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    Niche-breaking BMWs to be shown at 2018 Bangkok motor show

    Richard Mcleish, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Sporty X2 crossover to be joined by 5 Series Touring, go-faster version of M4 Coupe and super-quick M5 saloon.

  • LIFE

    Film screening

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Rock ‘n’ rolling cinephiles can enjoy a special sneak screening over the weekend of We Shot the Rock and Lived by the Roll. The new documentary film by director Nick Jerrard is a fresh insight into the excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll world through the guys that were there to shoot it, in a period when photographers had unprecedented access.

  • LIFE

    Red hot and raring

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 28/11/2014

    » With the launch of new tapas-style food bar Hot Rod in Ekamai, Ash Sutton is back and racing. What to do when your bar empire gets pulled out from under you? Start rebuilding, of course. Positioned in the front of the cordial Park Lane precinct, the place is a great pairing with the equally aesthetic AR Sutton & Co Engineers Siam colonial den right behind. Maximising the modest dimensions of the room, Hot Rod’s interior is a jungle-laden tapas bar to sit up at in one of the 12 over-sized swivel chairs and take in the action. Outside is plenty of space for bigger groups and overspill (30+), particularly nice at this time of year, but inside is where you want to be. Sit up at the bar and watch the chef wield the wok as the many staff scurry around the shadowy recesses behind you. The pulsating deep beat soundtrack fuels the futuristic feel further. The crowd is a mix of well-rehearsed Sutton followers, restaurant hoppers and thankful Ekamites.

  • LIFE

    MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 05/12/2014

    » At this time of year, you can be guaranteed plenty of outdoor antics on offer, but this season's spoils seem particularly appealing. Even though today (Dec 5) is dry in honour of Thai Father's Day, the rest of the weekend has plenty on offer, event-wise.

  • LIFE

    Gate crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 07/11/2014

    » Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.

  • LIFE

    Peppy Peppina

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 07/11/2014

    » These days in Bangkok, it's not just about choosing simply "pizza" for dinner, but what style of pizza you'd prefer. It's a good problem, after all, but we'll have to get used to such discernment. In the latest contender in the pizza race, the team behind Appia has delivered Peppina, a bustling mid-Sukhumvit spread that has somehow become everything from a Sunday evening pizzeria to a Friday night hot spot. It has only been open a few months and it's already full, all the time, so book in advance — something else that will need getting used to in this city. The kitchen dominates the warehouse-style room to good effect, involving you right in the action among the countless food and floor staff buzzing about the place. It's great for big groups (definitely book), and during our early sitting we were flanked by two tables of at least 10, who were easily accommodated. Nooks in the back section (under the stylish wall tiles that spell "Peppina") offer more intimacy for smaller groups. Overall, there's room for 80 or so.

  • LIFE

    Bangkok's dark underbelly casts a spell

    Life, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/11/2014

    » A doctor visiting Bangkok. A beautiful, strange woman. A possible murder. Confusion. Brainwaves. It could be the premise of a slick David Lynch film, but instead it's Dark Bridge Binaural Brainwaves, the impressive debut feature film of Argentine Marcelo von Schwartz. And elevating its interest to the global stage is the use of binaural brainwaves in the soundtrack, putting it at the forefront of the niche "Neurocinema" movement that is gaining attention.

  • LIFE

    Gate crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/11/2014

    » Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guideto finding something fresh to do in this big city.

  • LIFE

    Art opening

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 21/11/2014

    » The first creative offering of the week comes tonight (Nov 21) in the form of an exhibition launch for My Name Is... A Communal Art Experience by Chun Kawara. It’s over in Chinatown at new space Cho Why (Soi Nana 17, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, fb.com/chowhybkk) — could this part of the city be becoming the next Ekamai? The show is a pictorial representation of Chun’s work based on the idea of adults transposing their childhood as a way to build connections. After all, we were all kiddies once. It’s on from 6pm, with free entry. Should be worth braving the traffic for.

  • LIFE

    Gate crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 31/10/2014

    » Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.

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