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    The late, late show

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/06/2016

    » Normally prime time for television is 8-11pm or thereabouts, the period when the family gathers to watch news and series while having dinner. So it will come as a surprise to many that for Muslim audiences during this month of Ramadan, prime time for television is closer to a graveyard shift -- 3-4.30am, deep in the night while most people are asleep -- as families wake up for the pre-dawn meal before a full day of fasting.


    Scala doc to open film festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Our cinematic monument of majesty, the last palatial cinema house in town, the Scala on Siam Square stands alone in defiance and melancholy as a remnant of a different era. As its fate -- the spectre of eventual demolition -- keeps popping up in the news every few years, the movie house is now the subject of a documentary film. The Scala, directed by Aditya Assarat, is part of a pan-Asia ensemble called The Power Of Asian Cinema that will screen as the opener of the 6th Salaya International tomorrow.


    Journey of the guitar king

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/12/2015

    » A small documentary film opens in limited cinemas this week. Revisiting a chapter in the Thai music history that many people may have forgotten, The Guitar King tells the story of Lam Morrison, a Thai rock musician and the country's first guitar star in the late 1960s. A long-haired man in his 70s now, Lam honed his guitar skills playing in GI camps in Udon Thani during the Vietnam War, before playing at bars in Bangkok and even toured Germany and Norway.


    EDM festival returns to Pattaya

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/12/2017

    » An electrifying electronic music party is upon us today. The Maya Music Festival 2017 has returned to Maya Space, Horseshoe Point, Pattaya, where a line-up of top DJs will entertain dancers and fans tonight and tomorrow on the beach of the resort town.


    Thai film round-up

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/03/2013

    » In the pipeline


    Asia's alter ego

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/03/2013

    » Two upcoming film showcases explore the many faces of Asean and offer a close look at Thailand.


    Paradise lost as evil rears its ugly head

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/01/2013

    » In my heyday, I was at the fabled Koh Phangan's full moon parties - three times - where I practised English, Swedish, Spanish, German and Hebrew, then walked the moonlit, vomit-strewn beach, enjoyed (meaning eating) local mushrooms, lit a bonfire of international camaraderie and watched the psychochemical clouds drift like memories into the dark Gulf of Thailand.


    Airing new agendas

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/10/2012

    » The 27-rai compound of low-rise, industrial-chic grey buildings on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is a picture of calm authority. Nearly 900 people work here in the offices, studios and control rooms of the country's only public television station, the non-profit, four-and-a-half-year-old, largely admired if sometimes embattled TV Thai, better known as Thai PBS.


    Tired of being the butt of our own Gaga joke

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/06/2012

    » Aren't you tired, sir? Because I am. Aren't you tired of becoming the butt of your own joke, of your strange demands, your occult charges, your fundamentalism? Because I am. Aren't you tired of repeating yourself? Because I am, as I'm sure a lot of people are, too.

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