ao Makarm Beach. 10x5m pool with 4th bedroom / office on other side. Plot size 104Sq Wah. 416Sqm. Reasonable offers. Call 089 831 4703/084 304 6723.

K at hu, Fully f ur nished Studi o Sale 1.15M on 6th Floor, good facilities with fitness gym and large swimming pool. Only 5 minute to Patong, Lotus, Big C, Central. 086 1058 144.

2 Pool Villas next to PIA:

Ready to move in, villa 1 on 1,100 sqm. land, for sale B15.9 mil and villa 2 on 2,20 0 sqm. land, for sale B19.9 mil. Brand new, each with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 12 metre swimming pool, guest bungalow with 1 bedroom 1 bathroom. Perfectly located in a development with underground e l e c t r i c i t y a n d s e c u r i t y, o n l y 80 0 metres from Mission Hills golf course, less than 10 mins to airpor t, Phuket International Ac ademy and Ao Por Grand Marina. Call 081 343 0777. Email: montha_phuket@yahoo.com.

Two parcels of superior land 11 rai. Inc seaview. Main road frontage. Ideal for resor t or condominiums. B150 M . N e g o t i a b l e . ( T h a i ) 0 81 3 7 0 8114 or (Ger) 081 892 1108. Email: davidgem98@hotmail.com.

Seaview Land Patong:

Af fordable 3 Bedroom House: Single floor, 3 bedroom, kitchen/dining area, living room, 2 toilets/showers. Aircon in each b e d r o o m . W a t e r t a n k+ p u m p . External covered area. Chanote title: 256 sqm Quiet developed village near Heroines Monument B3.2 million. Call 087 276 0529 .

Seaview Townhouse Patong: Bet ween the c it y and

the jungle at the northern edge of Patong. 70m alt. 10mn walk to the beach. 4 storey + 290 sqm, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 toilet. 4 aircon, partly furnished. Email: andamanhills@gmail.com.

3 Bathrooms, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, Fully furnished and equipped, Garden 240 SQM. B6.8 M Tel. 083 394 4536(Eng) /084 443 5389(Thai/Eng) flaviofurlanis@yahoo.it.

Guesthouse for Lease in Patong: 12 rooms, good location Nanai Road.9 year lease: very low rent,strong starting, easy to manage and good return on investment. Price 1MLN. Take this opportunity. Thamad17@yahoo. com. 089 728 4005.

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 120sqm. B7.8 million, fully furnished. For more pictures and information please contact: adrian_troy@yahoo.com

Patong Apartment Reduced Price: Condo 4 years old. Swimming

pool, security 24/7, cafeteria. Studio 46sqm fully furnished. Freehold for foreigners. Price: 2.6MLN. Urgent sale, no agent. Tel: 089 728 4005. Email: thamad17@yahoo.com.

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List your classified now at thephuketnews.com PROPERTY FOR SALE CONT. Cheapest Seaview land for Sale: Panorama view of sea view

Luxury 3 Bed Villa For Sale:

This luxury three bedroom home is located in a secure estate with security and office. It is only five minutes from Bangtao Beach and Laguna Phuket including the Laguna Phuket Golf Club and 20 minutes from Blue Canyon Country Club and Phuket International Airport. The villa comes fully furnished with luxury leather lounge suites and quality furniture, all bedding, kitchen utensils and cooking facilities. For details and inspection, see www. phuketselect.com or contact graham@ phuketselect.com or call 081 897 0225.

golf course view mountain view land for sale. Near Mission Hills Golf course. 6 rai chanote title. B3 million per rai. 087 675 9555, email: pee_bang56@ hotmail.com.

Land area 500m2, House area 164m2. 3 bed, 4 bath, fully furnished, aircon in all rooms, fans, Internet, satellite TV, swimming pool, independent water supply wells. Finish work December 2012. B8.5 million. Call 088 838 3242.

Mission Heights:

House for Sale - Chalong:

Quiet stand alone villa, 3 bed, 2 - 5 star baths, 5 aircon, full furn, garden dining lush green, 50 Wah, quality new paint, excellent condition, B3.5 million, firm. Contact: peterb@inter globalau.com, 084 843 3492.

Beach Land on Koh Yao Yai:

6.26 rai direct beachfront, power, water, road, unobstructed views, chanote title, white sand, peaceful. Only 5.8 mil baht per rai. Doesn't get much better than this! Beautiful beach land. 081 649 3557.

Pool Villa Rawai: 4 Bedroom/ 4 Bathroom European style single storey house with self contained guest house and pool in Rawai on 736m2 plot. Large master bedroom with en-suite, walk in wardrobe. Modern western style kitchen with granite tops, built-ins throughout. Established 7 years. Plenty of outdoor living area with several verandahs and under cover car park, air-conditioning in all bedrooms and lounge. Situated about 2km from Chalong circle in a quiet lane 1km from Viset Road. House & Guest house 180 sqm Land area 736sqm (184TW). 3 bedrooms Master ensuite, 4 Bathrooms 7x3.5m salt water pool. Electric gate. Well water. Concrete road access. Call 087 891 9349.

Luxury Villa 3 Bedroom Pool for Rent: N ew villa

320sqm fully furnished. 4 bathrooms, 12m long pool, 5 min. by car to PIA, situated between Naithon and Naiyang beaches. Longterm rent B80,000 include maid and gardener ser vice. Call 080 143 5294, email: alain terrat@hotmail.com.

FOR SALE-KATA BEACH CENTRE LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B3,400,000. LEASEHOLD. INCLUDE FURNISHINGS. INFO: 081 788 8280. EMAIL; thewhite housekata@ gmail.com.

Hou se on Th e Co r n er for Sale: Quiet location and

only 500m from the main road. Thepkrasattri, Heroines Monument. 70sqw x 280sqm, 3 bedrooms, 2 b at h r o o m s, b i g li v i n g r o o m with open-plan kitchen (9x9m), 1 separated kitchen, carpark for 3 cars and a small storehouse, 2 aircons, cable TV, 1 phone line TT&T. Price: B2,995,000 including furniture. Must see! Email: jochenschmitz16@gmail.com. Call 081 607 8000.

Resort for Sale: Resort 2 rai, with

chanote. 22 double villas with kitchens, large pool and big coconut garden with own well. Restaurant and bar with satellite TV and Adsl. Opened for 15 years, with lots of repeat customers, parking, quiet. 086 940 1860.

400m from Naiyang Beach. 3 Rai 1 Tarangwah. 6.5MB per Rai. Call 087 091 8331 or email chiangmaibeltrade@hotmail. com for more information.

Land for Sale: 25 year lease for sale. Well situated in fast developing and sought after area close to Laguna. Some fixed rent applies. Contact 087 884 0644 for more info.

2 Rai, Cherngtalay: 3 & 4 Bed Pool Villas:

Laguna / Layan. Luxur y pr ivate pool villas in secure development. Available now. All beds ensuite. Fully furnished. Rental programme available. B12-20 million. Contact owner: 085 549 7110.

Beautiful home in Phuket 4.99MB: Spacious open plan home

3 Rai Chanote Mangosteen Land: Beautiful square land plot next to Mangosteen Resort, 3-0-38 Rai, Chanote title, light slope, great access to Soi Saiyuan, show villa can be completed, ideal for villa or condo development. 081 536 5846.

- 4 bedrooms, granite top kitchen, outdoor seating, 100� home cinema, LED Lighting system, T Vs, L AN & Audio ever y room, alarm,3 phase electric. Call: Ben 086 266 2786.

The Aqua pool villa-sales/ rent: In Land & House Park Phuket 3 Bdrm House for sale Thalang: House for sale. 3 bed and

2 baths, large living and dining room, 4 X aircons, 2 X car ports and garage. House 7 yrs 1 owner , well maintained with 135sqm living area. Land Chanote 92tw. 3.5MB 081 737 3116.

Mai Khao Prime Location Land: I will sell my piece of land next to the new tourist attraction in Mai Khao. Perfect for investment in future like shops, guesthouse. Please email for mobile number and more details. ohmidzi@gmail.com.

12 Rai Chanote to sell: One of the last pieces of beautiful sea view land between Ao Makham and Ao Yon Road. Infrastructure done B210 million. Call 081 917 0377, 10am-5pm.

(Manthana Zone) Land area = 440 sqm. Home area = 300 sqm. 3 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 1 living room and kitchen 1 swimming pool (3m*10m) out door jacuzzi and pavilion Sales: from 1112.8MB. Rent: from 85,000 - 120,000 B/Month. 088 751 2389.

Sales - House near By Pass:

2 Storeys single house in Rock Garden 5 V illage - By Pas s Road. N ear town, quiet and safe. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & housekeeper's room. 2 cars parking. Nice English & German neighbours. Call 089 159 3239.

Beautiful Karon Villa: Stunning, Beachfront Building - Lanta: Urgent Sales! Beach front 2 Commercial buildings (3 storeys), 14 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms Klong Dow beach, Koh Lanta - Krabi. Contact owner directly - negotiable price: 081 270 8622, 084 841 5635.

Sea-View Chalong-Residence: Dream pool villa with 5

bedrooms all with ensuite on 1 rai of land. Big hall, office, maid’s room. Brand-new construction opposite Wat Chalong on the way up to the hill. A huge 685 sq.m of living area, fully furnished. Modern Europeandesigned kitchen. Big sea view pool terraces incl sala and attractive bar area. Security alarm system. Selling price on request. By owner directly. Call 085 654 4011 or 089 404 0737. Email: schulz.th@gmx.de.

House and Business for sale: 3 storey, 5 bedrooms, good

location, off road parking, busy road. Contact Thai 084 630 6920, English 082 534 7410, jeedyvcd@hotmail.com, davidweath@yahoo.com.

Rawai Condo Sale/Rent:

Price Reduced, 4beds Villa: Comfor table 4 bedrooms villa, plus maid room. Approx. 450Sq.M building, corner plot, energy saving, management ser vice available for investor.Located in secured gate community, near British International school. info@mindproperties.net.

FOR SALE-KATA BEACH CENTRE LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B2,700,000. LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhitehousekata@ gmail.com.

Ao Makham. 5.5 rai, B10 million per rai. Contact Siriporn 089 649 9939, email: siri_phuket@changrunner.com

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Seaview Land For Sale: Land located right in the heart of Chalong with panorama view of Chalong pier. Close to a number of sandy beaches; Naihan Rawai Kata and Karon. Easy access to major depar tment stores. Surrounded by public facilities including education institutes and hospitals. You will benefit from a perfect location that's rapidly increasing in value. 3 rai and 1 Ngan with Chanote title. Call 087 278 7206, 089 215 5041 e -mail: kubesjoy@ hotmail.com.

safe, secure estate villa, close to beach, crystal clear salt water pool, 3 large bed, modern open living, fully furnished, freehold, everything done. 13.9MB. 081 719 4688.

