‘Robert Avery and All’ take the 11th PSC Charity Classic
‘Robert Avery and All’: the 11th PSC Charity
Classic champion team.
‘The Irish Rebels’ gave the winners a good run
for their money and finished as tournament runners-up.
by Chris John
On a hot and humid day, nearly 150 golfers contested the 11th Charity
Classic on Friday March 16 at Eastern Star. The course is looking a little
dry at the moment and whilst the short hitters will appreciate the extra run
on offer, this is definitely not the course to stray from the fairway with
numerous water hazards to impede your progress. Nonetheless there were some
pretty impressive individual scores turned in for this challenging test of
The Men’s and Ladies individual champions: Robert Avery (right) and Netsri
Sompong with PSC Golf Chairman Tony Oakes (center).
Registration was conducted in the usual efficient manner by Bernie Tuppin
and his team and the golfers all got off on time and for a field of this
size, the round was surprisingly quick.
Back in the clubhouse and heading the pack was the team of Robert Avery,
Basi Singh, Neill Allison and Marc Broduer, collectively known as ‘Robert
Avery and All’ and producing 114 stableford points from the aggregate of the
best three scores. Runners up with 113 points were ‘The Irish Rebels’ of
Peter Ring, Peter Henshaw, Arthur Hancock and Seamus Cotter just edging out
on count back ‘The Specialists’, namely John McDonald, John Hughes, Paul
Smith and P.J. Redmond.
The last of the prize winning teams in fourth place with 110 points was ‘The
Thai Connection’ with S Daengham, Cecil Williams, Mam Trayling and husband
Ed, otherwise known around the medical fraternity as the man in the iron
lung. At 78 there is life in the old dog yet - next thing you know those
tablets he took in the war will start to wear off!
Robert Avery, not content with captaining the winning team, secured the
men’s individual prize with the best score of the day of 43 points, whilst
Netsri Sompong took the honours for the ladies with 40 points.
After a quick shower the golfers adjourned to the patio at Eastern Star for
the al fresco buffet which needless to say was up to the courses usual high
standard. Tony Oakes the golf chairman thanked all his helpers and in
particular the course management team including Khun Jiripol who ensured
that everything went smoothly throughout the day.
Quashing rumors that next year’s competition would be at Treasure Hill, Tony
announced that The PSC would in fact be returning to Eastern Star for 2008
and even sooner, as the course will also be the venue for the two-day club
championship next month.
Sponsorship this year was tremendous and the event is confidently expected
to raise in excess of 500,000 baht which will be shared out between the Baan
Jing Jai Orphanage, the Mercy Ministries, Agape Home for Children and the
Satahip Community Hospital. A big thank must go you to all our sponsors for
making this event a great success and bringing some comfort to the poor and
needy in Pattaya.
The 11th PSC Charity Classic
Team Champions: Robert Avery and All; Robert
Avery, Basi P Singh, Neil Allison, Marc Broduer
Runners-up: Irish Rebels; Peter Ring, Peter Henshaw, Arthur
Hancock, Seamus Cotter
3rd: Specialists; John Mc Donald, John Hughes, Paul Smith,
4th: Thai Connection; S. Daenghgham, Ed Trayling, Mam
Trayling, Cecil Williams
Men’s Stableford Champion: Robert Avery (22) 43pts
Ladies Stableford Champion: Netsri Sompong (36) 40pts
#1 Richard Baronowski, #2 Cameron Clotworthy, #3 Phanom Jitchana, #4
Neil Munroe, #5 P. J. Redmond, #6 Peter Ring, #7 Chant Schwulera, #8
Bengt Borg, #9 David Arrowsmith, Scott Robinson & Nattaporn
Thongpen, #10 Bob Rasmussen, Eddie Blackwell & Les Burns, #11 Mam
Morel, #12 Chant Schwulera, #13 Ebrahim, #14 Stefan Jensen, #15 Neil
Allison, #16 Bob Philp, #17 Hans Collett & Mam Trayling, #18 Roger
Setting the pitch for
20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes
The 20th Chiang Mai Cricket
Sixes will provide 7 days of exciting competition, social camaraderie and a
whole lot of fun.
by Peter Cummins, special correspondent, Pattaya
In spite of the dire environmental conditions prevailing in the north and
northeast of the kingdom, the 20th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
competition will, no doubt, be on schedule, from March 31 to April 7.
Tournament organizers expect that the pall of smoke covering the northern
city will lift by then, and the record number of 33 teams coming from the
world’s nations of cricket-lovers, will have their usual week of exciting
competition, social intercourse, camaraderie and the odd beer or six between
the fast-moving games.
Played, as always, at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club cricket ground, there will
be teams from 13 cricketing nations, including some “wannabe” cricketers:
Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Japan, Malaysia, New
Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and
With 14 matches scheduled for the first few days from 8.30 until “stumps” -
usually in the failing light around 17.30, - it is going to be a real feast
for cricket lovers. Not only will the action be relayed in both audio and
video formats - this latter re-played at the cricketers’ bars in Chiang Mai
- but also the aficionados will be able to catch up on the great event being
played out in the Carribbean, “My Cricket World Cup”. And, throughout it
all, will be the dulcet tones of perennial commentator, Ric (Viking) Davis
who has only missed two years since the tournament was established in 1988.
Of course, Kim Fletcher, landlord of Pattaya’s Jameson’s Irish Pub, will be
high profile around the competition, urging on his charges - or, could that
read- “charging on his urges?”
Defending cup champions from former years will also be back to contest the
five major divisions, the Cup, the Shield, the Bowl, the Plate and the
As usual, there will also be an “old crocks” challenge but, unfortunately,
one of the ‘master old crocks’, Bangkok Post’s Old Crutch, will be absent
this year and it was suggested that Peter Cummins, definitely the oldest
“old Crock”, pad up for the game. But, as he has said every year, “I will be
too busy hiding behind my camera to do anything strenuous like that.”
The ever-popular Women’s Challenge will again pit the Chiang Mai Chassies
against the World Women Dixie Belles - two formidable teams who are careful
to have lots of liquid refreshments.
Prior to their game: “One must avoid dehydration” one of the ladies pointed
out last year, as she downed prodigious quantities of beverage.
Another highlight will be the Eighth Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Thai juniors,
comprising a number of schools affiliated with the Chiangmai Schools Cricket
Alliance. A number of these budding Thai cricketers, supported by the
International Sixes teams, have developed into international stars.
