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  • OPINION

    Endless debt cycle

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/10/2019

    » Re: "Handouts not the solution", (Editorial, Oct 4).

  • OPINION

    Varawut's ignorance

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/08/2019

    » After the death of yet another dugong, Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, a former investment banker and football enthusiast, offered a public apology for failing to save Jamil's life.

  • OPINION

    Government lottery

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/04/2019

    » The current impasse with Thai politics in selecting a prime minister might never be resolved due to the problems with the rules as stipulated in the 2017 charter. Obviously, the rules were inadequate because there is no readily available solution.

  • LIFE

    Beyond the ropes

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 19/10/2018

    » In Bangkok's Charoen Krung area, tucked within an alley lies Maison Close, a dark bar/art gallery and home to some of the more uncommon tastes in art from abstract calligraphy to ero guro. However, as you enter the venue on some nights, art isn't the only focus but a blindfolded woman hung in suspension with ropes. The ropes have been tied up by a rope artist and her model serves as a canvas for elaborate and intricate patterns. Despite looking uncomfortable, the model, dubbed a rope bunny, is in a state of stillness and relaxation, with the ropes symmetrically wrapped around the curves of her body -- something beautiful or mesmerising. This is shibari or the art of Japanese rope bondage. Enter at your own risk.

  • LIFE

    Gold and glam

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Last weekend, eager Bangkokians finally got a chance to wander through the massively enchanting Iconsiam retail and entertainment centre. Co-developed between Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation and Charoen Pokphand Group, Iconsiam is the biggest retail complex in Thailand, featuring majestic architecture and global stores with luxury brands to provide a shopping experience unlike any other (minus the heavy traffic that comes with it).

  • THAILAND

    The Korean wave keeps swelling

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2018

    » The wave of K-pop has seeped into the lives of people throughout Asia and the world. Its soaps, movies, music and fashion trends have dazzled, influenced and merged into the local entertainment scene in different places. We've seen K-pop music like the viral Gangnam Style take over the world and artists like BTS storm the US Billboard charts with their music. Recently, a K-pop gathering in Oakland, California, drew thousands of fans.

  • OPINION

    Van axeing is folly

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/09/2018

    » Re: "1/4 of city's public vans to be retired", (BP, Sept 25).

  • LIFE

    Looking back to look forward

    B Magazine, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 16/09/2018

    » With two successful horror films -- Chanthaly and Dearest Sister -- under her belt, Laos' first female director Mattie Do is currently engrossed in shooting her third film, a science-fiction thriller called Bor Mi Vanh Chark (The Long Walk), at a location that's a 30-minute drive from country capital Vientiane.

  • LIFE

    Thailand in film

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 27/07/2018

    » It has been a few weeks since the rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from Tham Luang cave. With the successful and miraculous feel-good news of the rescue, it was inevitable that plans to dramatise the entire ordeal will be made into a movie. Reportedly, six film production companies are in talks with the Thai government and have expressed interest in obtaining rights to make a dramatic movie version of the events.

  • OPINION

    Say a little prayer for the Queen of Soul

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/08/2018

    » One sunny morning in 1968, I had settled down to my customary reading of the Sunday newspapers on Hampstead Heath in London, when a couple sat on the grass near me. I was a little irritated when they switched on a transistor radio and was pondering giving them a lecture on the sanctity of peace and quiet. But then I heard the piano intro to <i>I Say A Little Prayer</i> and all was forgiven. A rare sunny day on the Heath with musical accompaniment by Aretha Franklin -- what more could one ask for?

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