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    All I need is the air that I breathe

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 20/11/2016

    » 'Please introduce air plant farms in the Bangkok area," an email I received recently requested. I am sure there are hobbyists growing air plants in their gardens or balconies, but because of high land prices, I doubt it if there are plant nurseries in Bangkok. Be that as it may, I went to my favourite haunt, the Chatuchak midweek market, last Wednesday to ask around.

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    Resetting the economy

    Business, Published on 11/11/2016

    » A greying population, education problems and the government's outsize role in society pose risks to the country's economy that must be addressed, says the Bank of Thailand chief.

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    Veggie prince

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/10/2016

    » Nakorn "Prince" Limpacuptathavon, 33, is the poster boy for sustainable farming in the city. He started growing chemical-free vegetables on a piece of land next to his own house eight years ago. As his enthusiasm for all things green grew, he began hosting activities at his learning centre, Ban Jaochai Phak, or Veggie Prince's House, in Lat Prao Soi 71 and now talks at various events to spread his organic farming know-how. Guru chatted with Prince about how urban farming can benefit city life, in case you may want to get out your shovels and garden forks.

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    Thailand's weather woes — come rain or shine

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 30/06/2015

    » Fast and furious — the first half of the year is over, which will hopefully take away the crazy hot weather and bring more rain.

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    Xerophytes win water fights

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 22/05/2016

    » May is almost at an end. Usually around this time, our friends Bantherng and his wife Phen are busy harvesting lychee in their orchard in Phetchabun. This year, however, not one of their more than 100 trees bore fruit. In fact, not one lychee tree in their district of Nam Nao, some 40km from Nam Nao National Park, had fruit this year.

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    Clearing the air

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 18/09/2016

    » I posted a photo of a plant on Facebook and was pleased with the interest that it aroused among some friends. "What is it?" several asked. "Is it aloe vera? Is it malunggay [maroom in Thai]?"

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    If you can stand the heat

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 01/05/2016

    » It's especially hot, of course, in Thailand during the summer months. But judging from the way Cassia fistula is blooming heavily this year, this summer has been even hotter than previous years.

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    Global shares mixed, Set has worst week of year

    Business, Published on 12/09/2016

    » Recap: Global stock markets rallied last week, propelled by fading prospects for a US rate increase this month and upbeat Chinese import data. However, markets sank on Friday after North Korea reported a nuclear test and a senior Federal Reserve official said waiting much longer to raise rates could hurt the US recovery.

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    Smoked out

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 12/09/2016

    » Tobacco farmer Budidoyo Siswoyo has felt the adverse impact of the unseasonally heavy rain that kept pouring during the dry season this year. He has nothing to show for his efforts since he planted his crop in April on his two-hectare farm in Temanggung, Central Java.

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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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