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  • THAILAND

    High-rises skirt law to spring up in narrow sois

    News, Supoj Wancharoen, Published on 12/05/2019

    » Due to unscrupulous state officials and greedy real estate developers exploiting legal loopholes, many high-rises manage to spring up in narrow sois in Bangkok, posing environmental problems and safety concerns.

  • LIFE

    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

  • LIFE

    Sounds from Soweto

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 08/03/2016

    » I first saw the all-singing, all-dancing Mahotella Queens back in the late 1980s, when they were on their epic tour of Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with their incomparable backing band, Makgona Tsohle, and leader singer, Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde. After years of having their movements restricted in their own country, they found themselves celebrated all over the world for their irresistible mbaqanga music, a genre they helped create in South Africa's "townships" in the 1960s.

  • OPINION

    From a cultured cabbie to the Albert Hall

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/09/2018

    » The recent column on the musical tastes of Bangkok's taxi drivers prompted quite a few comments from readers relating assorted cab rides featuring the joyful strains of Cliff Richard, Boney M and even Pavarotti. However, Elvis remains the favourite amongst the veteran cabbies.

  • LIFE

    Food for thought

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 11/11/2018

    » This week I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Suan Dusit University, my host being none other than the dean of the Faculty of Education.

  • LIFE

    Weekend watch

    Muse, Published on 17/02/2018

    » Parc Paragon, Siam ParagonRama I11am-9pm, until tomorrow

  • THAILAND

    Interpol pulls red notice for 'Boss' from its website

    News, Wassayos Ngamkham, Published on 16/03/2018

    » The Interpol "Red Notice" for Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, wanted on hit-and-run charges, has disappeared from its website.

  • LIFE

    The music of James Bond

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 02/11/2017

    » If you want to win a sure-fire bet, just ask any moviegoer, any fan of the James Bond films: "Who composed the theme that goes through every single James Bond movie? The one that goes dum di-di dum dum dum?

  • LIFE

    Come on Baby, Light My Fire

    B Magazine, Published on 30/07/2017

    » After 24 years in Bangkok there's no hoodwinking Jerry Hopkins, pioneering Rolling Stone reporter and author of No One Here Gets Out Alive, the cult biography of The Doors' self-styled shaman-poet Jim Morrison.

  • OPINION

    The Pheu Thai circus

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/08/2017

    » How many times have Pheu Thai politicians shot themselves in the foot. I've lost count. This time they just shot themselves in the mouth, blaming the government for the floods in the Northeast (BP, July 31). Have they forgotten what they did in 2011?

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