House for sale near Loch Palm: Three bedroom pool villa

in Kathu close to international schools. Views over Loch Palm. All bedrooms with aircon and ensuite bathrooms. Two car garage and secluded garden. Chanote title. Call 084 844 0991

Budget Bungalows:

New house for sale: At Siri Village, Pa Khlok, 2 flrs, 3 beds, 2 shower rms, kitchen, living & dining area, garden, car park, 2 aircons, unstair curtains, 1 furnished bedroom. 3.8MB Contact Kirana 088 760 6083.

Two Bungalows in Chalong.2-3 bedrooms.Close to all amenities. One has room for a pool,the other is like a rain forest. From only 2,300,000 Baht.Ph:0812704291. Email: thailandmls@gmail.com.

Happy Home Apartment for sale: Nice apartment, fully

Patong Tower for Sale: New House for Sales low price than Project, Phanason Villages at Bang Joe for 50 Sqm, 3bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Free contract. Contact: 089 729 9503.

Sea View Land for Sale:

Sok, Klong Sok district. B400,000 per rai. Close to Khao Sok National Park entrance. PNSS3 title, to be upgraded to Chanote soon. Phone 081 693 2759.

Apartments, furnished, best/quiet locations, garden, s-pool, from 36-67sq metre, sea-city-mountain views, from B2,375. Call 087 819 2162 or caltirol@hotmail.com.

Sell 1.1MB, Full ownership foreverbeyond the financing plan of 10 years. Rent 9,000B/Month. Studio room renovated with furniture. A/C, WiFi, kitchen, 200m to beach. 084 242 8914. Rawai4@yahoo.com.

New House for Sales:

Khao Sok, 25+ rai, B400,000 per rai: 25 rai, 3 ngan in Khao

PAT O N G c o n d o s f o r sale: Beautiful, modern Condos/

Two shophouse for lease in Patong: Low Rent! 2 Shophouse - 2

flrs.Can make business ground floor. Huge 2nd floor fully furnished as 2 bed apartment with private bathrooms. Includes furniture. Big kitchen and living area. 084 189 7696.

Villa and farmland for sale:

A big beautiful house with 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, fully furnished. Located in stunning panoramic hilltop scenery in Takuapa, Phang Nga, covering an area of 127 rai. Surrounded by fertile farmland with fruit trees. Price 132MB. Contact K. Peerawat: 084 308 8484. Email: peerawat200@hot mail.com

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m2 Condominium. 1

Bedroom, 1 en suite bathroom, living room, kitchen, pool, large balcony and terrace space, parking. Excellent investment opportunity. See property forsalephuket.co.uk.

And for rent. Sea view and mountain views. Freehold from 64 to 448 sq metres. Phone no: 080 692 6114. Email: orsoreal estate@hotmail.com.

furnished at Rawai. The apar tment is set in a private compound with pool. It is located only 5 minutes from beach and convenient to Phuket Town. Only B15 million. Tel: 081 893 2165 www.happyho meapartmentphuket.webiz.co.th.

For Sale Rawai Beach Special Twin Villa. 4 suites/studios, 4 bathrooms, pool, large terrace, small garden, living space 400 sqm. Include luxury furnishing Price B8.5 mllion. SMS for info: 081 788 8280 Email: thewhitehousekata@gmail.com For Russian contact Oxana 080 529 0726 or Email: phuket.lux@gmail.com


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our company Pegas Touristik believes that the number of Russians visiting Phuket will not continue to increase, but say it is not the fault of the authorities – rather the market has reached its peak. In anticipation of the start of the high season, one of the largest tour operators on the island, Pegas Touristik, held a conference for ‘Russian’ travel agencies. The event was attended by about 300 representatives of Russian companies involved in organising trips to Phuket. The idea behind the event was to discuss the prospects of tourism development in Greater Phuket, which is now one of the most popular destinations for Russian nationals. According to statistics released by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), Thailand ranked first among internet queries for overseas tours during the New Year, with a share of around 16 per cent. While the market is still growing, Pegas Touristik said that in the future, development may slow.

Russian airline Transaero Airlines touches down at Phuket Airport. Photo: Andy Mitchell According to Pegas Touristik Thailand’s Head of Booking and Contracts, Bucky Cholpan, in 2012 the kingdom was visited by about 500,000 tourists from Russia, with 60 per cent of them using the services of Pegas Touristik. In 2013, more than 800,000 Russian arrivals are anticipated. It’s worth nothing that the official statistics provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for 2012 differ substantially from the figures given by Pegas Touristik. According to the TAT, last year the country attracted more than 1 million Russians. The discrepancy is difficult to explain, however it is possible that by ’Russian tourists’, the

TAT are in fact referring to all Russian-speaking citizens of the countries of the former Soviet Union. M r Cholpan believes Phuket will soon begin to lose popularity. “Phuket has become more dangerous and too crowded. In 2012, Phuket had 180,000 Russian tourists, in 2013 the number is expected to grow to 240,000 Russians, but that will be the peak, the numbers will not continue to grow,” he said. In Thailand, Pegas say that Phuket and Pattaya are currently the most visited destinations, but they feel that the preferences of Russians in the next few years may change.

Mr Cholpan predicts that soon the most popular regions for Russian tourists will instead be Samui and Krabi. “On Samui there is wonderful nature and good entertainment for young people. I am confident that Samui and Krabi are the next most popular regions of Thailand. Already there is a tendency that people come back again and again [to these places],” Mr Cholpan said. Mr Cholpan said the largest source of Russian tourists to Thailand are from the Far East and Siberia. “The bulk of arrivals come from the cities of Novosibirsk and Kemerovo,” said Mr Cholpan.

“For Siberians, flights to Thailand are much closer and cheaper than, for example, to Turkey. But for people living in Moscow the opposite is true.” According to the Pegas representative, in 2012, more than 200,000 people came to Thailand from the Russian Far East and Siberia, approximately 60 per cent of all Pegas Touristik tour packages to Thailand. On the Thai government’s measures to curb the flow of budget tourists from China, the company said that they are unlikely to introduce similar rules for Russians. Regarding other initiatives by the authorities, such as the proposed B500 fee for tourists entering the country, Pegas does not see it as a substantial threat to their business. “I believe that the Thai authorities will be careful about blocking the flow of tourists from Russia, as this is a very profitable segment of the tourism market for the country,” said Mr Cholpan. “In addition, if measures are taken, Russians may instead choose to visit Vietnam, China, the Maldives, Goa, and Bali,” said Cholpan – countries where Pegas Touristik coincidentally also has operations.

Chinese tourist concerns Class Act Media announces SAFETY ON THE ISLAND’S but often these are ignored. beaches, problems with filling out arrival cards when entering the country, and delays at Immigration are some of the problems affecting the thousands of Chinese tourists arriving on the island every day, a meeting was told on Tuesday (October 9). Businesspeople, Airports of Thailand (AOT) representatives, and members of the Chinese community met at the AOT office to discuss Chinese tourists and the problems they face. Chinese tourists are often victims of drownings during Phuket’s monsoon season, and those at the meeting suggested tourists on the beaches should be given leaflets in Chinese to warn them of the dangers. Officials have already set up warning signs on the beaches in Chinese, as well as red flags,

Pol Lt Col Rapeepat Utsaha, deputy superintendent of Immigration Police, based at Phuket International Airport, said Chinese tourists often had problems with filling out arrival cards correctly. Around 5,000 to 6,000 Chinese tourists go through Phuket International Airport every day – almost half of all tourists arriving and departing. The meeting was told that some airlines showed a video on board, explaining how to fill it out. Some passengers had also complained that many airlines did not give out arrival cards on board. “One reason that the Immigration process is so slow is that all the passengers spend so much time around the table filling out the forms once they reach the counter,” Lt Col Rapeepat said.

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CLASS ACT MEDIA, THE parent company of The Phuket News, has announced that its radio station – Live 89.5 – will soon be broadcasting in Krabi in addition to its current service across Phuket. The Krabi radio station, to be launched in early 2014, will share the best of the content from the Phuket studio, including popular shows such as Breakfast with Sam and Kirsty, and Drive with Jason Wilder, as well as producing its own original content via a Krabi-based DJ and manager. In tandem with spreading the reach of Live 89.5, the new studio will be used as a base from which to distribute more copies of Class Act Media’s weekly newspapers:

The Phuket News, in English, and the Russian-language Novosti Phuketa. A special Krabi supplement is currently in development. The new Krabi station is part of the overall expansion plans of Class Act Media, which is seeing it move beyond its Phuket headquarters into the neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. There is little existing English-language media in Krabi, with no locally produced weekly newspapers, and with an increasing number of resident expatriates, and facilities that cater to them – including international schools, marinas, hospitals and an airport – the expansion is a perfect fit for southern

Thailand’s most comprehensive media company, with its radio, print, TV and online properties. On the announcement, Class Act Media founder and owner Simon Samaan said, “Krabi is already a tourism hub, and home to many exciting events, including the recent Sheraton Krabi Trophy 2013 Adventure Race and last weekend’s grand finale of this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. “Opening up a new Krabibased studio is a logical expansion for the radio station and the company, and part of our planned expansion into new markets, which will include Koh Samui and Chiang Mai." thephuketnews


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House in Phuket Town / Samkong 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms

Beautiful Naiharn Pool Villa: Modern Family House for sale: Beautiful 3 bedrooms villa in New Luxury Villa For Sale: Lu xu r i o u s G o l f V i l l a @ Laguna Village: MUST BE SOLD ! Surplus to family invest needs. 3-bed, plus maid's qtrs. This home has been lovingly cared for. Leasehold/freehold. BVI status. POA. Ph 082 810 4184, phuketres@gmail.com

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3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, private swimming pool (12 metre). House area of 600 sq.m., land 1.5 rai (2400 sq metre). Located on the shore of the ocean on the Koh Kho Khao. Email: larion2555@gmail.com.

Rawai. 160sqm indoor. 400sqm outdoor. Shared swimming pool. Modern villa renovated in 2011-2012. Fully furnished. For more info: phuketvilla jasmine@gmail.com

Secure private hillside by Naiharn Beach. Quality furnished throughout. 3 big bedrooms, office, 4 baths, 230 sm plus carport etc. 1050 sm land. New condition. 15x4.6 m pool. Freehold. Nice. Only 17MB. Contact 089 727 5407, villa-sale-phuket.com.

Semi detached house with large 3 bedrooms , 3 bathrooms, large open living/dining area and entertainment deck outside. Large western kitchen with all appliances . Great area very conveniently located 5 minutes from all amenities including both international hospitals, Central festival, International schools and the centre of town. Selling due to relocation. Priced to sell at B4.3M including 4 air cons. and all modern style furniture. Nothing more to spend. Contact (English): 084 768 0536 or (Thai): 085 888 0502.

