Sunday, March 15, 2009

Stuffed Beavers Gear Up for Chiang Mai Sixes

With just two weeks before the start of the Chiang Mai Sixes half of the Stuffed Beavers Cricket Club got some much needed practice in at the Oval cricket ground. Revelations that skipper Nige has revised his throwing technique after taking on a female coach have spurred some of the team to try to get him back to a more manly style. It seems this basically means playing like crap and getting quickly down the pub.
That's more like the Beavers we know.

Friday, March 13, 2009

2011 Rugby World Cup Fixtures Announced

Yes it's a long way off but as Chiang Mai's favourite rugby venue we are pleased to publish the 2011 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

September 9 NZ v Tonga Auckland
September 10 Scot v Play-off winner Invercargill
September 10 Fiji v Africa 1 Rotorua
September 10 France v Asia 1 Albany
September 10 Arg v Eng Christchurch
September 11 Aus v Ita Christchurch
September 11 Ire v Americas 1 New Plymouth
September 11 SA v Wales Wellington
September 14 Oceania 1 v Africa 1 Rotorua
September 14 Tonga v Americas 1 Whangarei
September 14 Scot v Euro 1 Dunedin
September 15 Euro 2 v Americas 2 New Plymouth
September 16 NZ v Asia 1 Hamilton
September 17 Arg v Play-off winner Invercargill
September 17 SA v Fiji Wellington
September 17 Aus v Ire Auckland
September 18 Wales v Oceania 1 Hamilton
September 18 Eng v Euro 1 Christchurch
September 18 Fra v Americas 1 Napier
September 20 Ita v Euro 2 Nelson
September 21 Tonga v Asia 1 Whangarei
September 22 SA v Africa 1 Albany
September 23 Aus v Americas 2 Wellington
September 24 Eng v Play-off winner Dunedin
September 24 NZ v Fra Auckland
September 25 Fiji v Oceania 1 Auckland
September 25 Ire v Euro 2 Rotorua
September 25 Arg v Scot Christchurch
September 26 Wales v Africa 1 New Plymouth
September 27 Americas 1 v Asia 1 Napier
September 27 Ita v Americas 2 Nelson
September 28 Euro 1 v Play-off winner Palmerston North
September 30 SA v Oceania 1 Albany
October 1 Aus v Euro 2 Christchurch
October 1 Fra v Tonga Wellington
October 1 Eng v Scot Auckland
October 2 Arg v Euro 1 Palmerston North
October 2 NZ v Americas 1 Wellington
October 2 Wales v Fiji Hamilton
October 2 Ire v Italy Dunedin
October 8 W Pool C v RU Pool D Wellington
October 8 W Pool B v RU Pool A Christchurch
October 9 W Pool D v RU Pool C Wellington
October 9 W Pool A v RU Pool B Christchurch
October 15 W QF1 v W QF2 Auckland
October 16 W QF3 v W QF4 Auckland
Third place play-off
October 21 Loser semi-final 1 v Loser semi-final 2 Auckland
October 23 Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2 Auckland

Full details for watching the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai are here

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ashes Fixtures and TV Times for Chiang Mai Announced

The 2009 England v Australia Ashes tour will create huge excitement among cricket fans in Chiang Mai. The two side have been competing for the tiny urn since 1882 and it looks like another great series is in prospect. Tuskers will be showing every minute of the five test Ashes series live and the dates and times for television coverage in Chiang Mai have now been announced.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lions Rugby in Chiang Mai - Fixtures Announced

The international rugby event of 2009 is the much awaited tour by the British and Irish Lions of South Africa. The full tour schedule has now been announced and all the Lions matches will be shown live in Chiang Mai at Tuskers Bar
The schedule includes games against six provincial sides, a match against the Emerging Springboks with the highlight being a massive three test series against the world champions. Some kickoff times have already been announced and it will delight Lions fans in Chiang Mai to be able to watch most games live (including all the tests) at 8pm.
The full schedule of Lions games with Chiang Mai kickoff times is available on the Tuskers website.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

2009 Six Nations Fixtures and Times for Chiang Mai

The 2009 Six Nations fixtures have been announced and all the games will be shown live in Chiang Ma at Tuskers (with the possible exception of the early Saturday morning France v Wales fixture).
The opening weekend features a great match up between Ireland and France in what promises to be another great tournament.
All the fixtures are on the Tuskers website.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Best Place to Watch the Ryder Cup in Chiang Mai

September 19th- 21st sees the 37th Ryder Cup the most hotly contested team tournament in world golf. Having won five of the last six Europe are the hot favourites especially in light of the absence if Tiger Woods but the USA are on home territory and competition is sure to be fierce.
Tuskers will be showing the Ryder Cup in Chiang Mai including both live and recorded coverage.
Don't miss it,

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Chiang Mai ToyRide a Great Success!

