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    A tale of two bombs -- in Manchester and Bangkok

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/05/2017

    » There were two bombs on Monday. The one in Britain killed at least 22 people and injured 120 as they came out of a concert at Manchester Arena. It was carried out by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi and claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The other was in Thailand, and injured 22 people at a military-linked hospital in Bangkok; nobody has claimed responsibility yet. But what happened afterwards was very different.

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    Driving Test: Bangkok Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/10/2016

    » In a bid to make the roads safer, the Department of Land Transport recently announced a plan to raise the pass mark from 90% to 100% on the multiple-choice driving exam. Soon you'll have to answer all 50 questions correctly to obtain a driving licence. Of course, people can appear responsible on paper but they can actually, in real life, be jerks on the road. But if that extra 10% somehow makes the roads 1% safer, don't you think it's worth our collective effort to strive for full marks? This new requirement is expected to be in effect next year so, in the meantime, you can take my very own driving exam to find out how responsible a driver you can be (or whether you should never be allowed on Bangkok's roads, for the sake of everyone else).

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    Braving Bangkok Buses

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/08/2016

    » Salmon House's recent satirical video about Bangkok public buses reached viral status quickly with nearly one million views in less than two weeks. In it, a female bus conductor gives safety instructions -- à la flight attendant -- while mocking the common inconveniences bus passengers face with funny exaggeration.

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    Stairway to a kind of heaven in Bangkok

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/07/2016

    » The recent case in which Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were cleared of stealing the opening riff of their massive hit Stairway to Heaven reminded me of the first time I heard a Thai band play the song in Bangkok.

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    Bangkok -- what a waste of space

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 06/10/2015

    » This "Urban October" should have us all rethinking the future of Bangkok.

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    Strangling the life out of Bangkok streets

    News, Mark Hughes, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Great cities have a way of defining themselves in often quirky ways. Beijing, for example, has rows of tiny shops selling identical items right next to each other, if you can spot them through the smog. The Left Bank in Paris is home to cultural, art and fashion street riches. Hong Kong has its roadside fishball sellers. London has its pub closing-time street fights, Brussels has its open-air chocolate markets and Zurich, well Zurich has its ultra-cleanliness.

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    Trials and tribulations of Bangkok taxis

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/03/2017

    » The cab driver pressed on the accelerator, driving fast and furiously until I felt enough was enough; I ordered him to pull over, gave him the fare and stepped out of the car. Picking up a local passenger like me from a shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road is not a way for him to make much money. I bet he drove straight back along the same road to pick up tourists.

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    Bangkok bus stop another building flop

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 09/11/2016

    » A new bus stop in the Pin Klao area made headlines this week. It appears to be a standard bus stop, fitted with eight seats, and a canopy. It looks clean. Information about the bus that serves the commuters is available too. So what's the problem?

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    Bangkok Trumpsters

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/08/2016

    » In the book Trump and Me by Mark Singer, Donald "Believe Me" Trump is variously described as a braggart, bully, swaggering buffoon, megalomaniac, narcissist and unpredictable demagogue with a need for total recognition.

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    Build a wall between Uber and former boss Kalanick

    News, Published on 16/01/2018

    » There are two recent stories about Travis Kalanick, the former chief executive and current board member of Uber Technologies Inc, that caught my eye.

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