Apartment on Golf Course: Surin Beach Office For Sale: Prime location sales office/ Hot Price Sale- PuriAnda Villas: New Pool Villa in Rawai 2 Bed/3 Bath, Built-In & Partial fur. Private pool & jacuzzi, sala, 50 0 m.to beach Price 7.9 mil.Baht with Chanote title Tel.081 691 3029, E: kris. silanachai@yahoo.com.

Donsak Beachfront Land 3 Rai: 67 metres absolute beach

frontage, fully infrastructured, ready to build. Close to ferry going to Koh Samui. Chanote title. 4.5 MB for all. Email: nhoj0512@hotmail.com.

FOR SALE-KATA BEACH CENTRE 2 BEDROOMS LUXE APARTMENT 135 SQM. PRICE B7,900,000. LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhitehouse kata@gmail.com.

Mansion in Town for Sale:

359.7 sq. 43 rooms. 15 air-conditioners, 28 fans. balcony, hi-speed internet, parking, CCTV and sentry box. In & out with finger scan. Near shopping centre. B32 million. Call: 090 167 9816 (Eng), 086 300 5052(Thai).

Double your money in 5 years!: New Year special promotion: Studio in brand new, world class, eastcoast development. Never seen on Phuket; amazing luxury at real prices. Call 080 882 1377, email: beachpro jects1@gmail.com.

FOR SALE-KATA BEACH CENTRE LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B2,900,000. LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhitehousekata@gmail.com.

shop. Internal 144 m2, back garden 60 m2, 4 car parks, kitchen, internet, phone/ fax, TV, 5 AC. 6 yrs lease then 3 years rolling, rent B35,000, sale B1.5 million. Call 085 060 0033.

Golf View, Kathu. Tastefully renovated large (83m2) apar tment in Phuket Country Club. Golf view. 1 bed but easily converted to 2. Store, large Western kitchen and all furniture included. Ideal (holiday) home. Contact 081 273 7326, Email: keith marshall747@gmail.com.

Allamanda (Laguna) Residences/Phuket Sale/Rent:

Seaview 1 BDRM New Condo Patong: Stunning seaview,

city view 1 bdrm condo on hill 500m from Patong beach. Fitness centre, roof top pool, security, car park, freehold. Only B4,400,000. Keith 084 628 3430, keithb025@gmail.com.

One condo unit, half of a deluxe twin house, fully furnished and equipped, set direct on the picturesque lagoon with balcony right over it. 3 bedrooms each with shower/bathroom, roof terrace. Long term rent or sale. 090 487 8084, utaipan@yahoo.com.

Patong Bangla Building for Sale: B28 million, Chanote, 4 floors 6m x 14m. 1st & 2nd tenanted. Flr 3-staff accom, bath, kitchen. Separate office with access to lower floor. 4th flr private penthouse one bed. 087 881 7600.

4 plots (3 connecting, 1 separate) 1km north of Airport, along the road to MaiKhao Beach. Sea view towards south east. NorSor3Gor. 4.5 Rai in total. B4 million per Rai. Contact owner: 081 893 6630.

renovated & decorated, Large living room, fully furnished, shower & jacuzzi, Mature gardens with waterfall, Security. Because of sickness NOW REDUCED to 3MB. Call: 087 877 2320, 084 854 9889.

Amazing 3 Bedroom Villa With Swimming Pool: Guarded

compound Kokyang Estate Phase II, 3 min to Nai Harn beach, modern interior design, garage, developed infrastructure. For more information: phuketbuyhouse.com/1644. Call Elena 084 305 0634.

Sea View Land for Sale:

Ao-Yon, 13.5 rai, chanode title.10m/ rai.Call Siri 089 649 9939, email: siri_phuket@changrunner.com.

Nai Harn / Rawai, Balinese Pool Villa, 2 years old, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, price reduced for quick sale. Please call our agent 082 420 70 52 or send email to stayonphuket@yahoo.com.

206.4 sqm, Chanote title in Phanason residence(next to Makro). 1 min to Central festival, 5 min to town. Call 084 061 4314, 076 393 965.

Land for sale:

Happy Home Apartment for sale: Nice apartment, fully

furnished at Rawai. The apar tment is set in a private compound with pool. It is located only 5 minutes from beach and convenient to Phuket Town. Only B15 million. Tel: 081 893 2165 www.happyho meapartmentphuket.webiz.co.th.

Land & House area 119 sqm. Sale for B13,000,000. Contact 086 036 3944 and 086 282 7457 Khun Touch.

Furnished House for Sale Phuket Villa 5: 3 bedroom

furnished house near Kajonkiet School. Secure area, Cul De Sac. Nic e gardens, t wo bathrooms. B3.5M negotiable. Call 081 370 8114 (Thai) 087 889 3838 (Eng), email:davidgem98@hotmail.com.

Yamu. 2 x 0.75 Rai adjoining plots. OrBorTor road access to quiet end of soi location. Sale direct from the owner. B3.75 Million per rai negotiable. Call 081 087 9237.

Royal Kamala Condo-Sale & Rent: In Kamala. Freehold 1, 2, 3

Land for Sale Cherngtalay: Hillside setting. Luxurious 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom pool villa for sale or rent. Sale 20M Baht. Rent Low season Daily 6k, Weekly 36k, Monthly 80k. High season Daily 7k, Weekly 42k, Monthly 100k. One complete year 85k per month. Call 087 078 6379.

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cherngtalay: Chanote title, yellow zoned, safe area. Nearly 4 rai, direct from owner. Subdivided in 6 plots each ca. 1,000sqm. ready to build. Only 6.75 MB per rai.

1.5 Rai Private Land Cape Yamu: 1.5 Rai flat land at Cape

Bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room, balcony, swimming pool, fitness, security guard, parking. Ready to move. 085-368-3009, salesdirector@ royalkamala.com

Pool villa for sale or rent:

Beautiful 2,400sqm (1.5RAI) Chanote titled land plot in Pasak 8, located on the highest point of a gentle slope. Quiet and safe area. Only 8.5MB. Agents welcome. Phuketlandvilla@ hotmail.com, 089 875 9609.

Laguna/Layan Beach Luxury 13M Salt-Water Pool Villa For Sale (Or Rent): Three large

bedrooms with bathrooms in tastefully re-decorated bungalow set in mature garden plot of 550m2 within secure development for ownership and/or investment. B15.5 million. Email: irynain@gmail.com.

Land At Kathu For Sale: Only

15 min to Patong and only 10 min to Phuket Town, located at Kathu, total 141 sqw or 564 sqm with ready public utility. Call 081 892 0610, 081 472 0770, tan_ohio@hotmail.com.

town. L and: 8 5 5 sq.m. H ouse: 650sq.m. Furnished. 3 beds, 2 offices, 2 staff quarters, 1 free room. 2 Parkings. Price B38 mill.Tel: 081 895 3628 E-mail: jin_koy@yahoo.com.

For sale: Spac ious one bed room apar tment with ocean view, nor th of Patong. Floor area 96m2 internal and 72m2 terrace including water feature with sala and jacuz zi. Per fect bachelor pad with rental income. Email for info: bart duykers@mac.com.

freehold unit in award-winning project. 195 sqm, sea view, near gym & pool. Quality furnishing throughout. Designer kitchen with utility-store. phuket.pn@gmail.com.

minutes to Naithon Beach. 10 minutes to Naiyang Beach. 10 minutes to Airport. 7 minutes to New Tesco Lotus. - Roadside land and Chanote title. Call 085 793 2718.

43 Sq. Free hold. 1 balcony (Great view). 1 bed room. 1 living room. 2 air conditioners. Full furniture. Internet.Swimming pool. Gym. Automated door lock and key card. Call 080 040 9077.

Sea-View Contemporary Pool Villla: Located near Phuket

Condo At The Heights, Kata: Immaculate 2-bed foreign-

Urgent 6.1 Rai Land for Sale: 6.1 rai (10,000sq metre). - 5

Free Hold Condo For Sale: Balinese Pool Villa:

Studio condo at The Point near Lotus, Big C, Central. Fully furnished. Great views 6th floor. Cost B2.8M. Reduced to B2.25M. Call 087 889 3838 or 081 370 8114. Email: davidgem98@hotmail.com

Freehold 2 BR in Kathu: Newly

N i c e H o u s e + Po o l Fo r Sale: House with pool for sale at

SeaView near Airport:

Reduced for Quick Sale:

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cherngtalay: Chanote title, yel-

low zoned, safe area. Nearly 4 rai, direct from owner. Subdivided in 6 plots each ca. 1,000sqm. ready to build. Only B6.75 million per rai. Call 081 367 7683, chanchira.panpaen@googlemail.com.

Rawai Beachfront Pool Villa for Rent/Sale: Rawai

Beach front pool villa for sale. 3 bedrooms, furnished. Contact Siriporn on 089 649 9939.

Kamala 3 bed pool villa reduced: Expat owner must sell, Beautiful home on 1 rai 1 ngan 66 sq.w. chanote 24.5 MB. Mountain views. Best buy in Kamala. Tel: 086 269 5108 eng, 080 744 7625 thai, email: brown_m_ken@yahoo.com.au

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Unique luxury condo 2 bed, 2 bath, 155sqm. Foreign FREE HOLD. Recent architect remodel. New Jacuzzi. Views to lake, mountain, marina, pool etc. Completely furnished to very high standard. Motivated owner leaving.

Wonderful 4 bed house over looking the lake & Golf course in Laguna. Sale: Reduced to: 32.7 M / Rent: 170,000 P/M. Call Mick: 0848186045 Email: mr.mickb@yahoo.com or www. silkwind.net.

Reduced by 600,000B. ONLY 16.9MB.

Contact Brian (Owner) 089 054 4354, +632 906 435 7146, Alan 087 999 6174, bggvirgo@gmail.com. See RoyalPhuketMarinaCondos.com for complete details.

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BEST SEAVIEW LAND-EVER! Seaview Chalong land price 24MB for 2 rai. www.phuket-land-sale.com

Condominium for SALE in Patong: Freehold title, Studio type,

3 Bedroom Pool Villa, Rawai:

160m2 Private Pool Villa. 3 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom (3 En Suite), Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Large Balconies & Terrace, Carport. Freehold, Chanote title. 2 minutes from beach! See proper tyforsalephuket.co.uk.

East Coast Sea View Land Total 1.5 rai (2,450sq metre) on gently sloping land with sea view of Phang Nga Bay.

32 sqm. of the living area, Furnished, 1 Bathroom, Fitted kitchen with dining area, Swimming pool, Restaurant. Call 083 103 3801 (English and Thai).