The inaugural Chiang Mai ToyRide took place earlier today and was a triumphant success. Two hundred plus bikers toured around Chiang Mai city with some completing a wider circuit up to Samoeng.
There was an enormous array of bikes from Harleys and BMW's, to custom built choppers, small bikes and vespas. Most of the major bike groups and clubs in Chiang Mai took part and made it a colourful and stunning spectacle. The parade of motorcycles made there way to a party at Lake Huai Tung Tao.
Each rider brought at least one toy to give to disadvantaged children, with some being extremely generous over 500 toys were collected making an enormous pile which lit up the eyes of sixty children from the Pongsawan Community Development Center and Garden Orphanage. The highlight of the day was when the children were allowed to choose a toy from the pile. The party continued with a clown, live music and games for 60 very happy kids!
The remaining toys and more purchased with profits from the event will be distributed through non profit corporation, Give and Live to other disadvantaged children in Chiang Mai.
Many thanks to all those that organised and participated in this event - everyone will surely be looking forward to next year.
The slideshow below features some pictures from the day. Drag you cursor over the photos to freeze on any particular picture.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

'In It to Win' It Draw Starts with a Triple Rollover!

Yesterday saw the first Tuskers In It To Win It cash draw. The promotion rewards customers for spending throughout the week with the chance to win three cash prizes.
Despite a good turnout all three winning tickets were unclaimed and all three prizes rollover to next week.
Saturday 24th In It To Win It prizes double bubble -
1st - 1,000 baht
2nd - 600 baht
3rd - 300 baht

For full rules and information check out the In It To Win It page on our main website.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chiang Mai Teachers' Night a Success

Tuskers first night for teachers in Chiang Mai was a great success with over 50 expat teachers attending from a wide number of educational institutions in town including both Thai and international schools. Those attending were treated to a free dinner and a ridiculously large discount on their drink! Teachers were also given a parting gift courtesy of, Asia's leading website for educators.
Unfortunately the evening was lessened by the absence of the legendary Ajarn Mark who left Chiang Mai last month. Since his departure Tuskers has missed a good drunken late night sing-a-long but we were treated to a rousing version of Wild Rover led by the irrepressible visiting Scot Patrick in a performance that brought the house down!
Tusker is planning another Chiang Mai Teachers' night with a Christmas party in December - details to follow shortly.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Chiang Mai Sunday BBQ's at Tuskers

Our Sunday BBQ season kicks off this week with an all day party. We start with a massive series of promotions and every week we will offer at least 5 great BBQ choices to choose from. Customers can either pay for items individually or take advantage of our special offer of all you can eat for just 349 baht or our amazing all day offer of all you can eat and drink for only 999 baht.
With those choices there is definitely something for everyone!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Ajarn Mark's Leaving Party

Sorry I have been very tawdry about getting Ajarn Mark's leaving party pictures up. It goes without saying that we miss him enormously and await his return with great anticipation!

Halloween Pictures

Thank you yo all those that made a fantastic effort to dress up for the Halloween Party.

Enjoy the pictures!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Six Nations Rugby Chiang Mai - Fixtures Announced

With the Rugby World Cup coming to a close the fixtures for the 2008 Six Nations have been announced. All the games will be shown live in Chiang Mai at Tuskers - the number 1 Chiang Mai sports bar.

All times are Thai.

Saturday, February 2
Ireland v Italy (9pm)
England v Wales (11.30pm)

Sunday, February 3
Scotland v France (10pm).

Saturday, February 9
Wales v Scotland (9pm)
France v Ireland (11pm)

Sunday, February 10
Italy v England (9.30pm).

Saturday, February 23
Wales v Italy (10pm)
Ireland v Scotland (midnight)
France v England (3am Sunday morning).

Saturday, March 8
Ireland v Wales (8.15pm)
Scotland v England (10.15pm)

Sunday, March 9
France v Italy (10pm).

Saturday, March 15
Italy v Scotland (8pm)
England v Ireland (10pm)
Wales v France (midnight)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai - The Semi Finals

Two great rugby matches in prospect this weekend for the World Cup Semi Finals

France v England

The two teams have played each other 89 times England lead the series 47-35 with 7 draws

England have had the upper hand in the RWC winning a brutal quarter final in Paris in 1991 19-10 and a semi final in 2003 24-7
France won the dour 3rd place playoff game in 1995 19-9.

France beat England convincingly in two World Cup warm up games but England won the last competitive match between the sides when they denied the French a Grand Slam in this seasons Six Nations Championship.

Saturday's game will start with a full on forward battle between two strong packs - If France can hold their own their superior backs should win the game. England will be hoping they can out muscle the French and deny them the ball leaving Jonny Wilkinson's boot to rack up the points.

The French have home advantage but England will have plenty of support in the crowd and are no strangers to winning in Paris.

At the bookies the French are 3-1 odds on favourites with England at 5-2. Handicap betting gives England an 8 point head start.

Last week saw two enormous upsets to see these two sides make it to the semi finals will this week be the same?

Whatever happens it will be a great match full of passion and guts. Whichever side has the greatest heart will win the game.

South Africa v Argentina

South Africa are the current favourites to win the World Cup and appear to have the easiest draw but Argentina have excelled in this tournament beating home side France, Ireland and Scotland to deservedly make the semis.

Both sides have formidable packs so it is likely to be a massive battle up front. South Africa probably have the edge in the backs but Fiji and Tonga have both exposed weaknesses in the South African defence which Argentina will look to exploit. Argentina have also shown themselves adept at knocking over drop goals which should give them an edge in a tight game.

