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    Delving into the past

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/02/2012

    » Bhawan Ruangsilp, a history lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts, finds the past intriguing. But her fascination is not limited only to Thai history. The 40-year-old historian is an expert in the history of Asian and European relations. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Chulalongkorn's Faculty of Arts, with a major in German language and minor in history, and pursued her graduate studies, majoring in German history, at Tubingen University in Germany. She later received a doctorate degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands for her study of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie _ VOC), which conducted brisk trade in the Court of Ayutthaya during 1604-1765. Her research offers new perspectives of the Kingdom of Siam through different evidence.

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    When all is run and won

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/08/2012

    » Every party comes to an end. So too does the 2012 London Olympic Games, which arrives at its curtain call on Sunday. At the closing ceremony, all eyes will shift to Rio de Janeiro, the city that will take over the torch. Brazil is another BRIC countries _ a new emerging economy beside China, India and Russia _ that plays host to the Games. (Please stand up India, as I am totally convinced that a New Delhi or Mumbai Summer Olympics will shame London and Beijing.)

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    Beautiful game has an ugly side

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/06/2014

    » Odd as it may seem, the World Cup 2014 makes the schedule of Assoc Prof Nualnoi Treerat, a lecturer on fiscal policy at Chulalongkorn University and director of the Center for Gambling Studies (CGS), busier.

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    The voice of the pitch

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/06/2014

    » Football fans, especially enthusiasts of the English Premier League, must have seen and heard Kittikorn U-dompol. The 47-year-old TV commentator has provided the voice of many live matches since 1990. He also once had a column in the popular Siam Keela newspaper.

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    The only safe bet is none at all

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/06/2014

    » What was your first World Cup betting experience? Mine was during the 1982 Fifa World Cup, in the memorable final between Italy and West Germany. Am I a natural-born gambler? Absolutely not. I’m not even a football fan; I was just got carried away by the experience. The 1982 Cup, which was held in Spain, was special for Thais as it was the first time we could watch matches live on TV. I was overwhelmed enough to spend my 500 baht savings — a huge sum of money at that time! In 1982, there were no rampant bookies or online betting sites. People mostly gambled among friends and family. I placed the bet with my cousin. She chose Italy and I went for West Germany.

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    Sports HQ in Switzerland

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 25/12/2014

    » What would your itinerary be if you were to visit the French-speaking city of Lausanne in Switzerland? Shopping, sightseeing and eating chocolate?

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    Under the bridge

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

    » Today is Chakri Day. Two hundred and thirty three years ago, Chaophraya Chakri — later King Rama I, or King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great — founded Bangkok as the country's new capital and established the Chakri dynasty, the glory of which is lasting to this day.

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    Urban, yet green

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/06/2015

    » What do people do when visiting Siam Square? At Bangkok's nucleus of youth culture and weekend activity, some naturally think of shopping, while others consider the area a top choice for meeting friends or having a first date.

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    Educating our kids is child's play

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/09/2015

    » I clapped and cheered when the Ministry of Education last month imposed a new law requiring classes in schools nationwide to finish at 2pm, instead of 4pm. The two-hour gap must be compensated by activities, however, despite the policy not specifying what kind of after-class activities they will be. Of course, the policy has been welcomed by many, but there are also opponents, including some students, with some believing that fewer class hours might result in worse academic grades.

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    Myanmar up-close and personal

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/03/2016

    » 'Welcome to the Guesthouse. The small space is made to set you free from anxiety. But first you need to leave your old perceptions behind. You need to open your mind for new memories," says Kyaw Luck, a guide for the exhibition "Myanmar Up-Close", which opened last week at Museum Siam.

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