2 separate Chanote titles each about 1,200 sq metres (4.5 and 5.5M), or will sell as one lot.

DETACHED OR SEMI-DETACHED: Large detached 4 Bed.4

Underground services. 081 273 7326, email: kmar74@hotmail.com.

Bath 2 en suite, 4 air con. OR 2 adjoining semi-detached. Live in one, Rent one ? Water storage with pumps. Secure Parking. Quite Soi. All in Excellent condition. kimera5@yahoo.com, 0827383007

Absolute Beachfront:Set

Commercial Building For Sale: 5M. x 18.30M.,3 floors, located

Rawai Great Buying: Lovely

close by Condo at Saiyuan, 2 big halls, 2 bedrooms,4 bathrooms,clean&new building. Price negotiable. Tel:087 881 7979, 081 472 0770, ss.kijrungruang@ gmail.com.

on the beachfront, the ff villa offers uninterrupted sea and island views of the south east coast of Phuket. Situated between two 5 star resorts: Vijitt and EVASON near Laem Kanoi. 081 480 3834, http://www. facebook.com/Phuket.Beachfront.

house with 2 bedrooms or separate SC flat downstairs.Well ventilated with natural light in pristine condition.Distant sea views.4,995,000 Baht. 0812704291 or thailandmls@ gmail.com.

Condo in Marina:

Last 1 Studio of The Cleat condo (Phase 1) in Krabi Boat Lagoon, low-rise waterfront Condo built around the lagoon with Mangrove, Sea and Marina view and full facilities. Call +66(0)76 238 948.

Makes a good condo deal now. 1-bedroom, fully furnished, 67 sqm living area. Only B2.99 mil. Big swimming pool. Normal price B3.7 mil. Call 089 872 6895. Email: jospeder@live.no.

Waterfront Villa in Boatlagoon: Modern style spacious townhouse. 3 large beds/4 baths. 250 Sqm. one office area and 2 balconies. One private birth for a boat up to 6 meters behind the house. freehold/leasehold. B9.9 million. Call 082 493 8526. Email: flakes010@hotmail.com.

Hill Land for Sale: Very nice location hill land by the Bangwat Dam, total 60 rai, 96,000 square metre. Contact: Attapong 081 892 0610 (Thai), Jantiwa 081 890 8268 (Eng). e-mail: jantiwa_ j@ hotmail.com.

Land For Sale: Mission Hills. 3/4

of rai in small community, very quiet and private, close to all services, 10 min to school, airport, beach, golf, Tesco. Was B2.5M. 087 276 0529 for info.

World Class Sea Views:

4 Bedroom British Colonial style house, Cape Yamu, Phuket. Amazing views spanning over 100km, as far as Krabi. Price reduced from B35 to B28 million. 086 279 6283, email: kdesmond59@yahoo.co.uk.

Apartment for sale in Patong: Apartment for SALE in

Patong; 50 sqm of the living area, sea-view /mountain view, furnished, Pool, 24hr security, for SALE B2.8M B3.3M. Contact +66 (0) 83 103 3801, 081 415 7774.

Great Investment Opportunity: Completed show house

and infrastructure seven further plots for development. 1.5km from Mission Hills Golf Club. Please call 087 888 1761 (Aom) for details.

2 Bed Thai Style House, Rawai: 110m2 Thai style house, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, office/study, upstairs balcony, large car park, high walls & electric security gate. MUST SEE! www.propertyforsalephuket.co.uk.

Beautiful Beachfront Land:

Absolute beach front land only 4 to 5 hours from Phuket. Why pay 30-50 million baht per Rai when you can have the best from B1.1 to B2.9 Million Baht per Rai!!! Email: thailandmls@ gmail.com.

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Very Spacious European From Owner: Villa in peace-

Paklok Land Only B7,999/ Sqwah: Only B7,999/Sq wah at

Paklok, Chanote, Mountain View, 200m from main road, 11 km from monument and 4 km to Mission Hill. Interested or want a larger size? CALL 084 305 6667, email: mari sar1978@hotmail.com

Condos, 1 per floor C/W lift. Located on the 15th fairway 275 M3 per floor total.Common Pool and Sundeck. Underground parking 1/unit, Floor 3 show unit complete Floors 1&2 are unfinished, waiting for owners choice of flooring and kitchens. Could still develop into one very large private home. Floors 1&2 could be offices star ting from B10 million. Or B32 million for project Partial financing available. Info contact 084 840 1262, north8east98@yahoo.com

Patong Loft Condo:

Ocean Front Land: 7 rai with

185 metres of sea frontage. Water, electricity, road and boat access, located 800 metres from Yacht Haven marina, perfect site for small beach front development. For quick sale only B5 million per rai. Tel 081 343 0777 Email: montha_phuket@ yahoo.com.

Phuket Country Club Condos: 3 Only Luxury Contemporary

ful place in Rawai. Large living area and terrace. 3 bedrooms, 4 aircon, 3 bathrooms, 1 guest toilet. Western kitchen, garage, laundry, beautiful garden, swimming pool. 612 sqm plot, chanote title. Price B9.5 million. Contact Tanya 083 506 8345, geta909@gmail.com.

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Urgent Sale: 6 rai Hilltop Land for sale, near Mission Hills golf club, was B4.2 million per rai now only B2.99 million per rai, full chanote, water/ elec. sea/mountain views. 087 978 5804 (Eng).

Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa: Chalong Beach Front Pool

Villa For Sale/Rent,3 bed rooms,area 1 rai call siriporn 089-6499939, email: siri_phuket @changrunner.com.

Properties for sale: Luxury investment condo N/East aspect Rawai 5th floor corner sweeping ocean rural views. 126sqm, 2 bed, 2 bath, free hold, furnished, pool, B8.75million perment tenant at B40,000 p/m. Call 089 050 5664

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Zion Proper ty CO., Ltd.: Mission Hills. One rai. Very quiet and private, close to all services, 10 min to school, airport, beach, golf, Tesco. B3.4M. 087 276 0529 for info.

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2,200 Land, Nai Harn -B10.9 million for Sale: Located in Sai Yaun 9, at the back of Mangosteen hotel. Very good access , road, electric, water. Size approximately 30 by 70 metres. Chanote. Contact 087 897 0501. aleksa@thai-evagroup.com

Sales - down payment 250,000 B D Condo Mine Phuket Town by Sansiri. Finished in March 2014.Corner room on the 7th floor with nice view. 2 Bedrooms Call:089 159 3239.

Sales - D Condo Mine:

7th Floor Suites (Hotel) Building For Sale Kata Beach Center 9 apar tments and a 300 sqm Penthouse on the roof plus fully equipped restaurant and pool with terrace are free of rent and now available. Price total 38 million Baht (9.50.000.euro) include chanote and Thai company. For serious interest email: thewhitehousekata@gmail.com for RUSSIAN; Ms. Oxana Email: phuket.lux@gmail.com

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A spacious family home in Boat Lagoon. Modern contemporary style with 4+1 beds, 4 bathrooms. Large dining area, private swimming pool and fully furnished. Size 616 Sq.M. Call 076 238 948.

Modern Villa in Marina:

Superb Ocean View Lux Penthouse: B148,000 per sqm,

288 sqm of heaven. Plunge pool, 3 bed, 4 bath overlooking perfect panoramic ocean views. Beach shops, fabulous restaurants, nightlife all a 3 minute walk. B42,624,000. Contact: 088 761 4030 or imgphuket@gmail.com.

Thai House@Phuket Fantasea : Traditional Thai house design 4bed, 4bath, kitchen. Mountain views.8,8 MB.Large living room, 3 aircon. 1.5km from Phuket Fantasea. Well maintained with 47sqm. 085 644 9344.

Absolute Beach Front Land: Songkla district near new

deep sea port. 4.5 Rai divided into 7 Chanote plots. Reluctant sale. B4.9M the lot. Email: jmic chia@ yahoo.com or call 087 276 0529.

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Class Act Media is southern Thailand's most comprehensive media company, incorporating Phuket’s leading English newspaper ‘The Phuket News’, Russian language newspaper 'Novosti Phuketa', Phuket’s leading English radio station ‘Live 89.5’, Phuket English TV 'Phuket News TV' and a a host of publications & services including ‘The Phuket Colouring book’ & ‘Phuket Ticket Master’.

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● Have a willingness to learn ● Have good English writing skills ● Be willing to work to deadlines ● Be a strong communicator

F e m a l e C o o k / H o m e m a ke r Wa n t e d:

VJ / Light technician.

The Phuket News is looking for a Thai reporter to join

The successful candidate must: Marketing Executive wanted: Art House is hiring - Marketing

F&B Manager.

Singer / Dancer / Performer (female).

Attractive remuneration package and fringe benefits await the successful candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. Interested persons please email resume and recent photo to: dominic.c@landrovergroup.net

customer service skills, knowledge in F&B, HK, front office, Knowledge of computer basic skills, own car with driving license, working in Phang Nga -Natai Beach. Candidate send resume to: hr@luxuryvillasandhomes.com. Office: 6/84 Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang Phuket 83110. Call 076 527 633, 087 881 0003.

We are now seeking to fill in the following positions:

Flair Bartender.

Qualifications: Male or Female, Thai national, age 25-35 Phuket residential preferable At least Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Management, or related field Excellent communication skills Fluent in English with TOEIC score of at least 600 At least 2 years experience in marketing field Some experience of the design, printing, exhibition is preferred Good computer literate (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc) Self-driven, multi-tasks, well-organized, prompt response and adaptable Be able to work on flexible hours, and can work under pressure to tight deadlines Willing to travel Bangkok-Phuket

Guest Service Supervisor: Good command in English,

New Club Opening in Phuket

If this sounds like you, email your resume with expected salary to adminmgr@classactmedia.co.th or fax your resume to 076 612 553

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 100

● Competitive salary, bonuses and travel expenses. ● A friendly work environment. ● Social security paid by the company. ● Excellent career progress opportunities. Interested applicants are invited to apply in person or send application with full resume indicating qualifications and experience, expected salary and recent photo to: adminmgr@classactmedia.co.th Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 101

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 Fax: 076 612 553


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Marine and Automotive storage Kawasaki 750Sxi Jet Ski Pro:

Need to sell my SAILBOAT 2 mast 17 metre (50 c.v. Yanmar engine) excellent condition Fully equipped located in Chalong/Phuket valuated price B12 million

Stand up. Trick conversion kit, R&D ride plate, Race bars with finger throttle, Hydro-turf floor mat with foot-holds, Very reliable, fast, and great fun. Very good condition. B150,000. Contact: garysmith436@btinternet.com.

