February 16, 2010 marks the 51st birthday of John McEnroe. Here’s his profile as it appears in my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com) continue reading »
Archive for February, 2010
Established in 1976 by Choochart Kalmapijit, Maesa Elephant Camp is set amid a rushing stream is a tropical forest twenty minutes from downtown Chiang Mai. The founder understood the intelligence of elephants and set about creating a healthful, caring environment for the approximately 78 elephants who live there currently. The six tons of grass, sugar cane and bananas eaten daily by the elephants are grown by the camp.
We have visited the camp three times, each time being dazzled by the amazing elephants. Some are talented painters, they play soccer, they are wonderful to ride. Watching their bath time in the river is a treat. This year we were enchanted by a four day old baby elephant!! It is one of our favorite places to visit in Thailand.
One of great treats in Chiang Mai is the yearly Flower Festival held in February. There are countless amazing floats, beautiful women, villagers in their native costumes, acrobats, drummers, school bands, including that of Prince Royal’s College, fire eaters, dancers. Great attention is paid to detail with animals and geometric designs created from flowers.
In 1887, Bud’s grandparents founded a school in Chiang Mai, Thailand, The Chiang Mai Boys School. In 1906, it became the Prince Royal’s College when the crown prince took an interest in it and gave it his colors (royal blue and white) and a new name.
Built in honor of Bud’s 80th birthday, the courts were made possible by the generous contributions from numerous friends across the world. They were dedicated and opened to play on 5 February 2010 with Bud playing the first points with Rob lacy.
The Buddhist temple of Wat Phrathat doi Suthep is one of the most important temples is Chiang Mai and indeed is revered among all Thais. It was built at the end of the 14th century, around 1383 when the first chedi was built. To reach the temple from the road, built only in 1935, one can climb the 309 steps of the naga stairway, the longest in Tailand, or take a cable car. It is located 13 kms from the city, atop 5,500′ Mt. Doi Suthep.
Founded in 1982, with production beginning in 1986, TarraWarra Vineyard is one of the Yarra Valley’s gems. Located 60 kms (37 miles) east of Melbourne, its Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs are consistent prize winners. Architect, Allan Powell’s winning design among Melbourne architects, suggests a ship rising from the landscape. The building was opened in 2004. In addition to the beautifully manicured plots of grapes, there is an excellent restaurant and a gallery of modern Australian art donated to the state by Eva and Marc Bensen