The two sides have only met twice with South Africa winning on both occasions.

The odds are the same as the other semi final with South Africa at 3-1 on and Argentina at 5-2

Expect a battle royal on Sunday,

Bring it On!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Glory to the Underdogs - Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai

The beauty of sport for those of us who are such avid fans is that it is by its very nature unpredictable and yesterday in the Rugby World Cup we saw not one but two remarkable upsets that turned all preconceptions on their head.
Last week the pundits were discussing the supposed terminal decline in northern hemisphere rugby and talking expectantly of the first all southern world cup semi finals. The European game was written off as being dull and moribund, unable to stand comparison with the supreme athleticism and lightning handling skills of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Since the rapid decline of England’s great World Cup winning side the tri nations giants have not only won every game of note against European teams they have totally dominated. The All Blacks have, above, all looked regally supreme, last year they were unbeatable and at the start of the tournament were massive odds on favourites to win the World Cup. Australia were not far behind they probably have the finest central backline in world rugby and certainly the best defence. These two giants were comfortably expected to contest the semi final next week but both find themselves on a long, depressing flight home at the expense of what everyone said were lesser teams.
Australia were undone by an English side that ruthlessly exposed their only weakness – the scrum. The Australian pack was pulverised by a towering performance by the English front five led by that freak of nature Andrew Sheridan. The Australian forwards were so dominated in the set piece that it affected their entire game and England were able turnover ball after ball in the loose. The immensely talented Australian backs looked dangerous every time they got the ball but such was the supremacy of the English forwards that they only had the ball four times in the entire match.
The France – New Zealand game was different, The French were fuelled by a massive surge of Gallic passion that never allowed New Zealand to settle and control the ball the way they usually do. They signalled their intent by facing down the haka; standing just a couple of yards from New Zealand warriors with an intensity that sent shivers down the spine.
New Zealand started brightly and it seemed there would be an avalanche of points but the French played a canny game with the boot, kicking deep and pinning the All Blacks deep in their territory. New Zealand looked unconcerned almost cock as Carter attempted a crossfield kick in his own 22, However the sheer intensity and passion of the French rocked the Kiwis and they were forced out of their usual pattern of play to resort to a pick and drive game through the forwards. New Zealand went ahead through a Rodney So'oialo try but the French refused to fold. Frederic Michalak was brought off the bench and into the fray and immediately made a sublime break and split the New Zealand defence asunder to allow Jauzion to score a try. Ellisalde converted and then stout French defence saw them home for a famous victory.
It was one of the great days in rugby’s history, the delicious irony of two of the best teams in world rugby being beaten by the sheer passion, commitment and guts of the underdogs.

Watch all the Rugby World Cup games in Chiang Mai at Tuskers

Monday, September 24, 2007

Jack Birthday Caked!

Just occasionally you come across a Thai tradition that you had never previously encountered. A couple of weeks ago Rachel was having a late drink at Jackie's van and someone was celebrating a birthday. Rachel was somewhat bemused when the birthday girl came across and put a dab of cake on her face. Last night the mystery was solved.
Tuskers staff member Jack, renowned for being able to fix anything, was celebrating his birthday at Tuskers with a group of friends. Things were proceeding very nicely, whiskey was being consumed in enormous quantities and everyone seemed to be having a good time when one of the party produced a cake replete with candles. After a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday jack went around putting a little smear of a rather delicious strawberry sponge on peoples cheeks. Apparently it's tradition you know although how such a bizarre ritual ever began in the first place is apparently a mystery lost in the annals of time.
As it turned out the last laugh was on Jack who once everyone had been suitably daubed cooped the remainder.
Happy birthday Jack - hopefully he will not be suffering too much today at work as I have some loud shouting practice to get in.
If you would like to hold a party or event at Tuskers of any size contact us via the website or pop in to discuss your requirements. Cake in the face is strictly optional.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chiang Mai Expats Club Celebrate Second Birthday in Style

The Chiang Mai Expats Club is two years old and the members celebrated in great style on Saturday.
The day began with the usual Saturday morning meeting at the Royal Orchid Hotel. members were given a quick reminder of the Club's history b founder, Jim Cox before being entertained to a show of music and song by the talented Scott Jones.
In the evening the action moved to Tuskers and the club, wined, dined and partied to celebrate their birthday. Special mentio should be made of the generous donation of travel vouchers by club sponsor, Boong of BTS Travel for the lucky draw
It was a great evening for the Club which has gone from strength to strength in the two years since it's inception. The Club is not only an invaluable source of help and advice for people moving to Chiang Mai but also a lively social network of people from all walks of life and home countries across the globe.
You can find more information about the CEC on their website

Enjoy the slide show of pictures from the day and then go to the post below for some better pictures from Ally!

Chiang Mai Expats Club Party More Pictures

These somewhat better quality pictures were kindly sent to us from Ally of Care for Dogs.