Besides the regular supporters of this week-long cricket fest, ESC (European
Security Concepts) and the re-opened “Chiang Mai Mail” newspaper will be the
The driving force behind the International Cricket Sixes has been the
Bromleys - Maurice and Renita - who have worked hard and diligently to
ensure the success of the event. Maurice, as tournament director through all
these years, has vowed that this will be his “Swan-song” but, somehow, after
knowing him through our long association, I doubt it!
Actually, prior to last year’s devastating floods which inundated Chiang Mai
and virtually washed away the surface of the grounds of the now 109-year-old
Gymkhana Club, cricket there was facing a dismal future and, during the 19th
tournament, the cricket area, at times, looked like the Gobi Desert. .
But, since then, major improvements have included a set of turf wickets, new
drainage and an up-to-date highly visible electronic scoreboard,
guaranteeing the beautiful ground many more years of great cricket.
Ironically enough, now that the ground is in great shape, we have to worry
about the air above. Let’s hope that the burning off, causing much
contaminated air, will be a thing of the past come the first of April.
Entry to the event is free and there are many shady areas for spectators, a
well-stocked bar (of course!) and snack areas.
Programmes will be available on arrival and, in the meantime, if any further
information is required, go to the Sixes web-site: www.chiangmaisixes.com.
To finish with an immortal cricket phrase: “HOWZAT!”
‘Super Sunday’ starts at Plutaluang
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
In the UK, Sunday is the gentlemen’s traditional golf day, and that
tradition is now being continued by the Pattaya Golf Society as it has added
Sunday golf to its already vibrant weekly schedule. For this month the venue
is the Royal Thai Navy course at Plutaluang and on March 11, a packed field
took to the North and West nines for the inaugural event.
The format was Stableford and the day could not have been more perfect. As a
bonus the large field was retained as one flight and competition would be
fierce for the large purse that was available.
Keith Barr realised this as he further consolidated his game with a
consistent 37 points for third place whilst John Mason again showed his true
colours in posting a splendid 38 points for second place.
The winner on the day is an amazing gentleman. New PGS member Petri Takkunen
is a personable Finnish golfer who bravely takes on the challenge of the
game bearing the handicap of only one arm, but his fortitude and skill is
there for all to see. After nine holes, and scratching the very first, he
had already garnered 21 points on his card and by the end of a spectacular
round he had scored 39 points off his handicap of ten to take the honours in
style. His round really showed what commitment and practice is all about and
his dedication is a beacon for us all.
The 2’s pot was shared by Keith Barr, Richard Dobson, Vic Barton and Mike
Ensor, the latter’s second successive birdie ‘2’ coming in the week before
his return to the UK...and more Sunday golf, no doubt.
As the weekly event is likely to be highly popular, signing up early with
Mr. Denis is well advised. After the PGS’ Sunday golf all that was missing
was the roast beef and “Yorkshires”, the traditional British Sunday lunch,
but all the other traditional ingredients were there in abundance.
King Arthur holds court at Eastern Star
After “Super Sunday” it was back to normal for the Pattaya Golf
Society on Tuesday, March 13, as they took on the challenge of a Stableford
competition at Eastern Star.
The course is now showing signs of fatigue with yellowing fairways,
desperate for water, giving hard lies and huge amounts of run. The greens
are also now slower than for many a week and altogether the course is a
However, the large group set about their task stoically and the two flights,
cut at seventeen and under, undertook their task with the usual good humour
In the second flight, Jorma Liila took his first step onto the PGS podium
with a grafted 34 points, tying the “smiling Samurai” Masashi Iizumi for
runner-up place. The flight winner was Margaret Wilkinson who took her
second successive victory with 37 points.
In a tightly contested top flight Mikael Andersson fired the day’s best
gross of 79 to score 34 points, tying for the minor honours with Mike Ensor
who was playing his penultimate round with the PGS and his golf is currently
the best he has shown this stay.
Only one point ahead was Arthur Hancock, a local member at Eastern Star and
he used all his guile to craft a winning score of 35 points to steal the
show. Arthur has been described as the Pattaya’s best golfer with only half
a swing and when he finds the other half he could be deadly! It was
certainly good enough to give him his first individual win with the group,
after many months of trying.
There were four winners sharing the 2’s, namely Kazuki Takimoto, Erik
Anttonen, David Thomas and Mikael Andersson whilst the Booby Bevy went to
old friends Nobby Grace and Ted Love for their low scores in this, their
final event before returning to England. But they will be back, as will many
more, to enjoy golf with the IPGC in the Kingdom.
‘Likely Lads’ get it together
On Thursday, the Pattaya Golf Society gathered at Plutaluang to
play a four-person scramble over the South and East nines.
There were eight teams of varying abilities but the experimental
handicapping formula used on this occasion was to favour teams with higher
handicaps. However, a look at the gross returns showed that the winners,
regardless of the system used, played excellent golf.
In third place was the unfancied outfit of Denis Smith, Freddy Braun,
Masashi Iizumi and Kazuo Agune, whose score of net 47 marked a fine return
for some excellent greens play. Heading them in second was the team of Keith
Barr, Ian Hart and Reg Carlisle, ably led by John Wassall, and their net
46.5 was a reflection of a consistent two nines. Their “Dream Team” tag
would have been most appropriate were it not for the staggering golf played
by the team of Tony Kitchen, Carl Lovatt, Ray Underwood and Len Jones. This
team of high handicappers posted a gross 68. Everything went for them on the
day and they clipped ten shots off their previous best scramble score to
record net 43 for a fine and deserved win.
There were nine birdie 2’s on the day, three going to the accuracy of the
third placed team, and the well known “Birdie Boys” had the honour of
shooting the day’s best gross score of 64.
Mike Ensor had very generously donated “near pin” prizes for the East course
par-threes and these were won by Harry Riley and Kazu Agune. The monthly
search for the most equitable handicap system in a scramble continues at the
OK Corral and it seems that it is still an elusive concept in golf.
