Thai Somjed Sripa throws a metal ball during practice for petanque Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. A form of lawn bowling, petanque is a 100-year-old French sport usually associated with the pastis-sozzled old men of provinces. But a curious thing is happening. From the cool canal quays of Paris to the heart of celebrity-strewn Saint Tropez, petanque has become the height of hipster fashion. The biggest overseas federation is in Thailand, where King Bhumibol's mother, Princess Srinagarindra, introduced it in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Somjed Sripa throws a metal ball during practice for petanque Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. A form of lawn bowling, petanque is a 100-year-old French sport usually associated with the pastis-sozzled old men of provinces. But a curious thing is happening. From the cool canal quays of Paris to the heart of celebrity-strewn Saint Tropez, petanque has become the height of hipster fashion. The biggest overseas federation is in Thailand, where King Bhumibol's mother, Princess Srinagarindra, introduced it in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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