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    Promises, promises

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 19/08/2018

    » The general prime minister is off to the South this week. The trip to Chumphon has been planned for a while, so the irony is coincidental.

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    Say a little prayer for the Queen of Soul

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/08/2018

    » One sunny morning in 1968, I had settled down to my customary reading of the Sunday newspapers on Hampstead Heath in London, when a couple sat on the grass near me. I was a little irritated when they switched on a transistor radio and was pondering giving them a lecture on the sanctity of peace and quiet. But then I heard the piano intro to <i>I Say A Little Prayer</i> and all was forgiven. A rare sunny day on the Heath with musical accompaniment by Aretha Franklin -- what more could one ask for?

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    Timely for Prawit to get boot from panel

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/08/2018

    » It is the right decision for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to remove Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- who is being probed over his luxury wristwatch scandal -- from the National Anti-Corruption Committee, a body established by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to regulate, coordinate and monitor corruption prevention and elimination efforts by all government agencies.

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    Thaksin holds out a distant hope

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 19/08/2018

    » Deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is again provoking the Prayut Chan-o-cha government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) by rousing opposition among his supporters at home ahead of Thailand's first election in five years timed for early next year.

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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.

  • News & article

    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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