Thank you Ally for these wonderful pictures

Bilkos Birthday Bash

He's a bloody diamond is Bilko and they came from far and wide to celebrate his birthday with him (as well as joining the a sweepstake on how long before the dribbling started.) Many, many beers were sunk early on but he could not be persuaded to have a bash at the yard. The night was marred somewhat by Ireland's depressing showing in the rugby but you can't keep a good man down for long.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Watch the Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai - Third Weekend Predictions

France vs Ireland - This is a big one - if France lose they are out which will be a disaster for French rugby and humiliating performance in a home WC. Ireland have so far been dreadful but a loss will put their chances of qualification in severe jeopardy. Hopefully it will be a battle royal. France with the most to lose to shade it by 7.

England vs Samoa - Can England get any worse? Saturday will tell. I suspect greater muscle, nous and the return of Johnny will see them scrape it by 12. Odds of JW finishing fit 50/50.

South Africa vs Tonga - Hopefully this will turn into a handbags fest, a clash of big super charged forwards. Of course the Boks will have way too much. Expect a win by 40.

Argentina vs Namibia - Argentina to play largely their second string and have way too much for poor Namibia. Pumas by 60.

Australia vs Fiji - With two wins out of two Fiji are still very much in this World Cup and they will put up a valiant effort. Expect them tho hold Austraia for 10 minutes before class tells. Australia by a ruthless 50.

NZ vs Scotland - Brave Scotland have had a good WC so far but here they will meet the wall. A rampant All Black machine coming close to their best will win by 50.

It's going to be a great weekend of rugby. Watch it at Tuskers, Chiang Mai's best sports bar.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chiang Mai Quiz Update - Finless Flounders Flail & Flummox Pigs

A night of high drama and the Tuskers pub quiz night this week and a new team entered the fray. The Finless Flounders caused an immediate stir by poaching Spider Pigs star player Naomi at the start. The controversial defection left the Pigs in disarray and put them under immediate pressure in trying to hold on to their title. At half time the Pigs trailed in third place while the Flounders were flouncing at the top of the tree.
The much vaunted Underdogs were also in contention and it surely cannot be long before they pick up a title. Meanwhile the LBW were struggling with just 3 members. This was rectified at half time as a swarm of people arrived to increase their numbers by a factor of 4. It looked as if they might mount a strong second half challenge but arguments and uncertainty marred their chances of making an impact on the scoreboard.
Playing to their strenght of music and movies the Pigs rallied hard in Rounds 4 & 5 to regain the lead. Confidence was high but a tight general knowledge round saw the Flounders narrowly take the tape. Just one and a half point separated the top 3 teams.
Congratulations to the Flounders on a win in their maiden appearance.
If you would like to take part bring yourself or even better a team to the Tuskers Chiang Mai Pub Quiz on Monday nights from 8pm. It's not rocket science but it is good fun.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Watching Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai - Second Weekend Update

The best place to watch the Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai is Tuskers. Here are our thoughts on the second weekend's games

We watched last nights games in the delightful company of Donny and a belligerent Crowboy who made me suffer for being an England fan - quite right too I'd have done the same biggrin.gif

Reflections -

New Zealand 108 v Portugal 13- Another highly competent display from the AB's obviously nothing of significance can be gained from the result but they all had a run out and are looking pretty sharp. Only concern is that without decent opposition in the group is that they will go undercooked into the quarters. A word of praise though for Portugal who battled gamely without the firepower to compete and never gave up. They scored 13 points more than England and looked very happy at the end. Some good looking Portuguse fans as well. cool.gif

Wales 20 Australia 32 - Very professional display from the Aussies. For the most part they controlled the game against a spirited Welsh side. Wales gave the ball away far too much and didn't have the penetration in their running game that they had a couple of years ago. The Aussie defence looked very good at the gain line which may be an important factor in the latter stages of the competition.

Ireland 14 Georgia 10 - Oh dear Ireland continue in their competition with England for most incompetent team at the RWC. What has happened to this team which was surrounded by so much hope before the tournament began. They even had the bonus of an early try to help them settle. Well done Georgia for such a gutsy performance but on this form it looks an early plane home for the boys in green.

Tonight's games

Fiji v Canada 7pm
Samoa v Tonga 9pm
France v Namibia 2am Monday

A couple of fun games tonight. Fiji Canada seemd to be a battle between a strong Canadian pack and sparkling Fiji backs - I fancy the Canadians to keep it in the forwards and get a hard fought victory

Samoa Tonga - must see game. Starting off with Haka wars as the tow teams go toe to toe with their war damces before the game even starts. Exopect a brutal game and plenty of handbags should be great.

France Namibia - French will need to try to get some team cohesion and a morale boosting annihilation of Namibia to try to get their campaign going. Expect stern Namibian resistance and a stroppy crowd on French backs if they don't start piling on quick points. Could be fun.

Tuskers is Chiang Mai's leading sports bar showing the wides selection of sporting action in Chiang Mai

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tuskers Shirts Declared Official Bowling Wear in US

Tuskers emissary Mike See is currently on a goodwill tour of the United States. Visiting many communities, large and small, he is dispensing Tuskers shirts as gifts and tokens of friendship. Upon receiving his shirt Jeff (surname withheld) stated “This will make a great bowling shirt!”. That is the 10 pin variety now lawn or crown green. Expect to see Tuskers shirts appearing throughout bowling alleys across America in the near future - a must have accessory that every fashion for every fashion conscious bowler.
Mike meanwhile is being sorely missed in Chiang Mai both at Tuskers and at home. Superdog Arnold os particularly displeased that he is not being taken to the pub for his favourite beverage Beer Lao.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yard of Ale Makes it's Chiang Mai Debut!