Now for quick sale B5.5 million include dinghy Call French: 080 035 1626 English: 081 788 8280 Email: maurice.phuket@gmail.com 2 2 m . I n d o n e s i a n Pi n i s i Ketch: Licensed and registered in Thailand. She is in good condition and currently working as a snorkel and sunset tour boat. For sale or long-term rental. Price negotiable for quick sale. dragonheartthailand@gmail.com.

Maintenance and repairs at competitive rates

Call Max Marine Asia now on 076 239 502 BOATS & YACHTS LIV Aboard For Sale: Compressors and tanks also available. Please contact Joe : 087 891 8912 joe@ similan-diving-safaris.com.

Luxury Yacht for Sale: For sale 2002 Bertram 510 Flybridge luxury yacht. Reduced to only USD675,000. Contact Marcus on marcus@leema rine.net.

Krabi Boat Lagoon: New marina sister of Phuket Boat Lagoon, ready for berthing now with marina charge 50% off and long term berth available. Well protected by sea conditions and full facilities provided. Contact Khun Choo 086 281 0330.

SR MARINE NEW SR-21 SR-21 Center console,only 375,000 baht. Excluded only engine. Come with all accessories. We also produce 18-36ft Power boat. For more picture or info, please contact Showroom office at Chalong, 0817820921

Boat for sale: Boat for sale at Ao Yon Bay (Cape Panwa, Phuket). Boat has two engines 140 cc yamaha. 13+ 2 per persons. Price:550. 000B. Phone number : 083 637 9704 Thai/Eng 081 894 9967.

Yacht sale 36-ft Searay: A very good condition with bedding for 5, air-con, generator, kitchenette, BBQ grill, twin propulsion, Mercruiser 5.0L bravo III DTS, raymarine chartplotter, GPS and depth sounder. B4.5 million. Call 089 647 5204.

13 Metre Wooden Hull Cruiser: Cap. 17 PAX. Wooden

Sale New Boat SR-21 Finished: SR.Marine. We are pro-

Sailing Boat Jeanneau for Sale: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37,

fessional boat builders. Our showroom in Phuket. This model is SR-21, finished. Price B375,000. “This price exclude only engine”. Email: samranmarine@live.com/ 081 782 0921.

year 2004-5. Full Option/ Thai Flag register/ Solar S. Electric 240W/ Autopilot/ GPS/ 2 Engine Fridge Only 2.9MB. 084 843 2551, tomasotti.mario@gmail.com.

hull, 3.5 metres W, draws 1.5 meters, diesel engine generates 123 KW. Perfect for fishing or day tours. Fitted w Fish Finder and GPS. Was B1,500,000 now only B500,000. Call 082 414 6931, email: phil@ krabikon nect.com.

J e t s k i s & Tr a i l e r 600,000THB: Two 3 person jet 40FT Steel Cutter Sloop:

Jeanneau for Sale Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37, year 20045. Full Option/ Thai Flag register/ Solar S. Electric 240W/ Autopilot/ GPS/ 2 Engine Fridge Only Euro 66 500. 084 843 2551, tomasotti.mario@gmail.com

Speed Boat For Sale:

Steppa Fiberglass 32 feet Flybridge two 200 hp Yamaha outboard engines. Ideal for diving and tours. B850,000. Call 081 894 2124.

Ready to c r uise. C ent rec o c k pit . Safe, strong German design. New S ai l s, 4 4H P Ya nm a r En g i n e, 6 Berths, solar, wind generator, BBQ, dinghy&outboard. AUD$110K. 085 378 0498, yacht.antaia@gmail.com.

S a l e N e w B o a t S R-18 Finished: SR.Marine, We are professional boat builders. Our showroom is in Phuket. This model is SR-18, finished. Price B295,000. “This price excludes only engine”. Email: samranmarine@live.com / 081 782 0921.

Boat Sales and Charters: Want to build or charter your own boat to get out among Phuket’s many islands for fishing or pleasure? Then please contact the experts on 081 270 4291 or go to www. fishingboatingthailand.com.

skis, fully maintained & just fully repainted and serviced. Refurbished stainless frame trailer included with trailer jack and hand winches.082 282 6947 Dan (Thai/English).

SELLING YOUR BOAT?: With high season just around the corner, now is the right time to get her listed, Boatshedphuket.com are always looking for new listings,big or small, power or sail, contact Alan Giles. 084 842 6146.

New Varianta 37: Max Value – Min Price 37’ yacht built by Hanse and designed by Judel/Vrolijk at a 32’ price. Performance 2/3 Cabin Layout. Base Price €74,900 ex Fact 0813701995 inq@sea-yss.com.

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BUSINESS FOR SALE: 52’ Convertible FOR SALE: 52’ Convertible FOR SALE: One original Owner – fully refurbished 2012. Immaculate condition, 2xCAT 660hp, 16kw Onan, new watermaker, fully rigged for fishing. US$ 420K. Contact 086 280 6526

Free-Bird Bar in Nai Harn for Sale, great location, 3 TVs, 2 pool tables, Seating 50 pax, (PLUS) Fully Equip Beauty salon which is leased out, parking: 10 vehicles, 8 years left on lease. Sale: 1.5 MB. Negotiable! 087-892-6204 or 087-884-8972

Glass bottom cruise boat for sale Length 9.5m, beam 3.7, passenger capacity 22, speed up to 40 knots, dural/composite hull. Engine Mercruiser 320 hp. Fuel tank for 150 l, consumption 50 l, consumption 50 l / 100 km. Front transparent windshield, bottom glass 3x2 m, hydrofoil, toilet + shower, navigation. Built in 2011, excellent condition.

Sell for 9MB or barter for villa/apartment. pervadim@yandex.ru

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2 Language & TEFL Schools: The schools are very

successful due to the high de mand of people wishing to learn English as A sia deve l o ps and plays a larger par t in world affairs every day. These 2 schools are lic ensed wit h t he M inist r y of Edu c at i o n a n d t h e C h a - a m branch also holds a TEFL license. As part of a franchise group, you will always have on-going support for sales and training. The selling price is calculated at 5 times the net profit and with sales growth averaging over 20% year on year, your breakeven point is within 4 years. As all truly profitable business there is no negative cash f l o w. C a l l 0 81 8 4 6 919 3 . S e e insightenglish-huahin.com.

PHUKET ICON BUSINESS FOR SALE

COMPANY FOR SALE

PHUKET INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS COMPANY FOR SALE … ICES CO LTD ERSAL SERV IV N ORLD U W T E E H K T U PH N WITH IO T C E N N O HT C PANDS YOUR FREIG S PHUKET EX A G IN W O R G

PHUKET, THAILAND SELF STORAGE, POTRA COM, PRE-FAB 470,000 USD

WWW.SAFEWAYASIA.COM

 20 YEAR PROFITABLE OPERATION  50 MB PLUS TURNOVER 2012 CALANDAR YEAR

+66 81 892 4804, gordon_asia@hotmail.com

www.phukettransport.com CONTACT PETER: peterb@interglobalau.com PHONE: 0848433492

Patong Massage Shop For Sale: Cosy renovated shop. Shop

Patong Massage Shop For Sale: Cosy renovated shop. Shop is located inside a hotel on a busy street directly leading to Patong Beach. Business from hotel customers as well as from many tourists going to/from Patong Beach. Email: chumpo26@hotmail.com.

is located inside a hotel on a busy street directly leading to Patong Beach. Business from hotel customers as well as from many tourists going to/from Patong Beach. Email: chumpo26@hotmail.com.

Coffee shop/cafe/bar for sale: Fully equipped and licensed,can

G u e s t h o u s e Ca f e B a r Karon Beach: Easily managed Cement Production Plant:

Ready Mixed Concrete Company’s factory. 446.92 Horse power. Output of workers in the production of 22 people per day at an average yield of about 100 Q/Day (B1,800/Q) average revenue per day for about B180,000. Manufacture of ready-mixed concrete. Can continue immediately. Just buy a cement truck then start delivery. Ready water source to be used for production. Address: Moo. 4 T. Maikhao Thalang Dist. Phuket 83110. Land Size: 20 rai 2 Ngan and 56 talang wah. Price: B130 Million. Contact: Mr. Lee, mobile: 081 803 7189.

profitable business lease 5.2M. Fully refurbished, 6 year contract (fully pre-paid). Low rent. Busy Soi 2minutes from the beach. 5 beautiful en-suite rooms. Sports bar, fully fitted kitchen and restaurant area. Account available. Call 081 891 9461 / livingroom-phuket.com.

Guest House for Sale in Patong: Lovely guesthouse Just 100

metres from Patong beach. 12 rooms, 13 bathrooms, coffee machine, well listed on the main booking site, possibility to run coffee shop too. Cheap rent. 081 079 7398.

Restaurant/Guesthouse for sale: Located in Kamala.

Bar for sale on Soi Bangla:

Located mid-soi on Bangla, Patong Beach. Contact now for best units & special offers on pre-sales. 3 year contract. Price starting B1.7million. Call 08 5887 7414.

Guest house & Business: For Boutique Guesthouse & Bar: Boutique Guesthouse, Bar /

Unique Rawai Investment Opportunity: We run a busi-

ness in Chalong that has paid back 50% of its cash investment in the first year of operation. An opportunity for a similar business exists in Rawai. This is not a hotel, guest house, restaurant, dive shop, car rental or real estate. This business benefits Thai society as a whole and is environmentally neutral. We are looking for 1-3 equity investors to make a total 20 million Baht investment. E-mail: tayana55islandgirl@yahoo.com.

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with full furnished, TV, fridge, aircon, hot water, swimming pool, restaurant and spa. Located in Soi Nanai villa. Contact 086 300 9406.

Restaurant business for sale. Fully equipped rooms and bar, website and facebook page established. Well situated only three minutes walk from both Kamala beach and main road with all their amenities. B1,500,000. Contact: 084 442 7015.

URGENT Boutique Hotel for Lease: A small boutique Pa-

Registration Work Permit Visa Account & Audit Civil Criminal Litigation Property business Consultant Tax Planing Attorney Translation etc. 081 477 9154. partharn@hotmail.com.

swimming pool. Fully furnished and very well managed for more than 10 years. Beautiful hill location and calm area, over looking Patong bay. All rooms have kitchen separate,fridge,Air Con.,Cable T V,internet, hot water, safety box. Call Peter: 081 892 8526 info@phuket-besthomes.com.

Business for sale

For sale in Bang Tao Beach Road. Get 10 year contract, great location 50m from Best Western Hotel & Beach. Full furniture and equipment. Price B2.5 million. Call 087 893 8590, Email: somtom_landandhouse@yahoo.de

Restaurant/Pub:

Sport Club for Sale by Owner: Set on 4 rai land with

BAR ON BANGLA In the front of a new discotheque in the center on Bangla Road. We have 5 bars for rent. They are prepared and can be used immediately. Best return of investment is guaranteed.

