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    Do you find this charm offensive?

    Spectrum, Published on 23/11/2014

    » Celebrities Jakkaphan Kansompot and Jakkapong Kansompot are proud of their massive collection of "Kuman Thong", or baby amulets.

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    Brown and out? Black family in land of stares

    Spectrum, Published on 14/07/2013

    » A motorcycle taxi driver slips off the bike he had been perched on at the mouth of a soi. A tuk-tuk driver rear-ends a car stopped at a red light. A lady walks straight into a lift door.

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    Into the deep

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 17/05/2019

    » Up until a few decades ago, pla thu (Thai short mackerel), which was overflowing in local seas, had been one of the main staples in Thai households. Back then, almost every Thai child -- whether in a poor or wealthy family -- grew up feeding on pla thu, not only because the fish was available abundantly but also for a comforting good taste that reflected the loving warmth of mum's kitchen.

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    Fermented fad

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/01/2019

    » Forget low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diets, gluten-free foods and all things detox. These are diet bygones compared to a slightly-sparkling, gold-coloured fermented drink called kombucha that is now all the rage. They say Madonna drinks it, so does Halle Berry, Lindsay Lohan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Even testosterone-fuelled Jake Gyllenhaal and Orlando Bloom were seen clutching a bottle.

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    Smuggled motorcycles fuel a burgeoning black market

    Spectrum, Published on 06/01/2013

    » Unlike most Southeast Asian cities, Myanmar's former capital of Yangon is remarkably free of whining motorcycles and scooters _ thanks to a gang of thugs and a high-profile case of road rage. The ban was introduced a decade ago when a motorcycle gang known as the Scorpions, made up of young men from families of the elite and which had affiliations with the grandsons of the late dictator Ne Win, ventured near the motor convoy of Vice-Senior General Maung Aye in Yangon.

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    Detention centres stuck in past century

    Spectrum, Published on 18/02/2018

    » 'Thailand 4.0" is the military government's oft-heard catchphrase, but Thailand's immigration detention system is a relic from a previous century. The need for detention centre reform is not simply humanitarian, but economic, social and political.

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    Life in plastic, it’s fantastic

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 31/01/2016

    » ‘Rise and shine my girl, it’s time to wake up,” Prince whispers to her daughter, as they lay next to each other on the bed. After taking a shower, Prince cleans Nong Reaksap’s face, brushes her hair into ponytails and gives her a bottle of milk and a piece of bread to eat.

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    Gunning for firearms

    News, Published on 09/06/2019

    » "If you have a gun, shoot me," shouted Preecha Kunthong before he was hit with several bullets between the eyes and killed on May 19 in Saraburi's Muang district while buying a packet of instant coffee.

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    The magnificence of the Mughals

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 02/05/2019

    » As the first rays of light began to illuminate the Taj Mahal, the stunning white marble mausoleum seems to change colour to light yellow. It is a breathtaking sight that dozens of visitors, including the writer and her travel companions, try to capture on camera.

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    Life lessons

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/03/2019

    » Fate clicks its fingers and an already poignant piece in Navin Rawanchaikul's "Revisited <> Departed" becomes the exhibition's most moving. It's a photograph of the artist as he guides his ageing father's fragile hand around a metre stick -- an indispensable tool of trade for any fabric-wallah -- fronted by a group of clay moulds sculpted from the imprints of his father's hand.

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