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    The spy who came in from the murk

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/01/2012

    » In the mid-1970s, while travelling on the slowest train in the world from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, I recall ploughing my way through John Le Carre's spy novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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    Well, just another week at the airport

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/01/2012

    » It hasn't been the most auspicious of starts to the year for Suvarnabhumi airport. First we had the ugly ''slapping of ears'' incident in which a senior airport official tried to show how superior he was, but only achieved the opposite by humiliating a subordinate who ended up with a damaged eardrum.

  • OPINION

    A fair (traffic) cop

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/02/2012

    » One of the more encouraging news items of the week was the report that policewomen are now back on the streets of the Big Mango with the unenviable task of handling traffic duty. Eighteen ladies who used to provide security for VIPs and were known as the Sweet Troop will be taking their saccharine charms to the streets.

  • OPINION

    Keep on smiling

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/02/2012

    » There was a news report recently that Thai people are not as happy as they once were, and the Land of Smiles is becoming a Land of Frowns. From my observations, they certainly might not be as happy, but have not quite reached the stage of Les Miserables. There are still plenty of smiles to savour.

  • OPINION

    Full steam ahead for the Isan choo-choo

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/02/2012

    » Earlier this week the cabinet agreed ''in principle'' to a 145 billion baht ''high-speed'' rail project between Bangkok and Nong Khai and another link in the Northeast from Khon Kaen to Nakhon Phanom via Roi Et.

  • OPINION

    Things could possibly get a bit silly today

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/04/2012

    » If you think you have read or heard a few strange stories today, it might be an idea to look at the date and remind yourself it is that special day which thrives on the silly side of life.

  • OPINION

    The festival that never seems to end

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/04/2012

    » Songkran appears to have been going on for even longer than usual this year. There's an awful lot of city folks who disappeared a week ago for a ''long weekend'' and haven't been seen since. They probably won't be spotted again until the end of the week, which no doubt will be just in time for another long weekend.

  • OPINION

    Hot and maybe a little bothered

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/05/2012

    » It was Oscar Wilde who observed: ''conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative''. He might have had a point, but it means there have been a lot of unimaginative folk in Thailand lately. I can hardly recall a conversation in recent weeks without a reference to the heat. It definitely has been ''a bit on the warm side''.

  • OPINION

    To make it popular, ban it

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 20/05/2012

    » One would have thought that by now the authorities would have realised that if you ban something it will become popular, or at least more widely known. That will probably be the case of the film Shakespeare Must Die, a Thai adaptation of Macbeth. It was originally banned in April and an appeal by the film-makers was rejected last week. The authorities seem to think that the Thai public is incapable of making up its own mind whether a film is any good. Of course, the publicity created by the ban means that the news has gone around the world _ not exactly what the moral guardians responsible for the ban had in mind.

  • OPINION

    Disco queen and the volcano

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 27/05/2012

    » The sad passing of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb in the past two weeks inevitably stirred memories of those distant days of disco, scarily more than three decades ago. Composer Quincy Jones called Summer "the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade", and she was apparently a very nice lady along with it.

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