From The Editor

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Fair warning, this editorial will be infused with sentimental nostalgia and a fair sprinkling of self-trumpeting. But you know what? 25 years! We are going to shamelessly pat and slap ourselves on the back for that.

Like any good story, our founding editors’ first words in what was then called the Chiang Mai Newsletter were, “Once upon a time, there was a free sheet…” not the most original, nor the sexiest, of openings, but there you go.

Three Brits; then Honorary British Consul and my father John Shaw MBE, my old English teacher John Cadet and a retired helicopter pilot John Hobday, then went on to write, “Some asked the other day what sort of publication we were aiming at, and after a bit of thought we said we saw it as a cross between a parish newsletter and the New Yorker. That earned a derisive hoot of laughter. And understandably. ‘The poor guys can’t even get the thing out on time and they’re already suffering from media megalomania.’”

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