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Chiang Mai Smog

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The view from the 8th tee at one of Chiang Mai’s golf courses. This is how it should look in the beautiful November weather!

The morning mist surrounding Doi Suthep mountain and the clarity of the photo.

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 This is what it is like today, you can’t even see the mountain, would you want to play golf in these conditions? Thick smog blankets Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai Smog – Every year the authorities promise to do something about it, every year they fail miserably driving tourists away to tell the friends,families, colleagues that Chiang Mai is a no go unsafe detrimental to health destination.


This is worth showing again,from 2012!
This video shows how appalling conditions are at the moment in the north of Thailand thanks to uncontrolled burning and then goes on to show what the weather should be like.

This uncontrolled burning occurs just about every year from December often through to April with Feb/March being the worst months with very little done to combat it by the authorities.

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“Fore” – or fore! -Why?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The question came up on the course this morning and nobody knew where it came from:

“Fore” – actually, fore! – is a word of warning yelled out by a golfer who has hit an errant shot. If your shot is in danger of hitting or landing very close to another player or group of players on the golf course (for instance, if you slice a ball into an adjoining fairway), you should yell “fore!” to warn players to watch out.

Yelling “fore!” is considered good etiquette, but it’s not just a courtesy to other golfers, it can serve to prevent injury. After all, a golf ball striking a person can do serious damage.

Perhaps the most common usage of fore is when golfers hit the ball farther than expected, or when they play their stroke without realizing that there is a golfer up ahead who might be in danger. Next would be with hooks and slices on tight golf courses, where holes are close together and a curving shot might fly into or run into an adjoining fairway.

At professional tournaments, where holes are tightly lined by fans, it’s common to hear tour pros yell “fore right” or “fore left,” letting the fans known which direction the ball is traveling. That way, the fans on the left side or right side of the hole know to take cover.

From where?

“Fore” is another word for “ahead” (think of a ship’s fore and aft). Yelling “fore” is simply a shorter way to yell “watch out ahead” (or “watch out before”). It allows golfers to be forewarned, in other words.

The British Golf Museum cites an 1881 reference to “fore” in a golf book, establishing that the term was already in use at that early date (the USGA suggests the term may have been in use as early as the 1700s). The museum also surmises that the term evolved from “forecaddie.”

A forecaddie is a person who accompanies a group around the golf course, often going forward to be in a position to pinpoint the locations of the groups’ shots. If a member of the group hit an errant shot, the thinking goes, they may have alerted the forecaddie by yelling out the term. It was eventually shorted to just “fore.”

A popular theory is that the term has a military origin. In warfare of the 17th and 18th century (a time period when golf was really taking hold in Britain), infantry advanced in formation while artillery batteries fired from behind, over their heads. An artilleryman about to fire would yell “beware before,” alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells screaming overhead.

So when golfers misfired and send their missiles – golf balls – screaming off target, “beware before” became shortened to “fore.”

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Helping to clear the air-not!

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Unconcerned citizen doing his bit for the environment behind the 8th hole at Hang Dong golf course 17th March. (-:

And for an encore, today the 19th March behind the 9th hole.Not too clear unfortunately with camphone but it was a good blaze with plenty of smoke!

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Want to play golf in the smog-Thailands burning!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

This video shows how appalling conditions are at the moment in the north of Thailand thanks to uncontrolled burning and then goes on to show what the weather should be like.

This uncontrolled burning occurs just about every year from December often through to April with Feb/March being the worst months with very little done to combat it by the authorities.

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