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Cobra tale ‘poisonous nonsense&’ – Super Cheap

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PHUKET TOWN: The Managing Director of Phuket Town’s famed Super Cheap emporium admitted to being furious today about what he sees as a venomous whispering campaign, probably inspired by business rivals. The story going the rounds yesterday and today was that a 40-year-old woman shopping at Super Cheap went to take onions from a display in the vegetables section. As she dug around for good ones, she felt a sharp pain on the back of her hand. Thinking she had been bitten by a particularly nasty ant, the shopper went to buy some mentholated balm to alleviate the pain. As she handed her money to the cashier, she collapsed. The woman was rushed to hospital, the reports said, but died on the way of what was subsequently found to have been the bite of a king cobra. According to the stories, staff of Super Cheap, investigating later, found a nest of about 70 cobra eggs in the bottom of the onion display. All concluded that the biter must have been a mamma hamadryad, defending her brood from the hapless onion-seeker. Absolutely not true, Super Cheap Managing Director Boonsom Ananjaroonwong told the Gazette. “It would be impossible for a cobra to live or lay eggs in our store. It’s very noisy in here, with announcements on the public address system, the music and the trucks coming and going. “Cobras like to live and lay eggs in quite places, and are scared of people, so this is just a rumor.” If the story were true, he said, the authorities should have reports naming the dead woman and the place of her funeral. He added, “I believe this is aggressive black propaganda by the opposition.” The Gazette checked with staff at the emergency rooms of all the local hospitals. None had records of a snake-bite victim being transferred in recent days from Super Cheap. Nor did the offices of the Kusonlatham Foundation, which provides emergency medical transport on the island. A possible source of the tale was offered by a member of the Super Cheap staff, who asked to remain anonymous. She told the Gazette, “We had a member of staff who died suddenly of a blood pressure problem. Maybe people heard about that. Happily for Super Cheap, the rumor does not appear to have affected sales. Indeed, it may even have had the opposite effect, said K. Boonsom. “Many people who have never shopped here before heard the story and came here because they wanted to look inside the store and see where it was supposed to have happened.” The store has not even changed its onions display because, he explained, “the theme of our marketing is to make everything comfortable for the customer.”



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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

Read the story and see the video below…

Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

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