Larry Nichlas makes it his day
PSC golf from the Bowling Green
Tuesday, March 13, Khao Kheow, Stableford
1st Larry Nichlas (17) 38pts
2nd Dave McFeeley (18) 36pts
3rd Frank Kelly (17) 34pts
1st William Chang (34) 36pts
2nd Patrick Browne (26) 33pts
3rd Greg Mason (23) 32pts
Near Pins: Larry Nichlas, Joe O’Driscoll, John Merritt, Derek Eastham
2’s: Larry Nichlas, Derek Eastham (2)
Larry Nichlas was in the money with an “A” flight win, a near pin and a
share of the 2’s pot and William Chang made “B” his own for the second week
in a row. Play took place on the A& B courses off the yellow tees.
Thursday, March 15, The Emerald, Medal
1st David McFeeley (18) net 68
2nd Bob Short (21) net 71
3rd Tom Herrington (15) net 73
1st Peter Ingham (27) net 69
2nd Petter Anderson (23) net 70 c/b
3rd Terry Hopkins (23) net 70
Near Pins: Peter Ingham, Takeshi Hakozaki, Tony Perry, Gary Clarke
2’s: David Gray
David McFeeley went one better than his second place on Tuesday with a win
in the “A” flight; his net 68 giving him a 3-shot margin over second placed
Bob Short. Peter Ingham took the “B” flight with a narrow 1-shot victory
over Petter Anderson and Terry Hopkins, who had to be separated by count
back for second and third. Davis Gray meanwhile had the 2’s all to himself.
Saturday, March 17, Eastern Star, Stableford
1st David Thomas (7) 37pts
2nd Gordon Kerr (11) 34pts
3rd Ian Dale (6) 34pts
1st Jack Robertson (25) 37pts
2nd Alan Evans (26) 37pts
3rd Petter Anderson (23) 36pts
Near Pins: Bernie Segrave, David Thomas, Brian Gabe and Fergus
2’s: Fergus Brennan
David Thomas rose to the top on the day with Gordon Kerr just missing out in
the “A” Flight. Jack Robertson went one better than last week to win the “B”
flight and Petter Anderson took another top three placing for the second
time this week. Fergus had a share of the near pins and made the 2’s pot all
If any one is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play every
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at Bowling Green at 7:45am for
breakfast and transportation, and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 or the Bowling Green 038-720742 or send
an email to [email protected]
The ‘Dynamic Duo’ prevail again
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, March 12, Mountain Shadow,
1st Trevor Schirmer & B.J. Smith, 45pts - c/b
2nd Andy Mills & Tony Duthie, 45pts
3rd Brian Kelly & Yasuo Suzuki, 43pts
A difficult day at the ‘Mountain’ off the blue tees, with pins that had
found even more difficult positions than usual and a wind that blew with
One again it was the dynamic duo of Trevor Schirmer and B. J. Smith out in
front, the difference being this time round that it was B.J. taking the lead
off the tee with Trevor doing a lot better with the putter. Without the
difficulty factor this would surely have led to a record win, but in the
event they only just managed to prevail over the last 3 holes on count back
from Andy Mills and Tony Duthie, who just slipped up on the last hole.
Brian Kelly and Yasuo combined well to finish only two strokes back in third
place, with the team picking up the pace as Yasuo could see the finishing
line and the pot of gold beckoning.
Before presenting the prizes, The Doc welcomed back Paul Simpson, Tony
Duthie and Andy Mills.
Wednesday, March 14, Greenwood, Stableford
1st B.J. Smith, 37pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer 35pts - c/b
3rd Serge Straeten, 35pts - c/b
4th Dave Spendley, 35pts
B. J. Smith just continued from where he left off at the previous outing,
sweeping the ball imperiously from the tee and sticking the second shots
into the heart of the green. Unfortunately he did not have the benefit of a
caddy who had a lot of idea where the hole was and this resulted in a series
of missed opportunities. It still proved good enough however to take his
first solo win for a very, very long time and he was to be found celebrating
late into the night at the Haven.
Trevor Schirmer also continued in the same rich vein as his last outing and
he kept Serge Straeten and Dave Spendley at bay with an excellent back nine
to easily claim the count back for second.
It was a very straightforward prize giving for the Doc to preside over as
there were no 2’s and no one to welcome or welcome back, which surely
signals the long awaited slow season.
Friday, March 16, Phoenix, Stableford
1st Brian Kelly, 38pts
2nd Alan Griffiths, 36pts
3rd Takeshi Hakozaki, 35pts - c/b
4th Trevor Schirmer 35pts - c/b
5th Al Keith 35pts - c/b
Brian Kelly had one of his better days in a solo competition to deny Alan
Griffiths, who struggles to return to his winning ways of previous months. A
solid nineteen points on both nines ensured an almost seamless win for Brian
with signs of even better things to come in the near future.
Takeshi Hakozaki led a group of three, a further shot back, with a very good
back nine to leave Trevor and Al Keith rummaging over the minor places.
Once again there were no 2’s in the first division and so a double roll over
proceeds to Green Valley on Monday. Roar Berger had one in the second
division to scoop the triple pool and make it a better day for him than the
winner enjoyed financially.
Sus happy to stay at Pattaya C.C.
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
After being disappointed at Siam C.C., the Three Sisters golf society
has moved back to Pattaya C.C. and until Siam get their act together, we
will remain here.
Sus seems to like it enough as he has been on a steady run at the top.
On March 6 Sus was still on his hot streak as he shot 38 points for the
win. Herb was one stroke back along with Dale Murphy, both shooting 37
On the unlucky 13th, Sus made it three in a row with 39 points. Toy
Theobold was three shots back to come in at the second position with 36
With Paul Donahue back in town from Nigeria, we now have a tight run for
the cellar. Both he and Tully, along with a few others are vying to hold
up the group. It is all in fun so no one really cares as long as we get
in a good day on the course.
Miss Am takes charge at The Emerald
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, May 12, Plutaluang,
We had booked the North and West courses for today’s meeting and as it
turned out this was the quietist we had experienced over the past few
Barry Traynor’s 41 points won him the Division 1 stableford competition,
eight ahead of Ben Findon in second and a further two ahead of Ted
Morris in third. In Division 2, Miss Am and Bob Lathwell both scored 32
points for second and third respectively, but on his own out front was
Richard Baldotto with 35 points.
There was a double rollover in the 2’s competition for Division 1, which
Jan Sordal quickly snapped up with his birdie on the eight hole on the
West nine. There were no winners in Division 2.
