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    By lens, stage and paint, truth

    Life, Published on 10/12/2014

    » In 2009, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit made I'm Fine Sabai Dee Ka, a three-minute satirical film/performance art piece in which she locks herself in a cage placed in front of the Democracy Monument. Passers-by (both actors and unsuspecting pedestrians) take photographs and stop to ask her what happened. She smiles and repeats the same answer: "I'm fine in here." Tanwarin, who once served as the president of the Thai Film Director Association, is a prolific filmmaker who has made independent and mainstream films. In 2010, her low-budget production, Insects In The Backyard, made headlines when it became the first film to be banned under the 2006 Film Act (censors said the film depicted inappropriate images of student prostitutes and a penis).

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    Drinking from the source

    Life, Published on 05/04/2016

    » Suda* is a mother of two who moved from New Zealand to Thailand only five months ago. Before relocating here, she breastfed her son until he was two-and-a-half years old. Now also breastfeeding her 15-month-old daughter in her homeland, Suda is shocked by the negativity she's experienced breastfeeding in public.

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    Songkran set to dry

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 10/04/2016

    » If you're one of the expected half a million foreign tourists arriving in Thailand this week, then here is a column especially for you.

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    Pride and khoi

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 29/05/2016

    » When driving around Bangkok you'll notice long stretches of ornamental plants; dense, hedge-like bushes cut into different decorative shapes. The straight twigs and leaves at the end of the branches might be shaped into spheres, and sometimes the entire plant has been sculpted into an animal form, elephants being especially popular. Often, a row of the dense plants will be planted next to a wall to create a parallel, vegetable fence.

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    It's no urban legend

    Life, Published on 28/01/2015

    » A garden of edible vegetables in the middle of Thong Lor? Since last week, a new patch of green amid urban high rises has raised many eyebrows — its name is Root Garden, and it is located at the beginning of Thong Lor Soi 3, next to the Pridi Banomyong Institute.

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    A not-so-mundane history

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/06/2018

    » A lampshade, elegant and shiny, bears a distinct image of the Siamese constitution over the map of Thailand. A nielloware cigarette box, in solemn brass and black, also features an engraving of the constitution -- the emblematic figure of a folded scripture on a tray. Next to it are matchbox labels, pins, a glass bottle, a bowl, a water jar, an ashtray, a vinyl record. All of them carry the symbolism of the seismic transformation that took place 86 years ago.

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    Resigning is for quitters

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 18/02/2018

    » The truth and the military make strange bedfellows. This is not, necessarily, a savage indictment on Thailand's current military regime. It's true of any military. When ranked from most important to least, qualities such as courage, fortitude, strategy, strength and unity are considered characteristics way, way more important to the military than trifling, annoying tenets such as truth and honesty and, let's be frank, democracy.

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    The good, the bad, and the lovely

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/12/2017

    » Joyful tears were shed inside Bangkok Art and Culture Centre earlier this month when the Ardhanareeswara Award was given to individuals and groups who worked tirelessly to advocate for LGBTI rights and gender equality. And no one could've said it better than veteran activist Anjana Suvarnananda of the Anjaree group, a long-time organisation that advocates for lesbian and gay rights. This line of work is not something people usually get praised or recognised for.

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    To catch a (wildlife) criminal

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 30/08/2017

    » A small round sample of smuggled ivory is put in a zip-locked plastic bag. Although the piece is the size of a bead, it is hard and must be hammered many times before being broken into little pieces. The specimen is put in a test tube so a freezer mill can grind and pulverise the ivory sample for a DNA test.

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    Chuvit's next move

    Life, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 20/01/2017

    » Chuvit Kamolvisit walked into the top floor suite in his hotel on Sukhumvit and suddenly with no words of greeting or introduction launched into a rapid-fire monologue as if he were hosting a talk show.

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