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PHUKET: Formula 1’s second race of the season saw McLaren occupying the front two grid positions again. It was their race to give away again, and they did.

Lewis Hamilton held his lead into the first corner, followed by Jenson Button, the two Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean tagged Michael Schumacher and both drivers dropped down the field before the race had chance to settle into a rhythm.

The Sepang Grand Prix is always run at a time, day, and month prone to monsoon rains on a track with laughable drainage.

Sergio Perez switched to “wets” on his opening lap, and was soon up to third in front of Mark Webber.

Alonso also switched during lap four and tucked in behind Webber. Sebastian Vettel was running well in seventh place.

The cars aquaplaned in the infamous Sepang swimming pool as the deluge continued and the race was stopped under a red flag on lap nine.

There they sat on the starting grid with at least one team praying hard for more rain.

By not changing to wets, Narain Karthikeyan had moved up to tenth, which for HRT was a record. If the race was called off now, they would get their first ever point (well, half point).

HRT did not benefit from the conditions and the rain eased enough to restart.

Hamilton stayed out and teammate Button pitted for intermediates whilst second in an attempt to get ahead of Hamilton. Instead he clipped Karthikeyan on his exit from the paddocks, to the dismay of both McLaren and HRT.

Hamilton was running well, Perez was now second and Alonso took Webber for third spot.

Hamilton and Alonso both pitted for intermediate tyres, and Massa appeared in the pits just in time to delay Hamilton’s exit from an uninspiring pit-stop sufficiently to lose him the lead and the race. It was Massa’s only significant contribution to the race.

It was now Perez, Alonso, Hamilton in the podium positions.

Perez pitted and returned to the racing-line in second, between the Prancing Horse and McLaren.

That was lap 15, and essentially that was that for the rest of the race. It was not in the script.

The Ferrari was ugly, slow, and hard on its tyres. It should not have won, but it did.

Perez in the Sauber got its best ever result, and Hamilton was jocular about his third place. He seems happy unless Button is ahead of him. Webber took fourth, Raikonnen came fifth for Lotus, and Senna brought Williams points at last by coming sixth.

Vettel and Button both tangled with Karthikeyan, and with Vettel’s failure to respond to his engineer’s instructions to retire and gain a free gearbox, came in a petulant eleventh place, falling behind Webber in the points.

Button came fourteenth, slipping behind Hamilton which sets up Shanghai nicely.

The Chinese GP starts with an inauspicious Friday 13th practice day.

Last year’s podium positions were Hamilton, Vettel and Webber. That looks unlikely this year with Red Bull not as commanding.

McLaren just has to stop throwing away points in the pits.

In the background is Bernie Ecclestone’s negotiations for the teams to continue in F1 by signing a new agreement. Mercedes is considering legal action it is rumored, but with the post race resignation of the Williams’ chairman, a vocal opponent of Bernie seems to have left the stage.

— The Digby

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

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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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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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