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  • OPINION

    A look back at another 'amazing' year

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 31/12/2017

    » It is customary at this time of the year to take a not too serious look back on the past 12 months, although there are some events you may well prefer to forget. If nothing else it will serve as a reminder that Thailand will always be Truly Amazing.

  • OPINION

    When paradise is just 10 minutes away

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/08/2017

    » Roughly once a week, I have the pleasure of asking a taxi driver to transport me to paradise, or to get the pronunciation right, "paradye". And within 10 minutes we have arrived.

  • OPINION

    Thailand through the looking glass

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/01/2017

    » Well, here we are on the first day of a brand new year. It is customary at this time for newspaper columnists and other bores to predict what's going to happen in the world in the coming 12 months. Let's just hope it's a bit more cheery than the past year, which has been quite awful.

  • OPINION

    The day I realised Thailand was different

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/04/2016

    » I trust everyone has survived the Songkran Festival, suffering little more than a few damp clothes, and maybe stuck with a hint of a fixed grin. The festival brings special memories for me because when I first arrived in April 1969, it coincided with the start of Songkran, although I was unaware of it.

  • OPINION

    There have probably been better years

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 27/12/2015

    » Well, we've just about scraped through 2015, although there have been a few dicey moments. Most of us will be happy to see the back of the Year of the Sheep, or was it the Goat? I never did quite work that out. It is customary at this time to look back on the past 12 months, although there are some events you might prefer to forget. If nothing else it serves as a reminder that Thailand will always be Truly Amazing.

  • OPINION

    Another year to remember, or maybe forget

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 28/12/2014

    » Well, we've just about scraped through another 12 months, although at times things did look a bit on the shaky side. At least all the whistle-blowing has abated. Here are a few reminders of events and characters that graced the year 2014, although some you may prefer to forget.

  • OPINION

    Suffering a case of the whirlygigs

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/10/2018

    » It was the unlikely setting of the US Senate Judiciary last week which has sparked considerable debate on what constitutes drunkenness. There were references to a "stumbling drunk", a "sloppy drunk", a "slurring drunk" and a "belligerent drunk". But there seems to be a certain lack of creativeness in these descriptions. Perhaps a little European influence would liven things up a bit.

  • OPINION

    Bodyguards keep in step in Singapore

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/06/2018

    » Unless you have been in hibernation, it was impossible not to avoid some exposure to the Big Event in Singapore last week. There has been enough analysis to fill the Grand Canyon, so we'll skip that stuff. Suffice to say it was certainly historic and quite gripping in a theatrical sort of way.

  • OPINION

    Breaking news: Pattaya to be 'livable'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/06/2018

    » Most encouraging news of the week came on Wednesday when authorities announced a crackdown on crime in Pattaya which will finally make the city "livable". The somewhat quaintly named "Operation rooting out crime for a livable city" is admittedly a bit of a mouthful and we can only wish the boys in brown the best of luck. I mean, where do they start?

  • OPINION

    All aboard 'The Pattaya Thunderbolt'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/03/2018

    » Five years ago there was a report in the Bangkok Post with the authorities announcing a high-speed rail link from Bangkok to Pattaya would be running by 2018, with flashy trains whizzing along at 250kph. We were informed the train would whisk you to the beach resort in under one hour. Frankly, the thought of hurtling towards Pattaya at such great speed was a bit too scary for most people. Pattaya is the sort of place you need to ease into gently, preparing yourself for the mental challenge that awaits.

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