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“UFOs’ seen over Phuket Town

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PHUKET TOWN: Mobile phone systems were jammed last night as people phoned friends all over town to tell them about mysterious white lights zooming around the sky to the north of Phuket Town between 8 and 9 pm. Niyompong Torwong, Public Relations Officer of the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, told the Gazette that he saw a star moving very fast around the sky in front of his home in Kuku, Tambon Rassada. “My friend in Ao Makham phoned me after his dad called him from the Ranong Rd market to say that he had seen something in the sky moving very fast. So I hung up and rushed out to take a look,” K Niyompong said. “I saw a light in the sky, moving very fast in all different directions. First, I thought that it might be from a spotlight, but I couldn’t see anything like that on the ground.” After about five minutes, he said, the object disappeared. “I don’t know what it was. Initially, I thought it was something in my eye, but it wasn’t. So maybe it was a UFO.” A woman who asked not to be named said that she was in Suan Luang park when she saw not one, but three bright white lights, slightly fuzzy round the edges. “They were moving about the sky very fast. At first I thought maybe they were ghosts or spirits – Thais believe that lights in the sky are spirits.” DJ Bambi, who was braodcasting her show at the FM 89 radio station, received a call from a friend and rushed outside to see the lights. “I saw three white lights rotating around the sky. I rushed back to my microphone and told the listeners, ‘Look at the sky to the north and you’ll see three stars moving around, but I don’t know what they are.’ “I didn’t know where the lights came from or what they were, and I felt a little bit scared because I was at the top of Rang Hill and it was dark all around. But they were beautiful, too. “I thought it must be three spirits running around, or maybe a UFO, because there was no beam of light from the ground,” she added. All was explained by Surawadee Aunhawat of public relations company Siam PR Consultants, which is handling arrangements for the opening of the Big C supercenter. The lights, she said, were from lasers and a big spotlight that will be used in a show tonight as part of the opening celebrations for the hypermarket. The show will start at 7pm. “We put on a laser-and-light show at every opening, and we always test the equipment the night before,” she explained.



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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.

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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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