Please contact Khun Ay 081-895-7597

Apartment Hotel For Sale In Patong: 18 deluxe apartments and Account & Legal Consultant: Legal Consultant Company

Chanote title in Patong,Central position, new building, started four years ago.20 rooms, reception&restaurant fully furnished, lift. B32M negotiable 086 279 8175(Eng/Italian)Stefano/084 840 1566(Thai)Ning.

full chanote title. Include tennis court, volleyball court, fishing lake, game room, restaurant and bar and separate guest bungalow for sale or long term lease. Call +66 81 569 6026, +61 498 248 656 (English & Thai) Email:patbittersweet@gmail. com. See www.phuketsport.com.

Patong N ew Hot el for Longterm Lease: 40 rooms

tong Beach hotel offer for long term lease. Location: Patong beach front ocean panoramic view. 18 rooms, aircon. internet, cable TV, telephone, safe, full furnished. Contact: 076 342 197-8, K.Thanin,K.Tum.

bar for sale in Soi Bel Air. Wally Bar, all stock, T.V. sound system, beer boxes and fridges included in sale, rent, only B10,000 monthly. Only B600,000 ono. 086 725 0771.

Hotel & Restaurant for sale:

40 metres to the beach. 10 rooms with full furnishings. Restaurant 54 seats. Price B8 million. For more information call 081 396 0033.

Sale Bar, Hotel + 1 Shop Rawai Beach: Land plot 700 sq

sale / rent long term. 400 sq m. (N.S.-3 K document) next to Swissotel Kamala. 500 m from Kamala beach. B32 million. Call 081 893 0540, 076 385 775 email: anong540@hotmail.com.

Bar for sale: Very Busy Mushroom

Hotel and Land for Sale: Lovely 22 room & 9 apartment Hotel with 1.5 Rai land on Soi Nanai 2, Patong for sale. Special price only 72 MB negotiable. Contact 087 886 5360 or nanairesidence@libero.it for full details.

metre+building+10 bed+10 bath+2 restaurants. Newly renovated. Private financing by owner. Down B2 million + 13 yearly payment of 1MB. Own forever title land. 100 metres to Rawai landing pier. 084 242 8914, rawai4@ yahoo.com.

be changed to bar,2nd floor 3 bed a/c ff acc.3rd floor covered open area,2 x Honda clicks 4 rent,cheap rent paid to 2014. THB 800.000. 083 633 1284.

Business only or business and property. Est 2003. Repeat business from big data base, non-tourist related soft furnising manufacturing and retail business. Genuine enquires only, no tyre kickers.

For further info email samos1941@gmail.com.

H O T E L / R E S TAU R A N T FOR LEASE: In Patong, High

Occupancy rate, perfect location, Easy to start business! High ranking on online travel agents, such as: booking.com, agoda.com, tripadvisor.com Legal, current and up to date contracts with overseas tour operators that have high sales volume and many loyal customers with repeat business.Current sales channels and property management software- you can run your business online from anywhere in the world. 30 rooms.Restaurant and terrace with 40 seats, huge roof terrace,kitchen fully equipped.7 years lease left, rent paid until 31.12.2013.Turnover 7,5 million baht /year, profit 2 million baht / year. Price: 7 million baht includes business, Thai company limited (CO.,LTD) with 3 work permits, and many legal things you don’t need to waste your time on if you started from scratch –Everything is included! Contact scandinavian owner directly (speaks English): e-mail shincorp1@yahoo.com.sg.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Tile I t: Thalang. Wana Park on Srisoonthor n Rd. Phuket ’s quality tile boutique. Tiles for interior, exterior, residential, commercial. Contact 076 620 168 or 081 424 2828. Email info@ tile-asia.com.

CARS FOR SALE

For Sale: Nissan Tida year 2010 in excellent condition, full options, low kilometers, first class insurance and registration till Jun 2014. First to see will buy. B399,000 O.N.O. Call 082 279 9370.

2012 TOYOTA VIGO PRERUNNER: 2012 Toyota Vigo Prerunner 3.0 turbo diesel Manual 15,000kms Black with leather interior excellent condition. 084 625 8225.

Free Italian Espresso Machine: Coffee capsules machines on loan, (no investment required), real Italian coffee: organic espresso, 100% Arabica, decaffeinated, at a very fair price, directly imported to Phuket from Bologna, Italy. 088 768 1260.

Farang Food Paradise:

Your specialist of imported food and drinks in Phuket. Visit our shop at the Billion Plaza, opposite Tesco Lotus. Contact: 076 612 733, 076 248 900 or visit: www.phuketfood.com.

HONDA CITY '03 1.5AT, 118XXXkm: Very reliable and user-friendly car, carefully used for last 3 years. Good condition with some wears. Clean interior, good car audio, fresh tires. Best choice for young family. Honda serviced only. Price B218,000. Call 083 102 0070.


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CARS FOR SALE Toyota Vigo B Cab 3,0 D 2011: White large Carry Boy fiber Honda CR-V top model year 2010 for sale, engine 2400cc, 4WD White colour, black leather interior, one owner used only 43280km, very excellent condition. Contact Cat: Tel 084 744 4304 for info.

Honda CR-V for Sale:

cargo box CBL 1970. Power windows, film, alarm GPS tracker, 17,100 KM. Load volume 7.3m3, load dimension 2.37m x 1.68m x 1.85m, max load 1.5 ton. New 700 000 THB. For sale at B500,000. Call 085 060 0033.

4x4 Black Vigo FULL OPTIONS: 4 Door - Automatic in very good condition with Mag Wheels and full Toyota service history - Late 2007 model. 620,000B. 081 979 6320.

Dive Compressor - Best Price: Bauer Dive Compressor

Honda CR-V 2002/Gold 64,000 Km: Used cars -Honda CR-V 2.0E (i-VTEC) with clean condition and no bad accidents. Top and full option with com plete book service and manual. Year:20 02,Engine Size: 20 0 0 cc.,Fuel: Petrol.081 818 9696.

Toyota D4D Commuter Minibus: 2009, White Toyota D4D Com-

muter Minibus for sale. Genuine 15,000 km. One owner (red plate), Always garaged underground, curtains / TV & Video (ceiling mount) 16 seat. Excellent condition. 087 999 6174.

Bought new: 7.2MB. Se = Back TV, Dvd 6, Auto shut doors, Fridge, phone, Alloy wheels 18”, Cruise control and much more. Selling for B1.9m. Call 089 812 4070.

2010 Mazda 2 Hatchback: New in 2010. I am an expat who is moving on and can’t take my Mazda with me. One owner, 32,000 accident free kilometers, auto trans, air bags, auto braking, etc. stephpkt@gmail.com.

One hand, private. Only 96,000 km. Looks like new. The car is totally revised for B100,000. Fast and agile. B220,000. Contact Yupin – English and Thai: 081 817 4805.

PERSONAL SERVICES Backgammon: Play-

ers Wanted. Tel: 081 577 8443, email: phuketcon nection@yahoo.com

CHILDREN’S CLUB Family sports and leisure club. Swimming/golf/ playcentre/ gaming arcade. Contact 076 203 185, 087 882 5544. See funstartphuket.com.

FunStart: Commuter Van For Sale:

Toyota Hilux VIGO, 4 door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, model 2007, mileage 87,000 km only, first owner, all service by Toyota, new tires, beige interior, Alpha Canopy/front Bull bar. Call 086 943 8989 Chalong.

210,000 and past on to finance! Mazda 2 sedan 1.6 Sport top model, year Nov. 2010. Touch screen navigation system, TV, Blutooth, DVD.Black leather interior for sale, Call : 081-788 4078.

MAZDA FOR SALE:

PET ADOPTION

Isuzu Dmax 2006, 105,000km, one owner, 4x2, silver automatic, double cab, good condition. Contact 087 079 0650 or 080 073 5371.

oline. Paddle shifter, sports drive. Brand new rims and tires. Travelled 93K. Recently fully ser viced from dealership. Needs new owner ASAP. 082 282 6947 Dan.

Toyota Hilux VIGO 4 x4 Auto:

OTHER

Isuzu Dmax:

LEXUS-4 door sedan 1.4million: Lexus 250, 2006, 2.5 V6 gas-

Nissan NV 1.6 Pick Up, 2006:

BMW 730 Li Se Long Wheelbase: Oct 2006 registered Feb 2007

PE250 Brand New - Both Electric & Petrol Motors 2 Filling Valves - Large P31 filter tower Best Price in Thailand Email: info@worldwidealoha.com Call: 089-044-0623 Also available - NEW 2 person Sea Kayaks Cheap Price Contact Us for details.

2012 Toyota Commuter Van – Low mileage 13,500 kilometers. Loaded, leather seats, back up camera, video system. Only B900,000. Contact via email: mar tin@phuketfish boat.com.

Mini Cooper S JCW GP for sale: Only 2000 made worldwide. Per fect condition, 20 0 6, manual, 17,500 km, 218 hp supercharged, high end hifi, Recaro seats, Book Service, Ultimate Mini. Collectors item. B1.6m, 089 866 3756 (Eng/Th) frankdreist@ hotmail.com.

Jacuzzi - B120,000: Imported

from USA 2012. 6-8 People. CD, USB STEREO built in. 220V 3 phase, two jet systems, long term storage, air filtration system. Easy to move & install with cover. 082 282 6947 Dan.

Looking for a VISA Service? Visa to China, India or Shenzen & no need to fly to Bangkok. Check all procedures by email to jryjariya@ gmail.com or contact 080 887 4431.

CHILDCARE

bership (man, wife and limitless kids) at Phuket Country Club. Seller leaving Phuket hence only B570,000 ono. Transfer fees and this years subscription included. Call 081 273 7326.

G o l f M e m b e r ship fo r Sale: Loch Palm 500,000 Baht.

Buyer pays for transfer. 083 388 5566. Email borst.jg@gmail.com

Blue Canyon Golf Membership: Blue Canyon Golf Lifetime

Lady & Yam-Lai are abandoned and in desperate need of a loving home. Mum 1.5 years & Puppy 4 Months old female. I have boarded them at Surin Beach Pet Hospital.

Wonderful with other dogs and great with children. Beaut i f u l l ov i n g w e l l m a n n e r e d girls. They can go together or separately. Call 081 271 3211, email: sonyaklapko@yahoo.com.

est international childcare facility. High-quality, time proven schedule and curriculum. Now in brand-new purpose-built school. Experienced native English teachers to teach ages 1 1/2-10. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Bus service available from Patong, Karon, Kata, Phuket, Rawai and Chalong. Tel:076 384 638, 080 624 7060(Eng)/087 278 5511(Thai) www.buds-phuket.com.