Miss Nom, Tony Sawyer, Paddy Wilson and Les Winch all won nearest the
pin prizes whilst the ‘ladies tipple’ was awarded to Glynn Nicholas for
his effort on the lighthouse par three - his putt ended up at the
nearest the pin flag, instead of the normal one.
Wednesday, March 14, Pattaya Country Club, Stableford
An over-subscribed field of 36 players made their way to the
Country Club today. It also witnessed the welcome return of Dannie
Larsen and ‘Bon Voyage’ to Andy Mills.
Kari Aarnio’s 38 points was good enough to win him the Division 2 top
podium position with Tony Duthie finishing second with 34 points,
himself just beating Glyn Evans on the count back by 18/17. Bob the
mosque Martin’s 36 points gave him a count back over Andy Mills in the
top flight, with Grenville Hill back in third on 33 points.
There were no 2’s in Division 1 so a larger than normal kitty gets
carried forward to next week. Nearest the pins prizes went to Rob Heath,
Bob Pearce, Jan Sordal and Glyn Evans.
The ‘ladies tipple’ was won by the old man himself, Ken Foster for his
appalling slow play which, as always, he blamed on everyone else.
Friday, March 16, The Emerald, Stableford
After switching from our normal Friday course to here, a
brilliant 42 points was recorded by Miss Am to finish six shots ahead in
the Division 2 Stableford competition. Bob Martin finished second and
Colin Mearns third.
In Division 1, Paddy Wilson’s 38 points earned him first place, with
Ewin Lol in second on 34 points and Raivo Velsberg third with 32.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at Paweenas in
Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 9am for a 10.30 tee off time.
Transport can be provided, please sign up in the bar or ring Glyn on 086
Phoenix Club Championship goes off in style
PSC Phoenix Members Golf Society
It has been a busy year for The Phoenix Members Group. A little over a
year ago there was no group, no club structure and no competitions.
Today we play three competitions each week and our regular players on
any given day can number as many as forty - mostly members but with some
very welcome guests whom we have adopted along the way.
Sunday, March 4 saw us play our inaugural Club Championship. The event
was a great success and congratulations are due primarily to our
Captain, Bengt Hogstrom, who planned the whole day, provided the prizes
and acted as MC in the evening as the winners of the various flights
Forty golfers battled it out over Mountain and Lakes courses. Beautiful
though they are, both proved to be very difficult with slick greens and
a blustery and changeable wind blowing. Such conditions played into the
hands of our regular winners and it was no surprise that Barry Winton
won the Men’s Scratch with an excellent score of 79, keeping the ball in
play and hitting greens paying dividends. Hans Collet was runner-up with
80 and Fleming Jenson third with 86.
Even less of a surprise was the Ladies Scratch winner, Mayo Deane, whose
elegant yet determined style of play produced another excellent score of
84 - a testament to keeping the game, and the swing, simple. Pia Loquist
was runner-up with 92 and Ning Morris third with 98.
The Men’s Handicap prize went to Paul Lavender, a most popular and
cheerful member of our group. Paul’s net 71 won the day, beating Brian
Jacks who recorded a net 72. Doug Wilson-Santee was third and also had a
72 but lost out on count-back.
The Ladies Handicap prize went to Annette Haraldsson with a score of 68.
Annette’s smile when receiving her trophy made the day for those of us
involved with organising the event. Second was Prakong Robinson with a
Guests prizes went to Ulrich Leuenberger and Barry Ashman.
Various technical prizes were won by the usual suspects. We all enjoyed
a Thai Buffet at the club as well as a cabaret from our Super-Star
member, Brian Jacks- whose magic astounded us all. Given his magical
qualities it was surprising that he didn’t conjure up a winning score
The Beautiful Game?:
Hut, Hut! Football goes American
Internationals take over the footballing calendar this weekend, so if you’re
in possession of half a brain you’ll use the break in domestic soccer to
spend some quality time painting fences or watching grass grow. Personally
I’m losing the will to live watching Steve “Second Choice” McLaren shoehorn
right-backs into left midfield and persist with playing both Frank Lampard
and Steven Gerrard in the same team. I’m sure other nations have their
Still, no doubt I’ll put myself through the usual torture once again
tomorrow. In the meantime the past week has thrown up too many talking
points to waste my time discussing the merits of asking Gary Neville to “do
some damage” down England’s left wing.
How about the FA Cup? I’m more convinced than ever that this season’s
competition is fixed to allow Manchester United and Chelsea to meet at the
all-new-sparkling Wembley Stadium, which finally opened its half-painted
doors to the paying public this week, 37 years behind schedule. Cushy home
draws right the way through the competition have led the big two into the
semi-finals where they’ll play Watford and Blackburn respectively. Am I the
only person thinking how fantastic it would be to see the less fashionable
pair somehow sneak through to contest the final in May?
Wishful thinking you’d expect, especially when you realise that nobody
outside the current ‘big four’ has managed to win the famous old trophy
since Everton’s win in 1995. It’s another sign, were one needed, that the
big boys continue to run away from the chasing pack in terms of resources.
Liverpool were utterly hopeless against Aston Villa this weekend but once
again they’ll have enough Champions League cash lying around Anfield to
splash out on a few superstars this summer and paper over their considerable
cracks. The rest just don’t stand a chance.
There again perhaps the rivers of money are about to run dry after the club
were finally taken over by Americans George Gillette and Tom Hicks, who, if
you believe the newspapers, immediately plunged the club into huge debt with
an enormous loan secured against the club in the same fashion as Malcolm
Glazer’s Manchester United deal that preceded it. You can’t help but wonder
when - rather than if - this frenzied buying of Premiership clubs by foreign
investors will all end in tears.
Where will it all end? Will not so well-off Americans end up buying the
likes of Rotherham United and Scunthorpe when all the big clubs are sold
out? Will stadiums be renamed the ‘County Bowl’ or the ‘Vicarage Dome’?
Perhaps we’ll be treated to ‘time-outs’ and get back to the action right
after this message from our sponsors.
But they say every cloud has a silver lining, and in this case it might mean
the long-overdue introduction of cheerleaders into the British game. We’ve
seen half-baked attempts at it before, but if the Americans are coming to
town they could at least placate us with professional cheerleaders,
preferably blonde ones with long, curvy legs.
