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    Reading habits that come to a dead end

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 29/04/2018

    » The other evening, I had just finished the crime thriller <i>Time of Death</i> by Mark Billingham and put it in my bookcase where it nestled next to Stephen Leather's <i>Dead Men</i>.

  • OPINION

    Seeing red as Sgt Nop takes over lights

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/09/2016

    » Reports that Bangkok police have been ordered to abandon computerised traffic lights and return to manual handling have not exactly been greeted with dancing in the streets by the city's long-suffering motorists.

  • OPINION

    Pistol and Boo not the first shaggy dog tale

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/04/2016

    » So Capt Jack Sparrow (alias Johnny Depp) and his dogs didn't have to walk the plank after all, following their indiscretions in Australia while filming the latest version of the never-ending Pirates of the Caribbean. It was bit of an anti-climax really -- like some of Depp's recent films.

  • OPINION

    Hot and more than just a little bothered

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/05/2016

    » It's been a bit on the warm side lately hasn't it? Actually, that's not quite correct.

  • OPINION

    Summertime, and the livin' ain't easy

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/02/2019

    » According to the Meteorological Department, Thailand's summer officially began last Thursday, amidst warnings that this year it will be even more torrid than ever. So you can put away your fur coats, scarves, snow boots and thermal underwear for the time being. While sweltering heat is not exactly welcome news, it hardly comes as a surprise. It is a trifle absurd to complain about the heat in Thailand. After all, that's what happens in the tropics -- it gets a bit steamy.

  • OPINION

    Wild Boars become a part of history

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/07/2018

    » This time last week the rescue mission of the 12 young Wild Boars and their coach had only been half completed. They had all been found miraculously alive, but the question remained how to get them out. And in all honesty, it didn't look great. It was a very strange, uncomfortable feeling. With heavy rains forecast, the initial joy of finding them transformed into the real fear that they could not escape what had become their watery dungeon. It was a race against time.

  • OPINION

    Things are livening up in Dull and Boring

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/09/2017

    » Readers who have been following the gripping saga of Dull and Boring will be pleased to learn there have been exciting developments in these previously somewhat somnolent communities.

  • OPINION

    A job guaranteed to create a stink

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/06/2017

    » You may recall a recent PostScript column concerning unusual occupations which featured "odour sniffers'' who have the delightful job of sniffing human armpits to check whether a deodorant is doing its job. I did not realise that professional sniffers are in such demand. Last week it was announced that Thailand's Pollution Control Department had recruited 167 "smell assessors'' to sniff out factories responsible for some of the more malodourous emissions that upset citizens.

  • OPINION

    The cop, the seat belt and the fat farang

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/05/2017

    » While I always wear a safety belt when sitting in the front seat of a taxi, it is taking a little while to get in the habit of wearing them in the back, as now required by Thai law. This is a result of spending four decades in Thailand not wearing seat belts in the back -- primarily because there weren't any.

  • OPINION

    Once upon a time there were bookshops

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/01/2016

    » Standing in the bookshop at a local mall earlier this week, I became aware of an all-too-familiar feeling — I was the only person in the establishment, apart from a couple of bored-looking staff.

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