It is rumoured to be the only Yard of Ale in Chiang Mai and having say benignly on the shelf for the past 8 months it has finally been put to use.
The assembled company gasped in astonishment when youg American Josh announced that he wanted to have a go at one of the world's most challenging drinking feats.
For the uninitiated a Yard of Ale is a distinctive drinking glass consisting of an open neck, a long stem and a glass bowl. The glass derives its name from it's length being a full yard long or 0.9144 of a meter but that is not such a cool name. A full yard contains 3 pints of beer. The glass originated in 17th century England and has since been associated with various, predominantly male, drinking rituals. The Tuskers Yard is said to be the only one in northern Thailand and travelled carefully packed with Chas and Rachel when they moved to Thailand.
Josh is the first to attempt the Yard at Tuskers and his request was greeted with great interest by the customers and frankly complete bemusement by the Thai staff. The chosen beverage for the challenge was Draft Chang, a bold choice because of it's strength and gassiness. In England most practitioners would use flat real ale but such aids are not available in Thailand.
Josh started well quickly moving through the first pint before taking a short breather. The second pint always brings a problem as air gets trapped in the bowl and throws the beer at considerable velocity towards the drinkers mouth. Skilled Yard drinkers couter this by continually twisting the vessel while drinking but Josh has not mastered this technique and was rewarded with a face full of beer resulting in some unintended, honest spillage. Gaining heart from the spectators he soldiers on and managed to complete his task.
Unfortunately out of 20 watchers not one thought to put the attempt under the clock , an appalling oversight which means Josh lacks an official time. However he was estimated to have cmpleted in 3.5 minutes and as the only person to have attempted the yard tops the Tuskers leaderboard.
An excellent effort but one which doesn't cut it in the World rankings. The fastest ever Yard of Ale was completed by Peter Dowdswell of England in 1975 - he took 5 seconds!

More pictures of Josh's attempt can be found here on the Tuskers website

Chiang Mai Pub Quiz Challenge - Can Anyone Beat the Spiderpigs?

Tuskers Chiang Mai Pub Quiz Night is being dominated by a team of intellectual titans. Using a combination of multi nationalities and a mix of knowledge on the most arcane of subjects the Spiderpigs have looked invincible at the regular Tuskers Monday night quiz.
Aside from thinking that Woody the Cowboy was the character played by Clint Eastwood in Rawhide the team have looked in total control.
Can you beat the 'Pigs'? In view of their dominance Tuskers is offering an extra 500 baht voucher to any team that can knock the team off their loft perch.
The Tuskers quiz night takes place every Monday evening from 8.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Watching the Rugby World Cup in Chiang Mai - Reflections on the Opening Games

It's been a great first weekend. We have watched every game and think it has been the best in overall quality so far with minnows giving the bigger boys a good workout. The smaller teams have by and large played with great pride and commitment and it gives me hope that rugby can expand and grow as a world sport.

Big trouble fro Europe though the main 6 teams have all fared quite badly which is a worrying sign for the NH game. Early days but after watching the top teams play I have revised my list standings list

New Zealand - hate to say this Donny but absolutely outstanding. Annihilated Italy, looked sharp with a total killer instinct. Should win the Cup but the chokers tag weighs heavy and some of the other teams are also looking good.

South Africa - I labelled them overrated and I was so wrong. Looked very good against Samoa. Feisty and fiery forwards, slick backs and in Brian Habana have maybe the star of the tournament.

Argentina - Unsure of whether to put them at 3 or 4 but after their performance against France deserve the recognition. Should now finish top of the group which likely will lead to a QF against Scotland which should see them make the semi. That is a huge achievement and once England are eliminated will be getting my support.

Australia - difficult to judge but the destroyed Jaan ina thoroughly professional display. Will always be hard to beat.

France - Despite losing the opener I still feel they have something to offer. Could be a vicious backlash against Namibia next Sunday. I fancy them to beat Ireland setting up a mouthwatering QF against the All Blacks. That's a game that will make you sweat Donny

Scotland - Scottish rugby has been in disarray for years but they had a good build up ad they put away their minnow opponents Portugal with an ease that England, Ireland and Wales couldn't manage. They will be up for the QF battle with Argentina.

Wales - Canada gave them a good run for their money for much of the game but after some strategic player changes they coasted it in the end. The key for Wales will be to try to beat Oz (which they could do on a good day) to top the group and try to get England (or Samoa :( r) in the quarters. If they finish second and face the Boks I don't think they have a prayer.

Samoa - Could they beat England as Donny has been cheekily suggesting? Well embarrassingly, yes it is a possibility :angry: :(

England - Disgracefully inept in the opener. Brian Ashtom should be kicking some ar__se in a big way. The fans have the right to expect a better defence of our Champions crown.