One thing the Americans aren’t familiar with is the whole concept of a tied
game. Rightly or wrongly draws just don’t happen in American sports. Instead
we’ll be right back with “overtime” right after another message from our
“This idea has come from the devil and not from God,” said soccer legend
Jimmy Hill last week. He was referring to an idea that all tied matches in
the Football League should be decided by a penalty shootout, thus putting an
end to the draw as we know it. Rather than settle for one point each, sides
will line up and decide who should take all three points via the thrilling
lottery of a penalty shootout, it was suggested.
How we laughed, but then it was discovered that, rather than coming from a
drunk wandering along Second Road at three in the morning after a bellyful
of Chang, the proposal actually came from Lord Malwhinney, the CHAIRMAN of
the Football League.
How utterly unbelievable. This man, a Conservative MP back in the United
Kingdom, demonstrated all he understands about football in the blink of an
eye. It’s all very well to make suggestions that might spice up the game,
but not to insult the intelligence of a nation of football supporters and
especially not when you’re chairman of the Football League.
If Lord Malwhinney expects Football League matches to become more exciting
with penalty shootouts he has another thing coming. The first reason is the
most obvious. Rather than encourage sides to go all out for the win, the
opposite would be the case. Teams would travel away from home against the
better sides and shut up shop from the off, preparing themselves for a 0-0
draw and the opportunity to steal everything on penalties. It would be like
watching Italy every week. Then, after ninety minutes, the eleven defenders
could wheel out an eight-foot goalkeeper who does nothing but save penalties
in his spare time and put him between the sticks in place of the regular
Why stop there? If no substitutions have been made during the ninety minutes
let’s stick on a few ex-German internationals specifically to take the spot
kicks. Everyone knows that Germans never miss penalties, so it’s likely
we’ll see the price of retired German legends go through the roof.
Let’s just hope that this idea never EVER takes off. Bringing on a
specialist kicker seems all so ... American. But then perhaps it’s a glimpse
into a horrible and terrifying future for the so-called ‘Beautiful Game’.
See you next week after yet more messages from our sponsors. Dee-fence!
Outspoken Luton Town manager Mike Newell is, err, no longer the
manager of Luton Town. Newell, who targeted women referees in one of his
many rants whilst in the Kenilworth Road hotseat, was shown the door after
five straight defeats. It brings a sad end to the chants of “Mike Newell’s
Sexist Army” from the home supporters.
If she won’t come
“The throwing of anything at a football match, including celery,
is a criminal offence for which you can be arrested and end up with a
criminal record,” read a statement on Chelsea’s website last week. “In
future, if anyone is found attempting to bring celery into Stamford Bridge
they could be refused entry and anyone caught throwing celery will face a
ban,” it continued, after referees had complained of several salad-tossers
throwing the vegetable onto the pitch in recent weeks.
Peter wins a close contest at Greenwood
PSC golf from the Oohsa Bar
Tuesday winners (L-R): David
Gardner, Su Murphy, Peter Holegate, Thong Pimblett and Wayne Farrell.
Tuesday March 13, Greenwood, Stableford
1st Peter Holegate (35) 41pts c/b
2nd David Gardner (11) 41pts
3rd Wayne Farrell (18) 40pts
4th Su Murphy (33) 36pts
5th Thong Pimblett (40) 36pts
Near Pins: Joel Flor, Wayne Farrell, Peter Holegate
Long Putt: Mick Heatley
The competition was fierce at Greenwood on Tuesday, with three players
within a point of each other at the head of the field. Peter Holegate,
runner up last Thursday, went one better this time by beating David Gardner
on count back, each player with 41 points. Wayne Farrell, who was also in
the frame last week, was one point back in third place with 40 points.\
There was strong representation from the ladies as usual, with Su Murphy
narrowly taking fourth place from Thong Pimblett on count back, both ladies
with 36 points.
Thursday March 15, Plutaluang, Stableford
1st Dick Worden (35) 40pts
2nd Neil Duncan (16) 39pts
3rd Wayne Farrell (18) 36pts c/b
4th David Gardner (11) 36pts
Near Pins: Steve Johnstone, David Gardner (2), Mick Heatley
Long Putt: Mick Heatley
When Neil Duncan’s card came in with 39 points, we thought it was all over.
But then the buzz went round that someone had made 40 - a rare occurrence at
Plutaluang but on this occasion it was true.
Dick Worden, the senior member of our group and playing in the final match
had taken first place. Returning from some R&R in the north, Dick used
Tuesday’s trip to Greenwood as a practice round before scooping the pool
Neil’s 39 points was good for second, with Wayne Farrell taking third on
count back from David Gardner with 36 points. There was some consolation for
Neil, his ‘2’ earning him a free beer from Malcolm at the Oohsa Bar.
March Medal is Johnny Warren’s
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, March 11, Green Valley - White
Tees, Monthly Medal
1st Mark Wood (6) net 71
2nd Rick Holmes (8) net 71
3rd Nick Strasshine (6) net 73
1st Roy Thornton (12) net 69
2nd Steve Mulberry (12) net 71
3rd Mark Bonner (14) net 73
1st Dave Porter (16) net 70
2nd Pete Stonebridge (17) net 70
3rd Nick Payne (16) net 72
1st John Warren (24) net 66 - Medal Winner
2nd Roger Koehler (21) net 70
3rd Mol Thongkiew (24) net 72
Near Pins: Mark Wood, Shadley Poggenoel, John Hillier, John McHugh
2’s: Rick Holmes (2), Simon Philbrook, John McHugh, Jon Haugen, Steve
Mulberry, J.J. Wright, Shadley Poggenoel, Peter Emslie, Tom Balch (2), Jez
The Shack’s John Warren was not the biggest guy in the field, but on this
Monthly Medal Sunday he was the best. His net 66 in D Flight was the day’s
best by three from Roy Thornton, MBE, who continues to threaten to take home
the top prize himself. John was followed in D Flight by The Good Roger and
by the seemingly omnipresent Ms. Bennett. Roy was followed in B Flight by
Blackpool Steve and Mark Bonner.
Foursome mates, The Valet’s Best Friend and The Headmaster, topped out C
Flight, both with fine net 70’s. Nick Payne survived a three-way count back
with Ian “The Tile” Grout and Kathy Doody.
The premier flight was taken on count back by The Pride of Aberdeen, who
prevailed over Rick Holmes. It was of some solace to Rick that he had two
2’s on the day. Nick Strasshine, similarly on count back, prevailed over
Simon of Philbrook. The latter probably found no solace in his one 2.
