Past Meetup

Dinner with Expats at the FCCT followed by a very interesting program

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Coffee Hour or Dinner- 6:30pm / Movie- 7:30pm / Q&A- 9:00pm

Come join us for a Meetup dinner with expats, followed by a special program at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT).

This Meetup will be held at the FCCT's Restaurant and Bar atop the Maneeya Center Building. This building is attached to the Chit Lom BTS Skytrain station by Skybridge (please see the detailed directions below).

In addition, you will be able to chat with some of the members of the Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup Group (almost all expats) as we join them.

For the dinner at the FCCT Restaurant and Bar, Thai and Western food will be served at low prices (entrees starting at about 100 baht). If you want to have only coffee, beer, wine, etc rather than dinner, that's OK.

Dinner will be at 6:30pm, followed by a special program at 7:30pm.

Sorry for the late notice of this event.


From Flipper’s Trainer to Dolphin Defender

Ric O'Barry has worked both sides of the dolphin street, the first 10 years with the dolphin captivity industry, the past 25 against them.

He is featured in "The Cove", a 2009 documentary film that analyzes and questions Japan's dolphin hunting culture. It was awarded the (2010) Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.

Sponsored by Love Wildlife Foundation of Thailand and Earth Island Institute, "The Cove" is having free showings two nights this week (Wednesday and Thursday) at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) and this Meetup group will attend theWednesday night showing.

The sponsoring organizations are pleased to welcome the featured dolphin activist Ric O'Barry to the FCCT. Ric has been gracious to fly here for this event and will be available for a Q&A session after the film on both nights.

Working back in the 1960s for Miami Seaquarium, O'Barry captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. When Cathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O'Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he founded the Dolphin Project, dedicated to freeing captive dolphins who were viable candidates and educating people throughout the world to the plight of dolphins in captivity. Over the years he freed 14 dolphins. He launched a searing campaign against the billion dollar dolphin captivity industry, telling the public what was really going on at dolphin shows and urging people not to buy tickets to see dolphins play the fool.


See the movie's trailer on YouTube. 1,473,652 people have seen this version of the trailer on YouTube. Why not you? It's a good summary of the movie.


Here are excerpts from a review by famous movie critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who gave this film 4 stars out of 4 stars:

"The Cove," a heartbreaking documentary, describes how Richard O'Barry, director Louie Psihoyos and a team of adventurers penetrated the tight security around the Taiji cove and obtained forbidden footage of the mass slaughter of dolphins. Divers were used to sneak cameras into the secret area; the cameras were hidden inside fake rocks that blended with the landscape.

The logistics of their operation, captured by night-vision cameras at times, has the danger and ingenuity of a caper film. The stakes are high: perhaps a year in prison. The footage will temper the enjoyment of your next visit to see performing dolphins.

It is an accident of evolution that dolphins seem to be smiling, the film informs us. They just happen to look that way. Their hearing is incredibly more acute than a human's, and the sounds of loudspeakers and recorded music, rebounding off the walls of their enclosures, can cause them anxiety and pain. O'Barry believes one of the dolphins he trained for "Flipper" literally died of depression in his arms.

There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best.

But when all of the facts have been marshaled and the cases made, one element of the film stands out above all, and that is the remorse of Richard O'Barry. He became rich and famous because of the TV series, which popularized and sanitized the image of captive dolphins. He has been trying for 25 years to make amends. But why, you may ask, are performing dolphins so willing to perform on cue? Well, you see, because they have to, if they want to eat.

85% of viewers liked this movie (out of 14,741 votes)
96% of movie critics recommended this movie (out of 122 reviews)



6:30 pm - Dinner at the FCCT Restaurant and Bar (or just coffee or other beverage). Good Thai and Western food is served at low prices (entrees starting at about 100 baht). If you want to have only coffee, beer, wine, etc rather than dinner, that's OK. Food and beverages are paid by only coupon books or credit cards (no cash). You can get individual coupons from the Meetup organizer, Art. Look for us at the reserved table marked "".

7:30 pm - The movie, "The Cove" (92 minutes).

9:00 pm - Q&A with Ric O'Barry

What you need to do: Please let us know you are coming by clicking above where it says "Will you attend?".


Directions to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand

The easiest way to get there is by Skytrain.

Take the Skytrain to the Chitlom (or Chit Lom) station. While in the station, take Exit 2by walking in the opposite direction from the Central Chitlom Department store to the first exit on the left. The Skybridge connects to the Maneeya Center, a two-building complex.

Walk straight back to the rear building and as you head in that direction, you will see signs for the FCCT. You can take a down elevator to the second floor or walk down one flight of stairs to reach the elevator bank for the rear building. In those elevators, press the "P" button for the Penthouse.

Validated parking is available in the building's enclosed car park after 5:00 pm.

If you're not familiar with the Skytrain system, Maneeya Center is between (about 1-2 blocks from each) Central World and Central Chitlom Department Store.

There's an area map at this link:

What is the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand?

See their web site:

Hope to see you there.

Art, Organizer
Bangkok Expats Meetup Group

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