Ireland - I have a strong affinity for Irsh rugby and would love them to do well but yesterday against Namibia was on the extreme side of woeful. I cannot understand why the management did not take Hickie off after he was knocked senseless by that massive hit. He looked completely bewildered after that. Irish fans must be asking why iconic players of the calibre of O'Driscoll and O'Connell showed such a lack of leadership skills. They need as big a kick as England.

I will be skipping a couple of the late mid week games but the results should either not be in doubt or will have no bearing on the outcome of the group stages.

Next big one England v South Africa on Friday night/Saturday morning. Lord have mercy and hope that England turn up.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Live Twenty20 Cricket World Cup from Your Favourite Chiang Mai Sports Bar

The first ever Twenty20 World Cup kicks off next week in South Africa. Crickets wham, bam, thank you mam variety is not everyone's cup of tea but it is likely to be explosive and highly entertaining.
The teams are divided into 4 groups of three teams. All the Test playing nations are there, although not all there front line players. Many teams have opted for short game, high hitting specialists. The tournament is completed by the addition of Kenya and Scotland who will surprise if they are not just there to make up the numbers.
Most of the games will be shown in Chiang Mai's premier sports bar, Tuskers. Full Twenty20 schedule with Thai times is available here

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Spider Pigs Narrowly Edge it in Chiang Mai's Newest Pub Quiz

The inaugural Tuskers quiz night was a closely fought contest between intellectual titans.
Five teams competed for a variety of cash and beer prizes. The early running was all made by the Garden Bar who led the chasing pack at half way and then added insult to injury by scooping the beer round.
It was a different story in the second half though with the Spider Pigs outscoring all on the music round to take the lead which they narrowly managed to maintain at the death. The Garden Bar was only 1 point shy and tied with Dave's team for second. Dave's team position was particularly worthy of merit as it basically consisted of Dave himself.
The Tuskers pub quiz is now a regular event on the calendar and will take place every Monday from 7pm so please come and join us for a fun and entertaining evening.

Chiang Mai's best pub quiz

Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Chiang Mai Quiz Starts Monday September 3rd

Tuskers is pleased to announce the start of our quiz nights on Monday September 3rd and every Monday thereafter. This challenging but fun quiz will suit everyone from Masterminds, to Trivia Buffs, Sports experts to the well read! Whatever your level this quiz will have something for you so come on down and join the fun.
Every Monday from 8pm. Full details about Chiang Mai's latest pub quiz here

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tuskers New Deck a Big Hit!

Before and After.

At last it’s finished – a week behind schedule but the new deck extension is completed and has attracted some great reaction.

The new deck was designed by Chiang Mai’s leading architect, our friend Khun Dang and his team at May 37. Their strikingly original concept combines the traditional and modern to create a roofed garden atrium and a great new seating area.

We have chosen comfortable cane furniture to create a space where people can relax and enjoy a drink, snacks or finger food from our latest menu items.

We also plan to use the space as a stage for live music which will be starting in the next couple of months. Keep an eye on the Tuskers website for details.

More pictures here

Thai Visa Party Rocks Chiang Mai

On Saturday the much awaited Thai Visa BBQ was held at Tuskers and it lived up to and exceeded all expectations. People came from far and wide to meet the real people behind the avatars, not just regulars from the Chiang Mai forum but others travelled from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and even from Kunming in China.

The packed house enjoyed the generosity of over 4 hours of free beer courtesy of the world’s number one expatriate internet forum as well enjoying a fantastic BBQ. Buckwheat’s extraordinary ribs and beans were as good as their legendary reputation! We were also grateful for the unexpected but welcome arrival of free pizzas from the Duke’s restaurant and some late night burgers and kebabs from Woody’s.

The party ran on into late into the night and after formal proceedings finished spawned a dozen late night gatherings in favoured waterhole throughout the city. There is no doubt that Thai Visa caused a big boost in the takings of bars all over town.

A great night was had by all and Tuskers would like to thank Thai Visa and for such a great night and for their wonderful support. We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped in many different ways and all those who came and made it such a huge success.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New Deck Extension Coming Soon

The monstrous carbuncle at the front of Tuskers has finally gone. We have now acquired the lease to the awful tine shack that covered half of our road frontage and are now busy developing an extension to the deck.

The new area will give us another 25 square meters of trading space and is being developed in the same style as the rest of the deck only it will be covered to give some extra shelter from both sun and rain. The roof will be striking and original and has been designed by our good friend Khun Dang, one of Chiang Mai’s leading architects.

The new extension will be raised slightly above the current deck level and will double as a stage allowing us to begin featuring live music.

When not in use as a stage the area will feature comfortable bamboo furniture to allow customers to relax and enjoy drinks and light bites.

As we go to press the structural work and deck is almost complete. It will take a week to complete the roofing work and a further week to add power, lighting and landscaping. The project will be complete the Thai Visa BBQ on August 18th.

We hope you will like the design and enjoy our new facilities.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

England v Wales - Rugby World Cup Warm Up in Chiang Mai

England and Wales kick off their preparation for this year's Rugby World Cup at Twickenham of Saturday August 4th. The game will be live at Tuskers at 10pm.
Tuskers is the number one spot to watch rugby in Chiang Mai check our sports listings for full details.

