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    A business epic

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/11/2014

    » British author Lord Jeffrey Archer is often regarded as the foremost novelist of our age. Like Enrico Caruso, the greatest of opera tenors, their fame rests on their delivery, not the words themselves. This reviewer enjoys his short stories most of all, yet I can't recall any.

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    Expert Advice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/04/2018

    » In several Peanuts comic strips, little Lucy sets up a booth. For a nickel she'll solve a problem bothering you. Her advice is quite good, indicating insight unlikely in the young. The thing about advice is that virtually everyone offers it, asked for or not, free and costly.

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    The gift of reading

    Life, Published on 12/12/2016

    » It's that time of year when we ask people in different fields to share one book they've read, loved and would recommend as a New Year pressie

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    Sojourn in Siam 

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The Siamese Trail Of Ho Chi Minh -- the third book by Bangkok-based writer Teddy Spha Palasthira -- has come out in an interesting time. Not only did Vietnam celebrate the 40th year of the country's reunification earlier this year, but the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is set to become active next month, with a promise to bring the relationships and history of the region into public attention.

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    More equal than most

    Life, Published on 04/01/2016

    » Over the past decade of Thailand's political turmoil, the colour-coded camps contesting power have offered starkly different visions of the kind of country they would like Thailand to be. Different perceptions of inequality in Thailand are at the heart of the polarisation.

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    Rich tapestry of Thai society

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 02/02/2015

    » All things considered, the 14 stories in the collection translated by Marcel Barang read like a list of social issues a Thai should be aware of: participating in last year's protests without genuine understanding and interest; having an affair with someone of an opposing political colour; the death of red-shirt poet Mai Nueng; violence in the South; hilltop villages; the move from local farms to factory farming. And Buddhism.

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    At long last, history is told

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 04/05/2015

    » Only a few years ago, the history of Thailand was often expressed as a "Thai race" that migrated down from the north to occupy a seemingly empty land, and then a string of kings defending them from violent neighbours and nasty colonialists. The Thai-Chinese scarcely made an appearance. A History Of Thai-Chinese, however, seeks to redress the balance.

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    Psychics in suburbia

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 05/08/2013

    » Want to become rich and famous? Be a psychic who accurately predicts the future. "Accurately" is the operative word. For millennia there were people who claimed to have this gift/ability, but in fact were only guessing. According to the law of averages, they were probably right some of the time.

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    Spreading the word

    Life, Published on 17/12/2012

    » The chairwoman of Toshiba Thailand always finds time to read. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul dedicates her busy schedule to business and social work, but reading is also something she does without fail.

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