Phuket Country Club Membership: Lifetime full family mem-

Mum & Puppy Need a Home

But this is not a long term solution and the dogs can not just be put out on the street as they need an owner. They are both the most beautiful girls who want nothing more than you to love them.

Buds International School & Kindergarten: Phuket’s old-

CLUBS & MEMBERSHIPS

Hi there! My name is Lucy, would you like to be my friend and take care of me? I am only 1 year old and very sweet! If you want more information please call: Sherin 084 877 3566

Home Needed:

6FT Non-Coin and Coin-Operated Slate Pool Tables SPECIAL price at 49,700THB from Patanakarn Billiards PHUKET. All Accessories+Delivery incl. Call Now 081 171 2121, 076 521 211.

Best buy / Best Price!: Phuket Pool Tables offer you the best deals on 2 m o dels of our p o ol t ables, 4’x8’, slate bed, full accessories included, free installation and advise. Come, try, and play before you buy it. Call 081 823 4627.

SPORTING GOODS & EXERCISE Kite Surf Equipment for Sale: 2 new boards, never used.

2 Kites, used 2-3 times. New price was more then 200,000 Baht. Sell altogether for 100,000 Baht. For single items. Please call: 086 747 9292 (English) or 081 970 520.

PUBLIC NOTICES GENNEWA GOLD MEMBERS: Attention Gennewa Gold

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS FOR SALE

members. Please contact urgently. randyalltime@gmail.com

POOL TABLES

Carbon Mountain Bike

2011 model Merida 96 dual suspension for sale, this is a world cup winning XC mountain bike. Too may spares to list here, call or e mail for more information - greg@pri-mos.com, 0872654431

Online health food in Thailand. Good karma, all natural, healthy, and organic products. Please contact 082 276 1675, w w w.good karmathailand.com.

Health Food:

Pure Honda rotary mower, nearly new B20,000. Call English 082 516 8717, Thai 086 079 0890.

MOVING & STORAGE

membership for sale! Excellent saving! B89,500 Call 084 052 2277.

COOKING CLASS

SOVEREIGN Dining/Pool Tables : From Patanakarn Bil-

liards. 6FT start at only 64,500THB plus BIG discount or FREE Football table for Phuket Customers only!! Call NOW 081 171 2121 www.patana.co.th.

Custom Trek MTB HardTail: Trek 8 Series Alu Frame, 20.5 inch (180 cm+) pimped in white. Fuji/ XT/ Deore drive train. XT SIS disk Brakes, Custom Alex/ Veulta wheels, Sock Shox SID Team front shox. SuperFly bike. Call 081 737 0722.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

Phuket Cooking Academy:

Cooking and baking classes have never been more fun using our top-class professional facilities. With complimentary transport from around the island, head to the best Masterchef kitchen on the island. Learn the tricks of the trade from international award winning Chef, Lionel Raiffort. Learn how to cook, from Thai & European cuisines, to the art of baking. Get involved and make a day of it, groups are welcome. For more information, visit www.phuket-cookingacademy.com or call 081 821 4064.

We Sell Boxes & Moving Supplies: At MY STORAGE Self Storage you can buy quality moving and packing supplies like individual boxes, bubble wrap, packing tapes & knives plus secure padlocks. We also help you to move and store. Call 076 292 909.

Several rescued dogs, cute, cuddly and groomed ready to be loved. For more photos visit www.doggieheaven.net Or contact: Sherin.peace@gmail.com ***Vaccinated & sterilised

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Phuket Dragons gears up for the early December races.

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i once agai n my Ofishinado friends! October was never sure of itself as the weather began its annual change from west to east. You can tell we are moving into the tourist season when the commotion caused by the Harley Davidsons and the cheap “sporty” 125’s is now being overtaken by the ominous wail of the over worked “high season” ambulances. Danny Carrick, everybody is relieved to hear you’re on the mend and we hope to see you with a rod in hand soon. Remember: in Phuket, boats are safer than bikes. On the few days we could get out, the fishing was excellent with myself and a Norwegian friend pulling in 12 Dorado, 30 odd tuna, and a Rainbow Runner. When out on the briney I will often recommend to my companions that when looking for fish, instead of scanning the water they would be better advised to look to the sky, where we are regularly visited by the “Fisherman’s Friend”

DRAGON BOAT The Frigate Bird is known as the “Pirate Bird” because of its thieving habits. also known as the “Pirate Bird”, (because of its thieving habits) or more commonly the Frigate Bird. These masters of the sky have unbelievable eyesight and feed on the same bait fish as the pelagic species that fishermen hunt. So when you see a flock diving low on the water, that’s the place to be. The Frigate is a most unusual seabird as it cannot land at sea and would drown as its feathers contain little oil and would get waterlogged. These aerial acrobats skim the surface of the water using their long-hooked beaks or feet to catch their prey, even in rough conditions. Another curious thing

about our feathered friend is that it cannot take off from a f lat surface, so when it lands it has to be on a tree or cliff face as it needs the speed of “free-fall” to gain the momentum it requires to keep aloft, where they often stay for many days at a time, cruising on the wind. These aerodynamic “black pirates” are very easy to distinguish, having swept back wings spanning over a metre, which is the largest wingspan in relation to its body size of any bird on the planet. This, plus an obvious “V” shaped tail makes them extremely recognisable. With Christmas looming, I had a thought. “Where do

pirates buy their kids presents – Toys Aarrr Us?” Well done to the boys as Mena 1 is now back in the water after a complete refit and upgrade. I also hear Wahoo 4 will be shortly following in her wake after a similar overhaul. Congratulations also to the boys from the P.G.F.C. (Phuket Game Fishing Club) on opening their new café, bar and offices in Chalong. For anyone looking for a bit of fishing BS, a bacon butty, black pudding or even the Scottish favourite “Irn Bru” drop your hook at The Gaff, Chalong. As usual, tight lines to all. Jimmy fishinginphuket.com

SPRINT KING Phuket runner Ekkarat “Ricky” Panthip beat out 800 athletes and won overall in the Men Sprint category at the Malakoff Powerman Duathlon Race in Malaysia last week (October 27). Panthip, who won by almost a full three minutes, is the coach of the Born Free To Run running club, which encourages Phuket youths to choose a healthy lifestyle free from drugs. Young club members also took home four trophies in the event’s Srisoonthorn minimarathon. Photo: Phuket Community Foundation

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ROARING DOWN THE seas, with nothing but paddles in their hands and sweat on their brows, the Phuket Dragons are paddling fiercely to prepare for the annual Penang Dragon Boat Regatta in December. The competition, which takes place on December 7 - 8, will pit some of the world’s top teams from Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other regions. The Phuket Dragons will compete in five events, including the International Premier Open which puts 12 racers in two boats in two simultaneous 250 metre relays. The team will also race in the International Senior 40 Open and the Women’s competition, a testament to the attraction that the club has from members across

all ages and genders. Two of the Phuket Dragon “pink” teams are comprised of ladies who were recovering from breast cancer and took up the sport after recommendation by doctors. Training for the event three times a week at the Laem Ka beach in Rawai, the Phuket Dragons are currently the only team representing Thailand in the event. The sessions take place on Sundays afternoons, Wednesday afternoons, and Friday mornings. Dragon Boat racing goes back over 2,000 years when Chinese villagers would hold ceremonial races to honour ancient dragon water deities. Only recently has it been modernised and turned into a sport. For more infromation, visit www.phuketdragon boatclub.com.


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A SEASON THAT STARTED with so much optimism will end with a mid-table finish as Phuket FC head into their final game of the Yamaha Division 1 season against fifth-placed side Nakhon Ratchasima this Saturday (November 2) at 6pm. The Islanders have lost their last two matches, each by a solitary goal, and have slid down the league standings to occupy 11th place. T hou g h t hey fou g ht valiantly in the rain and

nearly came back in a 3-2 loss against Thai Premier League-bound PTT Rayong in an away match, Phuket FC were unable to finish several scoring opportunities at home last week against last-place Rayong United in a 1-0 loss. Islander fans were visibly upset at the team’s lacklustre performance and disappointing season finish, a far cry from last year’s final home match that resembled a party atmosphere. A win this week could propel the Islanders back up to a top ten finish, an improvement on the 2012 season where relegation was barely avoided.

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n his f irst race in 10 months, Phuket-based Australian race car driver Dylan Young made a soaring comeback to place 10th in the 2013 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship in New Delhi last weekend. The 24-year-old was force to retire from Race 1 after two cars crashed into the rear of his vehicle early on. Young then placed in the top ten in the second leg of the competition, moving on the inside of another driver on the final lap. The second race was held as the curtain riser to the Airtel Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which saw German racer Sebastian Vettel take home his fourth straight title. “I’m really proud to be representing Phuket,” Young said, “getting back in the car has made me hungrier than ever and I really can’t wait to get back on the limit as soon as possible!” Young finished with the

ninth fastest lap of the 19 car field, as he looks to follow up his strong finish with a good showing at the next leg of the competition on November 28 to 30 at the Bahrain F1 circuit, though it is uncertain whether he will be able to participate due to budget constraints. Phuket-based companies

Wahoo Phuket, Kata Rocks, and Indigo Pearl have provided much-needed sponsorship to the young driver, after being away from the track since last December. The win is a good sign that he has shaken off the rust as he looks to secure a budget that will allow him to continue to

Nov 8 start date for pre-Beach Games PREPARATIONS HAVE BEGUN FOR THE warm-up competitions for the 4th Annual Asian Beach Games, which begin November 8 and end on December 1 at Muang Chao Fah in Chalong. These competitions will serve as Phuket’s dress rehearsal for the annual Asian Beach Games 2014, which are scheduled to take place on the island next year, from November 14 to 23. In a press conference last week at Phuket Provincial Hall, it was announced that the sea turtle has been chosen as the mascot for the Asian Beach Games 2014, which will see 23 different sports played on and off the island’s beaches, including sailing, Muay Thai, wrestling, and beach handball. “Only one air sport [paragliding] will take @thephuketnews

Beach handball is just one of the many competitions at the 4th Asian Beach Games scheduled to take place in November 2014.. place during the pre-competitions for the 4th Asian Beach Games, to show the potential of air sports one year in advance,” said Gov Maitree Inthusut.

compete. “To be ahead of guys who are apart of the Marussia F1 team’s junior GP3 squad just shows that if I can finally get over these budget issues and get constant track time then we have what it takes to really attack at the front,” Young said.

WasSUP Phuket? SURF SPOT Tim Campbell info@skylaphuket.com

W E L C OM E BAC K ocean lovers. As you might have noticed, the season is changing. Phuket experienced a week of clean, solid fun waves then has now flattened itself off to a lake. With surf schools on the island milking the last of whatever waves they could finds before packing away the boards, the Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards have been dusted off and are now hitting the water in their place. I went for my first SUP of the season this week and it felt gooooood! With the f lat tranquil ocean, clear turquoise water and stillness in the air, it was a relaxing afternoon and a reminder that it’s going to be an epic high season. There is a buzz in the air and plenty of banter around the campfire at the moment as to what’s in store for this SUP season on Phuket.