Football Season Kick Off with a Cracker

The English football season is set to start with a cracker with the FA Community Shields being played on Sunday August 5th.. FA Cup holders will play Premiership Champions Manchester United in a clash of the titans season opener. Both sides are set to start with full strength teams to try to get a psychological jump on the opposition in what is sure to be a hugely competitive season.
The FA Community Shield will be shown in Chiang Mai at Tuskers - kick off 9pm local time. See our televised sports listings for the best live sport in Chiang Mai.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Night Raw Floors Bilko

A top Friday night raw saw Sgt Bilko floored by a Chiang Mai night of glorious excess.
The night started with at a Tuskers packed for the Friday night Cut 4 It promotion. Many Thai Visa members were in attendance preparing the ground for the big BBQ on August 18th. We were also joined by a number from the Chiang Mai teaching fraternity but it was the enormous quantities being consumed by Bilko that was gaining all the attention.
At closing time a large Friday night Raw group headed for the Rasta Art Bar for great reggae and Sangsom.
The girls were in a fine dancing mood but Bilkos efforts to move his feet ended in disaster as he found his legs buckle beneath him and gravity takes its toll.
No permanent damage done and he was still able to join the late party which invcluded Prince Albert and McSpicy for a nightcap at 'Jerry's' Van where the Irish lads ended proceding with a stirring version of the 'Fields of Athenry'.
A top night all rounds.
If you would like to join us for Friday Night Raw we meet at Tuskers on the first and third Friday of every month before heading out to various Chiang Mai late night spots. All welcome but bring your party boots!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Legendary Night is Born - Friday Night Raw

It started by accident it's set to become an institution

Oh dear what have we done. It was a standard Friday night at Tuskers. Customers were enjoying the buffet and winning free drinks at Cut 4 It. A happy jolly atmosphere when someone casually suggested going on for a late drink. The result was party carnage of the highest order.
It was a mixed bag group consisting of the Tuskers management and staff, the Irish boys, McSpicy and Off. The plan was simple enough - go and enjoy some gentle reggae sounds at the Rasta Art Bar but it didn't pan out like that. A couple of bottles of Sang Som, a litre of 100 Pipers, vodka and red bulls later and the night took on a life of its own.
Some ascribed the beginning of the chaos to Jonesy's accompaniment to the bands opening with Amazing Grace, others to the Amazing Irish Boys rendition of Finnegan's Song but perhaps it was just collision of several people needing to blow out.
We were joined by Tong and the Riverside crew after they had finished their final set of the night and reggae night craziness took hold.
When the Reggae Bar closed the ever growing group retired to Jacky's (or Jerry's to those in the know) van for what was supposed to be a nightcap. However several rounds were just a precursor to more insanity and a trip to Spicy where one of our group 'who shall remain un-named, singlehandedly shut down the entire sound system - Go-Go dancers were literally FROZEN in place, like some sort of bad 50's SciFi movie'
When we all finally emerged the sun was in the sky and the birds singing their dawn chorus.
You would think that would be enough but the following week the event was repeated with similar reults when we were joined by a party of visiting Irish maidens who also enjoyed a tipple.
Once a week is just too hard on the mind and body but every fortnight seems reasonable so we have now, probaly foolishly, statred 'Friday Night Raw' on the first and third Friday of every month. If you like to party late into the night and enjoy a good time why not join us next time.

Scammers Get their Just Desserts

Anyone with an email account will at some stage have received a scam email. You know the kind of thing – ‘I work at a bank where a chap has died leaving 50 million US in cash and I need your help’ or ‘you have won the lottery yada, yada , yada’. These letters are known as 419 scams or Advance Fee Fraud’. Most people just delete them but some unfortunate and misguided souls fall for these offers and end up losing lots of money, their jobs, family and even their lives.

The scammers however have met their match. I recently happened across a whole community of internet users dedicated to combating these fraudsters and engaging in the highly amusing sport of scambaiting. The baiter use the greed of the scammers against them often resulting in hilarious results. One expert baiter (I deliberately refrain from using the term master!) has succeeded in actually getting scammers to send him money as well as persuading others to handwriting out an entire Harry Potter book, drawing A-Z maps by hand, carving a perfect replica of a Commodore 664 keyboard and even persuading one scammer to get a tattoo!

You can find out more about scambaiting and read many of the stories on – hours of entertainment at the expense of criminals!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Chiang Mai TV Coverage of the Americas C up

Tuskers, Chiang Mai's best sports bar will be showing the final nine race series of the America's Cup from June 23rd. Reigning champions Swiss team, Alinghi will race against Team Emirates New Zealand.
All races are scheduled to begin at 8pm Chiang Mai time.

Race 1 – Saturday June 23rd

Race 2 – Sunday June 24th

Race 3 – Tuesday June 26th

Race 4 – Wednesday June 27th

Race 5 – Friday June 29th

Race 6 – Saturday June 30th

Race 7 – Sunday July 1st

Race 8 - Tuesday July 3rd

Race 9 – Wednesday July 4th

Come and enjoy!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Heterosexuals Welcome (and everyone else too)

Customers may have been concerned at reports that pubs have recently been banning heterosexuals. Tuskers would like to make it clear that people of all sexual orientation are welcome to enjoy our friendly atmosphere. In fact we welcome everyone of whoever they are and wherever they are from. The only exception is that we reserve the right to refuse people who feel the need to behave in an aggressive or unruly manner but thankfully there are few of them in Chiang Mai.

