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    When protesters wore duffel coats

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/10/2020

    » There seem to be daily protests going on around the world at the moment for multifarious reasons and it got me thinking about the first street demonstrations I witnessed first-hand in England as a teenager back in the Stone Age.

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    Early encounters with the Nite Owl

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 18/10/2020

    » A few words on former colleague Bernard Trink, who sadly passed away last week at the age of 89.

  • OPINION

    The day the filming had to stop

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 11/10/2020

    » An article headlined "The man, myth and legend" on Wednesday by Tatat Bunnag marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Thailand's biggest-ever film star, Mitr Chaibancha. The actor plunged to his death at the age of 36, while filming a helicopter scene at Jomtien for Insee Thong (Golden Eagle). Mitr had insisted on doing his own stunts and was clinging from a rope ladder dangling from the copter but couldn't hold on. He truly is a legend.

  • OPINION

    In the wake of the not so great debate

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/10/2020

    » While there might have been an element of entertainment in a perverse sort of way watching the US presidential candidates slagging one another off like squabbling children, these politicians still have a lot to learn in the art of insulting behaviour.

  • OPINION

    Wagglers, winkers and grasshoppers

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 27/09/2020

    » A half-hearted spring-cleaning session at home during the week came to a welcome halt when I unearthed a long-lost copy of Have Fun With Thai Proverbs collecting dust under a pile of disintegrating paperbacks. Written by Dr Duangtip Somnapan Surintatip, the book is a reminder that there is a common thread to proverbs around the world. As the title suggests, it can be fun putting long-standing expressions into a Thai context.

  • OPINION

    The everlasting appeal of Mrs Peel

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 20/09/2020

    » I was saddened to learn of the death of actress Dame Diana Rigg at 82, best known by people of my vintage for her role as Emma Peel, the dynamic comrade of dapper secret agent John Steed in the idiosyncratic BBC series The Avengers. Rigg only appeared in two seasons, 1965-67, but she certainly made her mark, displaying a winning combination of charm, fashion, sophistication and martial arts. She was particularly proficient at karate chops.

  • OPINION

    Memories of serious cereal behaviour

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 13/09/2020

    » The recent PostScript column concerning the unlikely combination of bathroom submarines and cornflakes prompted a number of seasoned readers to recall their childhood breakfast delights.

  • OPINION

    No dodgy dealings today, thank you

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/09/2020

    » Thailand marks its annual National Anti-Corruption Day today, which might possibly prompt a few wry smiles in certain quarters. Still, for 24 hours at least, we can be assured no one will be on the fiddle, or at least seen to be on the fiddle. No shady deals or siphoning of funds. No oiling of the wheels. It is indeed a time to rejoice.

  • OPINION

    Naval skirmishes among the soapsuds

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/08/2020

    » The current debate concerning the purchase of submarines has sparked memories of some important naval battles I experienced as a kid. Well okay, it was in the murky waters of my bath and featured plastic toy submarines, but they were still memorable confrontations.

  • OPINION

    Things are warming up in Death Valley

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/08/2020

    » The other day I was sitting in the garden fighting another losing battle with the cryptic crossword, but the afternoon heat was taking its toll -- it was the standard 34ºC -- and when several blobs of sweat landed on No.4 down, it felt prudent to admit defeat and retreat indoors.

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