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    Pieces of silver

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/12/2018

    » One of Bangkok's grandest villas, once the private residence of princes, will be open to the public on Dec 15 and 16 for the "Unique Silver And Nielloware Exhibition At Chakrabongse House". As the name suggests, the exhibition features a stunning collection of silver and nielloware, as part of the release of a new book celebrating Thailand's rich heritage in these crafts. This is also a rare opportunity to visit the magnificent riverside villa of Chakrabongse House, opposite Wat Pho.

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    The khon spectacle is merrier than ever

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/11/2018

    » The Support Foundation's annual khon performance never fails to entertain its audience. This year's instalment is a hugely enjoyable production of The Allegiance Of Phiphek episode from the Ramakien. The acting, dancing, costumes and props are as impressive as ever. And while the production may be restricted to a slightly more economical setting, this has been compensated for with funnier dialogue, including plenty of satirical gags riffing on current events.

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    Time traveller

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Period dramas, the sources of romanticisation of the bygone, continue to transfix viewers everywhere. From the South Korean culinary tale Dae Jang Guem, to the dramatisation of UK royalty in The Crown, or the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, or even Thailand's own See Pandin (Four Reigns), these fusions of history and fantasy offer an outlook to the past -- glorified or critical -- while also sparking interest and debate over the portrayals of historical accounts.

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    The return of royal khon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/09/2018

    » The wait is over for the return of the annual khon masked dance. The much-loved performance by the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (Support Foundation) of HM Queen Sirikit under the Reign of King Rama IX will make a comeback at the Thailand Cultural Centre from Nov 3 until Dec 5, this time featuring an episode called The Allegiance Of Phiphek.

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    No justice for miracle man

    News, Om Jotikasthira, Published on 22/07/2018

    » In late May, local news was flooded with stories about a man who miraculously survived after a 46-tonne cargo container toppled off an 18-wheeler truck and crushed his Toyota Fortuner, flattening the vehicle while he was still inside.

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    Caught in the madness of the system

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 08/05/2016

    » The solider pointed towards Bandit Aneeya, the man the legal system has previously found to be insane, identifying him as the person who allegedly committed lese majeste. Bandit, who sat quietly throughout the court session on Wednesday as testimony from two prosecution witnesses was heard, flashed a smile.

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    Redefining what's 'appropriate'

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/11/2017

    » After seven years, the first Thai film banned by the Film Act 2008 will see the light of day.

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    Top 5 social media stories of the year

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 30/12/2017

    » The influence of social media on society today is of profound importance, and 2017 was no exception. This past year was one when netizens widely used social media platforms to scrutinise matters of public interest. Below are the top five news stories of the year that spread online mostly through social media initially in a much faster and wider manner before the mainstream media picked up and pursued them.

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    Men and their mistresses

    Spectrum, Published on 24/09/2017

    » After Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's suggestion of gik laws banning infidelity made headlines, he claimed he had been joking because "housewives in the audience looked sleepy so I was threatening their husbands".

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    Mum's tears over slow police probe

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 27/08/2017

    » For as long as she could remember, it was a daily ritual for single mother Patcharee Punthong, 51, and her daughter, Ploynarin "Nong Ploy" Palipol, 22, to have dinner together after work in the Tha Rue district of Ayutthaya, where they lived only steps away from the factory where they both worked. Nong Ploy usually commuted to and from work on her bike.

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