Deserving of special mention is the newly returned to action Prof. Tom Balch
who had two 2’s despite the burden of his D Flight handicap.
Monday, March 12, The Emerald -
1st Peter Hynard & Bob Lindborg, net 57.8
2nd John McHugh & Simon Philbrook, net 60.2
3rd Robert Sellick & Per Aschan, net 60.2
The Emerald was the host venue to the week’s first scramble, in this case of
the 2-person variety. A pair of Englishman, Peter Hynard and The Guru of
Green Valley, combined their considerable talents to lap the field by 2.2
The second and third place teams found themselves in a count back but it
should be noted that they were 1.7 strokes ahead of the next team. The two
big hitters, Johnny McHugely and Simon of Philbrook, had the better inward
nine and prevailed over the Silver Fox and Per “Always Late” Aschan.
Wednesday, March 14, Bangpra - White Tees, Stableford
1st Bob Patterson (8) 38 points
2nd John Emmerson (10) 36 points
3rd Bill McGarvie (11) 35 points
1st Eddy Beilby (18) 42 points
2nd Bob Lindborg (18) 38 points
3rd Kurt-Erik Persson (26) 37 points
2’s: Jan Eriksen, Tom Balch
The Man of Leisure was the big point getter of the day with a dazzling 42
points on the demanding layout and greens of Bangpra. The Guru of GV
followed his scramble victory with a B Flight second place. Age willed out
over beauty as the venerable Kurt-Erik counted back Marlene Prudden, the
belle of Perth.
The retiring GM, known also as the Senator, had 38 points to take A Flight
from his predecessor, Ol’ Silver Back, who had an even to handicap 36
points. Wonderful addition to the Society, Bill McGarvie, dipped his hand in
to the house bank for the first time with 35 points.
Friday, March 16, Plutaluang S &
E - White Tees,
1st Graham Holmes, Paul Walia, Robert Sellick & Per Aschan, net
2nd John McHugh, J.J. Wright, Chas Li & Steve Mulberry, net 58.1
3rd Jim Puleo, Jim Bracket, John Emmerson & Bob Lindborg, net 58.4
Having survived Monday’s 2-person Scramble, the Society’s schedulers tried
their luck on a 4-person endeavor. There seems to be players adept at
Scrambles as Friday’s podium teams all had a legacy to Monday’s podium.
Monday’s third place team, The Silver Fox and Per “Always Late” Aschan,
picked up two additional players in Graham Holmes and Paul Walia and that
seemed to make the difference as they took it all. The second place team’s
spot of Monday history was John McHugh, who dipped into some of the talent
from across the street, J.J., Chas and Blackpool Steve, and fashioned
another silver out of it. The Guru, first on Monday, came home with the
bronze after adding Jim Puleo, Jim Bracket and Ol’ Silver Back
When Irish eyes are smiling
IPGC golf with the Caddy Shack
Tuesday, March 13, Eastern Star, Medal
Eastern Star was the venue on Tuesday for a Medal comp over a course that
usually gives problems to the big hitters - there being lots of water and
‘Out of Bounds’ in place on several of the holes.
There was a 4-way tie for third place on net 73 until Dave Smith came in
with a level par score. Al McGrory was second with a net 71 and the winner
was Damian Trante with net 67. Damian is ‘on the wagon’ at the moment and
maybe this is the secret to good golf, but once the handicap hatchet gets to
work on him he may wish to take up drinking again.
There was only one ‘2’ and the huge pot was won by Scott Chisholm.
Friday, March 16, Treasure Hill, Stableford
A Stableford comp was played out on what is regarded as one of
the toughest layouts in the area. The cut was made at 12 and under and for
the first time in a long time, the course was brought to heel.
In division two, Scott Chisholm scored 39 points to finish runner-up to
Damian Trante who fired 40 points for his second win of the week. Division
one had John Hue in second on 38 points but on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day,
it was fitting that Irishman Emmet White came through to win after shooting
a lifetime best 43 points.
The 2’s were shared between Paul Lavendar, Mr. Takimoto and Steve Nowell.
‘Eagle’-eyed Jack stumps the skipper
PSC golf from The Peacock Place
Monday, March 12,
Eastern Star, Stableford
Our group on Monday at a rather poorly turned out Eastern Star consisted of
29 golfers of varying ability and we split the field into three flights.
The A flight (0-13) was won by Jim Wickstrom (H/c 4) scoring a resounding 41
points. Second was Dave Arrowsmith (6) with 33 points, winning on count-back
from Jack Moseley (10). The B flight (14-20) was won by Matt Anderson (14)
with 35 points, second was Ken Little (16) with 34 points and third was Alan
Bishop (20) with 33 points on count-back over Steve Everingham.
The C flight (15-36) was won by Gordon Everingham (27) with 39 points,
second was Jean Yves Morelle (29) with 33 points and third was Beth Lill
(24) with 26 points.
There were 2’s recorded by Peter Harris and Beth Lill.
Wednesday, March 14,
The Emerald, Stableford
Wednesday was a different kettle of fish. Has anyone seen a
kettle of fish? I would have thought one would have looked very much like
We played at The Emerald which, as always, was in fine form. The Emerald
used to be one of the poor sisters of the golf courses around Pattaya, akin
to Century Chonburi and Great Lakes but not anymore. The management there
have, over the past few years, spent considerable sums of money bringing
both the course and the clubhouse up to standard and these days it’s a
favourite venue for most golfers in the area.
We played a Stableford competition and some fine scores were posted.
The A flight (0-18) was won by Brian Downey (14) with 41 points, second was
Neil Hughes (17) with 40 points and third with 38 points was Jack Moseley
The B flight went to Nigel Cannon (21) with 41 points, in second place was
Peter Harris (21) with 38 points and third was Gordon Everingham (27) with
There were three 2’s recorded on the day and herein lies a tale: Jack
Moseley and Captain Bob Philp were playing together and approaching the par
three 15th, with Jack having already recorded a 2 earlier. Captain Bob hit
his tee shot onto the green and it landed 5 feet from the hole and rolled
back stopping on the lip. “Ah well”, thought Bob, “no more par threes so
Jack and I will at least have an even share of the pot”. Wrong; at the par
four 17th, Jack holed his second shot to record an eagle 2. Some ‘friendly’
banter ensued and back at The Peacock, Jack treated us all to drinks.
