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    It's time to get the winter woolies out

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 20/10/2019

    » According to the Meteorological Department, the "cold season" in Thailand officially started last Thursday, although "cool season" is perhaps more accurate. It is helpful that they are so precise about it. A cautious "in the coming weeks" might have been safer, just in case a nasty hot spell pops up and we find tourists flaking out in the streets. You just can't be sure these days of climate change and weird weather.

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    If lost for words, you can try a bit of Latin

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 13/10/2019

    » In the sometimes entertaining, but often mind-numbing, impeachment debate in the US, something we have been repeatedly hearing lately is the Latin expression "quid pro quo", signifying a favour given in return for something of equal value. Dropping a few Latin words has always been popular amongst politicians, possibly because they think it makes them sound smarter than us ignorant hoi polloi.

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    Dust in the wind and down the throat

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/10/2019

    » You know there's something amiss in Bangkok when you wake up to the sounds of birds coughing. Well maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but this week our feathered friends sounded decidedly under the weather. So it came as no surprise to read the gloomy headlines about "toxic smog" returning to Bangkok.

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    From Abbey Road to Sukhumvit Road

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 29/09/2019

    » There seems to have been a never-ending stream of 50th anniversaries this year, all of which have contributed to me feeling increasingly wrinkly.

  • OPINION

    Of lords, ladies and gentlemen

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/09/2019

    » Congratulations are in order to former Bangkok Post journalist Natalie Bennett who has been made a House of Lords peer and is now named Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle. Natalie, or rather Lady Bennett, who had been the leader of the Green Party for several years, was given this title in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list last week.

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    More a sorry scrawl than a signature

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/09/2019

    » Visiting the bank the other day I had to sign a bunch of documents that no doubt would be carefully filed away to collect dust in a basement, never to be seen again. By the time I had finished I was uncomfortably aware that no two signatures of mine are exactly the same, even when written in close succession.

  • OPINION

    The golden age of the 'Hippie Trail'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/09/2019

    » Travelling long distances overland has always captured the imagination and it seems the passion still remains. Three Land Rovers stopped over in Bangkok earlier this week in what is being called "The Last Expedition" which is taking on the more than 14,000km journey overland from Singapore to London.

  • OPINION

    Where there's a rhyme there's a reason

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/09/2019

    » Today we welcome in a new month, September. I have a certain attachment for the ninth month of the year for a rather simplistic reason. Whenever I can't remember how many days there are in a particular month, I still resort to the old rhyme "30 days hath September, April, June and November…" and so on. So much for my education.

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    In the Land of the Midnight Sun

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/08/2019

    » Living in the tropics probably explains why I tend to enjoy reading books and watching films set in places where really cold weather prevails. It must be that perverse, but comforting, feeling that once you step outside the cinema or put down the book you are immediately back in the more friendly temperatures of the tropics again.

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    When bombers turned into butterflies

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 18/08/2019

    » There have been an increasing number of news events lately serving as reminders that I am a bit on the ancient side. Last month it was the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and it was rather disturbing that most of my colleagues were either too young to remember it, or in most cases hadn't even been born.

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