So whoever you are come to Tuskers your are welcome anytime!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Beavers Day 6 – The Final Curtain

Finals Day and there should have been a feeling of great expectation but there was general feeling of despondency in the Beaver ranks. Not only were we not competing for honours but the team was breaking up and heading for all points of the compass. After the great camaraderie built up over a week of sporting and consumption it was with great sadness that we waved goodbye to Nige and Dickie at midday.

The remaining team members slowly gathered at the ground to watch the Finals.

Bowl Final – Our new friends the Southerners played a team we had not come across, the Floggers and Robbers. Despite some enormous hitting from the boys and a commendable total of 85 they were chased down and just pipped at the post.

Plate Final – Yarrambat beat the Sugar Shack Postels. We had not really come across either of these two Aussie teams during the week. Never mind there is always next year.

Shield Final – Our neighbours at the ground the U.N Irish Pub had sufficiently recovered from their marathon 8 bottles of vodka fine session earlier in the week to beat the Tokyo Wombats in an excellent match to win the second division.

The Cup Final – What a game! This was a legendary final that had everything demanded of a top class sporting occasion. It was contested by the Gloucester Gipsies, with whom we had become very good friends over the week and the Cricketeers, a fine group of cricketers from Bangladesh and last year’s champions.
The Bangladesh boys batted first and set a very defendable total of 75. In went the Gloucester Boys and it was a see-saw innings of dramatic sporting tension.
At the beginning the Gipsies were ahead of the run rate and looked to be odds on but some very fine bowling tied them up in the middle overs. It seemed that they had too much to do in the last over in the last over but overthrows on ball number 4 gave them the tiniest chink of light.
Ten required for the win off the last 2 balls. The fifth ball was despatched to the boundary for four and the ground was hushed for the final delivery. A maximum required to win the whole championship.
The bowler put it on the spot but Dominic, who has played cricket at the highest level, was up to the task. As cool as you like he smashed the ball over mid wicket to clear the boundary rope by inches.
Pandemonium broke out in the Gipsie ranks and the crowd rose to applaud such a nailbiting victory. A feast of sporting excellence and drama by two fine teams.

The Spoon Final – Further drama was to come in our own comp the Spoon Final. The Maythais who were undefeated all week were odds on to beat our spiritual brothers and the party champions of the tournament the IOS Malakas. The Malakas fuelled by alcohol and held together with sticking plaster and cortizone following a drunken session of WWF wrestling, bowled surprisingly well to restrict the Maythais to 52.
However fine bowling by the Maythais stopped the Malakas from keeping up with the required rate and the dismissal of Max the Beast seemed to have consigned them to the runner up spot.
In a mirror of the Final 10 runs were required off the last 2 deliveries. Fortunately the crease was occupied by Marty who has been in fine form all week and who drinks and bats with the same gutsy intensity. He smashed ball 5 for an enormous six and the ground readied in anticipation of another monumental finish. Unfortunately the final delivery was a wide giving the Malakas the four they required and a deserved win.
Some great cricket on the Final day as befitting what was the most extraordinary tournament and all involved wore great smiles as we left the Gymkhana Club for the final time to prepare for the rites of the dinner and awards ceremony.

The Beavers were much depleted at the dinner Millers and Big Phil having also flown out so it was left to Begley, Jonesy, the 2 Irish Boys and Bell to represent the team. Unfortunately shambolic arrangements by the hotel led to the omission of a Beavers table and we were grateful to be given a berth and invited to join the hammock girls.

Unsurprisingly the Beavers didn’t trouble the judges at the award ceremony although there was always a faint possibility that the Voldermort incident may give us a sniff at Turd of the Tournament. However it was not to be. After the awards we took a quick trip down the clubhouse at Tuskers and then to the Sugarshack for the final knockings.

The Sa Pas were on great form and out in force. No question that they are kindred spirits with the Beavers. The Armadillos were also hitting it hard and fining people at random with their killer cocktail. However they were astonished that knocking back two in a row had no noticeable effect on Jonesy – these Beavers Girls are made of stern stuff. The Malakas were of course present and celebrating their win in their usual style by imbibing enormous amounts of any alcoholic beverage that came their way. The Beavers sent them some celebratory Sambucas which were rapidly dispatched.

Gradually as the night wore on people slipped away but we lingered not wanting to let such a monumental week slip away. In the end it was left to the best and worst of the tournament (at least in a cricketing sense) to see this great tournament week to bed. It is perhaps the message of the tournament that it is not how good you are on the pitch that counts but how you relate to your fellow competitors and all the others who are involved in the Chiang Mai Sixes. The Gipsies and Beavers united in a love of cricket and camaraderie toasting the week just past and clinging desperately to all that remained before we parted for the year.

As dawn finally began peaking over the horizon we downed the last drop of gin and headed for the gates. The Gipsies headed for bed just a few hours before their flights and we headed in search of an early breakfast feeling saddened that such a great week had come to a close. Only 356 days to go until next year!