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2011

The Anglo-Thai Society Christmas lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Nipa Restaurant, December 14, 2011

The tradition of having a Christmas gathering for the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) has grown over the last two years from very small beginnings to the extremely popular event that took place on 14 December 2011.

The event was held at the Nipa Restaurant in the Lancaster Hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park.   Marvelling at the mildness of the autumn which had left leaves still on trees in the park, ATS members tucked into a sumptuous Thai banquet organised by the good graces of Tui Thapthimthong.  This year, ATS extended an invitation to the wives and partners of Thai Embassy officials who belong to the Krachubmitre (‘Friendship’) Society.  The result was that Chairman David Fall was able to welcome a party of thirty-six people on three long tables.  It was a most convivial lunch and the staff of the Nipa restaurant excelled themselves.  It was a perfect start to the Christmas festivities and is likely to become a favourite occasion in the Anglo-Thai event calendar.

 

 

ATS 2011 Winter Reception at the Oriental Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday November 15, 2011

The Anglo-Thai Society held its annual winter reception  in the splendid surroundings of the Oriental Club in London`s West End.  Members of the Society gathered to mark the beginning of the celebrations for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday on 5 December 2011 and the start of his seventh cycle, considered in Thai tradition to be a most auspicious event.  As part of the celebrations for the King`s birthday, there was a display of paintings by freelance artist, Arjan Theerapan.  These were just some examples of his 84-strong collection of work depicting the King`s activities during his long life.

The Thai Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Kitti Wasinondh, attended the reception with his wife Khun Nutchanart.  The Ambassador spoke of the deep affection which the people of Thailand had for their King. He gave news of the damage wrought to the Thai people and the economy by the worst flooding for 50 years.  On behalf of the Society, David Fall expressed sympathy to the Thai people for the hardships that had been caused by the flooding and ATS Secretary Trevor Knox presented the Ambassador with a cheque for £1,000 as a donation towards the victims of the floods. The Embassy will kindly forward the money to the Thai Red Cross.

Charlotte Pinder, Treasurer and Membership Secretary, announced plans for the celebrations of the Anglo-Thai Society`s 50th anniversary which include a Gala Dinner, to be held at the House of Lords on 11 June 2012.  Members of the Society will be able to buy tickets at a specially discounted rate.  Other celebrations are also being planned – news of these will come later.

The presentation of Educational Excellence Awards did not take place at the reception this year, but they will be given at a special event in 2012  as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

   

'The demise of the water buffalo; perspectives of change in Thailand and Indo-China since the 1970s'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An illustrated talk by ATS Chairman David Fall on October 10, 2011

On 10 October, at the Royal Over-seas League in London, ATS Chairman David Fall gave an illustrated talk on “The demise of the water buffalo ; perspectives of change in Thailand and Indo-China since the 1970s”.

The speaker looked at developments in the region through three time windows in the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. The 1970s had been dominated by the world-wide Cold War and a hot war in Indo-China. The 1980s and 1990s had been the period of the Asian Tigers. The 2000s had seen the emergence of Vietnam as a regional economic power, Thailand’s recovery from the Asian financial crash and unprecedented political divisions.

He drew attention to the rise of living standards, the resilience of the people, changing social patterns, the use of the English language as a lingua franca for the region, the strengthening of people to people links through mass tourism, changes in the region’s relationships with the rest of the world and his optimism for the future, despite continuing uncertainty.

 

   

ATS members attend Opera Siam's 'Mae Naak'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 17, 2011

Members of the Anglo-Thai Society attended the gala performance of Opera Siam's "Mae Naak" at the Bloomsbury Theatre in Londonon 17th September, 2011. This opera was written by the science fiction writer and composer Somtow Sucharitkul, a Thai national. It is based on the famous Thai ghost story "Mae Naak", which has been frightening children for over a century.  The opera fuses European operatic style with Thai folkloric music.

Before the start of the performance, S P Somtow came before the audience and explained some of the challenges the opera company had faced in bringing the production all the way from Bangkok. The set, for example, didn't arrive complete from Thailand, and so it had to be adapted at the last minute. The performance itself was conducted by the exciting young conductor, 25-year old Trisdee na Pattalung, who demonstrated perfect control of the orchestra. The soloists, including Nancy Yuen as Naak and Kyu Won Han as her husband Maak, produced some striking performances.

The gala night on 17 september was attended by His Excellency Mr Kitti Wasinondh, Ambassador of Thailand, and the performance was a sell-out. The audience was treated to a wonderful performance, which left many people looking forward to the next time Opera Siam might visit the UK.

   

ATS visit to Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon

July 19 2011

A visit to the Buddhapadipa Temple  in Wimbledon with the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) on 19th July introduced members to an oasis of calm and tranquillity in an increasingly frenetic world. First sight of the Temple is a delight, its distinctly Thai shape unmistakable at the top of a staircase adorned with white balustrades.  It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, tended by volunteers,  with a path that wanders around a small lake providing a more peaceful a walk than you will find anywhere in London.

Following a donation to the temple by the Anglo-Thai Society,  members took part in a blessing ceremony led by Phra Rachabhavanavimol, the chief of the Dhammaduta monks and the abbot.  A delicious picnic, cooked by the Temple`s permanent cook, was eaten in the peace of the grounds and in the warmth of the sun.  Lunch, and an enthusiastic photo session, was followed by a talk about Buddhism and a tour of the Buddhapadipa Temple.  Also known as Uposotha Hall, the Temple was designed by Praves Limparangsi during the time when he was the first architect of the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Education of Thailand. The inauguration ceremony, held on 30 October 1979 (B.E.2525), was performed by HRH Princess Kallayanivaddana, the elder sister of the King of Thailand. The Temple is a place of community, offering teaching of the ways of Buddha and meditation classes.

While the Anglo-Thai group listened attentively, Phramaha Sangthong Dhammacaro, Dhammaduta Monk, Meditation Master and Dhamma speaker in English, described Buddhism and its history, explaining that it is a way of life rather than a religion and relating its principal beliefs. Buddha – the Englightened  one – was born Prince Siddattha in India, the only son of King Suddhodana.  Well brought up and educated, with a deep sense of responsibility, the prince sought the meaning of life in long years walking around India and studying religions.  Finding his beliefs within himself the prince attained Enlightenment when he was 35 years old after which he was known as Buddha – the Englightened one who teaches.

Images of Buddha, revered in the sense of giving respect to a teacher,  are displayed in the Temple`s Shrine Room. The main statue is caste in black bronze and was presented to the Temple by the King of Thailand in 1966 (B.E.2509). Other images, one caste in gold and another made as a replica of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Keow in Bangkok, have also been presented.  The candles and lights surrounding the images represent light that guides us and chases away evil with lotus flowers to represent the community.

   

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