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    When the president said 'sock it to me'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/08/2019

    » My apologies for unwittingly being the purveyor of fake news in last week's column, mistakenly crediting Goldie Hawn with the "sock it to me" catchphrase from the Laugh-In show. It was actually the English actress Judy Carne who was the regular "sock it to me" girl, although Hawn did also come out with the expression on occasions.

  • OPINION

    It's a dry argument

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/09/2018

    » A Bangkok Post report on Sept 12 says the truck that overturned was carrying 120 tonnes of beer. Nope, nope, nope!

  • OPINION

    Taking a strong stance on doughnuts

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/04/2018

    » It was Oscar Wilde who famously observed "the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it," which is my excuse for munching on a free doughnut proffered by staffers at a bakery in Bangkok last week. It was only a little one and wasn't that tasty -- too much sugar -- but I still scoffed it down, quietly cursing Mr Wilde's seductive bon mot.

  • OPINION

    Axes to grind

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/03/2018

    » There is a story in the March 4 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald with fascinating parallels to recent <i>Bangkok Post</i> headlines about the "Axe Ladies".

  • OPINION

    Facing the music on a desert island

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/02/2017

    » The daily news is so depressing it is time for a bit of unabashed escapism. Last weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, one of BBC Radio's most iconic programmes. The format involves celebrities being interviewed about their life and selecting eight records if castaway on a desert island. Each guest is allowed a book of their choice and an inanimate luxury.

  • OPINION

    'Happiness' is here to stay

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 31/07/2015

    » Earlier this week, I watched a morning TV news programme showing a video clip of Thai soldiers effortlessly dancing to a catchy luk thung number, after performing slower and more precise movements to Khuen Kwam Suk Hai Prathet Thai (Return Happiness To Thailand) — the theme song of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

  • OPINION

    Edge of darkness

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 18/08/2014

    » Among the disasters the world had to face this past week — plane crashes, mudslides, building collapses, disease outbreaks, wars — the one that struck a chord with me most was the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

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