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    The ghost of pop culture future

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 08/08/2014

    » Last month, Thai fans had their first Comic Con experience, when BEC Tero and TrueVisions hosted the Bangkok Comic Con at Paragon Hall, an event local devotees of all things pop culture welcomed with delight.

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    A traditional legacy

    Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/07/2014

    » Seventy-three years is close to the average lifespan for men in many parts of the world. But for Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri, which marks its 73rd anniversary this year, this is just a drop in the bucket, the tranche of time it has taken for the first step in what may be a lengthy journey: its mission to revive traditional Thai herbal medicine in a society which has long cast off what were considered outmoded ways in favour of the Western approach to healthcare.

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    Let There Be (En) Light (enment)

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/07/2014

    » Some of you may be feeling like you have to give up your weekend bar-hopping since today is Asarnha Bucha Day and tomorrow is Buddhist Lent Day (never thought these holy days would appear on our sin-filled pages, did you?). Instead of giving you tips for being ordained into monkhood or what kind of animal to release to gain the most merit, we want to help you nurture your spirituality with our selection of peace-loving havens that can be found right here in Bangkok. We also have other cool ways to make merit without having to get up super early to give alms to Buddhist monks. May the inner peace be with you.

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    Get active

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/10/2013

    » Ademonstration against a controversial dam project in Mae Wong National Park will start at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre tomorrow. The dam plan has been criticised for its lack of transparency, questionable effi ciency in preventing future fl ooding and its threat to irreplaceable trees and wildlife. To deputy PM Plodprasob Suraswadi, forests can be regrown and wildlife bred, but an online petition against the project on Change.org has garnered over 113,401 signatures, becoming the biggest campaign of its kind in Asia (who knew that Thais are such environmentalists?!).

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    Paradise lost

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/08/2013

    » The words "national park" should convey the spirit of conservation and a well-protected space of natural beauty. But in Thailand, sometimes the parks are beset by scandals and controversy that also imply problems: law violation, land disputes, poaching, encroachment and environmental abuses.

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    Spotlight Bangkok

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/09/2013

    » Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, aka Khun Chai Moo, will announce the progress of his policies after six months of being in office in early October. Being the concerned and responsible citizens we are, Guru would like to report on the performance of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) so far and analyse their notable policies as well as ask Bangkokians their wishes for this beloved city.

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    A dying breed

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 31/07/2013

    » Of all the mammals in Thailand, the wild elephant is probably the most important indicator species of a disappearing wilderness. A century ago, there were more than a 100,000 elephants found in the country when 75% of the Kingdom was still covered by forest. Just north and east of Bangkok, these huge mammals thrived in the marshlands and forests near the city.

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    Do not pass

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/03/2012

    » The recent fight between BTS security guards and an Irish man over his daughter's balloons at Phrom Phong station produced one good thing. It's now etched in people's minds (probably for the first time) that innocent balloons are forbidden within the Skytrain system because they are inflammable and, therefore, considered a threat to passenger safety. There goes our plan to suck in helium and talk funny to pass time on the train.

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