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    It isn't all just entertainment

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 21/09/2015

    » It's a bit appalling when you wake up to watch the morning news and you find,  on what is arguably the country's most watched programme, this sort of content: An offer of five programme T-shirts, emblazoned with a cartoon version of the news anchor's face, to winners of the day's "Viewers' Top Picks".


    Teach our children how to think

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Politics and religion may be taboo conversation subjects, but the subject of education in Thailand is always a great way to get the ball rolling. Everyone has a story to tell and everyone has an opinion to give. Not much of it is positive. The recent announcement by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) that schools are going to reduce class hours from eight hours a day to six in order to give children time for more extra-curricular activities has caused a lot more concern than praise. I don't think the quantity is going to make any difference, if the quality of teaching is not up to standard and you're not going to get quality teaching in the classroom if you can't pay teachers a reasonable salary. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Just to put things into perspective, according to figures from the 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Switzerland is the country with the most well-paid teachers.


    Frog in a slowly boiling pot

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 20/07/2015

    » The current dry season, which is said to be the driest in a century, has put everyone on red alert. Threats of tap water rationing have already got some people stocking up on drinking water and buying giant plastic water bottles to store water for use in the home.


    Parting is such sweet sorrow

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 06/07/2015

    » Saying farewell is probably one of the hardest things to do in life. This past week has been one of parting and farewells and there is nothing sweet about it, contrary to Shakespeare's beautiful lines; only a heavy heart.


    The born again tourist

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 01/06/2015

    » I am beginning to see the merits of the travel agency. Not any particular travel agency, but the travel agency as a generic species.


    Schooled on traditional values

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 16/02/2015

    » My old school, Wannawit, has suddenly been thrust into the limelight after almost 70 years of existence.


    Take Thainess with a grain of salt

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 19/01/2015

    » The main intersections of downtown Bangkok were once again closed to traffic and packed with crowds last week, but it had nothing to do with political protests. We were just being encouraged by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to "discover" our "Thainess" with an elaborate procession of decorated floats replete with dancers and literary tableaux. 


    Driven to insanity

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 12/01/2015

    » I was intrigued to read an extensive article in this newspaper recently on the whys and wherefores of getting a driver's licence in Thailand. It was a topic that I recently had to experience a second time in my life, and I thought I should add my own two satangs to the topic.


    Let's start walking the walk

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 03/11/2014

    » No one since Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang, about 20 years ago, has been able to do it. Perhaps no one has deemed it important enough to consider. Or maybe, just maybe, no one has dared to do anything about it.


    The fiction of history

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 22/09/2014

    » I want my name down in the history books. I want to be known for my huge contribution to Thailand and mankind. I have no idea what that contribution could be, but does that matter?

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