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    Thailand's idiotic mindset

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/02/2012

    » The question is so absurd that it could only be real. The multiple choices are so preposterous they could only be presented in germ-free, sanitised Thailand.

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    Lao new wave

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/04/2012

    » For decades, the light has been out in Laos. The movie screens have become totally dark, and the profession known elsewhere as "actor" is, up to today, still non-existent. For so many years our land-locked neighbour has subsisted on a staple of Thai TV soaps and movies, cultural imports that have travelled, or been smuggled, through airwaves and distribution channels, and so much is our cross-Mekong dominance that Lao people have almost forgotten what it's like to watch a Lao film.

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    Ladda's gone, but the thought police aren't

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/06/2012

    » Amidst the ballyhoo of black-screen TV, broadcast-rights rivalry, football fracas, reconciliation war and constitution horror, we return to visit the most beloved media agency of all: the Cultural Surveillance Office, aka the Rottweiler, the guardian of Thainess, or the Department of Propriety.

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    Tired of being the butt of our own Gaga joke

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/06/2012

    » Aren't you tired, sir? Because I am. Aren't you tired of becoming the butt of your own joke, of your strange demands, your occult charges, your fundamentalism? Because I am. Aren't you tired of repeating yourself? Because I am, as I'm sure a lot of people are, too.

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    If the TV went a breast too far, then turn it off

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/06/2012

    » Ray Bradbury was right: Television destroys culture and makes us dumb. Turn on the blow-torch and burn books, because the mass hypnotism prescribed by TV is the status quo of modern consciousness. Regardless of your race or religion, your colour and your god, your sex or age, everyone has the same altar upon which daily worshipping is proffered, prime-time or otherwise. Every house has the same shrine, flickering, rectangular, sucking the hologrammed gods from space.

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    Ramadan in the city

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/08/2012

    » In his car he arrives just when the light turns serene orange. Thanarat Wacharapisut is in white shirt and brown slacks.

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    China boards the laureate gravy train

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/10/2012

    » So fans didn't get to dance on the street. The two moons of Haruki Murakami were eclipsed when he didn't win the Nobel Prize in literature, as the Japanese man seemed the only writer on the speculated shortlist capable of inspiring global adulation from admirers, including in Thailand, had Stockholm given him the call on Thursday.

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    Diary of a futsal spectator

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/11/2012

    » Blow-by-blow account of Thailand's first match by a very recent convert to the sport

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    Mental stability not required

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/02/2013

    » Whip Whitaker is flying high, literally. In his stirring, head-first performance in a movie about a nose-diving aircraft and its drug-addled pilot, Denzel Washington plays a wreck looking for a break in the clouds and, naturally, for salvation _ moral, legal, professional.

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    Poles Apart

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/05/2013

    » The spirit of rebirth is almost palpable as you walk the streets and hear the stories of Warsaw. Wiped off the map in the 19th century, reduced to ashes by German planes and panzers in 1939 and consigned to suspended animation during the four decades of repressive Stalinist rule that followed, this metropolis _ and the country of which it is capital _ has endured a succession of traumatic misfortunes that it has somehow survived, integrity intact, to reassert its proud identity in the 21st century.

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