Come and join us if you would like a game of golf with a friendly society.
We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays and our schedule appears in The Pattaya
Mail. If you would like further information, call Bob on 087 941 2474.
Johann wins March
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, March 12, Royal Lakeside, Medal
Royal Lakeside was the venue on Monday for a stroke-play competition in two
flights, with the cut being set at 19. The course was in fine shape and not
(right) presents the ‘Monthly Mug’ to Johann.
Rob Brown was the winner of the A Flight with net 68 on count back from Bill
Plath in second, with Marty Allred in third with a net 69.
In the B Flight the winner was Carole Kubicki with a net 65, John Christie
was second with a net 66 and Karen Brown in third with a net 68 ahead of
Steven Cooper-Reade on count back.
Near Pins: Laurina Brown, Ebrahim, Brian Gabe, Harald Gruber
Long Put: William Southerland, Jan Lovgren
Thursday, March 15, Pattaya Country Club, Monthly Mug
We always get a really good turnout for ‘Monthly Mug’ day; despite the fact
this course is not everyone’s favourite.
Ask every golfer who plays and he will have a different opinion of the
course, and it has to be said that at the moment the fairways are bone dry,
the greens hard and fast, with holes that are nearly square, and bunkers
that are really ‘G.U.R’. The rough is also dry and very patchy, while the
scenery is far from inspiring.
So why do we play there? Well most people like playing there. Weird innit?
On the day the scores were not outstanding and we saw that the winner would
not be much under par.
Back at the Cafe Kronborg we saw that only three people had broken net 70.
In the A Flight (0-17) the winner was Frank Pilkington with a net 71, ahead
of Elias Magnusson on 72 points in second. Third place was decided on count
back with Alex Kazazis in third and Bob Bender losing out, both on net 73’s.
In the B Flight the winner was Henk De Bock with net 68, ahead of Art Bailey
in second with net 69 and in third was Karen Brown on count back over Fred
Theobald, both with net 70’s.
So to the winner, and it is always nice when a single handicapper wins the
‘Mug’, and so it was that this month’s winner with a net 68 was Johann
Reynissen, beating Henk on count back. Well done!
Near Pin: Pete Hammond, Fred Theobald, Wayne Koch, Larry Simpson
Long Put: Bob Benda, Pete Hammond
Karen’s ‘hot streak’ continues
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, March 13, Khao Kheow, Stableford
The last time I brought a group to Khao Kheow they did what no other
group has ever done - finish even with the course. On this day we had a
reduced number of players, but we still had two of our stars who last
time shot 46 and 43 points respectively. But how would they do on this
The course was as usual in fine condition and the test for the day was
to be the B & C Nines, which should really be the easiest but for some
reason never are.
We were fortunate in that the course was fairly empty in front of us and
we did not run into the group ahead until the last few holes. This is a
place were you do not want to get off the fairway, the rough seems
innocuous enough, but try to get out of it, and around the greens be a
few foot out and there seems no control on the chip. For good scores
it’s fairways and greens only.
Round over and sat in the restaurant we were wondering how our ‘stars’
had got on. Well, one of them won, albeit with 8 points less than last
time, and the other one played with me so had no chance and was 13
points worse off.
Back at Bert’s the results were announced: the winner, on a great run at
the moment and coming down fast in handicap, was Karen Brown with 38
Near Pin: Mick O’Meara (2), Rob Brown, Brian Gabe
Long Put: Hans Collett
King rules the roost
at Crystal Bay
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, March 12, Treasure Hill,
King was a clear winner at Crystal Bay.
Playing Medal format at Treasure Hill on Monday, Charlie Gooch took the
honours by winning with a level par net 72 ahead of Jack Robertson, who
continued his purple patch by picking up second prize with a three-over
par net 75. Two players shared third place with net 76, they being Brian
Maddox and Dave Keats.
Charlie also won a near pin prize along with Adam Beer, William Macey
and Mashi Kaneta.
Wednesday, March 14, Crystal Bay, Stableford
Wednesday saw The Bunker Boy’s play a Stableford comp at
Crystal Bay. Jack Robertson was once again in the frame, on this
occasion sharing first place in the B Flight with 37 points ahead of
third place Brian Maddox who scored 36 points.
The A Flight had Charlie Gooch and Geoff Parker tying for third place
with 36 points apiece, second place went to Mashi Kaneta who thought he
had a great chance of winning, but nobody could get near John King who
won with the best score of the day, amassing a huge 44 points to take
John, playing in the last four ball, also won one of the near pin
prizes, which prevented Charlie Gooch from having a clean sweep as
Charlie had his name on all four par-3’s until John came along to spoil
Friday, March 16, The Emerald, Medal
Playing at The Emerald on Friday, Geoff Parker had the best
round of the day coming into the clubhouse with a fine five under par
net 67 to take first prize, despite double and triple bogeys on the
first two par-3’s!
Mick Ramshaw claimed second with a one-under par net 71, and third place
went to Adam Beer who shot a level par net 72 off handicap eight and
playing The Emerald course for the first time ever.
Near pins went to Dewey Augustson, Adam Beer, Charlie Gooch and Mitch
Malone who dragged his golf clubs out of the attic for the first time in
eight months and who’s golf shoes began to fall apart walking up the
first fairway and he had to have the soles tied on with string for the
Montana looking good for league title
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
We are down to two weeks left in the league and only 8
points are up for grabs for each team.
Bowlers - Leen (213), Rich (226) & Jan (201)
Montana won four points this week from Mai’s Thai Restaurant and have a 3.5
point lead over second place VFW Post 9876 who regained second after winning
three points from Brother D. House of the Golden Coin dropped to third after
losing three points to Shenanigans.
Diamond Shop lost three points to Café Ole but remain in fourth. Café
Kronborg meanwhile lost three points to Three Sisters and they are still in
fifth but are in danger as several teams are closing in on fifth place. Jack
& Tar won three points from Domicil and remain in sixth place.
Pin counts were down this week but Ooy, VFW, managed to bowl a 555 series,
Rich - 528, Tue - 522, Dang - 521, Jim -519 and Mai - 513.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
“Your lordship, did you read that boxing writer Ron
Borges was suspended for two months by his employer the Boston Globe
No Jeeves I didn’t. May I read the story?