With a positive response from last year’s SUP family race, event organisers are in motion for even more fun, spirited events. Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club on Bangtao beach has also set up the “outdoor gym”, which entails using the SUP for fitness as well as social interaction. There is a monthly fee, which allows you to use the boards everyday without the hassle of transport, storage or maintenance. Hotels and resorts are also feeling the buzz with a lot of the major beach resorts purchasing SUP boards because of guest demand. It’s really up to your imagination what you can use SUP for. A group of local kids took a board out with a fishing hand spear recently, and came back with some fish and a decent-sized squid. They were even kind enough to invite me to cook it up with them! If you know of any more creative uses for the SUP please let us know. Happy SUPing! Tim Campbell skylaphuket.com


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outhampton have made their best ever start to a top-flight season after climbing into third place in the Premier League as Rickie Lambert inspired a 2-0 win over Fulham last Saturday (October 26). Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been the surprise package of the early weeks of the season, and their impressive form shows no signs of slipping after a clinical display at St Mary’s. England forward Lambert opened the scoring in the 20th minute and his strike-partner Jay Rodriguez netted the second just before half-time to seal Southampton’s fifth win in nine league games. Their current form is an all-time high, surpassing even a strong start in 1983-84 when they eventually finished as runners-up to Liverpool. The Saints’ success has been built on a rock-solid defensive foundation and their sixth league clean-sheet of the season ensured there was no way back for Fulham, who were unable to build on Monday’s Southampton’s English striker Rickie Lambert (left) vies with Fulham’s Swiss defender 4-1 win at Crystal Palace. Philippe Senderos during the English Premier League football match between SouthIt is easy to forget that only ampton and Fulham at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk three years ago Southampton rout of West Bromwich Albion Anfield and lifted Brendan were plying their trade in the man Marouane Chamakh. Second-bottom Palace, on Saturday (October 26). Rodgers’ team above Chelsea third tier Uruguay forward Suarez into second place and within Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta who parted company with scored and was then sent off as manager Ian Holloway on struck twice early in the first two points of leaders Arsenal, Arsenal edged Crystal Palace Wednesday (October 23), half at Anfield and completed although the Blues would pass 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Satur- came close to snatching an his treble soon after half-time. the Reds on goal difference Daniel Sturridge stole a with a victory over Manchester day to establish a five-point equaliser, but Arsenal made lead at the Premier League sure of victory late on when little of Suarez’s thunder with City the following day. Olivier Giroud headed home the goal of the day, a superb With 36 goals in his last summit. The Spaniard put the visi- from Aaron Ramsey’s dinked chipped strike in the closing 46 matches and 57 in 101 Livstages after Albion’s James erpool appearances overall, it tors ahead with a 47th-minute cross. In other news, Luis Suarez Morrison had reduced the is easy to see why Liverpool penalty, but he was contentiously shown a red card with fired a hat-trick as Liverpool deficit from the penalty spot. refused to budge when ArseSuarez’s fourth hat-trick nal tried to sign Suarez in the 25 minutes remaining for a moved up to second place in last-man foul on former Arsenal the Premier League with a 4-1 for Liverpool was his first at close-season. AFP

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Since then, Pearson has been an ambassador for the game and even had a chance to entertain athletes in the last two Olympics (in Beijing and London) between their competitions. Performing two to three times a day for Olympic athletes, Pearson believes that it is only a matter of time before pool becomes an Olympics sport itself. “For many years, pool has had the stigma of smoke-filled rooms and shady bars,” he says, “those days are long gone. In the US, a survey two years ago revealed that at least 110 million people played the game at least once. That’s a big number. And it is very big in Asia.” Whereas audiences have to

The magical Dave Pearson. breathe silently while watching live golf, pool is a game that is honed in noisy halls and bars that allows players to develop their concentration – and Pearson is no different. “Noise is good because it gets the adrenaline pumping. You get the feeling that everybody is taking part,” he says, adding that he plays thousands of games a year. Guinness officials will be on hand to watch Pearson as he

goes back and forth between two tables at Tablespoon Cafe – each 1.5 metres apart – as he attempts the record. The order in which the balls are pocketed doesn’t matter, as long as the eight ball is always last. Pearson says he will know within the first two ‘tables’ whether he will break his own record and says, as always, the biggest challenge is how the white ball lands in the break. “The white ball is key. If it stops fast then I have options, but if it keeps moving then it’s ‘tick, tick, tick,’” he says. To see Dave Pearson attempt to break his world record, visit the Tablespoon Cafe in the courtyard of Central Festival from 7-10pm tonight (November 1).

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ecord-setting pool player, Dave “Ginger Wizard” Pearson, is no stranger to pressure and excitement – in fact, he relishes the challenge. When he attempts to break his own record of clearing 10 tables in under 8 minutes and 57 seconds today (November 1) at Tablespoon Cafe in the courtyard of Central Festival, the Irishman will have already won in his eyes. “To be honest, it doesn’t do anything for me to beat the record,” Pearson says, “for me the best part is to be in a new place, a new environment, to get people excited about it and bring some joy out of this game. It’s really a sight to see.” The “Ginger Wizard” currently has over 20 Guinness World Records in pool, which is an astonishing achievement, especially for someone who only picked up a cue at the relatively late age of 18. Honing his craft and trick shots in bars across Great Britain, it wasn’t until he was 21 that he set his first record.

CRICKET E N G L A N D CA P TA I N Alastair Cook has said “big runs” are the order of the day if they are to win a fourth successive Ashes during the upcoming series in Australia. England may have won 3-0 in the recent home series yet they did so with their highest total being the 377 they posted in the drawn finale at The Oval. They compensated by seizing control of matches at key moments, but conditions in Australia are unlikely to be so forgiving should England routinely fail to make 400 in

the first innings. During their 3-1 series win in Australia in 2010/11, England made 517 for one to draw the first Test in Brisbane and in the three matches they won, all by an innings, posted first-innings scores of 620 for five, 513 and 644. With many of the same

batsmen involved again - although the issue of who bats at number six could yet see the current incumbent Jonny Bairstow, not involved in 2010/11, ousted by Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance Cook is looking for similar results. “Clearly top-order runs

out in Australia are vitally important,” said Cook, who will miss this week’s tour match in Perth to rest a back problem. Cook enjoyed a stunning series in 2010/11 with 766 runs at an average in excess of 100, while number three Jonathan Trott weighed in with 544 runs. England have a trio of tall fast bowlers, all expected to prosper on Australian pitches, in Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and former Ireland seamer Boyd Rankin, while the underrated Tim Bresnan will look to stake a claim should he recover from a stress fracture of the back. AFP


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wooping dow n the cl if fs of Hong Island, just a few hours from the Phuket coastline, was Russia-native Artem Silchenko whose spectacular dive secured his first title at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series last Saturday (October 26). “It’s a beautiful dive, close to my best one and I felt it under water,” the 29-year-

old said after his spectacular 27-metre dive – a back armstand with two and a half twists, two and a half somersaults, and a blind entry. Silche n ko det h roned three-time champion Gary Hunt, who placed second in the competition - an impressive feat, considering he only started diving in 2006 and is just in his fifth season in the World Series. Thailand’s cliffs, which are almost three times the required height for the Olym-

pics (10 metres), were chosen as the platform for the Grand finale of this year’s competition for the first time ever. Silchenko finished with 1,030 points on the season – well above Hunt’s second place total of 980 points. Colombia’s Orlando Duque, a 10-time world champion, placed third with 860 overall points. “I’m starting to understand that I’m the best high diver for 2013 and that was always been my dream. Now I have it!” said Silchenko.

Miami Heat beat Bulls as Lakers own Clippers BASKETBALL THE MIAMI HEAT COLLECTED their 2012 championship rings on Tuesday (October 29), then showed Derrick Rose and Chicago just how hard it will be to knock them from the top of the NBA. LeBron James and the Heat used a dominant second quarter to seize control of their season-opening contest en route to a 107-95 triumph. They spoiled the return of Chicago star Derrick Rose, whose comeback after missing all of last season recovering from a torn knee ligament has the Bulls tipped as contenders to topple two-time defending champions Miami in the Eastern Conference. Rose’s appearance sparked widespread interest. Shortly before tipoff, President Barack Obama’s Twitter feed featured the message “Welcome back @DRose. #BullsNation.” Chicago is

Obama’s hometown. But the night belonged to the Heat. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player James finished with a relatively quiet 17 points. But seven Miami players scored in double figures and the Heat bench out-scored Chicago’s reserves 42-26. In Los Angeles, the Lakers were

without superstar Kobe Bryant but their unheralded reserves – including Belgium’s Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill – seized control in the fourth quarter to deal the Los Angeles Clippers a 116-103 defeat. Henry scored 22 points, Farmar chipped in 16, Meeks posted 13 and

Hill added 12 for the Lakers, who poured in 41 points in the final quarter. Spain’s Pau Gasol added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Doc Rivers, the former Celtics coach drafted to help the Clippers finally establish themselves among the league’s elite after so long in the shadow of the Lakers, saw his reserves out-scored 76-34 in his first game at the helm. The Lakers’ performance was a strong indication that the team’s lesser lights are prepared to carry the load until Bryant returns from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Indiana Pacers, who took Miami to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals last season, defeated the Orlando Magic 97-87. Paul George scored 24 points with six rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who used a fourth-quarter surge to subdue the Magic – who finished an NBA-worst 20-62 last season. AFP

Rivals hope to dethrone ‘Vettelheim’ FORMULA 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL sped off with the world title yet again but a technical shake-up and an evolving drivers’ landscape threaten to loosen his hold on Formula One next year. While Vettel has been unstoppable in the second half of this season, the introduction of new engines and fuel limits will prove a new challenge to his Red Bull team. Vettel and Red Bull have won both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the past four seasons, matching the feats of Ferrari and McLaren in past generations. Meanwhile, thousands of people began to party in Vettel’s hometown of Heppenheim after the German was crowned world champion following his victory in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix. Around 3,500 people had watched the race early on Sunday on a giant screen in the town nicknamed ‘Vettelheim’ and the champion encouraged them to celebrate as he took to the microphone of RTL after the race. Vettel is likely to enjoy a ticker tape parade at Heppenheim, which has a population of 26,000 and is 50 kilometres north of Frankfurt, at the end of the season. In 2011, the 26-yearold – winner of 36 Grand Prix since he first raced in 2007 – arrived in the town’s main ‘Europe Square’ in his everyday car, nicknamed “Kinky Kylie.” AFP thephuketnews


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