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PHUKET: Roll up, roll up for the Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The track, on a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River, is a series of straights held together with a few strange curves and a magnetic wall. It’s a power circuit, which has been dominated by Mercedes engines in recent years, so McLaren should do well.

Red Bull is never going to be favorite and the FIA’s sotto voce post-Monaco ruling that they have behaved badly, and that their floor is illegal will not help. The Monaco win is not affected by the ruling, and a new floor for Montreal will probably not be critical either.

Lotus is well overdue a win, and Kimi Räikkönen would dearly love to fulfil that ambition, but Sky Sports has reported rumors of dark spirits at Lotus. At Monaco, many teams used a special steering rack with a greater lock to cope with the tight corners. Kimi, who is rumored to have been behaving badly over steering all season, asked for a new steering rack which cost Lotus much time and money. He then refused to run more than an outlap in P1 with the new rack, claiming the car was undriveable.

The story is that Lotus begged him to run the rest of P1 so that they could get tyre data, but Kimi was unmovable. By the time mechanics changed back to the standard rack, P2 was rained off, so Lotus was in a sad position. The team is blaming Kimi for the uninspiring performance in the race. This bodes ill for Montreal.

It is reported that Sauber is also murmuring about bad behavior. Ever since Perez won at Sepang, it is said, he has become demanding, and with the problems at Ferrari perhaps offering him an opening, he has an inflated opinion of his standing, while team morale is low.

Ferrari is riding high, but the team has made it clear that Felipe Massa has to continue with his return to form or they will change him. Ferrari has said it will not make the decision until the second half of the season, so somewhere around the Hungarian and Belgian GPs is “M”Day. So he has only this race, Valencia, Silverstone and Hockenheimring to prove his worth. He is going to try very hard indeed.

Nature has been behaving badly. Ferrari will be having an online auction for the victims of the two earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region. A V8 engine, helmets and suits from Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and a 599XX Evo, valued at €1.3 million will be amongst the offerings.

And there is some other interesting news. Perhaps buoyed by the publicity received by protesters in Bahrain, Montreal students are behaving badly to protest fee hikes, and are planning to disrupt the GP. Their planned all-night protest before the race was banned by the government, and that brought into play the online bad boys “Anonymous”. They hacked the FI sales site, sent messages to those who had booked, and published their details online.

Now the students are to gather at 10:30am on race day for an undisclosed action thereafter. This adds significant spice to the Cajun Boudin now simmering. The suspicion is that the Quebec authorities may be less efficient at containment than the Bahrainis.

Unhappily the race is at an unseemly hour. It is almost as if the Canadians do not take our comfort into their considerations.

Qualifying is on Star Sports at Saturday midnight, and the race is at 1:00am Monday. Programming starts Sunday Night.

All F1 races are shown at the Greenman, Chalong. Click here for more information.

— The Digby

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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