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River Books launch new book: 'On Track - Henry Gittins - Railway Pioneer in Siam & Canada' by Paul Gittins.

25% discount now on offer to ATS members





























For a discounted copy of this fascinating book, members should telephone Chris Shelley from River Books on 020 7229 6765 between 11am - 5pm Monday-Friday
to order a copy at the reduced price of £7.50 incl postage.

















About the Book:  Henry Gittins, born in 1858, went to Canada as a young adventurer where he started his career as a railway engineer. In 1885, he joined a survey team in Siam aiming to develop a national railway system. He spent thirty-three years there, progressing to the highest position in the Siamese  Railway Department. Amongst his many achievements was the discovery of Hua Hin and his heroic construction of the Southern Railway line, which opened up the southern peninsula to travel and development.

During his time in Siam, Henry Gittins kept a series of diaries which not only give a first hand account of the difficult and dangerous conditions surrounding the construction of railways at that time but also a fascinating picture of the emergence of Siam (now Thailand) into the modern world.

'On Track' is an affectionate tribute from the author to the grandfather that he never met but whom he got to know and appreciate through the diaries that had been left him.

ATS is also delighted to announce that the author has kindly agreed to do a talk on the book for members, more details of which will be announced soon.

 

ATS welcomes new Ambassadors to Britain and Thailand

H.E. Mr Mark Kent took up his post as British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand in August 2012, in succession to Mr. Asif Ahmed. This is Mr. Kent’s first posting to Thailand, but he spent the year prior to his appointment learning the Thai language and is no stranger to SE Asia, having served as British Ambassador to Vietnam from 2007 to 2010. He is accompanied by his wife Martine.

H.E. Mr Pasan Teparak took up his appointment as Thai Ambassador to the Court of St. James in October 2012, in succession to Mr. Kitti Wasinondh.  Khun Pasan  joined the Thai Foreign Service in 1984. He was Consul-General in Dubai from 2006 to 2011 and after a short tour as Minister at the Thai Embassy in Canberra and then Ambassador attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, was appointed to his present post. H.E. Khun Pasan  is accompanied by his wife, Khun Paradee. For more details please go to www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk or  to “Links” on this website.


The Anglo-Thai Society sends its congratulations to both new Ambassadors on their respective appointments and wishes them and their spouses every success.

 

   

Thailand's Paralympians are welcomed to London



ATS Vice Chairman, Dr. Orapin Dawson, represented the Society in welcoming the Thai Paralympians to London recently.  The Thai Embassy hosted a welcome party at the Busara Eat Thai at Westfield , Stratford for the athletes. The ATS congratulates all the athletes on their achievements.

   

Welcome to the Thai Olympic Team!

Thai Olympic team arrives in London

On Wednesday, July 25th, Orapin Dawson, ATS Vice Chair, represented the ATS at a welcome dinner for the Thai Olympic Team who had recently arrived in London.  Also in attendance were H.E. Kitti Wasinondh, the Thai Ambassador and his wife, Khun Nutchnart Wasinodh.  Good luck to all the competitors!

   

H.M. The King of Thailand's water turbine invention is presented to the Bhuddapadipa Temple, Wimbledon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th June, 2012

In 2010, representatives of the Thai community in the UK, including ATS Vice-Chair Dr. Orapin Dawson, visited Thailand under a project lead by H.E. Kitti Wasinondh, the Thai Ambassador.  While they were visiting some of the King's initiative projects, a group member asked the King's Principle Private Secretary if the King would kindly allow his  Water Turbine invention to be granted to the Temple at Wimbledon to help aerate the lake.   On June 24th 2012 the King's famous invention, the "Water Turbine" or " Gunghun -Nam" has finally been granted to the Thai Temple for the Thai community in London. Dr. Sumet Tantivegkul, Honorary Secretary of the Chaipatana Foundation of which King Bhumibol is the President, as well as a team of engineers, brought the machine for installation in the Lake at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.

A ceremony and presentation took place, presided over by H.E. Kitti and Team Thailand from the Thai Embassy as well as members of the Thai Community in the UK.   Dr Orapin Dawson, ATS Vice Chair, was present on behalf of the Anglo-Thai Society.  This is the 3rd machine that has been requested for use outside of Thailand, the first one being in Brussels and the second at Kotamala in India.  On Sunday 25th November, there will be a Loy Kratong Festival at the Temple where people can float candles and see this special invention.

 

   

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