The Bulletin, Volume 774, April 23rd, 2018

Club News
Richard Blystone, 1937-2018, RIP
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand expresses its deepest condolences to the family and many colleagues and friends of Richard Blystone, the club's president in 1975, who has died in London aged 81 of cardiac failure following a stroke.

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Mekong Review Now Available for Purchase at the FCCT Clubhouse
The FCCT is pleased to announce that from April it will be stocking the Mekong Review, a quarterly journal of fine writing, literary reviews and political essays on Southeast Asia, only available in Bangkok at the FCCT and limited outlets. Mekong Review was launched in November 2015 and has quickly established a reputation as the finest literary magazine in the region.

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Spouses & Partners Club Membership Card
Please be reminded that membership cards are available for the spouses and partners of all members in good standing, apart from those in the student and temporary categories. Members' spouses and partners may have access to all club facilities and events at membership rates in the company of their spouse or partner, or on their own.
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Upcoming Events
7pm, Monday April 23, 2018
Documentary: Landfill Harmonic
This powerful film tells the timeless tale of the transformative power of music, while highlighting two of the most prominent problems of our times: child poverty and waste pollution. The film stars Paraguayan music teacher Favio Chavez and his Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.

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10:30am, Tuesday April 24, 2018
Skin Trade: A worrying new threat to Asian Elephants
(not FCCT)
New evidence gathered in Myanmar and China by the UK-based charity Elephant Family, confirms an alarming escalation in the illegal trade in Asian elephant skin. Their new report 'Skinned - The Growing Appetite for Asian Elephants' exposes the rise in poaching to feed the trade, and those who are trading, promoting and profiting from elephant skin products.

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7pm, Wednesday April 25, 2018
Punji Trap: 'The spy who loved us' and other tales from the Vietnam War
An evening with Luke Hunt and James Pringle
Pham An was a communist agent whose espionage adventures - under the cover of a celebrated war correspondent in the Western media - were as brilliant for Hanoi as they were shattering for Washington during the tumultuous Vietnam War. He has been dubbed "the perfect spy" and affectionately referred to by some as "the spy who loved us". Not quite.

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7pm, Monday April 30, 2018
Documentary: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room focuses on the rise and fall of one of the world's largest energy traders and producers. In the year prior to its bankruptcy, Enron reported revenue of $101 Billion US Dollars much of which was completely fraudulent. Alex Gibney directed the movie, which is based on on the book of the same name written Bethany McLean.

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6pm, Thursday May 31, 2018
Italian Writers in Bangkok
Presentation of Books and Writers
Since 2012, a dozen of Italian Writers in Bangkok have published twenty new books, mostly in Italian and English language, both in print and e-book format. They range from non-fiction to science fiction, from novels and thrillers to history, academic literature and travel stories. Books will be available and will be signed by their authors.

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Upcoming Screenings of the FCCT Documentary Series
The FCCT presents outstanding documentary films every Monday night at 7:00 PM (except holidays), followed by a discussion, or in some cases a Q&A with the directors or producers of the films. The FCCT screens these films in partnership with the Thailand Documentary Club, which brings acclaimed recent documentaries to Thailand.
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Job Openings
Asia Times is seeking Interns
Asia Times is looking for journalism students or recent grads who want some hands-on experience as interns. They must be SELF-STARTERS, who will write stories, create social media videos, help with social media posting and generally contribute to the nitty-gritty details of producing a fast-paced online news operation. Please email
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Thai Union Group
Seeking a Consumer Marketing Communications Leader
Thai Union Group is seeking an experienced communications professional who can develop and drive our consumer marketing and lifestyle communications, and engagement strategy in Thailand. The position will work with our global brand leaders to share best practices, while leading content development for use globally by Thai Union, its brands and retail customers.
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Tuesday Burger Special
Every Tuesday the FCCT is offering a food and drink special where you can get a burger and a pint of Heineken or Chang for only 249 Baht
The FCCT is now offering a weekly burger and pint of beer special on Tuesdays. For the low price of only 249 Baht, you can have a burger and a pint of Heineken or Chang. Please note that there is no additional membership discount offered with this already low priced promotion.

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Thursday Night Special
FCCT is now offering a Prosecco with a plate of canapes special
Every Thursday night the FCCT is now offering a drink special where you you can get a glass of Prosecco for 199 Baht, and you will receive a free plate of three canapes with each glass purchased. This promotion starts at 5PM and runs until close. There is no additional membership discount with this promotion.

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Friday Drink Special- T.G.I.F
The FCCT is now offering a Friday drink special at the clubhouse.
The FCCT is now offering a weekly Friday drink special. You can enjoy a drink of Barcadi Rum, Absolut Vodka, Gordon's Gin, or Johnnie Walker Red with a mixer for the low price of only 89 Baht. Come enjoy your Friday in the relaxed atmosphere of the FCCT clubhouse, and watch the sunset on the newly renovated balcony.

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The FCCT Bulletin
The Bulletin is published weekly by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Clubhouse telephone: 02 254-8165. E-mail: Web site: President, Dominic Faulder; 1st Vice President, Jerome Taylor; 2nd Vice President, Arnaud Dubus; Treasurer, Domenica Piantedosi.

Opinions expressed above may be entirely those of an individual writer or organization, and do not necessarily represent the FCCT in any way; nor does the FCCT, by virtue of publication in The Bulletin, assume any liability for such statements. All reasonable efforts are employed to ensure accuracy of announcements appearing in The Bulletin, including dates, times, and charges, but the FCCT is not bound by these details which may be subject to change for whatever reason. Should occasional errors or omissions occur, we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand has been in existence for almost sixty years. It is the oldest, largest and most active foreign press club in Southeast Asia, and a bulwark of free speech in the region. Correspondents, journalists and other media professionals comprise about one fifth of the overall membership. According to its constitution, the core purposes of the FCCT are:

1) To promote the professional interests of foreign correspondents working in Thailand.

2) To foster good relations between between foreign correspondents and journalists and the Thai authorities and Thai press.

3) To assist foreign correspondents and journalists visiting Thailand.

4) To provide facilities for press conferences, seminars and other informative programmes of interest to foreign correspondents.

5) To provide a social meeting place and entertainment, on a non-profit basis, for members and their guests.

The FCCT constitution places the following limitations on the club's activities:

"The FCCT has no political, racial or religious objectives. In pursuing its aims, the FCCT shall confine itself to acts directly affecting foreign correspondents and the journalistic profession.

The FCCT shall not lend its name to any cause, campaign, commercial venture, ideology or religious precept, nor shall it take sides in any internal political affairs or international relations affecting Thailand or any other country."

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