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  • OPINION

    No painting over 'sin city'

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/02/2017

    » The bold declaration by a sustainable tourism organisation to turn Pattaya from "sin city" into a family entertainment destination has been greeted with disbelief. Some people told the organisation to be more realistic while others simply dismissed its vision as an April's Fool joke that came early this year.

  • OPINION

    Unabated madness

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/04/2016

    » Here in Pattaya, Songkran apparently started on Tuesday on Beach Road but unfortunately it has also started to infect the roads back from the sea. Foreigners are roaming the streets and dominating the bars firing high-powered water guns into the faces of motorcyclists.

  • OPINION

    Publicity never bad

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/02/2016

    » Thanks for your brave attempt at clarifying what bridge is and is not (Life, Feb 15). One of the unintended consequences of the saga is that the Pattaya bridge club, small by international standards, is now the most famous in the entire world, with several hundred newspaper and TV reports and tens of thousands of comments on blogsites talking about it. The tale has also made Jeremy Watson (the organiser) and myself (the founder, in 1994) the best-known bridge players throughout the five continents even though our standards sadly fall short of the brilliance usually required for notoriety.

  • 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

    Police blitz on alcohol pics goes too far

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 24/07/2017

    » At first, I thought a reporter at a mass-circulation newspaper who covered a police warning on members of the public not to post pictures of themselves with booze on social media got it wrong.

  • 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

    Lessons from history

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/04/2016

    » I have just finished reading the third novel in Robert Harris's brilliant trilogy based on the life of Cicero. It's about politicians who struggle to practise and defend democracy, but fail because of the corruptibility and greed of many of them. The politicians are divided, and some favour allowing the all-powerful general, Julius Caesar, to take control of the empire.

  • OPINION

    Makes no sense at all

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/04/2016

    » In order to "increase customer satisfaction", a Thai bank, which previously issued debit cards allowing people to withdraw cash at the ATMs of many other banks, has now issued a newer version which only allows withdrawals from the issuing bank.

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