Mozart Interactive presents a sensual journey through the life
and times of a genius
The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation, under the patronage of His Royal
Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and along with the embassies of
Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the European Union and in association
with B Grimm & Co Ltd, staged the concert “Mozart Interactive” on January 30
at Bangkok’s Cultural Center.
The Bangkok Symphony
Conducted by Hikotaro Yazaki, the Bangkok Philharmonic
performed four symphonies and the requiem of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Prior to the concert, Austrian Ambassador Arno Riedel and his counterpart
for the European Union, Dr Friedrich Hamburger, praised not only the works
and contributions of Mozart, whose 250th birthday is currently being
celebrated around the world, but the latest project of Dr Titus Leber, whose
latest DVD production was on display at the event.
Ambassador Arno Riedel (left) and his counterpart for the European Union, Dr
Friedrich Hamburger (right).
Dr Leber, whose productions include “Vienna Interactive”, “The World of
Louis Pasteur” and “The Great Louvre” and who is an advisor to Bill Gates,
was earlier appointed by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation to be director of
their multimedia project. A CD-ROM, “What did the Buddha teach?” based on a
pamphlet of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother was produced showing the
murals in the temple of the Emerald Buddha.
With his latest creation, the DVD “Mozart Interactive”, Dr Leber presents
historic pictures from Mozart’s short life and his times, which received a
lot of attention at its premiere during the festivities to commemorate
Mozart’s birthday in Salzburg, Austria.
The DVD, a sensual journey into the 18th century, allows two and a half
hours of insight into the life and travels of Mozart and seven and a half
hours of listening to his marvelous musical creations. Details may be
obtained at www.mozartinteractive.com
Rotary Clubs hand over hydroponics station in Ban Tin Deng
Heads of the 5 families being
helped by this Rotary Club project greeted their benefactors at the new
On January 26, Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya charter
president and project chairman, Peter Thorand, Rotarian Erwin Rohner and
Rotarian Bob Denzel traveled to Phuket to officially hand over a hydroponics
project to the 5 selected families there. This was a joint project with the RC
of Auburn Alabama.
They were welcomed on their arrival in Phuket by the members of the Poseidon
CruisAiders, the organization Peter choose to help and supervise the project
construction and the training seminar. They were highly recommended for their
charity work in the area.
Ban Tin Deng is 120 km from Phuket Airport. The area has a few fisherman and the
20 or so families in this town make a living from fishing and fish farming. The
tsunami destroyed all fish farms and the government only gave a little money to
all, which was not enough to rebuild the businesses or sustain the families for
a long time. More help was needed to rebuilt this industry.
On arrival in town the Rotarians were greeted by the heads of the 5 families,
Monchai Chonkit, Habredeen Vaharat, Denphum Tatel, Yusop Vaharak and Chonkid.
The families then proudly displayed the donated hydroponics setup. The place
looked great, and visiting Rotarians could see that the families are truly
interested in this business and are trying to make a go of it. However, the
seedlings they planted were all eaten by ants. CP Peter then told them that they
need to spray a pesticide first on the ground and let this dry, this way, he
said, this problem is solved.
CP Peter gave them a speech, which was translated into the southern dialect to
the family members present. Amongst the info he gave them was that Rotary will
monitor them through the CruisAiders and make sure that everything will be done
correctly. He also told them that in 3 months he will drop by again for a look
and to see the progress made.
They in return promised from deep in their hearts that they will not disappoint
us and that they have to make a living from this, since this is all they have
Before departing, Rotarian Bob handed them some more seeds, all in all around
4000 lettuce seeds and 400 tomato and cucumber seeds; this was to make up for
the loss occurred through the ants.
Auspicious start to Year of the Dog as German Shepherd has huge, healthy litter
In the early hours of Sunday the 29th of January ‘Sugar’ gave birth to the
first of what was to be a litter of 8.
Owner and trainer of Sugar, Tom Coghlan told us that he couldn’t believe it, he
had just returned from the Chinese New Year celebrations in Pattaya to his home
in Huay Yin to see the first of the pups appear.
gave birth to 8 puppies on Chinese New Year.
This was Sugar’s first litter and Tom was delighted when another 7 pups
followed. Of the 8 puppies only one was female, who is of a slightly lighter
shade than her brothers who are all jet black.
Tom runs a centre that trains dogs for a variety of purposes. Some of the dogs
are used by the police, security agencies and one of them even assisted Tom in a
search and rescue mission following the Asian tsunami.
The birth of these puppies holds special significance as it coincides with the
Chinese Lunar New Year, with this year being the year of the dog and for
Chinese, the number eight is meant to be especially lucky.
Sugar and her new pups are all in good health and the father, Rambo, who
originally comes from the Czech Republic but who is also at the centre, is
keeping a watchful eye over his family.
Over the next few months Sugar’s main job will be to tend to her offspring and
then she will go back to her normal duties. As for the puppies – when they are
old enough some of them may even follow in their parents’ footsteps, or is it
paw prints, as they will be trained to protect the differing communities here in
On Saturday the 11th of February Pattaya Mail on TV will show Sugar, Rambo and
the puppies at the centre in Huay Yin.
This large litter has left Tom with one, or rather eight, problems – what to
call the puppies. So Tom is inviting suggestions of Chinese names for the 7 dogs
and one bitch. If you would like to put forward some ideas please send them onto
Pattayamail-tv.com and please put the translation of the names as well.
Tropical Bert’s makes a move
Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar, a haven for golfers and connoisseurs of cool
amber ale, officially re-opened its doors last Tuesday. Once set in the wilds of
Soi Regent Marina (aka Soi 0) the move, necessary due to the construction of the
new hotel, gave Bert and his crew a chance to open the new and improved bar and
restaurant on Second Road in the new plaza next to Soi 6/1.
and Poo, and their Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar, are happily ensconced in the new
premises on Soi 6/1.
As 5.30 p.m. rolled on, the traditional ‘shafted swine’ arrived for the already
growing number of patrons. The numbers were boosted by the near record 51
golfers returning from a day out a Khao Kheow.
Derek Brook, Bert’s ‘golf meister’, presented a multitude of prizes to flight
winners and technical winners. He was ably assisted by Mike Gerrard, aka Tina
Turnoff… as bright red lipstick was planted firmly on the cheeks and heads of
the winners - much to the amusement of the many guests and golfers attending the
rowdy party. Mike then gave his usual outstanding performance with tunes from
Willy Nelson and Elvis.
Bert and his team not only have new premises but he and his wife Poo have taken
on partners in the form of Reg and Dot. “We were quite fortunate to move here,”
The new location also has 5 very large rooms for rent short or long term. Each
room features UBC, TV and DVD players. “The rooms are quite nice and we’ll also
have monthly rates available,” Bert said.
A long list of regulars were on hand to wish Bert, Poo, Reg and Dot the very
best in the new venture and did so till late in the evening.