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  • OPINION

    Varawut's ignorance

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/08/2019

    » After the death of yet another dugong, Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, a former investment banker and football enthusiast, offered a public apology for failing to save Jamil's life.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Forget 'wai khru', pay homage to equality instead

    News, Published on 27/09/2019

    » The notification was in my inbox a few weeks ago that our faculty would not hold a Teachers' Day ceremony or wai khru, a ceremony to pay homage to teachers, this year. The students had the option to join the university's main ceremony or they could just get on with their lives on that particular Thursday.

  • OPINION

    Military rule is poison

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/09/2019

    » Re: "PM doublespeak", (PostBag, Sept 21).

  • OPINION

    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

    Dark Ages, be gone

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/09/2019

    » Corporal punishment, eg, spanking, is common in Thai primary schools -- despite it being against Ministry of Education regulations and counter-productive to creating a love of learning.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Thailand needs more 'wonder women'

    News, Published on 07/08/2019

    » Mae Phloi, born circa 1882, is a period Thai fictional character in Si Phaen Din (The Four Reigns), a minor courtier married into an aristocratic life. And Wonder Woman is … you know, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot, or Lynda Carter, if you grew up in the 70s. They both have incredibly long legs.

  • OPINION

    Begging for a drink

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/07/2019

    » There is a shortage of fresh water. It happens most years and is far from unexpected. Where is the rainmaking initiative? Maybe the government has forgotten about it in the same way that they have forgotten everyone but themselves.

  • OPINION

    What do we expect from next city governor?

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 18/07/2019

    » Next year, Bangkokians will have a newly elected governor. They deserve someone who has well-recognised professional experience in administration and management -- someone who can offer them a better quality of life and better urban development; the kind of living standards enjoyed by people in developed countries.

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