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    On unhappy women and clumsy hitmen

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/01/2018

    » Pen-ek Ratanaruang's movies -- eight of them in the past 20 years and the ninth slated for a Feb 1 release -- are often inhabited by unhappy women and clumsy hitmen. Unhappy, yet those women are neither resigned nor passive. Clumsy, yet those hitmen have aspirations, dreams and worries like people in other respectable professions. A genre geek, Pen-ek likes crime thrillers, but one of Thailand's best-known directors is also a diligent investigator of human relationships and man-woman dynamics, their eccentric and mysterious rapport and misunderstandings that determine the course of the world, and of cinema.

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    The kids are alright

    Life, Published on 12/01/2018

    » Tomorrow is National Children's Day. We talked to a cross-section of youngsters from different backgrounds to get their views on life, work, education and what the day means to them.

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    Courting controversy

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/01/2016

    » When creativity crosses the line into insensitivity, there's usually a pattern of uproar, apology and cancellation. In the past many years, there's been a number of notorious cases of insensitive creativity in Thai commercials, series, films and visual representations that have made international headlines. The offensive issues often involve race, skin colour, ethnicity and historical interpretation. There are many more that never made the front page, for example the casual mockery of minorities and genders that is normalised by the audience, such as jokes on the accents of hilltribe people that often appear in movies and TV series.

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    The new Siam

    Guru, Published on 18/07/2014

    » During the political drama and mayhem earlier this year, we noticed that packs of thigh-high-skirt-wearing college girls and guys with too-cool-for-school haircuts had somehow migrated from Siam to other areas of the city. Now that “peace” has been restored (along with the awfully catchy patriotic song), Siam Square is back in better shape than ever with a brand new shopping mall and new hangout spots that have opened within the last six months. Get your folding fans out and layer on your SPF 50+ creams as we show you how to spend a day on the air-con-less side of Siam.

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    Co-working communities

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/06/2014

    » Bangkok has many options of co-working spaces for freelancers, start-ups and small companies and their number is on the rise. Two such places — Hive and Ma:D — opened last month while one more — Street67 — is on the way.

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    Behind the bars, hope stirs

    News, Supaporn Asadamongkoln, Published on 21/12/2013

    » Most people prefer to keep their distance from prisons and have scant knowledge of what life behind the walls and bars is really like.

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    Get active

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/10/2013

    » Ademonstration against a controversial dam project in Mae Wong National Park will start at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre tomorrow. The dam plan has been criticised for its lack of transparency, questionable effi ciency in preventing future fl ooding and its threat to irreplaceable trees and wildlife. To deputy PM Plodprasob Suraswadi, forests can be regrown and wildlife bred, but an online petition against the project on Change.org has garnered over 113,401 signatures, becoming the biggest campaign of its kind in Asia (who knew that Thais are such environmentalists?!).

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    October remembrance

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/10/2013

    » Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the Oct 14, 1973, student uprising which ended the military dictatorship and brought about a great change in the Thai political system. To commemorate the event, there are various cultural events lined up around the city, from plays and documentaries to exhibitions. We preview some of them here.

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    The latest cut

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/09/2013

    » A place that only old men frequent and kids dread embarrassing crew cuts, old-school barber shops have been marginalised in the lifestyle hierarchy since lot of men, especially the metrosexual generation, have opted for unisex salons where speed and fashion meet. In recent years, however, the red-and-white barber pole, the nostalgic buzz of electric hair clippers, the thick layer of lather and the masterly handling of the open razor while the customer is on a reclining chair - all of these have made a trendy comeback.

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    Home and away

    Life, Published on 23/07/2013

    » Among the 60,000 football fans packing out Rajamangala National Stadium for a Manchester United football match earlier this month were 36 children with intellectual disabilities.

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