Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Winds of Change - September, August, July, June and May

SEPTEMBER UPDATE: The sun was shining, the wind was cooling, the ice cream cold - a piece of paradise for sure. This may be considered the Rainy Season but it did not rain today when I went to the beach - but it rained when I played golf last week!

: I returned from a holiday in a very very cold Australia (now I understand "Christmas in July") to the Cape Panwa beach .... in fact I will test a cocktail at the Beach Bar this very afternoon!

Songkran was the celebration that welcomed the rain for the crops of tomorrow so we expect rain which does not always come.

The photo at the top is today (September) and the others are the previous months.

However the winds over Phuket have changed! The sun is now over the equator and the islands throughout Asia have begun to warm up and we are blessed with hotter weather – as if it was not hot enough already!

With the hotter weather over the island the moist air is pulled from the oceans leading to strong westerly winds. This means that there are large waves and red flags on the beaches on the West coast.

At the Cape Panwa Hotel we are lucky because we are on the southeastern tip of Phuket; which means that we are sheltered. As a result of this the sea at the Cape Panwa Hotel is calm and safe all year round – have a look at the photos that I took today and on the weekend.

For those of you who can tell me who sings the song ‘Wind of Change’ (I can’t stop singing it) AND who made a speech of the same name and where there is a prize to win.

This competition is now closed and a winner will be announced, thank you for your participation.

Click here for more photographs of the Cape Panwa Hotel.

Click here for YouTube of the beach in September OR on the screen below


  1. "Wind of Change" is a 1990 power ballad written by Klaus Meine, vocalist of the Scorpions. It appeared on their 1990 album Crazy World, but did not become a worldwide hit single until 1991, when it topped the charts in Germany and across Europe, and hit #4 in the United States and #2 in the United Kingdom. It later appeared on the 1995 live album Live Bites, on their 2000 album Moment of Glory, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and on their 2001 unplugged album Acoustica.

    The Wind of Change speech was a historically important address made by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa, on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town. He had spent a month in Africa visiting a number of British colonies, as they were at the time. The speech signalled clearly that the Conservative-controlled British Government intended to grant independence to many of these territories, which indeed happened subsequently, with most of the British possessions in Africa becoming independent nations in the 1960s. The Labour governments of 1945–1951 had started a process of decolonisation but this policy had been halted by the Conservative governments from 1951 onwards.
    The speech acquired its name from a now-famous quotation embedded in it. Macmillan said:
    The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.

  2. Thank you for your answer Mr Colin Buckle

  3. Thank you for your answer Brendan