“I say your lordship, are you wearing stronger reading glasses?
No Jeeves, I’m not.
“Ok your lordship; I’m sure it’s my mistake. Anyhow, Borges was
suspended for plagiarizing several paragraphs that previously appeared
in a newspaper in the state of Washington in his Globe space. He’s also
banned from TV during that period. Borges serves as the vice-president
of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Has Editor Mr. Martin ever
spoken to you about using other people’s work?”
As a matter of fact he has spoken to me at length. Like the Thai shop
owner that tells his workers, “Stop stealing from others and find a new
job.” I misspoke a few weeks ago when I relied on others in reporting
that Manny Pacquiao had decided not to run for political office. Seems I
was misinformed. The word now is that he will run for Congress in the
May 14 Philippine election. He’s also winging his way to Los Angeles to
train for his April 14 fight in Texas.
Just remember Jeeves that taking others words for granted can get you in
trouble. The advantage though is that you always have someone to blame
when you’re wrong.
When people today talk about the heavyweight division you can almost
hear a ringmaster says, “Lady’s and gentleman how about those clowns?”
To a minor degree that might describe a lot of boxing today. We focus on
the ‘big men’ of boxing as they just draw more attention.
The latest tune from the “not ready for prime time” promoter named
Dennis ‘The Dummy’ Rappaport is a dandy. For those that don’t care,
Rappaport is the promoter for Oleg Maskaev who has been so successful
that the WBC champ hasn’t had a payday since December when he won a
fight against Peter Okbello in Russia. Nor is there one on the horizon.
Rappaport through pure skill has tied up Maskaev on the sidelines while
ducking a fight with Samuel Peter. It seems everyday that Rappaport
announces a deal for Peter to receive “step aside money” so Maskaev can
fight Vitali Klitschko. That’s the fight we’re told that the world waits
breathlessly for. I’m part of the world (for now at least) but guess my
votes weren’t taken and/or counted, as I couldn’t give a rat’s posterior
if I never see either of the Klitschko brothers fight.
After saying that the deal was “in place ... with a few more details to
be worked out”, someone pointed out to ‘The Bumbling One’ that Shannon
Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov will fight for the WBO title at the Luzhniki
Sports Palace in Moscow on the same proposed day - and in the same city.
Can you say “Moron”?
Big time Cruiserweight title fight last week in the Palais des Sports
Marcel Cerdan in Levallois, France. In 2006 WBC/WBA Champion O’Neil Bell
(26-1-1) and Jean Marc Mormeck (32-3) met in what was called the ‘Fight
of the Year’ by someone. Bell won that one with a dramatic 10-round KO
while trailing on all cards.
The rematch was similar. With the WBC ‘open scoring’ in place, Bell knew
he needed a KO to retain the title entering the championship rounds. Not
this time - as Mormeck regained the title via the judges’ decision. The
judges were unanimous for Mormeck 115-113 twice and 114-112.
At the press conference after the fight an angry O’Neil Bell was the
first to arrive. Jean Marc Mormeck was speaking with the help of a
translator as Bell heard, “I don’t like O’Neil Bell.” At this, the
disgruntled Bell charged Mormeck with fists flying while others tossed
chairs. As the mayhem was going on, the translator finished the
sentence, “but I do have tremendous respect for him as a fighter.” Too
little - and way too late!
Promoter King said it was “deplorable after such a great match took
place.” As a sideline to the contest, Don King was due to have an
audience with the Pope. No report yet on whose ring dominated.
There’s a very old saying that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the
tree.” Now ballooned up to 417lbs, Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-7-4) has
moved on. In his latest outing he “took apart” a lightweight 313lbs Jope
Siciliano (4-4). The Bean decked Siciliano once in the first then after
the third knockdown in the second, Siciliano’s corner tossed in the
On the same card Bean’s 21 year old son, called the Babybean (but of
course what else), got knocked out colder than a service girl’s look at
an out of Baht punter. The Babybean lasted only 2 minutes into round
one. Guess this apple not only fell far from the tree but out of the
The “Si Habla’s” had a high old time in Las Vegas last week when arch
rivals Marco Antonio Barrera (63-4) and Juan Manual Marquez (46-3-1) met
in a St. Patrick’s Day super fight for the WBC jr. lightweight title.
Only in Las Vegas would two guys from south of the border meet in a St.
Paddy’s Day dustup.
Going in to the fight ‘The Square Ring’ and the legal Las Vegas bookies
had Marquez the slight favorite. Manny Pacquiao, who fought both, gave
the nod to Barrera. “Barrera throws more quality punches apart from
having better ring craft compared to the usually rugged Marquez. Barrera
has the edge and I guess he will win this fight,” said Pacquiao.
“Barrera is one of the best tacticians of the sport. For Marquez to win
this fight he needs to turn this into a brawl,” he added.
With that as a setting, what were the chances that a fight between two
Mexican gentlemen on St. Pat’s in Las Vegas would have a little
controversy? As sure as a baht can buy love, Las Vegas-boxing and
controversy are companions.
Barrera was slightly ahead in the early rounds. In the 7th, Barrera
handed a thundering right that sent Marquez canvas bound. He then walked
over and hit Marquez with a right hand while he was still down.
Referee Jay Nady is a no nonsense type of guy so he brooked none from
Barrera. Not only did he negate the knockdown but then penalized Barrera
an addition point for the foul. “From where I was standing I didn’t see
the punch land,” Nady said. “I thought [Barrera] knocked him down with
Barrera thought he won the fight - of course he thinks he wins every
fight. The official scores were 118-109, 116-111 twice for Marquez. Had
the knockdown counted and no foul called it would have been a draw on
two cards. Referee Nady could have DQ’d Barrera as Roy Jones was in 1997
against Montell Griffin. Rematch in the works?
So Jeeves tell me how was your St, Patrick’s Day celebration? I had corn
beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, homemade soda bread and a goodly amount
of Guinness ready but when I looked you had done a runner.
“Your lordship, I had a wonderful time visiting with the lads. You know
what people celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day don’t you? It’s the day that
St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Judging from my tour of
bars that night it seems that most of them ended up in the beer bars in
Pattaya. But I had a wonderful time. Had an eight course authentic Irish
meal - six pints of Guinness and two boiled potatoes.”