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  • LIFESTYLE

    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

  • LIFESTYLE

    An ode to cats' slaves

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/08/2015

    » Ring out the canine. Ring in the feline. Online, cat celebrities have already conquered the world, meanwhile "Choupette Lagerfeld", the beloved pet of designer Karl Lagerfeld, has its own Wikipedia page and Twitter account, where the moody cat-moiselle has more than 46,000 fans under its claws.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Watching history unfold

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/04/2015

    » When Vitthya Vejjajiva said he was going to write a biography of Phan Wannamethee — diplomat, Red Cross chief, former Free Thai Movement member and ex-permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) — he received encouragement from everyone except his subject.

  • OPINION

    Lacking the grit to take up Sombath case

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/12/2017

    » The year-end period is supposed to be the time for celebrations with loved ones. But for Ng Shui Meng, wife of the missing rural community developer in Laos, Sombath Somphone, this time of year is traumatic.

  • OPINION

    Wildlife, drug trades cross bloody paths

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/11/2017

    » The Golden Triangle -- an area where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet -- has long been notorious. In the old days, it was known as Asia's second opium production hub, behind the Golden Crescent in Afghanistan. After opium use declined, the Golden Triangle transformed into a production hub for heroin and recently ya ba, or methamphetamine.

  • BUSINESS

    Women on the rise ... slowly

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Society never seems to run out of words of praise for women. "God created women to tame men," declared the French philosopher Voltaire. "Women hold up half the sky," said Mao Zedong.

  • BUSINESS

    Beyond the numbers

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2017

    » Anyone who meets Frank Lutz, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Covestro AG, the Germany-based polymer producer, will find it hard not to notice his wristwatch. Anyone expecting to see an extravagant chronometer or bespoke timepiece favoured by corporate executives and jet-setters will have a major letdown.

  • OPINION

    Remember Thailand's 'disappeared'

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/02/2017

    » As I browsed the photo exhibition, "For Those Who Died Trying", at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, one item stood out. It's the photo of the late Charoen Wat-akson, the environmentalist from Prachuap Khiri Khan. It must be a photo from his funeral, as it was also displayed at Bo Nok intersection on Phetkasem Road where he was gunned down on June 21, 2004.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sharing one's gifts

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2016

    » Witoon Krungthong has been pedalling his bicycle around sois and communities to offer cloth dyeing services for 18 years. The industrial textile industry may have made the profession of artisan cloth dyeing redundant, but Witoon still finds customers willing to pay him to turn their clothes black.

  • OPINION

    Death becomes us all

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/01/2016

    » The year began with grim news in the entertainment industry. For fans of Western pop culture, the unexpected death of David Bowie shocked the entire world. Just a few days later, fans of the Harry Potter movies were stunned by the death of British actor Alan Rickman, who played the role of the series' most complex character, Severus Snape, a role that fortified Rickman's acting repertoire.

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